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  1. Thank you for taking us along on your cruise Kathi and keeping us abreast of the happenings on the ship. I hope you arrive home safely and healthy.
  2. Hi Christine, No problem and I hope you had a good time on QV. The Island Highlights is a scenic drive with stops at a local market, the Theological College and Robert Louis Stevenson's house. The Essence of Upolu is a scenic drive with stops at Plum Pudding Rock, Botanical Gardens with a presentation about the daily life of Samoans, and then to Tafatafa Beach where you are served a BBQ luncheon. Just keep in mind that this information came from our excursion booklet that was from our 2015 cruise, so may be different now.
  3. Glad to be following you along again with your blog! Have a great time and thank you for taking us along!
  4. Oh thank you very much! That is very helpful and I will let my friends know that option.
  5. Hi, we were on a longer cruise on QE in 2015 and I found my shore excursion booklet (yes, I keep these kind of things...lol). On Apia, at that time, there were 5 excursions. Island Highlights - 3.5 hr Coastal Villages & Tropical Gardens - 3.5 hr Essence of Upolu - 6.5 hr Aggie Grey's Beach Resort & Cultural Show - 5.5 hr Samoan Culture & Organic Plantation - 3 hr I think that we just walked around the town which was just off the ship. We first walked left off the ship and then came back and went right. If you have any further questions, I will try to help.
  6. Thanks for your replies. It will be next year in March when my friends will be arriving. I appreciate any information you find out. Thank you!
  7. HI everyone! I was hoping someone here would have the answer for me. We were wondering where the ship shuttle drops off in Melbourne? We would like to meet up with friends and would like to figure out a meeting point. Thanks for your help!
  8. I will give it a try from an online TA. M203C 10 Jan 22 Grand Voyage 71 Southampton, New York, St. Thomas, Tortola, Curacao, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Montevideo (overnight in port), Rio de Janeiro (overnight in port), Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, New York, Southampton
  9. Hi Bill and Mary, thanks for the great trip report as always! On a side note, when in Samoa was there any notification about the current measles outbreak? Just read a news update on the subject.
  10. Hello to you all! We are contemplating booking our first MSC cruise early next year and have been reading this informative thread. I still have lots to learn/research regarding MSC but was wondering if for my first question, you all may be able to answer it. For the status match, has anyone used Cunard? We are platinum with Cunard and was wondering what match we will most like receive. Also, what kind of confirmation documents do you need to show them? Thank you most kindly, in advance!
  11. Yes, I agree Gil, looks like we will have to try looking at other cruise lines.
  12. You have the best story telling ability that keeps me coming back for more! You and your camera are brilliant! The shots you got were amazingly beautiful! We just got back last month from our first Alaska cruise and wish we could've had your advice of "bring the binoculars" because you are so right in that they can make a huge difference to your experience. Thank you so very much for taking us with you on your adventure!
  13. We just got back in June from an Alaskan cruise, our first. In Juneau, we were there for two different days. One day we booked the Mendenhall Glacier explorer which took us to the MG Park and we walked around on our own and it was a beautiful day. The second day we booked the whale watching from Cunard and that was a great day too. After both of our excursions, we walked around the town to see the local sites. In Skagway, we first thought about doing the train but after hearing about the hair-raising turns and such we decided on another experience. Rather than book with Cunard we booked with Dyea Dave and his full day tour to Emerald Lake and boy what a great idea that was! It was more in depth than cruise line tours and we got to stop where we wanted to plus we were on an 18 person van and only had 6 people! They were very informative and accommodating. They showed us the usual spots plus others that the cruise line did not. It was the best full day tour at half the price! They have great reviews and we were glad to try it.
  14. Thanks Kathi! We just came back last month from our QE to Alaska cruise and it was good to see a reminder of our time in Juneau! Actually, we had two days there, the first on Thursday and then again on the following Saturday so now check the Juneau webcam a bit just for memory sake How are you?.
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