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JillK

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    Toronto, Ontario
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    Reading, Travel, Toronto Blue Jays, Cross Stitch
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, RCI, Carnival, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Thanks hancogran and Fouremco for your insights - that's exactly the kind of input I was looking for. We are currently planning on arriving several days early to tour Rome ahead of the cruise so perhaps we'll borrow a day from the start of our trip to add a day in Rome upon disembarkation. I definitely do not want to spend any cruise time stressing out about making our flight home. Very much appreciate your feedback!
  2. Thanks for the recommendation - in our case, we are going to be booking with Aeroplan points so can only consider Air Canada flights. Will keep Air Transat in mind for future though!
  3. Hi everyone. We are going to be booking a cruise next summer out of Civitavecchia and I was hoping a fellow Canadian could offer some insight regarding return flights. The only direct flight from Rome to Toronto departs at 11:30 am and is only offered once a day. I'm concerned about having enough time to disembark the ship, clear customs, pick up luggage, find transportation (which I plan on pre-arranging) and travel time from Civi to the airport to make the direct flight. Our only experience flying from Europe post cruise was in Amsterdam where we barely made our flight (others on our ship sponsored transfer missed theirs) and in that case, the port and airport were in the same city! Not knowing what we can anticipate for COVID protocols that may still be in place next August, in addition to regular security at the airport for international travel, I'm a little concerned that we will be at risk of missing the flight. I know no one can give me a definite answer but I was hoping that based on previous experience some recommendations could be made as to whether or not we should stay an extra night in Rome to make the 11:30 flight the day following disembarkation or if we should be able to make the flight on disembarkation day. A final consideration that at this time (and of course this could change) is that we need PCR tests to re-enter Canada that would be provided by Celebrity on board which I believe has to be within 3 days of re-entry. Thanks in advance for any insight!
  4. Sounds like you are stuck with the assigned flight as you are in the penalty period. When we last cruised in December 2019 we also had booked the free air promo. We ended up going to a different destination post-cruise for my husband's work Christmas party but decided to leave the "free" air promo in place and just booked our flights to the new destination on our own... we were no shows at the airport. You can always do the same with no financial loss at this point. For what it's worth, when I priced that December cruise both with and without the air, there was no difference in the fare so it genuinely was a "freebie" as such you are should not be out of pocket for not using the flight. Perhaps you can just think of it as a perk you are unable to take advantage of this time around. Most importantly, enjoy your cruise!
  5. We have booked for this package for March 2022 at Hilton Garden Inn Ridgefield Park where we stayed the last time we cruised out of NYC in December 2018. I was able to find the rate using the Hilton website.... select the room type and hit the "more prices available" button.... scroll to the bottom of that list and click "show more rates".... that's where they are hiding the "Park, Ride and Cruise" rate and the "Park and Cruise" rate (no shuttle).
  6. I understand that the cruiseline has to follow guidelines but there has to be a better way to handle it than to kick people out of their cabins without consulting on what would constitute an acceptable alternative. Like the OP, I take (probably) a ridiculous amount of time choosing my cabin (and often it's two as we are a family of 6 so if we are all cruising we are split 3/3 in two cabins). Some of us are prone to motion sickness so I prefer mid-ship and make sure that there are no public spaces that will be keeping us awake until the wee hours (learned that lesson the hard way). If we are cruising together and can't get connecting rooms I try to keep us close. So in that sense, the cabin I have spent a lot of effort selecting is very important to me. Hopefully the OP will keep us posted and has a satisfactory resolution.
  7. I purchased a Cruise First a few months ago to take advantage of the bonus $250 but I was sure to read through all the terms and conditions (fine print) before I did. I am actually surprised that the OP is getting an FCC for $500. My interpretation was that if I cancelled, I would lose the promotional value and that I would get an FCC worth what I paid $250... so kind of like what happens when you cancel with a CruiseNext without the bonus.
  8. My understanding is a CruiseNext would be the voucher you buy on an existing cruise to apply to a future cruise and the CruiseFirst is a voucher anyone can buy through NCL right now. They both act in the same way in terms of having a bonus value beyond what you paid (ie. CruiseNext buy for $125 and get $250 value and CruiseFirst buy for $250 and get $500 value). I did note that in the T&C of the CruiseFirst, if you cancel the cruise you applied the certificate to, you loose the "extra" value. I would guess the amount you paid would be retained in an FCC or "CruiseFirst" voucher (worth $250) but the bonus additional value of $250 on top of it would be lost. You can cancel a cruise booked with a CruiseNext and it still retains its "extra" value when you use it on a future booking.
  9. Agreed! I have been enjoying that show too. Hubby always asks me why I want to watch those type of shows... I tell him it's not to see the disaster but rather how the investigators are able to figure out what happened and what changes came from them.
  10. I find it frustrating when the shows air in the US and then not here. Why are they not simulcast? I used to love watching the show "Mayday" (also on Discovery) and according to Wiki they have aired two full seasons in the States that they have not shown here and I cannot get any info on if they will ever air here... Especially strange since it is a Canadian series.
  11. Although we are a year out, I went through the shore excursions currently being offered this past weekend and did write down pricing for those we may be interested in. A few of the options in some of the ports are at a 20% discount but for the most part, the prices have remained static or in some instances have actually gone up by an average of $5! Definitely need to critically look at the pricing offered.
  12. I still say taping too!
  13. Ooooo wouldn't it be fun to spot yourselves in the background!
  14. Noticed a promo yesterday that the show "Mighty Cruise Ships" started airing its new season last week. It runs at 10:00 pm Thursdays on Discovery. Have to admit I'm curious about when they would have filmed it.... assume 2019?
  15. I have been getting that message to when I try to access the brochure for my Vision of the Seas sailing in August 2022. Just tried to go on to the Royal Caribbean main site and got the "Access Denied" message so I would say chalk it up to the funky IT that seems to plague Royal.
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