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TargetsMom

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About TargetsMom

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    Caribbean
  1. TargetsMom

    Dublin Airport - our experience

    No problem. I can't stand to see people overpaying for things! Enjoy your cruise. k.
  2. TargetsMom

    Dublin Airport - our experience

    That sounds ridiculous to me. I just looked at the map. The distance from the airport to the City Center is 10.7 km (17 minute drive). The distance from the airport to the port is 13.2 km but a 16 minute drive because of the route. I think we paid about 50 euros for a van to take four of us to City Center, which is about $60 US. It should cost about the same to get you to the port, maybe less (because you won't need a van for one person). Grab a taxi. k.
  3. TargetsMom

    Dublin Airport - our experience

    We came in the day before and took a taxi from the airport to the City Center, so I don't know what the fare would be to the port. Does Ponant offer transportation? It might be cheaper for one person to go with cruise line transportation. For two or more it is often cheaper to take a taxi. Maybe someone else can tell you the fare to the port. Enjoy your cruise. kathy
  4. TargetsMom

    Similar food on RCL and Celebrity?

    We frequently had trouble finding a table in the Oceanview Cafe on Eclipse for breakfast or lunch. (Never ate dinner there.) Sometimes there were two of us, sometimes four or five. I give Celebrity extra points, though, for having good steak fries in Oceanview instead of the lousy fries that everyone else serves with their burgers. k.
  5. TargetsMom

    Similar food on RCL and Celebrity?

    Yes! k.
  6. TargetsMom

    Similar food on RCL and Celebrity?

    I totally agree about the bread! I love the sourdough rolls on all RC ships. Didn't care for the dinner rolls on Eclipse at all. (May 10-20 sailing R/T Dublin.) Also, my four traveling companions all complained that the meats were dry in the MDR as well as the buffet. And like all cruise lines, Celebrity loves salt! Be prepared to gain a few pounds from water retention alone. k.
  7. TargetsMom

    Dublin Airport - our experience

    We were on AA #723 to Philadelphia. We took Celebrity's airport transportation to the airport. Our tags were #3, which is the second group called. (Odd #'s are given to those taking Celebrity buses, even #'s to everyone else.) #3 was supposed to be called at 7:10, per the schedule, but we were called at 7. Walked straight off the ship, got our bags, and boarded a bus. Probably pulled out of the port about 7:30 (you have to wait for the bus to fill up) and arrived at the airport before 8 a.m. (They drop you off right in front of the departure area, so you walk right in and get in line to check your bags.) Hubby and I had gotten up early enough to be at the buffet when it opened at 6 a.m so we had breakfast on the ship. The two 87 year olds, unfortunately, decided they would just eat at the airport. That wasted a big chunk of time. We also wasted about 15 minutes waiting around for a wheelchair for one of them which never showed up. We finally gave up and just walked, in spite of the fact that she had not been doing well and we were very nervous about her having to do all that walking. Had we not taken time to eat and wait for the wheelchair we would have been fine. I would recommend that you eat before disembarking, if possible. I also wish I had thought to request a wheelchair the day before. For an 11:20 flight I would definitely recommend that you request a 7:00 a.m. walk-off time. (The disembarkation form you fill out asks for your flight info and for the time you want to get off the ship.) I assumed the second security clearance was required by our government. I won't get into that at this point as I don't want the Feds to yank my Global Entry card if I say what I really think. Enjoy Dublin! k.
  8. A couple quick comments about flying into Dublin: (1) When you get outside and want a taxi: They ask any "cash" people to get in one line and "credit" folks in another. (Many taxis only take cash.) I wanted to use a credit card to save my euros but the credit line was really long and it was really cold and windy so I gave in and used the cash line. If you don't have euros at that point you might have to wait a while for a taxi. (2) When you fly out of Dublin you go through security, then enter a mall-like area where you can eat something. (We ate at the Chocolate Lounge and it took forever.) We knew we had to go through US Pre-Clearance (to clear Customs) in Dublin instead of in the States but when we got downstairs we had no idea that we had to go through a SECOND SECURITY SCREENING before we got to Customs. I have no idea why this is necessary as you can't get to this point without going through the FIRST security screening. They made almost everyone take their shoes off this second time (but not the first). I told the agent that the two women with me were 87 years old and not in great health and he said they could keep their shoes on. [eye roll.] As you go through this process they say to take out laptops but they didn't say anything about smaller electronics like tablets, so three of us had to have our things re-screened. (In the States, of course, you don't usually have to take out iPads and such, at least not if you are TSA Precheck.) The second screening took quite a while, as there were at least two planes leaving for the East Coast around the same time. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 11:20 a.m. with boarding to begin at 10:30 a.m., according to our boarding passes. When we got through Customs it was 10:40 and the Departure Board said "FINAL CALL" for our flight! Clearly, they started boarding before 10:30. Our gate was one of the last ones (naturally!) and I ran ahead so I could tell them people were coming. By the time I got to the gate they were announcing that they were ready to close the door. I told them there were two 87 year olds coming and they weren't capable of running! By the time they got to the gate it was 10:50 and the crew shut the gate as soon as they got on the plane. What an experience! Just be forewarned that with two security screenings and Customs to deal with, it can take quite a while to get to your gate. My advice is to get to the airport super early! kathy
  9. Hi, everyone. Dan and I boarded the Eclipse today and signed up for the internet package. We normally communicate via Telegram Messenger but found that it won’t work over the ship's WiFi. Anyone else able to use it successfully? We can only use it when we are connected via cell, not WiFi. Thanks in advance for any tips. Kathy
  10. TargetsMom

    Huge brawl on the Legend, with video.

    Karoo: Can I ask where this is happening and who the people are who are engaging in violent crime? k.
  11. TargetsMom

    Is the EPIC an EPIC fail?

    What were they thinking, indeed! I have sailed on several NCL ships and most are fine. I would never recommend Epic to anyone, though, because of the cabin/bathroom setup. kathy
  12. TargetsMom

    2018-2019 World Atlas

    We are really excited about visiting Israel. I am surprised that I am not more apprehensive about it, in light of world events. I know many people have the attitude that they won't let the terrorists "win" by giving in to their fears and avoiding certain places. I am usually not in that group. For some reason, though, I am not concerned about Israel. [shrug] Enjoy the rest of your current trip. k.
  13. TargetsMom

    2018-2019 World Atlas

    Keith: Besides the fact that Dan didn't ask about the fares (and still hasn't) he didn't comment on the fact that the cruise is 13 nights. He has two jobs (full-time day job and consulting in the evenings) and is frequently reluctant to commit to trips that require him to be gone for 2+ weeks. That is how I know he really likes this itinerary! We sailed out of Venice on our Greek Isles cruise but have never been to Rome or Athens. My brother is a Catholic priest and was ordained by the Pope in Rome many years ago. Most of my family went to Rome for the event but I was not able to attend. Who knew it would take over four decades for me to finally see the place in person. I am not typically an early riser, so I also like that we don't arrive in some of the ports until noon. :) We are wintering in Florida right now and I have our mail sent down here once a week. The atlas was forwarded from Philly so it took several extra days to reach us. Since others have not yet received their copies I suspect they send them out in batches. I'm sure you will have your copy soon. Thanks for your comments about the itinerary. We would love to meet you and the lovely Anne Marie if you decide to book this trip. k.
  14. TargetsMom

    2018-2019 World Atlas

    May: Dan is Jewish but (luckily for me, in this case) he doesn't really practice other than attending his mother's family dinners for Seder and Rosh Hashanah. Interestingly, we frequently end up with more Catholics than Jews at those dinners. Go figure. I was heartbroken that we missed Santorini on the NCL cruise. When the Captain came on the PA system to tell us we couldn't stop "because of the weather" I thought he was kidding. It was a gorgeous day and other (smaller) ships were tendering people back and forth! I guess sometimes there are things going on below the surface that we can't see and we just have to trust that the Captain knows best. Hopefully, we will see it this time! k.
  15. TargetsMom

    2018-2019 World Atlas

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