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  1. It took almost two weeks since we called but our FCC was extended to a book by date of 12/31/22.
  2. We were given a FCC as compensation for a major shore excursion screw up on a cruise in 1/20. The book by date is 1/31/21. I called last week and was told they would file a "request for extension' and if I don't hear a week before expiration, call back. Surprised they just can't extend it automatically.
  3. We stayed in Recoleta for several days and highly recommend it. A lovely neighborhood. Always felt safe walking around including in the evening after dinner. A number of good restaurants and close to the Recoleta Cemetery--a don't miss in Buenos Aires worth a few hours of wandering. We stayed at the Melia Recoleta Plaza--was one of the former homes of Fist Lady Eva Peron. In a great location with a convenience store and currency exchange across the street. Their breakfast was good with good selections. They have a small but very good restaurant in the lobby and a great Jazz
  4. Thanks to all for helping us discover this show; enjoying it immensely! It brings back great cruising memories and reminds us of taking The Ultimate Ship's Tour on the Sapphire Princess a few years ago. One thing that really stands out that is so true--the vibe of the ship is set at the top. We just started the The Cruise show season with the Italian captain who participates in the activities and fun. Maybe we're biased toward Italian captains. We started cruising with the full-Italian crewed Home Lines (Oceanic and Homeric) that was fabulous; our fist Princess crui
  5. In 2020, Princess gave us a Future Cruise Credit due to a big shore excursion snafu. It expires in January 2021. Being of a "certain age,' we probably won't cruise again until there's a vaccine for Covid-19. Given the extraordinary circumstances and being Platinum, does anyone think Princess will extend the expiration date for this Future Cruise Credit?
  6. As broke newlyweds in the late 70s, we would order a pizza on Saturday nights and watch The Love Boat while dreaming of traveling the world. Our very first cruises as young newlyweds in the very early 80s were on Home Lines (the Oceanic and the Homeric)--there will never be another cruise experience like that. Now-defunct, it was an Italian line; the entire crew was from Italy. Although the ship was tiny compared to today's behemoths, it was classically beautiful. The food was fabulous. It was the first ship to have a roll back roof over the swimming pool for rainy or cool days. And ever
  7. We were also with you on the Coral in Jan/Feb. Everyday we say how grateful and privileged we were to have had those adventures and have seen those sights. In all we were traveling five weeks, in addition to the cruise, seven flights, five hotels, and about 25,000 miles with nary a sniffle--and now we waited in line this morning for toilet paper! To those of you currently aboard the Coral--please try to relax enjoying walks in the fresh sea air and the camaraderie of a shared (mis)adventure. You WILL get home and the world will have changed while you were at sea. To
  8. We got off the Coral on February 6, the refundable credit showed up on our credit card in about 5-6 weeks.
  9. Cancelled this cruise before PIF; took the deposit (5%) as a future credit for up to a year. Feel like this is a wait and see situation.
  10. A Pisco Sour is like a whiskey sour but made with Pisco. Pisco is a brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile. Made by distilling fermented grape juice into a high-proof spirit, it was developed by 16th-century Spanish settlers; usually about 40 proof. Serious stuff. Try it in tropical-type cocktails if you like sweeter drinks...I had a great one on Easter Island.
  11. We were in Buenos Aires for four days and took a full day private tour with Pedro Werberg on our first full day. He speaks impeccable English (he lived in the US) and is extremely knowledgable, flexible and personable. In addition to driving through the city, we stoped at San Martin Square, visited the Plaza de Mayo including the Metropolitan Cathedral; the San Telmo neighborhood; and had a fun time in colorful La Boca/ Caminito chatting with an artist/ former Tango master. I highly recommend Pedro Werberg for a great introduction to the city, as well as great conversation about a wide r
  12. Santiago Airport (just there) is under construction and can be a madhouse coming and going--leave plenty of time...and enjoy your trip.
  13. Try Ilovechile.com—great reviews. We’re doing an all day private Andes and winery tour w them next week
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