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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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?.

  8. We stayed at the Intercontinental so the language was a problem there.  There are a lot of signs in English as far as restaurants, buildings, shops, etc but they don't have street signs like we are used to.  The only port, of those you listed, that we went to was Aomori.  We originally booked an excursion but then cancelled so we could just walk around ourselves (we had two weeks in Japan prior to the cruise).  In Aomori, as I just was saying, we walked to the ASPAM building which wasn't much but did have tourist info.  There was a fold museum in town that you could walk to or if you feel comfortable there was the train to Hirosaki Castle that was cheaper than Cunard's excursion.  We also walked to the two shopping centers to have a look and they weren't much different than we're used to but interesting to see.  We went to the Wa-Rasse Museum and there was an admission fee.  The exhibits were in Japanese but you could look at the many floats and they were interesting to see all the detail.  I don't know about the other two ports, sorry.

  9. Yes the times were changed on our cruise as well (5-31May).  Many people who had booked 6pm for their dining times were disgusted and either went to the matre'd or were told "just show up at 5 minutes until 6" (I guess that gave them time to still order and eat their meal).  We were told that this was the new times and were started for Japan and Alaska.  When asked if they were permanent, we were told yes.  I do, however, think that if many people complain that could change.  We like to eat early so it was not too much of a problem for us.  For days when in port, the MDR was pretty much empty and the Lido quite full.

  10. We just got back from that cruise and had an amazing time!  Alaska is truly beautiful!  We had calm waters the majority of the time and the one or two days that we felt movement it was only slight.  Everyone that had done it before said that was rare and that we were lucky!  I am so glad of that!

  11. Hi Barry,  we just got back from a Yokohama to Vancouver cruise and our e-tickets said 2:30 check-in with a 6pm departure.  Of course we got there earlier and pretty much boarded within 30 minutes.


    We stayed at the Intercontinental, which is in a great location and would recommend it.  If you stay near the airport, which airport?  Haneda is closer to Yokohama but if you want to do a little sight-seeing in Yokohama you would have to commute a bit.  Narita is about an hour away from Yokohama and depending on the day of the week you might have to consider traffic which can be considerable during the week.  


    Another consideration if you booked with Cunard directly, if their transfer to the ship. We had some friends that had the transfer from a hotel in Tokyo to the ship and arrived before noon.


    If you have any other questions that maybe I can answer, I would be happy to help.

  12. Just to add to what others have said.  I experienced seasickness on my first few cruises but finally found Avomine in Australia which is  once of the meclizine medications.  Phenergan is also used by the ships medical department.  The information that I learned after the first time and what I always do now is take the tablet one hour before bed and that helps you sleep as well as decreases the drowsiness the next day.  For me, I just take it for the entire cruise because as another person said once you get that feeling it is more difficult to get rid of it so prevention is the better choice, in my opinion.  We just got back from a 27 night cruise and I took it the entire time and had no problems.  Before I found this solution, I had tried the bands, ginger candy, ginger tablets and none of them worked for me.


    The location of your room sounds like a good choice and I hope you have a great cruise!  Cruise Critic is a great place to get information to help you when planning a cruise!


  13. Hi Barry,

    We just got back from the QE 27 nts Yokohama to Vancouver with Alaska in the middle.  We flew from Melbourne to Narita (Qantas) and used the airport Limo bus that was 7200 yen for the both of us and that worked for us because it has a stop at the Intercontinental.  We stayed at the Intercontinental because it was close to the Osanbashi Cruise Terminal, but then found out we were docking at the Daikoku Pier, which is across the harbor.  They provided a shuttle to the ship from a place close to the Nihon Odori Station but we ended up taking a taxi.  We had printed out a paper with the picture and address of the Daikoku Pier and the IC staff also instructed the driver of the location.  In Vancouver, we used United because we stopped over in Honolulu.

  14. Just off the QE and had to check it out but was not impressed.  The same old routine of trying to get you to book more treatments, and they stood outside the area on deck 9 and you had to pass them to get to the gym, etc.  I did try a basic manicure/pedicure but when I was trying to book, the guy on the phone kept trying to book me for the more expensive ones but I wouldn't budge.  It was a good thing because I felt that the experience of the lady that did my manicure/pedicure was not up scratch.  Just my opinion.

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