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  1. We did not find that to be the case at all. We disputed a charge of over $5,000 with a major cruise line years ago and our credit card company got it all back for us. We are still using that credit card to this day and have paid for many more cruises with it since then.
  2. In the past, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean would routinely comp transfers between their ships for B2B passengers who were changing ships. They would even provide an overnight hotel stay, when that was necessary. Many of us used their free transfers between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. They even comped us an overnight hotel room in London after a transatlantic cruise, with ground transfers and meal vouchers included, when we were changing from a Celebrity ship to a Royal Caribbean ship. Then they discontinued the policy several years ago. I don't remember wh
  3. In years past whenever they canceled our cruise, they would return whatever cash we had already paid, and additionally give us FCC as compensation for the inconvenience and incentive to book with them again. Surely the cruise lines carry insurance to protect themselves in emergency situations, but we don't know which circumstances would be covered and which would be excluded.
  4. No problem using a laptop with Windows either.
  5. It just seems to depend on who happens to be on duty at the entrance to the dining room at the time that you arrive and whether or not "they" happen to notice what you are wearing, or even care. That is why one guy wearing shorts may be seated while another one may be turned away. These days it seems that most ship employees really don't care what you wear and they prefer to avoid confrontation. But there are still some who are sticklers about enforcing the dress code. In any case, it is no big deal and certainly nothing worth worrying about. The very worst
  6. The TA is the one to cancel it with the cruise line. When you use a TA, you are the client of the TA and the TA is the client of the cruise line.
  7. As well as visiting travel agents and their guests, visiting entertainers, guests of officers, and likely some other categories that we have not yet encountered.
  8. March 2 - NBC News Coronavirus prompts a dozen schools in Washington state to close March 2 - The Seattle Times As more coronavirus cases emerge, schools in Washington state are closing, cleaning and waiting
  9. This is a different situation. Spouses living at the same address are given the same points and the same perks. That does not apply to friends or other family members sharing a stateroom with you who reside at a different location. Yes, it is still as you describe. At the beginning of the cruise, visit the Captain's Club Host/ess together with your family member to explain your situation and your roommate should be given either a special card or sticker good for admission to all the Captain's Club events on the cruise (e.g., the wine tasting, backst
  10. Excellent advice. There are very few ports where you need to take your passport off the ship with you (e.g., St. Petersburg, Russia) and the ship will inform you when you need to do so. At other ports, a photocopy of your main passport page works well for ID purposes, unless renting a motor vehicle, in which case you should bring your driver's license. I would be foolish to risk having my passport, or even my driver's license, lost or stolen by taking it off the ship and carrying it around at a port where it is not needed as it would be a real hassle to get it repl
  11. Either way is fine; whichever you prefer. For nights when you know in advance that you will want to eat at a specific time, you can select a time in advance and for nights when you want to remain flexible, you can just show up whenever you feel like going, knowing that you may or may not have to wait to be seated.
  12. We did something similar a number of years ago, and our best bet at that time turned out to be the Quick Shuttle (Quick Coach) which ran an express bus from the Canada Place pier directly down to SEA airport and the Seattle cruise piers. A lot of cruise passengers who disembark at Vancouver fly in and out of SEA. The express bus picked us up right where we got off the first ship in Vancouver, at Canada Place. The only other stop it made along the way before Seattle was at the border crossing. Even though the Quick Shuttle cost more than the Bolt bus, it was a l
  13. I would price out and compare the costs of various car rental location combinations for pick-up and drop off on the dates you want. Sometimes it is more cost effective to take a taxi to an off-airport location instead of renting at the airport. We have saved hundreds of dollars doing that. Generally off-airport location rental prices are lower, but if picking up and dropping off at two different locations, that can make a difference in the price too. As Jim_Iain noted, we have also had the experience where the cost was higher to pick up a car at the airport, but
  14. It is a sit-down and be served lunch, typically held in a section of the main dining room on embarkation day. It is now commonly called the Concierge lunch, but there are several other categories of people who may be eating there as well. You can ask to look over the menu at the entrance before deciding whether or not you want to be seated. The menu there is very limited, but if you see anything on it that looks appealing, you can just order one or two items from it and then go elsewhere on the ship for the rest of your meal, if you wish. The people at the door may r
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