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  1. Southbound - when going from Southampton / Rome to Singapore - the starboard western side in the Suez Canal is the most interesting. There is plenty to see. The eastern port side is mostly Sinai Desert which is still Egypt - not Saudi Arabia as many on Sapphire Princess thought in Oct. 2018. That side you also see the northbound conoy passing. We had bush fire smoke most of the early part of the transit as far as the lakes. Photo #1 - passing traffic in new by-pass near Ismailia. #2 - Great Bitter Lake. The Suez Canal is now a two-way operation & the southbound convoy no longer anchors in the GBL.
  2. Officers, Hotel staff & crew move between companies if they think conditions are better & they can get the same position. I was om Zaandam a few years ago & our CD departed to Viking Ocean as CD.
  3. Be aware of the Polar Code - summer 2021 will be the last chance to see Greenland on a mass market cruise ship. Also be aware that Greenland has a bad pollution problem with all human waste in black plastic bags & other rubbish placed on the beaches to be washed into the sea.
  4. ent704 Royal Plaza on Scott's is on Scotts Road not far from the Orchard Road junction with Scotts. It it NOT near Marina Bay, China Town or the Merlion. It is a 5 star hotel & was recently refurbished.
  5. Some updates. Silver Wind doing long docking Aug. 2020 to 10th Nov. Ready for 2020/21 Antarctic season. Azamara Pursuit - ex BA 5th Jan. 2020 to Antarctica 3 days around Antarctic Islands. Now working South Africa in early 2022. Saga UK - Spirit of Discovery - 16th June 2020 ex Dover UK to Greenland, 21 nights from UKP5548
  6. Bob - It's hard to know if the yard has spare capacity or if they are able to clear work to get Volendam in ontime. If you have not heard from HAL - I would expect your Volendam cruise will go ontime. John
  7. Noordam at Singapore 23rd Nov. to 7th Dec. 2020. At Sembawang shipyard. NOT Refurbishment - required maintainence as required every 5 years to get new certificates & insurance.
  8. You need to purchase the JR railpass in your country & they send it to you. Be carefull you do not get ripped off by non official sellers with high delivery charges. When you arrive in Yokohama on your ship - take a taxi to SHIN YOKOHAMA station on the Shinkansen Line. Have your ticket authenticated & book your required train to Hiroshima on right side incase Mt.Fuji is clear of cloud. We went Green Class & needed to book each journey. It is an outstanding service with signs are in English & its easy to navigate.
  9. Two ships - Taipei Trader & Agathonissos that were in the shipyard before Dorian hit - went to sea to ride it out & are now back in #3 floating dock & at fitting out berth to complete there work. First cruise ship Carnival Ecstacy due 5th October for her docking. Yard employees have been assisting to repair local water system & other work.
  10. Boat used was a tender. Video online. Usual mistakes by commercial media - ship was a liner!!! ABC & SBS got it mostly right.
  11. For accommodation in Sydney & Brisbane - get to know Airbnb & the hotel Booking site before you decide where to stay. For more than a few days a whole home or apartment would be better value but check there is public transport nearby. Tours to Australia Zoo on the quieter Sunshine Coast can be had on Viator site - also for Sydney.
  12. It is very hard to book a GBR cruise from either port anchorage [tender port] due to timing. Book with the ship so that any cancellation due to weather will not cost you. The tour boats generally pick up from your ship.
  13. How unaccompanied baggage was delivered to cruise terminal in China for embarking passengers - a 1 man operation. We were disembarking Diamond Princess.
  14. SeaDog-46

    Singapore Port

    In Singapore nothing much opens before 10 am. Marina Bay & Suntech City are large shopping centres near by. Taxis are Corolla size & with bags may only fit 2-3 passengers. They are not expensive & tipping is NOT expected. From Marina Bay cruise terminal it is only a short taxi ride to Gardens by the Bay where they have two of the largest climate controlled glass towers. A great way to kill some time before joining your ship.
  15. World Explorer is now operational. Registered in Madeira with plag of Portugal - she is about 9270 gt & carries 200 pax. Will be chartered by Quark & Nicko for Arctic & Antarctic cruises.
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