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  1. Just make sure that your case of water has its own luggage tag attached. There will be a help desk outside the terminal entrance to help you if needed.
  2. LOL - and all this time I thought sparks1093 was the delightful woman in the photo!
  3. Washington State has a red banner across the top where the words Enhanced Drivers License is located. There is an American flag by the photo, and an Evergreen Tree rather than a star (as WA is the Evergreen State). I appreciate Ms. Sparks1093 knowledge on all things related to Travel ID issues/questions. She knows her stuff!
  4. Are you not interested in Republic RV parking due to cost or...? It would certainly be convenient if you are sailing from Pier 91.
  5. If you do go with luggage from Costco or Sam"s Club (we have some luggage from Costco), just be aware that many other passengers also are traveling with the same luggage. Be extra careful when you claim your luggage at the end of the trip - that you grabbed the correct medium black carry-on suitcase! ; )
  6. Same accommodation for Alaska cruise passengers with passports containing Canadian visa - if those passengers are scheduled to take the excursion railroad trip out of Skagway that travels into the Yukon Territory (passport required from everyone), those passengers can claim their passports from Guest Services in order to take the excursion. The system accommodates, and works!
  7. Say for example you were an international passenger who was required to have a Canadian visa in order to take an Alaska bound cruise from Seattle - your passport would be collected by the Seattle based check-in agent and turned over to the ship document control officer. Many of these passengers are from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa. The collection of these passports gives the Canadian immigration/border officers a central location on the ship to check/verify the foreign passports, which allows the thousands of passengers who don't need a Canadian visa not to be held up for their Canadian port visit. (Passengers from the US, Mexico, EU countries, Japan, South Korea, Australia, NZ, etc would not need a Canadian visa). If a passenger who needed a Canadian visa arrived at the pier in Seattle without a Canadian visa, they would be denied boarding. Sad to say it happens all the time.
  8. At Pier 91 in Seattle employees are told not to ask passengers. Also, passengers are not asked to fill out a health form. (Health forms dropped prior to the 2018 Alaska cruise season).
  9. Employees are told not to ask female passengers if they are pregnant. If a passenger volunteers the information (especially a later stage pregnancy), then a supervisor will most likely become involved.
  10. Not really practical. Your friends should be at the Pier no later than 3 PM (and that is cutting it VERY close - not to mention tempting the travel gods that you won't run into any traffic delays). There is the Muster/safety drill happening on the ship beginning around 3:15 pm. By this time most of the Pier staff are on their way out. The ships will be 'backing' out from their berths after 4 PM, and unless your friends have a balcony stateroom that that end of the ship, and on the pier side of the ship, the likelihood that you would see them is fairly low. Meanwhile, your dogs would be in the car about a half mile away (public parking) and the parking lot shuttle would have ended for the day. Better yet, find your way to either the Palisades Restaurant (or the more affordable "Maggie Buff") and raise a glass as the ship sails by.
  11. Thanks for the info. I have wondered how the cruise-line handles the tips when passengers put down so little in their cash account. I wonder if some of these the passengers even are aware of the expected daily tip expectation. Thanks again!
  12. Maybe a CC like sparks1093 can answer this: How does Carnival handle a passenger who doesn't have a credit card on file and sets up a bare minimum cash account with only $20 in it? How does the cruise ship get the mandatory tips paid if a bare minimum cash acc't is set up (assuming that the tips were not pre-paid)? What other function (besides accepting cash towards your sign&sail acc't) dose the Kiosk provide? Can you view your spending on the kiosk screen?
  13. If you were traveling from Pier 91 in Seattle that REAL ID would not be accepted (the Enhanced DL from WA, VT, NY, MI, MN would be). You would have to work with a Pier 91 supervisor and have a copy of your birth certificate emailed/faxed. Happens weekly at Pier 91.
  14. Please make sure you have your correct travel documents (passports, birth certificates, etc). It does happen that when passengers arrive at the pier and get out their passports that they realize to their horror they accidentally grabbed their child's passport, or brought their expired passport by mistake. Happens more than you can imagine.
  15. At least on the Solstice, all Aqua Class cabins are on the same deck (Deck 11), so the cabin stewards would know how to make up each room for the Aqua Class guest. Rather than have the sparkling wine on ice waiting for you on Embarkation Day, you can let your room steward know which day you when you would like to have it. In your stateroom you will most likely find two 12/16 oz type bottled water (free) and 1 or 2 larger fancier bottled water ($). On the Solstice you could request the 'pillow' menu, it wasn't just in the stateroom. Re 'Happy Hour", it sounds like you are asking about an Elite status perk, Celebrity does offer all passengers a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice upon boarding. I enjoyed the free in room appetizers in the late afternoon. There was one day that they didn't come, and while I was a little disappointed, we didn't say anything to the steward. Lunch is in the buffet, unless you decide to purchase a lunch in one of the opened specialty restaurants (and I don't think too many are open for lunch on Embarkation day (maybe Sushi on Five on the Solstice). Just be nice to these hard-working crew members...
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