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  1. We got the platinum insurance from HAL that is a cancel for any reason. I of the cruise line cancels, I would think it is all refundable
  2. We received the casino offer. The free cruises were all to the Caribbean in march and April. Knew those most likely would not sail. The other offered were very reduced fares, or so I thought. We booked a 15 day Panama Canal for mid April and a great rate for a veranda. Two days ago I checked the sailing and found an offer for EXACTLY the same price, including the OBC. Called my PCC and he said it was because that was an offer for a 4 star mariner, which we are. So, you apparently don’t have to get a casino offer to get the same deal. I sort of feel duped. It was a pay in full at the time of bo
  3. You gamble in the casino a lot. The more you spent/lose, the better the casino rate. Or better yet, you receive an offer for a free cruise. Had that a couple of times. Got an offer last month. The Caribbean cruises for March and April were free. Cruises after that were at a very reduced rate. We figured the Caribbean ones would be cancelled as islands are not allowing cruise ships to dock in the foreseeable future. We got a 15 day Panama Camal cruise for $999 veranda category sailing in April. May or may not happen.
  4. Are you talking casino rate or the casino promo? I have never received a casino payment on a casino rate. It has been strictly a reduced rate. We did recently get a casino promo where the casino pays more than half of the rate. It comes with free drinks while gambling
  5. We booked at 21 day cruise for October 2021 while on a cruise last January. The cruise consultant said it was too early to see if the casino rate was applied. We have not sailed without a casino rate for the last 10 years, sailing at least once a year. When I got home and called our cruise consultant, he said it did not show. Fast forward to today and we did not get the casino rate on this cruise. I don’t know if it is because we have the “have it all” booking that includes air, gratuities, drink package and $1000 OBC. We could get the casino rate if we rebooked without those perks, which woul
  6. We wanted to book a cruise and travel with my sister and brother in law. They did not have an FCD. We were able to buy them one prior to booking on board. Just needed their CC number and mariner numbers
  7. We got it on our Delta AE once. It was on both our cards, so we each used it for $500. Then a few months later it showed up on our AE Blue card and we each had it on our cards and used it again. Once was before final payment and the second was after, so we added $1000 in OBC figuring that if we didn’t use it, we could get it back. Of course we used it all...lol
  8. We just returned from an entire canal transit, Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. Our first Panama Canal cruise was a partial, like you are doing, on the Zuiderdam. We initially booked that same excursion, but then thought about what we would miss. If you go ashore, you meet the ship on the other side of the locks, so you miss going back through the locks. We also had an aft facing cabin(as we did this time for the full transit). We were so glad we stayed on the ship. Yes, we were anchored in the lake, but we watched huge ships come and go and just enjoyed being on the veranda in a near empty ship.
  9. We were able to do this with our Delta Amex before final payment. We each put it on our cards and paid $1000 total and got $200 credit. It appeared again on our Amex Blue after final payment, so we each put $500 on our cards for OBC and got $200 credit again. If we don’t use it, we will get that refunded by HAL, but think we will probably find a way to spend it onboard!
  10. When you come back on the ship, you will have to go through security. If you are bringing a bottle of wine with you, they will confiscate it. The free bottle must be brought in your carry on luggage. Not only is it dishonest, it has the potential of ruining this freebie for everyone else if the cruise line decides not to allow one free bottle per person any further.
  11. We did the partial transit a few years ago on the Zuiderdam and loved it. We had an aft corner Neptune suite and the experience was fabulous. Did not do an excursion while in Lake Gaugon(sp), but stayed on the ship and watched all the freighters come and go through the locks. Weather is VERY hot, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and a hat! We loved it so much we are doing the full transit this January with another aft cabin.
  12. I don’t believe that will work. We wanted to try it when we took our adult children and grandchildren. They said no. No way to accrue more mariner points either. I think people who try and play the system will ultimately mean the OBC from the stock will stop
  13. Nope. Booked a separate cabin for daughter and granddaughter. Doesn’t matter who pays for the second cabin, you only get OBC for your booking Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. We did the partial transit 4 years ago and are doing the full transit this January. We took the cruise specifically to go through the canal and stayed on the ship to enjoy every minute. Even sitting in Lake Gatun was wonderful. If you are going for the canal experience, you will miss it if you get off the ship for a tour. We will be staying on the ship this time to. The experience is awesome. And we live along the Mississippi where we have gone through the locks and dams many times in boats. This was totally different. To each their own, I guess Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Ours is up next year...do you have to go to the airport where you originally got cleared or can you do it online? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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