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About Aesop081

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    Victoria, BC Canada
  • Interests
    Travel, photography, Goldwing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess or NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Panama Canal Transit

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  1. Being a Canuck I also have experienced this situation. My solution...screw the company website and go onto Expedia or other site. The prices aren't any different, and usually they have extras that the companies have negotiated with them that are add ons. Went to a dedicated HA presentation by one of the TA's in the area and the HA Reps said not to use their page and to use the TA's site because of the same reason I already mentioned. Good Luck
  2. Happy New Year. Hope you had a chance to get to the Cowichan Valley for some Timmies.
  3. MMM...my fave. Will definitely get them to add the floater on the next cruise in March.
  4. Hey VictOriann give that cruise ship company agency...you know, on Yates or on Millstream a call. Just booked an Alaska Veranda with grats for first two pax and drink pkg, and OBC etc. Not sure if it's on all trips, but the Alaska trips next summer are a deal. On until end of day Friday the 29th.
  5. During a cruise last year on the NCL Sun the Officers and Captain held a Q & A for the passengers. The question of sourcing food around the world came up and the answer given by the Officer in charge of that was that all food is sourced in the USA (not necessarily from the US but sourced there) to ensure consistency and the logistics team at the headquarters ensures that containers of supplies are put on ships to arrive just in time in the countries and ports or call. Almost everything is either canned, refrigerated, or frozen. Take that for what it's worth, but that is what he said.
  6. If you have access to the Haven you will find it a lesser Haven that on the big ships but I like that. It's very quiet and relaxing for getting away from the crowds. I enjoy being at sea and peace and quiet, this is the only way to do that nowadays. I answered a question awhile ago about Haven on the Pearl. Albeit we were on the Jade, except for maybe a color scheme and artwork the pics here should give you an idea of what to expect. We were in a family suite but did tour the DOS and GV with our butler offering. They seem like if I were to win a stock lottery or just a plain lottery, I would stay in them. These pics on the link are from Mar 2019
  7. Have done both lines, along with RCL, and Carnival. All lines are different, all ships in a line are different. We go out of our way to not go on the newest mega ships regardless of line. I guess if I was in the correct tax bracket I'd sail Regent or some other "boutique" ships. But I'm not. So Princess has/does/allows things that NCL doesn't which pleases me. Bring soda on for cabin, bring wine on board, drink prices are reasonable compared to NCL (when you don't have package). That said NCL is good for access to shows, anytime dining (plus or negative, mostly plus) NCL has for all intents and purposes (with a few fees) a built in drink package in their fare. I like to sip on drinks through out the day/evening and saves me a lot of end of the cruise money on my sail account. I find NCL rooms, again on the mid-size ships, bigger than the ones on Princess. Food is hit and miss for who has the best, but NCL's buffets I found more varied. My experiences, not anyone elses, but mine. Mid size ships. Enjoy your trips, meet lots of people. After all that is the best part of cruising, the social life if you choose it. We have friends all over the world now.
  8. I can speak to 5 months ago on the Jade they had the White Party. Up on the pool deck music dancing and a hard working cruise director pouring energy into the crowd, without which, I think it might have curled up and died at anytime. When the ships dancers came out and snagged people out onto the dancing area then the damn broke and all fun was had.
  9. Jade had service all day long. Bam Bang (yes his name) was excellent bringing drinks up to the courtyard. After 3rd day all I had to do was catch his attention and it was done. No talking. After hours a quick 30 second trip to Mojito Bar got the job done. Once the bartenders got to know you, they just prepared the drink while doing others and just put it on the bar. Being Haven is the best.
  10. If you have the time then the museum, as previously stated, is a great visit. it would be rushed and that would be a shame, but it is a "get into history" type of museum, not the "look at this history" type. September has some of the most gorgeous evenings and strolling downtown and have a nice dinner or sitting at a Patio at a pub will be wonderful.
  11. I'd pay up to 1000pp or even more from Mini suite to get into Haven area. I know this will come with a whole bunch of disagreements and some agreements, but that is MY preference. Just so worth it to be in that environment, the simplicity of cruising when Haven. The quiet, the service, the space, mostly that, the space. If you got a deal on the mini, treat yourself.
  12. That be me. No desire to even look into the big ships, having to make reservations for...everything, where's the fun in that. All the stories posted on the NCL forum of racing onto ships to make bookings, sardine canned pool decks, etc.etc. Give me Jewel class anytime.
  13. The ships tours usually run between 99 US and 120 US depending on length and if there is a lunch, tea, or dinner provided at Butchart Gardens (BG). BTW, the tea at the Gardens is as good as any in Victoria and less than half that at the "other" place. Taxis to BG can be had from either the terminal or downtown. From the terminal will add about $10 cdn to the price. I've never taken a taxi to BG but I have taken one to the airport which is past BG but about the same distance when you count the road taken. That runs about 60-70 depending on traffic getting out of town, each direction. That's about 45 to 55 US. Entrance into BG is 33 dollars...ish. Again about 25 US. So if you are two in the party you're looking at an overall cost of 155 US dollars for the round trip including entrance to the Gardens. So there is a saving to be had. However if you have a restricted time frame to take the tour and the ship is only in port for 4 or 5 hours, you may be better off for piece of mind on the tour. If you have a full day, as I did on a re-positioning cruise with Princess this May, there was no pressure to meet the late night departure time and you can stroll, sit, relax, eat, shop in the gift store which is pretty nice. If you can find another couple then you will make out in spades for the savings of sharing the taxi. Either way visiting Butchart Gardens is a must see if you have any love of gardens. Rated consistently in the top 10 or 5 Gardens of the world. It's worth it. And all the taxis take plastic of all types (credit) so there is no need to stock up on cash. And there is nothing you need cash for at the Gardens either. Downside is that you're way too early for the rose garden.
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