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  1. Hello Andy I am on the same cruise. I have never been on a new years cruise either and am looking forward to hear the replies from your post.
  2. If you arrive on time you should be good. I caught the coach to/from Heathrow this year on the last week of June with no problem. The bus took about 2 HR 30. It was also about 15 minutes late. The bus terminal is a very quick and cheap ride (Uber) direct to the cruise terminal. If you were considering public transport be sure to buy your tickets in advance. I would avoid the trains as you would have to cross London with your luggage. Not a good idea if on a tight schedule.
  3. My Aunt and I travelled on the Venturer for two weeks this summer, neither of us had problems with the curtains. The water stayed in the basin, this the biggest issue I find with shower curtains, water all over the bathroom floor. I also used the Gym a good few times, their showers had proper glass doors. If you truly have a problem this might be a solution for you. I really loved the Venturer, so much so that we are going on another cruise on her.
  4. One of my Aunts was born in 1939, my grandfather was overseas working, she was born at home, my granny was too busy to register her so she never had a birth certificate. She had no problem with out it until she wanted a passport to travel. She had to get a letter from her Bishop stating her baptism notice and confirmation was genuine. That was how how she got her first passport.
  5. Hello, typically you don't tip maids or cleaning staff in Europe. I have never tipped a concierge in Europe, but I have only ever used them to call a taxi for me or asking for information about local attractions. I would class this as being part of their job description. I don't know what would be classed above and beyond or how much to tip.
  6. The shoes in original photo are sandals not flip-flops. Just because they have a toe thing does not make them flip-flops. Flip-flops are plastic/rubber shoes that are worn in shower/pool/beach.
  7. Also before purchasing tickets I would check the prices directly from the theater. For the really popular show they don't always have discounts tickets and third party sellers can charge above the face value of the ticket.
  8. By the way this not a forgone conclusion that they are not covered by their insurance. I do make a habit of reading the small print. There is usually some coverage of unavoidably delays. They should check it out. This can be car breaking down or strikes, all sorts of things. The difficulty now if they were covered, they have to prove that they left their home in plenty of time to catch the ship. This is easier if they know beforehand about this cover and what they need to prove it example record of Sat nav. They would need to show traffic details probably from a site like 'AA'. This is not an easy process, but don't automatically assume that you are not covered for some sort of reimbursement.
  9. Thanks for the reply I never use the mini-bar and didn't remember the fridge be empty
  10. She was told they had to remove the alcohol since the elite member was a minor. They were very apologetic but mom was fine with it since she doesn’t drink anyway and wasn’t expecting I have never taken anything from the fridge and only travelled with a minor once but is it normal policy to remove alcohol from the fridges when minors room?
  11. Where are you flying to? As it 2 hours before hand to Europe, but 3 hours if going to the US. It is my experience that the check-in desks /bag drop opens exactly on the 2hr/3hr check in limit and not before. Also just check the average travel time in the cab for the airport for the time and day. Also Barcelona has a bit of a strange arrangement in that you go through security to where the shops & restaurants are and then you queue again to go through passport control. Be warned they don't let you skip ahead of the passport line even if it looks like you might miss your flight. Also there are two official Barcelona airports one is close to the city and one is 1 to 2 hours away, make sure you know which one you are flying to.
  12. Taxis are pretty expensive from the city but if there was 4 of you to share the cost not to bad. There would be loads of taxis so it would not be difficult. But depending on the day of the week you may have to book a restaurant in advance.
  13. I ways stay in South Beach. I love the buzz. Plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, etc
  14. This is done in the US all the time. I have read dozens of reports about US citizens and foreign nationals having their phones and laptops (even work ones) threatened with jail of expulsion unless they hand over their phone details.
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