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  1. Tibetan??? Really? Sign me up! That's my native language. And all these translations to English are getting annoying. It's obvious that much of what I say here is being misinterpreted in the translation. What is Millenial nonsense? See the problems this causes?
  2. I see HAL, Princess, and X as cuts above average with a bit older and more refind demographic. All have far less Millenial nonsense and a far more refined approach to cruising. I see NCL as a budget class ship along with Carnival. Cram 'em in, load 'em up, and give 'em lots of roller coasters, rock climbing walls, and other "fun stuff". And then constantly hound the cruisers to buy the latest drink of the day along with the latest picture specials. Although I have not cruised on them, I too have heard that Oceania, Regent, etc, are considred 'premium'. If you can afford it, I say go for it. I'll stick with HAL, X, and Princess, because I feel I get the most bang for my buck on a cruise that meets my demographic and budget.
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    Mercy me! How do you get all that through TSA? Not to mention, even on to a cruise ship. Compound all that with the fact that you're Australian, and probably a terrorist or drug smuggler. (Those beans look terribly suspicious). Better step over here and get a thorough screening. Not to mention the fact that the cruise line won't be able to sell you a 'coffee package'. Very suspicious indeed!
  4. Scooter: I'm sure that a camo bikini or speedo in Alaska will be quite OK if you so choose. FWIW: I am a certified 'Polar Bear' after a short dip in the arctic ocean (au natural). You may be overdressed if you wear swimwear. However, it's all up to you. Men: Be aware of the shrinkage factor! Nothing to see here folks. Just move along.
  5. Additional solid advice indeed! Don't wear a camo bikini to antarctica and don't wear camo boots, gloves and overcoat to the caribbean. It's probably OK in NewJoisey and Ms. Zippy though. 123 Scooter: The best consideration might be pickpocket proof pants and don't try to show off or wear your expensive jewelry. BTW: Where are you going? Might be easier to offer more applicable advice with a destination. Also: Probably not such a good idea to wear camo on board one of the Cunard Queens.
  6. No rules. Just apply common sense. Don't wear an overcoat, boots and gloves in the Caribbean. Don't wear a skimpy swimsuit in Antarctica. Just dress accordingly as you would when walking out your front door in the morning.
  7. I think I just found the definitive answer. On the tours by locals site, there are two pictures of the Sitka port with HAL ships clearly tied up at the dock. Pictures (usually) don't lie.
  8. Just to add to the confusion: I contacted Celebrity re: Millenium port stop in Sitka. They said that it was a docked port. I wonder if there is anyone in Sitka who can go down to the water and tell us if there is a dock. It sure would be nice to get a definitive answer.
  9. Likewise here but we're still able to lift it into or out of the trunk. Just remove the battery.
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    Gut, Yes. That's OK too. That would be freeze dried coffein.
  11. My source says the Tzora Lexis Light weighs 54#. Also, there is a significant difference in the type of battery you use. I have the optional LED battery which weighs 10# as opposed to the standard battery which weighs 20#. If you removed the standard battery, it would be 20# less than your 62# quote, or 42#. Add another 10# for the optional battery and it would be total weight of 52#
  12. There are web sites that have cruise deck plans along with many pics of specific cabins. At the least, you can get specific dimensions for your HC cabin. All HC cabins are larger than their standard cabin equivalents. I found the web site and it is a gold mine of information. It's a shame I can't provide that info but with a little Googling, I'm sure you can find it if you look for 'cruise decks' and 'plans'.
  13. As chicken little said, "The sky is falling, The sky is falling". I quit using a straw to drink when I was about five years old. Now that I am a big boy 65 years later, I can drink out of a glass all by myself and don't have to worry about this nonsense. And on the extremely rare ocassion that I do use one, I'm not going to worry in the least about destroying the earth, the universe or humanity.
  14. I like the fact that USAA covers everything with their Travel insured plan. I walk out of my house to go to the airport and it's covered. Lodging is covered prior to the cruise. The cruise is covered and my trip home via train is covered along with any additional motel stays. Everything is covered from my beginning vacation date to my ending date. As I understand it , other policies cover you only for the cruise itself. I've had a couple small claims with TI, but have always had prompt and courteous, hassle free service. I can't say enough about the USAA service! Book early and get the free prior existing condition included. I've even changed cruises after booking and they will transfer the policy to the new cruise.
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