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Everything posted by mpk

  1. Which taxi service are you using?
  2. What's the normal tip percentage in Argentina? I read in a couple of places that it is 10%, has that been your experience?
  3. I'm not so sure...? I once had mighty sea legs. On one especially bad cruise, the hallways were empty of cruisers and crew. Barf bags were posted all over. No effect on me, I walked around and enjoyed watching the swimming pools heave water over the sides. Fast forward a decade or so... the last cruise over Christmas/New Years, it was a rocky ride due to high winds and all I wanted to do was sleep. I didn't turn green or throw up, but definitely in a different place sea legs wise.
  4. What brand/model monocular do you use? There are many on that ginormous website, but critical reviews say the lens size and magnification is nowhere near as advertised.
  5. This sounds pretty interesting. For the 1st time, do you recall the price for keeping the taxi the entire day? For the 2nd time, if I understand correctly, you walked from the port to the walled city?
  6. Do you recall if the taxi accepted credit cards? Also, no attempted scamming on the taxi fare, right πŸ™‚
  7. Wow. Usually tour groups are left alone, because the tour guide (as a local) can detect the crooks. But in this case, the actual tour guide was actually targeted too.... That takes it to another level.
  8. I can see it now.... As always, tenders to shore are complimentary 1 1 - there will be a charge for tenders back to the ship
  9. I think you're right. The same reason why people wear cruise logoed merchandise. Although.... on the other hand.... we recently "met" someone who cruises a lot. This fellow sat one table over and barged in on our conversation. He quickly turned it towards his frequent cruising exploits. He even invited questions, in a braggy 'ask me if you must, you lowly peasant' tone of voice. We played along, and let him "wear the taller hat" as the old saying goes. Oh- I didn't notice any name tags πŸ˜ƒ
  10. Doesn't sound like a good idea on NCL's part to do this...
  11. The only way to do that is with a travel agent, right? Celebrity itself would not sell a cruise with a group rate I think
  12. We just sailed a 12-day in May. We told our steward that we are low maintenance on day 1. He really started to believe it after a couple of days, as all we wanted were towel swaps once in awhile. We earned some trust. On disembark day on our way off the ship, he confided to us that they now service more the cabins as before, but only once a day. It wasn't an even swap, because the second service is usually minimal- minor tidying up, maybe a towel animal (remember those? lol). A bunch of first service is a lot of work. Bathroom stuff, linens, etc. So, yeah, they are a bit over worked. We tip above and beyond, but I really think he valued the low maintenance more than the extra gratuity.
  13. You mean like calling something "Free Excursions" when it is free for only a couple of token excursions? πŸ˜€
  14. Thanks for this, I learned something today. I always wondered about the lengthy multi page stuff one has to sign at the doctor's office. The legal concept of "contracts of adhesion" is very interesting.
  15. I'm a junior cruiser compared to most here, but every line that I've done transfers on has a window. NCL's window, for example, is only 14 days! πŸ˜€
  16. Thanks for the tip. Where does the special cruise port yellow bus stop in the city center?
  17. Thanks for that. I fly on miles/points 99% of the time, and always wondered if credit card insurance would back me up.
  18. This is the thing I don't get. Cruise cabins, in my former road warrior opinion, are extremely sound proofed. It takes a television cranked up to 11 to be heard next door...
  19. Probably the same type of people who recline their airplane seat so far that you could give them a shampoo!
  20. If so, will prices change meaningfully? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
  21. They're also useful in unexpected ways. Last month, I accidentally left my backpack in a 4x4 offroad jeep. On the shuttle back to the port, I got notification that I left something behind. It was within about 5 or 10 minutes. Soon enough to turn around and get it. I apologized to the rest of the shuttle, but they were all very nice about the detour.
  22. I dunno.... mauidiver on Millenium got it, but Tricia28 on Millenium did not get it. So it is not a ship/crew thing. Possibly an itinerary thing. My theory is a lot of stuff is a 'shrug' now after the pandemic. Sometimes you get something, sometimes you don't. Why? Shrug.
  23. I wonder what could possibly be the logic behind that... πŸ€ͺ The itinerary is known, it has to be to sell the excursions, dining reservations, and even the cruise itself. ??
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