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  1. We're on a cruise that ends in Sydney in January. We'll have a week post cruise in Sydney and then are trying to decide what to do. I love to snorkel but I don't surf. We can either stay in Australia and find a good east coast snorkel place or break up the journey home with a stop in Phuket. The original plan had been to sped a week at the Barrier Reef but with the jellyfish situation in January that isn't an option! Lots of beaches on the East Coast are more geared up for surfing which doesn't usually allow for calm water snorkelling. We're back in Australia next year to see more. What would you do? Any help appreciated!
  2. I think it's fair to say that Cunard are far more into formal than Celebrity. Overall, perhaps more like HAL in the old days. We enjoyed it a lot but it is not lively in the evening like Celebrity where on our last cruise there was dance music in the atrium, Cunard had a harpist!
  3. Thank you so much for this - especially for posting the menus. I need to plan my days food in advance and I use an app to do it. I can 'choose' what I might have if these menus are used and having it in advance it saves me loads of time compared with doing it onboard 🙂
  4. Thank you for your reports - really enjoying them! Happy New Year!
  5. Anne, thanks for this, it's v helpful. As far as tripadvisor vs cruisecritic recommendations, when on a cruise, I prefer companies experienced with cruise ships.
  6. Thank you for the replies. I was surprised by the tone of the replies about my geography, as I thought cruisecritic is usually helpful. Then I realized that I've put UAE rather than Abu Dhabi all the way through the post & title, sigh - my mistake On another forum, I was chatting about the cruise and the folks thereseemed to think that it was too long a trip when on a cruise rather than staying in Dubai.I would hope to combine the trip with the Sheikh Zayed mosque. I have found some prices online, but would prefer to do this with a recommendation for a company from cruisecritic members than tripadvisor etc.
  7. Hi Everyone, We're in Dubai for the day in a few months time. We've been to Dubai a few times and seen most of the sites. We'd really like to see the Louvre in the UAE, but would like some input on whether a shore excursion from Dubai is possible or not a good idea? This cruise doesn't call at the UAE.
  8. I love live blogs and they seem quite infrequent. Our cruise in on 10 January on QM2 so really interested to hear what you think. - especially of the food, daytime activities (we have loads of sea days on our trip), how the new steakhouse is and how dressy things are in the evenings - so pretty much everything apart from the entertainment. Hope the packing goes well 🙂
  9. Thank you for posting - am really enjoying hearing all about it 🙂
  10. I've just read a couple of reviews mentioning terrible vibration of Deck 13 of the QM2. The reviews state that the vibration was bad in the harbour as well as at sea and that people were moving cabins. They also said that Cunard were aware that there was an issue. I've just booked a club cabin on Deck 13 rather than 12 as I read that the shower cubicle has a door rather than the shower curtain. Does anyone have any experience of this? Cabin 12024 was mentioned.
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