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  1. UUUH, there is also Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. At least until March 2021, when she will be replaced by Enchantment of the Seas. Enchantment is the sister ship of Grandeur, but was lengthened by 74 feet a number of years back. This added 151 cabins. Also an extra outdoor pool, and another night club. But at this time, she only has a Chops for specialty dining. No Giovanni's or Izumi. Supposed to have a fairly major dry dock in fall 2020 before the move. Schedules are coordinated so only one ship in port per day.
  2. With lots of luggage, I would do an airport bus. That way, they load the luggage on the bus, and unload it at your hotel. There are carts at the airport and at the train stations, but you are still schlepping your bags on and off the train.
  3. I know the Schooner Bar players are on a multi month contract, like the crew. We got friendly with and talked a lot with the one on Grandeur in April.
  4. Another way is to go through a TA to get on a waiting list. We booked a cruise for October 2020 in a higher class cabin than we wanted, as the class we wanted was sold out. Our TA put us on the wait list for the lower cabin, and when someone canceled or released the room, we got the downgrade.
  5. Most cruise lines, those blocks have to be booked or released a LONG time before sailing. 6 months plus.
  6. Heck, I only tip $1 per bag for a hotel porter to take my luggage from curbside, to my room, into my room, with at least one bag on the luggage stand. To think I would tip more than that for someone to move it 3 feet and into a bin?????????
  7. More like tipping the waiter, then wondering why the valet takes so long to get your car.
  8. I said this before. 🙂 But I agree. Also, much nicer that just being in a hotel at Heathrow. Many more things to do and places to eat.
  9. Two ways to get to hotels from the airport. Take the Airport Express train to the proper station, then the free shuttle bus to the hotel. This way is faster, but you have to get your luggage on the train, and off the train, and to and onto the shuttle bus. Other way, is to take the Hotel Shuttle bus from the airport. It is coach type bus, they load your luggage in the bins below, and unload them at your hotel. It does take longer, but you will get to see one of the biggest and busiest ports in the world. Also, the buses from the train to hotel at the Hong Kong station, seem to have less luggage room, and are several steps up into the bus. I now take the Airport Express train, then a taxi to my hotel. Less hassle. Kowloon side buses, last time I did it, were coach type buses, even for the short trip to the hotels. For the Airport Express, you can either buy a single ticket, or get an Octopus card and load money on it. You can use the Octopus card for the MTR (subway) and even to pay in 7-11 and other shops. I also used it for my entrance to the race track for the Wednesday night horse races on Hong Kong Island.
  10. Two ways to get to hotels from the airport. Take the Airport Express train to the proper station, then the free shuttle bus to the hotel. This way is faster, but you have to get your luggage on the train, and off the train, and to and onto the shuttle bus. Other way, is to take the Hotel Shuttle bus from the airport. It is coach type bus, they load your luggage in the bins below, and unload them at your hotel. It does take longer, but you will get to see one of the biggest and busiest ports in the world. Also, the buses from the train to hotel at the Hong Kong station, seem to have less luggage room, and are several steps up into the bus. I now take the Airport Express train, then a taxi to my hotel. Less hassle. Kowloon side buses, last time I did it, were coach type buses, even for the short trip to the hotels. For the Airport Express, you can either buy a single ticket, or get an Octopus card and load money on it. You can use the Octopus card for the MTR (subway) and even to pay in 7-11 and other shops. I also used it for my entrance to the race track for the Wednesday night horse races on Hong Kong Island.
  11. Two ways to get to hotels from the airport. Take the Airport Express train to the proper station, then the free shuttle bus to the hotel. This way is faster, but you have to get your luggage on the train, and off the train, and to and onto the shuttle bus. Other way, is to take the Hotel Shuttle bus from the airport. It is coach type bus, they load your luggage in the bins below, and unload them at your hotel. It does take longer, but you will get to see one of the biggest and busiest ports in the world. Also, the buses from the train to hotel at the Hong Kong station, seem to have less luggage room, and are several steps up into the bus. I now take the Airport Express train, then a taxi to my hotel. Less hassle. Kowloon side buses, last time I did it, were coach type buses, even for the short trip to the hotels. For the Airport Express, you can either buy a single ticket, or get an Octopus card and load money on it. You can use the Octopus card for the MTR (subway) and even to pay in 7-11 and other shops. I also used it for my entrance to the race track for the Wednesday night horse races on Hong Kong Island.
  12. Not required in Hong Kong. 100 years of British rule, most everyone can read English names and addresses. They may not speak much English, but I have never had an issue getting around and getting help.
  13. I have found, my TA can book things before they become available to the general public on the web site. We were looking at booking a July 2020 cruise, so contacted our TA with the particulars, and had our confirmed booking, for the exact cabin we wanted, at least 3 days before anyone on CC could book that cruise directly. And my TA monitors for price drops, and gets them without any work on my part. As for airline and seat selection, it doesn't matter who makes the reservation, once you get the booking number, you can go online and select your seats. For my work travel, I am required to book through our TA. You can request window or aisle from them. Once I get the booking number, I go to the airline site and check my seat assignment and change it, if needed.
  14. Fixed that for you. 🙂 It seems people cannot grasp the difference between the final payment DUE date, and when you actually make your full payment. The cruise line only cares about the final payment DUE date for refunds and cancellations. WHEN you pay, has nothing to do with it. But definitely put me in the camp of NOT paying before something is due. When I do my monthly online bill paying, all payments are schedules for the DUE DATE, not before.
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