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  1. We have seen this concert on Regal in June in the Baltic and LOVED it!!! Martin is absolutely amazing for pulling this off.
  2. Sadly this sale is not for us. We already had free gratuities, OBSs and air credit. If I refair my Aug 20 Enchanted Med cruise, the fair alone is more than my total for cabin, airfare and insurance. Hopefully it will work better for others!
  3. I am bit late, but we have been on both Gem and Crown. Aside from my obvious affinity for Princess (better food, more to my taste entertainment and no nickel and diming), I would hands down choose departure out of FL in winter. We have done several cruises out of NYC in winter and it is miserable for first 2 days down south and last day back up north. Enjoy your cruise on the Crown!
  4. Thank you for great idea! Just bought 2 of them for the apple watches.
  5. I cant remember exactly why I bought to singles vs one for 4 devices. I believe it was because with first day discount it worked out to actually be $10 or so cheaper for 2 packages vs one for 4 devices. It was for Baltic cruise and Caribbean last year.
  6. You can absolutely switch between devices. One device package means that only ONE device can be online at a time, no limit on how many devices can use it during the cruise. I have successfully switched between my phone, personal and work laptops. I normally buy 2 unlimited packages - one for me and one for DS, so we can both be online at the same time.
  7. Speak of your own "hubby" service person! Mine is very well trained! (joking)
  8. My bad, Ombud! Thank you for correcting. However, there are similar links for full on service animals My point was that it is very easy to obtain "papers" for any dog and people are abusing the system.
  9. I am not sure how many times people have to say this NOT EVERYONE FLIES. Most "comfort" dogs are spotted on Caribbean itineraries, where most of them are probably going from retirement community directly to the cruiseship. And I am sure the dogs in question have proper paperwork, which is not hard to obtain online. You keep coming back with the same argument. Yes we all agree there are legitimate support animals that should be allowed everywhere their owner goes, NO the "pocket doggie" in the buffet line/pooping by the pool/barking at everything that moves are NOT legitimate support animals in a sense that they are not properly trained to be in the crowds.
  10. Hello all, We will be staying in Athens for 2 full days before our departure on a cruise and I am looking for suggestions of a tour company that can organize a private tour for us with licensed guide (I would like to have a guide inside the monuments with our group, not just driver talking in between visits). Ideally, the company should take care of all the tickets/entry fees in advance and have the "bypass the line" privileges (is this even a thing in Athens?). We have done similar tour in St. Petersburg and it was worth every penny of extra $$$ spent. Has anyone done something similar in Athens? I know it is pretty easy to DYI everything there (vs St. Petersburg for example), but we had such a great experience with no waiting lines (in June in St. Petersburg, unheard of!) and amazing guide that truly cared about her city and customized her tour to fit all of our interests, that I would rather spend extra and have similar experience in Athens. All the companies I can find on Tripadvisor offer only "driver" tours, ie driver doesnt go with you to the sites. Frankly I am not sure we need a driver since we are staying within 6 min walk of Acropolis entrance. Thank you for recommendations in advance!
  11. I think it really depends on WHERE you cruise. As you have said, Med cruises or Asia cruises probably wouldn't have any pets. However, Caribbean cruises originating from FL or NY are different story. On my last four cruises in Caribbean I have seen five dogs (one had an "attention" dog that barked at everyone around him and a service dog that was superbly behaved). None were seen on the Baltic cruise we just did. It is super easy for resident of FL for example to just drive to the port with Fifi in tow.
  12. Since we are talking "personally" I would say pills, since tracking my dog everywhere is quite a hassle, but thats just me. If I cant tell the difference in the behaviors of "support" dog for anxiety and working dog than the issue is non existent. To me it becomes an issue when all sorts of "attention" dogs (thank you whomever posted this for the term) claim to be "support" dogs. And yes, I agree with you that there is no way for cruise line or airline to tell whether a person is lying or not when declaring an animal for travel. This is the true issue here with people abusing the system because of "me first" attitude. I am just thankful "support cats" are not a thing yet (I might be jinxing myself here).
  13. Ombud, I have been meaning to say this, but have not had the chance (didnt want to hijack the topics), I ❤️❤️❤️ your avatar. He/she is the cutest puppy ever (well after mine of course).
  14. I am sorry, but there is a HUGE difference between visually impaired person with seeing eye dog and little yuppy "support" yorkie. As pointed out by previous posters who actually had support animals, they are well trained working dogs that are not going to attack anyone or even come near you unless specifically permitted by handler/owner. Anxiety is something you can treat with medication for crying out loud, it is not comparable to issues service dogs are for (that includes diabetic dogs etc.). Again, REAL service dogs are trained to be in public places and not be a nuisance to general public. And on a second subject, I feel anxious being away from my dog because he doesnt like being boarded, therefore I should be able to bring him on my 2 week cruise? I have seen my share of the "companion" pets on cruises vs true working dogs. Believe me, people can tell the difference, even without a "working dog" harness.
  15. If a person has anxiety being in the crowds, may be cruising is not for them. I LOVE my doggo, but would never think of bringing him to the buffet or anywhere he can cause real inconvenience to people with allergies or dog fears. I am severely allergic to cats for example and would not be able to be in next door cabin to passengers with a cat. Honestly, every pet is an emotional support animal for their owners. Should we all be able to bring the menagerie onboard?
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