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  1. I believe the check they are referring to is the purchase of the package if buying not getting as a perk, so if you were paying $50 a day for package they would add $10 a day for the tip. Are you talking about the daily gratuities each person ays per cabuin? If so it has nothing to do with beverage packages, it is for things such as complimentary dining, cabin attendants and support crew. There is a breakdown of who gets what but don't have it handy. As mentioned above if you have a beverage package as a perk the gratuity is included, if you purchase a beverage package the gr
  2. I had responded before you updated the comment I quoted so had not seen your update. Since there are very few cruises that leave from a US port and return to another US port, and they have other unique restrictions which I am not sure of I stick to close loop cruises in my example whenever the original question comes up.
  3. Direct flight yes, however remember a situation a while back where direct flights were not available and because the stopover was not in the US there were issues. Don't remember the details but the situation stuck with me. Maybe with more flights now this isn't a concern, or where they are traveling to but I can't say that for sure. I would rather give the outlying info and say chances are it won't happen than tell someone it will be 100% fine and them hit that .01% chance and have an issue. For me I was willing to take that tiny chance but others may not.
  4. Good call. As I understand the rules you need to have 6 months validity at the end of your travel which I believe you would not have in your case. Since you are flying, I assume, they may have stopped you before even getting on the plane.
  5. Are you a US citizen, where is your cruise going to, is it closed loop? If you are a US citizen sailing to the Bahamas, Carribean, Mexico from a US port on a closed loop cruise you will be fine without the 6 month left. The only caveat is if for some reason you need to leave your cruise early and fly home, if you cannot get a direct flight back to the US you could have issues. Small concern, absolutely but does exist. As long as your passport is valid on the day you return to the US direct flights are good. We sailed on a last minute cruise earlier this year to the
  6. Wow, we sent ours in mid August and just got them back. Wonder if it is different processing centers or the fact we did passport books and cards this time. Either way about a month is pretty good timing.
  7. No you can definitely have both. We just renewed our book and paid to get both a new book and a card. It costs more but is doable. Not sure where you saw you can't have both??
  8. If you are trying to get an elevator right after a show, go to the buffet at high noon, want to be one of the first off at a port you will find yourself in the midst of the crowds. However if you can zig when everyone else is zagging you will wonder where everyone else is. Yes there are a lot of people onboard and certain events will draw crowds so you can't always avoid them, but for the most part you can for the majority of the time. One of the things we liked were the boards showing you how full certain eating venues were, useful unless you had your heart set on one spot and that one was
  9. We are on the cruise before your and when I first saw the info on changed embarkation/debarkation ports checked them out to see if we were impacted. Somewhere along the way I remember seeing this exclusion about a distant port, which your itinerary has, may be worth checking out more. May negate the need for a passport book, You need your sea pass and a photo ID in many ports. The photo is can be a passport, passport card or drivers license, as well as a few others. We just got the passport card along with the renewal of our passport books. We plan to leave the books in the
  10. Another that will add you will be fine in your situation as long as you are a US citizen traveling on a closed loop cruise. Exception used to be for Cuba but since those cruises are no longer doesn't apply. We booked a fairly last minute cruise to the Bahamas in January of this year. Went to do on line check in and realized our passports were due to expire in March. We did get a warning on check in but accepted and continued. I did research and felt fairly comfortable we would be fine. Just in case I brought the birth certificates. At the port nobody batted an eye when we han
  11. Links to these 2 reviews, believe there is also another live thread this week but couldn't find it quickly
  12. Let me add my thanks for a fantastic review. Your descriptions allows us all to see the cruise so vividly through your eyes and your attitude is a ray of sunshine. Wish everyone cruising was like you, what a joy that would be. Anxiously awaiting hearing about Japan, enjoy!!
  13. Or a note left in the cabin can accomplish the same thing. We have a few standard requests, ice, robe, bed setup that even if we do meet the steward we leave on a note just in case. Never had any issues.
  14. Here is a link to a long thread talking about the change. Some good thoughts in here from others on your and other impacted sailings. We are on the last sailing to come back to FLL so the title caught my eye in case we were impacted as well.
  15. If you are set on the cruise you see next May and it truly is a one time itinerary I would book asap. Those type of cruises tend to sell out earlier and the prices usually just go up. In the US you can usually get price reductions and or new sales as they come up on existing bookings if you watch the prices. There are some exclusions but not many. The other thing to remember is refundable and non refundable deposits have different terms. As for booking direct or through a TA, can't help a lot there that's more a personal choice. The only thing I will say is if you book direct
  16. Depends on how old she was at the time, 18 is magic age where things change.
  17. Silhouette is still over in Europe and won't be back until late October so there have not been any sailings as of yet to have dailies to provide. We are on in November and probably won't see any before our sailing.
  18. If the OP came here and said "heads up the beaches at Coco Cay have some extra seaweed causing some unpleasant odors from the storms, you may want to plan for not being on the beach long if you are going soon" and left it at that there would be a completely different response. By berating Royal and almost threatening them if it isn't cleaned up because they will be back soon they started in a hole and have gone nowhere but further down that hole since. There is a way to bring up such issues and a way to alienate everyone. The OP choose the second unfortunately. I am still not sure if it wa
  19. Truly unbelievable, I would bet those outside contractors that are anywhere near enough to do such a job are already busy dealing with life and death situations in other parts if the area. Think it's time to shut down this whole thread as either the OP is just overly selfish and nobody is going to get them to understand or a troll looking to rile everyone up during a very unfortunate time. Not sure which would be worse ☹.
  20. https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/a-look-at-key-moments-in-the-history-of-revel/article_7a8abe14-e84f-5968-a5f8-1b1c74e087e9.html No mention of smoking being a concern. I was there when open, it was a neat place but on the outskirts of the main drag that opened at the wrong time.
  21. Are you sure it was Celebrity? We sailed in Feb 18 on Reflection and the casino was no smoking, thought it had been that was for years. BTW this is one of the reasons we've been sailing on Celebrity over Royal lately. Would love to see all ships eliminate indoor smoking.
  22. It's been a few years since we visited Kusadasi but from what I remember there was quite a bit at the port to see. Having said that look up Ephesus, this is the big draw in area, lots of tours to the ruins there, even my kids, teens then, enjoyed it very much.
  23. Let me add my thanks for a great review and wishes for an uneventful safe trip home. Your review is one of the things that kept us distracted during the anticipation of Dorian, much appreciated.
  24. I know the original question has been answered, but will add here any way a very recent example of why you may want to have a passport. Of course each and every person needs to make their own decision on their need. There were cruisers who were on the ships with delayed returns due to Dorian who decided they needed to fly home and not extend their cruise that were unable to because they did not have passports. Does this happen regularly, no, but it just happened with multiple ships and saw the complaints about how horrible the cruise lines were to not let them leave because they
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