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  1. Thank you for this information! I won't worry about disposal anymore.
  2. I've run into this problem on the "second passenger sails free" promos. When I have tried to get the rate for one passenger, I was told it wasn't available. I have never run into it when booking a regular double occupancy cabin for one by paying the single supplement.
  3. The only benefit I can think of is the advantage of knowing others on the ship. I cruise solo a lot. Some ships have solo cabins that cost a bit less than the double occupancy fare - Holland and Norwegian in particular - but they are scarce. Some cruise lines offer no single supplement on some cruises but you have to hunt for them. *****.com has a feature that lets you look for single passenger prices and cruises with reduced single supplements, but that is the only one I know of other than calling the cruise lines directly. Though I know of no benefits, I also know of no detriments other than the higher cost. Cruise lines will often have a table with several solo diners if you opt for main dining room at a regular time and I've met life long friends that way. I have never been turned down for a reservation or a table because I was a solo.
  4. I don't like the medallion. I don't like the fact that a LOT of personal information is available to any crew member on the ship. I sat down at a bar on the Royal and the bartender told me my name, birthdate, where I lived, and what my loyalty status was. It opened my cabin door before I even got around the corner to see it (at least 10 feet away) so who knows who might have been in that hallway just outside the door? And, how do you dispose of it when you get home? Like any electronic device that contains personal information, I didn't want to throw it away. I eventually soaked it in water and then attached a strong magnet to it. It did not seem crushable. I would much prefer at least the option of a ship card.
  5. An increasing number of shore excursions I have booked through the cruise line have been cancelled at the last minute - two out of three on my last Mexican Riviera cruise in April. The reason for both was insufficient numbers of passengers signing up. The result has been that other shore excursions were already full and it was too late to book private tours so I spent days on my own. I have used other avenues for local excursions including Viator, Tours by Locals, and now my travel agency is offering their own. I know that the one advantage to cruise ship sponsored excursions is a guarantee that the ship won't leave without you if the excursion is delayed. I can't see any other advantage and private companies tend to provide more notice if an excursion is cancelled. I'm interested in the experience of other cruisers. I have 35+ cruises, mostly on major cruise lines including Princess, Holland, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. I have three more scheduled for this year and am struggling with planning. Linda
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