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  1. G.M.T.

    Hong Kong for 1 and a 1/2 days

    I think people here are getting confused about mineral and distilled water. Mineral water has carbon dioxide in it (either added or occurs naturally). Distilled water has been processed to removed all minerals to be used in car batteries, irons or medical equipment i.e. COPD machines. What is meant above is sparkling (bubbly) or still (no bubbles) water, both can be drunk without any problems and both contain minerals ancd can certainly be used for hiking.
  2. Which cruise port will you be using? Chech out these site: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/tourist/index.php http://www.discoverhongkong.com/de/plan-your-trip/traveller-info/transport/getting-around/mtr.jsp Don't top up your card too much and keep together with your cruise card as a souvenir.
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    Royal Caribbean's charge for Vietnam visa

    John Bull is correct. We did a cruise last year to Vietnam, 3 ports and did not need a visa, we got a Landing Card from the ship, didn't cost anything. The non visa agreement has been extended to 30th. June 2021, valid for 15 days, on a cruise of say 3 or 4 ports is counted as one entry. This applies to British, German, French, Italian and Spanish passport holders, passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Keep checking with the Vietanese embassy in UK to see if Brexit will have any impact on the visa situation.
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    Royal Caribbean's charge for Vietnam visa

    Hi Ex-Neighbour, have you left Bavaria for good to join the "sinking" ship i.e. Brexit in Reverse? We did a cruise to Vietnam last year, really enjoyed it. It was funny, while in Danang a US aircraft carrier group was there on a visit, the first since the Vietnam War. There were no protests in the streets or other activities against US. Infact the Vietnamese were rubbing their hands at the prospect of doing some goos business. While in the markets, it reminded me of back home just across the border in the Czech republic and the local marlets there.
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    Costa onboard account - need help

    In the words of Mr Micawber: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."
  6. There is a direct train service from Munich Airport to Regensburg, then taxi to ship. From Budapest to Munich, there is either train (direct connection takes about 6 hours, change at Munich Main Station for Airport) or flight (direct connection takes about 1.25 hours and prices start at €125). Check ou this site about European trains: https://www.seat61.com/
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    Phi Phi Don Excursion

    Phi Phi is pretty but with the vast volumes of tourist and all their rubbish the leave behind it's now pretty awful. The last and only time we were there we could not wait to get back to the ship even if it was a Costa ship. If you want to go to a beach, then check out Patong Beach while in Phuket, great beach, good restuarants and very good deals in genuine Rolexs. Watch out for the lady boys. Anyway isn't Phi Phi beach now been closed indefinately so as the marine park and coral can recover. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/05/thailands-phi-phi-islands-suffering-water-crisis-tourist-influx/ https://weather.com/science/environment/news/2018-12-05-thailand-phi-phi-islands-running-out-of-water
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    Hong Kong day tour?

    You should go back and read my original my original message "The historic tram ride is very good, but you need time to do it, as it only runs two or three times a day. " See here: https://www.hktramways.com/en/tramoramic
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    Overnight in HaLong Bay from Millennium

    We had the overnight stay on Millenium last Spring. We did a 7 hour Halong Bay cruise and a half day City tour (museum, fish market - the sights sounds and smell etc.), both booked through Travel Authentic Asia, great service when booking and during the tours. We got the group together via the cruise roll call. I think the overnight junk tour is an overkill, there is so much to do and see in and around Halong City. Getting the group / tour together via the roll call then it is a private tour and you can tailor it to your specific needs. Have a great cruise.
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    Excursions for Elderly in India and Thailand

    We overnighted on the ship. We had a van for 14 passengers for the six of us, plenty of room even to move side to side to see different views. Had a great time and saw everything we wanted too.
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    Excursions for Elderly in India and Thailand

    We had an overnight in Mumbai, on the first day we had planned with two other couples a 10 hour tour. Each couple prioritised their list of thing to do and see and these lists were combined into one and agreed with the tour operator, also agreed that anyone could leave the tour if it was too much (taxi backto the ship). We had also planned a two hour Indian lunch to break up the day. It went very well, we only dropped 1 item from our list. Next day we went to Elephant Island (glad we did), when we got back we still had some time so we did the item we missed on the first day. The older and less mobile we get the less we pack into a day tour, after all it is a holiday so why get stressed out.
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    Need for local currency vs US Dollar

    For Hong Kong and Singapore, you will need local hard currency, US $ is hardly accepted. Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam US $ is accepted in the larger towns and markets, but you will need local currency for outside large urban areas and for small purchases. Best to get local currency from ATM (best rates).
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    Excursions for Elderly in India and Thailand

    While in Mumbai, we visited Elephant Island and the caves, on the long way up DW was carried up and down in a sort of sedan chair by 4 Indians, while I pushed her rollator.
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    Excursions for Elderly in India and Thailand

    The use of a rollator is excellant advice, it will give you more secure feeling and you take your seat with you. Don't worry about being harrassed when moving slowly, when a begger or shop keeper approaches just smile and shake your head, they will smile back and go onto the next person. Private tours are the way to go, as they can be tailed to meet your requirements. DW and I and her rollator have done, Muscat, Mumbai, Goa and Phuket and never had a problem either with private tour operator, taxis or public transport. Infact I find people in such places have a lot respect and understanding for people with disabilities than in our own "civilise" world. Our motto is "do it while you still can".
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    Currency for India

    When we were in Mumbai and Goa recently, we had Euros and US $ (small notes) for any excurions we had booked before leaving. For local currency we gotcash from ATM using bank card / credit card (never had a problem). We asked our cabin steward if she could take Indian Rupees as part of a tip, she was more than happy and told us that she exchanges them with her Indian crew members.
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