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Dreaming up ways to use up cancelled flight vouchers and mulling over St Martin in the Caribbean. Half of the island's French and the other half Dutch, so you eat on one side and drink on the other. Anyone been?

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2 hours ago, welshbairn said:

Dreaming up ways to use up cancelled flight vouchers and mulling over St Martin in the Caribbean. Half of the island's French and the other half Dutch, so you eat on one side and drink on the other. Anyone been?

No but ive seen some cracking videos of people almost being killed standing under the incoming aircraft. Have heard its a fantastic place to visit that said. 

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36 minutes ago, Inanimate Carbon Rod said:

No but ive seen some cracking videos of people almost being killed standing under the incoming aircraft. Have heard its a fantastic place to visit that said. 

Seen that too, you can stand just to the side though for a safer spectacular sight. 8)

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Have 3 cruises booked for 2022 with the first being a South African cruise in February.  Will be interesting to see if this goes ahead as the cruise line has already started cancelling South Africa and South America cruises for the end of 2021.

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On 14/06/2021 at 17:28, Inanimate Carbon Rod said:

Booked to do a cruise in Alaska next September, cannot wait. 

Have done it twice and would do it again. Make sure you see Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. 

Pics of Glacier Bay and Mendenhall

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1 hour ago, Elric said:

Have done it twice and would do it again. Make sure you see Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. 

Pics of Glacier Bay and Mendenhall

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Yeh the itinerary is day at sea, day at glacier, skagway, juneau, ketchican and a day at sea before going back to vancouver. Gonna do the lumberjack shows, go to a gold panning thing, whale watching and some of the other excursions. Cannae wait. 

 

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30 minutes ago, Inanimate Carbon Rod said:

Yeh the itinerary is day at sea, day at glacier, skagway, juneau, ketchican and a day at sea before going back to vancouver. Gonna do the lumberjack shows, go to a gold panning thing, whale watching and some of the other excursions. Cannae wait. 

 

Depending on how much you want to spend there is a float plane in Ketchican that takes you over to an island to see bears which was great, also train trip in Skagway is worthwhile.  When on the ship watch for birds gathering just above the water generally a sign that there are whales in the area.  you will have a great time.

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On 26/06/2021 at 13:51, welshbairn said:

Seen that too, you can stand just to the side though for a safer spectacular sight. 8)

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The big planes come in and leave mid afternoon. Check the arrival/departure boards on the internet first for times.

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21 hours ago, Elric said:

The big planes come in and leave mid afternoon. Check the arrival/departure boards on the internet first for times.

They had a board with the times in my hotels reception another tip is also check when there is a cruise ship docking and avoid the  beach when there is one in as it's mobbed.

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On 26/06/2021 at 13:51, welshbairn said:

Seen that too, you can stand just to the side though for a safer spectacular sight. 8)

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I stayed in the white hotel you can see in the background here is a view from the pool 

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2 hours ago, doulikefish said:

I stayed in the white hotel you can see in the background here is a view from the pool 

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Never been to the Caribbean before and have KLM vouchers to use up with an easy connection from Inverness via Amsterdam to the Dutch islands. Mulling over Sint Maarten and Curacao. Could transfer the vouchers to Air France for one of their islands but the connections are more of a pain in the arse. Would be grateful for any recommendations. Looking for somewhere that doesn't have giant cruise ships arriving every day but is still a bit lively.

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7 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

Never been to the Caribbean before and have KLM vouchers to use up with an easy connection from Inverness via Amsterdam to the Dutch islands. Mulling over Sint Maarten and Curacao. Could transfer the vouchers to Air France for one of their islands but the connections are more of a pain in the arse. Would be grateful for any recommendations. Looking for somewhere that doesn't have giant cruise ships arriving every day but is still a bit lively.

On that trip along with St Maarten we did Aruba Curacao and the Dominican Republic..There were pretty good cheap  flights with local airlines for island hopping but to start we flew New York to Aruba and at the end st Maarten to Washington DC with a few days in each American city after/before our flights from home and we took 6 weeks in total

Avoiding cruise ships in the Caribbean is hard but probably Aruba/Curacao we seem the least but they are tiny but we're the busiest nightlife destinations so it's swings and roundabouts 

St Maarten it seemed to be every 2nd day but it was 2 at a time so we fell into a routine of day trips during non cruise ship days and pool/beach days on cruise ship days it worked out pretty good..The local buses were cheap and uncomfortable but a good way of getting around the island and they took euros or dollars everywhere on the island but the dollar is king in the whole of the Caribbean

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Treating the extended family to a week in Cappadocia/Goreme area then another week just outside Icmeler. The in laws have been totally against going to Turkey so hopefully a balloon trip with a few nights in the cave hotels in Cappadocia, a trip off the side of Badabag and a nice relaxing break in what's left of the pine forests will change their views.

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Looking at going to Donegal next summer. Me the Mrs and two kids aged 4 and 10. Anyone been and anything you'd recommend doing? 

I've never been to Ireland.  Her sister lives in Armagh so we're wanting to stay far away enough that we don't need to see her alot and close enough that we can make our excuses and leave.

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2022 is looking a lot more likely to have a decent level of normality.

Cheltenham in March for the festival is booked. Be great to get back to it, as the Ebor a couple of weeks ago reminded me how it is to be back at the racing.

Booked up for Egypt, back to the Sensatori hotel that I visited in 2012 & 2013. Got a it at a really cheap price for June 2022.

Not booked yet, but hoping to get back to out New York Dec 2022. Will look at that seriously in Jan/Feb time and see how things are looking.

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Got tickets to see Jungle in Berlin in February which I so hope goes ahead. Because Jungle are class and Berlin is such a glorious city to spend time in. 

Also got tickets to both weekends of Primavera Sound in Barcelona which is a wonderful festival in a beautiful place. 

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