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  1. We are spending a week in Cornwall and a week in Devon in Later July/early August, before heading off to Amsterdam for a cruise. We are Australian, so drive on the left side of the road. I am thinking we would like to hire a car for Cornwall and Devon, but the idea of driving out from Heathrow does not appeal. So, starting the car hire somewhere out in Devon, like Exeter. We will be located in Sidmouth for the second week (lodgings at Otterton) so would like to finish the car hire somewhere round there. And then have about two nights in London before catching the Eurostar from St Pancras to Amsterdam. Does anyone have suggestions for the easiest way for two jet lagged Australians to do this?
  2. Princess and MSC have cruises starting in St Petersburg in 2020.
  3. I always thought that the X-raying of baggage and the once over by the sniffer dogs happened behind the scenes.
  4. I don’t think passsengers we’re made fully aware of the severity of the weather conditions crossing the Tasman. The barometric pressure dropped to similar lows for a Category 1. Likewise the wind speeds were up there in that range. I think the captain managed the situation very skllfully without unduly alarming passengers. My husband was calculating the max speed the ship could go and the distance to be covered. I think he predicted that we would have to arrive late about 36 hours before we were due to arrive. There was no disembarkation questionnaire used for this cruise, which caused some of the problems. A questionnaire could have allowed prioritisation of those who had flight to catch. We were in no hurry to disembark, and by the time we left, any problems were largely sorted out.
  5. I asked my pharmacist when they stopped making Avomine. She recommended Allersoothe 25. It is highly effective as an anti nausea drug. I take it on a regular basis because another medication has a side effect of nausea. It also comes in the lower strength Allersoothe 10. I will be doing the Ovation transPacific cruise in just over a month. I intend to try and find the US medication Bonine while I am in Hawaii. I am still convinced it is the most effective medication for nausea.
  6. You may find that you pass through Customs quicker if you have things to declare. I think some years ago I read of people declaring just to take advantage of the shorter queues. In 2013, I returned from Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy. He had stayed at a hotel in Stresa where the owner had a pet rooster that I had been patting. So I answered yes to the question about farm animals. They let me through without further questions, but seemed a bit grumpy. I wonder if it was because of people making spurious declarations to have a quicker passage.
  7. MicCanberra, I am interested in this cruise you are looking at from Milan to Mauritius. I presume cruise starts from Genoa or Savona as Milan is inland. We usually fly in to Milan, which is a very manageable airport. At this stage we have booked to cruise back from Civitavecchia to Singapore on the Regal Princess in October 2020.
  8. We cruised on the Costa Magica in May 2017 from Savona to Amsterdam. It was extremely Port intensive and a good price, so we figured we would take a chance. We were delighted with the cruise. My husband is vegetarian and he found the food was excellent for his needs. They took the MDR menu through a tour of the various Italian regions and catered for the omnivores just as well as the herbivores. They took the safety aspects of the muster drill VERY seriously. You don your life jacket for the walk down the fire stairs and there is no fiddling with electronic devices or cameras during muster drill. They handled the multilingual passenger load very well. Our ship excursion in Tangier’s, Morocco was English/GErman and was led by a local with excellent knowledge of both languages as well as Arabic. Our Mont St Michel excursion was English/Spanish , again led by someone with all 3 languages under control. We would cruise with Costa again in a heartbeat and we often look to see what Costa has on offer. Btw, we speak reasonable Italian and have travelled a lot in Italy, but we would have been fine with only English. Prices in the shops on board were extremely reasonable - not out to make every buck they could. My one irritation with the Costa Magica was the design of the ship where you have parts of floors blocked off for things like the Casino. Seemed more finicky in that respect than any other cruise ship.
  9. Hi David Can you add: 11 September 2019 Island Princess. Alaska Sampler 5 nights 20 September 2019 Ovation of the Seas Vancouver to Honolulu. 10 nights 17 October 2020. Regal Princess. Civitavecchia to Singapore 28 nights Thank you Bronwyn
  10. Given that we have four cruises booked at the moment, we couldn’t afford another cruise. Had to ditch the proposed river cruise to Basel in favour of this one.
  11. We have succumbed to temptation and booked Civitavecchia to Singapore on the Regal Princess for October 2020. Given that this will be a 28 day cruise, we will come back newer than we have ever been before.
  12. Likewise for us, it is the balance on the card that makes us hesitant.
  13. We are thinking about the Civitavecchia to Singapore leg in October 2020. Fits in well with a return from Europe trip. Husband has a fear of flying, so this would fit his agenda. However, the TA I contacted informed me that most of the balcony cabins were booked. I wonder what what will Happen?
  14. Am I right in thinking that, every so often, Carnival will offer a “kids sail free” sale? I presume this would be when there are already two full price adults.
  15. This would knock a few things off the bucket list, all at once. Only thing I would really miss is that it doesn’t include Bora Bora and Moorea.
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