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  1. I really hope they teach the staff how to serve at the buffet lines. before when they had to serve they gave huge portions even when you only asked for a small taste. I have put my plate down and walked away from it in discust… I cannot look at a huge plate of food, make me want to hurl. I am a small person. Cannot eat a huge scoop of anything!
  2. No. They still have people live on the islands And, you do not know who your crew or fellow passengers will be. In time maybe ..but it will be a long time yet..
  3. Thank you! Will look for the "daily" specials in the bars days I am on board.
  4. Can you buy the drink package on board? and can you buy it 1/2 way through cruise (4 week cruise)? They are only offering 1 pkg now online - do not want that pkg. Can you buy a pkg that is for 5 bottle of wine etc... thanks. cannot seem to find anyone that knows.
  5. Can anyone tell me if you can buy a wine only pkg when you are on board? The cruise is 4 weeks and the pkg is for all drinks and is over 1000 Cnd… do not want to be drunk everynight…. only want wine with dinner and maybe 1 - or 2 afternoon drinks.
  6. Ok, I find real pizza so different in Italy - but only if made locally, not the fast food stuff - and that is what is on any ship - standard fast food. Yes, your standard may be homemade "thin" crust with fresh local herbs. Never had that on any ship from any line! or in 99% of restraunts around the world. Too many people accept/love the big box style of food. I have been on many cruises, and yes had people from other nationalities push in front of me - I often make comments to them - funny they speak English at other times, not when you are say, 'heh you just cut me off - I was here first" Had one lady put her hands on my back and push - I stopped, turned around and told her get your hands off me - she may not get English, but got my point. Most people are on vaca and just want to have a good time - there are jerks in every crowd - learn to laugh at them and try not to get your blood pressure up - not worth the hassle. Yes, most crew members work extremely hard and smile while doing so. I few kind words or ask about there family/country etc - goes a long way.
  7. Thanks, I have a 4 week cruise and there is only 1 package offered and it is almost 1000US kinda steep - I would not drink the 5 drinks per day for 4 weeks - or if I did I would be rolled off the ship in the last port....haha. Hope they offer a smaller package once I am on board. Or, will just buy as I go.
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    Bit of a challenge - but got my flights rearranged. Arrive in Singapore at 25 after 12 on the 13th - hope to find a hotel for the night and board later in the afternoon. not keen on sitting at the port from that time of night until the ship lets me board. Will need sleep - long flight, and I am not a good airplane sleeper. Have been to Singapore before. Nice city - very clean. Pricey Single lady 71, able to walk, climb etc - love to join others in any out trips on our new schedule. Nancy
  9. Or, if you are a carded member of any of the hotel chains, they will hold your luggage for the day for a tip. Ask the bellman.
  10. Can you buy the package once on board perhaps (doing a 4 week cruise) 1/2 way through?
  11. Too bad our cruise critic get together is so late into the cruise - would be nice to meet everyone sooner. Wonder if they would consider moving it up a bit? Day 9 our cruise is 1/3 over. Am I the only one thinking that is not a good day?? What about the Tues 18th?
  12. I have just finished reading your review on MSC Splendida. I am on her from Shanghai to Dubai in Feb 2020. Single lady from Canada - not in YC - that may be a problem? Too late to upgrade now - they charge me for 2 - so makes it too much. Have been to many of the ports in past, but loved most of them and look forward to seeing them again. Last trip was on Seabourn, so a much smaller ship..haha. Thank you for your article - gave me some insight on what to expect - Have been on many cruises, not usually keen on huge ships, but the price was good for this cruise. Have not booked any out trips yet.... will see. Thanks!
  13. Even if they open the port and let the ship in there will be water on some of the old walkways. Some areas are higher with new sidewalks to make walking around easier. Drier. This is not a new problem - ongoing for years. This just happens to be the worst in years pas I suggest wearing a cheap pair of runners you do not care if they get wet or taking a pair of rain boots. I wore my runners and rinsed them out and put on balcony to dry after. Some were in bare feet - that worried me, that I would step on something and cut my foot, The sidewalks around the inner canals were ok when I was there fall a couple of years ago.
  14. Tipping is not expected in Auz. But regular tipping rules apply on board - the staff will take any form of money - think of the fact that they are usually Asian, and sending most of their money home. (prefer US because they bank it). in Auz - I did tip the porter $1 Auz money. Did not tip the prepaid taxi. When I went into a bank in Sydney to get some local money - I was told to go to a machine outside - or I would be charged a fee. Thanked them and did that. I was getting a petti and the fee for that was cash only in a small local shop. Small lunch type restraunts did not expect a tip. I did leave one in Dinning rooms, but smaller than the $ I would leave in US or Canada. I took out cash and paid for small stuff instead of using my card and getting a larger bill when I got home. I was at a hotel pre and post cruise for 3 days each way. Went into a local pub for lunch one day - order food at counter and go sit at table with my drink in hand. Order came up -got up to get it and they cleared my drink...oops. they did get me another, but took a bit. Remember, you are going to be in ports for a few days - will need some small cash for things. I usually order money from my bank before I travel, In Auz, NZ I ran out and had to get more.
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