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    Tucson, AZ
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  1. Do Transatlantic cruises from Europe typically come out at the same time as the European sailings?
  2. ICON on the west coast almost makes sense. Since ICON runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG), they will need a place to refuel. There are no LNG facilities in Florida (yet) and I don't believe any are are currently under construction. There are several in Texas and one in Louisiana. There is also one in Mexico near Ensenada and one in Alaska. Maybe they plan to use Ensenada for refueling?
  3. We have a car reserved at the Hertz location near the cruise port. We will probably Uber to the car rental office to be safe. They open at 7:30 AM on Sundays. I am going to be there in a few weeks after a different cruise and will try to talk to the manager and see if he can somehow flag the reservation so it is expedited. I am Hertz #1 Gold. Not sure if that will help!
  4. In February, we will be on Celebrity Edge out of Fort Lauderdale. The day we get back, we board the Harmony of the Seas in Port Canaveral. The cruise leaves at 4:30 PM and we need to be on board by 2 PM. We have a rental car lined up to drive to Port Canaveral. The drive is about 3 hours. I believe if we hit the road by 9 AM we will have sufficient buffer to get to the ship with time to spare. What is typically the earliest we can disembark if we walk off with our luggage? We are hoping we can get off Edge no later than 7:30 or 8 AM.
  5. I have a question about non-refundable deposits. I know that deposits for suites are non-refundable. Does this include Junior Suites? We recently booked a Junior Suite and during the booking process it said it was a refundable deposit. Just making sure there won’t be a surprise if I cancel!
  6. To bad it wasn't arriving in Singapore a day earlier. That would set up Sydney to Singapore on Voyager followed by the Ovation B2B from Singapore to Seattle. It would not take much to twist my arm for that one! Voyager still not listed on the web site though.
  7. It is, but it will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale so that certainly is not cool spot. Quantum sails out of Singapore - that is not a cool place. Besides Southampton is a cooler climate home port, even in summer.
  8. Maybe sailing out of Southampton for those warmer summer months?
  9. We kept all of the coins from a 4 cruise run in 2018 and used them all at once. 24 coins and all we won were useless raffle tickets. I agree the coins are better than any prizes they give out!
  10. Thanks for the quick response. Is there a list of ships that support messaging or is it still just Allure as of now?
  11. Does the app support messaging on Symphony? Last I heard messaging only worked on Allure but that was a year ago.
  12. I do like the diverse collection of ports and cruise durations. The itineraries lean pretty heavily on Coco Cay and Labadee. It looks like the TA will be a no-go for us. Hopefully they will send her back to Europe for the summer of 2021 so we can do a TA back in the fall of that year.
  13. We are doing a family cruise in February on Harmony but that is a bit too early for an October Birthday celebration! We also don’t have a TA this fall but are doing an 11 night Equinox cruise, a week in the Florida Keys followed by Symphony. That will have to do!
  14. Karen, you are not the only one! We do have a bit of a conundrum though. Our DIL has her 40th B’day on Oct. 28 and we promised we would be in town. We have been cruising the last four years for her B’day so we need to honor the commitment. If the October 22 date holds it will be a No-Go. But if it pushes to Nov. 1 or later we will probably make it happen! Otherwise, it will be nice to spend the fall in Tucson for a change!
  15. Thee are two cruise ports in Sydney. Smaller cruise ships that can sail underneath Sydney Harbour Bridge dock at the White Bay Cruise Terminal. Larger ships dock at the Overseas Passenger Cruise Terminal (OPT) at Circular Quay. I believe that the dock or facilities at Circular Quay may be too small for an Oasis Class ship. It can handle Ovation which is pretty long at 1,142 feet. Oasis is only slightly longer at 1,186 feet so it may be an issue with the width. Oasis is 208 feet wide while Ovation is only 136 feet wide. It also could be an issue with the size of the terminal and the number of passengers it can handle. As I recall, the Overseas Passenger Terminal building was not all that big. Note that Sydney Harbour is one of the busiest in the world. There are so many boats in there all the time. Perhaps it is a traffic safety issue? Also I have seen references that claimed the Sydney cruise port was operating at full capacity and no net new cruises could be added. At one time they talked about putting a new passenger terminal outside of Sydney proper to handle the very large ships. As far as I know, nothing ever came of it. I think sailing out of Sydney Harbour is such an iconic experience, it would be a shame to leave from some remote cruise terminal. I did a Google search and found an article saying that a new cruise terminal in Sydney is now an "infrastructure priority" for 2019. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/new-cruise-terminal-for-sydney-on-2019-infrastructure-priority-list/
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