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h-sar

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    Edmonton AB, Canada
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    Princess, RCL
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    Caribbean

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  1. I will have a car for one day pre-cruise. Will be picking up at FLL after my early morning flight and returning it at 8 pm that same day. The plan is to use the car to go to the hotel at Oakwood Plaza, the Harbordale shops, dinner and shopping on Las Olas blvd and then returning the car to FLL in the evening. Based on this info, can anyone who has experience with Florida tolls let me know if I have to buy some sort of toll plan from the car rental company or if I can get by without? Usually, we're going into Miami or Sunrise if we have a car, but this time will only be in the above mentioned places. Any advice from those who know the area well would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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    Those with experience in ATL

    Thanks, everyone, for your advice and first hand knowledge of ATL. Much appreciated! Looking forward to Christmas and New Yrs on the Regal Princess - for the 4th year in a row 😀. Happy sailing to you all.
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    Those with experience in ATL

    I had first posted this query on the general board and someone suggested I post it here instead. Received a suggestion earlier today from paul929207 on the other board who thought I should see if Westjet and Delta would agree to link the tickets in some way and move my bags all the way to FLL. I called both Westjet and Delta and this was my response on the other board to Paul: As usual, Paul, you're a genius! Did what you suggested and it turns out that, because Westjet is a partner with Delta, our Westjet flight from Toronto to ATL is actually on Delta even though we booked with Westjet. Delta said they would move our bags from Toronto to FLL as the ATL to FLL ticket is also with Delta. They also think it's a strong possibility that we will be coming into and leaving out of the same terminal in ATL as both flights are Delta and we might then be able to bypass exiting and doing security all over again. Keeping my fingers crossed this all happens the way they said. One of the biggest concerns was having to wait for bags in ATL and possibly missing the connection. Now I just have to worry about weather! I'm also hoping that, should we miss the connection from ATL due to a delay out of Toronto, that Delta will be more accommodating for us as the flight out of TO is their's as well.
  4. As usual, Paul, you're a genius! Did what you suggested and it turns out that, because Westjet is a partner with Delta, our Westjet flight from Toronto to ATL is actually on Delta and we can have our bags checked in all the way to FLL (as the ATL to FLL ticket is with Delta directly.) They also think it's a strong possibility that we will be coming into and leaving out of the same terminal as both flights are Delta and might then be able to bypass exiting and doing security all over again. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Those with experience in ATL

    Waterbug123, thank you for all the details! Good to have confirmation that US immigration will be done in TO. I’d forgotten that.
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    Those with experience in ATL

    Sorry, meant two completely different tickets with two different airlines. WestJet from Edm to Toronto to ATL and then Delta from ATL to FLL. Just wondering if the 2 and 1/2 hr layover in ATL will be sufficient. I know that all sorts of circumstances on the day of are hard to anticipate, but just generally speaking, given others experiences there... Also, does anyone know if ATL does Nexus? Was in SEA this summer and they don’t accept it there.
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    Those with experience in ATL

    Four of us will be flying Edmonton-Toronto-Atlanta-Fort L on Dec 22. The ATL to FLL leg is on Delta, while the first part is on WestJet. These are two completely different bookings (insane prices even back in Feb when I booked led to this two airline booking, something I don’t like to do). One in the party does not have a Nexus card, the other three do. We have a 2 and 1/2 hr layover in ATL. Will that be enough time to get bags, deposit them with Delta, go through security (I’m assuming these are all the steps we’d have to go through), and get to the gate? If not, we may have to consider doing a carryon only for the non Nexus person. Does ATL have Nexus entry at security? Anyone have information on the time it might take to get from one terminal to the other? I’m assuming we are arriving in ATL at an intl terminal and then departing out of domestic?  The next Delta flight from ATL after ours isn’t until the next morning, the 23rd, at 7:00 AM. Cruise is on the 23rd. Hoping those of you with experience in ATL can advise. Thank you.
  8. Will do! Thank you. Forgot about the air forum.
  9. Four of us will be flying Edmonton-Toronto-Atlanta-Fort L on Dec 22. The ATL to FLL leg is on Delta, while the first part is on WestJet. These are two completely different bookings (insane prices even back in Feb when I booked led to this two airline booking, something I don’t like to do). One in the party does not have a Nexus card, the other three do. We have a 2 and 1/2 hr layover in ATL. Will that be enough time to get bags, deposit them with Delta, go through security (I’m assuming these are all the steps we’d have to go through), and get to the gate? If not, we may have to consider doing a carryon only for the non Nexus person. Does ATL have Nexus entry at security? The next Delta flight from ATL after ours isn’t until the next morning, the 23rd, at 7:00 AM. Cruise is on the 23rd. Hoping those of you with experience in ATL can advise. Thank you.
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    Mandatory Tipping ant

    marymorn513, may I ask how you would reward those who do some of the hardest work to ensure your comfort during a cruise, but are never seen by you? For example: 1. Those who toil hours upon hours in a hot laundry room (I’ve taken the ship tour and have seen the laundry facilities) ensuring you have fresh towels twice a day, clean linens on your bed, and spotless tablecloths on your dinner table? 2. Those who spend their entire 6 month contract washing the dishes we use for the multiple meals we consume over the course of a day and scrub the enormous pots that those meals are prepared in? 3. Those who clean the public areas, wash down the decks while you’re asleep, vacuum the theatre, clean the public toilets, and... I could go on and on. Do you use none of these facilities? marymorn513, how would you ensure that those individuals are taken care of by you (as you say you will get envelopes to those who have provided a service to you)? I stay away from responding to tipping threads, but this is a question I shout to my screen every time such a thread pops up. I very eagerly await your response.
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    Pet Peeves

    The dinning room (must be some very loud rooms aboard most ships) The room stewart (although I do get a chuckle out of how everyone in on the joke now simply writes Stewart as if it were an actual person who’s servicing every cabin on every ship 😀)
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    Falmouth Jamaica

    Excellent point about the distinction between uncomfortable and dangerous. To some, a poverty stricken area without all the ‘niceties’ we’re used to from our homeland gets painted with the dangerous brush when really it’s more about the discomfort some may feel about being completely out of their comfort zone. I’ve travelled all over Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Have had only two really negative experiences; both with pickpockets, both in two very cosmopolitan cities - New York and Madrid. Spent a lovely afternoon in Falmouth, outside the gates of the ‘Disneyfied’ area created by the cruise lines, and enjoyed the best jerk chicken and rice I’ve ever had. And we were two females (the rest of the family went off on a zip line excursion - something far more dangerous to me than wandering around the busier part of Falmouth 😀). As in any place, have your wits about you and stay in the more public areas. During my visit, Falmouth had a lot of very friendly female police officers in the touristy areas. At the end of the day, however, everyone should do what makes them comfortable; let’s just not let cultural ethnocentrism keep us from some amazing experiences. I think I live in the absolute greatest country in the world, but when I leave its borders, I park that value judgment at the door; otherwise, I might not have had such a great time on my Vegas visit this past week 😉.
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    Bonaire must do

    Last Christmas, when we were doing our van tour of Bonaire, we were so jealous of all the people who had rented golf carts. So wish we had done the same! I’m very paranoid about driving myself around on any Caribbean island, but would have absolutely no qualms in Bonaire as it was so flat, very little traffic, and everyone was going at a very leisurely peace.
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    Season 9 of Yellow Fish Cruises blog has begun

    PescadoAmarillo, thank you for once again taking us along on your adventures. You are living my future retirement dream! Until then, I will live vicariously through both of you. We are doing our first true back to back and have a turnover day in Port Everglades on December 30. I know that you and G often go over to the Harbour shops area on your turnover days. When you leave the ship, is there a special exit for B2B passengers or do you still have to get in line with everybody else who is getting off with their luggage? If we do have to stand in the regular line, what would be the optimal time to get off and avoid the crowds? Ideally, we would like to get off as soon as it is allowed (the shops we want to go to are open by 8:00 that day). Thank you!
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    Change in Traditional Dining Times?

    Absolutely agree with you on all counts and did exactly the same as you, for years, for the same reason. A huge thanks to the OP for posting the information about the changes. Just changed our two cabins from ATD to 7:15 for our two-week Regal Christmas cruise. I’m hoping that, if there is a time change once we get on board, that it is no more than 15 minutes either way.
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