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    Northern California, USA
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    Celebrity, HAL
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    Air Quality in Havana

    Just returned from the Norwegian Sky cruise. Air quality was fine in Havana. There was a consistent breeze and it wasn't very hot or humid.
  2. Many thanks, CTCruiser001, for your posts. We are on the 5/8 sailing and this is extremely helpful. Have fun! Karen
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    Norwegian Sky to Cuba

    Hi xtreat! Our family of 3 will be on the same cruise to Cuba! And we live in Roseville. Did you visit the Roll Call? I posted an itinerary for a tour we are taking with Fertours. Let me know if you would like to join us. All the details are on the Roll Call. Let's keep in touch! Karen
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    Can I help with any Malaga queries

    Thanks for your prompt reply!
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    Can I help with any Malaga queries

    Hello. We will be in Malaga on Oct 3-5. Thank you for all the great info. We of course want to visit the Alhambra. What is the best way to do that? We're open to any method including a private excursion from our hotel, renting a car or taking a bus. Any help is most appreciated!
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    tours from vietnam ports

    We used Thi at Smile Tours for Saigon and Hanoi/Halong Bay. She was a wonderful and very caring tour guide. We were able to see so much of the beautiful country. I would recommend going to Hanoi on the first day if you have an overnight then spend the second day on Halong Bay.
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    best time to cruise SE asia-Bangkok,Singapore,vietnem

    We just did that itinerary in early December 2014 and the weather was wonderful in each location.
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    Celebrity 1st timer-Millennium Questions

    If you can afford the splurge and the weather is good, consider a float plane ride in Ketchikan. We did not reserve ahead. When it turned out to be a sunny day upon arrival, we arranged the ride at the dock. It was amazing. We landed on the water near land and saw grizzly bears. So memorable! Enjoy!
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    Bangkok (Laem Chaban) tours

    We were at that port in December for 2 days and went to Bangkok. It was great seeing the city and the 2nd day we went to see the ruins at Ayuthaya. We stayed overnight in Bangkok. The traffic is horrific so with one day I would not take a chance on going to Bangkok. I can recommend Thai Tour Guide if you want to explore options for your one day visit. Enjoy!
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    Tailor--HK or Singapore?

    We ended up not getting any custom clothing. The tailor on board was too expensive and in port we decided not to take the time. However, if we would have done it, HK seemed to be a far better choice with more options.
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    Ha Long Bay

    We were in Halong Bay in December and booked a private junk tour in advance with Smile Tours. The full day tour was fantastic. We visited a fishing village where locals took us out on small boats to less visited parts of the bay. The food provided on board was a true feast. Enjoy this beautiful part of Vietnam!
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    Options off overnight stay in Laem Chabang

    We did similar tours as Sandy999 in December. They were great! Used Thai Tour Guide and stayed at Easton Sathorn Hotel which was fabulous but a little more expensive. They had an amazing breakfast buffet included. Definitely stay overnight as Bangkok traffic is horrific. Enjoy!
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    Recent Millennium Reviews Not Good - Any truth?

    We just sailed on Millennium in Dec and sailed HAL to Alaska a few years ago, but I would definitely not choose Celebrity. The food quality has really declined on Celebrity since we were on Constellation and Solstice in the past. The salads were wilted, the broccoli was yellow and the only fresh fruit that tasted good was watermelon. The desserts at the buffet were not good at all and the coffee was bad too. Service in the MDR was slow. I'm not a picky eater at all and mainly cruise for the itinerary but I'm sorry to say, the food was truly disappointing on Millie.
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    Venice: Loving It & Why??!!

    Definitely go to mass at St. Marks! It was wonderful and even though I don't speak Italian I was able to follow along. Be aware that large backpacks are not allowed inside. Small/medium purses are ok. Enjoy Venizia!
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    Best things to buy in each port??

    I just returned from those same ports. Here are a few things I bought. Singapore: Fashions for my daughter. You can find less expensive items for the younger crowd. Sizes run small. Thailand: Embroidered small purses, elephant pants for lounging, silk tie. Saigon: t-shirts and other good quality clothing for cheap prices at market, hats, silk scarf, placemats. Halong Bay: small handpainted pictures, sapphire necklace. Hong Kong: hanging lanterns, bamboo coasters, tea. Nothing heavy or breakable!