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  1. We sailed Panama to San Francisco on a small Oceania ship and it was rocking a rolling. The crew told us northbound along the Pacific coast is some of the roughest seas you will get. Southbound on the other hand is pretty smooth. We did Alaska to SF also in a pretty small ship and it wasn't bad at all.
  2. Don't know the cost but we just flew in/out of SFO and they just opened the Grand Hyatt in the terminal.
  3. If you can afford it stay at the Grand Californian. They have their own private gate into CA Adventure with early entry. We also stay at the Hilton Embassy Suites down the street and book a fireworks view room. It's walking distance to Disney or take the free shuttle. My #1 tip for driving in LA is to have a paper street map. If the freeway is a parking lot there are many four lane surface streets that will get you to your destination. A GPS is nice but being able to look at a wider view for perspective is better. Also, Downtown Disney has The Void, which is a MUST do.
  4. I'm 99.9% sure you won't. However, if you sail after New Years I will let you know from first hand experience. Good thing is if you're still unsure just download a VPN or Smart DNS pay for one month then cancel when you get back. I use Smart DNS which is only $4.99 per month month to month. You could probably download the app on the ship if you decided you need it.
  5. If you are a foodie or like wine there are a couple of tour companies that will pick you up at the port and take you out to the the wine country around Ensenada.
  6. I would avoid Old Town. The Andaz in Gaslamp is unique and has a great rooftop pool and bar.
  7. As to speak to GeoBlocking, I just got back from multi-country Europe land travel and was curious to try out streaming various services, since I had issues in Mexico at our future condo site. Streaming Sirius via WiFI on my IPhone anywhere in France, Germany, Turkey, and Switzerland wasn't an issue; even on trains. It worked just like at home in the USA. Streaming Hulu, Netflix and Prime was a different story. I had experimented with several VPN's in MX and none worked. I used Cactus smart DNS in Europe and could stream all but Amazon Prime to my IPhone. If I turned off the DNS I could get the European version of Prime. Next trip to the condo I will try out the DNS using my Fire Stick on the TV.
  8. Can I upgrade to the PBP from the Olife once onboard? I read I could for about $20 per day. Is that still the case?
  9. I recall if I take the Olife beverage option (only wine/beer with dinner) I can upgrade onboard to the full package for about $20 per day per person, is that still correct?
  10. Fog could keep you off shore for hours in the AM. It happened to us once. There's no way to predict. If it were me I wouldn't. If there's a huge price difference do a cost/effective comparison between staying overnight and flying the next morning. The new Grand Hyatt is open in SFO so an early AM flight is easier than it has been.
  11. Had nothing but great service at Hilton Union Square. Stayed there 3-4 times. Got in early once (10:30 am) and got a room Another time room wasn’t ready so got upgraded to a two room corner suite. Staff had always been friendly.
  12. Nope I even streamed it yesterday on the train from Zurich to Strasbourg using train WiFi.
  13. Currently in Zurich on hotel WiFi and not a problem
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