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  1. 18 hours ago, sandj.1850 said:

     

        Just try not to overplan for everyone and enjoy your cruise!!

         

    This is our approach.  We love cruises when traveling with extended family (our next cruise is later this month) because we make it a point to eat dinner together but other than that everyone is able to enjoy events, activities, and excursions at their own speed.  We inevitably end up doing more than just dinner but it's nice that there isn't an expectation for more.


  2. Are you pricing a one way ticket, round trip, or open jaw?  I assume you're talking one way because the ticket is pricing in Euros but the starting point for your trip will help folks here on CC respond with ideas and options.

     

    You also mentioned you have a travel agent, I don't know why they wouldn't be working this for you presenting options.


  3. @ozzienurse do you know the size of the group on the cruise?  Assuming it's not a massive group (i.e. the group organizer hasn't booked the entire ship), then the rest of the ship will go on with business as usual with all of the normal activities and entertainment.  It's possible to book a group and reserve meeting space for the group activities, it just takes coordination and planning.  You'd probably be surprised by the number of groups booked on any given cruise.


  4. Were they referring you to the Southwest Customer Relations Department?  On the Southwest discussion forum it seems like that's where things are escalated (they aren't open on the weekend).  On the Southwest forums I have seen other customers ask about checking bags all the way through to the final destination when booking two separate tickets like you described.  It's risky taking that approach though.  There is an active contingent of folks over on the Southwest forum and I'm guessing you'd get a same day response if you post there.

     

    Having said that, it looks like there are 8 published Southwest itineraries for September 9th on that route, is there something specific with the times that you need?  Have you thought about getting a refund from Southwest and booking on another airline?  Easiest way to do a quick search on Google Flights if time is a limiting factor is to sort the results by arrival time.  From everything I see you're looking at either one or two connections, regardless of airline.


  5. On 6/4/2019 at 10:50 AM, EllieinNJ said:

    Can anyone suggest another route with maybe a stopover for a day or two that would not incur more than 10-11 hours at a time?

    Scanning through some of the flights it looks like a stop in Frankfurt or Dubai gets you closest to your original request.  Flying through Frankfurt you'd have about 7.5 hours for your first flight followed by about 12.5 hours for your second flight.  Flying through Dubai you'd have about 12.5 hours for your first flight followed by about 7.5 hours to Singapore.

     

    I'm a fan of the stopover, giving you the opportunity to spend some time in different locations to break up your travel even more.


  6. On 6/22/2019 at 1:36 PM, MommytoAsquared said:

    RE: the baggage - We have only come back into the USA from Caribbean counties.  When we do, we go through customs and then claim our baggage.  Then we take it to another area and they rescan it.  I know we have done it at the FLL airport when flying SWA.  I cannot remember if other airlines made us do it or not.  Maybe just a SWA thing?

    When you fly back to the U.S. to a connecting flight you have to do this for all airlines, not just with Southwest and not just in FLL.  The Chicago O'Hare airport has a really nice web page to describe the process.


  7. On 6/26/2019 at 11:42 PM, hapster85 said:

    I don't think flights to San Juan require ETOPS certification

    That's correct, the only routes that Southwest flies that require ETOPS certification are to Hawaii.

     

    This article touches on some of the requirements:

     

    "Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) certification from the FAA...allows for 'extended operations' over open ocean, something Southwest Airlines has not previously needed."

     

    "Flight 6808 was operated on a Boeing 737-800, one of about a half-dozen Southwest aircraft that are ETOPS certified with extra life rafts and additional communication devices."


  8. @klfrodo time is money.  The pricing for CLEAR is also easier to swallow if you plan to add family members, up to 3 at $50 per family member.  Children under 18 are able to accompany you through the CLEAR lanes without enrolling (they can't enroll until they turn 18).  Personally we are using the trial period now and plan to keep it.


  9. TAP Air Portugal is showing the lowest one-way fares for April 2020 if you pull up the calendar search on either of the Google air search pages (ITA Matrix and flights).  Long stopover opportunities if you want some time in Portugal.  Star Alliance member.


  10. We've been able to take some nice trips with our family by looking for air deals and then looking for opportunities to pair with "kids sail free" type of promotions.  For example, several years ago we did a Med cruise (round trip Rome, Greece, Turkey) at the end of the season (free shore excursions for kids paired with low cruise fare) when we found good airfare.  A couple of years ago we booked crazy low airfare to Martinique then figured out the rest (not a cruise on that one but same approach).  It's not for the faint of heart and takes some research but it can be done if you're flexible on location and timing!


  11. 15 hours ago, cabin4three said:

    We don't give our's spending privileges on their cruise card,  they don't drink soda, they would probably spend a fortune on  snacks from the gift shop :classic_rolleyes:   The cruise lines we use typically have milk, cookies and ice cream included so kids don't need extra money.   We do give them spending money for them to spend in ports,  we try to do a "when it's gone it's gone" approach.

    This exactly for us.  We've never given our kids spending privilegs on their cards and it's never been an issue.


  12. 16 hours ago, chengkp75 said:

    The audio part of the monitor will likely work between cabins

    @lianaks as I mentioned earlier in the thread this was also our experience several years ago.  We didn't have any problems hearing with the monitor for a cabin next door.


  13. On 6/25/2019 at 11:48 AM, brian1 said:

    The answer was so obvious,hidden in plain sight,lol.How about a sticky with all the air related abbreviations,not airport and airline codes,they can be looked up easily.Every time someone posts air jargon they can put it on the sticky.Saves guys like me wedged in the back shouting at you guys thru the curtains "WHAT'S THAT".Just saying,lol.

     

    I'm pretty sure you can ask a moderator to pin a thread like they did with the acronymns for first time cruisers, see a few posts in to this thread:

     


  14. 7 hours ago, Globaliser said:

     

    I have been able to use ITA to price an itinerary

    +1 for ITA, it's a great starting point for air research.  The calendar feature is particularly helpful when there is any flexibility in the travel schedule.


  15. Posting for reference as I didn't see it specifically mentioned earlier in the thread.  The Princess "Military Personnel Benefit
    Onboard Credit Program" is tiered based on the length of your cruise:

     

    Voyage Length --> OBC amount per qualified passenger
    6 days or less --> $50
    7–13 days --> $100
    14 days or longer --> $250

     

    And the link to the form currently available on the web: https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/faq_answer_legal/Military_Personnel_Benefit_US.pdf


  16. On 6/18/2019 at 1:13 AM, Bellas_mom said:

    Hey Everyone! I have looked all over, talked with Princess on the phone, talked to my travel agent and still can't get a straight answer about if we have to pay for shore excursions for our 17 month old!

    @Bellas_mom we are taking a Princess cruise to Alaska next month and this is wording I see on the Excursions FAQ in our cruise personalizer (I'll list the detailed click path after the quote):

     

    "Toddlers aged 2 and younger sitting on a parent's lap (not occupying a seat), are not charged for most excursions. If a parent would like their infant to occupy a seat or would like to utilize a safety seat, the parent must purchase an excursion ticket for the infant at the published excursion price. Parents are also responsible for bringing a safety seat for their child."

     

    If I were in your shoes and wanted to book Princess shore excurions then I'd print the information from the web page and book the excursions for the six adults but not pay for your 17 month old.  We often use independent providers for our shore excursions, it all depends on the type of activity and complexity of the travel to and from the ship, to include tender vs pier.

     

    My click path:

    Log in to your cruise personalizer

    > Manage your booking now

    > Excursion Reservations (it's at the top menu on the page)

    > Browse & Reserve Excursions

    > View Excursions (for any of your ports)

    Scroll down to the section that states "Show Filter Options" then click

    > Excursions FAQ

    > Children's Excursion Pricing

     

    Hope this helps!

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