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  1. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback, which is very interesting and helpful. I guess with anything, unless you try it for yourself, you are never going to be able to make your own opinion. It is so nice to have the opportunity to decide between both wonderful cruise lines, and either taking 20 or 25 night cruises.
  2. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback, which is very interesting and helpful. I guess with anything, unless you try it for yourself, you are never going to be able to make your own opinion. It is so nice to have the opportunity to decide between both wonderful cruise lines, and either taking 20 or 25 night cruises.
  3. We are seasoned cruisers (Celebrity mainly, but also HAL, RCCL & Princess) and also took our 1st Oceania cruises last year on the Riviera. We really enjoyed the Riviera, the size of ship, the food and the service. We have seen an offer on the Azamara Journey as a B2B, 16 night + 9 night, which is significantly cheaper (when including grats etc) than a 10 night + 10 night on the Riviera. The itineraries are not the same, but we like these on both, also looking at balconies on both ships. My concern about the Azamara Journey is the size of the ship and cabins compared to previous cruises. 25 nights is a long time to spend onboard if you don't like your cabin etc. There are a number of days at sea, not a port intensive cruise. Whilst not a foodie, we really enjoyed the food on Oceania, and do not wish to be disappointed on Azamara. With the saving, we could eat at speciality restaurants if these are considered a step up from the MDR. I will be posting this topic on both boards. Appreciate feedback from those who have cruised either Riviera or Marina on Oceania and Azamara.
  4. We are seasoned cruisers (Celebrity mainly, but also HAL, RCCL & Princess) and also took our 1st Oceania cruises last year on the Riviera. We really enjoyed the Riviera, the size of ship, the food and the service. We have seen an offer on the Journey as a B2B, 16 night + 9 night, which is significantly cheaper (when including grats etc) than a 10 night + 10 night on the Riviera. The itineraries are not the same, but we like these on both, also looking at balconies on both ships. My concern about the Journey is the size of the ship and cabins compared to previous cruises. 25 nights is a long time to spend onboard if you don't like your cabin etc. There are a number of days at sea, not a port intensive cruise. Whilst not a foodie, we really enjoyed the food on Oceania, and do not wish to be disappointed on Azamara. With the saving, we could eat at speciality restaurants if these are considered a step up from the MDR. I will be posting this topic on both boards. Appreciate feedback from those who have cruised both Azamara and either Riviera or Marina on Oceania.
  5. As DC has already explained, yes the tender pier is in town which is walkable. There are hills up to Candie Gardens and Victor Hugo's House (VHH). If you wish to visit VHH you need to book in advance as this is an extremely popular attraction. The German Occupation Museum in my opinion is the best museum on the island. Definitely not walkable for those stopping by cruise ship with limited time. There are buses going from town to the airport, 91, 93, 94 or 95, and 92, 93, 94 & 95 coming back. The nearest bus stop for the museum is the last one before the airport with a 5 minute walk. The museum does not open until 10am. There are many interesting places to visit in Guernsey, I recommend taking a tour, whereby you would see The Little Chapel, The German Occupation Museum, The German Underground Hospital and/or Pleinmont Gun Batterie. Please ask if you have any other questions regarding Guernsey, and I will try to help.
  6. I am not sure about day passes, however can confirm if you sit on the round the island bus doing the full loop it does cost £5. Otherwise each journey is £1. Yes you can get off when you want and get back on another bus, just pay £1 each time you embark. The bus website is www.buses.gg to look at the different routes.
  7. D C has posted some excellent information earlier in this thread. Whilst I agree we do have a great bus service, with the limited time that the cruise ships allow you at our port, and factoring in tender time, using public transport will only allow you to see one or two of the attractions. As many visitors have travelled thousands of miles, and may not have the opportunity to visit again, I recommend using a driver and/or guide to take you to the attractions you wish to visit. You will see so much more during your day. I highly recommend the Little Chapel and the German Occupation Museum. With regards to the underground newsletter, there were two different newspapers running during the occupation, one group were shopped to the Germans, and transferred to camps in Europe. The other group carried on throughout the occupation, I have family connections to the editor of this second newspaper.
  8. I have recently been for a visit to Victor Hugo's House following the extensive renovations. It is absolutely amazing, I thoroughly recommend visiting when you are next in Guernsey. Please ensure that you book well in advance as they are extremely busy, especially on cruise ship days, and numbers are limited. If you are visiting Guernsey during 2019 and wish to see the house, I would book now, even if it means this is 6 months in advance. Please note they do not open until 10am (and not open on a Wednesday).
  9. Update - Hauteville House (Victor Hugo's House) has now opened following extensive renovations. Whilst you are able to walk around the gardens without a reservation, as the numbers are limited within the house at any time, if you wish to visit inside, I would recommend that you book a tour (with a specific time slot) prior to your arrival. Guests are not allowed to walk around the house on "their own", the tour is included in the purchase price of the ticket of GBP 10 per person.
  10. Just to give future guests the "heads up", the round the island commuter bus (91 and 92) will be GBP 5 per person from 1st April 2019. As I have previously mentioned, I do not feel that this provides people with the opportunity to see the best attractions the island has to offer. There is a tourist "explorer" bus, 90 minutes for GBP 10 with pre-recorded commentary, stops at the Little Chapel and one photo stop together with a part island drive. Again IMHO whilst the Little Chapel would be in my top 5 places to see, there are so many other places which you should try to add into your one day visit.
  11. Not to mention contactless as well!!! For those who have not been to Guernsey, I thought you might like to see a one pound note, serial numbers blanked out. Different colours and sizes depending on value.
  12. Can only help with Guernsey as a port. CruisingIGo took the words right out of my mouth, the first website is the local tourist board website, the second website lists all the accredited guides on the island. If you click on their name, you will then find all their contact information. There is also a thread running with a lot of information on Guernsey including some recommendations for guides from other cruisecritic members (the thread started in 2016, however there are more recent posts on pages 2 and 3). I attach below for ease. If you have any other specific questions on St Peter Port, Guernsey please post here and I will try my best to help.
  13. Please don't confuse Jersey with Guernsey as I may become offended 🤣🤣🤣
  14. I am pretty sure no shops or restaurants in the UK will take Guernsey notes. Even though the coins look the same, sometimes a very eagle eyed assistant has spotted a Guernsey coin from me and rejected it. Banks should accept the notes and coins without question and swap them over, however if you are not a customer of that bank, they may not be so helpful. Yes, it is correct to say Queen Elizabeth is our monarch but she is wearing her Duke of Normandy hat on whilst in the role. Yes, it is correct to say we are not part of the UK, we are part of the British Isles, and are a Crown Dependency. We have our own Government (we are not allowed to vote for the UK Government), we set our own laws, and have our own currency. As for the rest, you will all have to come over to Guernsey to find out more!!! 😉 Only joking, happy to try to answer more questions.
  15. There is no need to "avoid" ATM's in Guernsey, you just need to be careful. Some ATM's provide Guernsey currency and some provide GBP Sterling currency. Check if there is a notification around the ATM itself. For example, the nearest ATM from the tender pier is at Barclays Bank. The ATM on the roadside provides Guernsey notes, the ATM just inside the entrance area (which is open 24-7, you do not need to be a Barclays customer) provides GBP Sterling. If you need GBP sterling and are unsure, ask either your guide or one of the "Meet and Greet" people on the pier. As has been mentioned previously, try not to leave Guernsey with too much "Guernsey" currency as this cannot be spent in regular shops outside the island, and you would have to go to a UK bank to exchange for GBP Sterling. When purchasing goods or services in Guernsey, always ask for your change "in English" (i.e GBP Sterling).
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