New York City, New York
This dinner cruise was so much better than the one we'ed done on Lake Mead a week earlier. It was probably easier that you had to make your own way to the pier as this eliminates any issues with pick up. The organisation was superb, the staff attentive and the food great. We had booked the first class package which meant we had a fantastictable with excellent views of New York by a window on the Upper Deck, and the waiter kept our glasses full.
The three hours seemed to fly by and we also enjoyed the onboard disco. It was also a much better way of seeing the lights of Manhattan (and Lady Liberty) at night than the night bus tour.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The absolute highlight of our holiday in the United States. We can't recommend this tour enough. From the limo pickup at the start to the drop off at the end it was all excellent. The pilot was very informative and helpful, the views stunning, especially the descent into the Grand Canyon. There was then the contrast with the quietness of the boat as we drifted back downstream after going upstream for several minutes under power looking up at the Canyon walls. Once at the West Rim Airport we travelled to Guano Point and Eagle Point for the views and we were glad we took peoples advice on here not to bother with the Skywalk, it certainly does not look worth it.
We had the included lunch at the Huallappi Indian Ranch, which had a more authentic Western BBQ menu than than the cafe's at the viewing points. Not many people seemed to go there but it was well worth the 5 minute bus ride.
We flew back into Vegas as the sun was setting and flew alongside the strip. Another fantastic experience. If you are in Vegas you have to do this tour, it's not cheap, but it is excellent value for money.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This tour was quite badly organised with the hotel pick up being changed late to another hotel due to a change in the bus, the advertised stop at the welcome to Las Vegas sign was not made and the service on the boat was a shambles with no coherent seating or ordering system. The weather being poor and overcast with thunder in the valley did not help either. The food was very good and the wine was good and reasonably priced. The driver of the bus was also quite entertaining.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This was a really good tour, which we upgraded when we exchanged our voucher to include the night tour. We found the Old City tour to be slightly better than the Beach tour, though both were very good. The included extras on the Old City tour were what made the difference, expecially the Dhow cruise in the Creek, which we also bought lunch on, which was excellent value at 15 Dhirams.
The tours enabled us to see where we wanted to go back to and we would also recommend the night tour as an add on. One other tip for Dubai - use the Metro to get about, it's much cheaper (and quicker most of the day) than taxis.
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