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  1. This recent thread might help give you ideas even though it is about disembarking and flying out of Fort Lauderdale. Ships disembarking in Miami have excursions that drop off at Fort Lauderdale airport. The other possibilities mentioned in the thread can be done at any location.
  2. Depends. When the Ruby was doing the Alaska cruise round trip out of the Seattle in the summer of 2018, they were not allowing (entrance doors to cabin hallways were alarmed) anyone into cabins until around 1 pm. There was some discussion here about that and we experienced it first hand.
  3. I'm not sure it is still on the Adagio Lounge menu (will find out next July): the tiramisu martini. Dessert in a glass!
  4. Have a great time! Our daughter and husband took our granddaughter on her first cruise when she was 11 months old and they and the baby had a great time. We went on a family cruise with them and her aunt and uncle when she was 3 1/2 and she still talks about it especially when we talk about the family cruise - which will now include her much younger cousin - rescheduled for July 2022 after our 2020 cruise was canceled. Ship personnel are wonderful with young passengers; I think many of them miss their own children.
  5. You missed a much smaller cruise line (American Cruise Lines) doing Alaska cruises that had an outbreak with numerous cases last month that resulted in passengers being disembarked early. Since it is a smaller company it didn't get much publicity. A thread on their forum by a passenger details his/her experience and it isn't pretty. I know statistically this won't move the numbers but it is what many of us fear. The cases being tracked by Juneau from this cruise is now up to 16. This does not include any passengers who returned home after the 10th and later teste
  6. I completed my Global Entry renewal around 4 pm on Wednesday, 7/21 and received my renewal approval at 3:40 am today, 7/23. Best of all, no need for an interview! Regarding the GE card there is a highlighted note: You need to carry your membership card only if you'll be traveling by land between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You do not need the Global Entry card for travel by air. You can request a new card by completing another screen that has you chose a reason but I didn't go any further since I don't need it.
  7. OP - Welcome to cruise critic! For your youngest I would bring your car seat. Airlines don't charge for car seats. Then you will have it available for the shuttles and transportation (taxi, uber or lyft) from your hotel to the port and then back to MIA after the cruise. For your 5 year old I can recommend an inflatable booster seat that we began using for our granddaughter at the age of 5. There are a number of models available on Amazon, she uses hiccapop UberBoost Inflatable Booster Car Seat. I've also seen BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Car Seat recommended on this site.
  8. You spoke too soon! 🙁 See the post above this. And now this thread will devolve into how to circumvent the Princess kettle restrictions - and it won't be the first time on this board.
  9. Same in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We cannot see the mountains that divide Virginia from West Virginia at all due to the haze. In our 17 years here, that has only happened during rain and snow storms. Our air quality index is 111 (unhealthy for sensitive groups). It's even higher at our kids' homes (116 and 123) outside Washington, DC. From today's Washington Post: Smoke from wildfires in the western United States and southern Canada is spilling into the eastern United States and is thick enough and low enough to foul the air.
  10. You're right! I wonder if a new card requires visiting the office or if a picture can be uploaded. If I find out when I apply for my renewal I'll post it.
  11. I just received a reminder that my GE card would expire in a month. In addition to providing the renewal instructions it included: Due to a significant increase in application volume, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extending the grace period from 6 months to 1 year for any Trusted Traveler member who has a valid membership and who has submitted a renewal application. This means you will continue to receive full benefits for 1 year while U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finalizing your renewal application. It looks like they are experiencing and/or anticipa
  12. Not to worry. See the title of the thread: Princess Expected to be Operating Eight Ships by the End of 2021. Hopefully all ships will be sailing in 2022!
  13. I have speculated similarly but not nearly as clearly as you. I hope Princess can achieve the objectives you laid out.
  14. Not just convenience. You are paying for your safety (check out the neighborhood of any off-site lot you are considering) and your car's. Port Miami also has on-site security in the garages and on the lots. For more information, see https://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/parking-information.asp.
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