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Sep172012

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Koh Samui Round Island Sightseeing Tour

Koh Samui, Thailand

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

My Review

This was a good introduction to the island of Koh Samui and covered most of the major sights and tourist areas. The guide was also very friendly and good fun. Having said that he didn't actually tell us much background to the island itself.

More disturbingly, the tour includes visits to a monkey and an elephant show, both of which involved animals that were chained up and didn't look particularly well looked after. I really don't want to think about the "training" that they have to go through to get them to do the tricks that they do. Personal choice whether you want to watch and support this sort of thing I guess, but I must admit I probably wouldn't have gone on the tour if I knew it included this. Strange how Viator don't mention it on the tour highlights ??

Dec312011

Tour/Activity

Circle Line: New Year's Eve Cruise in New York City

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I'll be honest, when we arrived for the cruise I wasn't too sure about it as there was a massive queue waiting to get on what looked like a large tug ! However my concerns were unfounded - there were several boats laid on and actually they were all decorated nicely. Once we got away, there was a bit of a queue for drinks earlier on in the evening, but they certainly weren't tight with the alcohol ! We could have drunk a whole lot more but to be honest I didn't want to ruin the experience - and what an experience. We were lucky to have a clear and not too cold evening and the Manhattan skyline looked amazing. Even better was mooring up right next to the Statue of Liberty at midnight and watching the Ellis Island fireworks. Something I will never forget I can tell you. Regarding the cruise itself, the boat was fine and not too crowded and the staff were great. As I said, you could probably have had as any drinks as you wanted as there were plenty left at the end, although I should also mention that it never got too rowdy and it was a nice mix of ages and nationalities on there. God know what a three hour NYE cruise with an open bar in the UK would be like - carnage I expect ! Just one other thing to mention, you'd be VERY lucky to get a taxi anywhere after midnight on New Year's eve - we saw loads of people unsuccessfully trying to get them and we ended up walking back from the pier to East Village. All in all a great night and a great experience ! Would recommend it to anyone going to NYC for NYE.

Dec292011

Tour/Activity

New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Really enjoyed this evening cruise. It was very different to the New Year's Eve cruise that we also booked through Viator. The dinner cruise was nice and laid back and gave us ample opportunity to stand out and take in the Manhattan skyline (despite the cold !).

The boat itself was very smart, and the staff very pleasant and attentive. The food was fine for a buffet, and included a carvery. Only thing to point out is that the drinks aren't cheap (35-odd bucks and up for a bottle of wine, 8 bucks and up for a bottle of beer) but then New York isn't the place to go for a cheap trip I guess. Having said that, it was quite odd that they didn't have prices on the drinks menu.

Definitely a good thing to do one evening if you are staying in New York.

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