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    It's my test from pdf

    Oh never mind
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    Breakaway - Live 7/22

    I'm in on doing this for Vuk in Sept. Doug, let us know what you wrote on the delivery card and I'll do the same.
  4. Appreciate everyone's input. I'm hoping a Sept sailing won't have much ice in the water, considering it had all summer to melt. But I know I'll kick myself if our ship can't get in close and I hadn't booked a tour to Tracy Arm. Your posts were helpful, thank you.
  5. My cruise ship will visit the above destinations. Is there any reason for me to take a tour to Tracy Arm, or any other glacier related tour? Thank you for your replies. Darla
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    Snorkeling options in Phuket - advice needed

    Giles, the owner of Offspray Leisure was a super communicator right from initial contact months prior to my visit. I was part of a group of 12 people in Phuket for just one day. Giles arranged ground transport from Patong Bay in Phuket to his boat's location. We then had a fabulous day aboard a comfortable speed boat. Chris, from Offspray was our guide to the Phi Phi Islands. Along the way we passed James Bond Island. Our first stop was for snorkeling in a key-hole shaped cove, with all equipment provided, Chris was in the water with us and pointed out a white-tip shark...very exciting. We then motored to the location where the movie The Beach was filmed (spectacular views, but crowded so we didn't stay), onto a few other stunning islands before entering a hidden bay. Here we stopped for an authentic homemade Thai lunch, made by Giles's wife, which was served with real plates on the secluded beach. Chris even laid out mats for us. The food was as amazing as the scenery. After lunch we motored to the guarded Viking Cove and heard the story about the very, very expensive bird's nest soup. Then onto Monkey Beach, well that's self explanatory. This day was a highlight of my 2 month Asian trip! This tour convinced me to come back for a 1-2 month stay. And you can be sure I'll be utilizing Offspray Leisure again.
  7. I booked Bay of Islands tour for a full van of people with Shore Trips and Tours. I pre-paid in full, then my ship cancelled this port. Communication with Ian was great and the full amount I paid was promptly refunded. Then...my ship issued another revised itinerary and Bay of Islands was back in. On very, very short notice Ian was able to accommodate my group, and I'm so glad he did. Our guide was Jill. She had been a nurse early in her life and then a flight attendant for 30yrs. Oh my, she sure knows how to take care of people. We were blessed by her attentiveness and care of us. As a native from NZ, she was has a vast knowledge of the area. Jill's commentary was colorful and informative. The tour included the Glow Worm Caves, waterfall, Handerwasser toilets (yup it's a tourist attraction) Mission House, Stone Store, chocolate factory, lunch stop, Kemp house, lots of fabulous scenery. The tour was never rushed. Shore Trips and Tours gets an A+ from me.
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    Tours in NZ

    NAPIER: I booked with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour and pre-paid in full. Unfortunately my cruise ship (the adrift NCL Star) cancelled this port after we had already departed. The owner John Hanlon was a great communicator throughout the entire booking and refund process. Although I'm sure that John incurred expenses due to the cancelled port call he issued a full refund to my credit card. John is an honest business person and I'm sorry that I didn't have the opportunity to enjoy his tour.
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    Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

    This isn't a tour review but rather a share about my experience with a tour operator. I never actually took a tour with Mr. Cap Van Phung but he still rates #1 with me. I am booked on a cruise ship and I organized a day tour for 27 people in Ho Chi Minh City with Roadstour. I paid a large deposit, then the itinerary was changed and Phu My port was canceled. Cap attempted to send my deposit back via Western Union and to deposit to my Chase acct in HCMC, but at this time funds are not allowed out of Vietnam to US other than for educational fees. My money is lost? Nope. I asked Cap to send the money to the bank account of another tour operator in a different Vietnam city that our ship was going to. Cap obliged and sent my full deposit. During this entire transaction Cap was always a good communicator and I never felt that he wouldn't do everything possible to return my money. He spent a great deal of time and effort on this. Cap also lost out on deposits he made in advance. I can't express how impressed I am with with Mr. Cap Van Phung. His honesty and dedication are surpassed only by his desire to please his customers. I'm so disappointed that we will miss our port stop and Ho Chi Minh tour with Roadstour. But you can bet that when I return to HCMC I will use Roadstour exclusively.
  10. This isn't a tour review but rather a share about my experience with a tour operator. I never actually took a tour with Mr. Cap Van Phung but he still rates #1 with me. I am booked on a cruise ship and I organized a day tour for 27 people in Ho Chi Minh City with Roadstour. I paid a large deposit, then the itinerary was changed and Phu My port was canceled. Cap attempted to send my deposit back via Western Union and to deposit to my Chase acct in HCMC, but at this time funds are not allowed out of Vietnam to US other than for educational fees. My money is lost? Nope. I asked Cap to send the money to the bank account of another tour operator in a different Vietnam city that our ship was going to. Cap obliged and sent my full deposit. During this entire transaction Cap was always a good communicator and I never felt that he wouldn't do everything possible to return my money. He spent a great deal of time and effort on this. Cap also lost out on deposits he made in advance. I can't express how impressed I am with with Mr. Cap Van Phung. His honesty and dedication are surpassed only by his desire to please his customers. I'm so disappointed that we will miss our port stop and Ho Chi Minh tour with Roadstour. But you can bet that when I return to HCMC I will use Roadstour exclusively.
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    Ushuaia Argentina

    From the start emails with Edgar were easy and returned promptly. As our initial group of 6 or so grew to almost 20 while we onboard NCL Sun Edgar was eager to please us. He added a van to our bus so that he could accommodate a wheelchair and scooter. We were met as notified and quickly boarded our waiting vehicles. Edgar is a good English speaker and shared lots of information about his county and Ushuaia with us. Our tour included a viewpoint near the airport, city tour, National Park with stops at the End of the Pan-Am road and the Southern most Post Office & Lighthouse. We took a short but powerfully beautiful walk on an easy pathway in the park. The tour end with Edgar guiding us in the Prison Museum then dropping some pax in town to shop and returning others to the cruise dock. A very enjoyable day and a super value compared to similar tours from the ship. tourguideushuaia dot net email Edgar transportetrasandino at gmail dot com
  12. Anyone know how many devices can be logged into one unlimited account at the same time?
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    Cayo Levantado

    Do you still book NCL excursion in advance to secure your spot then they post an OBC?
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    Just returned - NCL Jade W. Med

    Could you please post the name of the tour company used in Rome? Approx cost? Thx.
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