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t60

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    almeria spain
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    dancing,travelling,sewing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    they are all my favourite when cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Sydney, Rio, Bora Bora

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  1. The price for the taxi is that per person, one way? If so how did you get back? Sounds like a nice alternative to the bus. Was the bus a regular bus or one especially for the tourists...again would you have to pre-book for that?
  2. We're going to Argentina in December and have been checking currency situation (last time we were ther there was a sort of black market available ...but not now) the information we've been given is...you can get Pesos but most UK places don't have them in stock and so you need to order in advance. This is the other info notes I have made (sorry bit long).... exchange rate BA who reported the exchange rate is currently 35 pesos to the US dollar. Another commented - But the problem with getting cash is the limit of 4-5000 pesos and the fees at this end 215-360 pesos depending on the bank. You can make multiple withdrawals but the fees are so high you lose 10% when you factor in the bank charges! There are more comments on the thread "Effect of the Argentinian Economic Crisis on Cruises?" Personally I would bring US dollars and a couple of credit and debit cards and either go to a Cambio to change a small amount to Argentine pesos or try an ATM. Most places will take USD but give pesos as change. You should have no problems with credit cards in other countries down here. We use our credit cards all the time have been told by a family member who lives in Buenos Airies for almost 5 years now – that he has never exchanged money in a bank – always in Casa De Cambios for the best rate.. Especially if they are large bills. (Bring only new untorn/unfolded bills) Right now it is around 40 - So $100.00 USD would equal 4,000 AR Pesos ....check current rates who knows what will happen after Brexit...... Here is a Trip advisor post from this year basically saying the same…... https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g312741-i979-k11258410-Casas_de_cambio-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html would 2nd just having USD we used it everywhere. We were cautioned that if we were to get Peso's we would have problems changing it back. We never ran into anyone who wouldn't take dollars. We were on Cunard and there were many nationalities aboard, mostly British, many Canadians and I didn't hear of anyone having problems with non-US cards (don't know about Amex though). We used an ATM at the airport. Also exchanged some money at the hotel. Restaurants would prefer to take cash and will take USD with a not bad exchange rate. USD bills can be folded but otherwise must be in clean and unmarked condition. In the tourist areas you'll see men saying "cambio, cambio" they are trying to get you to change money with them. Don't! Find a legit currency exchange (you'll need your passport) or ATM. If you have time take the tour at the Teatro Colon. They offer them in English at specific times of the day. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card. Hop-on-Hop-Off bus only takes cash at their main office. Also on Saturday or Sunday the Casa Rosada is open to the public (free entry). Tours were in Spanish but we were able to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the building Hope you find this useful
  3. t60

    Packing tips for Alaska

    Thanks for the extra info and ideas...enjoy you next trips
  4. t60

    Packing tips for Alaska

    Thanks, I forgot I have a waterproof jacket from when we went 'round the Horn" a few years ago,but that might be a bit too warm. I was thinking of taking some trainers for walking around...what do you think, would they be OK?
  5. t60

    Packing tips for Alaska

    Never been to Alaska before, we live in Spain so not really used to the cold, we can see the snow on the Sierras, but it doesn't come down as far as the coast, We are coming over to Join the ship at Vancouver mid september then after a couple of days in the city it's an 11 day cruise, we need help with clothes. I know everyone says layers, but don't really want to have to buy a new wardrobe with wet weather stuff, protection from wind, hiking boots etc etc . OH is also a problem as he hasn't got any rain proof trousers, shoes or boots. Ideas and inspiration needed please...I realise that perhaps we should have thought about all this before we booked :-)
  6. Looking at the Free walking Tours in Rio and Buenos Aires.... I know you're supposed to tip the guide, but can someone give me some guidelines for amount please, would they want local currency or prefer US dollars?
  7. Our ship docks early and our flight back to UK is not until 11.30pm, so obviously we don't want to wait at the airport all day or carry our luggage around Rio all day. Any suggestions re somewhere secure to leave our luggage (1 big case and 2 hand luggage) or a day hotel room please so we can make the most of our last day in Rio? What have other people done?
  8. t60

    What Currency?

    quote< No problem obtaining either currency in the UK through the likes of M&S or Travelex, but not as many other outlets as more-mainstream currencies. ...snip) Thanks JB. Do you know if M&S at HedgeEnd have currency exchange, or is there a closer one to Portsmouh? Thanks for the info
  9. t60

    Currency query

    Cruising to Brazil and Argentina later this year and I understand their currencies aren't readily available outside their own countries. Need advice or experiences on getting local currency, is it better to use UK or Spanish bank card in local ATM, or to take hard cash to convert when we arrive. Which would be best Euros, sterling or dollars? Are there ATMs at the ports, are the exchange rates reasonable? Last time we were in Argentina there were 2 rates of exchange depending on how/where money was exchanged, I think I remember see exchange booths/cambios on the streets.I have read that sometimes shops etc will take dollars and give change in local currency.
  10. t60

    What Currency?

    Going to Brazil and Argentina later this year and I understand their currencies aren't readily available outside their own countries. Need advice or experiences on getting local currency, is it better to use UK or Spanish bank card in local ATM, or to take hard cash to convert when we arrive. Which would be best Euros, sterling or dollars? I have read that sometimes shops etc will take dollars and give change in local currency.
  11. This week I applied for a status match, we are Elite on Princess and have been given Black on MSC
  12. We are Elite with Princess, and have heard that other cruise lines will match our status. Does anyone have any information about this please? what cruise lines match with each other, how do you notify them etc?
  13. t60

    Back to basics

    The cat Chica, is now playing across at Rainbow Bridge with many others from my cat family. I still bear the scars of the time she spent with us...she was a little devil, but succumbed to FELK. I should get round to changing my profile photo sometime. The one attached is my old boy Longlegs plus there are another 2.Thanks for the extra information.
  14. t60

    Back to basics

    Thanks for taking the time to reply, Tenpin, you're obviously a seasoned Costa cruiser...this is our first time with them and I'm thinking we might have made a mistake. Good news re evening service, disappointing re robes, if we asked for them would the steward oblige? So we need to bring our own shampoos and soaps? Re shower head, does it slide up and down on a bar , I'm only short and don't want to be drowned every time I have a shower. How do you manage when unpacking and clothes are wrinkled? Thank goodness smoking is restricted.Disappointing re Anytime dining, but is the buffet open for breakfast/lunch/dinner/supper/24hr? When cruising we would normally eat around 7.30pm.
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