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Tucker in Texas

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    Travel, bridge, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean gets first nod because I am Diamond + and like the perks. Princess otherwise
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Trans-Atlantic

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  1. We will be with you on this cruise because we have it booked, too.
  2. We booked the Panama Canal cruise in June for January 2021 during the three day June sale. $100 refundable deposit, free grats, free drinks, some obc, and choice of cabins. The price for our balcony cabin is now up over $300 pp with no perks.. I call it my "banana cruise" because it is said, when you get to a certain age, you don't buy green bananas anymore. I might not be around but all I am out is the $200 deposit they have had use of on the float (pun intended.)
  3. Unfortunately, there are those that book as soon as a cruise becomes available to get the choice cabin locations without firm plans to go on the cruise as it is over a year or more out. They just want the camel's nose in the tent.. They may have bookings on several cruises at the same time. A lot of times, the cabins are cheaper at that time because capacity management hasn't kicked in yet to indicate if it is a good seller and they can charge more. Then the people wait until shortly before final payment is due to "sort their potatoes" and start cancelling those they don't want. The cruise line finds they have more cabins than they would like unfilled and may come down on the fare to fill them. Plan B is work on upsales. On the other hand, the opposite can happen. They overestimate cancellations and find they are overbooked. Then they start on Plan C, move-overs.. If they don't work, they will go to Plan D, start free upgrades to free up the cheaper cabins in hopes of last minute sales. That doesn't happy too often these days as they can usually accomplish what they want with upsales. One cruise line, I can't remember which, required double deposits on suites and sometimes made them non-refundable because they were tired of them being tied up and having to turn away potential bookings who go elsewhere only to find they have them unfilled after final payment and harder to sell as most last minute bookings want the cheaper cabins. Of course, those that play that game will get refundable deposit cabins so they have to "guess" how many will jump ship and then, if they are wrong, find themselves overbooked. I have booked three cruises during their June 3 day sale for cruises over a year out because it is $100 pp deposit, free drinks, free grats, some obc, and good cabin location. In every case, when the time has come to take them, the price has been up without those perks. On the one I have booked for January 2021, the basic fare is now up over $300 pp. It may go down, but would have to go down a whole lot to offset free grats and drink package. If I don't like it, then I am only out the $200 tied up in the deposit for 18 months which I can get back by cancelling (lol). Bottom line is that it is a crap shoot which direction it will go.
  4. We go by consensus, too. ITYS is rarely used and most of the time, it is wrong, too. If it happens to be right, then never a harsh word is exchanged, just a "cat that has the cream" smile made. The consensus has a far better record of being correct for sure.
  5. We play a lot of trivia and really aren't in it to "win." just enjoy the activity. We'll have questions we have had before on previous cruises and can't remember the answer, so frustrating (lol). What color is Yak milk comes to mind. Most of the time, if we do win, we will give the "prize" to a little kid which makes their day. But we do have a couple of traditions. One is, if we are positively sure of an answer, we will say "You can take it to the bank." The other is ITYS. When there is a "disagreement" on an answer, the loser will "take an ITYS" which stands for "I told you so" duly noted on the back of a scratch sheet. That is worth more than having the right answer--particularly if it is a spouse (lol). And, yes, we see "cheaters" on just about every cruise be it a notebook or a hand-held device.
  6. You deserve some credit, too, for being so nice about it and not banging on her desk, threatening to sue, etc. As my Mama done taught me, "kill them with kindness" will bring you nice results. I don't think most passengers would have been as good as you were and, I am sure, most TA's wouldn't have gone above and beyond like she did immediately taking the blame and doing so much to make it right. You have a winner there!
  7. I bring a sack of snack candy. Every day I leave a piece along with a couple of bucks and a thank you note for something they have done be it a towel animal, keeping my cooler filled with ice, leaving two Daily Planners, any special request fulfilled or even just keeping our cabin so neat and clean. If they don't want the candy, I'll bet they have a friend that does (lol). Another thing I do if I am going ashore and it is convenient is to ask them if there is anything I can get for them. They may want a favorite snack or a specific brand of toothpaste. The best thing you can do besides leave money is to give them a positive review on the exit survey you may get. That gets them promotions and time off and is just about appreciated as much as money.
  8. When we have had to change cabins, we have gone to the new cabin steward and introduced ourselves a day or so beforehand. Then we have asked if we could have access to the safe as soon as the cabin is vacated and always been allowed. This way, we can stow our valuables and go about our way either on or off the ship without having to tote them.
  9. I have found that you can book the same hotel the cruise lines use for less price even when you factor in paying for transportation to/from the airport/pier. if that is what you want. Agree with others that the Mark Hopkins is great to have a drink at sunset but not really close to touristy things and more inexpensive accommodations suggested and more convenient would be the way to go.
  10. If I remember correctly (and it has been many years since I took this excursion), instead of turning the train around once you are at the summit, they unhook the engine and run it around to the former end of the train which then becomes the front. Is this correct? If so, then the "left" side going up would be the "right side" going down. In other words, if you score a left seat, stay on it (lol). Thank you for your help. I have a friend that is going on this cruise the end of August so researching for her.
  11. You can go to Walgreens and buy a travel toothpaste package (has a small tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush and a cover for it) which is in a plastic case the right size for the luggage tag. Punch a hole in it and attach it with a cable lock or "tagger" tie. Or Wrap it in packing tape, punch a hole in it and attach it. I don't put ours on either until we are leaving the hotel for port.
  12. You can almost always do much better getting a hotel on your own even if you will have to pay for transportation to port.. Even the same hotel the cruise line uses can be cheaper than what the cruise line is quoting.
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