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About Petoonya

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Oregon Coast, USA
  • Interests
    Grandkids, animals, cars, snorkeling, swimming, hiking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania and Windstar
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. Thanks! Been through that airport a dozen times and haven't seen. But then maybe because I was crying about having to leave. I'll be sure to look next time. Thanks so much.
  2. Wow- where did you find the collection bin for charity? My husband has a drawer full of XPF. We're going back in the spring and almost certain we'll have some left over.
  3. You can try a taxi service...I used Torea Nui Transport to get to the Hilton and it was very reasonable. https://toreanui.com/ Email them and they can give you a quote. Our cost was $40USD roundtrip for two to the Hilton which was a 20 minute drive from the ship. You need to know what dock you will tender to. If you tender in Cooks Bay the Lagoonarium is also about 20 min drive. If you tender from Opunohu it's about 25+ min. There's also Alberts https://albert-transport.net/ Torea Nui Transport was very timely. A driver was waiting for us when we got off the ship. We gave him a time we wanted to be picked up again and he was prompt. Both companies are very used to requests to visit the Lagoonarium. Both also do island tours and snorkeling trips....you might consider doing a combination? Renting a car by comparison was really reasonable- $80 for the day booking in advance. You get to circle that beautiful island. Also have a yummy seafood lunch at Snack Mahana! 🙂
  4. If you're looking for something reasonably priced here's what I wear. I too am a freckle faced redhead. And like to look cute in the water 🙂 Pants: https://www.amazon.com/Saejous-Womens-Bottom-Outdoor-Leggings/dp/B07R911LKY/ref=sr_1_18_sspa?keywords=oneill+swim+pants&qid=1571014109&sr=8-18-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExM1pVT1VRQ0FOSFhSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTU4NTEzMjlFNVFEUVNNODhKMCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjQ1NDg3MzdWNVNUOVM2NjZaSSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= Rashguard: https://www.amazon.com/ONeill-Womens-Basic-Sleeve-Medium/dp/B00GD22VB0/ref=sr_1_17?dchild=1&keywords=womens%2Brash%2Bguard%2Blong%2Bsleeve&qid=1571014355&sr=8-17&th=1&psc=1
  5. Have a real cheapskates way to the airport and my husband once talked me into trying it. We walked from San Basilio to Piazzale Roma along Calle ai Magazzani and caught the bus at P. Roma for 8 euro. It's only 1.3 miles. No bridges. Not too bad especially because we stayed not far from San Basilio and were attempting to do a 21 day cruise with carry-ons only- don't think I'd be up to it with full size luggage! But it worked- just a little dicey with traffic as we approached P. Roma. But I talked husband into a water taxi next time around. Subsequently it's been Alilaguna from Zattere.
  6. I'm so sorry! Red face. Distracted....was just talking to someone else looking at booking a hotel. No just wait til 6-9 months before....and book direct with hotel.
  7. Hi there Brd 386. 1. You can contact the hotel now if you like and see what prices are. But if you are looking to save money you'll get a better deal booking via a website like Kayak or Tripadvisor. You'll need to wait till 364 days before your date of travel though. Kayak or Tripadvisor does the price checking for you and directs you to the booking engine that can score you the best deal https://www.kayak.com/ Or https://www.tripadvisor.com/ Just as an example....both Kayak and Tripadvisor say that Expedia has the best price for the Sofitel Bora Bora July 15-17, 2020. This is a considerable savings from booking that hotel direct online for those same dates. You can't book 2021 on Kayak and Tripadvisor now, but you can test it out by doing a dummy booking with your same dates but for 2020. That way you can get a feel for what the demand is during the time period you will be visiting in 2021. 95% of the time you'll do better booking with a site like Kayak or Tripadvisor than booking with the hotel direct. Always be sure the price you get includes taxes and service charges when comparing prices. You asked about when you pay....if you book directly with the hotel they just take a credit card to reserve your room and tell you your cancellation terms when you book. If you book on Tripadvisor or Kayak it's pretty much the same thing but depends on what hotel you book. Some smaller concerns may want up front payment.....but by and large you reserve with a cc and settle things when you check out. 2. There's no reason to book your snorkeling tour more than a year in advance in BB or anywhere. Although sometimes I admit I get so excited I book earlier than that! For Tohora Bora Bora who only takes 6 passengers or another tour company who is in demand I book as soon as I can. If I can help with anything else ask away! Best wishes. Nancy
  8. Mick, Think you will be hard pressed to find a Moorea tour that leaves from Papeete. But I hope someone proves me wrong. You really might consider the ferry- Aremiti or Teravau. One leaves at 7:45-8am and with a return 2:30-3pm. Would give you from approximately 9am to 2pm. Just did it last December and it was a breeze. The thing about the ferry is that it doesn't always run exactly on schedule. It ran 30-45 minutes late for us. Can depart a little early or a little late, and, as you say you don't want to be a pier runner. Your ship will be berthed immediately adjacent to the ferry btw. Your ship's all aboard time will be 4:30 do you think? You should be fine. 5 hours extra time on Moorea is a big YES. There's no backup if you miss the ferry or if it is extraordinarily late but it's a chance I'd take. Eager to hear what my friend Tahitian Big Kahuna thinks, or if he knows of a tour from Papeete to Moorea.
  9. Hi there....it was the manager of food and beverage service that helped me. There are two emails that you can try. Let me know if you don't hear anything back. rest.mgr@hilton-moorea.pf This is the one I wrote to, and this second one is the one I heard back from. fnb.asst@hilton-moorea.pf
  10. Hi again! All you have to do is enter the name of the port in the blank space (Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, Fakarava or whatever). Once you enter the name of the port or island, "French Polynesia" will appear. Enter that and you'll get the page with schedules. Let me know if it's not working for you.
  11. Here's something that goes out till 2021. https://www.cruisemapper.com/ports From the few dates/ports I entered for my upcoming cruises it was accurate. But can't tell just how good it is.
  12. Sorry...the link I gave about was specifically for Lagoon Service in BB. Tripadvisor has made it more difficult to find reviews. This is what you'll see on Tripadvisor once you've entered Bora Bora (or another port) in search on their site. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Home-g311415 Then enter "things to do" at the top. Then "tours" at the top. Then on the left hand side "operator categories", and below that "see all tour operators" Then it ranks operators. Choose one and you'll see their reviews. Sorry to be so explicit if you already know how to do this. Not long ago Tripadvisor changed the way their website is set up so that they can sell tours directly. If you just a bought a tour from that info you'd know nothing about the tour or operator. Can't blame Tripadvisor for trying to make an extra buck but they made it a lot harder to find what you're looking for.
  13. Hi Bonzaii, The place I start my research is Tripadvisor. Here's for Bora Bora https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g669130-d2690525-Reviews-Lagoon_Service_Bora_Bora-Vaitape_Bora_Bora_Society_Islands.html For anything else, choose your location, then check "Tours" at the top, and be sure to have checked "See all Tours in Bora Bora" (or whatever location you want to see) on the bottom left. Otherwise it will just display a bunch of advertisements for tour operators. Again on the left, categories are listed, like "scuba and snorkeling". Check that. . Each of the tour operators are ranked from first to last- I think there are 60+ for Bora Bora alone. If Tripadvisor doesn't have the website listed for whatever tour company you're interested in just google it. About a third of the way down the page start the reviews. I've found that going through the reviews there makes it a lot easier to figure what I like than reviews here.... not that CC reviews are not helpful. Just a lot more info on Tripadvisor. If you have questions I'm Nancy at petuniafish@gmail.com Best to you.
  14. You're right- didn't think of those things. The most common complaints I hear about transferring to a TA are 1) when a cruiser spots a discounted price and is unable to reach one's TA. Calling O is not going to get you anywhere- it's for your TA to work out. And 2) when one is negotiating an upsell, O won't enter into the process except though your TA. These would never deter me from using a TA as my best value is with her. She's there for me 7a-6p everyday but weekends, and when away she has a coworker cover. It's rare that I don't hear back from her in 5-10 minutes. She has gone to bat for me and come up with little miracles again and again. She alerts me whenever a deal comes up that would work to my advantage. We always book the cheap seats and she still treats me royally. When she retires I will mourn. I've never understood why some choose to book direct with the cruise line, but maybe it's because I get so much service from my TA. Know why it is that we can't share names of TA's on CC, but there must be many of us who'd like to share the good word about our incredible TA's.
  15. The only negative I can think of in transferring your booking to a TA is that you will be unable to talk to O about your booking-permanently. Not that you would need to, but some people are frustrated when they can't reach their TA quickly enough and want a fast answer to a question. Upon calling O they discover that O refers them to their TA- unable to take questions about that booking. But as you already know after you make your booking with O you have 30 days to decide to transfer to a TA. Your TA can give you extra OBC, gratuities, etc. You can "shop your booking around" after you make that booking with O and see who will provide the best extras package. I like my booking with my TA as she is invested in getting me the best deal and extras she can, also providing me with info about upsells quickly. I'm sure there are other benefits I'm not addressing but transferring to a TA is only a win-win to me.
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