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About Sirtate

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Ontario, canada
  • Interests
    travel, aviation, food...
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL (so far)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
  1. I'm not worried for their safety, but being there in the rain would be disappointing... it certainly is wet there... look at the reflections off the streets... (the 'almost live' cameras are pretty cool)
  2. I was trying to get the Free At Sea promo... Ended up booking a sailaway balcony (BX?) and buying the UDP with an intention to find airfare elsewhere. But the promo kept jumping up. So I called because I couldn't figure out how to get a promo. She fixed my booking, put me into a BA room, which had the UDP, 3 Specialty dinners and free airfare included. (Or WiFi, I guess) Even with the 20% gratuity, I'm ahead by about $200. Our friend called the same Direct inward Dial number Faith (our Cruise Consultant) gave me, and was able to cobble something like our package for the single traveller she is. Having come from customer service, we were impressed by the level of service we received. We also understand that CS reps are limited with the tools they have, and sometimes customer demands are unreasonable. (Why don't you offer discounts on Friday nights in your restaurant!? Because we have a 90min wait with people willing to pay full price. So, what? You're greedy? Yes. Show up on a Tuesday when the place is empty, and we will throw a free Appy at you) Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  3. I've noticed some shows and such to book, as well as reservations for dining, but nothing about an 80's night or what movies might be shown in the evening or such... So I'm interested too. Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  4. No experience here, but those people who were refunded their cruises on the Pearl were not refunded the trip insurance. Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  5. I attempted to book online, and botched it. Called the 800#, got a nice person in Miami who fixed it and threw some perks at me... I was very impressed... Our friend who decided to come with us called her, and booked also... I do hope there is a commission, or that sales are tracked and fun things are awarded to top performers. (Or both) Next time, I'll just call... (I'll do research online first, of course) Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  6. Beef needs to be aged at least 18days... If it's 'fresh', it'll shrink too much when you cook it... And yes, lobster isn't available fresh to the majority of the population... There are cargo planes leaving Eastern Canada daily for Japan for that reason. Even in the middle of North America, where I live, air freight lobster is much better than 17hr old truck lobster... And 3x the cost... Still nowhere near as good as; 'the boat just got back, let's boil seawater on the beach in a fire, lobster'... (That is THE best, and until you've had it, you won't know how quickly it deteriorates) Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  7. Lobster needs to be fresh... Just because it has been refrigerated live, doesn't mean it'll be fresh. After about 1day out of the water, his energy reserves are gone (he's hungry) and the flavour of the meat will be off... After a few days, ketosis will set in and the meat will taste worse... This is a long time for the little critter to be stressed out without food and water... A cruise ship can't find cold water lobster in the Carribean. It'll have to be flown in from New England or so, and would already be a day old when it arrives on the ship. Frozen is out of the question.... So, it's better to leave the lobsters where they'll be at their best, New England or eastern Canada.... Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  8. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will allow you to enter the U.S. with up to five liters of alcohol duty-free as part of your exemption - as long as at least four liters were purchased in the insular possession, and at least one of them is a product of that insular possession. Additional bottles will be subject to a flat duty rate of 1.5% and subject to Internal Revenue Service taxes. Please note, only one liter of alcohol purchased in a cruise ship's duty-free shop is eligible for a duty-free exemption, although if at least one bottle purchased on board is the product of an eligible Caribbean Basin country then you will be allowed two liters duty free. If you buy five liters of alcohol in - say - the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and one of them is the product of the USVI, then you would have reached your duty-free limit. Any additional purchases made on board in a duty-free shop would be subject to CBP duty and IRS tax. If you buy four bottles in the USVI, one of which is a product of the USVI, then you could purchase one additional bottle from the onboard duty-free, and it would be eligible for duty-free entry. The state you arrive in determines the amount of alcohol you can bring back for personal use, as long as the amount does not exceed what that state considers a personal quantity. States restricting the amount of alcohol that can be brought into that State, applies only to residents of that State. Generally, people transiting through a state are not subject to those restrictions. but sometimes regulations change. You can check with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Boardwhere you will be arriving to find out what their policies are. Most Caribbean Basin countries are considered beneficiary countries for purposes of this exemption. Click here for a list of beneficiary countries (Anguilla, Caymen Islands, Caicos, Guadeloupe, Martininque and Turks) are not eligible. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/424/kw/alcohol%20allowance/session/L3RpbWUvMTU2MjU0NDc5NC9zaWQvck15RGJiam8%3D Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  9. Exactly... Hardly worth the effort sometimes... Although, you could buy it at duty free in Canada on your way home... (The duty free stores along the Can/US border stock favourite items for homeward bound travellers) Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  10. Yup... Not much point in 'saving big'... Likewise, even if you bought it in a foreign country paying their taxes on it, you'd still pay American taxes when you bring it home... Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  11. The reason for the limits of imported liquor is because of the duty. The government wants their share of the 'sin taxes' on alcohol. If you've purchased duty free booze, you haven't paid tax on the purchase in *ANY* country. So it doesn't matter which country you step off the boat with that booze, they'll want their taxes. Even duty free at the US/Canadian border, you could buy a bottle at Duty Free in Detroit, drive to Canada, turn around and drive back, and have to pay taxes on it. Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  12. Nov 3, Breakaway. Miami, San Juan, St.Thomas, Road Town... Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  13. I'm curious too... Subscribed Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  14. Is the Joy foreign registered? If so, cabotage rules apply. Although, they could silly-bugger-it to show the repositioning as its own trip. As long as OP clears customs in Canada, it'd be ok. Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
  15. IKR? Sounds like the basis for a horror movie... Announcer; " Harold thought it would be simpler to stay on board for a repositioning cruise. He was wrong!" (Scary music, etc) I'd call the concierge about staying on board. They would still have a galley or two working because staff still needs to eat. You may not get the level of service you get during 'Prime Time', but if you hide in your room... Sent from my LG-H933 using Tapatalk
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