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maptravel

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About maptravel

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    Cambridge, United Kingdom
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    Star Cruises
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    Caribbean
  1. maptravel

    Cruising with Pullmantur

    Hi Which other forum? Please let me know. Also had a reply from someone else at Pullmantur who also said the transfer bus is not available until October until the start of regular weekly cruises. However their tours from the ship to Panama (6-7 hours) start at just $39 which is much less than the $90 you need to pay for a private transfer with one of the reputable companies offering the service or pay upwards of $120 on the day for a taxi. Plus Pullmantur offered me 20% off the Panama tour price. Oh I was booked on to a weekly cruise in November and they had no trouble adding on the bus transfer then (same person) so doubt they were pulling a fast one. Thanks
  2. maptravel

    Cruising with Pullmantur

    Colon is a very dangerous place. You can get a bus from the bus station to Panama City but this is located in a notorious area of Colon. There is the train but that leaves at 17:15 and there is no where for luggage as really it is a just commuter train (unless you want your big 23kg case on your lap for an hour). I would avoid getting a taxi on arrival as you will more likely be scammed in some way and overcharged. If I can get a group of people a mini van/minibus is a good option with a tour on the way. Let me know. Thanks
  3. maptravel

    Cruising with Pullmantur

    Hi I am also on this cruise departing Gran Canaria on 25th September to Colon, Panama. Yes I would to join a group for a shared transfer (maybe tour on the way) to Panama City hotel on 8 October. I looked and transfers are $100 up and a couple of the well known reputable transfer companies are already fully booked such as Amber Moon. Pullmantur do a shared coach from Colon port to Panama City (Albrook bus station) but upon being asked Paula Diaz (Pullmantur LATAM) she said it is not available and it was just $22 each. So now the only safe option is to pay for a private or group transfer. Please get back to me. Thanks Martin
  4. maptravel

    Cruising with Pullmantur

    Hi I am also on this cruise departing Gran Canaria on 25th September to Colon, Panama. Yes I would to join a group for a shared transfer (maybe tour on the way) to Panama City hotel on 8 October. I looked and transfers are $100 up and a couple of the well known reputable transfer companies are already fully booked such as Amber Moon. Pullmantur do a shared coach from Colon port to Panama City (Albrook bus station) but upon being asked Paula Diaz (Pullmantur LATAM) she said it is not available and it was just $22 each. So now the only safe option is to pay for a private or group transfer. Please get back to me. Thanks Martin
  5. maptravel

    Cruising with Pullmantur

    Hi I am also on this cruise departing Gran Canaria on 25th September to Colon, Panama. Yes I would to join a group for a shared transfer (maybe tour on the way) to Panama City hotel on 8 October. I looked and transfers are $100 up and a couple of the well known reputable transfer companies are already fully booked such as Amber Moon. Pullmantur do a shared coach from Colon port to Panama City (Albrook bus station) but upon being asked Paula Diaz (Pullmantur LATAM) she said it is not available and it was just $22 each. So now the only safe option is to pay for a private or group transfer. Please get back to me. Thanks Martin
  6. After reading some reviews it seems Dinner is at 18:30 for 1st Seating and 21:00 for Second Seating (though other guests have said this can be 21:15 by the time you get it and you will finish around 23:00).
  7. I am First Seating Dinner and not wait listed. Those Wait Listed will have the 'fun' job of seeing the Maître d' at the set time of usually an hour some time in the afternoon to get a table reservation, only he can do this. I hope those waiting don't end up on a table with Italians, French, Germans who don't speak English which has happened to people before- that will make great dinner conversation.
  8. Those little drinks soon add up... 8 Euros for a Bloody Mary or any other cocktail 1.50 Euros for a coffee after dinner The bottle of water at dinner 2 Euros, plus a bottle to take with you when off the ship Some nice Italian icecream 2 Euros a time So just with the above (2 cocktails, a coffee, 2 bottles of water and an icecream everyday you have already saved money on the Allgressimo v PAYG.) The Allgressimo sweet Sparkling Wine (usually 5 Euros a flute) is actually very good.
  9. [quote name='papcx']We're just up the road from you guys. We've had a look on g00gle earth and it looks quite walkable, but we may get a taxi to reserve my energy for the first drink competition. Sent from my iPhone using Forums mobile app[/QUOTE] Breakfast at Hotel Verol: “El Verol” Café. Continental breakfast everyday from 7.30am to 1pm. Continental breakfast: freshly pressed orange juice or bottled fruit juice, toasts/pastries/sandwich, coffee, cocoa or tea and a piece of fruit (As taken from the hotel website)
  10. I can highly recommend the Lido in Venice after staying there before and I am also heading there when the ship docks for a couple of days. The Lido has a very laid back and relaxing atmosphere but watch out for the buses and cars as this is the only island that has vehicles, but not many. If you like relaxing on the beach after coming off the waterbus go straight at the main road about 5-10 minute walk and you'll be there, you can rent Chairs, Sun Loungers, etc plus there is on site facilities including a restaurant, self service restaurant, bars and shops etc. It is free to get in and you do need to buy anything. It is a nice beach and there is life guards as well. Also just a walk around some of Lido can be nice there are some pretty squares, water fountains, nice restaurants, shops etc. Plus going to/from you can great views of Venice on the waterbus. My advice would be to buy the 24/48/72 hour transport tickets the 48 hour is 30 Euros so you have unlimited travel on all the water buses, buses etc otherwise 8 Euros a ride soon adds up. The water bus to the airport is not included. The tickets last exactly 48 hours (or 24/72) so buy it at 10:00am on Monday it will run out at 9:59am on Wednesday. You can buy these online before you go and get them out of a machine when you arrive but all ticket machines sell them. Failing that a couple of Walking Tours may be of interest and they may take you somewhere you have not been to before or you learn something new - there are a couple of 'Free' ones - you decide if the tour is worth a tip at the end.
  11. MSC in my experience never have tea/coffee after dinner in the MDR, it is never offered or available. Only when the ship sailed from Southampton did they do this.
  12. [quote name='AmoMondo']I I'll be bringing my Twinings Peppermint tea with me. [/QUOTE] They have Twinings Tea on the ship including the Fruit teas and Peppermint (as seen from my cruise on MSC Opera in November). The buffet and outside grill area had Tea Chests full of different Twinings tea bags though no Yorkshire Tea. (But I would take some to be sure). On a cruise on my dinner table a fellow guest joked to the waiter I bet you don't have Yorkshire tea, 5 minutes later and it was in his hands and this was on Celebrity sailing from Miami (and the ship had never been to Europe).
  13. [quote name='northerncomfort16'] Can I ask those who have received their tickets, what Dinner sitting have you been allocated? [/QUOTE] 1st Sitting (not Waitlisted)
  14. Hi I got the email letter regarding the Downgrade yesterday this was to say thank you for downgrading, here is your cruise tickets and Outside cabin number and oh by the way it will take up to 20 days to get your £100 refunded. (I would have thought they should the money should be in your account before the cruise). I hope that it is not working days. Anyway they give you a PDF form to fill in with your bank details and they ask you to get it back to them by 7th March and refunds are done first come first served in the order they received. Thankfully I had the form filled in, scanned and emailed back to them in 10 minutes of receiving their email so hopefully on the top or near the top of the pile. I have now received an email saying it has been passed to the Accounts department so I will now count the days...
  15. Is everyone aware that when we visit Croatia (ie Dubrovnik & Split) that they have their own currency: the Croatian kuna? They do not accept Euros and it may be difficult to exchange them when there. Many people think they are a Euro currency country. Morocco and Tunisia both also have their own currency but you cannot no longer get this outside of the country itself and so they will accept Euros at a poor exchange rate. If you are looking for a great deal on Travel Money try Thomas Cook but do not simply walk in to get the money, go to their website below first and you will get a greatly improved rate*, order it, print out the confirmation and pay by cash/card when you pick the money up in the store. (No payment details taken online). You can even order, print and pay the same day. Any money not in stock at that store they will order it for you and give you a telephone call to say it is ready. You can order very small amounts even £10 worth if you want. *This rate was better than Tesco, Sainsburys, Post Office, online rates & other High Street stores. [url]http://www.thomascook.com/travel-money/reserve-and-collect-currency/[/url]
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