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h20skibum

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    Western PA, US
  • Interests
    cruising, water skiing, photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCI, Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. I guess we were lucky. Beautiful weather, and no rain. That includes before, during, and after the cruise. I don’t count the brief rainstorm we drove through between Windsor Castle and London.
  2. We just did this in July. If you are coming in just the day before, I would suggest staying in Southampton. We stayed at the Holiday Inn, which is just a short walk to the port. We used National Express Bus service to Southampton, and pre-booked it online. They run every 2 hours from the airport, and they are probably the least expensive way to get there. It is about a 2.5 hour drive, depending on traffic. We used International Friends for our post-cruise transfer to London. If you want to read about our experiences, I did a live review. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2678896-live-independence-italian-med-713-727-european-vacation/ Enjoy your trip on Indy
  3. They cashed a personal check for $200 last November on Harmony for us.
  4. Some depend on location, and if they activate O3b Independence- Jan, 2019 Caribbean Independence - July, 2019 Mediterranean from Southampton Grandeur - April, 2019 Bermuda
  5. We were on for 14 nights in July, and I agree that 80% were in formal wear that cruise. Even young boys had tuxes
  6. We sailed in a 2N cabin the last two cruises. It was a great location to minimize motion, and the cabin we selected was quiet. The only drawback, was it was a lot of flights to climb to the Diamond Club each night. 😁
  7. It is probably a small percentage of people that cancel and rebook their purchases.
  8. If the second person is under 21, it may delay their boarding.
  9. I agree to look at longer cruises and smaller ships. Grandeur was probably close to what our sailings on Celebrity and Princess have been, but January and February is not the time to sail on her. Most of the Royal ships are more family oriented now, and they are quite different than what you experienced on the other lines.
  10. You can check Celebrity perks. A little better on laundry, but only 2 hours for happy hour
  11. You can check the app for your sailing, to get an idea of the shows and activities they will have
  12. Or use a WiFi connection in port Our experience in the Med was, that we really didn’t have time to track down WiFi spots in ports.
  13. Texting on iPhones using iMessage to other iPhones will work on WiFi, but will not work sending to non-Apple devices
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