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mugtech

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  1. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    Never got on a cruise ship on Long Island.
  2. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    Remember the pointless threads when room service became $7.95?
  3. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    Right, but what about the February and March cruises that have already made final payments? The law only kicked in last week. Just curious if Royal will charge the cruisers or eat it......
  4. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    No, I also looked it up, saw it on another forum.
  5. mugtech

    Ovation to hawaii

    I feel the same way about Anthem. For Hawaii the itinerary might be the most important aspect of the cruise. Will never forget going past the Big Island at 9 PM and seeing the lava flowing into the sea, the red river kicking up plenty of steam.
  6. NCL Jewel is also boarding the same day in Singapore, so expect a long line of taxis from about 10:30 AM. Last year the Mariner and the Princess Sapphire were right next to each other, be sure to drop your luggage off at the right place or 12 days later it will be in Hong Kong.
  7. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    Currently there are some Quantum cruises to Japan in February and throughout the year. Spectrum is showing up and doing some Japan stops starting in the summer. Voyager has a few, including a 9 night best of Japan cruise which makes 4 stops in Japan. The stop in Osaka overnight is only 19 total hours in port, but the total of all the stops is much more than 24 hours in Japan.
  8. mugtech

    New travel tax in Japan

    Probably not, but there are people on here that brag about using tools to get every drop out of a toothpaste tube. Then there are those who say "It's not the money, it's the principle involved." They would go ballistic if they were paid in full and then had to pay $20 or more. Would RCI eat that tax instead of charging it? Inquiring minds want to know.
  9. mugtech

    No AC on Anthem of the Seas

    And cruisers are not allowed to bring electric fans on the ship? At least with fans you could pretend to be roughing it in the boondocks of the Philippines Sent from by Samsung tablet in Ilocos Sur.
  10. Just saw in the 1/8/19 USA Today that a new tax in Japan is being charged to anyone leaving Japan. The tax is 1,000 yen for each person. Supposedly the tax will be collected by the airlines and cruise lines ahead of time and pay it directly to the Japanese government. The tax was effective this week, known in Japan as the sayanora tax. The good news is it will not be charged to those being deported. Not sure if it must be paid by those staying on the ship. Also if staying for less than 24 hours the tax will Not be charged. Not clear if that is 24 hours for the entire cruise or 24 hours in one shot. Japan is doing a money grab on tourists leading up to hosting the 2020 Olympics Interested to see if anyone is charged for this on any cruises visiting Japan going forward. Suppose it could be in the fees and taxes amounts per cruise, wonder if any of those numbers will increasing on the website.
  11. mugtech

    Ovation to hawaii

    You might consider flying round trip out of Newark, used to have a nonstop to Honolulu and then taking the NCL Pride of America, the only US flagged cruise ship I know of. It is a 7 day cruise that hits the 4 best islands. And a passport is not required!!!!
  12. mugtech

    “One and done” NCL ships

    There are enough reasons to not sail Princess, but ever since I read about the polution infractions I have refused to sail their line. Too many better choices.
  13. mugtech

    Carnival vs NCL and RCI

    Agree with all you have said, I found the Carnival Horizon theater to be the worst for acoustics and obstructed view seats. The entertainment on Horizon was the worst, people singing to prerecorded music. I prefer live bands as opposed to glorified karaoke. Horizon did have excellent burgers and Mexican food for lunch, better than any dinner.
  14. mugtech

    Carnival vs NCL and RCI

    Which deserts did you visit on your Carnival cruise? Why were they better than any other deserts?
  15. mugtech

    “One and done” NCL ships

    Based on what I've read, Epic is a none and done for us. Would sail on Sun, Spirit, Breakaway, POA again. Sailed on Gem 5 times, would sail her again.
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