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  1. DavidH

    Jordan Visa Requirements

    With just a couple of weeks to go, Marella have communicated the following:- "As a precaution we have taken the decision to avoid sailing through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Arabian Gulf as tensions in the Straits remain high and the safety and security of our customers and crew is our number one priority." We will instead be leaving the ship at Fujairah, with a 90min coach transfer across the peninsular to Dubai Airport for our flight home. Seems like a sensible decision to me and, having visited Dubai on numerous occasions, including several overnight stays, it's not an issue for us. I wonder what the ship will be doing after that? Might just have a look on their website. DavidH
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    Where is everyone

    Best wishes, Davybe. DavidH
  3. DavidH

    Where is everyone

    Hi PP, Still alive and kicking here. Looking forward to our November cruise. Regards, DavidH
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    Jordan Visa Requirements

    Thanks to all for your responses. This morning I received an email from TUI which, amongst other things, provided a link to Visa information not previously available. Apparently Marella Cruises use CIBTvisas service. The specific information for Jordan reads as follows:- "If you're a British Citizen you can obtain a visa free of charge on arrival". To quote the words of the great W S Gilbert - "My mind is set at ease" 5 weeks and counting...…... DavidH
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    Jordan Visa Requirements

    Thanks Jenjen, How recent was your visit, please? DavidH
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    Jordan Visa Requirements

    Hi Andrew, Yes, the Holy Land is definitely worth a visit, if you can get the timing right. We were booked to visit with P&O in 2016 but they pulled out because of the unrest at the time, so we did it exactly 2 years ago with Azamara. 2 nights in Ashdod, from where we visited The Dead Sea and Masada on day 1, Jerusalem and Bethlehem on day2. Then 1 night in Haifa, which allowed us to also visit Nazareth. A fantastic trip with a few Greek Islands thrown in for good measure. So many places to see and so little time...……………………………………….!! DavidH
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    Jordan Visa Requirements

    Hi Andrew, We board in Naples, not leaving until 23.00hrs. Given that we're due to land around 10.00am, we should get to spend some decent time in the City itself (not our first visit). We then have some two and a half days at sea before entering the Suez Canal, the transit scheduled to take some 16/17hrs. Another sea day before arriving in Aqaba. After that, it's 5 more sea days before disembarking in Dubai. 14 nights all told. Our two most recent cruises, one with Azamara and an Emerald Waterways river cruise, were so port intensive we arrived home feeling the need for a rest. Hence the attraction of this Marella trip, with a couple of "Bucket List" attractions (Suez transit and Jordan visit) thrown in. Fingers crossed for safe passage through the Straits of Hormuz!! By the way, TUI's advice is to "contact the relevant Consulate or Embassy" re Visa requirements - not particularly helpful. DavidH
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    Jordan Visa Requirements

    My wife and I are looking forward to a re-positioning cruise in November which gives us 2 full days in Aqaba, Jordan. We have already organised an independent 2 day Private Tour to take in Petra (including an overnight stay) and Wadi Rum. I understand that a Visa is required in order to visit Jordan but have just read that this is provided free of charge to cruise ship passengers on arrival in the country. Are any Forum members able to confirm (or otherwise) that this is the case from recent experience? DavidH
  9. Hi Andrew, Excellent review, thank you. And so pleased to read your obvious enjoyment of the trip. Reminded Wendy and I of our Alaskan voyage with Princess some year's ago, which was also very enjoyable, albeit in reverse order to your journey. Best regards from us both, DavidH
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    Let the Train take the Strain?

    Would be a waste of money for us as my wife would be asleep within 30mins of departure!!! DavidH
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    Abu Dhabi & Dubai

    Just paid the final balance for our forthcoming repositioning cruise on Marella Discovery, sailing from Naples to Dubai in November. The attraction for us being the transit of the Suez Canal and 2 full days in Aqaba (for visiting Petra), not to mention a considerable number of (hopefully) relaxing sea days. Having taken my money, I guess at this stage TUI are still intending sailing their ship through the Straits of Hormuz. DavidH
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    Britannia Fight Night?

    "Clowning around with P&O". Not a good advert!! DavidH
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    Would you book it?

    Hi Davybe, Having just attended a Jools Holland concert at The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen earlier this evening, may I suggest that one of his forthcoming Saga cruises might be to some people's liking. DavidH
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    Havana US ban

    Hi towny44, Having just checked on the Azamara Club Cruises website, it is very clear that Cuba no longer features in their Destinations list. DavidH
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    Havana US ban

    Such a shame for the Cuban people and for the thousands of US citizens who were looking forward to visiting this fascinating place. We can now maybe count ourselves fortunate to have visited when we did in early 2018, courtesy of Marella. I guess Azamara's Cuba Intensive itineraries will now be swiftly dropped. DavidH