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  1. Terry, I have been following your blog and enjoying reading it. On our now Auckland to San Francisco cruise in May we are due to visit both American and Western Samoa so it will be interesting to see if we can go there or if not where we will end up. 🤔 Travel is an adventure that is for sure. We have friends who are on Silver Muse who are following you. I have gotten some photos from them and it looks like the weather has been glorious. Julie
  2. Terry, your recommendations turns out very lucky. Our upcoming Seabourn cruise has been changed to Auckland for embarkation with a stop in Russell. So I will wait awhile to make sure nothing changes but if it is correct we will contact the HOG 🙂. Julie
  3. I was on Ovation in December and ordered caviar twice as a starter at lunch. It took about 20 minutes because I got some thin toasted baguette slices rather than the usual wafers. I have had this happen on and off over the years depending on caviar demand. The first time I was told one night there was going to be a wait of an hour was in 2010 on Seabourn Pride. I just learnt to order in advance or not be in a rush in case they had lots of orders.
  4. I agree with this assessment. I have been to Oman twice and would love to have more time there with an overnight. We met the shopping with the chef group in the souk and that was interesting though we only stayed to by some top grade saffron. There are some places in the desert in Oman it would be great to visit with more time. We used a lovely guide Valentina to go out to explore the first time and I would use her again. Abu Dhabi, Doha and even smaller places in the Middle East if you are into good food are fascinating. The Indian ports we visited this December and I booked tours through Mumbai Magic in all three cities and we had a wonderful time. I will admit the Chennai face to face before leaving was frustrating, but it's their country so we have to respect it. Julie
  5. I do feel your pain as we are on this segment and have just had to sort out our flights. Luckily a few airlines fly between Sydney and Auckland ie Air New Zealand, Virgin, Qantas, Air Tahiti Nui and Jetstar so maybe you could still do your land portion and hopefully Seabourn will pay for the hop across.
  6. Sandgroper I am sorry for your loss of your husband and your health problems. I haven't sailed Cunard yet but will in 3 weeks. On other lines I have sailed if you book a guarantee room it is always the ship's choice. I'm sorry but your TA should have explained this. If you want to choose a particular room you pay a higher price. Since we are fussy with our room we generally always do this unless it is a last minute booking with little choice. Your TA might have some luck getting it changed but not definite, especially at the moment with all cruise lines being swamped. I know I had to call two different cruise lines yesterday and both had me on hold for over an hour...I just put them on speaker and did other things while I waited. Julie
  7. Maybe that's what is meant, as we are going to need to do the same. Take our flight to Sydney since it was booked with points and then fly to Auckland much later the next day. If there is a long layover in Changi airport I can recommend using the transit hotel in Terminal 1 for the pool or even Terminal 2 & 3 though they seemed more basic but they are fine for a sleep and shower.
  8. Here in Australia both the satin and chiffon pleated skirts have been available for about 2 years. It is a lovely style and I love the swish of the skirt when you dance. Julie
  9. Hopefully F-J you will get an answer today or tomorrow at the latest re itinerary changes. I know it is Sunday tomorrow in the States but I am thinking some burning of midnight oil is happening 🤔? Julie
  10. We have flown Perth to the States many times and I am not sure who you would be flying with that it would take that long? Virgin Australia has one stop in either one Melbourne or Sydney. Air New Zealand has a stop in Auckland. Singapore Air a stop in Singapore. I don't use American based airlines so I don't know what they do. Admittedly some of these flights have long layovers ~ 8-10 hours but we used Novotel Airport Hotel in ?Sydney and Auckland and they were nice hotels with the Accor group if you have membership. It was nice to get a sleep in a normal bed and break up the flights. Julie
  11. I live in Perth but can't help too much with hotels. Friends are staying in The Westin soon but I don't know it myself. Bunbury if into wine if into wine is the place to get to Margaret River and surrounding wine region. Otherwise there is the dolphin centre but dolphins are wild so not guaranteed. Albany is a great place to just wander around and the newish ~2yo ANZAC museum is getting very positive reviews.https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g261671-d7275819-Reviews-National_Anzac_Centre-Albany_Western_Australia.html or closer to town the West Australian Museum which has a full sized migration ship from early settlers. https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g261671-d3604587-Reviews-Western_Australian_Museum_Albany-Albany_Western_Australia.html If you can get to Mount Barker or Denmark there are great wineries there. Esperance haven't been in years the beaches are the main attraction because they are so white sand and blue sea but no sun loungers for hire. Port Lincoln we hired a car and went to Coffin Bay and did an oyster tasting tour. It was delicious and fun. Adelaide has three main wine regions Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills with great food and wine in all these areas. I would suggest Adelaide Markets but they are closed on Monday. Adelaide itself is a lovely city to walk around. Penneshaw KI. The area near there got badly burnt but if Seabourn put on a shuttle to Kingscote which is the main town on the northern coast and people who did that in 2018 enjoyed walking around the town there. Nice green park areas and places to eat. Unfortunately places like Hansen Park Koala sanctuary got devastated by the fires but they are rebuilding. I am not sure if the seal places or Admirals Arch are open yet. Melbourne there is so much to see in the city and lots of food tours including coffee into the small side lanes. Queen Victoria Markets. Take the trip into the Flinders Ranges on the Puffing Billy Steam train. https://www.finder.com.au/best-places-to-visit-in-melbourne Burnie they put a shuttle into the main visitors centre. You can walk around the boardwalk area and town but be aware it is hilly. I took one of the bus tours the centre sold that went to Hellyers Distillery and sampled some wares. It also went through some beautiful countryside. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-of-tasmania/north-west/burnie http://www.discoverburnie.net/Cruise-Ships/Tours/Burnie-Attractions-Bus And Hobart is just lovely place to wander with the yacht harbour right there where the ship docks. The famous Salamanca Markets are only on Saturday. I hope this helps. Julie
  12. In Auckland we caught the half hour ferry over to Waiheke Island and did a private group tour with friends. We used Ananda Tours but there are quite a few and you can join a small group tour. The ferry is an 10-15 minute easy walk if reasonably fit from where the ship docks. https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g285729-Activities-c36-Waiheke_Island_North_Island.html Waiheke Island wineries are some of the best in New Zealand in my opinion and my American friends. Julie
  13. We were just in Fremantle as we were getting ferry tickets for Rottnest for next month. My goodness, I thought QM2 was a big ship but Majestic is HUGE. 🙂 Julie
  14. Maybe at least possible for you to do the 13 - 29 April from Sydney to Auckland? You know the crew on Seabourn will help you 🙂. Julie
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