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  1. Medicare does not cover you out of the US. If you have a supplement to your Medicare, you can purchase one that does have this coverage, which my husband and I have. Not all supplements have this coverage, you need to select one that does. I always buy evacuation insurance , and I always use Medjet Assist. It is not medical coverage, it evacuates you from where you are to your home. Someone above mentioned Advantage plans, they do not have any international coverage. Why do you think they are free???
  2. I was on a Pandaw cruise of hte Red River and Ha Long Bay which spent 2 plus days in Ha Long bay. It was the highlight of the trip, it is so beautiful. The port at Ha Long is very congested and touristy, there are tons of day boat tours and I don't think you'd want to be in a hotel there. We visited floating villages, went off the boat onto one, spent some time in smaller boats, and went ashore on an island and visited a village there. It was wonderful, you need to have time there to appreciate it and time away from the scrum of other boats.
  3. Just curious, what boat are you sailing on that does not do laundry? I have never been on a boat that did not provide the service and have sailed only on quite small boats.
  4. I am looking at a West Africa cruise on Variety Cruises for Jan 2022 and called them today. They have "not yet decided" if they are requiring vaccines of passengers. I allowed as how many might rather not cruise if they were not certain all pax and staff had had the vaccine. The woman I spoke to was very nice but said they still had no word from the head office. It makes it hard to plan ahead.
  5. If Azamara changes this cruise radically, which seems quite possible at this time, I can't imagine there's any other itinerary that would interest us. We loved the idea of the Persian Gulf ports. I don't have experience with this type of situation. Would Azamara give us a full refund? We do have travel insurance but wonder if we will be covered if we just don't care to go on whatever itinerary Azamara offers. Obviously we have spent quite a bit of money on flights as well. They are nonrefundable. Will insurance cover if we need to cancel? I'm not overly anxious yet (and we
  6. Fujairah is where the trouble is, that's the actual oil port. Have you looked at a map? There is no way to do any part of the Persian Gulf if there are security issues.
  7. I was on one river cruise boat in Asia that had a reverse osmosis system onboard for purifying water, but most put on water at each stop. There is no potable water supply in the region, they use bottled water for everything.
  8. I am cruising on the Quest in November and have reserved a Club Continent Suite with the walk in shower. It is easy to make that request and they know specifically which cabins are which. I cannot get and out of a tub shower. My travel agent knew which suites had which.
  9. We had an amazing stay on the club floor of the Pan Pacific in Singapore. I can't say enough for the personnel and service and the hotel is just lovely with great views.
  10. just posting here again because I failed to click onnotify me of replies before
  11. I am looking at the Dubai/UAE cruise on Esprit in December. It seems that that is the only time it would be feasible to visit there, given the temps most of the year. Has no one here cruised on that itinerary on Esprit? The web site is so lacking in information that it makes it hard to envision the cruise.
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