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  1. This is a good question. How much remaining infrastructure exists to support those that are coming. Add in the fact that ports are already less busy because fewer general tourists are visiting as well. Those cities with ports that attract visitors for reasons other than cruises are almost certainly better off than those that depend heavily on cruises. For example, if my home port cruises represent only a tiny fraction of the money spent in town. I think that weekend travel from LA alone probably swamps the economic impact of cruising in San Diego. It's probably a different
  2. 2 weeks for me. I also don't need to stay in super elegant hotels as well for the same reason. Remember that after a certain level of quality, the incremental cost of adding more quality exceeds the resultant benefit to the person (shown as the first vertical dashed line on the chart below.) The key is to find your spot on the curve that matches your preferences and budget.
  3. My conclusion is that the current flight situation is temporary and I will continue to fly based on where I am going and will not exclude Southwest. Same with Alaska. Do you really think Southwest is "out for the count" and is not going to improve performance as time goes on and their system gets rebuilt? I am also wondering if the 737max is giving them issues? This is a problem which will also be solved in my opinion.
  4. My own view is that Southwest is and has been a very accommodating over the years. My guess is that the issues are all temporary and common. For example, one of my kids got stuck overnight in Seattle (flying Alaska) after visiting their sibling in Eugene. The outbound flight from Eugene was late and nothing else was available to get out. They didn't get any compensation either. My own experience with Southwest has been that they are quite flexible and their number of flights makes for quite a bit of redundancy when trying to get places - including Hobby airport right after H
  5. Congratulations! I have also never experienced truly lost luggage. I have also talked with people on cruise ships with delayed luggage that started their journey without their bags which were delayed. I am not sure what airlines will do in terms of forwarding luggage to meet the ship as I haven't experienced this personally. I mostly agree with this statement. A long weekend at the beach in Mexico or Hawaii is different than packing for a multi-week cruise. My home airport of San Diego has very little long haul service. As a result, I tend to take extra
  6. That may be true but I don't miss business travel.
  7. I found @K32682's original use of "virtual signaling" in their post humorous and echoed those words in my explanation regarding possible value to a traveler for not checking their bag. When I travelled for business, I never checked a bag for the reasons I stated above.
  8. While Todos Santos isn't a bad town and is one of Mexico's "magic towns," the Hotel California isn't worth the day for a visit. It has really no connection to the song if that is the motivation for visiting. If that is the case, why not simply head out to Balandra Beach and get lunch on the beach? It gives you a nice view of "Isla Espiritu Santo" and you can even get a boat tour there if it is whale shark season for an hour or two. I like Balandra in that it has more services than Pichilingue - which is actually on the way.
  9. Good job! You have triggered a healthy debate here as to both differences in airlines and packing styles. I think where you are going also is a factor in addition to length. The closer you are to sun and fun short cruises, the easier it is to pack lighter for most people generally. Personally, I couldn't make a week long cruise if you are referring to a Spirit-style carrier. While there may be no virtue in not checking bags, there are very tangible benefits when things go wrong with flights. It's also much harder for luggage to be lost when it is in your possession. There
  10. I can't give you a personal recommendation, but I see these types of buses all the time in Valle. This link suggests a 14 passenger van is $400 for 10 hours which would be perfect: https://bajaexcursion.com/shop/transportation-only/transportation-ensenada-to-valle-de-guadalupe/ The drivers can help plan a tour, but I would recommend doing your own research and letting them know where you want to go. Some of my favorite places for wine would be: Finca de Carrodilla Las Nubes Monte Xanic Baron Balche - no view El Cielo - expensive with a f
  11. This makes sense to me. I can see people doing this in my hometown port. The terminal is located in the heart of the city and easily accessible. It's super easy for passengers to wander around the harbor and central city without their luggage and simply head back to the port with when you are ready to board. In Harwich, we once checked in, boarded the ship and then left again to run some errands leaving the kids on the ship.
  12. This is a reasonable point and is another factor to consider. Certain cities are definitely more interesting to depart from than others and may skew some people's decision making. It also depends on how many people you are travelling with, the distance to the port from where you are staying, familiarity with departure port/city and even the likelihood of future return. Civitavecchia, assuming you are staying in Rome, requires more time to get to the port than Barcelona. Family travel requires more time than solo travel. Is it the "trip of a lifetime" or an annual pilgrimage. It all m
  13. In response to the @sverigecruiser's original question, I don't think I would change my travel behavior based on a cruise ship assigned check in time. I may, however, add more time into my pre cruise buffer due to logistical complexities of travel in general. I assume we have all heard stories at least in the US of cancelled flights and limited capacity. My own theory regarding early boarding is that the shorter the cruise, the more people want to come early. Certainly more incentive exists to get on early on a 3 day booze cruise than on a 100 day round the world. My
  14. Another vote for having a great time at Iguassu although not part of a cruise trip. Spent a few days at the hotel inside the park on the Brazilian side and it was amazing. Rafting, hiking, bird watching & park, good food and drinks along with the ever present coatis cruising around the hotel looking for food. Good sentiment! I didn't get lost, but I really enjoyed visiting Santorini and just wandering around. Great weather for our visit and it wasn't too hot or crowded.
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