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Heidi13

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    Travel, Photography, Swimming, Walking Dogs, Football (Glasgow Rangers)
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    Tending to Viking Ocean
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    Panama
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  1. In addition, they can drive from 16 yrs old, but must wait another 5 years before consuming a mass produced weak beer. Growing up in UK, we could have a beer from 16, if having a meal with parents in a pub.
  2. What!!! don't like the traditional delicacy served with fish & chips. DW is the same, so she gets them on the side, so I enjoy a few extra. 😀
  3. We did a cruise in 2015 with Princess Australia and the tips were included at that time. 🙂 It's taken a few years for Carnival to realise they can't force their standards into the UK market. Still regret the day P&O was purchased by Carnival. 😞
  4. Based on your title, I assume your flight to the U.S departs from Manchester and not Heathrow/Gatwick. As the previous reply mentioned it is over 220 miles, but also on some of UK's busiest roads. Many years ago, I made the trip from Southampton to Scotland many times, but that was before the advent of speed cameras, average speed cameras, etc. While I used to make the Scottish border in 5 hrs, it is now at least 8 hrs. To Manchester Airport, depending on day & time of day, I would allow a minimum of 5 hrs, probably 6 or 7 hrs. In Birmingham, suggest using the M6 Toll road, which saves some time. Pay very close attention to the speed limits, especially the variable ones on the motorways. Personally, I probably wouldn't book a flight the same day, but definitely not before about 17:00.
  5. Enjoy the cruise & Vancouver. Looking forward to reports on how the embarkation went.
  6. Wendy - when growing up in UK, the NHS was the same - they treated anyone regardless of residency. However that changed a few years ago in UK.
  7. Wouldn't be my choice. On all transits on Island/Coral, I spent most of them on 1 of the 2 fwd decks below the Bridge. Best location on the ship to watch the Canal ops and for photographs. On one trip we had an aft balcony on Coral, checked it out quickly and then went straight back to my usual spot.
  8. Have seen many whales from the ship, but also spent 40 years at sea, so many opportunities. On the ship it is hit or miss and your vantage point, even from the Prom Deck can be rather high. On a whale watching excursion the boats all talk to each other and manoeuvre to provide the best view. On one of our whale watching excursions in Alaska we got close to a group of whales bubble net fishing. That 1 experience was vastly superior to all sightings from the ship.
  9. Completed this itinerary 20+ times in the past 40 years and have never been advised that yellow fever was required. However, prior to any travel we always visit a travel medical clinic, providing them with a list of ports and any tours planned. While I have never experienced any reaction from any of my yellow fever shots, I note the risks increase significantly after 60 yrs of age. During our last visit to a Travel Clinic we were advised our last YF shots are good for life - no longer just 10 yrs.
  10. Been along the West Coast many times at that time of year and while the weather & seas can never be guaranteed, most areas are reasonably comfortable with max winds of 25 - 30 kts. Not sure if going south of Acapulco, but if you are, the Gulf of Tehuantepec can get rather snotty at times. The size of ship has minimal effect on the amount of motion, as the science is based on the ship's stability characteristics, course/speed in relation to wind & seas, effectiveness of stabalisers, etc. The least amount of movement is found at the ship's centre of gravity, so the higher and further fwd/aft you go, you will experience more movement. However, comparing ship motion of ferries & cruise ships is akin to comparing apples to oranges. The motion experienced on ferries is completely different to cruise ships, not due to size, but from different stability. Due to the nature of the business and ship design, Ro/Ro ferries normally have a substantially higher GM, which creates a different type of movement, as they snap back faster. Cabo - I used to be there once a week, so have tendered way too many times. I note they have multiple anchorages, but all are close to shore and are fairly well protected. The trip ashore should be 10 to 15 mins, with the last few minutes within the breakwater. Have experience a couple of interesting return trips, but normally it is smooth sailing.
  11. On our last World Cruise we requested a curry night for our table and it was terrible - so mild it had no flavour. Naan bread was basically pita and definitely no condiments. Best ship was SS Uganda of British India Line, part of P&O Group, as the entire ratings crew were from India/Goa. In addition to pax curry, we also had a curry pot 24/7 in the crew galley. For chutney, we always had the usual Mango, but also had a Lime Chutney. 🙂
  12. The times to avoid SE Asia are May to November, due to Monsoon (rainy) season, with Tropical Revolving Storms (TRS) starting about June. Our our last WC, we experienced a TRS approaching the Persian Gulf in June. As Wendy mentioned, most World Cruises transit this area late January to March.
  13. Been along the West Coast many times at that time of year and while the weather & seas can never be guaranteed, most areas are reasonably comfortable with max winds of 25 - 30 kts. Not sure if going south of Acapulco, but if you are, the Gulf of Tehuantepec can get rather snotty at times. The size of ship has minimal effect on the amount of motion, as the science is based on the ship's stability characteristics, course/speed in relation to wind & seas, effectiveness of stabalisers, etc. The least amount of movement is found at the ship's centre of gravity, so the higher and further fwd/aft you go, you will experience more movement. However, comparing ship motion of ferries & cruise ships is akin to comparing apples to oranges. The motion experienced on ferries is completely different to cruise ships, not due to size, but from different stability. Due to the nature of the business and ship design, Ro/Ro ferries normally have a substantially higher GM, which creates a different type of movement, as they snap back faster. Cabo - I used to be there once a week, so have tendered way too many times. I note they have multiple anchorages, but all are close to shore and are fairly well protected. The trip ashore should be 10 to 15 mins, with the last few minutes within the breakwater. Have experience a couple of interesting return trips, but normally it is smooth sailing.
  14. Bringing back great memories. Yes, we always had condiments supplied with the curries. The condiment wala usually was standing by waiting for the waiter to finish serving then they served the condiments. Gave up asking for condiments many years ago, since all I received was blank stares. Life was grand in the good old days.
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