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  1. Last cruise on Princess Smart casual in Elite lounge and dining room meant for some passengers camouflage pants and thongs or baggy track pants and thongs.
  2. Years ago I declared same, packet of biscuits bought in Sydney which had been on an overseas holiday. Customs guy looked at them, raised his eyebrows and said just move along.
  3. That’s a shame, while it was ‘different”, it was a great itinerary at a great price. As another poster said go with an open mind and enjoy, The staff were sometimes fantastic and sometimes disinterested, but I have found that on Princess as well.
  4. Many cruises over 20 nights, couple more than 50 nights. Have never put on weight. Last year on a 34 night cruise actually lost 2 kg. I never go to the gym or exercise, just eat pretty much what I do at home, except for lobster, we don’t have that at my house unfortunately. Lol. It comes down to portion size. A few years ago I lost 30 kg just by being careful with portion size.
  5. Last cruise on Princess a “lady” ran over my toes with her scooter. I immediately brought this to her attention, expecting a sorry or some type of apology. What I got was oh did I? As she zoomed away. Same lady used scooter everywhere except theatre, she liked to sit in front row, she would walk down the stairs and back up again, no problems. Go figure, Shame one or two scooter people give others a bad name. Most users are courteous and careful. My daughter thinks when you get a scooter you get an entitlement. I can do whatever I like. Lol.
  6. Have done two cruises on MSC, both in Med. lots of Italians on our cruise and lots of kids, school holidays. Also lots of middle Europeans who love to lounge around the pool in budgie smugglers, baggy, and for women loose bikinis, no matter what size they are. Announcements were made in six languages dependent on makeup of passengers. Beautiful ships, food on a par with Princess, fantastic itinerary, great price. Go with an open mind and enjoy. I would sail with them again.
  7. I have always purchased travel insurance, thankfully have never used it. Over 35 cruises and many land tours so have donated a lot to insurance companies. On my first cruise many years ago a very fit young lady tripped over a broken gutter edge at a lookout, broken ankle and had to be flow home to Australia from South Pacific. Our government department, which deals with travel has as its motto. If you can’t afford insurance you can’t afford to travel, just saying.
  8. Papeete was quiet, being Sunday most shops were shut and even the market apart from fresh food didn’t open until quite late . Looked at churches how many Notre Dames are around the world? Had a coffee at a lovely little cafe, wandered some mote, beautiful day. Took a Princess tour around island in afternoon. I have been here before but this tour was really good, showed me lots of different places, waterfall, blowhole, lighthouse at Venus Point, those magnificent beaches, lovely to see parks and beaches being used by large family groups enjoying their Sunday. Food trucks were set up in car park near ship so treated myself to crepe de citron. Very nice. Bora Bora a lot of development since I was last here, that’s progress. Took a tour around island in Le Truck $25 USD for two hours with 5 stops for photos. Interesting to see how locals live. I want one of those little houses that back on to a beautiful beach, with a big garden and lots of chooks scratching around lol My cruise doesn’t finish until Brisbane so still more time to enjoy NZ ports and ship life. i was surprised how many people didn’t get off ship at either port. Issues with mobility and tendering (Bora) or just couldn’t be bothered.
  9. Pitcairn Island circled it twice, very isolated no locals visible at all, only a curious whale. They deserve medals for living there such an isolated place, weather is warmer, so off to spa, pool a bit cold for me but others went in. I come from Qld so it has to be pretty warm before I venture in. there are lots of niggly things but a cruise from hell. no. The itinerary is great, what’s not to like about cruising, suck it up and realise how lucky you are to be here. Sorry I said twelve sea days, it is only ten, just feels like twenty, lol i think some of the ones who have been on since Sydney or Auckland are getting to be over it and getting a bit edgy. Service this morning for Vietnam Veterans Day, used to be Long Tan commemoration day. Looking forward to Papeete tomorrow.
  10. All 500 mins of complimentary internet gone but I gotta good deal on unlimited internet for remainder of cruise however internet is very patchy, no news channels available on tv due to where we are middle of nowhere. Disappointing we couldn’t land at Easter Island wind was very strong with moderate swell and undercurrent. I am sure the demographics swayed Captain’s decision not to tender. If I get coughed on or sneezed over one more time you nay read of a murder at sea, there are only a small number who are ill but they are of the caring, sharing kind. One woman sat behind me on a bus on a shore excursion and coughed non stop. She looked really ill, flushed. Why not stay in cabin? Lots if whinging, complaining about everything. Lots of know it alls The ship could have put tenders out, etc etc ports visited so far, I have found them interesting and enjoyed all my visits, sorry I didn’t get to see any monkeys in Costa Rica but the aerial tram ride through the treetops was fantastic. Callao, Lima a bit ho hum but that could gave been my choice of tour. Still saw lots of great things. Local sellers at markets on,pier were delightful and their goods were so cheap. in the middle of 12 TWELVE sea days. I may go insane, can’t work out whether activities remind me of a retirement village or nursing home. i will retire to my cabin for a few hours each day to become as my daughter says fit for human company instead of a grumpy puss
  11. St John’s changed dramatically from morning to afternoon, almost had to do a striptease, the coat went, the beanie went, the scarf went, decided to keep rest on lol Brilliant warm sunshine as we sailed out, even whales cameto say hello or goodbye.
  12. https://gwenkelly51.weebly.com/ seems to be working again if anyone is interested.
  13. St Johns started off cold windy rainy but turned into a lovely sunny day, too hot for coat,scarf and beanie I was wearing. Took HOHO bus for 2 hr trip around city sights and out to Cape Spear $33 CAD for seniors. Saw whales in distance, a really lovely spot but very windy. Wanted to stop at Quidi Vidi brewery to get some iceberg beer but busses were full and if you got off the next bus would be full and you were left waiting. Sorry to my son you have missed out on tasting beer made with water from an iceberg. Lol interesting town but very hilly and steep, some streets so steep they gave steps built in. Thought about a whale watching and puffin tour but too wet in morning and too late when I got back. Two Newfoundland dogs at wharf, very large but really friendly.
  14. Dover took ages to board, no information given out. Muster was in theatre, then wheelhouse bar, then no seats available, did whole thing, then tape was fixed and did it all again. on way down from Heathrow stopped at Battle of Britain memorial with a spitfire and hurricane, and a very moving statue of a pilot looking over the channel towards France. Portland I went to Swannery where there were hundreds of mute swans and even some babies (cygnets) very cute, lovely rolling hills. Thomas Hardy country. The local port authority ran a free bus into Weymouth and many people took advantage of that. Cobh, this was a return visit for me, so I took a taxi to the cathedral, my knees couldn’t handle those hills. Very beautiful and lovely views, the Catholics do seem to get the best positions in any town all over the world. Then wandered the town, had the obligatory Guinness in Kelly’s bar and back to ship. Cathedral bells played Waltzing Matilda in our honour.
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