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About fvandewouwer

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    Belgium/Europe
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    take care of my husband, want to see the world, meet people, love to snorkel, I adore nature.
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    RCI
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  1. so sorry for the bad weather, which one did you book ? and how did you manage to be onboard in time ( tender ) did you have enough time ? thanks for more info
  2. I did check them out as we have booked another tour with them and they are very helpful, in this case their tour is very expensive and yes a private one ( husband also do not like private tours, for just the 2 of us, as he believes with the only 2 and a guide there is no privacy...., yep I married a strange man ) We were looking at the Te Puia tour but we are afraid this will be very commercial which …. yes dh does not like either any advice on Te Puia ?? thanks and have a marvellous Sunday
  3. I would be happy but my husband is a pussy no driving at our ",wrong" side of the road he said...
  4. one day 16 March from ?? till ?? ( the arrival time and departure time is stil a mystery ) would love to to to Rotorua and Waiotapu. Have checked so many tours but I do not seem to find a combination of those 2 places. Any advice on tours please ? A jeep tour would be nice off the beaten track to see as much of this beautiful place as we can. no need of fancy restaurants or shopping. thanks for your input. good evening from Belgium
  5. oh I did even through FB MicCanberra you said you did this tour 5 years ago but I did not get which one your did ?
  6. WoW thank you all for the lovely comments, after reading every one of your advice we are now certain to take a ship's tour, because there are a lot of difficulties.( time is one of them ) I kept on reading on many sites, even found a book on the GBR but still am not sure from where to take the snorkel trip. if we do this from Airlie we have an opportunity to see some other things in Cairns ( thank you Rose Porky 55 ) but 2 h snorkelling and 4 hours on our way to get there ... we flew all the way from Belgium and our time difference is absurd wished we could spend many more hours on your amazing GBR If we would go from Cairns we would do number 2 ( yes the most expensive one ) j they take 'only' 100 p and they say specifically ' advanced snorkelers ' even divers are mentioned so that seems to be a little more spectacular Thanks MicCanberra for the Ginger tip, we are lucky never to be sick no matter how rough the sea can be husband has worked on a boat for 30 years and I am just loving a rocking ship. Suzi66 thanks for sharing your pictures ( was this from Cairns and it would be tour 1 I think ? ) so sorry for the boy, we always feel sorry when someone is unable to see what is in our amazing oceans and seas have been blessed to see so many sharks, rays and amazing coral in our 35 years experience. I know you all think why on earth they cruise Australia instead of take a trip and stay for a few days in this area but in our case this is the last trip before we leave back to Belgium ( we cruise from Sydney to Singapore so we shorten our flight with 9 hours to fly back to Belgium ) before this cruise we have seen the The Blue Mountains, Uluru, Sydney Fiji, Vanuatu , New Caledonia and New Zealand, we leave mid februari and will be back home mid april, so I guess we cannot complain about any snorkel trip as we are so blessed to travel for 2 months to see what we believe is the most beautiful part of our globe. Again thank you all for your advice and time to write for your comments and tips for your pictures. have a great day, good evening from Belgium Frieda
  7. I want to thank you all for your input. What I learn is that we need to book a tour from Royal because of the arrival time / weather ….. we are a bit disappointed now because we thought we were able to snorkel from both places did not know these were tender ports our first idea was to go snorkeling from Airlie Beach ( our first stop ) we would choose option 1 but we are afraid of the 4 hours on a catamaran ( 2 back and 2 forward ) we dislike loud music and crowded ships people telling their story of their life while sailing on a beautiful ocean …. pfff from Cairns it seems to be a bit closer ( 1h 30 ) but I wonder what the difference is between option 1 the pontoon or option 2 mooring from a purpose-built reef vessel and where are they going to ? the GBR is so big they do not mention which reef I have been reading so much about coral bleaching ... I have mailed RCI but got an answer I could get all my information on board the ship yeah right it would be a pity to pay 300 usd pp for a few fish some rocks and a chicken and rice buffet on a pontoon with loud music. really do not know what to do but we came this far and I am willing to swim to the GBR :) thanks for reading and ideas.
  8. I want to thank you all for your input. What I learn is that we need to book a tour from Roya
  9. thanks and have a wonderful cruise
  10. snorkeling the GBR was on top of our bucket list for such a long time and now we are getting so close cruise explorer of the seas from Sydney to Singapore in March /April visiting Airlie Beach from 7 till 6 april 2 and Cairns from 7 till 6 april 4 there are a lot of tours on Royal Website we can book but we have already so many people on the ship that we would love to do this one day in a lifetime experience on our own or in a small group and we are looking to go to the most beautiful part of the GBR with lots of coral fish sharks and rays can anyone give me advice which tour to pick or which company to contact in the area ? these are the tours Royal provides from Airlee Beach 1. 7h Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Set sail on an exclusive catamaran for a two-hour ride to the Great Barrier Reef where you'll board a large floating platform on the outer reef. Enjoy approximately three hours surrounded by an abundance of tropical marine life and colorful coral. Indulge in a variety of activities including snorkeling, a reef tour on a semi-submersible vessel and a walk through underwater viewing chamber 255 usd pp ( only 2 hours of snorkeling so a no for us ) 2. The ultimate sailing experience and world-class snorkeling create a memorable day as guests explore beautiful remote bays, islands and beaches. Sail around Whitsunday Islands National Park on one of the fastest, most graceful commercial catamarans available. Enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch, idyllic scenery and sun-dappled seas from spacious decks as the skipper provides colorful commentary. Then dive into the Whitsunday’s favorite maritime playground for approximately 2 hours snorkeling in a protected reef teeming with life. 239 usd pp ( 2 h snorkeling ) 3. Visit Whitsunday Islands' "wild side." The uninhabited islands offer beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. Learn about the protected areas during an educational tour. Then skim across the ocean waves in an inflatable vessels designed and built as rescue crafts and powered by 450hp engines. Cruise past breathtaking islands and enjoy a refreshing swim in the tropical water 179 usd pp from Cairns 1.Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Board a catamaran for the one and half hour transfer to a pontoon at the Great Barrier Reef. Then explore the biggest single structure made by living organisms for approximately 4 hours. Engage in a wide range of activities on the outer reef that include diving, snorkeling, a tour on a semi-submersible vessel, and a walk through an underwater viewing chamber. 258 usd pp 2. Great Barrier Reef wonders beckon advanced snorkelers and divers during this full-day exclusive charter trip. Experience the best the area and conditions can offer. A maximum 100 guests depart Cairns to enjoy 4 amazing hours spent exploring a mooring from a purpose-built reef vessel. Tour includes buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and Lycra suit. Scuba diving is an optional extra; guests should book on the ship in advance to reserve tanks and dive masters. 100 people ????? they mention advanced which is good but 100 people price 299 usd pp thank you all for your time to help me sort out what to book or where to look from Belgium Frieda
  11. snorkeling the GBR was on top of our bucket list for such a long time and now we are getting close cruise explorer of the seas from Sydney to Singapore in March /April visiting Airlie Beach from 7 till 6 april 2 and Cairns from 7 till 6 april 4 there are a lot of tours on Royal Website we can book but we have already so many people on the ship that we would love to do this one day in a lifetime experience on our own or in a small group and we are looking to go to the most beautiful part of the GBR with lots of coral fish sharks and rays can anyone give me advice which tour to pick of which company to contact in the area ? these are the tours Royal provides from Airlee Beach 1. 7h Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Set sail on an exclusive catamaran for a two-hour ride to the Great Barrier Reef where you'll board a large floating platform on the outer reef. Enjoy approximately three hours surrounded by an abundance of tropical marine life and colorful coral. Indulge in a variety of activities including snorkeling, a reef tour on a semi-submersible vessel and a walk through underwater viewing chamber 255 usd pp ( only 2 hours of snorkeling so a no for us ) 2. The ultimate sailing experience and world-class snorkeling create a memorable day as guests explore beautiful remote bays, islands and beaches. Sail around Whitsunday Islands National Park on one of the fastest, most graceful commercial catamarans available. Enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch, idyllic scenery and sun-dappled seas from spacious decks as the skipper provides colorful commentary. Then dive into the Whitsunday’s favorite maritime playground for approximately 2 hours snorkeling in a protected reef teeming with life. 239 usd pp ( 2 h snorkeling ) 3. Visit Whitsunday Islands' "wild side." The uninhabited islands offer beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. Learn about the protected areas during an educational tour. Then skim across the ocean waves in an inflatable vessels designed and built as rescue crafts and powered by 450hp engines. Cruise past breathtaking islands and enjoy a refreshing swim in the tropical water 179 usd pp from Cairns 1.Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Board a catamaran for the one and half hour transfer to a pontoon at the Great Barrier Reef. Then explore the biggest single structure made by living organisms for approximately 4 hours. Engage in a wide range of activities on the outer reef that include diving, snorkeling, a tour on a semi-submersible vessel, and a walk through an underwater viewing chamber. 258 usd pp 2. Great Barrier Reef wonders beckon advanced snorkelers and divers during this full-day exclusive charter trip. Experience the best the area and conditions can offer. A maximum 100 guests depart Cairns to enjoy 4 amazing hours spent exploring a mooring from a purpose-built reef vessel. Tour includes buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and Lycra suit. Scuba diving is an optional extra; guests should book on the ship in advance to reserve tanks and dive masters. 100 people ????? they mention advanced which is good but 100 people price 299 usd pp thank you all for your time to help me sort out what to book or where to look from Belgium Frieda
  12. Hi, we will visit all those islands next year on our cruise with the Explorer we are snorkel fanatics and are looking for the most perfect places, from shore or by boat need your advice on our stops Lifou / Fiji Suva and Fiji Lautoka / Port Vila and Mystery Island Vanuatu and Nouméa New Caledonia are the places we visit find so little information through tripadvisor so I do hope someone from cc can help me thank you for your time
  13. fvandewouwer

    confused Affidavit form NCL Sky, no tours planned

    it was indeed very easy to go off the ship thank you all for advise
  14. Hi, very excited about our upcoming trip next year; cruise RCI Explorer / Seas Februari 2019 first question trying to figure out where our ship docks / tender at Lifou Suva Lautoka Port Vila Mystery Island Noumea we are snorkel fanatics have been doing that for30 years and a bit around the world we are looking for big fish / sharks and rays and alive coral ( a few rocks really cannot tempt us anymore ) so we are very excited to visit these amazing places can anyone help us finding the best snorkel spots near these islands or advice on dive companies if snorkeling from shore is not an option or should we skip snorkeling as we would miss something spectacular we have never seen. we love nature and like to be independent ( but if the ship's excursion is a one in a lifetime experience we would book it ) and although we travel by cruise ship, we always search for a quiet and peaceful place. help is appreciated I do thank you a lot for your time best regards from chilly Belgium
  15. fvandewouwer

    confused Affidavit form NCL Sky, no tours planned

    so this is clear to me, visa was ordered through NCL just paid for it and it will be ready ' I hope ' as soon we board the ship in Miami. the OFAC is something I got a reminder of NCL to fill in online and send a copy to them ' on line ' so my TA said to fill in educational group P2P but then I started reading some threads about people not getting off the ship etc, so I got worried I will also bring a blanc paper in case they need something different and hope there will be no argument. When we left Cuba so many years ago ' that was a group tour all around Cuba ' entering from Europe was no issue at all but leaving was something else, they let my husband go through the customs and put me aside as I was a crook, police came I felt really embarrassed. The issue was that I had bought cigares and did not have the bill anymore. Long story, they wanted money I refused so after a very long discussion 'and I kept calm' saying they needed to check the hotel paperbasket, just before our flight left, they let me go. My husband almost got himself in trouble as he started arguing with another officer with the help of our tour guide who spoke Spanish ' they were put in another room ' Well all ended well and this was more than 16 years ago but i will never forget the look on the face of that police officer when I refused not paying him to let me go. Now, so many years later, this is a great story, it was not at that time so I want to board the ship and leave the ship without having a gun pointed on me ;p
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