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  1. We very recently booked Sydney to Auckland for next January. We're staying in Singapore (Mandarin Oriental) pre-cruise & then have 3 nights in the Four Seasons in Sydney. Post-cruise we're having 4 nights in Auckland. Any insights welcome. I found your blog very interesting, Terry. Particularly that you looked so cold! We have 2 stops in Tasmania - it seems I will need them to adjust to the rough seas & the temperature.
  2. I share these reservations about our first Viking cruise later this year. We are not really party people, don't like the casino & have usually retired before midnight, but I do like to dance after dinner - & to something more recent than the Beatles. Liked the Beatles back in the day, but my mother still likes them & she's in her 90s. Will try the whole experience with an open mind. If this is not our niche, we'll move along. Have sailed previously on Azamara, last 10 on Regent & Silversea.
  3. French 75 - lemon juice, gin, sugar & champagne. I like it without the lemon juice, gin & sugar!
  4. Thank you for the information. I won't cancel the cruise! This will be our first Viking cruise & I don't really understand why they exclude champagne. There are reasonable champagnes available for that price per pour. Just asking. It is, after all, the drink associated with celebration & good times.
  5. Yes, we are! Very reassuring to know. It's a birthday cruise & decent bubbles are non-negotiable. Thank you.
  6. Thank you for the information. I thought there may be a decent cava, but I shall certainly look out for the Romer & probably try to buy Veuve ashore. An indirect flight from the UK limits our options.
  7. Is there no dry sparkling available on the package? For me, that's a serious omission. I knew that Champagne was excluded but was hoping for a reasonable (dry) substitute.
  8. On our first Viking cruise in November & have bought the Spirits package. Most recently we have cruised on Regent & Silversea & we know we would have missed their alcohol policy. We both care about what we drink. Just one question, are there no champagnes available unless you pay more than 15 (dollars or pounds) per glass?
  9. That's the one! And also considering 3 days pre-cruise in Tokyo. I appreciate your insight.
  10. Considering the 2021 itineraries & would appreciate input from anyone with previous experience. Thank you!
  11. Also doing this itinerary on Explorer next month but staying overnight in Nice. We like the drive along the coast from Nice to MC. Enjoy your cruise.
  12. I have been following this thread with interest as we are doing a land tour in India in February '18 then picking up a cruise (Silversea!) ending in Dubai. Our daughter lived in Abu Dhabi for several years & we visited in Feb, March, April & July. July was far too hot but I have considered if we would have been happier in March or April next year. We could walk about comfortably in February, even had small amounts of rain at times. March was warmer but also fine, from mid-April on it seems to warm up very quickly.It wasn't a problem for us, partly an issue of tolerance perhaps, but we also had greater flexibility in our schedule as we were there for longer than a cruise ship. In May it will be hot, you will need loose, covering layers, a hat & good sun protection. The advice on protecting your camera is sound, in July we also ruined a watch - the seal had not been perfect. Hope this helps.
  13. We have our third Silversea cruise booked (& our fifth on Regent). Recently returned from our first river cruise - with Scenic. We enjoyed it, the Danube was wonderful, the excursions really well organised & the crew friendly & efficient. The cabins were very small. The food in the evening was disappointing & we didn't like having a set dinner time. Food is important to us so, primarily for that reason, we would probably not choose Scenic again. Others we met onboard thought Uniworld & Tauck superior so if we should ever be tempted again, we would look at those two.
  14. We're flying in from the UK & this one is just a holiday, not an adventure, as I'm sure yours will be. We are hoping for 2 weeks of winter sunshine in the Caribbean. We have been only once before, on Silver Whisper, so a good opportunity to compare & contrast. If we had several days in Miami the hotel would matter more. This time it's just a place to hang my hat & rest my head. I confess that I do like to be met at the airport & taken to the hotel in an unfamiliar city, which this is for us. Enjoy your cruise.
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