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  1. I have the Enchanted for March 13, ship has been built and was handed over to Princess in Sept. Now the question is will the ships sail?? My backup is on the Enchanted which I know is ready if the Discovery is not ready.
  2. Hope they tell us before my final payment Sept 2 for my Dec 13 cruise as I have another cruised booked for Dec 10 encase the Discovery is not ready.
  3. Thanks. I don’t use my phone as I find it hard to read too small. I downloaded it to my IPad
  4. phabric

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    I stay for the past 5 years at the Best Western Oceanside, FLL. It is 100 yards from the ocean, bar, $ washer/dryer, Sun Trolley and regular bus outside the hotel, normally free hot breakfast, bar food with the virus it might be different. The staff is very friendly. No shuttle from airport - taxi about $30 and port - taxi about $14. They have an outside shuttle to the port, Feb 2020 it was $7/pp.
  5. If you have £50 note use it at a restaurant or a big store, easy to cash and get change. On my last visit, my bank had given me £700 in £50. I asked at the money exchange at my airport, LHR and a British bank (needed to have account there) they would not exchange for smaller £. I finally found a bank in Winchester that would change all my £50. Being a single traveler, I like to have smaller amount to pay, meals, etc.
  6. Thanks for the up to date information. We get correct and up to date information from locals on Cruise Critic.
  7. I know you have to tap your Oyster card enter the bus and tube. I can’t remember if you have to tap exiting the bus and tube?
  8. It is good to take some £ with you. My table mates from the ship, stopped at a small cafe while on an excursion, they tried to pay with US$ and credit card, the cafe only took £ cash. The man had to go to the post office for cash and returned to pay. I have used International Friends ( see below) from Southampton to our London hotel with stops at Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Windsor. They only go on embarkment/disembarkment days with pickups from certain London hotels, LHR hotels, LHR. A great way to see sights along the way to London and being dropped off at the door of your hotel or if a late flight. I have used Just Airport, a car service, from/to LHR/London hotel.(see below) Next year, I am staying at Hilton Garden London Terminal 2 & 3, this hotel is attached to airport. International Friends will be dropping us after our cruise at the hotel. Depending when you go, Buckingham Palace might be open for the Royal staterooms. (See below) I suggest getting tickets in advance for Westminster Abbey, London Eye, always a line. Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase tickets in advance plus saves time. (See below) You could take the Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) to give you a general idea where places are in London. There are 2 HOHO companies with the same 3 routes. (See below) I would not suggest getting the London Pass, we did not get our money worth. It is better on choosing the place you want to see and just paying for it. Go to their web site to see places to visit. www.londontoolkit.com www.internationalfriends.co.uk www.londontheatre.co.uk Royal Collection Trust rct.uk www.westminster-abbey.org www.theorginaltour.com www.bigbustours.com www.londoneye.com www.justairport.com
  9. I called my hotel Best Western Oceanside. They normally have a great breakfast and bar food. They said presently they are only offering grab and go breakfast and bar food on weekends. Are restaurants open for business in FLL?
  10. When I cruise with my sister, we make a day on the water taxi. We get on near our hotel (Best Western Oceanside) to Hilton Marina, switch boats do that route, then switch and finish up the original route. I never try on see the homes and boats.
  11. Why not put the money you think you will use and put it on your credit card while at home so you start off with a credit on your card and each Britain transaction will be taken off your credit. So you are not carrying a lot of cash with you. Some places will ask if you want your receipt in your own currency or £. I was told always in your own currency as you might get a better rate with your credit card. Most places take a credit cards, some places might have a minimum £ to use a credit card. You can get back VAT tax (not on food, hotel, transportation, for items leaving Britain). When you purchase from a store (ex clothing) ask for a VAT receipt, the store has to fill in their portion to be able to claim. On your return to the airport, with all your STAMPED VAT receipts and items (have to be able to show items leaving) go to the VAT office (leave plenty of time to do this).
  12. I have the Enchanted for March 13, 2021 with final payment January 12. I normally take an annual CAA travel insurance. For my March 13 cruise I have taken out Princess Vacation Insurance just for “Cancel for Any Reason”. I can cancel right up to sail date and get FCC compared to other insurance plans to cancel you have to a medical reason. I wish Princess would hurry up and tell us if they are going to cancel.
  13. We were on Princess 12 day British Isles cruise 2013 together, Wendy and Fred. I think you were with us for the Tattoo. Is this Holiday Light Tour different than a regular boat tour that usually runs late at night?
  14. When do they have the Holiday Light tour? We will be in FLL Wed-Thur or Sat- Sun (depending on which cruise we take) Dec 2021.
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