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    Brisbane, Australia
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    Royal Carribbean, Celebrity, Princess
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    Asia

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  1. You will probably be docking at Phu My which is still 2 hours out of Saigon. The Mekong Delta is then a further 1 hour from Saigon. If you are doing the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Phu My plan on 3 hours bus travel each way. If you are overnighting in Saigon make sure the tour allows you to return to the ship on time. Either way there will be no shortage of Mekong Delta tour operators.
  2. The cruise ships anchor in Halong Bay and then tender passengers ashore. From there it is a 3 hour hour bus trip each way in to the city of Hanoi. Ship excursions in Halong Bay can be done straight off the ship weather permitting so there is no need to even go ashore if you don't want to.
  3. All the cruise ships which overnight in Laem Chabang will offer a transport service to Bangkok returning the next day. It is transport only and you will have to organise your own accommodation and activites. I have used it twice on Celebrity and Princess and both times the pick up and return was from the Asia Hotel although that may now have changed. We opted to stay at the Asia Hotel which was affordable and well located within walking distance to Bangkok's best shopping centre at MBK. The Asia also has a mono rail station right outside which is cheap and convenient and takes you anywhere in Bangkok. The shuttle returned to the ship around 2 pm and you can easily leave the small amount of required luggage at the hotel after checking out if desired.
  4. They don't offer drink packages on short cruises because because of problems with excessive drinking from bucks parties, football groups etc etc. I found the individual prices for alcohol quite reasonable on pacific Aria.
  5. Most privately organized Halong Bay tours involve an overnight on a larger vessel with the necessary accommodation and facilities. Assuming your cruise is only a day trip to Halong Bay you may be able to organise a day tour on line in advance or maybe organise something at short notice when you tender ashore. It all depends on your arrival and departure times.
  6. That's exactly what we do every time. Just be aware there is really nothing within walking distance of Marina Bay Cruise terminal except the subway station. Two stops in the train gets you to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel where you can easily kill a couple of hours or cross the road to the Gardens by the Bay.
  7. Yes it is very easily done. Make sure your luggage is labelled correctly and you drop off for correct ship if there is more than one ship in town. The luggage guys will be there on the footpath as soon as you get out of the cab.
  8. zowie57

    Nathon Koh Samui

    There will be many taxi operators waiting on the pier when you get off the tender. Most will have maps and offer suggestions of where they can take you for the day or half day. Pick a driver with good English and a clean air conditioned vehicle and decide exactly what you want to see on the island. Make sure the driver knows what time the ship departs so he can bring up back on time regardless of traffic conditions. Barter for the best price and you should have an enjoyable day.
  9. You can arrive as early as you like and get rid of your heavy luggage. If you then proceed through immigration you probably won't be allowed back out and may have a long wait till boarding. We always drop off luggage and then walk to the subway station to have a few hours in town until we are ready to return to complete paperwork and board.
  10. A lot of Australian travel agents don't deal with CMV Cruise line and many have not even heard of them. CMV mainly use older much smaller ships and cruises sell out fast due to limited cabins. You will probably recognize Vasco da Gamma it is the currently here as Pacific Eden and goes to CMV in April.
  11. I have just got off Pacific Eden cruising New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The ship was in pretty good shape for her age so I doubt any re furbishment would be planned given P&O have sold to CMV to become Vasco da Gamma. I would expect the Vasco da Gamma to be far more modern and much larger to Astor which is the ship she will replace. All cabins have double beds which can be separated and you will have the choice of inside, outside or balcony.
  12. In the meantime the nutcase that caused this situation (intentionally or not) will probably laugh her way to the bank.
  13. I think Sea Princess is small enough to dock up river at Portside. If so there is public transport and no shortage of taxis for the the short trip in to the CBD.
  14. Why should she be allowed to profit from an experience that disadvantaged other shipping in the area and presumably her fellow cruise passengers.
  15. Street vendors and souvenir shops will almost certainly want the local currency for small purchases. You can use your credit card in department stores and places within shopping malls. No shortage of ATMs just withdraw what you think you need in local currency or exchange $USD cash at licensed money changers.
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