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    RC / Princess/Celebrity
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    all except caribbean

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  1. Whether staying in Rome or arriving "morning of", we have always hired a car (or van if there are many of us). We just find it very convenient.
  2. We value two week cruises. One week and it seems we are over the hump just too soon. For that reason, I think we would go for the "normal" cabin and two weeks. But (there is always a "but" haha), we have never stayed in a suite. So, who knows, if we ever do get that upgrade, it might change our minds.
  3. X2. I also wonder if there are changes at the ports themselves that would have an impact. Like less things open, tour cut-backs, etc. I like the idea of less crowds, but don't want to be wandering around a ghost town either. Though, I doubt that will happen.
  4. I have to agree. Many of us like to share our preferences and experiences, which is great. Some like to express their disapproval and find fault, which is not so great.
  5. Don't fall for the trap and take it seriously. Better to chuckle and move on.
  6. Way back in our younger days we once went to the airport with carry-ons with the intent of doing a stand-by for a flight to London. That didn't work out but we found out the Paris flight was wide open. Did a 1-800 for a hotel (this was pre-cell phone era). Worked out pretty good. I probably wouldn't do that now. haha.
  7. Go to: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ Enter the requested info and you may get a hit. It won't replace the lost card but you will have the digital record available. And of course, talk to the provider to see if they can give a replacement.
  8. I think this makes sense for a cruise where you will basically unpack once. We always check a large bag for a cruise. I pack until I hit the weight limit or run out of room. I typically hit the weight allowance first.
  9. Some years ago we were on a Princess cruise out of Auckland with a boarding time at something like 2 pm. We were able to drop our bags in the morning. Because of the terminal being right there in town, we were able to enjoy some leisurely time in Auckland before wandering back for the afternoon boarding. When assigned boarding times started, we pretty much ignored them because we typically were arriving later and no one cared. I suspect no one really cared about those who showed up earlier either. But with new COVID protocols, I don't think I would intentionally show up se
  10. Which reminds me, and I think it is related. Are there any cruise ships these days that have cabins ready when you board? In the old days, I recall we were able to go to our cabin immediately on boarding Princess. For RCI & Celebrity, we had to wait for a time until they were ready. I guess that is another "perk" to boarding later in the cycle.
  11. Funny. We are almost 180 deg's opposite. We don't bring any extras like hooks, organizers, etc. No duct tape, magic markers, extension cords or octopus plugs. However, we do have in common with you the transformation of one luggage to our laundry hamper! Great minds think the same!
  12. IDK, that is a tough one. A lot of folks traveling in will find it difficult to show up later. Dealing with a lot of luggage and hotel checkout times make it more difficult for many to show up later in the day. And, cruise passengers probably have a high percentage of passengers with mobility issues. So, I think I probably would agree that having a early arrival waiting area is a good idea. Problem is it takes time to create such a thing, and by then it might no longer be needed. We like to show up later. Many times we walk-in right up to the check in counters and then pro
  13. Not a cruise, but we did a two week trip in Europe with only carry-on. Reason is we were flying standby, so checking bags was not a good option.
  14. We liked getting to the terminal later so as to avoid the mad rush of early boarders. I guess these new rules will eliminate that opportunity. This process would not likely change when we fly in -- even for flights arriving day of the cruise.
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