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  1. This can be a source of confusion on roll calls for cruises that stop in Petropavlovsk. The visa situation is NOT the same as in St. Petersburg. No visa needed in Petropavlovsk, whether the passenger takes a tour or travels independently. Russia applies different requirements for St. P. and Petropavlosk, perhaps due to the latter's isolation.
  2. Perhaps you missed post #12 above re: taking drinks into the MDR.
  3. I am assuming your most recent visit was prior to May 2019. Things have changed for US citizens, among others,
  4. I had one on Millennium a few years ago and did not use it much. The itinerary was in cold weather, so the balcony held little attraction. For a warm weather cruise, I would consider a sweet sixteen balcony again. Did you ever try a sweet sixteen after your similar post four years ago?
  5. "Newark Liberty International" is the name of the airport, although most people simply refer to it as "Newark airport". Slidergirl provided good information in response to your question.
  6. The earlier poster is incorrect. Status is equal; points are individually earned.
  7. I agree with Micheleata"s response - the "all you can eat" offer is generally not publicized but is more of a discreet private arrangement. They will sometimes also offer a 30% discount as an alternative to the AYCE deal and we found this to be more economical for us. Even though we love sushi and the other menu items, we do not spend $60 for the two of us with the 30% discount. See which deal works best for you.
  8. On a different itinerary, I experienced Celebrity's poor performance regarding visa requirements; for example, they stated a visa requirement for Egypt when that country was not on our itinerary, other than we passed through the Suez Canal. So, dealing with Celebrity and required visas is frustrating. What have members of your roll call been reporting?
  9. This is a topic that comes up every so often and it results in divided responses (like most other topics on Cruise Critic). We tried it once on a 14-day cruise on Equinox and did not like it for a variety of reasons. On our cruise, the long walk became annoying during the second week when we had to return to the cabin because we forgot something. We did have a soot problem - could not lean on the railing or sit on the chairs without first wiping them down. The deck was not covered and we prefer to sit in the shade rather than the direct sun. Finally, on our deck 6 cabin, we were awoken every morning by the noise and vibration caused by the azipod (propellors) as the ship maneuvered into a port. Other posters will refute all of my objections and enthusiastically recommend a SV. So, as Fouremco mentioned, the OP should try it for him/herself.
  10. Have you done any online research on Airfare.com? It might be worth your time. I did a quick search and found this site, about which I know nothing, but here it is. I imagine there are other review sites out there.
  11. I was not aware Chase was affiliated with American Airlines AAdvantage. I know Citibank has an AAdvantage-affiliated card.
  12. I am curious as to why this is a "bummer". I have never seen this restaurant crowded - it is always almost completely empty, except for some officer's tables and a few scattered passenger tables. Are there some advantages for you to pre-booking this restaurant in advance?
  13. US passport holders are now eligible to use the electronic gates (egates) at Heathrow which should speed the process of passport check. In the past, the morning immigration lines were often intimidating because many flights landed in the morning. As mentioned earlier, if flight is on time and there are no highway delays on the way to Southampton, you should be OK.
  14. I rarely get colds after a cruise. I try to be conscious of hand washing, in addition to using sanitizers. I am also conscious of where I put my hands and fingers; i.e. not using finger tips to press elevator buttons, using paper towel to open public bathroom doors, and just generally frequent hand washing. Some of the newer ships have installed hand washing sinks at the entrance to the buffet, and I like that approach
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