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About BDRebel

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    Laredo, TX
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    The one I'm booked on :)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltic region

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  1. In addition to using various key cards for your lights, you can also use a business card or even a piece of thin cardboard (think the cardboard labels used in bubble packaging) torn to an approximate size.
  2. Seeing as how the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans already have my complete file, it didn't bother me in the least.
  3. Just realize that getting caught with undeclared goods carries a penalty much higher than declaring them.
  4. In the US, you claim your baggage first so they can search it if they need to.
  5. Customs allows approximately $400 per person to be brought into the country duty free. Anything over that must have customs paid. This includes items bought at foreign ports as well as on board.
  6. One of the good things about Galveston is that parking is only about $10 per day.
  7. I am getting a bit tired of the Western route - have done it 4 times. It is a good itinerary, but I guess it is just too many times for now. I like the Eastern better due to more variety, as well as longer than 7 day cruises. My next one, though, is a transatlantic (FLL to Copenhagen) next month.
  8. The MedallionNet is the internet service onboard the Princess ships. You must pay for the internet. The medallion is a device that replaces the cruise card, as well as allows some interactivity with the intranet on board. For movies (other than those on the ships TV or big screen) you would need the paid medallionnet. Same for emails and facebook.
  9. You might also check out New Orleans as a port. Both NO and Galveston are committed to the Western Caribbean itinerary. The Florida ports offer Eastern or Western, LA offers the west coast of Mexico, and Seattle offers Alaska. All should have 7 day itineraries that meet your budget. RCL and NCL are good choices - you may also want to consider Celebrity and/or Princess (if you haven't already).
  10. The texting feature will work on the ship's intranet, not dependent on the satellite internet system. It will need to hook in to the intranet via the wifi, but it will be free.
  11. I was in L101 on a cruise - the wind is not bad unless you are standing at the rail. Otherwise (if you are standing back a few feet or seated) the wind is forced upwards. The only time I could not comfortably use the balcony was in a rainstorm. There was no dry spot as the rain was forced all the way to the balcony door.
  12. I'm not sure I am following correctly - you are contemplating buying insurance at $5K a year to cover $5K worth of camera equipment? If so, it would be better to put the $5K in the bank and use it to simply replace the equipment if necessary.
  13. Generally, any prices after final payment are for new bookings only. The way Princess refares is that they will cancel your original booking and then rebook at the new rate. Since, due to refund policy, they stand a chance of losing most of your fare if you cancel, they will apply your funds to the new booking. After final payment, your funds are locked (you cannot get a refund from them if you cancel). Therefore they have no incentive to apply your funds to the new booking. It is much like any other purchase. Once you pay for it, it is yours. You cannot go to a car dealership after you buy a car and expect them to refund any differences because they are now having a sale.
  14. Don't pay the marked price. Offer them less than you are willing to pay. Most island shops will deal with you -- including Diamonds International. A 20% discount is easy, 40% may be possible.
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