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#243002 - 11/12/14 11:43 AM SPICE arrivals  
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So when is everyone arriving in Dubai for SPICE?

Andrea is already there.
I arrive on Monday night on Lufthansa, staying with Andrea at the Grand Hyatt. cheer


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#243003 - 11/12/14 02:46 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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JW Marriott on the 20th- can't wait to board Voyager, my favorite ship.



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#243009 - 11/13/14 10:56 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Nov 18 stay at AL Maha resort in desert to rest and relax after four plane chages and an 8 hour layover in Istanbul

#243010 - 11/13/14 11:22 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We get in the evening of the 18th--only one short layover in Atlanta.
We're staying at the Sheraton Dubai Creek.


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#243011 - 11/13/14 12:46 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We arrive the evening of the 18th on a direct flight from Atlanta. We are staying at the Raffles Hotel.

#243012 - 11/13/14 02:07 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We appear to be spread all over the place!

I was on the Atlanta flight until Delta decided to stop flying it on Sundays. Instead I'm on Lufthansa's A380 to Frankfurt then a 747 to Dubai after a 4 hour layover. From what I've read about Frankfurt, it might take me that long to get from one gate to the next wink


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#243013 - 11/13/14 02:45 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We are arriving the night of the 17th/18th from Brisbane and joining Pam at the Al Maha in the desert for 3 days.


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#243015 - 11/13/14 06:09 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: S&K]  
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We arrive late on the 19th staying at Holiday Inn at airport; 20th we go to Waldorf Astoria Jumeirah Island for r & r. Easy flights HSV - ATL - CDG - DXB.


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#243016 - 11/14/14 04:39 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I wanted to let everyone know a couple of things since I just flew into Abu Dhabi.

When you check in at the airport for your flight have a copy of your Regent cruise info handy as they may ask to see it. The UAE needs you to prove that you're leaving when you come in on a one-way flight. At least that's what happened to me when I left Sydney. I just pulled up my itinerary on my phone but this way you'll be prepared in case they ask.

Make sure your electronics are charged too. When I arrived I had to send my carryon stuff through an X-ray machine and you can be randomly selected to be screened and turn on your electronics. I don't remember having to put my bags through last year when I flew into Dubai, so this may be something new or just at AUH.

The weather is lovely. Hope you all have safe, on time travels!


#243017 - 11/14/14 11:56 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Those of you staying at Al Maha are in for a real treat. We spent several nights there in 2011 after a Voyager cruise. The suites are wonderful and we had the Oryx all around our building in the early mornings and evenings. At that time, they had a French chef and the food was fantastic.

Have a great time!

Jan


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2009-Alaska-Mariner
2008-Athens - FL - Navigator
2008-Lima-Buenos Aires-Mariner
2007 - Grand Crossing-Istanbul to FL
2006 - Grand Asia Pacific
#243018 - 11/14/14 12:09 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Glad to hear Jamie and Dana will take over from Ray. Certainly pros at what they do and no Harry Potter questions for trivia. Sounds like the Voyager is ready for us with good food and drink.

#243020 - 11/15/14 01:08 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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pammy, I can't wait!

#243035 - 11/15/14 08:09 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I have Boarding Passes! Less than 24 hours until takeoff!

(Can you tell I'm just a little excited?)


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#243038 - 11/16/14 11:00 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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leaving for airport in an hour. Ready to get this 30 hour trip on the road. dogs are going crazy. See you all soon.

#243039 - 11/16/14 11:13 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I'm heading out too in just a few hours. So excited!


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#243040 - 11/16/14 11:35 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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hopefully we will get good lecturers on this segment. They shouldn't have any trouble getting good people who want to get out of the cold weather in the US. Can't believe it is finally here. 2 years of planning is a long time. Actually looking forward to going back to India. I think I will enjoy it better the second time now that I know what to expect. They best part is seeing all of you again. Its fun to travel with people you know and like. Safe travels everyone.

#243041 - 11/16/14 03:40 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Hanging out in the lounge now. Only 15 minutes to check in, go through security and get to the lounge....a new record for me.
I agree with pammy, it's been a long time coming and I'm eager to see my friends again.
Almost time for SPICE seamail!


Lauri
#243042 - 11/16/14 10:28 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Have just arrived at my daughters house near Annapolis, and have a car pick-up for Dulles at 2:30 tomorrow. So excited to get on my first flight!

Pam, where Re you and Jim staying? And Laurie?



#243043 - 11/17/14 03:50 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I've made it to the Business lounge in Frankfurt😃

The A380 is a great plane. Lufthansa's business class seats really need some improvement though.

Just a few hours and my flight to Dubai leaves. Then I'll meet Andrea at the Grand Hyatt.


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#243044 - 11/17/14 09:53 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We're also heading out at 2:30 this afternoon-- Delta to Atlanta and then on to Dubai. I think we're all packed and ready to go. We're getting out just in time -- it's COLD here.


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#243045 - 11/17/14 12:23 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: pwolftx]  
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Peggy,
We are also on the DL flight from Atlanta to Dubai!
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#243046 - 11/17/14 09:06 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I made it to the hotel just before midnight.
Today is Burj day...Burj al Arab for tea and Burj Khalifa in the evening.

So happy to be here!


Lauri
#243047 - 11/18/14 01:41 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We arrived here at the Premier Inn Dubai airport at 2am. Great flight with Qantas 380.

This is a perfect hotel for its purpose. We've just had a cup of coffee at the reception lobby Costa Coffee, now waiting for our lift to the Al Maha where we'll met up with Pam and Jim.

Looking forward to 3 days of luxury and fun.

See you all on Friday.


Sheila and Ken
#243048 - 11/18/14 09:58 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I love reading how ya'll are arriving. Makes me sad that we're not on it with you so hoping for lots of sea mail.

Have a FABULOUS time!!


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#243052 - 11/18/14 01:10 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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"Burj day" was a success! Best table for high tea at the Burj al Arab then best table for dinner and fountain show at Atmosphere on the 123rd floor of Burj Khalifa.
Not bad for my first 24 hours!


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#243053 - 11/18/14 04:58 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Oh, I am so glad to be here and settled in at almost 2am! Laurie, I am glad you had a fun day!

#243054 - 11/18/14 05:56 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: jhp]  
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After a quick flight from Huntsville, we are in Crown Room in Atlanta. Flight to Paris and then Dubai; arrive tomorrow night close to midnight. We are so ready for this trip!

See everyone soon!!!


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#243059 - 11/18/14 11:13 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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Safe travels Marc and Arlene and hope you all have a wonderful adventure. Can't wait for seamail!


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#243060 - 11/19/14 06:11 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: Anna B.]  
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Made it to Paris. Easiest connection ever as we went from 2 E M hall to 2 E L hall; no immigration. Nice lounge. Boarding soon for Dubai. See everyone in a couple of days.


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#243068 - 11/20/14 02:37 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We are in Dubai! What a beautiful city. Flights were ATL to CDG to Dubai and easy, probably the easiest connections we have ever had. When we arrived late last night the immigration lines were long, but one gentleman looked at my passport and sent us around all the lines to a counter behind a drape, our passports were stamped and we were on our way. We were in our pjs in our hotel room in about an hour from touchdown! Today we are at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah and it is wonderful. Marc and I are relaxing, catching up on emails and adjusting to the time change. Life is wonderful! Sort of wished we had set up a dinner for tonight with everyone like before other cruises, but as we will have 30 days together, I suppose we can wait to see everyone until tomorrow.


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#243071 - 11/20/14 11:24 AM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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We added some new stamps to our passports today by traveling through several of the Emirates and into the Musandam peninsula of Oman. Jawdropping gorgeous scenery, dolphins and pretty nice snorkeling. It was a very long day but worth it.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow (and finally unpacking)!!


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We flew Qatar for the first time. Seat was great, lie flat and adjusted in every possible way. Food still airplane food but better tha BA first class. Lovely flight attendants. The lounge here in Doha is amazing. Huge with great food options. We ate from a menu and shared a mushroom and chicken pasta and we both had salmon with vegetables. Ken indulged in a New Zealand wine he really liked. In a less formal area the lounge had sandwiches made to order from a large variety of ingredients and would make hot sandwiches if requested. Plus all the salads and desert to go with that. The best lounge I have ever experienced. We are in the quiet area a private room about 20ft by 12ft total privacy. Ken is taking a nap and I am playing on my iPad. Plus none of those sky high taxes for going through London. I think Qatar is my first choice in the future. Stunning airport too, sparkling new and seems like there are no people here. Pretty happy with this trip.



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#243075 - 11/20/14 01:52 PM Re: SPICE arrivals [Re: ssclbc]  
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I am flying them next year to Singapore, with a plane change in Doha. So happy to read this.


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