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  1. We made the decision 8 years ago to travel carryon only.  Just got back from 7 days on Crystal plus Nassau 3 days, and I do have one shirt I didn’t wear.  It helps that they have free self service laundry so we came home with mainly clean clothes.  Going, I fill my backpack with the minimum needed for the cruise if the occasionally checked bag doesn’t make it.  EM

  2. It is not necessarily the ports on your itinerary that might be impacted by bad weather, especially in the southern Caribbean.  By that I mean the ABC islands, not the Windward Islands to the east, down through Barbados which some cruise lines pitch as Southern Caribbean.  What may impact you is your embarkation/debark port being in the way of a storm.  We had a Western Caribbean cruise lengthened by two days due to Hurricane Dorian making us unable to return to Miami on time.  EM

  3. Keep in mind that Alaska can enjoy a lot of rain, and can be quite chilly, especially when viewing glaciers.  Staying out on your balcony may mean bundling up, including hat and gloves.  As far as the cost of excursions...EVERYTHING costs more in Alaska because supplies are imported.  Venture over to the Alaska board here and do a bit of reading.  EM  

     

    https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/33-alaska/

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  4. 38 minutes ago, pgerbphoto said:

    What do you mean they have more COVID restrictions? I thought they actually had less as far as being able to sail without being vaccinated, etc?

    When you have unvaccinated guests, they have more restrictions on their activities and behavior than those who are vaccinated.  EM

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  5. We also left the ship on Saturday about 9am.  We caught the golf cart to the end of the pier where independent luggage was.  Easy to get a taxi to Hilton.  Today we had a 1:16 flight on Delta to Atlanta.  We got a taxi about 1015, arrived shortly before 1100.  I had already checked in online, but you can’t get boarding pass from Delta online, at least for international flights.  So we hit the kiosks and checked in again and got boarding passes.  An official there wanted to see the Covid test results.  Then came the long line to check our bags.  About 45 min.  And then the belt is broken so we had to take our bags to the far end of the terminal to turn them in at special baggage.  Then walk all the way back to go through security.  Line at security moved faster, and then it was US immigration and customs.

         THANK GOODNESS FOR GLOBAL ENTRY!  We started to get in line, but then spied the four global entry kiosks to the left.  Have never used one before, but it is self explanatory.  It spit out a receipt to take directly to the two officers listing global entry, essentially jumping the line.  Again wanted to see Covid test results passport, etc.   Through there, it was to the gate, but there was a lot of confusion about that.  They kept telling us the gate next to the one on the pass, but the plane was out on the taxiway waiting for a gate.  Apparently a lot of planes were late getting in so late leaving, so delaying the next flight.  We were finally sent to a third gate, and the plane was over an hour late leaving.  Fortunately we had adequate layover to make our Savannah connection.  EM

  6. On 7/13/2021 at 10:01 AM, laurelguy said:

    Appreciate the info and thanks! Don't we need a PCR test not an Antigen test? I worry about a good internet connection onboard but I guess the telemed call could be done onshore....

    I have the same question.  I believe you only need the antigen test, as that is all that is required returning from the Bahamas.  Unless you are going to Canada.  The ship offered it the last day before debarked, but we stayed two nights in Nassau so had to get it locally.  Hotels offer it to guests, as well as hospitals.  Maybe the hotels in Papeete will offer it, especially the ones used by Windstar.  EM

  7. More information.  If you are not flying back to the US on the day you debark, or the next day, you will need to get your test done shoreside.  Trouble is, not all testing sites take the Bahamas travel.gov voucher.  The clinic of Doctor's Hospital in the Hilton did not, so we paid again, $22.40 each.  On the bottom of the voucher page, if you purchased one, is the web address:

    https://travel.gov.bs/testingcenters.  This lists the centers that accept the voucher.  Some are hotels and only honor for guests.  The RT-PCR test takes 24 hours for results, and costs $124 and change.  We got our antigen tests done, and as well as the email results we had them printed.  No extra charge.  EM

  8. On 7/17/2021 at 3:01 AM, Roel94 said:

    Last thing I want to do. I want a hard copy of  my results. If WiFi does not work I can read a book.

    If you do not have a device to connect to wifi, or choose not to, you will not get notified of results.  So after a suitable period of time, ten to 15 minutes, go to the desk at the rear of the room, where everyone is going to get their blue wristband, and they will look it up for you.  Once you have that wristband, noone ever asks again, to see anything.  I don't think anyone scanned the code on the health visa, but a lot of people looked at it.  EM

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  9. This sign is outside the Hilton, inside, too.  They seem to be attached to the Hilton.  I know all RCI people are getting their pre-cruise test done there, as this is where they check in.  The man said they charge $24 and across the street does the tests, too, and charge $22.  I didn't ask about the PCR test cost, but will today.  I suggest anyone staying in a different hotel message them and ask if they do the test.  Suspect most of the large hotels will, or can tell you where to get it done close by.

     

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    Note they have a website, and a web address to get the results.  EM

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  10. 12 hours ago, lookitsmikel said:

    Every hotel I’ve stayed in for the past year has had the coffee maker removed. I’m sure if they did intend on having them, this was just another Covid precaution. 

    I’m sitting in my bed in the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, staring at a little Cuisinart coffee maker.  Does not use pods.  They have, however, disabled all the ice makers due to COVID.  You now have to go down to the bar to get ice.  Room service doesn’t bring it.  EM

  11. Interior with window is usually a forward facing cabin with a large picture window that overlooks a walkway in front of it.  It is considered obstructed and therefore classified as interior.  For more info ask on the Carnival board here, and include the cabin numbers you are considering.  Be careful, because the larger corner cabins are handicapped accessible, and the four larger ones on deck 10 also.  EM

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