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  1. 10 minutes ago, Familyofjust3 said:

    Hello, I’ve found your post after searching tea! This is our first ever cruise and as I’m not a drinker, I assumed there would be some sort of package for tea and/or water drinkers only? I’m also a decaf tea drinker so should I just take my own tea bags?  I can only find the package that talks about juice etc at breakfast. Is that not included in the breakfast anyway? I wonder if I’m looking in the right place or their website. Any ideas? 

    Tea and coffee are available free of charge 24/7 in the Windjammer buffet. All types of tea as people have posted here, but if you have a favourite, pop some in your suitcase. Juice is available at breakfast, free of charge, they charge for "freshly squeezed", we're OK with the free stuff. There's also packets of hot chocolate mix available where the tea bags are. Water is free 24/7 unless you prefer the bottled stuff, DH won't drink that on principle, tap water all the way, I'm fine with tap too. Hope this helps. Sure others will add more info for you. 

    Happy cruising 😊

  2. 3 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:


    Haven't seen those. They also normally have Tazo available for extra cost.

    Thanks, I always mean to put some red bush in my bag and invariably forget, think I'll go and do it now, nothing like making an early start on the packing! 😉

  3. Every cruise we tick the "B box" and every time its ignored, we tick, we use pink highlighter, we underline, nothing works. For us, a trip to GS a few days into the cruise and a double check later on is the only answer. We also pay some in cash if we have any excess towards the end of the sailing. 

  4. 1 hour ago, Mim Lloyd said:

    I'm British too and will be sailing out of New Orleans in January 2020. I've got the Uber app, so we can use it when outside the UK too?

    Absolutely! It worked like a dream in the US. We thought it might get confused because we used it to get from our airport hotel to Heathrow in the morning and then a few hours later used it in Memphis.... It's obviously cleverer than we thought! Have a great trip. 


  5. We are just back from our first trip to New Orleans. We loved it! We stayed at the Hotel Mazarin on Bienville Street in the FQ. Cannot recommend this hotel highly enough, it was wonderful, everything we had always imagined a FQ hotel to be. Check out the reviews, just posted ours, 5* without doubt. We arrived on the American Queen Steamboat and got an Uber to the hotel. Cost $7. As an earlier poster suggested, download the Uber app, what a brilliant service we received in both Memphis pre cruise and NOLA post cruise. 

  6. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. We actually disembarked last week and I'm now an expert!

    Down the gangplank, turn right, walk along with the river on your right and the mall on your left. If the shops aren't open yet, enter the mall through the glass doors opposite the large metal staircase. Walk straight through and exit at the Avis drop off point. We ordered an Uber from there and were checking in to the Hotel Mazarin 20 minutes after leaving the ship! 

    Once again, thank you for your reply. 

  7. We've just returned from our first AQ cruise, celebrating our 50th anniversary. It was superb, exceeded our every expectation. Every day was a delight. The boat, the staff, the food, the service, the entertainment, the brilliant hoho buses, all made this cruise a stand out for us. As for the calliope, it still makes me smile thinking about it! We've been enjoying ocean cruising since the early 80s, but this trip was a highlight from start to finish. You're going to have an amazing time I'm sure. Sue 😊

  8. Update! We disembarked yesterday. Here's what we did.

    Turn right as you leave the boat, walk alongside the river, enter the mall at the doors opposite the iron staircase structure (the shops weren't open yet so you can't enter through them) , walk straight through and exit, you will be at the Avis return area. Takes all of 5 minutes, perfectly flat, no stairs, very easy.

    We ordered an Uber and were checking in to our hotel (Mazarin, delightful) within 20 minutes of leaving the American Queen.

    Hope this is helpful and thanks again to Calliope for responding to my question which gave us the confidence to walk off independently. 

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