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  1. It depends on the order the cruise line applies your OBC. The cruise line may apply your money first (refundable OBC) and once that is gone, they apply their money (non-refundable OBC). or The cruise line applies their money first and then yours. Princess applies their money first, than yours. I don't remember what NCL does. I understand the desire to minimize charges to your credit card, but if you plan on buying additional OBC, why not stash that money away and use it to pay your CC after the cruise. This way, the money stays under your control.
  2. Agree with martincath. 45 minutes is plenty for a PDX layover.
  3. My wife and I recently stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront for two nights prior to our August 21st cruise. We booked a partial harbor view king room at $276 per night (after a $120 free night credit through Hotels.Com). We were upgraded to a top floor room with a stunning view of the Harbor. We took the Canada Line in from the Airport and had a short walk to the hotel from the Waterfront Station. We walked all over Vancouver (Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island) and averaged 6 miles per day. On Embarkation Day, we called the bell desk, they took our luggage (and delivered it to the ship) and we walked across the street to Canada Place (actually we walked half a block to the cross-walk and then to Canada Place).
  4. Another great review! It may not be not thinking people want to cruise the Caribbean in the summer, it's just other markets are more lucrative. For example: Princess sends seven of their 17 ships to the highly lucrative Alaska market in the summer leaving none in the Caribbean.
  5. Google Map Street View of the ramp Martincath mentions.
  6. Do you remember the name of the restaurant where you got Dim Sum? Thank you
  7. Sorry, I don't remember the specifics. I remember it was easy and our tour guide told us exactly where to catch the shuttle. If you take the shuttle from the dock to town, the driver will let you know where to get on for the return trip.
  8. If i recall correctly, our excursion bus driver picked us up at the dock and after the tour gave us the choice of going back to the ship or drop off at the base of the Mt. Roberts tram. We choose the latter and took a free shuttle bus back to the ship.
  9. That's great that Princess uses their money first then your money!
  10. Is it correct that the order in which credits are applied is: First - Refundable credits Second - Non-refundable Example: One has $100 refundable OBC and $100 non-refundable and spends $150 on board. The $100 refundable would be applied first then $50 of the non-refundable. At the end of the cruise one would have a credit balance of $50, but it is non-refundable.
  11. Thank you for your review... Since your 49th cruise was to the 49th state...maybe number 50 should be to Hawaii!
  12. Yes! 1) Does the Coral have a Sushi bar or Sushi on the ship? 2) Does smoke from the Casino float over to the International Cafe? Thank you!
  13. We are using: https://alaskacruisetransfer.com/ There are options that you can google.
  14. Thank you for your review. My wife and I will be sailing Northbound on the Coral in August. 1) Is smoking allowed in the casino> If so, does it float out to the International Cafe? 2) Is Sushi served anywhere on the ship? Thank you
  15. Just added a photo. Didn't realize there were big and small lifeboats.
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