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  1. You do realize at the silver level you each only get to choose one of the listed perks. You don't get them all. Granted you will each get to pick one, so a couple traveling together could get one bag of laundry and one internet package. Same benefits as Seabourn Club Member, plus your choice of ONE of the following: n 10% savings on Shore Excursions** n 10% savings on premium wines & spirits n Complimentary internet – 2-hour Silver Package n Complimentary telephone – 20 minutes n Seabourn Club Signature Massage n Day in the Spa Serene Area n One complimentary bag of laundry
  2. There are no "trolleys" in New Orleans, they are called "street cars" in here.
  3. Do you have a friend who could take his place if you are going to lose the money anyway? I had 3 day cruise booked with friends and had a personal emergency. We just called and had my friend's sister added in my place.
  4. Yes. Just give the porter/luggage handler your suite number and they will be delivered to your room.
  5. Yes. What’s App works with the social media package.
  6. We are in the same boat. 🤣 Hoping they come up with some sort of alternative as I have been looking forward to some R&R
  7. I am going to have to disagree with your cheap trinkets and candy for kids. This is not really helping and is done for your enjoyment rather than the good of the people. You would have been better off taking the money you spent buying these trinkets, paying luggage fees to bring, taxi fare there and back to deliver and given that money to the organization to spend on something they legitimately needed. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/magazine/the-voluntourists-dilemma.html https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/sep/13/the-business-of-voluntourism-do-western-do-gooders-actually-do-harm
  8. I am with you! There is no way I would pay Disney rates just for a floating hotel. We are doing the 7 night Disney Wonder over New Year's Eve which is astronomically expensive. I could do any other line for half the price. Heck i have paid practically the same per person per day rate for Seabourn which is an all inclusive all suite luxury line for what I am paying for this NYE cruise. 😮😮
  9. there were reports of a few folks who were on board via disboards.com so it wasn't a charter but yes some of those things were definitely staged. It was a two hour commercial so I have to believe that it was all comped by Disney. Totally out of scope of reality on several points. Booking 26 people with only a few weeks notice and Hazel "picking" it based on a photo. They were able to reserve a Castaway Cay cabana with just a few weeks notice. All the characters joining them for a group photo on the beach. I think some of it was filmed out of order. Based on reports it looks like the BBB was filmed on disembarkation day after the others departed and before new guests arrived. if you look at the order shown right after the BBB they are at dinner and none of the kids have hair and makeup done. I can't imagine they would do all of that and then just go back to the room and wash it all off.
  10. I read your review of the brewery. Did you pre-book your tour? Did they just wait till they had enough people? you took the hop on/off bus for $11. Was that per person? Was that just one way?
  11. I second this option. It is cheaper and more flexible to just take a taxi or Uber to the port. You can have them stop at a grocery or drugstore and buy wine. You also may want to pick up other sundries like sunscreen which are all reasonably priced in the US. Walgreens in Miami sells beer and wine.
  12. NCL almost always offers the beverage package as a "Free at Sea" offer so if you were planning on adding the beverage package to your booking the prices are almost identical to the other lines. While RC and Carnival offer some version of "Anytime Dining" it isn't as ubiquitous as it is on NCL. I like the flexibility.
  13. Seabourn allows you to check it as luggage. I love my Diet Dr. Pepper and was worried that it wouldn't be onboard so I made a quick stop at a Walgreens in Miami before boarding. They took it as checked luggage but the cardboard ended up busted in transit. If I were to do it again I would bring some packing tape or a small tote to put them in.
  14. You don't just have to mix with other solos. As long as you are friendly, you will find plenty of people to socialize with on your cruise. I would look for private excursions that you can join via your roll call. These are generally groups of 10 or less which makes it much more intimate and conducive to conversation. Sit at bars or in the hot tubs, be friendly and you will be making friends left and right. You can also ask to join a group of people at a trivia or game activity.
  15. If you enjoy being social you may want to look into being a "gentleman host" for the cruise lines that have them. You would need to have some good dancing skills, including all the traditional ballroom forms and be willing to dine with older female solo travelers. You travel for free but are required to be social. http://www.compassspeakers.com/gentleman_host.html
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