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  1. I'll bite: WFM/HC??? Context suggests HC is Horizon Court buffet. Am I right??
  2. Thanks, the first answer is somewhat disturbing; sort of defeats the purpose of a quarantine. If not smokers are not smoking, they must be going through some sort of withdrawal; if they re smoking, cabin cleanup will be a bit more difficult.
  3. My questions are "curiosity based." 1. What are smokers doing. Since ( I'm guessing) they can't get to designated smoking areas? 2. Cam passengers in balcony cabins go out on their balcony where they can chat with their neighbors? Greg
  4. Does Viking offer OBCs for: AMEX Platinum or other credit card (as Oceania, Regent, Princess, etc. do)? Military (veterans, retirees or active duty)? first Responders? Other? Thanks, Greg
  5. DH has been registered as GF; but, in reading sample menus is GF pasta available?
  6. Could you get Gluten Free pasta in Toscana? If so, how was it?
  7. We're planning on using UBER when we arrive at Sydney Airport. Is there good free wifi connectivity at Sydney Airport? Is any place better than others as we come out of arrivals customs?
  8. Thanks for the explanation of the maps. I, too, like to take photos of the maps to go with my album. I suspect the Navigator will have the new, improved system by the time we sail. Oh well. Greg
  9. Could those of you that were on this cruise please identify the category of suite you booked and maybe a few comments about the suite, please? Also, OP mentioned "mapping system" and that you didn't like the one on Explorer. What are the differences? I want to thank everyone on this cruise who posted about their experiences. We are booked for this same cruise in 2020 and your insights are really valuable to me. We're scheduled for almost the same set of ports (not doing Devil's Island but adding Havana) so your comments about ports and excursions are really helpful. Again, thanks for all the wonderful information, Greg
  10. Guess I would weigh in on the "do a island stay in Fiji" side of things. A few years ago, we did a Tahiti to Fiji cruise on Paul Gauguin and a one week stay on the north side of Viti Levu in a self catering house near the Wananavu Beach Resort. Great snorkeling. Actually a Tahiti to Fiji cruise on PG and then a stay in Fiji post cruise would be my recommendation for a Fiji trip. Greg
  11. Thanks V_icki_e, appreciate you taking the time to respond. I was pretty sure that milkshakes wouldn't be included due to the NZ Creamery concession. DH loves a good shake and for $7.50AUD we'll give it a go. If good I'm sure we'll give it many goes. The couple with a shake and a mojito on the pool deck will be us. Again, thanks for taking the time to provide helpful information, Greg
  12. Yes, the NZ Ice Cream is on board (at an additional charge) so I was expecting the Milkshakes (or Thick Shakes) to be for an additional charge also. On the New Zealand Natural Ice Cream web site the flavors look really good so I'm optimistic that great ice cream products will be available at a reasonable additional charge. DH and I don't mind paying a bit extra for really good ice cream/shakes/sorbets. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Greg
  13. I want to apologized in advance as I posted this on the Princess Board; but, I thought I might get answers here also. I appreciate your patience. We have the PBP on an upcoming Australian Cruise on Sea Princess. The terms and conditions page on Princess' web site says that among the included beverages are "milkshakes (when available)." Does anybody know what that really means for an Australian cruise on Sea Princess?? I think Ice Cream is an extra charge but can they make milkshakes?? If so, any idea of what the charge is? If you tried them, did you think they were good? None of this is a deal breaker , just trying to manage DH's expectations
  14. We have the PBP on an upcoming Australian Cruise on Sea Princess. The terms and conditions page on Princess' web site says that among the included beverages are "milkshakes (when available)." Does anybody know what that really means for an Australian cruise on Sea Princess?? I think Ice Cream is an extra charge but can they make milkshakes?? If so, any idea of what the charge is? If you tried them, did you think they were good? None of this is a deal breaker , just trying to manage DH's expectations Greg
  15. Thanks for everyone's replies. DH is not Celiac, just gluten intolerant, so do not require US GF certification. We have found that DH can't eat French fries cooked in the same oil as battered fish or chicken, though. Jackie, thanks for the comment on updated menu in CR. That will help a lot. Glad to hear about "baskets" of GF bread at dinner and GF goodies at Tea. Greg
  16. We haven't been on Regent for a while; but, are considering an Amazon Cruise on Navigator. DH is now GF and I was wondering if anyone has had any recent GF experience? Especially at La Veranda in the evening (GF pasta available?). As an aside I've read some pretty horrible comments about Prime 7 on Navigator (meat is tough and crab legs are really just a pile of crabmeat?). Any specific comments would be welcome. Thanks, Greg
  17. I'd like to thank everybody for their replies. They've been very helpful. I appreciate the time you took to answer. Greg
  18. Our bank doesn't have reciprocity agreements with any Australian bank, I asked. As an aside, would a bank at Sydney Airport arrivals have a higher fee than in the CBD?
  19. Can one walk or can the local transportation (buses etc.) in these towns get one to most of the local attractions (Cable beach, ANZAC Museum, and such)? Thanks, Greg
  20. Does Sea Princess have "on demand " movies in the cabin? Son just returned from Ruby and said on demand had been installed there and loved it.
  21. Love the blog and the photos! Do you happen to know the charge for Ice Cream or Milk shakes at venues other than the dining rooms/buffet? Our booking included a Sip 'N' Sail (which in the US includes Milkshakes) but the Sea Princess page on the Princess website indicates that they serve a NZ ice cream for which an extra charge applies. Thanks, Greg
  22. Thanks everyone, appreciate the info. Sounds much like here. We favor places here that do not dust or batter their fries here. Our higher end Asian restaurants here usually have gf soy sauce or even Tamari (my favorite). Good tip about getting gf Soy Sauce, at local grocery store. Again thanks to everyone for your reassurance. Greg
  23. We'll be doing a 15 Day DIY land tour of Australia (Adelaide, Wilpena, Uluru, Cairns, and Sydney) post cruise next April. We're not always ones to eat at higher end restaurants (like small, casual cafes/diners and such). How common is it for eateries of all levels to offer GF options? Even things as simple as GF soy sauce in Asian diners? Thanks, Greg
  24. How common is it in Sydney for eateries to offer Gluten Free options? Here in rural SE Arizona; only a few restaurants carry a GF Certification (zero cross contamination); but, many have GF options on the menu, or maybe the option of GF bread or pasta. My wife is not Celiac; but Gluten Sensitive, and a large dose will disrupt the next two days of our vacation:(. Tanks, Greg
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