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ExArkie

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    Charlotte, NC
  • Interests
    Science, history, food and wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Transatlantic

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  1. I understood that the Serenity area on Carnival was open to all adults, i.e., "limited" in that one must be older than 21 to gain access, same as the Solarium on Celebrity. I could be wrong, since I have never been on Carnival and have only one trip on Celebrity. (Another Celebrity cruise booked for December).
  2. According to the TSA rules, if you purchase liquids at an airport duty-free shop outside the US, you can carry them onto connecting flights in the US even if you do have to go through security again. I have done this on more than one occasion, but that does not necessarily mean that all stations will follow the rule. I have had different interpretations of various TSA requirements at different airports. From the TSA Web site (under "Liquids Rule"): Inbound International Flights You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if: The duty free liquids were purchased internationally and you are traveling to the United States with a connecting flight. The liquids are packed in a transparent, secure, tamper-evident bag by the retailer and do not show signs of tampering when presented to TSA for screening. The original receipt for the liquids is present and the purchase was made within 48 hours. The items inside the secure, tamper-evident bags must be screened and cleared. Any item that alarms or is unable to be screened will not be permitted in your carry-on bag. We recommend packing all liquids, gels, and aerosols that are over 3.4 oz or 100 ml in your checked baggage, even if they are in a secure, tamper-evident bag.
  3. I have had intermitent problems with the site. Seems to be a function of browser combined with my VPN (just enough transmission delay to disrupt it, happens on a small number of sites). With VPN off, I get the "be patient" screen with the Microsoft browser, generally works properly with Firefox, and is hit-or-miss with Chrome (sometimes comes up with no grahpics, sometimes links don't work, sometimes everything is fine).
  4. Thanks...I was afraid I was the only who thought of that.
  5. Pretty sure that all PG cabins are on deck 10 for QM2.
  6. One point I didn't see emphasized: In order to do the Enrollment on Arrival, your application has to have been conditionally approved. Essentially, the same place in the process it would be in order to schedule an interview. Due to the government shutdown in December - January, there is a significant backlog on processing applications. The first time I renewed (five years ago...how time flies!), I had conditional approval in less than a week. For this renewal, I submitted the application about two months ago and have yet to receive the conditional approval. Take that potential delay into account when submitting an application
  7. Remember that the definition of revolution in terms of planetary motion is that the object (planet) makes a complete loop and returns to where it started. So, in that context, B&W to color to B&W is, technically, a revolution.
  8. I know from reading these boards that I am an outlier in this experience, but on our one HAL cruise about six years ago, I found the MDR service horrible (almost an hour wait for appetizer, then the order was wrong) and the food worse. Everyone else on these boards seems to not have had this problem, based on what I read, but we certainly did. I am willing to believe our cruise was an anomaly, but we were definitely not the only people on the ship that had the same opinion. We did not have any other problems and quite enjoyed other aspects, but the dining experience soured me on their line rather drastically. This trip was on the Oosterdam, Vancouver to Seward, at the very beginning of the Alaska season. Perhaps it was just a new crew and kitchen staff that hadn't learned how to do their jobs?
  9. I also had some difficulty requesting luggage tags online for our first cruise on Celebrity. Followed all the instructions, but never got an acknowledgement that the request was received or being fulfilled. After about eight days when they had not arrived, I called to request the tags. They arrived within three days...and the ones from the online request arrived a day after that.
  10. She was also our butler on QV a couple of years back and was the best. She took service to a new level - ask a question about something and she'd take care of all the arrangements
  11. All is perspective - my wife would agree, since her feet leave ample room in the slippers. I, on the other hand, (size 13 shoes) cannot get my feet into them past the tips of my toes.
  12. They did a year and a half ago when we were last in a CS (on Millennium).
  13. We were in a Celebrity Suite on the Millennium trans-Pacific. No one came to us at check-in to escort us, but as we were walking toward the ship after checking in, the Captain's Club representative saw us with our suite folder and escorted us to Michael's Club. Wasn't something I was expecting, so we were pleasantly surprised.
  14. I have had an occasional problem with the page not loading properly when I am going through our VPN. Something about the multiple-path data transfer that Celebrity Web site (and a small number of others) has difficulty with.
  15. Speaking of which - has the floor plan of the aft corner S1 suite ever been posted or published? We have one booked on the Solstice and were just curious about the layout. Searches only come up with the non-corner floor plans, and there seems to be videos and pictures of the corner S1 (with widely variable picture quality). Gives the general idea, but I'd be interested in an actual floor plan if anyone has seen it somewhere.
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