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  1. I would agree with that. Thanks for the replies.
  2. Greetings, Does anybody know the current exchange rate for the US$ V AUD$ on board Princess ships? And if this still exists? I remember a few years ago, Princess altered their exchange rate twice per year, regardless of what was happening on the money market day to day. This was sometimes beneficial for us Aussies, or not so good! Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks for posting. We are heading there next June, so some good suggestions there in your experiences.
  4. Could you imagine how busy it would have been in Fung Kuei?
  5. This looks great......thanks for sharing. I will give it a try.
  6. Thanks for replying but I was looking for an email address as I don't have a fax or access to one. I know with Princess, you can email your request in, even though the sheet you attached says fax.
  7. I have just booked a cruise on Costa cruising India next year, which is my first cruise with Costa. Can somebody please tell me where I need to send my request for the shareholders OBC and what exactly is required? Thanks in advance.
  8. I just booked a cruise on the Victoria.....this is good to know. Thanks.
  9. In Australia, you would lose your deposit. You would have to weigh it up if the saving on the new fare was worth cancelling, losing your deposit and any OBC and re booking. Booking early here in Oz sucks!
  10. I did the same as few years ago, and now is a good time to buy them as the share price has dropped considerably in the past year or so.
  11. Free walking tours are a good introduction to the city. Have a look at this.... https://www.afwt.co.nz/ Hope the days they run the tours coincide with when you are there. If not, it is very easy to do on your own. There will be city maps available on the pier to assist you. Auckland is a lovely city. We have done a bridge climb of the Auckland Bridge. Not quite the same as the Sydney Bridge, but it was good. Half way along the bridge climb, they stop and offer anyone who is interested to do a bungy jump!!!! We didn't do that, but it was fun watching others do it.
  12. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on both of our river cruises. People got into their dining groups and had representatives race in early and grab the best table and reserve it for the rest of the group. Really got annoying towards the end of the cruise. Dining on the Aquavit Terrace for dinner would be nice.......wish it was around when we cruised with them. And I have no doubt you will enjoy it and I hope you do!
  13. My wife and I have actually been in Basel and seen a local (we presumed it was a local) swimming in the river. It was freezing and the river was flowing extremely fast. All he had on was bathers and goggles. We could not believe anybody would swim in the river and we don't know where he started from, but we watched him come and go under the bridge we were standing on and then swim over to the edge of the river downstream with the current. You would have to be a very confident swimmer to swim in the Rhine. I regard myself as a competent and confident swimmer, having swam competitively for 40+ years and there is no way I would swim in the river. It was very dangerous when we were there.
  14. We have cruised twice before with Viking.......Amsterdam to Basel and Budapest to Amsterdam. It was a couple of years ago now. Viking are a very good river cruise line and we would have no hesitation in cruising with them again. As far as I can recall, dinner was not available on the Aquavit Terrace. Lunch...yes, but I don't recall anybody dining out there for dinner. Dinner was in the main dining room only. This could have changed since we cruised with them last. At lunchtime, there were definitely tables for two on the Aquavit Terrace. In regards to coolness, it depends what time of the year you are sailing and, it is obviously weather dependent. It did get cool out there when we sailed. But it is lovely sitting out there, specially at sunset. There was only one menu in the main dining room for dinner. And to answer your last question, yes it does get busy! People were queing up waiting for the dining room doors to open as some people wanted to get the same table each night. As it is open sitting, you can sit anywhere. Hope some of this helps you some way.
  15. We have done something similar at Mystery Island a few years ago. It wasn't the glass bottom boat tour, bur a snorkeling tour. We had a father/son and their tinny. They took us out to the reef and the son jumped in the water with us and guided us through the coral garden, whilst the father stayed in the boat and then picked us up at the other end of the reef. It was fabulous and well worth doing. Cost...........AUD$5 each! There were 6 of us in the boat from memory and the tour was about 45 minutes. Well worth doing. It was a few years ago, so I would imagine the price would have gone up since then, but in answer to your query, I would have no hesitation in booking with the locals when you get off the tender.....there are plenty of them there just waiting for your business!!
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