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  1. LovesToRead

    Shanghai Jewish Tour

    I have also been in touch with Dvir over the past week. Also using shanghaijews@hotmail.com.
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    Shanghai Question

    Many thanks for this thoughtful reply!
  3. LovesToRead

    Shanghai Question

    We have an overnight in Shanghai. On the second day, we plan to take a Jewish history tour. For the first day, we're looking at a ship's excursion that goes to the Yu Garden and the bazaar and then Zhujiajiao water town. Although the water town is intriguing to me, I'm wondering if this tour is too ambitious and if we would we better off remaining in town and seeing more of Shanghai. Thoughts? Recommendations? Thank you! This will be our first time in Asia.
  4. LovesToRead

    Star Legend: Hong Kong to Beijing

    Thank you! Very helpful.
  5. We're doing this cruise in March. For those who were on the October-November sailing, I'm wondering how things went and if you have any tips for me. Did you do the tour from Beijing to Xian as well? Thank you!
  6. Perhaps this is a silly question. Would it be worthwhile to go to the Blue Lagoon even we don't plan to go into the water or have a spa treatment?
  7. A friend is booked on Nordic Adventure on the Marina in July. Do these cruises typically sail into the fjords? (I was on the Regent Voyager on a similar itinerary and we sailed into the fjords, but I realize the Marina is a larger ship.) Thank you so much! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Cell phone service onboard?

    We used the Verizon Travel Pass on a recent cruise and found it very helpful. It's best to call Verizon and let them know the countries you will be in. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    On Marina now...

    Thank you for the information about outlets. Enjoy your cruise!
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    On Marina now...

    Thank you so much for this info. Will the North American outlets accept grounded (3-prong) plugs? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. I can only report that we are having a terrible experience with South Excursions from a customer service angle. In short, when our cruise plans changed, we needed to cancel one excursion and book another. We were entitled to a refund, as the first excursion was more expensive. South Excursions provided incorrect information about the PayPal refund process and subsequently processed the refund incorrectly. This resulted in a delay of nearly one month. At this point, we determined that we did not want to do any additional business with South Excursions, communicated with them about the error, canceled our second excursion and requested a full refund. The company processed the second refund incorrectly as well, despite specific instructions from us and PayPal. This resulted in more work for us, the processing of the refund through a method other than the one we desired and another (continuing) delay in receiving our funds.
  12. LovesToRead

    Which Staterooms Refurbished?

    We were in 5219 (sheltered balcony) on the recent 5-day cruise (July 1-6). Our cabin had been refurbished. Hope this helps.
  13. We were on the Riviera in April 2015 and had an excellent tour with Guy of Riviera Together Tours. (We were a group of four.) You can e-mail him at: contact@rivieratogethertour.com. Our ship docked at Monte Carlo; we spent some time there and then went to Nice, Eze and St. Paul de Vence. There are quite a few reviews on TripAdvisor. Enjoy your cruise!
  14. LovesToRead

    Jewish Tours - Buenos Aires & Montevideo

    Many thanks for the suggestions; I'm now following up on them. Elaine: We sail in December from Buenos Aires. Enjoy your trip!
  15. I'll be on a South America cruise later this year and am seeking recommendations for guides/companies that provide Jewish heritage tours of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Thank you for your help!