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  1. I have used luggage forward twice. Once I sent my bag from the U. S. to a cruise ship leaving from Yokohama. Bag made it directly to our cabin fine. Second time we had a bag taken from the ship at the end of a cruise in Singapore and sent to the U.S. We were directed to deliver the bag to the ship's front desk. We asked the cruise ship's front desk to confirm the arrangement. It took the cruise staff several days to confirm this arrangement. That bag made it to the US earlier than Luggage forward had promised. No one was home, and they left the bag at our front door. We were not notified before hand of the early delivery date and had not made provisions for someone to be home when it was delivered. It arrived several days earlier than scheduled. That was the only issue we had. We did recieve an email it had been delivered. After reading the email we were able to have our house sitter come and get the bag inside. This could have been an issue, I didn't like that we had a large suitcase sitting on our front porch for most of the day. I would use the company again. We used the service as we were traveling on land by ourselves pre cruise and post cruise and didn't want to haul an extra bag around to mulitple destinations.
  2. A couple we are traveling with on an upcoming cruise may have to cancel the cruise after final payments have been paid. They understand that they will lose the cost of the cruise as it is after final payment and they have no travel insurance. My question is there any difference in calling Princess and letting them know that they have to cancel the cruise versus just not showing up? (they would be calling only a few days before the sailing) Will they get their port tax fees refunded if they call Princess? Will they get their port tax fees refunded if they don't show up? It will just be a few days before the actual sailing date, when they will know for sure whether they can go on the cruise or not. They also have a small refundable OBC with their booking. Will a check reimbursing the refundable OBC be sent to them if they call Princess to cancel and/or if they are no shows? We have cruised alot, but have not come across this problem ourselves. I would like to hear if anyone has experienced this scenario.
  3. I see someone posted about new safety codes for the ships sailing around Antarctica. Are there extra safety measures taken on oboard that you could notice on current sailings on Princess ships?
  4. We sailed on Princess this spring and we were charged $56 a person for a Vietnam visa through the ship. There was quite some discussion on our roll call about Vietnam visa's. I believe if you are only entering Vietnam via the ship port of calls, than getting the visa on the ship was the best option. There is some information of $5 visas online that is incorrect information. I believe the one person who did get a visa on their own paid more than $56 per person and had to travel to get the visa, but the visa was for a longer period, however if you are just visiting on ports of call in Vietnam, you don't need the extended visa period. We did not visit Cambodia on this trip.
  5. I think that is a valid point. But I don't know how to find out what is scheduled in dry dock.
  6. We just booked 14 night Caribbean sailing on the Eurodam in November 2020 that ends one week before the ship goes into drydock. Is this a mistake? We are booking a family cruise with four cabins, so I want to make sure I am not making plans that will lead to disappointment for the family newbies to HAL. Only one of the three cabins has sailed HAL before, the rest are Princess loyalists.
  7. Eurodam has charter Nov 1-8, 2020 on Eurodam https://maltshopcruise.com/whats-included/the-ship/
  8. Had the same experience. Front desk told us they would be happy to mail our post card from Japan to the U. S. Card never arrived.
  9. Thanks for the photo. I am not a lanyard fan, so it's good to know the medallion is encased in something big enough that I would notice if it fell out of my pocket. Enjoy the rest of your cruise!
  10. In regards to your picture of Princess products you can purchase to hold the medallion, is there a holder for the medallion that is free? Are you carrying around the medallion loose in your pockets? Enoying your posts. Thanks for all the effort involved.
  11. As the orginal poster, I wanted to review our experience with Joe Bananas tours and thank those who replied to my post . We used Joe Bananas for trips out of the port of Civitavecchia. We utilized Joe Bananas tour sharing site Italytoursharing.com which was great. Our driver, Georgio was excellent and we were very happy with his service. He managed to show us more of Rome than we were expecting, as he managed the traffic and beating the crowds. We did the Rome including Guide and Tickets excursion. We entered the Colosseum and the Pantheon and visited Trevi foundation and the Spanish Steps. We also had a tour of the Vatican museum and St. Peters. Georgio also pointed out many sights from the vehicle. We had a sit down lunch in a restaurant close to the Pantheon. , We also used Joe Banana for Transportation from Civitavecchia Cruise port to the airport Hilton. Another couple wished to join our group with only a day's notice and Joe Banana was able to allow that to happen. The vehicles used were new, clean and safely driven. I would use this company again. We also utilized two other tour companies in Italy during our 24 night cruise and were happy with the services provided by all three companies. I would mention that these companies are providing drivers and not full guides. I prepared for our "free time" that was to be given us in each tour. I had a map and an idea of what I wanted to do, some of the people that joined our tours did not do this preparation and therefore were not able to maximize the use of their "free time". Some drivers gave more '"tour guide info" and some gave more "conversational info". Both being good in their own way. However, to not be disappointed one might want to research beforehand whatever information that would be of interest to you.
  12. I am thinking of booking with Joe Bananas Limos. I am wanting feedback from people that have used this company. I know they provide a driver that can "talk about the area" while we are in the vehicle, but is not a true guide at sites visited. I am thinking about using their shore excursion tours to Rome as well as Pompeii/ Amalfi Coast. For anyone that has used this company did the driver just drop you off and tell you where he would pick you up? Did the driver walk around sites with you? Where you satisfied with the information given by your driver?
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