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  1. milepig

    WiFi?

    But only when you have regular shore based cell service. If you’re out of range and roam to “on waves” you’ll burn through thousands of dollars before you know it. I had t-mobile block them from my account.
  2. We always get the Alumni Discount and also schedule our next booking to get the "recently cruiser" discount as well. I think we used to do it while still on board, but the rules seem to have changed to "within 60 days after the crusie" so our travel agent is armed and ready to pull the switch. We get the stupid little bags that we have so many of we just leave them behind. Also the rose and a plate of fruit that just seems redundant. Captains table and of late we've also been getting a First Officer night. We're departing on a b2b soon, and we'll see what that brings. But the best part is when we get hugs from the crew members we know so well from previous itins. Always a little treat to see a smiling face.
  3. I'm in the same boat - they were going to get back to my TA with the information, but haven't yet and now I guess it was a deliberate delay on their part to get me with the higher price. Not happy, but my TA is aggressive, so I'll sic him on them.
  4. The phrase I bolded is usually used as a euphemism for "we asked our providers to lower their costs, and this is what they came up with." We're on a back-to-back in a few months and I'm seriously considering not going with the package this time will all these increased prices and downgrades of the package. I especially like the comment from another poster that the bar was quick to say what wasn't included, but didn't have a list of what was.
  5. I'd have reported him to Windstar immediately upon boarding - this shouldn't be happening.
  6. milepig

    Wine

    Was this recently? They used to be much more liberal and we also bought six bottles at Monoprix before boarding one trip, but that was several years ago. We just walked on board with them in a cute little cardboard six bottle holder. We also tending to bring a bottle along with glasses up on deck with us and no one said a thing. But again, that was years ago.
  7. There’s an 11 page thread on this. Do we really need a new one?
  8. Is this "level 3" from the US DOS? Don't pay any attention, they tend to babysit us too much. Just take normal travel cautions and you'll be fine. If you listed to them, there's a terrorist hiding behind every bush in 2/3 of the world.
  9. Here are some options: https://www.sewardalaskabus.com/ I haven't used them so can't give any review.
  10. Really? Because that sad little casino is gone? Grab a drink, go on deck, enjoy the breeze and meet some new friends.
  11. You will the first day or so but the charges never go through. Then they know you and the beverages just flow and all is well with the world.
  12. Thanks for posting. Drink prices are less than I remembered. Unless they’ve scaled way back, that’s not the full wine menu at least for Amphora. There would be many more sections.
  13. Laundry rocks. We tend to travel before the cruise and fly right home after. So, on embarkation day we put our all our dirty stuff. It come back the next day all clean. Repeat a couple times and then the day before disembarkation. Pack and we fly home with clean laundry. Worth every penny. Also if you do a back to back it’s free.
  14. Lucky you! How's the Pearl - we were at the IC a couple months ago watching the planes land. We saw one ship sail past the 2nd night, but it was dark and we couldn't identify it.
  15. When we did this itin we found that several of the stops were very easy to just do on foot. Cadiz, for one, is a place where you moor right in the middle of the city and everything is close. For Granada we did the WS tour and found it a decent enough value. The guided tour of the Alhambra was quite good, we made another stop at a church (name lost to me) and the included lunch was very good and we got me meet and chat with a lot of people. I found that worth the price. Malaga was another we did on our own by foot. We moored right across from a very nice park, the Picasso Museum and the Catherdal are very close, and I just noticed that there's a Wine Museum that we somehow missed. LOL. The shopping area is also right there.
  16. Time will tell. When we first sailed on the Pride shortly after the takeover there was a lunch BBQ set up in the star area. That’s the last time we saw it.
  17. I thought I knew all things Windstar but I have no idea what an “all in one package” is and googling turns up nothing. Please tell us more!!
  18. It is very hard to meet up with people as Cruisecritic does not allow private messaging. Many, including me, will never post contact information on an open web site making it impossible to contact each other.
  19. Where were you? There's been some chat about not having them in US waters - like the Alaska itins - because of US health code restrictions.
  20. Thanks - I think that might need to be moved down a smidge. It looks like the Elevator behind the current 214 is staying, and I think 530/531 are part of the new area, given the location of that elevaot, which doesn't currently exist.
  21. I just noticed that the area I was talking about is now a "tender embarkation" area, and that elevator is in a different place, with the bow elevator looking like the location of the existing one. I think those cabins are part of the area that't being added and not carved out of the existing part of the ship. Does anyone know where the new part begins and ends - relative to the layout? I am glad to see that they're renumbering the cabins so they align with the deck number. I never understood why they didn't.
  22. I haven't looked yet - is this lower than the old pricing for the Ocean View or has everything else gone up? They're going to have to do some massive work to the access to those cabins. Right now, that area very much feels like the servant's entrance. They have trays stacked up, it seems to be used as a sort of staging area for beverage service, and they always seem a little surprised when a passenger finds their way there. For those of you not familiar, I should explain that it is actually a public area and serves as a convenient back entrance to Amphora for those closest to that elevator, but it is not attractive. I can't imaging wading through servers doing their work every time I needed to access my cabin.
  23. I think they're typically not mentioned, even on board. You'll suddenly get an announcement that the BBQ is the next night. If you ask at the desk while you're in the process of doing something like booking candles they'll sometimes tell you. We've found them to be so ingrained that even when the weather is bad they'll have the BBQ in Amphora. The chow is still great but the experience just isn't the same.
  24. Mostly good stuff. I note the insertion of a space just called "restaurant" by the Compass Rose. it looks like they left the Star Bar more or less in place, which is a good thing! I find the insertion of those 10 "porthole cabins" on the Amphora level to be very odd. They're down there all by themselves - I'd expect those to be sold cheap.But, at least you're close to dinner!
  25. Others are correct, my TA confirmed that the Spirit is still based in Tahiti, but it was time for some spa treatments. This may also be timed to fill in as there are no other Asia itins in 2020 with the triplets beginning to go offline for their lengthenings. Sime of the pricing looks very good, I think I’d book the return to get advantage of the work but she was looking good this fall.
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