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  1. WS always had a “classics” section on the menu and you can mix and match. Live a little but if the specials don’t appeal look toward the classics. You’ll be fine. WS chow, even James Beard is good but middle of the road. Hardly challenging.
  2. Be aware that there may not be an ATM in your hotel so get some cash at the airport if you'll need some right away. There are ATMs all over Papeete, but the IC did not have one, and I had to have them convert a small amount for our taxi into town, etc. It was only a small amount so I didn't sweat the bad conversion rate, but I hate walking around with zero cash.
  3. So sorry to have wasted your time spent reading my suggestions that I spent a considerable amount of time on. Only trying to help. Just think of the WS employee who has to toss your worthless books to return the library to the state it is meant to be in. Have a a great trip and, by the way, you’re welcome.
  4. After I typed this I realized that FedEx and other major shippers will generally clear their packages through customs, but we do get a shipment pulled aside once in a while So, unlikely to happen but it could. Thinking about this more - you have multiple points to deal with if you take the books as baggage: At the departure airport - many airports have carts outside the dropoff point, but you'd need to load them on. If not, a Sky Cap can help for a tip. You'll need to get them on the scale at baggage check and then you're good to go until arrive. At the arrival airport - there will be carts in the baggage area. Some airlines have staff there and they would likely help get your bags onto a cart, or someone else waiting would likely be kind enough to help. They you need to wheel them through customs and to the curb for your pickup. There the cabbie or whatever you're using will help. At the Hotel the doormen will help get them to your room. To the ship - again, the hotel will help with your departure, but in my experience you could be without help at the port. I've not been through Vancouver, so can't speak as to whether or not they have porters from the curb to the WS checkin desk. Once you drop them there, the next time you'll see them is in your cabin.
  5. WS uses a port agent in each port and they may accept packages so they may be able to WS or your TA will be able to tell you. Two other issues. Assuming your shipping from the US, the unaccompanied box will be subject to clearance through customs and this could be delayed or even stopped until customs are paid. Unlikely but possible. My office clears stuff through customs and it’s a pain involving using a broker. The other thing I don’t understand is the “leave them in the ship’s library.” This isn’t a take one leave one sort of place but an actual collection serviced by a company under contract. The staff may very well remove items that don’t belong there. Just another caution. I don’t think it’s not heavily managed since last time we were on board one of the triplets most of the books were still stamped Seabourn.
  6. You mean the chits you sign when purchasing drinks on board? With the plan you do that the first day or so and then they go away.
  7. Thanks. This is June 2020 and only a couple excursions are posted, not to mention that I’m busily paying off the balance on our August back to back this month. I’ll watch and then book them all when the excursions come on line.
  8. Thanks again. We'll be doing a flyover as part of our pre-cruise trip to Denali. For us the money isn't the main issue, but more not wanting to repeat more or less the same experience four times - board the zodiak, see some ice and glaciers, maybe some wildlife, and then repeat the same thing the next day. If it's all varied that's fine. In your experience, do these tend to fill up with pre-bookings, or is it possible to plan as we go once we're onboard - we do have some shipboard credit to use up.
  9. Thanks - very helpful. Our four are: College Fjord Hubbard Glaciar Port Adolphus (these are two days in a row) Tracy Arm
  10. The Captain’s package has never included all wines. Just those under a certain price point. I’d missed the part about laundry and tips. That brings it closer to being a value, but without Internet a la carte is still a better option.
  11. Not a good deal for us since we don't get the internet package and rely on land-based service for connecting to the world. I find their use of "All Inclusive" to be not quite descriptive - as other things, like excursions, that ARE included by some cruise lines are not on WS.
  12. We have four of these days. Only one is yet showing up under excursions, priced at $185 racy Arm & Endicott Arm, Windstar Signature Expedition – Tracy Arm Zodiac Tour (Easy-Moderate) 1 hour, 15 mins - Approximate Tour Departure 8:15 AM • $185.00 Four of those for two people can really add up.
  13. Sorry - that entire reply looks like dog's dinner. That chart is what the say about Cruise Ship access, but the header didn't come through. All the T-Mobile plans do NOT cover Onwaves service, which is what Windstar uses. The charges for T-Mobile are Texts - $0.50 (that's not too bad) but the killer is Data, which is charged at $5.99 a minute. If you're surfing looking for things to do the next day, checking your post-cruise reservations, etc. you can easily spend many minutes doing that. Windstar is getting a little better about telling people about this, but the first time we experienced it people all over the ship were running around in circles screaming "I just got a text from T-Mobile that I've run up $1,000 in roaming charges." As I said, if concerned, T-Mobile can (or was able to) block access to Onwaves from your device just to be super safe.
  14. Just to be clear - those T-Mobile plans do NOT cover cruise ships - here's what they saw about Windstar in particular: All T-Mobile Plans T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice Plan Customers get these rates automatically. Not on one of these plans? Activate these rates by adding the World Class service to each line through My T-Mobile. (Sorry - I'm in bold column mode and can't seem to escape...) I would be very suprised if a local SIM card did either. Just follow the advice given in this great message - go into airline mode and turn on data if you have the shipboard internet plan. Otherwise just turn the phone off when not on or near shore. No Data Sending $0.50/txt Receiving Deducted from your domestic texting plan’s allotment. $5.99/min
  15. There are a bunch of posts including several from me but Cruisecritic search isn’t great. Just google cruisecritic onwaves or on waves as two words and they should come up. Unless you buy the internet package you need to set your phone on airplane mode when not in port. As far as I know Onwaves isn’t part of any carrier’s package. It’s listed as not covered on the T-mob site somewhere. Use your phone when in port or close to shore and you’ll be fine. You can ask your carrier to block Onwaves if you’re concerned. If you buy the WiFi on board you can turn your phone to data only. If yuo have phone over internet calls and texts will still come through.
  16. Thanks. We’ll do Denali before on our own with a rental car (cheaper than I expected) and stay probably 3 night. We have 4 “cruising in a bay” days. How would you divide those up?
  17. From the fairly undetailed floor plans, it looks like all the cabins in the new section have 2 sinks and a shower?
  18. I just assumed there would still be curtains but don’t know that for fact. We don’t tend to do room service unless we are both up for an early excursion. If one is up they just go up to the yacht club for coffee and then we meet up from breakfast.
  19. We booked one and opted for the sitting area by the windows option. This also allows an early riser to close the mid cabin curtains and open the window drapes without undue disturbance.
  20. Sorry for the total Alaska nube question, but our itin has four days that say ""cruising around..." I assume this means that the ship indeed "cruises" around the area. I do note that some of them also have excursions that pick you up right from the ship. Do you indeed just sort of cruise around the area - is there narration on board?
  21. If you can work it in DO IT. The trip on the ferry across the the Asian side was fascinating, completely different feeling. In addition, the bakery they stop at early in the tour is amazing we bought stuff and made the rest of the ship jealous! for a first short trip I'd do one of the central Mosques, the cistern (which is on the way and doesn't take long) and if you possibly have time the archeological museum which is also right there - they have a great terrace for lunch.
  22. In my experience, when WS changes ports it's usually been an alternation that's fairly close to the original, and the WS tours just start from the new port. Of the above, Marseilles to Sanary sur Mer is about an hour, the others just over half an hour. We did this in Majorca and also in Italy, and we completely missed Porto and a stop in Japan. In those cases, any WS excursions are refunded and sometimes they'll take off the port charge since you didn't go there! When we stopped in Milos instead of Santorini WS quickly arranged some alternative tours and publicized them. Milos turned out to be a fabulous stop. If you're touring on your own, it's really on you to make plans, which is one reason I make sure I have a phone with me. Some operators will refund your money, in some cases their policy is clear upfront about that. For short distance differences they may pick you up at the new port. It just depends.
  23. oops - this is June 19 2020. If this works, here's the new and old schedule:
  24. I'll top you. This was the second best things we've ever done: https://www.barcelonaslowtravel.com/experiences/private-cooking-class-barcelona/ You buy stuff in the market and then go to their home to cook it. It's billed as 4.5 hours but they must have liked out group as we were there much long and they opened many bottles of wine. We left full and essentially drunk. And then there were Xavi and Niko: https://www.eatwith.com/events/47417?date=2019-04-26 This is a dinner, in an industrial loft (we weren't sure we were in the right place. Out dinner was a different theme "A walk in the forest" but it was unforgettable. A very fun group that trended younger, a lot of walking off to sit by yourself for awhile, having a smoke, come back to eat some more - very Barcelona approach to dinner.
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