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  1. We're close to actually booking a Lindblad expedition and checking the 7th continent off our list :) I have to say that BA is our preferred jumping off city because we haven't been there and would like to see it before and after the cruise. However, the smaller and newer Orion itineraries start in Santiago. My only concern with Explorer is that some searches I've done indicate that there are limitations on the number of guests allowed ashore and so I'm wondering if I should go with the Orion and plan a separate trip to BA (maybe open jaw and head there after the cruise, possibly even direct from Ushuaia)?
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    Aqua Class or Concierge Class

    I agree Hank. It's no different from when Alex Cruz took over BA after running a low cost carrier (Clickair / Vueling).
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    Cash Out OBC?

    No, but I was able to get promotional chips/slot credit with no fee. I got lucky on the craps table and turned $40 into $60 cash.
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    Aqua Class or Concierge Class

    I prefer even a C3 to Aqua Class. I just didn't like Blu, although this year I found the MDR had definitely dropped in quality compared to my 2012/2013 cruises. It felt like RCCL dining, which is only 'fine' not 'can't wait'.
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    Where to get soda?

    I'm with the other folks who prefer the Celebrity method because it's individual cans. On RCCL the Freestyle was nice (especially in the busy buffet) but if you did go to a bar, the soda didn't taste right. If it came from a 2L bottle it had no fizz and if it came from the soda gun it was weak.
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    Question re: Surge protectors

    I love my little Belkin surge protector, but for cruises (and international travel, since mine isn't 240V approved) I travel with the cheap "dollar store" extension cords which are only about 6 feet but turn 1 outlet into 3. I also bring my international plug adapter on board so I can use both the EU and North American outlets in the cabin.
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    Celebrity-Choice AIR When to book?

    I'd book it now if you like the price. Choice Air often is buying a bulk set of tickets front he departure airport and they're gone when they're gone. One way tickets are often hard to find deals on. My anecdote - back in 2013 I hesitated to buy the one way airfare early at $1200/pp from Choice Air after an Infinity cruise. No joke economy jumped to $2400 for the same flight when we got closer. I ended up getting FC for $3000 because I was never paying so much for an economy ticket.
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    Over packing.

    You forget about getting to and from airports, to and from the cruise terminal, as well as pre-cruise or post-cruise touring. As for the topic, my wife and I pack 7 or 8 days and plan on doing laundry. It takes two carry on size bags and one checked back to share (including empty space out to make room for souvenirs home).
  9. Your review has me wanting to take a second MSC cruise. Food was definitely lacking from X, but drinks were cheaper for non-Aurea, and as an Aurea cabin I found the drinks far more inclusive than the Classic package. Service was about on par, but some of that is me believing Celebrity service has dropped. I liked all the bars on MSC and the fast drink service, but the evening entertainment (after the main show and dinner) was always dancing - not to my taste.
  10. There's nothing listed on my Cruise Planner, but as I recall from past cruises other bus transfers don't show up there, but can be booked on board. I'm just trying to plan ahead on if I should hire a tour company; we were thinking about doing Seoul on our own.
  11. Hi gang, It looks like if I want to go to Traitors Cove, I'm being offered a 7:15 slot with an independent operator. I was wondering if that's too early in the day to see bears? I don't want to spend $1000 for nothing, and for the same price I can book with the ship but they go to Neets Bay which I read was more crowded. Thanks for quick responses so I can book either way!!
  12. Hi gang, I read in a few threads that there are two types of OBC and one of them is a refundable type. How do I know if ours is refundable? We were given the OBC by a warehouse club travel agency. Since we're booking excursions and drink packages ahead of time and thus prepaying for them, I want to know if I need to try to blow it while on board?
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    Last minute helicopter tours?

    I read on here that the dogsledding tours are among the most cancelled. When this happens, are most glacier walks cancelled too, or are the dog camps more susceptible to problems? And if a dogsledding excursion is cancelled but not other glacier tours, are cruise lines ever able to let us switch to one that hasn't been cancelled?
  14. I read that from Icy Strait Point I can take a flightseeing excursion that goes to Glacier Bay National Park. Since Celebrity doesn't cruise through there (we get Hubbard Glacier), I was wondering if those flights are better than the ones I can get from Talkeetna on our DIY land tour afterwards? I am not trying to compare costs, just the views. :)
  15. Hey Celebrity experts, My father-in-law is joining us, and doesn't have a credit card. He has a $250 OBC, and our plan was to link his online account to my credit card for any overages and so he doesn't need to put any cash up front. But when filling out his Xpress Pass, the online system says "That card is already in the system" and won't allow it. I saw that when I registered, I could add another reservation to my expense account, but that raised a question. If I do this, do all of his room charges go onto my room? That would not be ideal, and if so I can use a different credit card. I just would prefer to use my Amex.