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  1. I agree with Pocket1, we got back from our cruise last week and was going to post my review and in the meantime I'm surprised at how this thread has taken a bit of turn. At no time were we pressured to put in this review but we had a fantastic time and felt that Xuan was a very genuine person. Very upfront, nothing in my correspondence with him before and on the day ever felt "dodgy" or like a scam. This is not the first independent tour we have done and there are always risks which you must consider before booking an independent tour. We felt very comfortable with Xuan. I'm sure there are other tour operators that are just as good and it depends on your experience. We had just the two of us and could customise our tour to suit, if we paid more for that then that is our problem and prerogative. As for paying a deposit upfront I can't see any reason why this would be a problem. Xuan was upfront about this and also his refund policy - which we had no issues with. Anyway here is my review. We have returned home after our 19-day cruise from Sydney to Hong Kong. On our stop in Vietnam I had organised a day trip with Xuan based on his good reviews on this forum. Well I have to say he did not disappoint. We had a fantastic day with Xuan showing us around. It was just myself and DH so he met is outside the port gates (private tour operators as not allowed into the port) and was easy to spot, with a driver and a late model air-conditioned car before we headed off to Saigon. We then had a great day seeing places you don’t also get to see on the big bus ship tours. We then left the city with plenty of time to get back to the port. Xuan is a lovely young man with a passion to show his country to travellers, he was very easy to deal with – all over email - and discussed what we wanted to do with his recommendations. I booked this tour well in advance as he does book up quickly. If you have one day in Vietnam then I would definitely recommend using Xuan. If you are worried about getting back to the ship on time due to Saigon being 90 minutes away, I would say don’t worry as Xuan was very conscious of the time and we where back by about 4.15 for a 5.30 all aboard. I can’t pick one highlight as the whole day was fantastic. Xuan also took lots of photos and videos during the day which he then sent through to our phones. The trishaw ride was also a highlight just to experience the traffic!!!
  2. just another test of importing text and photos from word Hi all, here is a review of our recent 19-day cruise from Sydney to Hong Kong on the Majestic Princess. I always find it helpful to read reviews so hopefully this will be helpful for anyone planning on cruising on the Majestic Princess in the future. This was a repositioning cruise for the ship to go back to Asia so there were plenty of sea days on this cruise – 13 to be exact but as DH and I are still working this turned out to be a blessing as we it gave us time to relax and unwind. A little bit about us, we are in our early fifties and working so 3 weeks was a long break for us. We have done a few cruises prior to this but never longer than 2 weeks. This review is just our opinions and based on what we like to do. Day 1 – Tuesday 26th March, 2019. Embarkation/Travel Day. We had a 9.30am flight from Melbourne to Sydney this morning so it was a 5.45am wake up and off to the airport. We used our frequent flyer points to upgrade to Business Class so we got to into the Qantas Business lounge for breakfast before our flight. Had a smooth flight up and the weather in both Melbourne and Sydney today was lovely.
  3. Just a quick question for the Phu My dock I know Xuan meets you outside the main gate but I have heard that you can’t walk off the ship but that the cruise line (Princess) runs a shuttle service. Is that anyone’s experience?
  4. Yes we did a 14 day BTB out of Fort Lauderdale in January 2017 and loved it. We where on the Regal Princess and had mostly really good hot/warm weather. Our cruise did east and west Caribbean but not Cuba. We did this as part of a 3 1/2 week trip due to the long flights to get there and back. The ports on the east Caribbean part where, Princess Cays, Dominican Republic, St Maarten and St Thomas before returning to Fort Lauderdale for the 2nd part of the cruise. Princess Cays was nice it’s Princesses private island. St Maarten was ok and we loved St Thomas. DR was a big disappointment, did a ship tour and didn’t like the atmosphere of the locals. We still had a great time and wish we had the time (and money 😂) to do it again. But will have to wait until retirement now! Hope that helps.
  5. Testing a heading in bold Normal text. Add a photo. Shanghai at night.
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  7. Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has some suggestions on apps to use offline on my iPad to write daily notes to upload later to cruise critic? I’ve tried Pages but when you copy and paste you lose the fonts. It’s no big deal, just thought there might be some other options. Thanks
  8. Testing Writing offline and copy and pasting. Insert pictures later. Majestic in Melbourne
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