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  1. We have cruised on Viking and Ama and we like both equally. We do not like the huge penalties when you cancel Viking, their deposit policies are really over the top. On Viking we liked the Aquavit Terrace where you have a buffet if you want to eat outside. On Ama we love their pool and they have more choices of excursions at each place. So we go with who offers the best itinerary at the time we want to travel.
  2. I need suggestions for a nice hotel where we can leave our car foe 10 days in January, any suggestions ?
  3. We have used both lines and enjoyed them equally, they are different but the same..... More activities on board Viking but more excursion choices and bikes on AMA. You cant go wrong with either.
  4. We also did a few active hikes but the level was very reasonable ( we are 65 plus) and the tempo was ajusted for the slower folks.
  5. We are going with ama in August and will arrive 2 days before the pre-tour in Hanoi, then will join the group. We are canadians, do we need visas for Vietnam and Cambodia ? Can we get them upon arrival ?
  6. We went 2 years ago and Wellington is great on your own but take the cable car early, it gets hot quickly and then walk dowb and visit the museum on the shore ( Te papa). In Dunedin you have to take the ship's shuttle in town, 10 km and dangerous walk, nice stores and book the train to the gorges in advance. Akaroa , we took a viator tour to Christchurch, was not interesting. Taraunga, we walked to the mountain and climbed it, wonderful. In Bay of Islands we visited the treaty grounds then went by free shuttle to the little town of Pahia. So all easy except Dunedin, shuttle essential.
  7. Thanks, I contacted them and it is all set !
  8. We are going to Cairns on the Sea Princess in April. Unfortunately the tour to the Great Barrier Reef is already full ( we are on waitlist) and the ship is arriving at 10 AM when all the independent tours will have left. Any ideas ?
  9. Going in March, in Margaret River did you stay in Busselton ? What did you do ? Can you get to Margaret River to do the Heritage Trail ?
  10. Lolotte

    BUSAN south Korea

    On our last cruise a few weeks ago we had a stop in Busan. With cruise critics I had read about trazy.com a broker for tours in Busan. With them we had a wonderful full day tour for $60 each ( we were 6), we visited a temple, a skywalk, Haedong village, a beach, fish and local markets and the guide was extremely professional, spoke excellent English. He owns a company busanmate@naver.com ( owner Dony). Our stop had to be pushed back a day ( typhoon) they just changed the day of the reservation even if it was paid in advance. A lot of cruisers just lost their money and tours but trazy came through. A wonderful day indeed !
  11. No I have travelled a lot to many other countries including China. It is only that I had read that most people could speak English, it didn't really matter to us since my husband speaks japanese, just trying to help.
  12. Just came back from a cruise ( Celebrity Millenium). Japan is wonderful but there are a few things that I did not know before : 1. The English spoken by most Japanese is non-existent except for information center or hotel reception, be prepared ! 2. Credit cards are not often accepted except at hotels and major restaurant. A lot of ATM only works with credit cards ( not debit cards) 3. If you ask for help, they will always try to help you even if they do not know the answer, be aware ! 4. Never hop on a train or metro before double checking before if you are at the right platform. 5. It is the cleanest country I have ever seen, even the public toilets are spotless. However, there are no garbage can around. Everyone carries a plastic bag in their purse where they put their trash to bring back home ( or to the hotel). 6. It is not an expensive country for travelers, decent hotels and restaurants are available in all price range. The attractions are cheap to visit.
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