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  1. fava

    Leaving a cruise ship

    I was doing a back to back out of Miami a few years ago and standing in the lobby for the last guests to leave and clear customs before we could we could do our quick disembark/customs/reembark routine. There was an elderly couple that waited in their room until there name was called on the PA system as the very last passengers before they even bothered to come down to the gangway. That couple made all the Back to Backers plus hundreds of people on the pier wait an additional 15 minutes because they didn't want to get off the boat too early. Don't be that couple.
  2. Bid anyway, when people are upgraded it creates vacancies in other categories. I was on the Escape last year, there were only two rooms left on the entire ship, they were havens. When they processed the bids 2 suites moved up to haven, 2 balconies moved up to suites and we moved up to a balcony from an oceanview.
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    Odd things to remember

    Most alcohol based hand sanitisers are ineffective against norovirus. Soap and water will probably work better. https://www.romper.com/p/why-wont-most-hand-sanitizers-kill-norovirus-theres-only-one-that-will-36063 I am assuming that the washy washy crew uses the effective kind listed in the link above.
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    Door Sign

    I usually hang a Canadian flag that covers the top half of the door using magnetic clips.
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    Odd things to remember

    Very large (18"x24") zip lock bags.
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    Bliss in the Canal Today

    $148 per berth. Not entirely sure what constitutes a berth in this context, does it include the empty 3rd and 4th found in many cabins, does it include crew? https://www.pancanal.com/eng/op/tariff/1010-0000-Rev20180802.pdf
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    Parties on the Bliss

    There is a thread at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2641320&highlight=bliss which has the daily schedules
  8. We sailed on the Escape Feb 10-17. Just before sailing the entire ship was sold out except for a few Havens. We had bid $200pp back in November to upgrade from an inside to a balcony and the indicator dial said we had a moderate chance to upgrade. Two days before sailing we were informed that our bid had been accepted. We loved the balcony, the rest of our party was a little jealous. For what it's worth we are Platinum and had already booked our next cruise.
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    Norovirus on Escape (10/15 sailing)

    There is a report from the Escape yesterday that the enhanced sanitation procedures have ended and the Norovirus outbreak seems to be over. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2417634&page=3
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    pool and hot tub water

    I think the answer will depend on the cruise line/ship. I have been in cruise ship pools that are salt water and not chlorinated. The pool was drained nightly and refilled the next morning.
  11. How do you switch to Canadian Dollars? Everything on my account is shown as US Dollars.
  12. I was on the Pearl on the opposite 1 day cruise last September (Seattle to Vancouver). Everything I went to was open, I don't know anything about the Kids club. The ship felt deserted. I was told that the ship was about 30% full and it felt like it.
  13. We have 3 rooms booked for a family cruise on Feb 7 This cruise is not cancelled, but we received an email from the upsell department offering a free upgrade from oceanview to balcony if we are willing to change our dates to Oct-Dec 2015. I guess they are trying to free up some room in the only cruise left in February. We will not be taking the offer since some of our party is tied to the date and we are already doing back-to-back in November, one of which is on the Jewell.
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