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Jun242014

Tour/Activity

9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum Upgrade

New York City, New York

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The tour provided nothing that we did not already know or could have easily have found out for ourselves. The tour guide, certainly a pleasant personality, really did not add any value to the visit to ground zero and adjacent points of interest. Very disappointing

Jun162014

Tour/Activity

New York Dinner Cruise

New York City, New York

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The cruise was well organised with a talented band, good table service and enjoyable food. It more than met our expectations in terms of great views of Manhattan, Statue of Liberty etc. The variety of sights including both before and after dark provided excellent photo opportunities.

Jun142014

Tour/Activity

New York CityPass

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

You really need to like museums and art galleries to get the best value from the City Pass otherwise it would be better just to visit various NYC sights that appeal to you as an individual or family. We visited the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. These both require a lot of time to fully appreciate their content which is extensive. The food outlets at the Museum of Natural History were poor in the quality of food offered. By contrast the MoMA restaurant was excellent. We visited both Top of the Rock (by day) and the Empire State (at night). Entering the Empire State was slow and involved a lot of queues. However both sites provide the exciting views of NYC that tourists expect. We attempted to take the tour to Liberty Island but when faced with a huge line up that would have meant standing in the hot sun for an hour or more we decided to forget it since we had already had excellent close ups of the Statue of Liberty on the Dinner Cruise.

Jun102014

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was well worth the cost as we were able to see places that are not offered on the hop-on hop-off bus tours. Thus we had the opportunity to see the real Dubai and not just the "touristy" places. The vehicle was clean and comfortable for the the four of us and the tour guide was friendly and knowledgable. We were able to go at our own pace and linger in the places we liked and not have to stick to a strict timetable. Also no chance of getting left behind as happened to us on a bus tour in Dubai on a previous occasion.

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