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  1. We are on the Ruby Princess. I assume she docks at the OPT Circular Quay but perhaps I should check. Might make a difference where we decide to book.
  2. We are doing one night pre-trip so maybe that would be the night to spend at the Holiday Inn and then maybe find another hotel for post trip.
  3. We will be in Sydney post cruise for 4 nights. Our choice for a hotel is the Holiday Inn Old Sydney or something in the Circular, Darling Harbour or Potts Point area. The location and view from the Holiday Inn looks good but it is a little more pricey. My question is, is it convenient for most of the tourist sites or would we be better off booking a hotel in one of the other areas?
  4. We are sailing on the Ruby roundtrip Sydney with our first port of call after 2 seaday cruising Fjordland heading towards Auckland. Should we be on the port or starboard side or does it make any difference, and not just for the Fjordland cruising but for the entire trip? Thanks for your input.
  5. Or maybe i’m reading it wrong. I know on HA you can take an overnight tour where you get off in Milford Sound and cross the island and pick up the ship the next day. I don’t see that Princess offers this so maybe that’s the reason it doesn’t specifically mention Milford Sound.
  6. It cruise the Fjordland area but does not specifically mention Milford Sound which others do, so the way I read it, it doesn’t cruise Milford Sound.
  7. we are planning a cruise in 2020 from Sydney. I recently found a great fare on Princess but it doesn’t include Milford Sound which HA does but there is almost a $1300 pp difference in price. So the question is, is Cruising Milford Sound worth $1300pp?
  8. Thanks. That's kind of what I thought but now you've confirmed it.
  9. we are looking at several itineraries, some include Hobart, Tasmania and some do not. Would we be missing out by not going to Tasmania? Also, some include Melbourne and some do not. Melbourne looks like a big city. Is it worth including in our itinerary or can we skip it!
  10. Stelladoro, which tour company did you use? Were they easy to work with and would you recommend them?
  11. this seems like a way to see some of the scenic interior of the South Island without doing a land tour. It’s been described as pricey. How pricey? And is it worth it?
  12. I second the nomination for Ray Rouse. He was our cruise director on our first ever cruise on the Nordic Prince, and since then, we have always compared cruise directors to him and none have measured up. I can’t see him doing anything else.
  13. We sailed around 8:00 p.m. and returned to Bergen at 2:30.
  14. That is really a sad tale of woe, and doesn’t speak well of Hurtigruten. Except for a few minor hiccups such as when we got there to board they didn’t yet have boarding passes printed or that apparently due to a computer glitch everyone had been assigned to early dinner seating, everything else was good. Captain and crew were fun and very attentive, we loved the Spitsbergen and food in the dining room. Can’t think of anything we would have changed so fingers crossed, you will have a fantastic trip. By the way, we grew up in Huntington Beach and still have family in the area including a sister in Long Beach. Small world.
  15. That is too bad. Why did they cancel and why couldn’t they notify people? I can understand why you were so disappointed.
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