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    Day-use Hotel in Tahiti (Papeete area)

    I thought I'd post this update on my question about day-use hotels in Papeete. I found that the (Mariott) Le Meridien offers a day-use room and use off facilities for about USD $200. Following is the email I received about this: On Sep 10, 2018, at 6:04 PM, Jeanne ALEXANDRE <stagiaire@lemeridien-tahiti.pf> wrote: Ia Orana Glenn, Thank you for your e-mail and your interest in our hotel. I am happy to confirm that we do offer Day Use room available from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on your requested date, please find the rate below : • Day Use room (run of the house) : 20 520 xpf including taxes Should you wish to go ahead with the reservation, please let me know and I will be happy to make the arrangement on your behalf. I will need your credit card details in order to guarantee the reservation. Please fill up the form attached and send it back to me at your earliest convenience Kindly note that the reservation can be cancelled 4 days prior to your arrival without penalties. If you cancel the reservation 3 days before, 1 night room and tax will be charged to your credit card. In case of no-show or cancellation on arrival date, full stay will be charged. Please let me know if we may be of any further assistance. Best regards, Jeanne ALEXANDRE Revenue & Reservations Department T: 689-40-47-07-26 | F: 689-40-47-07-28 S 17° 38’ W 149° 36’ LE MERIDIEN TAHITI BP 380595 Tamanu, 98718 Punaauia - Polynésie Française Lemeridien.com/tahiti
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    Day-use Hotel in Tahiti (Papeete area)

    Hi Petoonya -- I contacted the Intercontinental yesterday. They replied that they had no "day use or transit" option. The possibility of an Air BNB like you had may also be an option for us. Would you mind sharing contact details - either here or by email? (glenn.ball@comcast.net) Thanks!
  3. Can anyone recommend a day-use hotel in Tahiti, particularly the Papeete area? Looking for suggestions and contact info to continue my research into options for a full day in Tahiti following our cruise. Also, any suggestions about reliable full-day excursions out of Papeete also appreciated. Thanks!
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    Bergen - Kirkenes Shore Excursions

    Hallasm & Janetcbl - Thank You both for your responses; I appreciate the info and feedback.
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    Bergen - Kirkenes Shore Excursions

    My wife and I are booked on the MS Spitzbergen in early October 2018 for the northbound voyage. We have seen Hurtigruten's shore excursions offerings, and find them to be a bit on the expensive side and to some degree not all that interesting. My question for the group is -- Does anyone know of reputable private companies that offer outings similar to what Hirtigruten offers - particularly in Alesund, Trondheim, Bodo & Tromso? I recognize there are advantages of going thru Hurtigruten for shore ex, but at this point we're looking for other options. Thanks!
  6. We have cruised a number of times, but this is our first time with RSSC. We're on the Navigator, 2/9/16 Miami-Miami. What is the expected attire for men & women in the evenings -- dining rooms, lounges & common areas? Thanks for the feedback!
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    Wendy: Where are you going with Tauvk in 2016? We just booked Amsterdam-Budapest in Sep 2016 Sent from my SCH-I535 using Forums mobile app
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    Cruzin Terri - appreciate your comments about Tauck's Amsterdam-Budapest cruise. My wife and I just reserved this same itinerary for Sep 2016 on the Swiss Jewel. I would be interested in your thoughts (or other's) about extending our time in both Amsterdam & Budapest. Also wondering if you did air thru Tauck or made your own arrangements. Email for a response is: glenn.ball@comcast.net. Thanks! Sent from my SCH-I535 using Forums mobile app
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    Misty Fjords seaplane tour

    We did the morning flight a couple of years ago - it was awesome. However, it's a long boat ride back from where the plane lands. Just so you are aware....
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    What to do in Skagway?

    Nickibear -- We have taken the train & bus in Skagway and this time (May 24 sailing) we will rent a car and drive to Emerald Lake. There are five adults so I rented a mid-size SUV (like a Toyota Highlander, which we happen to own). Rented from Avis. A little spendy for one day - about $190 with unlimited mileage - but we needed the larger vehicle. I imagine compact or otherwise smaller vehicles will be less expensive. If you are even thinking of renting a car I would do so now; I understand the cars go quickly during peak cruising periods. Thru Avis, you can reserve w/o giving them your credit card, and cancel any time if you decide not to do the drive. Hope this helps.
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    Shore Excursions in SA - Help

    We are on a Santiago, Chile to Los Angeles cruise in March 2013 through Princess. Looking for help on shore excursion ideas & suggestions for Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Manta, Ecuador; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I am aware of what Princess is offering, but would appreciate suggestions and referrals for private tour companies and tour options. Please contact me by email @ glenn.ball@comcast.net. I have suggestions for Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru if anyone is interested. Thanks!
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    Docking in Los Angeles

    Thanks, RickEk -- definitely helps for planning flights!
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    Docking in Los Angeles

    We will be on the Star next March, Santiago to Los Angeles. Does the ship actually dock in LA or in San Pedro (or elsewhere)? Main thing I'm trying to sort out is which airport is closest to the port the ship docks -- is it LAX or maybe Ontario? Thanks in advance for the help!
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    Princess Star Cabin Question

    We will, Mom33. Headed to China (Shanghai - Bejing, via 10 days on the Yangtze) the end of this month, then March 2013 Santiago, Chile - LA on the Star.
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    Princess Star Cabin Question

    Thanks, Mom33 :)