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  1. jinky

    Amsterdam Tourist tax?

    They`re looking to do it in Bath, Edinburgh and even Aberdeen now if they get a change in the law!
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    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    I feel the bubble has burst for me. Very few places left that I want to cruise to now, preferring to visit most places as land tours The problem for me is not cost but the sheer numbers getting off the huge ships that completely change the nature of the places visited. I`ll happily do another fjord cruise going further north on a small ship but scratching my head for another I`d fancy.
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    Cruising on TV

    I must admit I was watching this thinking "Maybe I don`t want to do a Princess cruise after all". Any non-cruisers watching that must have thought it was even worse than Butlins!
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    Never had an upgrade on an ocean cruise and we`ve done 7/8 with various companies. On a river cruise with Uniworld we booked a cabin on the lowest deck at a great rate compared to usual prices as we couldn`t justify a higher cost on an expensive cruise up the Danube. When shown to our cabin we ended up with a great upgrade to full electric window view in a larger cabin. hesitate to call it a cabin - pure luxury as seen on Jane McDonald programme. We assumed it was because we were the only ones on the lower deck but found others were still down there. Great surprise and the nicest thing was they didn`t even mention it to earn our praise and thanks. Just took us there as if that was what we had booked. Still the most luxurious and best value cruise we have done. 5* +
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    j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov

    Nice seeing pictures of your cruise - despite the mixed weather. The varied standard of ship photographers ( I never call them professionals) never ceases to astound me. Usually there`ll be one half decent one and others that might just as well have been brought in from the kitchen and given a camera. I was caught laughing at some of the ones on show for sale last time and asked what was wrong. Given the appearance of photographers in mirrors behind the subject , objects out of heads and out of focus or closed eye shots I was surprised they asked. I`ve only ever bought one on board on our first cruise. Even then I had to do some major re-editing and print it at home to get a passable result. Good luck in the comp
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    lest we forget

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    Renewing a Passport.

    For renewal there is nothing the Post Office does that you cannot do. Waste of time paying their fee.
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    Renewing a Passport.

    Online renewal is so quick and easy now. Couldn`t believe the speed of turnaround.
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    Discount codes./ coupons

    I always check for discount codes before I buy + I use Topcashback and Quidco for money back on purchases - having checked I`m not paying over the odds to start with. Amazing what you save.
  10. I`d say have at least 3 nights in Havana. Pick up on the night scene and street music. You can go into one of the smallest cafe bars and have a quiet drink. Suddenly a small musical group will come in and there`ll be a couple of old locals jumping up for a dance soon joined by loads of others. We picked up on a free concert in the Plaza Vieja. I happened to say I`d love to know what the are singing about and a young Cuban girl next to us began telling us the ideas behind and some of the key lyrics of the next few songs until we left to eat elsewhere. I met one chance one Sunday morning. I`d got up at around 7 - no internet working in the lounge (as per usual ) so wandered off into the back streets armed only with my camera and a small amount of money. met a guy with a crazy car who I knew was on the make but had a great chat about his car, his life as part time baseball coach and, after he`d offered me a source of cigars, women for my room ( !!! I told him my wife might not like it) he said the bar near us offered the best mojitos in town. Unwisely I said why not as the custom for Cubans was to have one before work! Sure enough the bar was busy with locals having their liquid breakfast before starting work. 2 hours later I`d had 2 mojitos, a local fire water,a discussion on Castro and how things were changing which would have been impossible due to spies just months earlier before Fidel had stood down and a demonstration of dance and Cuban music styles courtesy pof my host and the bar owners wife. OK he didn`t treat me as he initially said he would (yeah some chance) but me treating him to his drinks as well as my own cost about £5 and it was money well spent. Quite the highlight of my trip. Yes my wife told me I`d been stupid on my return, half cut for breakfast but not once did I feel unsafe. Lovely people.
  11. I went on one some years ago but not with the bigger lines. Ours was a Louis Crystal cruise company which had hired in a Greek Islands ship and used imported Canadian food on board as Cuban food at that time was not good nor sources dependable. At the time we`d been warned against self drive and we soon saw why. At times poor roads and a lack of signposting meant a mystery trip was on the agenda! Cruising around the ports taking in Trinidad, Cienfuego and others I forget was magical. Cuba is fantsastic and we were lucky to see it before things started to change quite so much and before the crowds got there. Our worst stop was Montego Bay to take on Americans getting around the USA blocks at the time. Stick to Cuba and you`ll have a great time. We were just frustrated not to get more than a day visit at some stops as some of these places really need an overnight to take i the magic. best tip if you are starting fro Havana reject all attempts to put you out at Varadero or in town in the more touristy hotels near the embassies. get a real downtown one and just take what comes. We stayed downtown and it was magical sitting on the terrace watching the cars and wandering the streets feeling totally safe. Lovely people ad place - do it£
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    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Had been on my list some years and so glad I made it there. Thanks for your kind comments. I ordered a 140 page photobook before I left the UK for the trip on a Groupon deal. Whilst there I wondered if I would get enough photos to fill it. I reckoned I needed around 250-275 decent ones for a book. Shouldn`t have worried . I ended up with over 2000 pictures and after culling and editing still had more than enough to get them in. Should be here in the next week or so so hope they haven`t made a mess of the printing. Photobooks and videos are great ways of keeping the holiday alive as when the pictures sit on your hard drive they are rarely seen. I look forward to boring friends with the book 😉
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    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    If anyone wants to see more images you can see my Alaskan cruise blog here: https://photographybypauldishman.blogspot.com/2018/10/way-up-north-to-alaska.html Or the Vancouver element here https://photographybypauldishman.blogspot.com/2018/10/vibrant-vancouver.html Every time I go on a trip I think I`ve found my favourite memory. Glacier bay was it for this one but I still wonder if it was as good as my trips to Cuba and India.What would we do without travel?
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    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Thank for the comment and likes 😉
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    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Got back from this cruise and a stay in Vancouver recently. Fantastic time. Holland America Line have to be my favourite line ion terms of service and food. Was only bettered by a luxurious river cruise with Uniworld in our experience of sailing with P&O, Royal Caribbean and HAL once before. As for the venues themselves it was stunning and the memory of floating quietly in Glacier Bay watching the ice calve will stay with me for many years.