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  1. I wear a waterproof pouch (assuming you are referring to water activities) around my neck that fits phone, a little cash, credit card, ship card and ID. There are plenty of options on Amazon but honestly I found one at Wal Mart that works great too. I've also worn this same pouch while zipling and doing other non water activities that required us to leave items behind. Depending on the excursion, we may also bring a small backpack or tote to carry a few things like a water bottle, beach towel..etc... We don't keep anything of real value in that though and would be comfortable leaving it on the beach, in a locker..etc..if needed.
  2. Not really. We try to be proactive. Fly in a day or two before the cruise, plan activities that will get us back to the ship in time,..etc... We do purchase travel insurance, so if something still goes wrong despite our best efforts, or there were a medical emergency, injury..etc... we'd be covered.
  3. I pay all my bills off a few days before they are actually due date. Different stokes for different folks.
  4. We have a separate bank account that we use only for travel. Every paycheck (every other week) we have a bare minimum that goes into that account. If there is money left over from other areas of our budget at the end of the month, we make another deposit. If we have extra funds due to a bonus or something, a portion of that goes into our travel account..etc... As far as paying for the cruise (along with flights, hotels, activities..etc) we use a credit card, but only for the purpose of getting cash back. The credit card is paid off using funds from our travel account before the bill is due to avoid interest. All cash back we received gets deposited back into that special account.
  5. I would go with this idea too. I've been to Vancouver twice within the last year. Once we had a car and other time we did not. Driving was easy but so was public transportation/walking around. Each of those visits were totally different so whether or not you will want car will depend on what you decide to do while you are there. For example, in my opinion, if you decide to stay in the downtown area, a car really isn't necessary. If I had 12 hours to kill after a cruise, even if I had a vehicle or went the organize tour route, it would still be nice to have a "home base" to be able to go back to later in the afternoon/early evening. I'd freshen up, maybe rest a little..etc.. before heading to the airport since this will turn out to be a fairly long day. Have a wonderful cruise!
  6. We don't really have anything we purchase specifically for a cruise, but once the cruise is booked, (or any vacation for that matter), we look to see what needs to be replaced from the last one and start buying those things little by little. This is a little different from what we use to do. We use to take inventory about a month pre-cruse/vacation and do our shopping over that last month. Now we are usually done before we reach that last month.
  7. We put our absolute favorite items in travel size bottles and containers and try to do carry on only. We also replace some liquid items with solids to ensure that we stay within the TSA rules. So we'll have antibacterial wipes instead of hand sanitizer, suncreen sticks instead of lotion.. etc. We've never done a 30 day cruise or anything, so would probably pack differently for something like that and also would most likely have to replenish things while in port. But for a 7-10 day or so cruise, travel size is enough for us.
  8. I've cruised Carnival several times and never have had a problem taking off bottle water or soda while in port. Sometimes it wasn't even sealed. I've filled up sports bottles with ice and water from the buffet in the lido deck to have while in port. No issues whatsoever getting it off. The last day, it has been the same scenario. We weren't really hoarding but have had leftover soda and water that we didn't use. We just dumped it in one of our suitcases and disembarked like normal. You should be fine. Have a good cruise !
  9. You might want to check and see if your cruise line offers any post cruise excursions that are of any interest to you We have done this before and once the excursion was over, they dropped us off at the airport for a late afternoon flight.
  10. We usually fly into the departure city a day or two before the cruise begins and are staying at a hotel. Due to having to check out of the hotel around 11am or so (depending on the hotel) we usually show up to the port shortly thereafter. For a variety of reasons some show up later. Some people hate crowds and in general it is less of a crowd and shorter lines if you get to port after the initial rush of people are onboard. Others fly in the day of the cruise so the time they arrive depends on their flight time...etc
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