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If I read the OP correctly, the primary reason...
If I read the OP correctly, the primary reason for considering plastic wrap is to keep the bags clean. My favorite piece of luggage was a Hartmann bag (from way back when Hartmann was a great line of...
I know some Crystal cruisers have used such a...
I know some Crystal cruisers have used such a service. There are several providers. The service is very convenient and definitely not inexpensive. You might ask on the Crystal board or do a search on...
We have done two Antarctica "cruise by's" on...
We have done two Antarctica "cruise by's" on Crystal, one expedition with zodiac landings on the Marco Polo and one with landings on Seabourn in their first season. If you are only going to do it...
And if the "next flight" is already full, you...
And if the "next flight" is already full, you "could" catch the next next flight. Except you will be in line after the diamond, platinum, gold, silver, etc. medallion flyers who are in the queue...
If you demand the lowest level of fare, then...
If you demand the lowest level of fare, then expect the lowest level of service and included amenities and don't whine about it.
Emirates in business, Singapore Airlines in...
Emirates in business, Singapore Airlines in business, Virgin Atlantic in business, the best lounge EVAH in LHR.
There is no automatic answer to how much Delta...
There is no automatic answer to how much Delta (or most other airlines) charge for a bag. Yes, between U.S/Canada and U.S/Canada the charge is $25 for the first bag (up to 50 lb) and $35 for the...
Denied boarding based on what? Invalid passports?...
Denied boarding based on what? Invalid passports? No. Missing visas? No. Outstanding warrants? No. Forgot to get a flu shot? The cruise line doesn't care. If you have anxiety to the point that you...
Yes, if you are careful to book a cruise that is...
Yes, if you are careful to book a cruise that is round trip Seattle.
HOW would we choose? After all the debating,...
HOW would we choose? After all the debating, analyzing, and rehashing, we would let things settle for a day. Then each of us would write our choice on a piece of paper and reveal the answer to each...
The answer to your question is yes. Just to...
The answer to your question is yes.

Just to clarify, you were happy with HAL, unhappy with Thomson, and want to try a third line that is of a similar quality to HAL but not HAL. Generally,...
The international airport is in Keflavik, about...
The international airport is in Keflavik, about 30 miles from Reykjavik. From the downtown Reykjavik bus terminal, it's simple to pick up a cab to the cruise port. Without luggage and in good weather...
Welcome to Cruise Critic. Without knowing your...
Welcome to Cruise Critic. Without knowing your cruise line, I would answer "probably not." Sometimes when we have had a guarantee (aka TBA) we would find out the room number upon dropping luggage at...
Individual crew members have been promoted,...
Individual crew members have been promoted, retained, or let go depending on guest comments and ratings. The surveys are taken very seriously. Also entertainers have been booked for multiple future...
Just ask. Politely ask. Cabin stewards will...
Just ask. Politely ask. Cabin stewards will accommodate your requests unless they are against ship policy or simply impractical. Their response will either be positive (thank you so much) or...
It's the Passenger Vessel Services Act, aka PVSA....
It's the Passenger Vessel Services Act, aka PVSA. In order not to violate the PVSA, some exemptions* that benefit the cruise industry have been created, including the "closed loop" cruise. So...
That's very understandable. These visa questions...
That's very understandable. These visa questions are often more complicated than one might think. Plus visa requirements change frequently. What was true last year or last month might not be true...
Yes - the "closed loop" itinerary rules are...
Yes - the "closed loop" itinerary rules are irrelevant to a non-U.S. passport holder. The OP's friend is carrying a Brazilian passport and traveling on a tourist visa to the U.S. If Canada requires a...
The good news is that you are not considering a...
The good news is that you are not considering a 15 passenger van. They are even more dangerous and prone to roll-over than the 12 passenger van. Please google "12 passenger van safety." 60 Minutes...
Love them. Have been on two week and much longer...
Love them. Have been on two week and much longer cruises. Anything specific you would like to know?
IF: You are a US citizen AND IF: A passport...
IF:
You are a US citizen AND
IF:
A passport is not a requirement for this cruise
THEN:
Your passport is simply fulfilling the function of both a photo ID AND proof of citizenship

However, if...
(Raises hand.) Absolutely true. And when the Yugo...
(Raises hand.) Absolutely true. And when the Yugo was being sold in the US, I criticized it without ever having driven one. Sometimes, there is enough empirical evidence that ya just know.
I'm looking for logic in your reasoning and not...
I'm looking for logic in your reasoning and not finding any. Medical emergencies happen occasionally to every cruise line. In this case, the consequence for you was a few hours delay getting back to...
Save your guilt for when you do something illegal...
Save your guilt for when you do something illegal or immoral. You have earned your lifestyle. Your adult children will earn their lifestyle, whatever it may be. When they reach the age you are now,...
Of the lines you mentioned, only Crystal, Regent...
Of the lines you mentioned, only Crystal, Regent and Silversea (also Seabourn should be on this list) are "all inclusive" cruise lines. That said, only Regent is inclusive for some, but not all,...