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  1. Thank you to everyone who is providing information. Very interesting!
  2. Thank you for your detailed response w/lots of good information. Glad to hear you enjoyed the trip. Except for the long lines and the little bit of a cold.
  3. Has anyone recently returned from a South American cruise: Buenos Aires to Santiago or vice-versa? How was the trip? Any suggestions? Any tips? We are sailing in a few weeks and wanted to hear the latest information. Thanks for your input.
  4. Not as exciting as a game show, but much more cerebral and useful, would be to read David McCullough's excellent tome on the building of the canal..."The Path Between the Seas". His insight into this incredible project is mesmerizing, but not for the faint of heart. The time it takes to read will be repaid in spades (pun intended) as you make the transit. Hint: unless your're an English major and graduated Summa Cum Laude, you might wish to have a dictionary nearby. steve
  5. Long ago (and far away), I had my boots polished....didn't realize it was the cabin steward who did the deed. Have never asked again, and won't. Those guys and gals work like dogs and I wouldn't even think of adding another task to their day. steve
  6. we've been bringing our own wines on board since 2000 and more than 30 cruises. Before the brouhaha with the stickers, we just packed our wines in a styrofoam 12 bottle shipping box and sent it through on the plane and on to our room, but no more. Here's how we do it and have never lost a single bottle (I'm sure i'm gonna regret having said that!). Wrap every single bottle, individually, in a large disposable baby diaper (I, myself, prefer a clean one). Then put the diapered bottle in a 2.5 gallon hefty brand zip lock bag, and do it again...meaning, double bagged. Then we put those double bagged bottles side by side in our 21" hard sided rolling bag...holds 10 bottles. If we need more than 10 bottles, as we will when we do the 14 day Regal out of Buenos Aires in Feb, we'll probably pack a couple of extras in a similar manner, in our regular luggage, and just carry them on board. We try to stay out of the naughty room and just pay at security. If the posts about the stickers seems confusing, it's because it is and gets applied somewhat erratically, depending on who's scrutinizing and how much skin they have in the game. s
  7. unfortunately, at least on the Royal, they didn't have Fox Sports, so I didn't get to see my alma mater beat up on our arch rivals, The University of Michigan! s
  8. lamcruizin...i agree with your thinking. probably can't get a reliable answer and extension cords are almost certainly verboten thanx. s
  9. When i composed this fairly straightforward question, i almost included "please don't tell me i can just buy a coffee card", but thought better of the audience. Misjudged that one. s
  10. I know that they didn't like regular coffee makers, but how 'bout the Keurigs? thanx. s
  11. I know that Princess didn't use to like you bringing a coffee maker on board, but do they allow the Keurig coffee makers? thanx s
  12. oops, i messed up....the $11 I quoted for The Footbolt was for glass....so sorry. no longer the steal I'd thought. i really should read more carefully. however, having said that we ALWAYS bring our own wines, tho' the list has improved. I think a bottle of Footbolt is about $20 retail. s
  13. The Dom isn't too far from a pretty fair deal, but don't forget that you must add 15% to the printed price for the Princess "gratuity". Having said that, d'Arenberg The Footbolt shiraz (named for a race horse, as I recall) is a steal at $11, unless I misread that. s
  14. We too, were on the SFO/RT to Alaska in August....the Grand and it was, well, Grand. We had an excellent time and being able to fly RT to SF was so much easier than almost every other itinerary. However, I agree with other posters who say that you can't see many of the great things in Alaska on this cruise, but it is cheaper, etc. If you've got the time and money, I'd try to see Denali, etc, but it you want a less expensive "sampler" you can't can't beat this one. steve
  15. Everything written above by various posters is correct. Not being a moscato drinker, I dunno what they have, but we are wine and port lovers and have brought many bottles on board, paid the corkage fee and sat back to enjoy them all. So, pack up all of the muscat/muscato you'd like, pay the corkage fee and enjoy. steve USAF '78-'80
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