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timolin

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    DE
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    photography, sightseeing, grandchildren
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Carribbean
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    Caribbean

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  1. We stayed at the Hampton Inn last month and it was great. Everything was handled well. When I was pricing the stay, I compared it to the Hilton. The Hampton was cheaper and included a free hot breakfast.
  2. Took the tour last week and I highly reccomend it. Hear are some pointers: St. John, New Brunswick - https://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/transportation/transit/services/citytours.aspx Saint John Transit City Bus Tour is a 2 hour tour on a city bus with full narration of the city with two stops (City Market and Reversing Falls). First bus out is at 10:00 AM and they determine how many tours to offer based on how may ships are in town. Call them a few days before your arrival to see how many buses will run. They are scheduled every 45 minutes starting at 10:00 AM. The cost is $25 US or $30 CN which sure beats all other tours in town. Bus stop is on Waters St. and is a few blocks from the ships. Look for a sandwich board on the sidewalk heading toward town for tour times. There were 3 ships in town and we didn't catch the first 2 buses but got on the third bus. Great tour.
  3. St. John, New Brunswick - https://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/transportation/transit/services/citytours.aspx Saint John Transit City Bus Tour is a 2 hour tour on a city bus with full narration of the city with two stops (City Market and Reversing Falls). First bus out is at 10:00 AM and they determine how many tours to offer based on how may ships are in town. Call them a few days before your arrival to see how many buses will run. They are scheduled every 45 minutes starting at 10:00 AM. The cost is $25 US or $30 CN which sure beats all other tours in town. Bus stop is on Waters St. and is a few blocks from the ships. Look for a sandwich board on the sidewalk heading toward town for tour times. There were 3 ships in town and we didn't catch the first 2 buses but got on the third bus. Great tour.
  4. St. John, New Brunswick - https://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/transportation/transit/services/citytours.aspx Saint John Transit City Bus Tour is a 2 hour tour on a city bus with full narration of the city with two stops (City Market and Reversing Falls). First bus out is at 10:00 AM and they determine how many tours to offer based on how may ships are in town. Call them a few days before your arrival to see how many buses will run. They are scheduled every 45 minutes starting at 10:00 AM. The cost is $25 US or $30 CN which sure beats all other tours in town. Bus stop is on Waters St. and is a few blocks from the ships. Look for a sandwich board on the sidewalk heading toward town for tour times. There were 3 ships in town and we didn't catch the first 2 buses but got on the third bus. Great tour.
  5. Inexpensive ideas: Portland - Casco Bay Mailboat - 2.5 hour boat ride around the islands of Casco Bay. See seperate posting for details but the adult price is &16.50 US or Seniors at $14.50 pp. Kids are even less. St. John, New Brunswick - https://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/transportation/transit/services/citytours.aspx Saint John Transit City Bus Tour is a 2 hour tour on a city bus with full narration of the city with two stops (City Market and Reversing Falls). First bus out is at 10:00 AM and they determine how many tours to offer based on how may ships are in town. Call them a few days before your arrival to see how many buses will run. They are scheduled every 45 minutes starting at 10:00 AM. The cost is $25 US or $30 CN which sure beats all other tours in town. Bus stop is on Waters St. and is a few blocks from the ships. Look for a sandwich board on the sidewalk heading toward town for tour times. There were 3 ships in town and we didn't catch the first 2 buses but got on the third bus. Great tour.
  6. Took the Casco Bay Mailboat last week. We were on the NCL Escape. Very short walk to the ticket office/boat. Best deal in Portland! 2.5 hour boat ride with a few short stops on about 2 of the bigger islands. Great narration about the history of the area. Buy tickets in the ticket office building/waiting room. Adults $16.50 US and Seniors $14.50 US. Boat holds 300 to 400 people so it is unlikely to be full unless there are a lot of ships in port.
  7. Great information. Thank you. We will probably try it week of 9/15/19. Has anyone taken this tour already?
  8. Has anyone taken the Saint John transit bus tour? Did you like it? What is the official name, website and how far is it from the cruise dock? Thank you.
  9. Would someone please provide more information about the ferry boat ride across they bay in Halifax. Would like website, official name, address, approximate distance from cruise dock and did you like it. Thank you.
  10. Here are the FAQ's from NCL's web site explaining the Latitudes Platinum Specialty Dining Program that I downloaded today (7/2/19): What do the specialty dinner benefits cover? This benefit offers two dinners for two at a specialty restaurant for Platinum, Platinum Plus and Ambassador guests. Each stateroom will receive a voucher in their Welcome Back card on embarkation day for: - One dinner for two at Cagney’s or Le Bistro with a bottle of wine - One dinner for two at Moderno or La Cucina This benefit is no longer delivered per guest but now delivered per stateroom. Service charges are included in this benefit. Guest to present voucher to their server before ordering. Benefit entitles each guest to one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert of your choice. Entrée items up to $20 are covered. For items over this amount, an upcharge will be added to your onboard account. I am traveling with other Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador guests in the same stateroom? Do we each get a voucher? No. If there are 2 Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador members in one stateroom, only one Welcome Back Card will be delivered. This gives the correct number of Dinner for Two vouchers the guests are entitled to. For 3rd and 4th Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador members in the same stateroom, an additional Welcome Back Card will be delivered. If there is only a 3rd Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador member in the same stateroom, an additional Welcome Back Card will be delivered but this guest will be treated as a solo traveler who get one dinner only. The benefit is only if there are 2 guests dining on the same visit. Will I still receive two dinners for two if I sail with a guest who is not Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador? Yes, this benefit is delivered as two dinners for two per stateroom. How many dinners will I receive if I am a Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador member and the other person traveling with me is none of these tier levels? You will receive a total of two dinners for two. The benefit is delivered as one per stateroom. Will we receive four dinners for two if I sail with a guest who is Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ambassador? No, this benefit is delivered as two dinners for two per stateroom. Can I still split the dinner for two vouchers if I am a solo traveler (two meals for one person)? No, this benefit is delivered as two dinners for two per stateroom. Solo travelers get two dinners for one. You cannot split the voucher in to two separate vouchers and redeem the dinners on two separate evenings. The benefit is only if there are two guests dining on the same visit. If I don’t use my specialty dinner voucher on one sailing, can I use it on another sailing? No, this benefit is to be used on the sailing it was issued for. It cannot be transferred to another ship, sail date or itinerary including back-to-back sailings.
  11. I know breakfast and lunch is free at the buffet, O'Sheehan's and at least one MDR. I read there is a modified breakfast buffet line in Margaritaville and I assume it is free. Are any of the premium restaurants free for lunch or breakfast or have a special free breakfast or lunch menu. Question is specific for Escape but all other ships are of interest.
  12. Is the morning coffee and sweet rolls room service still complementary? It was last year even though the cruise line info indicated all room service had a charge. Thanks.
  13. Medicare does not cover you outside the US. Some supplemental policies do cover incidents outside the US but others do not. We have Medicare and a Plan N supplemental policy. We are not covered for any medical coverage outside the US. We therefore buy a travel insurance policy that has medical coverage that covers us outside the US. Just going to the ship's doctor is tremendously expensive. On a cruise, my wife had a few visits to the ship's infirmary and receives some medication. The bill was well over $1,000 and the medical part of the travel insurance covered it all.. In our case the travel insurance part of the policy is incidental to the essential medical coverage.
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