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Ralf R

Ralf R

USA

Oct152011

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Post Hurricane Katrina Tour

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgable guide who kept us informed with commentary throughout the entire tour. Good use is made of maps, photos etc. to help explain what happened.

It is true the vehicle is not that big and if full you could well be cramped. Also since it is some years now since Katrina there has been quite a lot of rebuilding, so it may not seem as ruined as it once was. I wouldnt recommend it for young children either as the tour is long with only one stop.

Sep222011

Tour/Activity

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

Milford Sound, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is an excellent trip and a far superior option to the day cruise (assuming you have time). The cabins, although rather small, exceeded my expectations, and we managed to fit in our 1-year old in a crib as well. The buffet dinner was excellent with lots of selections and high quality food. Also the wine choice was good and not overpriced.

Although the weather was cool we still did the water activities in the morning and these were very worthwhile. At that time of day youre the only ones in the Sound, so its a great time to be there.

Overall a highly recommended trip.

Aug282011

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Full-Day Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great way to see the main highlights of Ho Chi Minh City in a day. A few points to bear in mind:

- Our tour only took 8 hours and the length will largely depend on the pace you take and what you choose to see
- The lunch was great but its a set meal. There are quite a number of courses so you should find something you like but people with limited scope may struggle
- Although the sights were good Ho Chi Minh is not the most attractive city in the world
- The tour is decent value but bear in mind Vietnam is very cheap compared to the West

Overall its worth doing this tour and our driver and guide were very friendly and helpful.

Sep192010

Tour/Activity

New York Sunday Brunch Cruise

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This is an excellent cruise, and well worth the additional money versus the other options available. We were fortunate that the boat was not that crowded, but the quality of the food and entertainment was very good. In addition the deck is nicely laid out with some decent quality furniture, so if the weather is nice you can really enjoy yourself outside as well. Its worth getting there an hour before departure as suggested, since this will likely get you a better table. It will also enable you to eat the food while still docked, leaving you 2 hours to enjoy the cruise. The food is served for the full time though, so if you do get hungry you can just get some more. A couple of points to note: there is no commentary, so it does help if you know what to look for. Also the dress code is supposed to be strict, but while most people made the effort quite a number were rather too casual, but nonetheless let on the boat. Its not that formal a cruise, but when most people make the effort to dress nicely it does seem a shame when a few do not. Overall an excellent option if youre looking for a cruise around Manhattan.

Sep182010

Tour/Activity

Half-Day Tour of the Bronx

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This is a great tour to see a different part of New York City. The tour guide was excellent - a very passionate local who had an in-depth knowledge of the sights. The organisation running the tours seemed to us to be more interested in education rather than profit, which made for a much more enjoyable experience. A couple of points to note: on Saturdays the tour is frequently in 2 languages (English and French) on the same bus. Also this is NOT a walking tour, and you will spend most of your time on the bus. Despite the misleading description this was still a very well worthwhile tour and an excellent way to see a different part of the city.

Sep142009

Tour/Activity

Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This is a great tour and you see a huge amount of Central Park. Be aware though that the group size can vary, there were 16 people in ours which can result in a slower tour again, ours took over 3 hours.

Aug242009

Tour/Activity

San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego, California

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
The tour was a little disappointing since you see very little of San Diego city, with the main objective seeming to be just to get in and out of the water. Overall it was ok, but I suspect they want you to do the city trolley tour as well.

Aug222009

Tour/Activity

Hollywood - Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and worked very hard to ensure people were involved in the tour. This is a great way to get a little more insight into Hollywood, but there wasn't much 'Behind the Scenes'.

Jan192008

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires Bike Tour: San Telmo and La Boca Districts

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was an excellent tour and very good value for money. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and the pace of the cycling was just right. By far the best way to see the city and one of the highlights of our trip.

Jan112008

Tour/Activity

USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Day Tour

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
This tour was spoilt by that fact that the group was 62 people with just a single driver/guide. As a result it was extremely slow with long waits everywhere - quite a few people took taxis before the end of the tour, which lasted 9 hours in total. Since there is no scheduled time for lunch the driver just stopped at a McDonalds! The USS Missouri tour was weak, the driver did that too and you cannot even leave the bus on the punchbowl visit. Overall extremely disappointing - the sights are worth seeing but save time and money by renting a car.

Jan042008

Tour/Activity

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
An excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. 1 hour is just about right, although it is potluck exactly which theatres you get to see.

Jan022008

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Grand Tour including Lunch

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The tour guide was excellent, especially as we were the only people on the tour. Some of the stops are not that exciting, and it was disappointing not to include anything of the towers. However, it is a good way to see the city in a short amount of time, especially as our tour lasted less than six hours, instead of the advertised eight.

Dec292007

Tour/Activity

Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
This is a good way to see the light show, although it is a little overrated. There are no signs at the pier so you don't know where to wait, and be warned that many other tours use the boat, so it can be quite full. Other comments about it getting cold are valid; do take a coat. Overall, given the free drinks it was good value, but it's not spectacular.

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