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  1. Surely you meant "also partake in the local "baijiu". Some of them will make Granny's moonshine smooth as a glass of cool water "
  2. Jeez, did someone at MSC have a horrible experience at a Marriott property or something?
  3. The blurry residue obscuring the window from about 0:04 of that video seems like the biggest argument against an OV for Alaska unless it's significantly cheaper than going balcony.
  4. Is it the waters between Cabo and LA, or between LA and SF as seems to be implied by other posts?
  5. No, but the flights themselves aren't too different from each other. Ooh, posturing, how fun! Seriously though, your favorite lines include high-end luxury lines like Windstar, Oceania, and Seabourn. Clearly you do expect expect the cruise line to do much more than provide you with transportation, food, and board.
  6. Do people generally find balconies necessary for Caribbean, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, or Panama Canal itineraries?
  7. I was kind of considering LA/Long Beach/SD to be the same area, as they're not too far from each other. Hmm, might need to look into Southwest, then.
  8. I'm sure that sounded a lot more worldly and sophisticated in your head, rather than "I like throwing away money for no reason". Don't know about you, but my money on a cruise goes towards an enjoyable vacation. The cruise lines are hardly doing me a favor by granting me the privilege of cruising; they're providing a service that I pay money for, and if a specific itinerary doesn't offer as much value as another one, why would I pick the former over the latter? Now if I were to lower myself into the mud pit of generational mudslinging, I could point out how the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco...but that's neither here nor there. Instead I'll simply point out that the NY Post article seems to treat the Boomers' formative experience of railing against their parents' lack of understanding about drugs and premarital sex and rock and roll, as well as their later divorce rates, as somehow less worthy of contempt compared to what's ultimately merely some perceived immaturity caused in large part by the vividness fallacy. Then what do you expect from the cruise line? A mere three square meals and a cot?
  9. Welp, looks like it's holding steady for the past 2 days. Just went in on 100 shares in my Roth so I can enjoy delicious tax free dividends and eventual onboard credit.
  10. So just so I'm understanding correctly, it's 5% off whatever price paid, regardless of whether it's booked directly or through a third party vendor? If you book third party, do you need to then contact MSC for this or is it automatic as long as your loyalty ID is provided?
  11. So if I'm understanding correctly: Going southbound from Bay all the way to Cabo is fine. Going from Cabo to LA is fine. Going from LA further north is chop?
  12. Addendum: Anyone ever try to match IGH Platinum (acquirable from credit card), Wyndham Diamond (matchable from various hotel statuses), or Caesar's Diamond (matchable from Wyndham Diamond)?
  13. Ah...does that mean there were two Gold statuses submitted and one matched to Classic and the other to Silver? Any update as to what they matched you to?
  14. What I'm currently seeing is that flights in and out of LAX run somewhere between 100-190 per person, which sometimes results in a price differential that makes the flight cheaper, although there are still baggage fees and fuel surcharges to account for. The total trip time is somewhat similar due to needing to get to the airport early and also waiting to get out of the airport. On the other hand, driving down to LA incurs both a cost for parking/gas and also wear and tear on the car. Does leaving out of LA actually give you that much extra time in a port? From what I recall it's about an hour or two at most? Choppy waters along the Pacific from SD to Seattle is definitely something for us to think about. To what extent is that not the case from Cabo to LA?
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