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  1. I paid cash - US$. The Tent doesn't have power, from memory, to run any sort of machine to take cards. If you want to pay by card - email before arrival. The great thing is, you only pay when you turn up. So if the ship doesn't make the port, you sleep in, change your mind or just can't make the tour, you have only lost the deposit, not the entire amount, as there is no upfront payment.
  2. WE ARE LOCATED LEFT OF THE ROUNDABOUT, UNDER A WHITE TENT; LEFT OF THE SECURITY EXIT MAIN ENTRANCE. PLEASE DO NOT EXIT THE MAIN SECURITY ENTRANCE. If you don't go through the walkway, but walk around the building at the start of the instructions, going to the left of the roundabout doesn't make sense. However you get here, when facing the "Hope to see you Again" sign, go to the small exit to the left. If you go to the tents on the right, near the larger main exit, which is also near the taxi stand everyone will just get confused and lost! (Or was that just me?) Second Statue (of Pieter Stuyvesant) and close up of Bernards Tours Tent in the background. The Bernards Tour tent where you meet the tour company and pay the balance of your tour amount. The actual Exit you go through to get to the tent (which is just to the left of this picture out of shot). The Tour Tent is outside the cruise terminal secure area. This is also where you will be dropped off at the end of the day and you will need your sea pass card to get back into the area to go back to your ship. I hope this helps someone, so you don’t need to wander around like I did. We really enjoyed our tour with Bernard and our driver Action Jackson. If we ever get back to this part of the world, we would go on this tour again. Also, if there are 4 or more of you, going private was a great way to see the island, as we were often first at a site and leaving before the standard Bernards Tour Bus turned up. We also chose where we wanted to go for lunch (which was important as we needed Gluten Free) and when we got bored with a place, we could leave as soon as we wanted to, rather than having to wait for the whole tour party to be ready.
  3. WALK DOWN THE SMALL WALKWAY AND CONTINUE WALKING PAST THE VENDING AREA UNTIL YOU REACH THE ROUNDABOUT WITH A BIG SIGN THAT SAYS "SEE YOU AGAIN SOON." A bit further down then looking back from where you came from ...
  4. TO THE LEFT OF THE RECEPTION CENTER, IS A SMALL WALKWAY LEADING TO THE VENDING AREA AND DUTY-FREE SHOPS.
  5. THE RECEPTION CENTER IS LOCATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE CLAUDE WATHEY STATUE.
  6. Based on the many reviews here, I booked Bernards Tour for a whole day tour around ST Maarten/ST Martin. Look most people here, I would recommend them as we had a good tour and saw all the highlights. As I had never been to the Phillipsburg cruise terminal before, I was a little confused when following the instructions sent to me on hour to get to their tent to start the tour. Here are the instructions sent through. FOR YOUR PRIVATE ISLAND GUIDED TOUR, WE WILL BE MEETING { AT 9:30 AM LOCAL ISLAND PORT TIME} IN THE PARKING LOT LOCATED BEHIND THE RECEPTION CENTER BUILDING NEAR THE SECURITY EXIT. A SHORT 4 MINUTE WALK FROM YOUR SHIP. THE RECEPTION CENTER IS LOCATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE CLAUDE WATHEY STATUE. TO THE LEFT OF THE RECEPTION CENTER, IS A SMALL WALKWAY LEADING TO THE VENDING AREA AND DUTY-FREE SHOPS. WALK DOWN THE SMALL WALKWAY AND CONTINUE WALKING PAST THE VENDING AREA UNTIL YOU REACH THE ROUNDABOUT WITH A BIG SIGN THAT SAYS "SEE YOU AGAIN SOON." WE ARE LOCATED LEFT OF THE ROUNDABOUT, UNDER A WHITE TENT; LEFT OF THE SECURITY EXIT MAIN ENTRANCE. PLEASE DO NOT EXIT THE MAIN SECURITY ENTRANCE. THE PARKING LOT IS CALLED ‘THE SAND BANKS’. ONE OF OUR AGENTS WILL BE IN THE PARKING LOT (DRESSED IN BERNARD TOURS POLO T-SHIRT) TO MEET AND GREET YOU... Please note all time is ( LOCAL ISLAND TIME)... To help any other first timers, here are some photos to help get you to the Benards Tent.
  7. Could be some interesting ports if they do it that way. Guam is almost in a straight line between Singapore and Hawaii.
  8. Hopefully there are still more to load. At the moment only 5 cruises are showing. Nothing between 16th November and January 15. Then more gaps then a cruise, gaps, cruise, gaps etc. Only 1 seven day cruise, 2 three day cruises and 1 two night cruise but it doesn't show where it is going after that. It also looks like Ovation only has two seasons in Alaska. It has a Sydney - Singapore cruise at the end of the season in 2021, so it looks like it will be heading back to China for the Northern Summer. I wonder what will replace it in Alaska and what will come to Australia at the end of 2021.
  9. Yes - it is Radiance of the Seas that will be home ported in Brisbane. It is in the local newspaper.
  10. RCL briefly had Legend of the Seas based in Brisbane as it was the largest of their ships that could go up the river and be based at the current cruise terminal, but that went away when they sold the ship half way through the season and had to cancel a lot of cruises. The 2020/21 Australian season isn't available for sale at the moment (due week of April 1?) so no one is affected by the move from Sydney to Brisbane. I wonder what will replace Radiance in Sydney - a second Quantum class ship to join Ovation - Quantum or Spectrum to winter in China then Summer in Australia and the Pacific? or the new Oasis?
  11. Brisbane is building a brand new cruise terminal at the mouth of the river so larger cruise ships can have a decent place to dock versus the cargo terminal they have to use at the moment. Royal Caribbean have just announced that Radiance of the Seas will be based at the new terminal at Luggage Point over the 2020/21 southern hemisphere summer cruise season. RCI also said they would be increasing calls to Queensland with other ships during the 2020/21 season.
  12. Have you thought about flying through San Francisco? There is a Qantas flight that leaves in the afternoon, which would give you more time to get to the airport. There is also an early evening flight out of Melbourne to Los Angeles. You could catch a flight up to 6pm down to Melbourne and connect there. If flight on same ticket, then bags would be checked through. Melbourne is a very easy terminal to connect through as its all one building, but you would have to recheck through security. There is also a 12:35pm flight to Dallas - Closer to Tennessee, and gives you an extra 45 minutes to check in vs the American Airlines Flight. Qantas and American Airlines are both in One World, so you would get American frequent flyer points if that is important. While not capable of doing it at the moment, the Qantas flights may even have American Code Share flight numbers on them in the future, to allow you to book American one way and Qantas metal the other.
  13. Sorry no. I didn't go into the main dinning room apart from the bottomless brunch galley tour.
  14. Other Documentation The normal "Book your next Cruise" For the first time in forever, we actually booked a cruise on board, as the Jan 2021 cruises had just been released. For booking a 7-day cruise in a suite, you only get $300 on board credit. To get $600 its got to be 10 nights (I think) or longer. The biggest benefit was we got 30 days to change our mind and cancel at no cost with the deposit refunded. As it was, we got back to Australia and decided we didn't want the cruise we booked, so changed dates, ship and destination and it was zero cost as it was within the 30 days and we kept the $300 on board credit. And lastly, the page that no one wants to see. The Leaving Instructions I did ask about Luggage Valet at the start of the cruise and was told it wasn't being offered yet for Symphony. They said the ship was too big and too new, maybe after it was bedded down in Miami it might be offered but not at the moment. That's all the documentation I took off the ship, but if there is anything else you are interested in, please let me know.
  15. Other Documentation Show Schedule. Crown and Anchor - Platinum Benefits for Adults and Youth Spa Services and Costs
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