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  1. Cairn Mom

    Is Hong Kong safe?

    We’ll be on Princess in March.
  2. Cairn Mom

    Is Hong Kong safe?

    If you are supposed to be in HK on a weekend then it might be best to go directly home. Currently, I’ve heard the weekends there are dreadful and nothing is open. However, apparently, it’s business as usual during the week. Our ship docks there over a weekend in March. Plan is to take a ship excursion to Lantau Island on Saturday and fly out on Sunday.Hope the situation is resolved before then. I have great sympathy for the protestors in HK.
  3. We diy in the ports you will be visiting. They are very easy to navigate on your own. You can hire a taxi for an island tour. We always plan to return to the ship at least an hour before sailing. That really shouldn’t be an issue for these islands. If you want to go to the beach, I recommend that you look into a hotel day pass. It is usually easy to get a taxi to the hotel and it’s very easy to get one back to the pier; if a taxi isn’t waiting, the desk will call one for you. We have done this a few times. Shopping in St. Thomas is super fun. No excursion necessary if you enjoy that lol. It is a special vacation for you. If you really aren’t comfortable then splurge and take the Princess excursions. Life is very short. Make beautiful memories and enjoy your trip.
  4. Excursions are finally available. We booked overland to Angkor Wat. Very excited!
  5. My TA called today. The person she spoke with told her that excursions won’t be ready until 90 days prior to the cruise. Apparently, this is now true for all Asia cruises. Perhaps it has something to do with Hong Kong?
  6. I received an email from Princess stating that I could pre-book shore excursions for my Asia cruise. I tried to book them online for my Asia cruise in March,2020 but the system wouldn’t process them. I then called Princess and was told that shore excursions could no longer be pre-booked for Asia. Has anyone else had this issue? We often book private excursions, but many of the sights we want to visit are far from the ports so we prefer Princess excursions. i think we’ll probably cancel the trip.
  7. I found out today that passengers can’t pre-book shore excursions on Asia cruises. I got an email that from Princess that shore excursions could now be pre-booked for my Asia cruise in March 2020. I tried unsuccessfully to pre-book them online so I called Princess and was told that the policy for Asia changed this summer. Shore excursions can only be booked onboard. I am not going all the way to Asia only to discover that the shore excursions I want are unavailable. I often book private tours but for this trip, many of the sights are a long way from the port and I would not take the chance of missing the boat lol. Does anyone know anything about this? Thank you, Nancy
  8. St. Paul de Vence, Eze and Monte Carlo are wonderful places to explore. St. Paul de Vence & Eze are walled towns. They are easy to do DIY as is Monte Carlo. I think you can visit on your own via public transportation. We had a car. We enjoyed the restaurant at, La Columbe D’Or in St. Paul de Vence . The hotel is part of history. It was frequented by many famous personalities. Enjoy your trip.
  9. We visited Honfleur & Bordeaux on the Crystal Serenity. That was an amazing cruise!!
  10. We skipped it when we went this past March as we were only in Paris for two full days. We’d been twice before.
  11. Hi Notamermaid & GMT, I am currently on the Sigyn. We are traveling from Linz to Krems. The weather is terrible The Danube is really high and the ship is creaking. I am grateful not to be in an “aquarium” class room. They are fully underwater. I hope this won’t impact our itinerary. More rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for tmw.
  12. GMT & Notamermaid, Thank you so much for the information. We’re on Viking. The itinerary is: Passau, Linz, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest. In your opinion, will there have to be ship swaps due to high water for 6/18-6/25? It will help us in how we pack. Thank you again, Nancy
  13. Hi, Thank you so much for the valuable information you provide. We’ll be on the Viking Passau to Budapest 6/18-25. I was wondering if you’ve heard anything regarding the water levels for that time. Additionally, I was wondering if you have an update on the situation in Budapest. We hear nothing about it in the US. Thank you in advance. Nancy
  14. This was not in My Viking Journey. Thx for posting
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