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About disneykins

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    London, Ontario, Canada
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  1. disneykins

    Bringing wine on board

    What does NCL do if you bring a bottle of wine on board? Confiscate it and return at end of cruise? Confiscate it and keep it? Charge you a corkage fee, whether you open it or not? The reason I ask is we have an occasion after our cruise that we have a special bottle of wine for, so we want to take it onboard and bring it off the ship with us after the cruise. Thanks, Tony
  2. disneykins

    Bringing wine on board

    What does MSC do if you bring on a bottle of wine? Charge a corkage fee? Confiscate it and return it to you at trips end? Take it and not return it to you? We have an occasion after the cruise that we have a special bottle of wine for, so we want to take it on board and bring it off with us after the cruise. Should we put it in carry on or checked luggage? Thanks, Tony
  3. disneykins

    NYC overnight

    Thanks for the replies. Bummed that we'll miss the parade but it would mess up everything else with closures and crowds. Thinking of skipping the 9/11 museum, maybe just do the memorial and then over to South Street Seaport and try for tickets. Of course if we get matinee tickets, we'll probably have to skip the Natural History museum. I'm sure we'll find somewhere to celebrate our Irish heritage on Sunday evening.
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    NYC overnight

    We are in NYC overnight as a port stop on MSC Divina Sunday March 17, 9am departing March 18 at 6pm. We plan to DIY by subway to the 9/11 memorial and maybe the museum. Then head uptown to Times Square to try for cheap play tickets. Then continue by subway to Museum of Natural History. It closes at 5:45 and we will head back to mid town to eat before going to a show if were able to get tickets. On the Monday we plan on walking to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum which is quite close to where we dock. Is this worth doing? Its $33 each but it seems like there are a lot of extra charges to see inside the Concorde or the submarine. Are we trying to do too much? We have done the Statue and St. Patricks and 5th Ave and Central Park, Empire State building, Park Plaza, etc. on previous visits so we feel quite comfortable getting around Manhattan. Just not sure if we might not have time to enjoy what we have planned. Thanks for any insight. Tony
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    Lisbon...Sintra or Belem?

    We arrive in Lisbon at 9 am and stay overnight in port. We went to Belem, Monastery do Jeronimo and the statue of the Discoveries on a previous cruise stop, so we think we will try to get to Sintra on our own. We think we can walk from the port to the Rossio train station and take the train to Sintra (2.25 euros each way) and then catch the 434 tourist bus (6.90 euros) outside the station to take us to Pena Palace. Is this a hop on hop off type bus or is it a separate fare for each trip? Am I right that this will eliminate some (but not all) of the hills? After Pena we want to go to Quinta da Regaleira. Is this a short walk or can we hop on the 434 bus to take us there? Or is that a different bus? Then we would spend some time in the old part of Sintra before taking the same train back to Rossio station and visit the Elevador Santa Justa. Do we have time to do all this? Is there anything else we should do when in Sintra? Thanks. Tony
  6. disneykins

    Uber Novice

    The "other site" tells me that Uber is $24 so I figured not worth it. Driving myself crazy trying to save 5 or 10 bucks on a $5,000 vacation. I need that vacation lol.
  7. disneykins

    Uber Novice

    New to Uber too and don't think it will be worth it for us. We need to get from port of Miami to MIA after cruise. We don't use our cell phones when in US (we are Canadian) because of roaming charges so we have no way of calling for Uber. We could turn on our data to book Uber but wouldn't the roaming charges negate any savings over using a taxi. And a taxi is always going to be easier to use since they are lined up right outside the door. Am I missing something? Like I said I'm new to this and would like to find a cheaper way. Tony
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    Getting from Port Canaveral to Port of Miami

    We are doing this in reverse on Feb. 23. We checked Tri rail, flights, uber, and settled on rental car even thought we don't really want to drive ourselves. Picking up car at MIA and dropping in Port Canaveral, $57 USD. We booked through Expedia with Hertz, but cant seem to find out if they have a free shuttle from Port of Miami to Miami airport to pick up the car. I know I have seen shuttles circling the port but do they go to the airport? Is there a charge? If not, whats our best best (cheapest) way to get to the airport. Thanks, Tony
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    on board service charges

    On the Canadian website, it says to pre-pay the service charges is $19.41 CAD per day per person. How much is it to pay onboard in USD? Just wondering if I should pre-pay in CAD or pay onboard in USD and pay the exchange rate. I know its only a buck or 2 difference per day but we're at sea 48 days and our service charges are well over $1000. ouch . Tony
  10. We are considering pre-paying our service charges because we can do it in Canadian dollars and avoid the exchange rate if we pay on board. My question is: if we pre-pay the service charges do we have any way of cutting them once we are onboard (in the unlikely event that service is so bad that we would cut them). We have never pre-paid them before and have never cut them either, just want to have the option if necessary. Thanks, Tony
  11. Just finished reading your previous thread about Greece and linked to this one. Looking forward to your updated ideas. We are on NCL Spirit in April doing Athens, Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini. We did a day in Athens on a previous cruise but first time to the other islands. Thanks for all your detailed reviews and the great eye candy. Tony and Debbie
  12. disneykins

    Livorno port to Pisa and Lucca

    Thanks mom, I'll check out the link. We are on NCL so maybe the shuttle will be easiest as long as its not too much.
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    Livorno port to Pisa and Lucca

    We want to DIY by train to Pisa and Lucca from Livorno in April. We have the train schedules all figured out but cant find any info on getting from the ship to Livorno Centrale station. It looks like a long walk. Is there a ship shuttle? And what does it cost? Thanks, Tony
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    Platinum question

    We are on the Spirit in April and they don't have a Moderno or La Cucina. We will get a choice of Cagneys or Le Bistro for one voucher with wine, but what will the other voucher be? We are both Platinum Plus. Thanks, Tony
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    Naples/Capri concern

    Thanks I'll check that out.