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  1. Jane2357

    New England / Canada Schedule for 2020

    This cruise has been on my bucket list for years but in 2017 I gave up my reservation in order to book Galapagos for this coming Feb. for my 25th anniversary. Sadly, I am having open heart surgery this November due to a congenital birth defect and that too was canceled. I am booking the NE/Canada cruise - it will give me something to look forward too!!!! Yes a long way off but I do like something on the horizon.
  2. I haven't been on in many a moon. Can anyone tell me when the dates open for NE/Canada 2020?
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    Baby onboard

    I would suggest that upon boarding the ship - you check to see if they have any availability for babysitting services up front - do not just assume that it is available and wait till you decide you'd like a couple of free hours some evening. With staff cutbacks most all staff are working their full allowed hours - babysitting (they send 2 people) must be done within those hours as they cannot exceed the maximum. So there may be availability and there may not be any. We were on a 15 night cruise and there was no babysitting available until it became desperate for a family and they pulled 2 staff off of their regular duties to make an accommodation for a couple of hours. The family with 2 young children were very upset that they could not get any child free time as they had been led to believe that it was available if desired. Was this just an assumption or a TA was mistaken - who knows. That family then, at one point, was threatened by being put off the ship at the next port when it became obvious that the children were not being properly supervised as items were being thrown off the balcony and landing on the penthouse balcony - dangerous for both child and the people below. The parents walked around for two weeks with a look of sheer misery on their faces. I'm not a child hater but I also don't love everyone else's children - I would not wish to share in your experience with your child - so I'm the person that will just ignore you. I would not be ok if we were at the same dinner table and please do not let your little one toddle in front of or around people walking. The ship can rock, people may already not be steady on their feet, it would be a shame to cause a fall. It does sound like you've done your homework and will be prepared. As long as you remain respectful to not disrupt anyone else's experience you'll do great and I do hope you enjoy your cruise!
  4. Jane2357

    Bus Crash In Mexico Involving Equinox Passengers

    My deepest condolences to you and your families. There are no words to express the sorrow that we all feel seeing this news.
  5. Jane2357

    Release Date?

    I've been MIA for a while and may have missed this (did a search, no luck) but I am wanting to know the release date for New England/ Canada for 2019. I think this is usually in Dec./Jan. if I recall. Thanks
  6. My wine opener that was in my carry on was confiscated going through security at the port. It had a tiny foil cutter on it, and that was all that it took. Gone. I was not happy but the butler brought us one to borrow. It was my fault and I won't make that mistake twice.
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    Shorts in dining room, first night

    I said that in reference to the fact I've never seen shorts in the dining room the first night and that I have been on ENOUGH cruises - meaning I'm not saying I haven't seen it once or twice. I haven't seen it in several cruises. If you have no carry on - then I would be wearing a passable outfit to fly in. I personally would never feel comfortable for either myself or my DH to wear shorts to the dining room. My personal preference and your milage may vary.
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    Shorts in dining room, first night

    I've cruised enough to be Elite and can honestly say that I have never seen shorts in the dining room on either the first or last night of a cruise. Surely you have a carryon bag. I always make sure that incase of delayed or lost luggage to have 1 appropriate dinner outfit, 1 set of underwear, pj's, and a bathing suite packed. There is no reason to wear shorts unless you are tying to make a statement.
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    Live on Infinity / Panama Canal

    robtads2@hotmail.com This is the email contact for Roberto from Robtad's Any chance to tour with Roberto would be great. Just realize that only twice has he gotten groups into the control room but he is so knowledgeable and dedicated that you will have an unforgettable experience. brianrene18@hotmail.com This is the contact email for Brayan of Cartagena Explore. He also has a Facebook page under Cartagena Explore. A young, fast moving, highly educated young man. Loved our day with him! Our coffee experience was a private tour for two and worth the money!
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    Swim diapers

    Swim diapers indicate to others that a child is not fully potty trained, if your child is fully potty trained then they should wear a bathing suit. I've seen people asked by security to remove their child from the pool. If you are concerned then perhaps the young one isn't ready yet and you should assess this honestly with yourself because if there were an accident, they will close the pool for a prolonged period of time.
  11. We sailed Infinity this year through the Panama Canal and had a Celebrity Suite. Having had a Sky Suite once before the Suite Life Perks - we weren't prepared for the level of spoiling that we received. Micheal's Club - spent tons of time there and the Concierge spoiled us rotten. Food in Luminae was very good. Cabin was certainly large enough and loved the walk in closet/dressing area. While the FV will have the better view - if money is not the object - go for the suite!
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    Cruise Land and Sea Tours to Alaska

    I second CHEZMARYLOU. We did the 6 night up to Fairbanks land portion and it was amazing and stress free. Highly recommend. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Shoreside Concierge now contacting Sky Suites?

    Our last cruise we sailed in an M Class, Celebrity Suite (loved the layout!) and the entire group of us waiting to board in the first wave were escorted by the Michael's Club Concierge to Michael's Club. However - those in Sky Suites were asked to go directly to Luminae for lunch. Apparently the Concierge wanted CS, RS and PH guests in Michael's first so that he could meet and greet and give one on one attention. So there are subtle differences in the level of attention given.
  14. I think I'll smile and nicely ask for a Butler. I don't need a Butler but I really really like having a Butler. There must be some extras going un-used, or just snitch one from a cabin that is supposed to have one. :o