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  1. My Delseys are polycarbonate. No dents with hundreds of thousands of miles on them.
  2. I typically buy then on the bus when I board.
  3. So, bring a bottle, fill, drink, enjoy. Water on board is higher quality than most bottled water.
  4. If you did not try streaming, you do not know. Two different parameters for internet speed. Data rate and ping time. Data rate is how fast the data can be transmitted, typically something like a large file or streaming. Even the older ship support 5 mbps data rates. And I and others have tested it, and seen these speeds. But with either package, the ping times are 1/4 to 1/2 second or even longer (in another thread, someone posted a screen shot of SpeedTest showing a 650 ms ping). Ping time is how long for your device to send a request for data and for that data to come back to you. Many webpages have multiple requests for data to load. Amazon has a LOT of requests. So even with a fast data rate, every request takes 1/4 to 1/2 second. 10 requests, 2.5 - 5 seconds. 100 requests, 25 - 50 seconds. So it seems slow, and IS, but still have a data rate that can support streaming, as streaming does not have many data calls (one call and then everything "streams").
  5. I am pointing out, that RCCL was selling those cabanas for sailings that were before the current opening dates. And so far, the pier was supposed to be open last September, then last December. And they did make there March "target." I guess at some point you will actually be right. I do hope you get your cabana, but if not, remember you heard it here first. ๐Ÿ˜„
  6. We ended up two sets of Nemo/Clown fish ones. Would be willing to trade. ๐Ÿ˜„
  7. Yes, and they work well in keeping the towel from moving and flopping/flapping around.
  8. Without seeing all the evidence, I will withhold judgement on the cause. But I do see your point.
  9. No I was not. But Grandeur just came out of dry dock a couple of days ago. At least two cruises were cancelled, and people rebooked on other cruises or refunded.
  10. It is not an airline rule. It is a rule of the country of destination. Typically, I find that the 6 month requirement is more for countries where is a visa is not required. So you typically can stay up to 90 days without a visa, and they want to make sure that if you overstay a bit, you can still get out of their country and go home. And yes, the airlines have up to date information on passport validity and visa requirements. Not only for tourist passport holders. Although, sometimes they may try to make things harder. I had a trip where my passport was going to hit the 6 month time limit while I was in country Z. The airline took exception. Until I pointed out that country Z had granted me a visa that was valid past that 6 month limit. Airline let me fly, absolutely no issue with country Z when I entered or left. One thing that does bite people, is they are going from US to X country. They meed the requirements of X country, but they are transiting in Y country, where they have to change airports, or take a domestic flight, instead of just changing planes in the same airport. So they have to legally enter country Y for that transfer, and do not meet the entry needs for country Y. US is one that could bite people. As even to change planes in the US, you must legally enter the US. So if someone was going to fly from Europe to Costa Rica via a US airport, they would need to meed the US entry requirements.
  11. Big thing is, they should stop calling it tips, and call it a resort fee. Although, then many may feel a need to tip the cabin attendant and waiters over that. Maybe charge a smaller resort fee for behind the scenes people and call it tips for the direct contact people. So instead of $14.50 per day, a resort fee of $7.50 per day and gratuities of $7 per day.
  12. And your cruise fare is higher.
  13. I was not talking specifically about the cruise charters, but hotels and such. But sometimes there are other factors than pure money that can cause it to happen. It could be to support a big customer, who has a meeting that got larger. If it were purely money, you could bid on the rooms up to check in time. ๐Ÿ˜„
  14. 1) You need a smart phone for this 2) Your carrier needs to support it. The big 3 all do (T-mobile, Verizon, ATT). Others, you have to check.
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