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About Jamietravelstheworld

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    Edmonds, WA (Seattle area)
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    travel, photography, beaches, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Galapagos Islands
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  1. I'm currently on Regent Seven Seas Voyager which has substituted Manila for Hong Kong for debarkation on March 1st. I am looking to hire a driver/guide to pick me up at cruise terminal (with luggage), give me a full day Manila tour, and then drop me at hotel. Does anyone have recommendations for this? Thanks.
  2. Have you tried googling shore excursions Gisborne? There are lots of other sites besides Viator such as Get Your Guide, and there are often local companies as well.
  3. I stayed at the Amora 2 years ago and didn't like the location. It was far to get anywhere (by foot). If you can get either closer to Circular Quay or to Darling Harbour, I would recommend there to stay.
  4. I'll be in Singapore for one day in February and want to see as much as I can in 8 hours. I will have a private guide. A few questions for those who have been to Singapore. 1. If arriving by ship (not disembarking, it's a port stop), how much time do I need to allow for immigration/getting off the ship? 2. The guide is suggesting the SkyPark. Is it worth the time? 3. The guide is also recommending the Gardens by the Bay which I definitely want to go to, along with the 2 conservatories there. Are the conservatories worth the time? Will I see flowers that I won't see in the gardens? Any must-sees that you have? The itinerary he put together includes Civic District, Merlion Park, Jubilee Bridge, Esplanade Theatres, Floating Platform, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands, Garden by the Bay, and Chinatown. Thanks for any feedback. Jamie
  5. Leaving in a few days for a cruise on the Voyager and have a few questions. I'm in a Concierge Level Category E cabin. 1. Is there a clothesline in the bathroom? 2. Is the minibar in the cabin large enough that you can put some snacks in it? 3. Does the fitness center have foam rollers and a scale? 4. And if you've used the personal trainers in the fitness center, how were they and do you recall the cost? Thanks, Jamie
  6. Found this great resource on how the bushfires are impacting visitors/tourism: https://www.australia.com/en-us/travel-alerts.html Jamie
  7. Found this great resource on how the bushfires are impacting visitors/tourism: https://www.australia.com/en-us/travel-alerts.html Jamie
  8. Found this great resource on how the bushfires are impacting visitors/tourism: https://www.australia.com/en-us/travel-alerts.html Jamie
  9. Over the last couple days stops at Kangaroo Island and Eden have been cancelled. However, things can change quickly, and by the time I'm in Australia (arrive Jan. 29) things could be totally different. I understand that about half of Kangaroo Island has been wiped out - it's just tragic. Jamie
  10. Are you arriving Auckland on Jan 18th? I arrive at 5:30am. I didn't book a room, figured I'd do the Hop on Hop Off bus, but I'm curious how much the hotel is charging for your early check-in. Also, in case you're not the roll call for this cruise, a bunch of us are planning to meet in the Lobby Lounge of the Cordis at 5:00 for a drink. Jamie
  11. I was looking at the ferry website and it looks like the Ocean Terminal is pretty close to the Balmain East stop on the F3 line. Is that the case and if so, can I catch a taxi or Uber to the stop? Thanks. Jamie
  12. I will be on Regent Seven Seas Voyager that will be visiting Sydney at the end of January. We will be docked at White Bay Cruise Terminal. Does anyone know if there's a ferry that stops there? If not, other than taxi/Uber, what is the easiest way to get to get to the Circular Quay Ferry Terminal? Thanks. Jamie
  13. I just read this article about the fires: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/australian-bushfires-everything-we-know-and-how-you-can-help/?fbclid=IwAR0HGkuQBWFO4FEIqKAjgb8ICD_6oqnvD8-kY5vAU0WvXMgDShR2gkewJXM. As tourists, we are guests in Australia. Please be respectful of any changes to our cruise/excursions that might be impacted by the fires. An amazing country is struggling right now and we should do whatever we can to help them. Jamie
  14. Thanks all. The fires are just so devastating. The places I'm visiting are Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, and Darwin. I'm also doing an overland tour to the Outback - which would be incredibly hot anyways in February. Jamie
  15. Will be on a cruise with multiple east coast stops in late January/early February. Wondering for those who are there/have been there recently, are the coastal areas being affected by the smoke? It's heartbreaking to see all the damage there. Any impact on shore plans? Thanks, Jamie
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