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    Port Everglades

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  1. Good input. Maybe it's a case of a ship by ship situation. We'll be on the Crown next month and the Caribbean Princess in December and it will be interesting to see if they have announcements on their bridge channel.
  2. We received our notice regarding the December 20, 14-day voyage where we need to bring our passport, which we do on all voyages anyway. We are visiting Aruba which may be the cause of the need to have the passport as mentioned above.
  3. Don't they have all that information already? Your portfolio show what you have purchased and when, how many times you used the casino and which bars you frequented. They have your credit card number and all this was available way before the medallion came to be, so why are we spending so much time worrying about it and enjoy your voyage or stay home.
  4. I wonder if it is a function of whether or not the room TV has been upgraded to the newer flat screens that have different menus. The Royal Class ships, I believe, have the ability to hear announcements on the bridge cam channel and it may now be a function on the Caribbean Princess, Emerald and Crown. Don't hold me to that, but it would make sense seeing that they had been retrofitted.
  5. I understand your concern. If it looks like a surge protected power strip then, to them, it must be. The one we chose is actually round so it won't raise a flag. I also plan on taking the spec sheet to show if questioned. Here is a link to what we purchased. https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Power-Strip-NTONPOWER-Nightstand/dp/B073ZDH43X/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=EDOVN98N90A0&keywords=ntonpower+travel+power+strip&qid=1565005744&s=gateway&sprefix=nton%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSlo4TzEzWVQ4NUVKJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzgzNzg0MVdDWVVUMEtaUllDOSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzI2MTkzSElPR0dZV1A1WkdWJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
  6. This is a good topic and there are some very good posts and solutions. We have used a great power block for years and have packed into our carry-on luggage without a problem. It had three 120v. outlets and four USB ports. Perfect to handle all our laptop, iPad, iPhones and Apple watch needs. Recently, I checked the specs on the block and it indeed had surge protection built in. Realizing the potential issues of safety and probable confiscation of the block for non-conformity to the rules we purchased a great power block that had the same capability and a slightly lower footprint for around $25. It will make its maiden voyage in September aboard the Crown Princess out of Southampton.
  7. Just ordered a couple of these to try out using our previous voyage's medallion. For under $6.00 it's worth the test. Thanks for the idea.
  8. Grego

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    Post #2 is the right answer.
  9. This is the right response. We have done this a couple of times now and the sensible approach is to pack light layers not heavy coats or sweaters. This way you save on flight baggage weight and have the flexibility of being able to remove or add light layers to adjust for temp changes. A light rain jacket is a must for when we are in England at that time of year. Bruges, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Lisbon and the Azores will be better and the TA portion will be cooler until we get closer to Port Everglades. And, yes we are on the Caribbean Princes voyage and that's how we are packing.
  10. Actually, it should be about investing in what you use. The dividend is OK, and the SB is a non-taxable dividend for using the product.
  11. A lot has been posted as to the effect of the propulsion issue. What we witnessed during a transatlantic was a slight change in the itinerary to adjust for the slower cruising speed. The Azores was eliminated, (although we are going there on the Emerald next month) and replaced with Bermuda which we enjoyed. The next portion of our voyage was in the Caribbean where the higher cruising speed was not as important. The parts and equipment needed to fix the issue are not usually shelf items and it made good sense to keep the ship in operation and do the repair when they can better fit into the master schedule.
  12. I like the idea of taking the mail off the door and putting it on the bed during the room turndown by the steward. Other cruise lines do this as well. It removes from site mail that is personal for that passenger and puts it inside the cabin. We had no problem with this on the Regal recently.
  13. I wonder if Curtis Stone eats the concoctions he is throwing together. I bet it looks like a Robin Williams skit as he is grabbing this and that and making a mess. The original menu wasn't broken and I would have rather taken the money they are paying Stone and the idiot that changed the Elite/Suiteholder Lounge beverage menu and put it toward a little extra for the crew.
  14. We are doing the reverse of that this May, leaving Port Everglades then on to your basic itinerary on the way to Barcelona. Staying on the ship we go on to Rome where we fly back to Miami. The idea of getting in to Barcelona a couple of days before embarkation is solid. So much to see and do. You can't see it all, but it's a good way to get into the voyage by getting the internal clock adjusted. We are taking Spain Day tours for the Spain Ports and basically ship's tours for the rest. While in Casablanca we are doing the Rabat tour rather than Casablanca itself. Having taken a couple of TAs in the past, if you love just being on a ship you'll love the voyage home. Very relaxing and a perfect way to reset your clock.
  15. I agree that it was to overcome the industry problem of folks booking tours for the sake of having them in their pocket, kinda like putting towels on deck chairs, and then canceling them at the deadline which causes problems with tour operators and the ship. Purchasing them in advance commits the passenger to make a decision and then stay with it.
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