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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. 7 hours ago, BoopTennis said:

    We will be in Sydney for a few days in February. We would like to take the ferry from CQ to Manly but have a few questions 

    Is it reasonable to try to do this starting mid afternoon? Will we have enough time?

    When is the last ferry returning from Manly back to CQ? I looked at the online ferry timetable but not sure if it ends around 4 pm or there is a timetable section titled “day restrictions”.  I don’t know what that means

    Our hotel is Amora Hotel Jamison in Southbank. What is best way to get to/from the wharf?


    Thank you for any advice 

    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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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?




  5. On 1/3/2020 at 4:48 PM, No username said:

    Are cruise lines altering their routes, ports, or excursions due to the Australian fires?


    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. 



  6. On 1/4/2020 at 1:02 PM, PSU said:

    We will be getting in at 6 a.m. at the Auckland, New Zealand airport and will be transported to our pre-cruise hotel by Regent. We are doing the three-night pre-cruise excursion package. Check in is not until 3 p.m. Have any of you ever booked a room for the night before so you would not have to wait until 3 p.m. to check in. We are traveling from Philadelphia and even though it is business class, I am sure we will be exhausted.


    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.



  7. 3 minutes ago, Chiliburn said:


    White bay is a bit of a no mans land ,as there’s not many service.

    As said there’s a private ferry to kings wharf which is darling harbour,another tourist area.

     From darling harbour ( kings wharf area),Sydney ferries run around the harbour.

    The ship may have a shuttle.

    Also there’s Uber,taxi.


    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.


  8. 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.



  9. 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.



  10. 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?




  11. 10 hours ago, Chiliburn said:

    We were there a week ago and just walked around town.

    Nice tourist town but nothing to talk about and easy to forget.

    We had some seafood at a hole in the wall which was fantastic ,we will remember the food but not the town.


    whitsunday seafood bar.

    Thanks for the info Chiliburn - that's why I'm looking for an alternative.

  12. I am on Regent Seven Seas Voyager that stops at Arlie Beach (a tender port) on Feb. 3, 2020. The main snorkeling excursion from the ship has been cancelled and I am waitlisted for the replacement. So I am looking for recommendations for a back-up plan in case I don't get on the new tour. I really want to snorkel there. If you've had a port of call at Arlie Beach and gone snorkeling (not on a ship sponsored excursion), would you please share your experiences and recommendations.




  13. 2 minutes ago, rallydave said:

    Sorry Jamie not true. Provider cannot charge you if calling via the internet no matter on land or sea. Internet is internet and using WiFi internet calling with T-Mobile it is free calling from anywhere In the world to the us. All of that Mumbai jumbo you quoted is simply trying to get you to use cellularsea snd is before internet calling came into being. No way for any provider to differentiate between land and sea on the internet and call does not go thru any of the providers servers or facilities. Just be sure to have phone in airplane mode or you might have a big surprise bill. Airplane mode shields you from your provider or any phone company. 

    You are correct - you can use wifi calling anywhere. I'm talking about cellular service.

  14. 3 hours ago, rallydave said:

    Posted the following on Facebook to your request there:


    I have T-Mobile over 55 and just got back from overseas and had unlimited data and text included. Phone calls are $.25 per minute incoming or outgoing. WiFi calling is free to the us and worked great. Search T-Mobile temp forward calls direct to voice mail to avoid paying for all the scam calls. Change your voice mail that you can’t receive calls but leave a message. By forwarding your phone you pay nothing and getting messages is free. Works great as WiFi calling. Bad internet onboard will restrict calling

    This is great for land use of your phone. However, on a cruise ship, your provider will likely charge you. From RSSC website: Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates, cruise packages and service zones. Visit cellularatsea.com for complete details on using your wireless phone at sea.

  15. Just happened upon this article, https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/new-zealand-volcano-erupts/?utm_content=bufferf2659&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=owned_buffer_f_m&fbclid=IwAR3CfxLvsgq4L0Jy1a5US_u25xICeSEHnGRBkmrKdBn8R9YyHMs5_883x1c, that a volcano on White Island erupted today. White Island sits about 50 kilometers (30 miles) offshore from mainland New Zealand. The volcano is on White Island, northeast of the North Island town of Tauranga. 


    I doubt it will affect upcoming cruises but thought I'd share.



  16. I'm in the U.S. and was talking to a couple today who live in Hong Kong (he's an American pilot for Fedex) and she's a Russian. They told me that I should not be concerned at all about going to Hong Kong - that there are no reasons to worry for personal safety. They said there might be some inconveniences due to transportation closures but other than that they said not to worry.


    I also have a friend from Hong Kong who currently lives in Australia. She arrived in Hong Kong last week to spend the month with her family. So far she's seen peaceful protests and graffiti but nothing else and nothing to be concerned about.



  17. Tell me about Benoa. Are there beaches or resorts near by? We have 2 days in Bali, docked at Benoa, and for one day I'd just like to go to the beach and/or go snorkeling. Options? What else is in Benoa?



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