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  1. We are doing a back to back cruise -10 night Celebrity Reflection followed by 5 night Majesty of Seas. Both ships dock at Port Everglades . Reflection (Pier 25 ), Majesty( Pier18 ) Our plan is to depart Reflection as late as they will allow us ( 10 ish ) .... Through Customs/security etc.... Cab to Pier 18..Drop luggage.... Cab to Hilton Marina - Water Taxi ... Return to Majesty around 2 pm for boarding.... Am i missing anything .. does this plan work ? Any tips or suggestions are appreciated ? Thanks in advance! If it were me, I would leave the Reflection earlier, as it will take time to get through customs, then get my luggage to Pier 18. They will take your luggage by 9:00AM if not sooner. Then you can have plenty of time to do the water taxi, in case you have any hiccups. Always better to get to your ship early, rather than run the risk of being late. We have gone from Port Everglades to Miami (Silhouette sailing to Eclipse Sailing, same day) along with several B2B sailings.
  2. We have crossed the Tasman Sea twice, both around the same time, first part of February. In both 2019, and 2015. In 2015, we had 6-10 ft seas and a little on the rough side. This year, we had 3-6 ft seas, and not a bad ride. I always have seasick meds just in case.
  3. If you have internet on the ship, or find WI FI on the island, and you are looking to check in with someone at home, you can use Facebook, Facetime, or Hangouts. Not sure if you are aware of this. We were just in Australia, New Zealand and several South Pacific Islands in February, and we stayed in touch using Facebook. You can make phone calls through all 3 of these apps, as long as the people you want to stay in touch with have them.
  4. You can definitely drop your luggage at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at 8:00AM. We were just there for sail aways on 1/31/19 (Solstice) and 2/15/19 (Explorer). DH walked the large bags down just after 8:00, and porters were there to take them. Very easy to do.
  5. Currently in Sydney and board Solstice tomorrow (Jan 31 sailing). We stopped at the terminal today and asked the Porter's how early we could drop off our bags. They said they start at 8:00 AM.
  6. A crew member from Majesty of the Seas was reported over board just after 2:00 AM this morning off the coast of Florida. Praying he may be found alive. https://www.wdwinfo.com/news-stories/coast-guard-searching-for-royal-caribbean-crew-member-who-went-overboard/
  7. Does anyone know if the balcony divider can be opened on deck 6 for balconies on Solstice that are 2 slant balconies? TIA
  8. I'll be following along with you. We have friends on the Eclipse! Thanks for taking the time to let us sail with you!
  9. Another option is to hire out a small vessel with a captain and set your own course. Which ever way you go, sailing to see as many SP Islands will have many sea Days as there is many, many sea miles between them. OR, to save time from sea days, fly to each one for an overnight or 2 on the Islands you want to visit.
  10. The center of Dunedin city is about 15km from the Port. I don't recall if there are sidewalks along the road from the Port into the city, but I don't think there are any. Port Chalmers reminded me of an industrial port. It would take a good 20-30 minutes till walk into town. On our first visit, we hired (rented) a car right there at the Port, and drove into town, then out to the Albatross Center. Very beautiful area.
  11. Yes, the Port is actually Port Chalmers. We want to take the shuttle from the Port into Town
  12. Our first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin. We would like to just take the shuttle into town. Is there an ATM right at the Port? We won't have any NZ $$ yet. Or do they accept a credit card for payment on the shuttle? TIA
  13. They leave with much difficulty. 🤢🤮
  14. I checked several bookings, and the price for the NRD with 3 perks is more than what I am paying and the value of the added perks. Plus, if I want to change sailings, I would loose $100. pp. It pays to book early, and get the lower pricing.
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