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Sekhmet

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About Sekhmet

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    Malvern, Worcestershire, England
  • Interests
    Travel, Ancient Egypt, Heritage Railways, Cats, Family History

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  1. We (UK citizens) visited American Samoa in March on a cruise round trip from Auckland, and didn't need to get an ESTA - one of the sites we enquired upon said the following "Australian, New Zealand and citizens of the United Kingdom upon entering American Samoa are issued a 30 day permit under the US Visa Waiver Program". As always, it's best to check a few sources to get the reliable answers. Hope this helps.
  2. Thanks for this, really looking forward to our return to Australia and New Zealand.
  3. Thanks to all for your help, we can now contact our friends and start planning.
  4. It might also be worth mentioning for Sydney that if it is just a port of call rather than the start/finish of a cruise, the ship may not be docked at all. We will be aboard Celebrity Solstice calling at Sydney en route from Perth to Auckland in March, and are scheduled to be anchored at Athol Bay and tendered in.
  5. I posted this on the Australia & New Zealand ports of call board, but got no replies, so I wondered if anyone on here can help? We are shortly to embark on back-to-back Celebrity cruises, first from Perth to Auckland, then Auckland round trip to some of the Pacific islands. Is there anyone who is familiar with the process on the changeover day in Auckland, as we are hoping to meet up for the day with some friends who live there? The ship apparently docks at Princess Wharf, and we are trying to work out what time we might be off the ship, what procedures we might have to go through, where we should meet up and anything else useful. Our port prior to Auckland is also in New Zealand, so presumably any immigration requirements (we are from the UK) should have already been taken care of? Any help or suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.
  6. We are shortly to embark on back-to-back Celebrity cruises, first from Perth to Auckland, then Auckland round trip to some of the Pacific islands. Is there anyone who is familiar with the process on the changeover day in Auckland, as we are hoping to meet up for the day with some friends who live there? The ship apparently docks at Princes Wharf, and we are trying to work out what time we might be off the ship, what procedures we might have to go through, where we should meet up and anything else useful. Our port prior to Auckland is also in New Zealand, so presumably any immigration requirements (we are from the UK) should have already been taken care of? Any help or suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.
  7. When we visited in November 2017 and used the HoHo bus, we had to take the ship's free shuttle to the World Trade Center, which wasn't too far away, and then got the Red Route from there, this route includes the Grand Mosque. Hope this helps.
  8. Another vote against the new font - too pale and thin for my liking - can it be made selectable, please?
  9. We have been in the same situation, with a future trip requiring two facing pages blank for visa purposes, and another trip before. We stuck blank yellow Post-it notes (UK product name, but there must be similar) on the empty pages we were trying to preserve, and explained why when asked. It worked for us, so may be worth a try?
  10. If "next to" counts, how about the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu's Funeral boat, adjacent to his pyramid at Giza. We've been "next to" that, and it's over 4500 years old?
  11. Earliest built - Clarkson Holidays (a now defunct UK tour operator) 'MV Delos' (built 1951 as Paquet Lines 'Azzemour'), sailed 1972, so only 21 years old. Oldish at sailing time: African Safari Club 'Royal Star', built 1956, sailed 1995 (39 years old) Galapagos Tourism 'Ambasador I', built 1958, sailed 2000 (42 years old) and maybe the one most will have heard of: Cunard 'Caronia', built 1973, sailed 2000 (27 years old). and youngest: Celebrity 'Summit', built 2001, sailed 2002 Fun thread.
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