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About ShipShapely

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Anything to do with water (except floods and leaks), boating, fine dining, wines, art, walking,
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Uniworld, Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. Thank you. yes that is the simplest. we used uber to go to airport in our hometown. worked out well. Thx again.
  2. LHT snd STEERAGE Joe (awesome map btw thanks!!); great suggestions both of you much appreciate. its not the cost of two transfers but trying to minimize hassle.
  3. Hi, We are leaving on a cruise in December out of port of Miami and want to fly in to MIA the day before. Anyone have suggestions for best and easiest way to do this? Are there any hotels where you could get directly from your flight at MIA to the hotel without needing a taxi or shuttle (walking). If not, are there any hotels near to the cruise ship terminals and or near to the airport that might provide transportation. Looking for hotel suggestions and ideas. Never sailed out of Miami before. Was looking at a Marriot at Biscayne Bay - but trying to avoid two taxi trips (i.e. from the airport to the hotel and then the next day to the cruise ship terminal) - THANKS ALL! I apologize if there are already threads about this - I searched and could not find.
  4. Thank you KLFrodo. Our issue is that I have a 91 year old mother. While maybe we can absorb a 12 K loss on the cost of a cruise - I sure would not want to risk that much money. I looked at the policy onine in detail that Oceania has.... (Aon underwrites it) - it does not contain clear language that says you are covered for cancellation due to a family member who is not travelling with you - that is a glaring omission. I am not a lawyer but I can read. In contrast, the Alllianz policies clearly state in two separate paragraphs what is covered for both family members travelling with you and not travelling with you. We don't really have any pre-existing conditions right now = even my mother - that we need to be concerned about. last cruise Atlas travel provided us with coverage via Allianz that was their own "custom blend" - it allowed pre-existing condition coverage however you did not have to pay for it until you paid the final deposit. If you purchase Allianz on your own - they will not cover you unless you pay for the policy in full within 10 days of initial deposit. That is too soon to cough up that much money imho. Also, the Citi Advantage American Airline card has excellent medical and evac coverage on it. This is way too complicated for me. I have a headache now (that may be a pre-existing condition - 😉 ) - thank you for that email - I have written it down for future reference. Take care. Happy sailing.
  5. Thanks so much for your response LDV. I think you are correct. I find that insuremytrip website borderline useless. No real descriptions given. I may actually look into the Oceania policy. They don’t make you pay for it until final payment. If it’s a couple hundred more or less than competitor may be worth it to just go with them. I like to save money as much as anyone else does, but at a certain point the hassle factor and value of my time just isn’t worth it.
  6. We have a premium credit card with American Airlines. CitiBank Advantage. Before 2017 it gave $5,000 per insured of excellent trip insurance coverage. They still offer the same coverage but now it is only $5,000 per TRIP. We recently went on a cruise and travel agent placed a policy with Allianz. They said they would not insure us unless we purchased coverage based upon the full value of the cruise. Is there a way to just purchase supplemental coverage. I do not feel as if I researched this adequately. Thank you.
  7. Yes the Alhambra tour is still sold out and has been from the gitgo. Have booked it privately with Spain Day Tours instead.
  8. Just booked Oceania Cruise for April 2019 London to Barcelona (yes - looked at roll call page - not much activity there). So, put the deposit down today. We are puzzled. We got a PDF emailed to us with the excursions. It is missing excursions for several of the ports that we see on the website. Porto for example. Also, a couple of tours we looked at are already sold out. The one to the Alhambra. So, does that mean our only option is to go with another tour company? We don't want to but if it is sold out eight months in advance what are our options? I thought we read that tours could not be booked more than 180 days out in the Oceania literature. It also seems that prices are not even given for some of the ports as yet. So, my conclusion is that they release tours in dribs and drabs? Not sure how to go about this. Very confusing. If anyone can clear it up would appreciate it.
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