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Bill Miller

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  • Location
    Tampa Bay, FL
  • Interests
    Staying Chill
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, RCCL and looking to experience more.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. Thank You Essie, I'm new to all this nautical stuff. It seems natural that the ocean might heave up, but if your asleep in your cabin, how would one know?
  2. I wondered about this as well. Did the ship experience the ocean heave? Fortunately, I haven't heard any bad news coming out of the area regarding shipping.
  3. Meanwhile this past winter in Florida, many of our Canadian friends flew down and spent the season with the Sunshine State. They were able to get vaccinations. A simple rental receipt proved temporary residency. Also the Stanley Cup stayed in FLorida, must be the weather.
  4. They are open 24hrs. I used to have to be at work by 05:00. Would wake up at 03:30 and get right through to bored agents who were standing by and attentive to detail. Check and double check with the airlines every move celebrity air makes on your behalf. Make sure you get assigned seats. Check with the airline on baggage details. Bon Voyage.
  5. Our experience Saturday, 6/26 departure from XSM St. Maarten. Our 9:15am Celebrity bus ride from Millennium to XSM arrived at the airport around 10am. ($35per person) The driver was entertaining and pointed out the sights along the route. You can see the Celebrity Summit at anchor, waiting to take over from the Millennium next Saturday. Straight into the air conditioned terminal airline check-in area. No waiting. Airport staff checks your passport and hard copy of antigen test Celebrity gives Friday. (No positives for anyone on our cruise) Keep your passport and antigen tests handy. You will need them many times. You enter a rope line for the Airline desk. We flew American and they had several desks open and were moving customers at a good clip We checked bags, $70 per bag. Next, a maze of checkpoints, St. Maarten immigration, customs, and finally carryon and metal detector scans. (shoes off) The process took maybe 35 minutes or so. We were glad we were not rushing to make a flight. Into the passenger waiting area. Simple food options, personal size pizzas, hot dogs. hamburgers. Several large drink coolers with bottled water, sodas and Corona beer. A small Duty Free shop. A larger bar/barstools is in the terminal with limited table seating. It’s true about the limited restrooms. Limited stalls for the women and always a short line of women waiting. The line moves quickly. Guys, no problem for you. Standard airport seating in the terminal. Some folks and families chose to sit on the floor, as flights boarded for departure seating opened up. Everyone seemed to be in holiday spirits. Rain squalls blew through around noon. In the passenger terminal you can’t see people who’ve arrived late and wait in the long lines so I can’t report on that disaster. But it was coming down hard. One benefit of being older is patience with delays and waiting. I would rather be early for a flight than stressing out rushing. And how can you enjoy a last-minute sightseeing taxi ride when you don’t know what drama awaits you at the airport. Two quick side notes: On the outbound flight from Miami, the flight attendants give the standard safety instructions along with FAA requirements to wear mask in flight. “If you’re not willing to comply please get off the plane now.” Sure enough, we back away from the terminal and some fifty year old guy takes his mask off and despite pleas from flight attendants, refuses to put it back on. A little old lady in front of me was reaching for her cane to whack the guy and all the passengers were yelling at him to comply. Finally, the Captain comes on the address system and says. “Put your mask on or will taxi back to the gate. You will be met by Dade County Sheriff deputies who will give you a room at the crossbar resort for the weekend.” The guy put his mask on. Returning to Miami and passing through Customs, imagine my joy when I’m directed by a Customs agent to wait for additional screening. He says there is a flag on my name. I have a common first and last name. A serious stern officer escorts me, grandpa geezer, to the naughty box. A grim sterile room surrounded by two-way mirrored glass. After several minutes they figure I’m not John Dillinger’s younger brother and kick me loose. Turning this into my most memorable shore excursion of the trip. Bon Voyage!
  6. My old pal Richard Fain needs to shake loose some of that cash in his sock drawer and ship some Event Tenting into St Maarten pronto. Hate to see a rain squall blow through while all his customers are standing outside in the weather. Come on Richard, you have the technology.
  7. Wow, 26 pages of speculation. My heads hurts from all of the expert opinions. My wife and I look forward to boarding on the 19th, laissez le bon temps rouler. Now for the real question, Where and what time is Bingo?
  8. Hopefully Lisa Lutoff and our $12 million a year man, Richard Fain will decamp from Dodge Island, Miami, and make the trip to St Martin to enjoy the fun & frivolity of check in/boarding and wish us Bon Voyage. But I expect the chiefs in Miami will stay home and let the companies, "little people," deal with the client passengers. I hope I'm wrong. Real leaders, lead from the front.
  9. Bo knows, when all else fails... "if that fails, see the Maitre d' upon boarding." Don't be shy, tip him out. Money talks.
  10. Try studying. It always helps when I have to take a test.
  11. Manhattan to Nassau & Miami. Sailed on Royal Cruise Lines Crown Odyssey with Richard Revnes, October of 1989. Revnes, a pioneer in modern luxury cruising and passenger relations. RIP.
  12. I would love to sail Alaska with Celebrity this September. Most Awesome.
  13. I like the Aqua cabins under the pool deck for the shade overhang. The cabins are close to all of the activity without the elevator drama. Looking forward to enjoying the balcony soon.
  14. MAY 13, 2021 8:59 PM BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE In a voice vote, the U.S. Senate this afternoon approved the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act that would permit large cruise ships to operate cruises to Alaska this summer. The act provides a waiver of the U.S. cabotage laws. The measure goes to the U.S. House for approval before it can be sent to President Joe Biden for his signature. The Act was a simple and direct measure that states that a roundtrip voyage transporting passengers between a port or place in the State of Alaska and a port or place in the State of Washington is deemed a foreign voyage for purposes of the law of the United States. The act remains in effect till February 2022. The purpose of the effort was to circumvent the Canadian decision to close its ports to large cruise ships until 2022. Under the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services Act, all foreign flag passenger ships are required to stop at a foreign port when transporting American citizens between two U.S. ports. The large cruise ships traditionally have sailed either from the port of Vancouver, Canada, or Seattle, Washington on their summer cruise programs to Alaska. The closure of the Canadian ports and Canada’s refusal of even technical calls, where a ship stops in the port but does not disembark passengers, was effectively blocking the cruise lines from Alaska this year. Alaskans have been appealing for relief because of the strong impact from the loss of its summer tourism. Cruises to Alaska had been one of the most popular summer programs drawing well over one million passengers each year. Even the small cruise lines, which had not been blocked and are now beginning their summer programs to Alaska, announced that they would support a temporary waiver because of the importance of tourism to the Alaskan economy.
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