Picking up my Shanghai Blog from last year – you can read the last one here
After a great night in Suzhou, we were due to check out of the hotel to move on back to Shanghai. We went for breakfast in the hotel restaurant – we found this to be much more traditional – and didn’t have the selection we were afforded at the hotel in Shanghai. There were pastries and there was what looked like an omelette station – but much of the selection was very Asian based – we fueled up ready for our day.
When I was told that I was going to Shanghai to test out a new short land tour I have to admit I did have to pinch myself. I have in my 16 year career been on many ships and to some fantastic destinations both as a holiday and through work but a trip to Shanghai is in a different league. Firstly the furthest I had ever flown prior to this was Florida (which I found such a long flight itself!!. Secondly I need a visa.
Yes that’s right I am currently out of the office and ready to set off for Shanghai on Saturday. I have applied or my Visa which was a pretty easy application (however it is expensive)…Shanghai does have a visa free period, however because we are travelling outside of that area we had to apply.
The weekend proved another challenge for us with the continuation of crazy, unpredictable world weather. With the absolute devastation of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Miami area of the United States still fresh in our minds we were dealt another blow in the form of a tornado which delayed Diamond Princess arrival for disembarkation into Yokohama by a day.
A bit of fun there from Paul Ludlow and the team at P&O.
Well this is the second time P&O have launched sailings in September – Traditionally new brochure programmes would me launched en mass around the April May time, but it seems owing to the success of an earlier launch last year they are doing the same this year.
Tipping on a cruise, how much will it cost me? It is one of those questions I occasionally get asked by customers and I have to admit i do not know each individual amount for every cruise line so I do have to refer to a list I have saved on my laptop. Tipping amounts are something you have to take in to account when budgeting for your cruise because it can add up.