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  1. https://www.princess.com/en-us/blog/cruise-tips/ways-to-save-money-on-your-next-cruise once you book keep the booking in-house with Princess. It sounds (@John Bull) if you move it to a UK agency you would have some issues. this would be for an actual booking with deposit not just a credit.
  2. I didn’t mean to belittle the OP in anyway. I think though her cabin stewards could have been called on to assist. I was just stating my experience on various cruise lines. Sometimes we just go by the old room first just to grab our luggage. I know it happens but I have never had missing luggage for long even though I have had numerous last minute changes.
  3. @babs135 does the cruise line you wish to sail on have an onboard future cruise program? Those deposits might be refundable. If you are sailing with them soon consider booking the 2026 cruise once onboard.
  4. Also one thing I have never seen addressed is whether if the credit card terms change after your purchase is your purchase swept into the new system or remains covered by the old parameters. Maybe @iamtrustworthy would be willing to comment. And ditto any insurance coverage, can the terms change after purchase?
  5. Well yes it can be rough if there is a storm. When and where are you going? If you are doing the Boston to Montreal run you hug the coast then enter the St Lawrence seaway where it is usually much calmer
  6. Exactly, I have been places so crowded with walking tours you likely could have learned a few new languages just listening to the competing versions of tours in the vicinity.😉. Now I hear the people on the walking tour are angry with me for being too close.
  7. Yes that is true but for the Sapphire’s which have travel insurance it is similar to a basic travel policy sold by the insurance companies. AMEX travel series has similar insurance but they have changed recently so I am not sure how they compare. Other credit card companies have travel cards which are usually exclusively rental car insurance or similar which is unneeded if you have decent car insurance already
  8. While in South America we did have issues. The cruise went from Antartica to tropical heat in just a few days so the system was definitely taxed. Some cabins were hot, others were cold, ours dripped. Once we sailed out of the transition zone it all started working better. The ship is due for drydock this fall and I hope they fix it.
  9. That is not true for Chase. I did my research, everyone should do their own research and make a comfortable decision.
  10. Transportation is transportation, as long as at the end of the line is business or at least in part substantially business. I often used cruises as they can cost less than airfare.
  11. I have had last minute upgrades on a few cruise lines and I know to go to the old assigned room to find my luggage or let my stewards know the old room number. Mr he world is not perfect, some things we have to think about.😉
  12. I just looked it up yesterday - October 2024 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/3010197-june-2024-update-hal-dry-docks-charters-groups-onboard/#comment-67424175
  13. I am sorry that happened. Throw the lifejackets in the useless tub
  14. Right, they are not in surf. I often forget about surf as I only buy HIA elite at early booking
  15. I would definitely recommend Steve.
  16. Many insurance policies top out at 90 days no matter where you get them. Be sure to seek advice on coverages for longer cruises. And all policies have upper payout limits. Both Chase and Amex are comparable to a basic policy you would buy from the big travel insurance companies.
  17. Instead of losing money try moving the cruise. I recently had a husband in the hospital and a death in the family and was no way ready to take a cruise from the mental and emotional exhaustion. I called HAL, a sister company to Carnival and asked if I could move to a similar cruise later in the year. They readily agreed and I was even able to keep all of my perks intact.
  18. They are permitted but why carry one if the cruise line will supply one
  19. Yes, you can buy OBC with the gift cards on the website on the manage your cruise page
  20. I would select the tour that has most of the features you want or as you said do the land portion on your own. https://www.hollandamerica.com/en/us/find-a-cruise?destinationIds:(A)&cruiseType:(LAND_FIRST OR SEA_FIRST)&sort=duration asc,departDate asc&group.sort=duration asc,departDate asc Fairbanks to Denali is a relatively short commute. There are some excursions available from Fairbanks and some of those are included in some tours.
  21. In the details of this link https://www.hollandamerica.com/en/us/plan-a-cruise/pre-post-travel-cruise/cancellation-protection-plan it says you will see it on the cruise fare The CPP Standard Plan is available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of CPP Standard is non-refundable once cancel fees begin to accrue. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. I checked on one of my cruises, manage my cruise, flights and planning, cruise protection plan, there is a button to add the plan. I did not click that final button but perhaps if clicked it would display costs
  22. The lower city is an easy walk from the ship. Is that your meet up point, if so they usually meet you a block or so away from the port area. Most tours meet there then take the funicular to the upper city.
  23. And that would be satisfactory for me. Once they miss getting you there it is on the airline to get you there. Be sure if you are running late on the first flight you inform the flight crew you have a tight connection because of the delay. I have seen airlines get connecting passengers off first
  24. If I am recalling correctly Apple now supports texting to Android over WiFi https://www.androidpolice.com/what-iphone-getting-rcs-means-for-android/ you could do a test at home. Simply turn off the cellular data, get everyone on WiFi and try it
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