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Floridastorm

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    Ocala, Florida
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  1. Floridastorm

    Cruises Departing From Shanghai

    Probably the Quantum of the Seas, Betty. The Visa Free Transit is for 6 days (144 hours). Would that be cumulative or 6 days upon arrival Shanghai and another 6 days upon disembarkation in Shanghai? How do they start and end counting for the original Visa? Is it how many days you are physically on land in China? Or do they consider days aboard the ship? Any hassles with the Shanghai Immigration Officials?
  2. Floridastorm

    Cruises Departing From Shanghai

    Please enlighten me, if you will. I am flying from Bangkok nonstop to Shanghai and departing via a cruise ship. Upon returning to Shanghai on that cruise ship I am flying Shanghai to Bangkok non stop. Where am I going wrong?
  3. Floridastorm

    Cruises Departing From Shanghai

    The HA Westerdam departs Shanghai, to Qingdao, Beijing, Nagasaki, Seoul, Cheju City, Seoul, Kagoshima, Shanghai. The RC Quantum of the Seas departs Shanghai to Shimoneski, Maizura. Nigata, Hakodate, Shanghai. Since I would be flying round trip from Bangkok/Shanghai/Bangkok that would qualify as a non stop flight without landing in any other Chinese city. I'm assuming, by your information and what I have gleaned from Google, that the 144 hr Transit Without Visa would qualify in my case. 6 Steps to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit: 1. Inform the carrier when boarding 2. Fill an Arrival/Departure Card 3. Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival 4. Claim the luggage 5. Go through the customs 6. Leave the airport What kind of a hassle is it with Shanghai immigration in obtain this Transit Without Visa? Both my wife and I carry American Passports. Thanks Again
  4. Floridastorm

    Cruises Departing From Shanghai

    Can someone explain the Visa Process for using the port of Shanghai as a departure and returning port. I see that RC Quantum of the Seas and HA Westerdam are primarily the ships that depart from Shanghai. I know that China requires a prior visa in order to enter the country. But, is there some special process utilized by the cruise lines in order to make it as painless as possible?
  5. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    I've read that the Boardwalk and Promenade cabins are noisier due to the activities in those areas some of which goes on pretty late. Apparently the Central Park area is fairly quiet especially at night. I'm somewhat averse to noise while trying to sleep. My preference is an Oceanview but they fill up pretty fast and decent locations are not always available.
  6. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    Hmmmm. wondering if that would be a noisy area? Imagine it gets a lot of use.
  7. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    Considering A Central Park View cabin on Deck 9. It's Cabin 9617. The deck plan shows this cabin as an end cabin with a large space next to it which has no cabins. Does anyone have a clue to what that open space is all about? ❓
  8. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    You left me laughing for 10 minutes. My thoughts indubitably. My only reservation with sailing on these Oasis Class ships is the Disney World aspect with all of the kid stuff. However, I can see by some of the replies that much of the fair is geared towards adults. The ships are probably large enough that the adults can go about their business without ever encountering the Kid's stuff up front and personal.
  9. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    Do all of the ships have the ice skating show?
  10. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    Can you expand on which ship has which show?
  11. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    Any port in Florida works for us. Actually, to tell the truth, I'm not all that ecstatic about the itinerary for the Oasis class ships. I guess for a lot of folks it's about the ship itself irregardless of the ports.
  12. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    I pretty much ruled it out due to the pricing. I guess, since it's the newest of the 4, the pricing is much more than the other 3. We usually do an Oceanview and just can't abide by an Inside. The Oceanview on Symphony is double that of the other 3 ships. Since all 4 ships are about the same I just can't see spending the extra money although we could if we wanted to. I just can't see spending extra money if we don't have to. I really wanted to book Celebrity Edge. But, that is pretty much out of our budget. Will do that one maybe in a year or so.
  13. Floridastorm

    MSC Seaside Entertainment

    Would appreciate info on the ship's entertainment. Specifically Show and Stage Performances and Lounge/Bar venues for Music. I have read that much of the entertainment is in foreign languages and is heavy on the classical side. But, I have also heard that the shows are professionally done. Can anyone expand on this? Thanks Very Much...........🎭
  14. Floridastorm

    Oasis Class Ships

    We are considering booking 1 of 3 Oasis Class ships that ply the Caribbean; Allure, Harmony, Oasis just for the pleasure of sailing on such huge ships with so much to see and do. Our main interests are the Entertainment Venues like Shows and Stage Performances. Also Lounge/Bar venues with music. Can anyone assist in providing an overview of these venues and pros and cons related to them? Thanks So Much...........🎭
  15. Floridastorm

    Regal Princess. Tips

    Would appreciate info on the entertainment available in the show or stage venues and also in the lounge/bars for both the Regal and the Royal. I'm assuming that they are very similar ships. Thanks 🎭
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