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  1. Not all taxis take credit cards. The blue & yellow taxis that are Comfort del Grove brand take Visa, Mastercard and American Express. https://www.cdgtaxi.com.sg/ride-with-us/fares But you're probably better off to download the Grab taxi app on your smartphone. Then you can pay by credit card and book directly.
  2. 7 pm seems late from my memory for the buffet to open. I do remember us getting back from a shore excursion, having some drinks and then getting a plate of cheese to go with it in the late afternoon - before dinner. But yeah, our first Costa cruise we had a hard time finding food open on our first day as we boarded at an odd time.
  3. I think the bad reviews on Costa are related to expectations English speaking cruisers have that are really unrealistic on a mass market Italian cruise company. The complaints of the Italian language announcements, lack of free pizza, hamburgers and ice cream, lack of toiletries in the bathroom, and charging of drinking water seem to be the top complaints. I personally think Costa is great value for money.
  4. You can use google maps to locate hotels near an address. Click on the red tag and pull up the map, then click search nearby and enter keyword hotel. https://www.google.com/maps/search/hotel/@35.6153692,139.7646924,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!2m7!3m6!1shotel!2sAomi,+Koto+City,+Tokyo+135-0064,+Japan!3s0x601862063818661f:0xe6a1805fb45813d8!4m2!1d139.7805445!2d35.6159881 It looks like Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is the closest name brand hotel.
  5. Did you have any children with you? I have a question about the kids club and when kids are able to self signout by age. Also can you advise if it is worth it to upgrade the drink packages from Brindiamo to Piu Gusto if you are a wine drinker. The description of the wine available doesn't identify the selection or quality by package just red/white by the glass.
  6. That's a big ship, you are definitely going to be using Marina Bay Cruise Centre. https://mbccs.com.sg/
  7. Thanks but I eat keto and haven't had past in about 5 years.
  8. I would recommend you buy duty free liquor at the Singapore airport as they will probably have a better selection. They'll pack it in a sturdy bag to carry.
  9. Marina Bay Cruise terminal website says they do have duty free liquor shop at Level 1 arrival hall. See: https://mbccs.com.sg/shop-services/
  10. If you really want to celebrate CNY, head to the mall and go to Bengawan Solo bakery. http://www.bengawansolo.com.sg/ Buy some pineapple tarts and love letter cookies. Then go to Bee Cheng Hang (or other shops listed in this link) for Bak Kwa (BBQ pork jerky) . https://www.8days.sg/eatanddrink/newsandopening/12-famous-bak-kwa-brands-ranked-from-worst-to-best-11144814 Take home to your grandma's house along with 2 mandarin oranges to exchange. If you're unmarried, you get gifted money in a red envelope. Otherwise, you're expected to give cash out to unmarried relatives. https://www.thefinder.com.sg/things-to-do/explore-sg/everything-you-need-know-about-chinese-new-year-singapore-2/
  11. Chinese New Year is not a public festival but where ethnically Chinese Singaporeans visit family over several days. There are dinner parties, exchanging of gifts and eating of traditional snacks. If you visit Chinatown you may discover it is "dead" because everyone is home visiting their grandma. Plus lots of people tend to travel outside Singapore for a long weekend. Timeout is a local magazine that gives a breakdown of some events and things to do: https://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/guide-to-chinese-new-year-in-singapore Browsing through these. I would recommend you try to get tickets to the Chingay Parade. It's a spectacle. The parade is not down the street but rather in front of some bleachers of seats. Eat before you go and have an EZLink pass to ride the train home as it will be very crowded. There may be food vendors on site but bring cash and expect very long lines for any food. River Hongbao is a collection of giant lanterns and bright lights. Try to go during a weekday, it is very crowded. There's also Lion Dance performances. Check out this link on where to go see one. https://www.littledayout.com/2020/01/06/where-to-watch-chinese-new-year-lion-dance-performances-in-singapore-2020/
  12. I'm in Costa's website customizing my cruise and see you can pre purchase things like tomahawk steak. Curious where this would be served, I assume the main dining room? My family doesn't enjoy the MDR experience so would they be able to serve it at the buffet or premium restaurant instead?
  13. There is a wild animal rescue you can visit, but it won't be elephants and such, more like snakes, bats and perhaps a few wild cats. You need to make an appointment in advance. https://acres.org.sg/core/contact-us/ Another place to see animals is at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/sungei-buloh-wetland-reserve . I took my Girl Scouts there and we hired a nature guide, but you can DIY for free. You're certain to see some monkeys at MacRitchie park. But they are quite feral try to come at you if you have any food in hand. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/macritchie-reservoir-park I've also seen about a dozen wild pigs at Pasir Ris Park. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/pasir-ris-park If you're active you can rent a bike on Pulau Ubin island and see monkeys and wild pigs. Need $3 cash to rent a boat and then more cash for bike rentals and food on the island. https://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/guide-to-pulau-ubin
  14. Do they publish this gathering in the cruise bulletin on board or do you get an invitation?
  15. I can share that Universal StudiosSingapore has fireworks on select days. You can see these for free at the restaurants across the lake at Vivocity Mall such as the deck at the Queen and Mangosteen pub. https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/universal-studios-singapore/plan-your-visit
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