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  1. I don't know if you've already traveled but I'm connecting the dots to an older thread with comments: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2673922-bags-go-service/
  2. I echo the earlier replies, my personal experience is that most of the folks with whom we interacted spoke English, or at least they spoke better English than I speak Spanish. Usually they appreciated my efforts to speak Spanish though they would laugh and say yes when I asked if they spoke English. One restaurant waitress was more interested in practicing her English with us than in letting me practice my Spanish with her. The biggest language issue we've had in Barcelona involved a trip to the doctor with my daughter, where the check-in receptionist refused to speak to us in Spanish, she only wanted Catalan. Google Translate to the rescue until we got to the doctor, who spoke English...
  3. The press release for Valiant Lady, the second Virgin Voyages ship is here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191119005362/en/ From the press release: 7-night Mediterranean itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain when she debuts in May 2021 Itinerary 1 includes the exotic delights of Barcelona, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Marseille and Olbia Itinerary 2 includes a fantastic sampling of the Med featuring Barcelona, Ibiza, Toulon, Ajaccio, Marina di Carrara and Cagliari Itinerary 3 is a mostly Spanish immersion, stopping by Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the British port of Gibraltar
  4. This is a screen shot from the Virgin Voyages "Choose Cabin" page of a "Social Insider" room with the beds made up:
  5. You can't go wrong, you won't have enough time in either city! We've been to both Rome and Barcelona for several days and loved them both. I am personally partial to Barcelona, it's one of my favorite cities and we've spent much more time there, to include almost a month at the end of this past summer (I posted to CC while we were there). I pulled up the itineraries and see that you'll have the same port calls regardless of your starting point so that's not a factor. +1 about the transit times. +1 here too, there are folks looking to take advantage of travelers in both cities. Have you looked to see what you'd want to do in Barcelona and Rome if you only had the one day in each city? That could be the tie breaker if air and other factors don't push you one way or the other. If you end up with a list of five "must see" things in one city but only one in the other city then that would make it an easier decision.
  6. "Norwegian Air, JetBlue tie up to make transatlantic bookings simpler", this is a link to one of many articles out today: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norwegianair-jetblue-airways-idUSKBN1WW1BX
  7. To fly Southwest to HNL from BWI you'd have to book it as an advanced search, multi-city trip (i.e. leg one from say BWI-OAK then leg two on the same day from OAK-HNL). To get back you'd have to book two separate tickets on the two different days, as mentioned above. Making it back all of the way in one booking would require a red-eye, not currently available on Southwest.
  8. We absolutely love Barcelona and plan to return next year on the tail end of a cruise. This year we were there for most of August with our two daughters and I shared some thoughts about security, transportation, food, etc. in this thread (with more about Barcelona in other threads): https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2694889-barcelona-alexandra-hotel-curio-by-hilton The wording in the State Department's "Safety and Security" > "Crime" subsection for Spain, to include the following, make sense to me, "In particular, Madrid and Barcelona report frequent pickpocketing and theft, as well as occasional violent attacks, some of which have required the victim to seek medical attention." Here is the State Department source page for reference and additional security information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html#/
  9. Sants is the name of the neighborhood so you'll find several businesses/locations with Sants in the name. Here is the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sants We had an extended stay at The Bicycle Apartments in Sants this summer though you're probably better off with the Barcelo Sants for one night. It was about a 15 minute walk for us from our apartment to the Sants train station. A random fact is that MaTeS shoes are made in Sants, you'd never even know the store or the factory workshop were there unless you were looking. I'd never heard of them but found them as part of our exploration, the company has a great story, it's still owned by the founder's daughter.
  10. Thinking out loud, the airlines are always adjusting their schedules so I presume Southwest shifted the aircraft to a route they find more profitable to fly. They continue to ramp up service to Hawaii and the MAX grounding is impacting capacity -- I wasn't able to find when they stopped the nonstop service so I'm not able to guess as to whether or not either of those are contributing factors.
  11. This is the direct link for the page where Southwest posts the expected schedule release date. If the date changes you'll see the change on the page: https://www.southwest.com/air/flight-schedules/index.html For reference here is the link to the route search tool (click on "list view" then check the box for "Nonstop flights only"). When you select SEA as the departure city it shows nonstop service to DAL. Did they previously offer nonstop between SEA and AUS or HOU? https://www.southwest.com/flight/routemap_dyn.html
  12. https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/carry-on-baggage.jsp
  13. Have you confirmed the hours for the rental car agency you plan to use? If I remember correctly then the Avis location we used closed at 4. Double check with them directly as I do remember that the hours they are staffed did not match the hours they showed on the web site.
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