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    $$ Issues with RCI.

    Perhaps she quit posting because she lied to the reporter about her own credentials and expertise. She said in the article she is a "travel agent" and some type of certified Royal expert, which there is no such designation. Glad she got her money back but she didn't come off looking good herself in the article.
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    $$ Issues with RCI.

    I read this story on Elliott - why on earth did the woman who posted here tell Elliott she was a travel agent? She bought into an MLM scheme - she is no travel agent. And she also claimed in her story she is a certified Royal Caribbean expert which is untrue. Why lie to whoever did the story on Elliott? Happy you received your money back from the unscrupulous "agent" (who is no more an agent than you are- she is a pyramid scheme saleswomen) but by lying you made it seem you two were in cahoots together. Maybe the bad publicity will put Amy out of business if she is playing with other people's money like this. I would hope the agency she is working through would throw her out for what she pulled.
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    China visa

    Columnist Christopher Elliott, who has a website I follow, contacted Princess on behalf of two people who wrote for help on this subject. The visa is needed, they claim the 144 hour thing doesn't apply. Read the last page. http://forum.elliott.org/threads/princess-refuses-to-honor-144-hour-visa-free-transit-in-shanghai.3569/#post-44619
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    Princess should pay for China visa screw-up

    When they speak about transit visa, it usually means you are first getting on the ship in Shanghai, or you are permanently disembarking in Shanghai within 144 hours. If the cruise begins or ends in Shanghai, and you are arriving or leaving within 144 hours, before or after the cruise (arriving or leaving of different flights or cruise ships) you meet those requirements. If you are merely making a port stop in Shanghai and entering and departing on the same ship, it might not fit the law as it reads. I believe that is where the confusion might be.
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    MY bag was STOLEN from in front of my cabin

    I think you should pursue this with NCL. Their lapse let these guys get off the ship when they should have been arrested. Being nice doesn't mean they shouldn't be held responsible for not doing their job. This can happen to anyone and if you allow them to get away with doing nothing, you are allowing it to happen to someone else. Please pursue this with NCL. They may pay you just to keep you quiet.
  6. [quote name='bedazzler']I did purchase the cruise insurance through Royal Caribbean. After talking with them on the phone/guest services for hours (and racking up a $400 phone bill charged to the room - which thankfully is free since everyone had to change their plans) nobody could tell me that it was covered...just that it would be covered if I had purchased airfare through RCCL, which I didn't because I had FF points.[/QUOTE] When you get home, file a claim with the insurance company for trip interruption. Royal used to brag that their insurance covers air even if you booked on your own. If that has changed I don't recall seeing anything announced. The worst they can do is deny the claim and the best is they will reimburse you.
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    Live...mostly...from Anthem

    These poor passengers. I am in NY and we have the storm here now that they just sailed through. Thankfully the wind is nothing like those onboard experienced. I think no one should be second guessing the Captain and RCCL. They would never knowingly put 5,000 passengers in harms way. And some of the descriptions of the listing, I totally get. We were on Freedom of the Seas and got caught in wind during a tropical storm. I woke up rolling off the bed and watching everything flying off the desks and shelves and the luggage in the hallway falling down. I was terrified and woke up my husband saying the ship was going to tip over. He was in the Navy, woke up and said "it's a 5 degree roll, go back to sleep". The Captain came on the loudspeakers after he righted the ship, said we got caught on the wind and took a 5 degree roll. So what Seemed to me for sure to be at least 45 degrees was far from it. Glad everyone is safe but the news is still reporting the ship is going to Florida. Thanks to all who are updating us and glad you are all safe. You'll have a cruise to talk about for the rest of your lives. But we should stop being Mondsy morning quarterbacks and not second guess what has happened on board.
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    Tauck - first thoughts after return

    Thank you Louise, that is the exact cabin I have booked for Oct. 2016. But you had the full view from both windows. Spoke to a 3rd rep today who told me that the glass rolls all the way open for two panes. Obviously two of the three were wrong and haven't seen the ships. Thank you for your true information.
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    Tauck - first thoughts after return

    Can you tell m e what cabin category you had? I am traveling in a Cat. 6 on 2016 and I am getting conflicting information if the full wall of glass (2 panes) on the Savor open. One rep. said only one pane opens, another says both slide to fully open.
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    NCL Policy when prices drop after final payment?

    What ultimatum can you give the TA? You certainly can't cancel or you will lose your deposit. OP said the travel agent asked for quotes from the roll call on discounts passengers were receiving - if that is the case, that sounds like the TA wanted it to show NCL what others CLAIM they have gotten. NCL's policy is that they will honor a lower price if you find it within 48 hours of booking. Anything they offer beyond that is a gift. OP was offered an upgrade and refused it - NCL doesn't owe anything more. This is the chance you take booking early - getting an early price (which you should ALWAYS re-check before you make your final payment to make sure prices haven't dropped) and the cabin of your choice, or waiting until after final payment to see if prices drop and getting stuck with a lousy cabin. In my experiences, every cruise I have ever gone on has had a price INCREASE after I booked early, never a decrease. If you were happy with the price you originally paid for your cruise, just go. TA's that may be able to get an OBC for a client may be with a company that books so much NCL that NCL will bend over backwards for that particular agencies clients. Not every agency is large enough to be favored by every cruise like they book. Those are the agencies that can work wonders for their clients - and more agencies CAN'T get those perks than can.
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    Rome After Dark

    I did a night bus tour and it was awful. The bus never slowed down to take pictures and we spent an hour waiting for everyone who had tickets to get on the bus to leave. Ours was with Carrani Tours and I would never use them again. The actual tour was an hour and a half. Get tickets for acHop On Hop Off bus but check the last bus time. Rome is too big to see everything in one night if you plan on walking.
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    Is this do-able from Cannes?

    We did a private excursion that went to most of the places you want to go plus Monte Carlo and Monaco. It was all day and we loved it. This is the company we used and Michel was our driver: [FONT=verdana][B][I][URL]http://frenchrivierasightseeing-tourguide.com/[/URL] [/I][/B][/FONT][FONT=verdana, helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=3][/SIZE][/FONT]
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    Cannes to Eze Village

    We did a private tour this past fall with Michel from Exclusive Riviera Tours. Picked us up at the port, went to St. Paul de Vence, Eze and then on to Monte Carlo and Monaco. If you did a tour by yourselves, he will customize it. He was delightful and we got so much in to see in one day it was amazing. Here is his website : http://frenchrivierasightseeing-tourguide.com/
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    New to NCL, please help with a few quick questions.

    Before you look for a ship, you need to determine where you want to go. What itineraries are you interested in? Once you tell us that, we can recommend ships.
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    Specialty Restaurant Poll???

    We loved Moderno. Food was great and the experience was fun. Usually love LeBistro but found very different experiences on different ships. Had no problem with LeBistro on the Epic but it was horribly salty on the Gem.