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    HAL - at the moment
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    thus far, have enjoyed them all

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  1. mort&fran

    Packing for Alaska

    We did the land-sea package with HAL (Princess's sister) plus a week before in Vancouver. I made a spreadsheet with 3 columns - one for the week in Vancouver, one for the cruise, and one for the Alaska land tour. Knowing that we would be doing laundry along the way, I collated what I would need to 2 columns - what to pack and what to take in a carry-on. See the attached. Alaska Cruise packing.xls
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    chicago to fort laudedale

    There were two instances where we (surprisingly) found cheaper flights out of Milwaukee (although they not non-stop).
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    Advice on US to Australia to New Zealand

    I presume the cruise line's offering is not attractive? When we booked our Auckland to Sydney HAL cruise a few years back, their air add-on price was less than anything I could find.
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    C-pap /tsa

    I have flown domestically and internationally on multiple airlines, taking my CPAP on-board with me. It was never counted as a carry-on nor as a personal item. On international flights, just to be safe, when I make the reservations I ask that they note my record. No gate agent has ever even questioned me about it.
  5. If you have never been to Amsterdam, the last time we were there there was a city bus route from the airport to and from the city center. And I agree that there is much to see within a walk-able distance of the bus stops. Also, in the airport, there was a travel agency that provided tours (to Amsterdam, Ghent, etc.) if you had at least 4 hours between flights.
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    There are perhaps a dozen Medicare "supplement" plans, not to be confused with Medicare "advantage" plans. Each Supplement Plan has standard standard terms, regardless of the insurance company from whom the coverage is purchased. Most people opt for supplement Plan F, since it is reported to be the most comprehensive. It covers the deductibles, copays and coinsurance in Medicare Parts A and B. It also provides up to $50,000 in foreign travel "emergency" medical benefits. While the COVERAGE is consistent across insurance companies, how they handle claims that may occur probably isn't. So if you intend to rely on your Medicare supplement while out of the country, it probably would be wise to consult with them before making your travel arrangements.
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    C-pap /tsa

    I've never had a had problem on domestic flights; just put the CPAP case on the belt and it sailed through the scanner. Also, never had a problem taking it on-board as an additional carry-on. On international flights I contacted the airlines before traveling and they noted my flight record. No problem on the outbound legs, and in most instances had no problem at foreign airports (and the issues I encountered were minor).
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    Cruise post M.I.?

    OP's situation was a heart attack ca. 3 weeks prior to departure. I'm not sure what she meant when she said their insurance would partially reimburse any medical cost*. Travelguard covered my costs in full. (I had to jump through hoops, but I read everything so there were no surprises. Plus I purchased the insurance within the requisite timeframe.) *My heart attack and subsequent surgery were in Argentina, at a cost significantly less than what would have been the case in the US. I obviously did not know that I would have a heart attach; the limit I selected was not the highest option offered.
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    Cruise post M.I.?

    Sorry that I am entering this discussion after the fact. I had an MI (on a cruise ship no less) in January 2014. We next planned a cruise for summer 2015 but had to cancel at the last minute - because my wife needed surgery. (Successful, thankfully) We've been on 3 cruises since, and I've re-entered CC because we're planning another. I had no problem getting travel insurance for any of the cruises, with the pre-existing condition exclusion waived (obviously, because I purchased within 14 days of making our initial deposit). Bottom line, IMO - Once you have a heart attack you have periodic visits with a cardiologist. When your cardiologist says it's OK, go for it!
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    Baltic Cruise Souvenirs

    We bought a somewhat larger picture from an artist in a craft mart in Durban, South Africa. He apparently was experienced dealing with tourists, because he had a small supply of appropriately-sized cardboard tubes. He rolled our picture into a tube and sealed it, and the picture made it home intact.
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    Just back -- Bergen rt on MS Spitsbergen

    We've used TMobile multiple times in Europe and, as mcpepe said, there was no roaming charge, no charge for text or data, and 20 cents per minute for phone. BUT I first checked with my local TMobile store as to what I had to do/set on my phone to set it up when we arrived in Europe.
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    Just back -- Bergen rt on MS Spitsbergen

    TMobile is the US subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (German company). They do not appear to have a subsidiary in Australia.
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    Just back -- Bergen rt on MS Spitsbergen

    Thanks for that info, but what are FB and IG??? Also, were you able to send and receive while the ship was traveling, or only when in port?
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    Bergen - much to choose from

    Thanks. That's better than I had expected!
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    Bergen - much to choose from

    We expect to be in Bergen in early November. What should we expect weather-wise, and in terms of what will be available for tourists?