Sapphire Princess - February 2, 2020

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  • datone
    datone November 14, 2019 7:36 am
    5 hours ago, rosee01 said:

    Just wondering if anyone else keeps getting the princess/CIBT visas email? I have looked at them and they seem to want several hundred dollars for visa's - where the ship does them for 50ish USD... They are also saying I will need a visa for Thailand, but the research I have does not require a visa for Thailand and it is not mentioned on the princess website. 

     

    I am thinking I will get the vietnam visa here: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/home and let the ship handle the visa for cambodia... 

     

    What is everyone else doing. Just disregarding the CIBT emails?

    Hi Rose

     

    No visa needed by Aussies or Kiwis for Thailand.   Won't be using CIBT - far too expensive.   Am getting the e-visa for Vietnam as half the price of Princess and with our exchange rate prefer to save as much as possible.  Unfortunately will have to go with ship for Cambodian visa as e-visa can't be used when entering the country at Sihanoukville port.    Someone did post on one of the roll calls that you can get it through the Cambodian embassy in Canberra cheaper so need to give them a ring to see if this is the case.

     

    Deb

     

  • rosee01
    rosee01 November 14, 2019 2:21 am

    Hi,

     

    Rose from Australia here - nice to meet you all. My partner Dan (a Kiwi) and I will be doing the 11 day cruise. 😀

     

    Just wondering if anyone else keeps getting the princess/CIBT visas email? I have looked at them and they seem to want several hundred dollars for visa's - where the ship does them for 50ish USD... They are also saying I will need a visa for Thailand, but the research I have does not require a visa for Thailand and it is not mentioned on the princess website. 

     

    I am thinking I will get the vietnam visa here: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/home and let the ship handle the visa for cambodia... 

     

    What is everyone else doing. Just disregarding the CIBT emails?

     

    Also - with shoretours --

     

    I really want to do the Mekong Delta out of HCMC and Ayutthaya out of Bangkok.... as they are full day tours of nearly all the time we have in port I am wondering if I should just pay the exorbitant ship prices. 

     

    What are everyones thoughts --- I am usually okay to do third party tours, but there seems to be no time to play with in this case...

     

    If there are any spots left on any other tours organised in other ports, I would be keen! I've been looking through and most seem full up already. I'd really like to see Elephants in Thailand! (ethically) 

     

    Cheers, see you on board,

     

    Rose

  • paulette2905
    paulette2905 November 14, 2019 2:08 am

    Hi Snorkle pup

    Welcome back

    Are Ron and I on your tour out of Sihanoukville?

    I seem to think we are.

    Paulette

  • RosySanDiego
    RosySanDiego November 13, 2019 10:23 pm
    21 hours ago, Ellshu said:

    I have finally been able to find a tour to the famous Cu Chi tunnels.This would be for those people who have been to HCMC  or choose not to go to the city and want something a bit different. I have been to HCMC  3 times and seen so much , and I was told that this tour is a must see. HCMC is far from Phu My poert,  and so are the tunnels. However this can be done in a day trip  , and done with a better angle than how the Princess tours are done.  There is a peak visiting hour when it gets crowded and all the bus tours start arriving from the city.  The way I was told to do this was by a fast river boat, which avoids the traffic, you are outside in the sun in a covered boat, and you get to see the country side from a different perspective. There will be a van with space for 10 people which will pick us up at the ship and bring us to the boat pier. From there , a breakfast is served en route and we then arrive at the tunnels. A lunch will be provided after viewing the tunnels and then we reverse the trip with arrival 1 hour before ship departure. The cost of this tour is approx $130.00 in Canadian money (which is what I have to figure, which is about $98.00 US.

    After reviewing several of these tours, (and most of them were by bus ) this is a good price.  If anyone is interested in this I will be able to accomodate another 8 people, on the first minivan or arrange a second bus and they have indicated a reduced rate for more people.

     

    This is what you would expect:Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong.  The Basics A visit to what remains of the Cu Chi Tunnels offers a poignant reminder of the hardships of war. Today, two areas are open to visitors, both with tunnels that have been expanded in size. They’re still a tight fit, but that adds to the experience of discovering what it must have been like for the soldiers living and operating here. Many visitors come to the tunnels on a half- or full-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes combined with a cruise along the Mekong Delta or Saigon River.
     

    Hi - I am Dale Higson from San Diego, Shirl Holder's cousin (from Santa Clarita, CA).  There will be three of us traveling (also my Canadian friend Mary Lee from Penticton, B.C.) and the three of us would like to go on the Cu Chi Tunnels with you.  Please confirm and how payment will be made.  Who is the tour company and do they have any guarantees about getting us back to the ship on time?  We're looking forward to meeting everyone.

     

  • paulette2905
    paulette2905 November 13, 2019 2:54 pm

    Hi Snorkle pup

    Welcome back

    Are Ron and I on your tour out of Sihanoukville?

    I seem to think we are.

    Paulette

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