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  1. edinburgher

    Regional Scottish Nosh

    And where you see the word "chips" in the above posts, they refer to french fries not potato chips (which we call crisps)
  2. edinburgher

    Flight home after cruise

    We have never cruised before (me, my husband, my 11 year old son and 10 year old daughter) so have no idea about disembarkation. Be aware that most cruiselines will have you and your luggage disembarked somewhere between 0800 and 0900 latest, so that may influence your decision. FYI as you might think about more cruises in the future. Some lines such as Marella/Tui, Fred O and PandO often use charter flights,, and although you still need to be out of your cabins by 0800 you can stay onboard and use all the ship facilities until it is time for your airport transfer. Our Caribbean in Dec with late evening flights home with Marella/Tui, you could reserve a shower and change slot, hire beach towels for pool use, and they also offered a secure hand luggage storage area. And the AI was still valid until transfer time. It was really another free day to stay onboard or go off for some sightseeing.
  3. edinburgher

    Regional Scottish Nosh

    Cullen Skink is really tasty! Do look it up online. Also cranaghan. One obvious omission on the other posts is morning rolls. Tasty whether with a hot or a cold filling. Personal favourites are #1 bacon and mushroom and #2 with fried egg- and both must have sauce too!
  4. edinburgher

    St Vincent?

    I would definitely recommend a tour as the town has very little to offer, but the actual island is quite scenic with many options depending on your interests. Being onboard a ship you would need to decide on either west or east coast, as the road layout would probably not give you time for both. Suggest you read where your shorex are going to give you some idea of what you could do, but to get a better idea of both sides of the island, also look at Tripadvisor and other tourist info for the island. There are several tour companies who would offer you a tour tweaked to your own interests and there should be info on these on their sites. There are also tour company reviews on Tripadvisor. We booked with Trunos of Fraser Taxi and Tours as he had such great reviews on Tripadvisor. Decided on a west coast tour and had a wonderful day. Should we ever return we would book with him again.
  5. edinburgher

    Marella Malaga port shuttle

    Thanks for that. E5 pp round trip is fine, E10pp round trip not so fine! Thought we might use it as the walk from and back to the actual dock can be long when tired, especially if planning an "explore Malaga mostly on foot" day.
  6. edinburgher

    Rijeka. Island of kik

    We bought a day ticket for the public bus and went up to a village above Rijeka (Kastav?) for views and a short look around, then came back down into town. We used the ticket again to go up to Trsat Castle and the immediate area around it, and once back down we strolled around town. Do not even think about walking up to the castle! The zoned ticket would have taken us further along the coast. Check websites. The visitrijeka website is very helpful and has good info and maps to look at. Start there, also Tripadvisor. We enjoyed our day there.
  7. I recommend you browse the NHS website fitfortravel. A simple search should find it and very easy to read. They do guides by country so very easy to look up your destinations for vaccination advice and there are additional links to yellow fever and malarial areas within these countries. Take plenty anti-bug stuff with you and cover up as these areas get day biting mozzies which cause dengue fever, zika and chikungunya. We got back from the Caribbean in December and incidences of dengue in particular are causing concern. You can also get info on safety, crime etc on the FCO website, again the guides are listed by country.
  8. edinburgher

    Discovery Far East Currency

    Although things may have changed, our experience has been that for Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore local currency would be needed. Cambodia you can usually pay in US$ for typical tourist souvenirs. Small denominations only, (ideally ones and fives) clean, undamaged notes. Even if they have them onboard, we have usually found that ship exchange rates are poor. Try to calculate how much you might need in each country, especially if you are paying local tour operators, planning big purchases etc. For public transport, local taxis, snacks, drinks, entrance fees you might not need much. If your first visit to this part of the world, you might love it and book another, in which case any leftovers would give you a start!
  9. They will be paying the local suppliers of all shorex in their local currency. Maybe the lower value of the £ since they were first added to the website is a contributing factor? Or maybe they expect the £ to be a bit volatile immediately pre and post Brexit? Hedging their bets? We booked two shorex for May online yesterday, just in case they went up in price!
  10. Has anyone visited Malaga recently? Do Marella offer a shuttle bus? Are the port shuttle options port to town only or port to town and back to the port? Found there is a port shuttle bus and a solar shuttle bus from actual dock to the gardens outside the port, with pricing I have found at E5pp and E3pp. None of the info says these are return fares, so if one way quite expensive for the short ride.
  11. edinburgher

    Rijeka to Plitvice National Park?

    Have you checked the distance and travel options on a site such as rometorio? Given the distance, your only options are a shorex, a car rental, or a taxi and driver who will wait for you while you have a quick look around. As above, driving is the fastest way to cover the distance, but if a car rental is involved you also need to allow time for paperwork for both pick-up and return. Only youselves can decide if a very short time there is worth that amount of effort and time.
  12. edinburgher

    Slovenia shore excursion

    A full description of the shorex should include any info on free time at Lake Bled , and if so for how long, also if the castle is visited or not. You could contact the shorex dept. and ask for more info which might help you decide. Ours shorex varied in that we had a walking tour/or free time in Ljubljana, (DIY lunch) drive by Lake Bled and a good hour of free time at the castle. Maybe you could check your Roll Call to see if a private tour might work better for you. It is a long day but Ljubljana and Lake Bled are both really lovely and this was one of our favourite shorex.
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    khctraveler

    To find out more about anywhere you are going, try the local Tourist Info websites and others. Also go to the DESTINATIONS section here on CC. You find it by going to the top of the page and selecting DESTINATIONS from the RESEARCH drop-down. You will read where you are docked, what there is at the dock, things to do etc. As not all ports are listed, you can find more by going to any of the other sites of which there are many. A personal favourite is "whatsinport". (It has some logistical info for Le Verdon) This usually also has a link to a "cruise calendar" which shows you how many other ships will be in each port with you as passenger numbers can make a difference when trying to decide what to do. It isn't always 100% accurate either so you can try going to the official "port of (wherever)" website as many of them also show cruise calendars. Hope something from the above helps.
  14. edinburgher

    khctraveler

    Welcome to your first posts, always a little daunting. If you spot you made an error after posting, if you are quick you can use the "edit" button to correct then "save" the change and the post will be amended. It is also useful to learn how to use the "search (then "this forum") feature as you can bring up all previous threads and posts relating to your question. I just now did that on your behalf, and found very little on the France boards re Le Verdon although at least one post did mention a shuttle bus to Soulac sur Mer. As that was also a Princess passenger, it might be worth reposting your thread (with a more relevant subject title) on the Princess board as you might find out if they usually offer a shuttle service, where it goes, and if it is free or has a charge. This because different lines could have different arrangements for bigger ships which cannot sail into Bordeaux itself.
  15. edinburgher

    Carribean Fusan

    Welcome to cruising. It is quite different from a land based holiday and (for us at least) requires a bit more planning to get the most out of your trip, in part as your time is quite short in each port. good trips to book and which are best stops to visit by yourself It depends on your ports of call, also what your own interests are. We do a mix on each trip depending on where we are, what we want to do, and what our transport options are in each as some docks are central, some quite far away. To find out the latter, you need to read, read and read more. Start with shorex. Even if you don't want to book a shorex they give you an idea of where there is to do/see. Look at the official tourist info websites for each place. Go to the DESTINATIONS section here on CC. You find it by going to the top of the page and selecting DESTINATIONS from the RESEARCH drop-down. You will read where you are docked, what there is at the dock, things to do etc. As not all ports are listed, you can find more by going to any of the other sites of which there are many. A personal favourite is "whatsinport". This usually also has a link to a "cruise calendar" which shows you how many other ships will be in each port with you as passenger numbers can make a difference when trying to decide what to do. It isn't always 100% accurate either so you can try going to the official "port of (wherever)" website as many of them also show cruise calendars. And go to the PORTS OF CALL section here on CC where you can read threads and posts for different ports separated into countries. And learn how to use the "search/this forum" where you can bring up all previous threads and posts on whichever questions you have. This is an excellent way to find out lots without having to scroll through multiple pages.
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