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  1. Possibly a first time Seabourn cruiser here, hoping to find approximate costs for internet and laundry before submitting budget figures to SWMBO. I would appreciate any help. Thanks. We hope to avoid doing our own laundry. (I did see a couple of mentions of $400 internet, I could not tell how many days that covered. )
  2. Foreign post offices can be a frustrating experience. I waited a long time in a French post office. They were handling everything except mail. Large amounts of cash changed hands, I thought people were paying utility bills and collecting their pensions or something. A Spanish post office had about six different windows labeled A through F and no way for this guy to know which one sold stamps. I have heard that in some countries you should watch the postal employee affix postage to the card, otherwise he may pocket your payment. All the postcards I mailed at the front desk on a Royal Caribbean transatlantic were mailed from the last port, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The first postcard arrived six weeks later. I still mail from the front desk when they say they will be mailed from the current port.
  3. "The cost of the upgrade has not been disclosed, but earlier this year Phoenix MD Benjamin Krumpen said the ship’s first docking after takeover would amount to some €25m." https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/phoenix-continues-expansion-with-prinsendam-and-anna-katharina/ If the €25m figures is correct, it would be about US$28m.
  4. More photos have been added (newest first) showing the Amera floating out of dry dock. https://www.phoenixreisen.com/magazin/kreuzfahrt-news/bilderstrecke-ms-amera-aktuelll-in-der-werft.html I don't see a mid-ship pool:
  5. The cabin stewards are too polite to say that they have no time to chat. Talking to other guests is the reason my cabin doesn't get made up until afternoon.
  6. Great "Live From" thread, Dave, thanks for putting in all the time and effort. I have been impressed by the Lido dinner menus you have posted, they are more appealing than the dining room menus. The steamed mussels caught my eye on the latest menu. We will have to consider more Lido dinners. The food might even be served hotter there. I am surprised at the people who claim to grow tired of cruise line food, wonder how they manage a more varied diet at home. Could someone point out where happy hours are listed on the When and Wheres, please? (My vision is fine, it is a mental problem.)
  7. That is a fun blast from the past, thanks, RSLeesburg. I have never seen 'vised' used to mean visaed. "In her time, Empress of Britain was the largest, fastest, and most luxurious ship between England and Canada. She was torpedoed on 28 October 1940 by U-32 and sank. At 42,348 gross tons, she was the largest liner lost during the Second World War and the largest ship sunk by a U-boat." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Empress_of_Britain_(1930)" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Empress_of_Britain_(1930)
  8. Most Norovirus Outbreaks Happen on Land because most people are on land. 1% of the noro cases are on cruise ships, but a whole lot less than 1% of the population is on cruise ships. Looks like you increase the odds of contracting noro by cruising.
  9. Stay out of it. Let your niece raise her child the way she sees fit.
  10. 5. Credit cards stymie short change artists.
  11. You wrote, "Yes, we got a reduced rate..." The shareholder benefit rules say, "Employees, travel agents cruising at travel agent rates, tour conductors or anyone cruising on a reduced-rate or complimentary basis are excluded from this offer." Seems clear to me.
  12. This comment sent me to the dictionary, thanks for introducing me to the expression and thanks for your comments, picsa.
  13. I considered Travelex and other prepaid cards for travel years ago and found that they came with high fees. While the cards advertise their benefits, they make it nearly impossible to find the fees. They had purchase fees, fees to load money on a card, fees to check balances, fees for ATM transactions, and they offered an unfavorable exchange rate. As others have suggested, withdraw cash from a foreign ATM with your debit card, charge purchases with your credit card. If you want to read more, I think Rick Steves offers good info: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/money
  14. "However, P&O denied there was someone dressed as a clown on the ship." https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49142548 No excuse for a brawl, then. Although, if there was a mime...
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