TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a lively visit to compare our experiences!
Fantastic tour, we were met as arranged by Christine and her husband with a van and driver. Our tour took us along the coast, up through the mountains, into Taipei, to a mining town and back to our ship. Christine's husband, Lang, shared with us the history of Taiwan as well as the geographical elements of Taiwan. Our stops included the Geopark, hot springs, a lily farm, the summer home of Chaing Kai Shek, authentic Taiwanese lunch in Taipei and a local celebration. I highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marian, it turned out a whirlwind tour around the mountains and the city with a bit of succss in electronics shopping as well while mostly beating the forecast rain. So happy we managed to see the once a year anniversary celebration of the Land God temple in Jiufen, before going back to the ship. Hope to see you back in Taiwan ! Christine and Jan.
Olivia FanHong Kong
We're fortunate to have Christine and Jan as our tour guides. We learnt a lot about the history, culture and many many other issues about Taiwan. Despite of the rain, we toured around the North Coast and enjoyed visiting Jiufen and especially the geopark at Yehliu. We also had a wonderful time at NPM. It's an unforgettable experience with Christine and Jan. They are so kind to provide post tour information to us and it's very useful to our continued stay. We are very appreciative of their thoughtful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Olivia ! We were so glad to see travelers from Hong Kong and show things and experiences we may have in common or that are different. Next day the weather improved, so we hope you were able to see some of the places we recommended without the rain - it was a very interesting day to also remember our good times in your city.
Jeb BurtonWest Sacramento, CA, United States
Christine and her husband (Jan also a tour guide) were hands down two of the most outstanding tour guides we have ever hired. It is obvious they do not do this for money, but instead because they really love it. The depth of knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail was beyond excellent. They managed to intrigue and entertain both my 6 and 9 year old kids, and my 70 year old parents at the same time. Anyone visiting Taiwan would be remiss in not hiring these two.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jeb! It was a really beautiful and crisp day, great for a family trip along the coast and across the mountains to Taipei. I've never seen kids having so much fun in Yehliu, the National Palace Museum and in the Keelung night market. Hope you like the photos!
The tour was just perfect. We have seen everything without much waiting. All wishes were fulfilled. Christine even took photos of our group and the ship. Thanks Christine. We would like to recommend you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Erwin and friends! it was such a nice trip along the coast between Jiufen and Yehliu. And then even to Taipei, to see the city from Taipei 101 and have lunch at DinTaiFung, Keep in touch !
Leslie SchaeferUnited States
TAIPEI - We got very lucky in Taipei with our husband and wife guide team of Christine and Jan, both of them were extremely knowledgeable and gracious. We got the perspective of someone who was born in Taipei and someone who emigrated there from Holland. A great opportunity that we never had had before. Their presentation to us was extremely informative, personal, historical and entertaining. We strongly would advise selecting this couple as your tour guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leslie, it was fun to show such a varied group around the coast and Taipei. Even though it was in rainy winter weather in the end, we covered all the spots we planned for.
John E.United States
Hard to imagine a better organized and insightful tour of Keelung, Taipei, and environs. For our tour, the combination of 2 guides, one a native Taiwanese, the other a resident expat, provided expert local knowledge and point of view, as well as allowing one to stay with us while the other took numbers for the 101 and restaurant lines. That efficiency plus a great driver allowed them to show us Everything we had asked for and more. Christine & Jan are friendly and fun as well as professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a concise review ! we enjoyed showing you the North coast and Taipei's highlights, Taiwan's real history, and to sample the food at DinTaiFung and our Keelung temple night market with you. Hope to see you here again !
Jim OlsonUnited States
Christine (and her husband!) arranged a tour to all of the places we wanted to see as well as a few extra ones they thought we'd enjoy. They provided great commentary on the places we visited as well as thoughtful insight into the history of Taiwan and the people living there. We all learned so much from them and had a truly enjoyable day on our visit to Taipei. We'd go with them again if we ever have the chance to return. Excellent tour and guide(s)!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jim ! Of all ships, Celebrity Millennium offers the best itinerary for Keelung, the coast and Taipei, usually within an overnight stay - this time one long day only. We were so happy to show you so many spots, to chat and find we all have a lot in common - so time flew by! Visit us in Taiwan again, now you know why it is one of "Asia's best kept secrets".
Margaret SchmidtUnited States
5 star from start to finish. Delight to work with. Great communication. So knowledgeable and thorough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Margaret, we loved showing your group the best of Taipei and the coast. Keep in touch !
Barbara DuffyUnited States
What a day we had with Christine and her husband Jan. We had a lovely van and driver as well.both Christine and Jan were so informative about their lovely city which is quite beautiful. At the end of our day we felt like we were saying goodbye to dear friends. If you get to Taipei be sure and book with Christine and if her husband, Jan is available for him to come along as well. He loves to take pictures of you and what you are seeing. You will not be sorry that you booked with Christine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara ! It was a great day for an April visit, nice sunshine and low humidity - great for showing you the gardens and orchids in Taipei and around Keelung. Hope to see you back in Taiwan on another cruise !
we spent an absolutley amazing day in Taipai with Christine. we were met promptly at the port after our ship docked in Keelung. it was a wonderful stress free day of learning and site seeing. the night market was a special highlight. thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lesley ! we enjoyed showing your family Taipei and Keelung by day and after sunset. Hope to see you back in Taiwan soon.
Eleanor SiegalSan Antonio, Texas, 78230, United States
Christine gave us a wonderful tour in Taipei. The National Palace Museum is a must, but very crowded; however, our guide knew how to spirit us through the main exhibits without losing time. We received much interesting information about life and politics in Taiwan. Christine was very pleasant and charming. Vehicle was super comfortable. We highly recommend her services. Eleanor and Pablo S., San Antonio, Texas
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Eleanor ! we were happy to adjust our route to show you places few cruise travelers go: tours by locals are flexible. We loved showing you the NPM while beating the crowds...
Ken PolleyUnited States
Christine was terrific, we were met on time and joined by her daughter who was a delight. We saw everything we wanted and more. A perfect tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken & Sonia ! You brought us all lots of fun and sunshine, we went to new places and time flew by !
Christine is a charming person and was a knowledgable and engaging quide. The 6 hour tour she designed for our party of four was a most enjoyable experience of Taiwanese landscape, culture and cuisine. The vehicle was roomy and comfortable and the driver very professional. Highly recommended. Frank M. Melbourne, Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ! We were so happy you appreciated the Taiwan cuisine with local high mountain oolong tea and braved the Jioufen steps and clouds on such a memorable day along the coast. Hope you'll visit more of Taiwan...
Very interesting !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We loved showing you a bit of Taiwan in a short time ! Hope my Dutch language will further increase, so happy to taste your gift of 'drop & hopjes' ... dank u wel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert, hope you liked the local Taiwan beers on board !
Richard Z.woodbridge, CT., United States
Christine was the best...Really enjoyed spending our 2 days with her in Taipei..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joanne and Richard, for such a memorable cruise visit! Enjoyed our shopping for Taiwan handicrafts together. Hope to see you in Taiwan again.
Delores CraigEl Paso, TX, United States
I would recommend Christine and her husband. There were six of us in our group. Because of the earthquake in Japan we had to make last minute changes to the itinerary. Christine handled the changes with no problems. One of the best places we visited was a teahouse that had the best tasting beef noodle dish and milk tea. It also had a great gift shop. Have no doubt, she will take of you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Delores ! We loved sharing our most popular local food with you all. Now we have one of your spicy sauces to add to it, such a thoughtful gift - and enjoy the memories. Come to dive around Taiwan next time ?