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About msmayor

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    New Jersey
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Half Moon Cay

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  1. msmayor

    Flight Ease Credit

    I normally book air on my own but for the Eurodam cruise my husband and I are planning for October we couldn't pass up the savings. We will need to fly from Philadelphia to Vancouver to embark, and then home from San Diego at the end, When I started checking prices for tickets, two seats in Economy were going to cost me upwards of $1500 putting the cruise on the list of 'maybe some other day'. With the air credit though, two tickets dropped to just $400, saving us $1100. We could have saved even more, getting two tickets for just $198 but that had a flight into Vancouver on day of embarkation. We wanted a cushion so asked for a flight the day before. We were able to get a casino rate on the cruise as well, and we had $150 in OBC through our Next Cruise certificates... so the cruise and flight turned quite reasonable so we booked
  2. Finally planning a trip on another blue-hulled beauty...my fourth HAL ship! October 15, 2019 Eurodam 11-nights (4-night Pacific Coastal and 7-night Mexican Riviera)
  3. Those of you who have suggested travel insurance...it likely will not help in this case. The flight is booked, and leaves only a small window for delay. Most travel insurance policies will only cover where a delay is four hours or more...many are six hours...which means one would have to build in at least that amount of time to cover a delay in the travel schedules. If the last time to board is 3:30 then the OP should have travel arrangements that would estimate an arrival at the ship to board at least four hours earlier, or 11:30am. The flight isn't scheduled to land until 11:55, so no way to meet an 11:30am arrival the insurance company would be looking for. The insurance company would have reason to deny a delay claim.
  4. msmayor

    Is Alaska Air strict on their bag sizes now?

    My daughter and her husband had a similar experience with Alaska Air on their honeymoon. They had a carryon that was just slightly larger than the stated sizes...on the outbound they did not get stopped and were able to take it onboard themselves. For the return flight, they opted to not take the chance at being stopped (it was stuffed a little bigger with some souvenirs) and decided to check it from the outset. While I don't fly as often as some others, I find that on almost every flight I take the gate agents offer free gate-check because people are trying desperately to avoid bag fees. I happily gate-check for free - anything to avoid trying to (a) find bin space, and (b) hoist bags over my head in that confined space.
  5. msmayor

    Linking record locators?

    Looking to the travel experts here... My husband and I are flying from PHL to LAS in April on American Airlines - it's a business trip for me (conference) and husband is tagging along, so my ticket is on the Company and husband's ticket is on me. On a whim, I decided to see what I could get with my Amex points and discovered I had just enough to get a first-class ticket for him. Thanks to the incredibly generosity of my boss, he told me I could buy a ticket in first as well and expense it. There wasn't a way for me to get one ticket for cash and one for points on the same locator - I had to get them separately. No issues getting same flights, and was able to immediately select seats for both tickets. I'd like to somehow make sure that AA knows we are traveling together because, well, you never know what can happen. Is there a way to do this, and if so is it just as simple as calling AA and asking them to link the tickets?
  6. On of my most favorite reads this time of year...thank you for taking the time during your travels to paint such wonderful pictures with your words. Can't wait to read about your adventures this trip!
  7. msmayor

    Disney Cruise Trip Insurance

    There's a big difference though when it is YOU cancelling the trip vs. the cruiseline. In the case of your Oceania sailing, if the cruise line cancelled the trip then you definitely have a case to roll the insurance to another voyage. The other poster mentioned that you are in 100% cancellation phase...is this true? Have you already made final payment? If so, then you are indeed 'using' the policy to obtain the refund and would not be able to transfer it to a new trip.
  8. msmayor

    Free Cruise Casino Offer

    The free cruise offers for casino players are almost always last-minute deals, after final payment. They are not always offered on every itinerary and it's always possible that the cruise you booked wouldn't be available. They are designed for people who can cruise last minute and take whatever rooms are left.
  9. msmayor

    St. John on your own

    We were on St. John four weeks ago, and toured the island. I suggest checking to see what, if anything, is available at Trunk Bay for you to enjoy your beach time. Our ferry crew told us that there were no concessions at all available at Trunk Bay yet due to the hurricane damage. They were selling water, soda, chips and hot dogs for the people to take with them as they said nothing would be available.
  10. msmayor

    2020 Schedule Available

    It's been a while since we cruised Carnival but are looking at a holiday 2020 sailing for the family. I gather the Radiance is a new ship? We want to sail out of Port Canaveral and it looks like that is what will be offered out of that port.
  11. msmayor

    St Thomas to St John

    Just three weeks ago we were on a cruise that stopped in St. Thomas, and took an excursion to St. John's. No one asked for any passport. Just the usual photo ID so we could get back on the ship.
  12. msmayor

    Is my Passport Card good enough?

    The pages become valuable when one travels to a country that requires a visa. To each his own, and if someone wants to spend the $$ on a card for convenience that's certainly a valid choice. The only convenience I see, though, is that it fits in the wallet. My passport cost works out to $11/year to be able to easily travel wherever I want, whenever I need to. In an emergency, I won't have to spend time in an embassy or consulate to get one. I spend far more per year on a AAA membership to make sure I don't get stuck somewhere needing a tow. My passport is cheap compared to that.
  13. That is a lot of paperwork to carry...so make it easy and get a passport.
  14. msmayor

    Summit or HAL

    My husband and I have sailed on a few HAL ships (Veendam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam) and just recently sailed on the Summit...our first Celebrity cruise. We've also sailed RCL before and were excited to try the line that we thought we'd read was a "step up" from RCL. We expected it to be comparable to HAL. We were underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong - it was a nice cruise and we enjoyed our time on the ship. We knew not to expect a lot of bells and whistles and an older décor (the ship is going in for major drydock this spring), but it was the service that just didn't blow us away. We felt the HAL experience was better on that front. We also HATED that so many of the tables for two in the main dining room appeared to be nothing more than fours or sixes with the tables separated by a mere two inches. Sorry, but that is not a table for two that I can feel is 'date night' for me and my husband, and leads to an awkwardness with the 'table mates' as you feel rude if you don't include them in conversation since you're so close, but don't really know if they want to talk since they, too, asked for a table for two. No true promenade deck either for our morning walks. We like to circle the deck completely and have always been able to do so, relatively protected, on the HAL ships...three laps to a mile. There is only a jogging track on deck 11 of the Summit which requires 11 laps to a mile. Not quite the same thing.
  15. msmayor

    Is my Passport Card good enough?

    Please do not associate the idea of "closed loop cruise" with not needing a passport. It simply isn't true. A cruise that departs and returns to LA is closed loop, but if it stops in Japan it doesn't mean the traveler doesn't need a passport. The passport card may be good to get in/out of the US but it will NOT allow you to go to Japan. The use of a passport card or other ID/birth certificate for travel is only applicable for most travel destinations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Columbia is NOT part of that group. I would not risk my whole vacation on the statement that because it is a "closed loop cruise", a passport is not required.