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    Haneda Tokyo airport to Yokohama cruise pier transportation question

    Yamash!ta is the park and waterfront area of Yokohama. Osanbashi is at one end of it and I think it's the only pier big enough for cruise ships. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3204.html https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3208.html
  2. There's a water taxi that makes regular trips across the inlet. 500 XPF or $10 (that's double) each way (in 2014). The church was open when I was there and is very attractive inside (festooned with flags). There's also a store and a post office there, and a couple of touristy places that seemed permanently closed.
  3. Warning: this is geek stuff. I just spent a frustrating couple of hours trying to download and print the boarding pass for an upcoming cruise. First of all, on the "Summary and Boarding Pass" page at the end of checkin, the "print boarding pass" button doesn't even show up if your browser window is too narrow (i.e., normal size). I had to go full screen. Then clicking the button just produces a box saying "loading" with a spinning gear icon, but nothing happens. However, the "luggage tag" download did work for me. So then I searched online and it seems many people have suffered the same problem and had tried all sorts of workarounds, with mixed success. I tried them all: different browsers, different operating systems, clear the cache, clear the cookies. No difference. Now I'm a CS dude and at this point I'd had it, so I put down my drink, sat up straight, and got to work. From what I could make out, the HAL code has a 45 sec timeout on the download, after which it silently fails. I'm on a slow network so that's it. The luggage tags are a smaller file, hence that works. The HAL coders need to be fustigated. So here's the work around, In Firefox, open the "Web Developer" panel (on Linux this hangs from the rightmost [hamburger/flyout] icon), then click "network". This will open a network monitor pane. Now click again on "print boarding pass" and you'll see the network traffic. One item is a GET on a file called 1, that is a pdf. Aha! Highlight this line, then right click and do "open in new tab" and the pdf file will download. You'll have to poke around to find similar capabilities on other browsers and operating systems but I'd expect it to work.
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    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky port - dock or tender?

    In May 2017 the Celebrity Millennium used tenders.
  5. The French Bee PPT-SFO flight leaves at 7am and it is not every day, so you may need to stay in Tahiti for a day or so. Tahiti Nui used to have a flight timed like that and I found it quite OK in coach and much preferable to the overnight flights.
  6. There's a new French airline "French Bee" about to start SFO-PPT. Their one-way fares are very reasonable: https://www.frenchbee.com/en/ Also, United will start flying the route on 30 October. https://hub.united.com/united-tahiti-route-announcement-2516709280.html
  7. If you are starting your cruise in, say BsAs, then instead of booking open-jaw flights from home-BsAs and returning Santiago-home, and then adding a round-trip BsAs to Iguazu, look at booking open-jaw home-Iguazu (via BsAs or Rio depending which side [iGR or IGU] you want to start at, or whichever is cheapest) and Santiago-home, and then adding a 1-way back from Iguazu to BsAS. The open jaw to Iguazu may be little more or even cheaper than to BsAs and your domestic flight is only 1-way. Mutatis mutandis if you are starting in Santiago and ending in BsAs (or Rio). IGU is the Iguazu airport on the Brazil side IGR is the Iguassu airport on the Argentine side EZE and AEP are the airports in BsAS GIG and SDU are the airports in Rio SCL is the airport in Santiago
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    JR train passes for Japan

    Just FYI for those who are thinking about a JR train pass for Japan. A JR pass barely pays off for Tokyo-Kyoto, though it will do so if you add some side-trips, or go further. And it is convenient, and it includes seat reservations (which otherwise cost about 600Y). You can now make seat reservations for some trains on the web: https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/ticket/reservation.html?src=spmenu The 7-day JR pass costs 29,110Y (or 33,000Y if you buy it in Japan, which you can do now) whereas the straight fare (which allows you to use the Nozomi trains--faster and more frequent) is 13,250 each way (from Shin-Yokohama, a bit more from Tokyo). You can check schedules and fares at http://www.hyperdia.com/ (the first number is what you pay, don't try to understand the breakdown into seat fee etc.). There are many other passes that can be good for travel within an area: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2357.html . The various Kansai passes are good for travel around Kyoto. The cheapest fares between Tokyo and Kyoto (about 22,600Y round trip) are those sold by Japanican (part of Japan Travel Bureau): https://www.japanican.com/en/tour/list/?typecd=TOU&typegrpcd=TPA&kw=E-Voucher Note: these are for unreserved seats. Personally, as a solo traveler, I prefer unreserved because the reservation agents always put me next to someone. The Shinkansen seats are arranged 2 and 3 and have plenty of legroom (Japanese people put their roller bags in front of their knees). If you are visiting Kyoto at the beginning or end of your trip, it is often best (convenient and essentially free) to arrange an open-jaw ticket in to Kyoto (KIX or ITM) and out of Tokyo (NRT or HND) or vice versa. Or just buy a separate HND-ITM (or whatever) plane ticket as these are cheaper than the train and more convenient (if you are already at or going to the airport). If you start or end further west than Kyoto (e.g., Hiroshima or Kyushu) it is often cheaper and more convenient to fly via Seoul as this is closer than Tokyo. You can usually buy tickets for internal flights no earlier than 3 months before the flight. There are many low-cost carriers in Japan (Peach etc.) that do not show up on the usual booking engines (same as SWA in the USA). Use https://www.dohop.com to find them, then book on their own websites.
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    Tokyo - what to do before and between cruises

    The Tokyo Bay IC is a nice hotel, but it's in a rather sterile office area. However, it is connected to the Takeshiba station of the Yurikamome line. Go out of the hotel on the floor above the main exit (I think it's level 3) and turn right along the elevated walkway, then go left at the end and you'll see the station. If it's raining, you can do most of this inside--go through the area that's all about weddings and you'll be in the lobby of the adjacent office building and can exit one of its doors. There's a convenience store and a couple of restaurants in that lobby area. Take the train 2 stops to Shimbashi (the terminus). It'll be easiest if you pick up a couple of Suica cards in Haneda (before taking a limmo bus to the hotel) as then you don't have to figure out how to buy tickets: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_003.html Shimbashi is major "salaryman" area, full of restaurants and bars. Most people who've not been to Japan before are fascinated by the daily life and you can see that here. https://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo-area-guides/shinbashi Alternatively, walk across the street and transfer to the Yamanote line, which will take you almost anywhere in Tokyo (plus there are about 6 other lines at Shimbashi). Tokyo station itself is the second stop. Asakusa (temple, street market, transfer from Yamanote to Ginza line at Kanda) and Ueno (museums) are other popular destinations. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3054_tokyo.html https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3004.html On your turnaround day, you could just explore the area around the port. It's called Odaiba and is full of stuff: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3008.html . Or you could take the water bus up the Sumida river to Asakusa. BTW. There's a ferry dock right by the Intercontinental. I've never investigated where it goes. The weather in June will be hot and rainy (but better than July). Don't try to do too much.
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    Where To Stay in Santiago and Buenos Aries?

    I've stayed at all of these, except the Sheraton. The Hotel Plaza San Francisco is right next door to the church of that name and in walking distance to most of the downtown historic and tourist places. There's a restaurant and boutique hotel area behind it known as Barrio Paris Londres. The hotel itself is rather dated. The Hotel Orly is in Providencia, which is a pleasant area a short distance from the center and full of good restaurants. You need to take a taxi or the metro (Valdivia station) to get into the center. I wasn't wowed by the hotel, I prefer a more corporate style. The Marriott is fully corporate, but a good example of its brand. It is quite a long way out of town and there's nothing much there except a shopping center and offices. I was there over Christmas so transport was pretty much shut down and I used taxis to get in and out. I've stayed at a few other places, none of which I'd recommend for tourism. If I were there for that purpose I'd look for a corporate place close to downtown.
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    Is it easy to do a diy in Tokushima?

    The kaikan is a 10-minute walk from Tokushima station. There's a map here: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7802.html I've visited Tokushima, but by land, so I don't know where your ship will dock. You can work out train times and costs with Hyperdia: http://www.hyperdia.com/ I went there to see the Naruto Whirlpools: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7852.html . Look out for them if your ship goes nearby. Ps. It turns out there's a wealth of information on Japan-Guide's Q&A pages: https://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+138326
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    Tokyo to Kyoto and/or HIroshima?

    The fare is actually 19,080 JPY. The seat fare is not optional (it's like the way airlines break fares into base fare and fuel surcharge): the number that matters is the one Hyperdia labels as "total". You do have a choice of reserved or unreserved seat (they use different cars) and can save 1,040 JPY by getting unreserved. Seat reservations are usually free if you have a pass, but you cannot use a Nozomi with a JR Pass. There are dozens of different passes. Internal flights are cheap in Japan (use the Japanese web sites, in English, not the international ones) so HND-HIJ will be only $100 or so, You cannot book more than about 3 months in advance. Hiroshima and anywhere West of there is closer to Seoul than Tokyo and it is often more convenient and much cheaper to route your international flights that way.
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    Tokyo to Kyoto and/or HIroshima?

    Use the Hyperdia site mentioned above to price your individual trips and compare them to the JR Pass. A JR pass will not pay off for a Tokyo-Kyoto/Kobe round trip; you need to go further, like Hiroshima. The problem with the prohibition on using Nozomi with the JR pass is not just that the other trains are slower but that they are much less frequent. For Tokyo-Kyoto, a decent discount train deal is that offered by JTB: http://www.japanican.com/en/tour/list/?kw=E-Voucher or, with hotel included http://www.japanican.com/en/special/tours/shinkansen/index.aspx As of a few weeks ago, you can buy the JR pass in Japan, it just costs more. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361.html There are dozens of other rail passes in Japan: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2357.html
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    Transportation from Haneda Airport to Yokohama

    Take the limo bus direct to your hotel ($15 or so). If the bus doesn't go to your hotel, go to the nearest one and then take a taxi, it won't cost more than the flagfall of $7 or so.
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    Day trip to Nikko

    I've been to Nikko, but spent 2 nights there, A day trip would be pretty rushed, especially from Yokohama. One of the main sights is under reconstruction and is off limits. It'd be a shame to miss Hangetsuyama or the Kegon waterfall. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html Kamakura is an easy trip, and more interesting IMO. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2166.html If your cruise goes to Shimizu, you can see Tokugawa's original shrine there. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6353.html
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