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  1. Hi Rod and Jill, a great big welcome. We look forward to meeting you on board and joining us on our small group tour. Anything organized by Duncan is always successful and a great time usually had by all. See ya soon. Liz
  2. We may join you there. It just depends on how exhausted we are after our week + here. Just a bit of info re arrival at airport and visa etc. very smooth and quick procedure, with visa stamped on the passport. No problems with medication forms or any questions asked re this, but we had our prescriptions in the original packaging, plus pharmacist form duly filled out, together with prescription by doctor duly signed. This was something that was freaking me out before I left home. The only wait we had was collecting our luggage, about 45 minutes to retrieve same. After disembarking plane, just follow the signs for visitors without visas. Once visa stamped, follow signs for trains to get to baggage claim, a short 5 minute ride. Whilst waiting for luggage we noticed the duty free store, ATM, washrooms, everything clearly marked in English. As we left with our luggage, following signs for a taxi, we noticed Spinneys supermarket on the right hand side and stopped to purchase water etc. Great place to purchase a few snacks and cheeses etc. A great mini market. Reasonable prices too. Taxi ride to Gevora Hotel in the Trade centre area on Sheikh Zayed Road, 58 AED. Very reasonable. Very impressed with hotel. Absolutely spectacular 180 degree views from our suite, with no buildings impeding our view of the Burj. Great pool on the 12th floor and an amazing lobby. So far, no problems with elevators, which were pretty fast, however for a hotel with 70 floors, IMHO I feel they should have installed more elevators. There also is an array of antique cars on the 12th floor with the original bat mobile. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to the Mall of the Emirates and a couple of other places, however we used the metro instead of waiting for the timed shuttle. Info at the metro booth was great, guy in booth selling tickets spoke excellent English and was extremely helpful. Taxis are very reasonably priced too. Weather today was 66 degrees, with a slight breeze, very comfortable for walking. Hope this info can help others who may have some concerns. The Horizon together with 3 other ships was in port today. Had a beautiful view of it together with the QE2 from our room, even though it was far away. DH got a great telephoto shot of it.
  3. Hotel is wonderful, huge room with spectacular views from large plate glass windows. Concierge extremely helpful. Tackled the metro today, using the silver NOL card, but since it’s the weekend it was extremely crowded, but everyone was very polite and helpful. Visited the Mall of the Emirates to see the skiing, sledding and penguins, and then spent a glorious couple of hours outdoors at the Miracle Gardens enjoying a spectacular array of flowers. Absolutely gorgeous. Temperature 66 C with a bit of breeze, so it was very comfortable for being outdoors. I’ll head back now to our regular board and leave the posting of photos etc. in your so very capable hands.
  4. Looking very good. I’m so glad it’s not 40. We would not have enjoyed that. All packed. Leaving tomorrow. See you next week.
  5. Totally understand your plight, Col. Good luck with the packing. Where else do your travels take you to?
  6. Still considering what to pack for a month. You may be the last one to the party, but it won’t take you long to catch up. Have a a great weekend everyone.
  7. Thanks for reminding us. I hadn’t thought of it, but will now throw something green in suitcase.
  8. It sure does. Duncan is so very good at organizing trips and tours. You’d make a great travel agent, Duncan. Something to think about when you retire.
  9. I don’t think you’ll ever forget that. Or dos Fosters poor favour. Lol. Memories of our Vision of the Seas cruise flashes in front of my eyes.
  10. I sure did. Relax fella. I was reaching out to Simon. Thanks so very much Simon for the lovely photo and info. Very much appreciated. Liz
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