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  1. Muster is generally 30 minutes before departure from port.


    (if your cruise leaves at 5 pm muster will begin at 4:30 pm)




    I have been on Muster drills where drill has been delayed because of delayed sailaway time. The best musters are where you can be inside and sit instead of standing in the sun....



    Thanks so much!! It's been awhile since we've been on Royal :)



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  2. It is a shame. I've been to Turkey several times. It's a shame that most people don't understand the sheer size of Turkey and that Kusadasi is not near areas where attacks have occurred.


    My guess is that this was done because potential customers were expressing concerns.


    Rhodes will be an interesting stop, but I have my doubts that it can compare to the size and scope of Ephesus.


    Turkish food is amazing too!!



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  3. Question... let's say you do a cruise that starts in the states and end in Canada. Will there be any issues going from the port to the airport to leave Canada? With a 10+ year old dui.



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    You should probably speak to an attorney as opposed to random advice online. As a Canadian living in the USA, whose husband has a criminal record, I will just say that we don't ever plan cruises that start or end in Canada. You never know what kind of mood the CBP officer is in. They have access to the FBI database....so if the dui shows up there then the CBP officer can see it. They always let my husband in when he is with me, but one day they might stop.


    My understand with cruises is that the manifest is sent to Canada beforehand. So they could deny you entry on the cruise. But they may not run all the names...who knows.


    There is a form you can file with the Canadian government and pay around $1000 where they will deem you rehabilitated. You can also pay $250 for a one time entry, but not all CBP officers will offer it.



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  4. It depends if the country you are entering has access to the criminal records system in the UK. The reasons Americans with DUIs have problems getting into Canada is because US-Canada have agreements to share criminal records.


    If they don't have access and don't ask the question, then you may not have any issues. Again, it'll depend on that record sharing and whether you need visas etc.


    Did they convict him? Or do some type of stay of charges?



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  5. Was curious, so tried to check them out - GOOGLE has no idea what they are either. :confused:








    I'm thinking that you might be referring to some of the suggestions in other posts, but, yes, I do all of those things you listed in any major US city. Why would one think the danger is any less?




    Along with:




    Don't take anything someone tries to hand you - flowers, pamphlets, petitions, etc.



    That's just it...a lot of people think Europe is somehow more dangerous for pickpocketing/petty crime. After my Dad almost got pickpocketed in Disneyland we knew nowhere was safe lol



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  6. This is the right attitude ^^^



    Thanks! I find that a lot of the threats are blown out of proportion. Just be smart:


    Don't hand a stranger your camera

    Don't leave your purse on the back of a chair

    Don't walk around with your purse open

    Don't carry wads of cash


    Would you do any of that in a major US city? Probably not. So why do it on vacation?


    For me it's the same as travel clothes. Unless I'm hiking or riding elephants or something, I dress the same way I do at home.



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  7. The first time I traveled abroad I was no paranoid about this stuff. Now I don't stress and pretty do what I do at home.


    I wear the same clothing. No special vests, etc. I want to be comfortable and be like I'm at home.


    I don't carry my passport. Scan is on my phone. Only carry when I know I need it (needed it recently in Asia at a few sights).


    I leave my expensive designer purses at home.


    I double bag: I have a small Longchamp bag that holds my wallet and I place it inside a larger Longchamp bag. That way I can throw my camera inside. European ladies wear these purses everywhere, so maybe I blend in. Both bags are zipped, zipper faces forward.


    Wallet contains only money I need that day, 1 credit card, 1 debit card. The backup cards are in the safe.


    It's really not as scary as people make it out to be. Just do what you'd do in NY or any other large American city.



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  8. Yes. The Canadian immigration officers have the discretion to give you a one-time pass into the country. There is a fee associated with this "privilege."


    I doubt Royal Caribbean agents will know. They often don't know their left hand from their right, much less immigration laws of a foreign country.


    Canada customs and immigration can see criminal records from the USA. Whether or not they decide to run all passports for a cruise, who knows.


    My understanding (from worrying about this on my last cruise) is that the cruise line sends the list to Canada customs/immigration a few days before arrival. So, if anything, they may be held on the ship.


    Note: there is a way you can apply for rehabilitation. It is over $1000 and can take 6-12 months. We've contemplated this for hubby since we go visit family often. But we've never been denied, so we keep chancing it. One day I want to fly him in alone, just to see what happens.



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  9. It WILL go away, but can take a couple weeks.....It won't happen every time you sail...but it can happen sometimes!


    Did you take anything for the nausea on the ship? It's best to "nip it in the bud"...rather than let it get worse and worse!



    There is no guarantee it "WILL go away." Does it go away for the majority? Yes. But stating this unequivocally is not a good thing to do.


    If you are worried about your health, please don't listen to people on the internet. Go see a doctor.



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  10. Clarea - well, the amount went back to a citi card. I contacted citi about 5x because I had a suspicion it was them. They repeatedly denied I had that account and now I have a $100 credit that I need to work on getting refunded as a check (since the credit card account is closed).



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  11. One thing with sifracar is that they'll offer lower rates to walk ups. I pre booked and they were charging for GPS. Overheard another couple get it for free and was able to negotiate that for myself too.


    And yes, always a good idea to keep paperwork for at least 3-6 months after a car rental. We've had rental companies attempt to charge for damage as much as 4 months later.



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