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dannyr

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About dannyr

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  • Location
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Interests
    Love to travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Asia Pacific
  1. dannyr

    Vegan Options

    I'd also like to give a shout-out to the staff at the restaurants on the Aria. My wife is coeliac and they were amazingly accommodating to her. Every day she was asked to visit the Monkey Bar before 4pm where she was shown that nights menu and asked which meal she'd like. They'd then make a GF version of it. Likewise when we'd sit down (at Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner) in any of the restaurants (Waterfront for Breakfast & Lunch, obviously) they'd offer her GF bread instead of normal breadrolls etc. It's those small touches that really help.
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    Pacific Aria - Coin Location

    As an update, whilst I still waiting on P&O to respond to my email I have received a response from Holland America. They escalated the matter up through the chain and I got a reply from the "Special Advisor - Office of the President". They have tracked down for this ship that
  3. dannyr

    Suggestions for Alaska

    I've cruised Alaska on the Island Princess, but if that's anything to go by you'll have a wonderful time. Good idea! From Brisbane, whenever I've gone to Canada I've always gone that way too (via Taipei or Tokyo) and find it a lot less taxing on the soul. I know that you've only got two days in Vancouver at the end of your trip, but if you can ever get to the Royal BC Museum on Victoria Island (BC), it's worth the visit. It is probably one of the best museums I've been to anywhere in the world. I spent quite a bit of time in Vancouver a few years back when my SIL and BIL were living over there. I'm very much a fan of Granville Island, but if you've been to the Queen Vic Markets in Melbourne you probably won't get much out of it. It's same same but different! One of my favourite places to go while I'm over there is Bowen Island. To put it into your perspective, it's the Rottnest Island of Vancouver. It's an island in the harbour that's used by BC Residents as a weekend spot. It's got shops, a lot of wildlife, and it's peaceful and lovely. You get there by an easy ferry ride from the city, and is worth the trip.
  4. dannyr

    Advice on leaving ship in Auckland!

    Something to bear in mind is that Auckland Airport isn't the easiest location to access unless you have a transfer organised. Sydney Airport from the dock is a simple train ride away, but Auckland airport is in the middle of nowhere (compared to the Harbour). You can get a taxi easy enough, but a taxi to the airport is going to set you back almost $100.00 NZD.
  5. dannyr

    Eating after Embarkation

    Wonderful ! Thank you very much!
  6. On other ships and lines, the MDR (or at least one restaurant or buffet) is generally open on embarkation day, and wondering if the Aria is similar. That is, after getting onboard can I head straight away and eat or does everything stay closed until departure?
  7. Does anyone happen to know the location of the Coin on the Pacific Aria? As outlined here , when a ship is constructed a coin is generally welded somewhere onto the ship. It's a good luck tradition dating back years. Royal Caribbean make a big deal of it and . I've previously located the coin on the Diamond Princess and Island Princess. I know that's it's often harder with rebranded and refit ships, but does anyone happen to know where the Aria's coin is? I'm sailing on her in a few weeks time, and while I have sent an email both to P&O & HAL (her former owner), hoping someone may be able to clue me in as to the location on this ship.
  8. Like others have said, it will depend on where you shop and also what type of tourist / traveller you are. Personally I prefer to spend local currency where possible for a number of reasons 1 - It's fun. I mean, I love checking out foreign coins and notes. If you're spending AUD the whole holiday you don't get to experience that 2 - It's all about immersion. Again, I like to feel like I'm not just another cruise passenger, but someone that's in the city/town trying to learn something and be a good tourist 3 - Think about it, as lilly has said above, there are fees to pay. When the stall holder goes to buy milk or bread on the way home, what currency will they need to spend? Now ask yourself - if the stall holder has to go out of their way to change the money over from AUD, don't you think they're going to charge you a 10% premium for doing so? Of course they are! Whilst there's not going to be much difference in a lot of trinkets and stuff you spend at the markets near by the boat, every few cents you can save is good, no? 4 - If you only carry AUD you are limiting yourself to the tourist centric vendors. Maybe it's just me but I'm a wanderer, but when I'm in a foreign city I want to go where the locals are eating and shopping, not the other 400 people from my ship, and I purposely try to hunt down local stores and food markets. They won't accept AUD for the reasons above (they can't spend them without exchanging them). Probably the best thing you can do is find someone who has been on a cruise or trip to some of these places before you and trade money at the cash rate from xe.com and avoid the bank fees.
  9. dannyr

    Nha Trang - what to see / do

    From [URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1556783"]this thread[/URL] from a while back, most people when they get off a cruise ship in Nha Trang head to the markets. I said back then [QUOTE].... I found the Nha Trang markets to be one of the best. Ok, I'll admit that their souveneirs weren't as good as other places, but I found the fresh food area of the Cho Dam Market to be absolutely fantastic. The people were friendly (at one stage my wife and I were watching a lady sort out....well I'm not sure what it was...so the lady cuts one open and hands it to us to try), they're happy for you to take photos (some markets where there is high piracy, such as KL's China Town, etc, we had problems taking photos of ourselves even because stall holders got funny), and the range of what they had there was amazing. [/QUOTE] We had a 3/4 day in Nha Trang from the Diamond a few years ago, got off the ship, walked around the markets (we did both Cho Dam and Vin Hai, the two markets), had lunch in a local cafe, and then wandered along the beach. The beach is lovely, but there are touts all up and down it. We were specificially advised by Princess and the on-board attractions lady to avoid the Vinpearl Amusement Park as it apparently has an attrocious safety record. Friends of ours from the same ship went to the [URL="http://www.tambuntramtrung.vn/lang/index.php"]Egg Mud Baths[/URL] and have gone back to Nha Trang during subsequent Vietnam trips just to do this again. They said it is the most relaxing thing they've ever done. I love Nha Trang and I hope you do too!
  10. dannyr

    Today Show promoting PO PNG cruises

    The Living Room on Channel 10 did something with P&O this week as well. They must be marketing pretty hard.. Not a big loss. LOL.
  11. dannyr

    Poutine on Princess?

    That's a good point, and I must admit that's something I do wish that Princess actually did harness or do better. It would make sense (to me at least) to have regional dishes available to some degree every day either as a reminder of food they may have eaten in port that day, or the food that they will try the next day in port. When you're sailing away from Victoria or Quebec, have Poutine available. If you are leaving NYC, give Hot Dogs and Mustard a bit of a flogging. The day that you said into Sydney Harbour, make sure that you have meat pies on the menu. Sailing into Nagasaki? Sushi. Venice? Pasta Day! I don't expect locally produced perfection, but surely a bit of regional flavour would be easy enough to co-ordinate.
  12. dannyr

    Lemonade

    That's such an odd decision. I always get them to use Sprite mixed with my Bacardi, so will be disappointed that I can't find it easily.
  13. dannyr

    Poutine on Princess?

    I've never seen it either. I know that the traditional way of doing Poutine is with cheese curd, but there are some alternatives that will get you somewhere close. According to this page there is no real alternative however I reckon that with fries from the Trident Grill, Gravy and Cheese from Horizon Court, you should be able to make a pretty good go of it at sea.
  14. dannyr

    why Princess to Alaska?

    [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][quote name='Mikeyto']I cruised on the Disney Magic earlier this year and as you probably know her sister ship, the Wonder, generally cruises Alaska. [/quote][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]For me, one of the most amazing things about cruising Alaska was the silence. Spending the day in Glacier bay you can hear the ice breaking off, you can hear the birds. People on board (at least the Island Princess when I went) seem to respect the nature that they're seeing.[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]Perhaps I'm being a bit too stick-in-the-muddish, but I'd be interested to see the noise level difference between a Disney Cruise into Glacier Bay or Tracey Arm vs a Princess Cruise.[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]I mean, as a general rule the average age of the cruisers are about 40 years apart on those two lines.[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]I suppose what I'm getting at is.... if you want to go for nature I'd probably go for a more adult cruise line because I think you'd have more chance of enjoying it in its natural beauty.[/FONT][/COLOR] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT]
  15. dannyr

    Currency

    I was going to keep quiet on this topic, but then again it IS one of my favourite pet subjects so thought I really should chime in. Firstly, let me ask you.... why do you travel? Is it to experience different things? For me it is. And part of experiencing different things IS experiencing different currencies. There was a similar thread over on the Asia forum a while back and my reply then was And I stand by that.
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