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About wynkys

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    Travel, reading and music of most kinds.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal, Celebrity, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic

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  1. This post will cover embarkation in Sydney. The ship was berthed at the White Bay facility which meant that it sailed under the Harbour Bridge on departure. I flew up from Melbourne that morning and I had researched online how to get to the terminal from Circular Quay after getting there by train from the airport. Captain Cook Cruises run a ferry service from the Quay to White Bay, however, it was only once I arrived that I found out that they don’t run the service on a Sunday, which, of course is turn-round day for Explorer Dream. A $30.00 taxi ride later, I arrived at the ship only to find out that at check-in, the system wouldn’t recognise my photo ID. Once on board, I found that my interior cabin on Deck 8 was perfectly adequate. The ship is well-appointed with friendly and efficient staff.
  2. Hi, We are just completing our first sea day since leaving Sydney last Sunday and having visited Newcastle yesterday. This is one of Dream Cruiseline’s initial cruises on its first deployment to Australian waters. It is, obviously, still working out what appeals to Australian customers and we are currently sailing with a mix of local and Asian guests and are well below capacity with around 900 paying guests. I am travelling on my own and am finding the lack of traditional bars with lounge areas serving drinks and the open dining arrangement where you are seated with whoever you arrive with, not conducive to meeting other passengers and I find that I am drinking and eating on my own. I intend to continue to report regularly for the remainder of the seven day cruise with my developing opinions.
  3. Thank you for your reports to date and I look forward to your future ones. I visited Antarctica with Ponant (Le Boreal) Christmas/New Year 2010/11 and it remains one of the highlights of my travels.
  4. Hi, I went through the Suez Canal way back in 1952 whilst traveling with my family to the US via the UK. As an eight year old I remember standing at the ship's rail and watching grown men along the banks waiting for our ship to pass and as it was a British ship and we were in the middle of the Suez Crisis, they would drop their trousers and turn with their back to our ship and defecate to show their disrespect. I couldn't believe that I was watching adults behave that way.
  5. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the current prices across the bar are for a Chivas Regal and ice and a glass of red wine, say Merlot, are? Thank you.
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