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  1. That’s pretty much the way we’re feeling too. We booked the January 6 sailing while on a cruise in January, 2018. At the time, I thought it was pretty expensive but we decided to invest the extra $$ on a more-or-less one time event just to experience the new ship and satisfy our curiousity. To me, the whole Edge thing has been over-hyped and initial reviews have been all over the place. I’m thinking my IV cabin will be interesting enough for a week (as will the ship itself), but that will scratch the itch enough.
  2. POSH - Port Out (from Europe to North America), Starboard Home (from NA to Europe). If you want the best chance to catch some sun on a balcony cabin get one on the starboard (right) side of the ship. If you’re concerned about motion sickness best to get something low and near the centre (midships) of the ship.
  3. I’m not so sure I understand the difficulty of getting to Quebec from CA (Air Canada runs flights from LAX to YYZ to YQB) and I’ll leave the expense thing aside but why would it make any difference whether you stay at the Hilton instead of the Auberge Saint Antoine which is near the cruise port and well located in a very interesting part of the city?
  4. No, I expect they’ll make sure you get to Quebec without a night-long stopover in either Toronto or Montreal.
  5. Normally an announcement will be made on what you should do (either written and/or over the speaker system). Typically it is recommended that in addition to your cruise card you should take a government issued ID with your photo on it. A driver’s license for example. You can take your passport if you wish; I normally leave mine onboard especially in the Caribbean where it’s highly unlikely I’ll need it.
  6. Never used Porter but have relatives who have and they liked them. Just never had any reason to fly in/out of Billy Bishop airport rather than Pearson.
  7. Sorry, excuse me. I was certainly wrong about that!
  8. Porter doesn’t fly between Toronto and Quebec.
  9. Could fly into Toronto on Air Transat on Friday, stay overnight at an airport hotel and fly with Air Canada direct to Quebec on Saturday.
  10. Toronto is a big airport but there really isn’t anything unusual about it for making a longish layover pass quickly. You’re in AC business class so you have access to the lounge for however long you need/want it. If I were you, I’d just hunker down in the airport and try not to look at my watch too often. Passport is all you need.
  11. Yes. You’ll pre-clear in Toronto.
  12. It seems you’re looking for ideas on flights from PHL to FAI and then YVR to PHL?? Why not check the United site; they offer a mid-week flight (next July) from PHL to FAI through ORD and return (Air Canada) from YVR to PHL at about USD 820. Both schedules are pretty good. Also, it’s quick and easy to get from the cruise port in Vancouver to the airport. A flight at 1230 in the afternoon is easily doable by using the Canada Line LRT. Whether these flights are any better or less expensive than what other carriers may offer (or what the cruise company may come up with) will have to be determined by asking for quotes. I don’t think there are any general rules here.
  13. I logged in at cruisecritic.com (the web site, not an app!). Works OK but they’re still populating some of the boards.
  14. No charge. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  15. That’s right. If you want to stop and visit the SOL you’ll need to do that through Statue Cruises (statuecruises.com) Sent from my iPad using Forums
  16. Here is an excerpt from the ICE site: Re-entry for F-1 Non-immigrants Travelling Outside the United States for Five Months or Fewer This section of the FAQ applies to continuing F-1 students who travel outside the United States for five months or less. Students should consult their Designated School Official (DSO) prior to travelling. Your DSO generally works in the International Student Office. You must have a current SEVIS Form I-20 endorsed for travel and your DSO needs to be able to verify that your SEVIS record is accurate and up-to-date. Expand AllCollapse All What are the basic requirements for an F-1 to re-enter the United States after travelling abroad on pleasure or personal business? A Form I-20, endorsed for travel and signed by your DSO You have been out of the United States for less than five months A current passport valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry or, if you are from one of the countries listed below, a passport that is current through the date of entry A valid, current visa or you travelled to contiguous country or adjacent island for less than thirty days Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover tuition and living expenses If you are from a visa exempt country, you do not need a visa to reenter the United States from the western hemisphere, but make sure that you present your I-20 to be admitted as an F-1 student and not a visitor. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  17. Doesn’t work that way in my experience. You purchase a package of internet minutes and you receive one package. How you use the minutes is up to you but it’s one device at a time against your account (you’ll have an ID and password pretty much like everything else you sign into these days). Sent from my iPad using Forums
  18. One device (on your internet account) can be connected at a time. Whether it’s you or your wife at the keyboard makes no difference. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  19. There will have to be some squeezing. The locks are designed for maximum 78’ beam, Veendam is over 100’. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  20. Oh, you’ll get the voucher sometime after you are onboard the ship, not beforehand. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  21. I wouldn’t do that. What is likely to happen is that you will be given a voucher for specialty dining (probably at Sabatini’s, not the Crown Grill) for a specific night. You can call and make your reservation then. Without the voucher, you’ll be paying for your meal and probably won’t be successful on being credited back. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  22. You’re arriving in Quebec at 10 pm. By the time you clear customs, pick up your luggage and start moving it’s going to be darn near 11 pm. Why bother going downtown at that time of night? Just stay at the Comfort Inn near the airport and make your way to the cruise terminal in the morning. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. It’s about 3 1/2 hours by train from Nuremberg to Berlin. We spent a few days there before Baltic cruise last year and really enjoyed ourselves. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  24. Yes, it’s helpful. I booked directly with Ama and have a contact at their office who I contact to gradually pay off the cruise fare. Will he provide a price on the pre-paid gratuities if I ask? Sent from my iPad using Forums
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