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  1. Just FYI, if you opt to take a water taxi or the Alilaguna shared boat to Marco Polo airport the walk + schlepping your luggage from the pier where the boat drops you to the terminal is about 10 minutes. I assume there are most likely porters, although I’ve never used one.
  2. http://www.adr.it/documents/10157/16175834/T3+arrivi_20190306.pdf/5bfce7fa-b982-4de9-93e6-b8495da10f74 I can’t speak to HAL, but if it’s like RCI, it was pretty easy last October. Assuming you have a shared/bus transfer. Here’s a map of FCO terminal 3 arrivals. On the left you’ll see an icon of a guy w/ a hat holding a passport that’s were you’ll go through customs/passport control. After you go through passport control you’ll head to the baggage carousels which are the boxes with suitcases numbers 3-11 on the map. After you’ve collected your luggage head to where it says T3 on the map by the little cafe area where there are people holding signs with your ship’s name. You can’t miss them. You check in with them, they check their list to mark you off & you just go where they direct you. Note, I arrived the day before and stayed at the airport Hilton and just walked back over to the T3 arrivals area, so if you land in one of the other terminals you should be able to find your way over to Terminal 3.
  3. Based on the replies in this thread it sounds like it is the cabin steward’s job to provide these things, but that the email sender stating those items would be in the cabin did not communicate this to the ship. When guest services assured OP those items would be delivered that night either they did not let the steward know, or since the distilled water showed on day 6, they waited a long time to let the cabin steward know and/or s/he waited awhile to meet the request - did guest services send the request via carrier pigeon? On my RCI cruise last Oct. I saw my cabin steward once - on embarkation day. I saw the other cabin stewards pretty regularly - but never him. I did ask one of the other cabin stewards to ask my steward to toss the by then 2 day old embarkation gift chocolate covered strawberries, she said she’d tell him - finally I tossed them on day 4 and carted the plate to the WJ myself. I don’t know whether he never got the message or did but couldn’t be bothered. Why didn’t guest services advise OP to ask their cabin steward for the items if that’s the procedure?
  4. Just got off 12 nights on the Jewel, looking at my photos of the ship, deck 2 windows are pretty small - smaller than the deck 3 & 4 windows. Deck 2 is where we embarked/disembarked at every port except 1, RCI shore excursions used the stairs by the Coral theater to walk down to deck 2 for disembarking most days.
  5. Thank you for your posts & pictures - I’m doing Jewel’s 2018 version of this itinerary and I really enjoyed a peak at many of the ports I’ll be visiting in Oct./Nov.. I’m curious, did many people on board dress up for Halloween?
  6. I’m a newbie w/ RCI having done one 7 night cruise out of Venice w/ them. I have a 12 night RCI cruise out of Rome coming up this Oct. & have been doing a lot of comparing for N. Europe next spring.
  7. Well, It didn’t use those exact words, but a few questions were definitely about whether I believed so called ‘sales’ were fake in cruises and retail stores. Perhaps they were trying to ferret out a ‘sales’ pitch I was less jaded about :cool: Several questions focused on bundling extras like spa + drink + internet + dinning as part of your cabin price.
  8. Haven’t seen any posts about this - has anyone else received this survey? It appeared in my email 6/27. It seemed to focus on promotions & discounts, for example asking several different ways which of a series of options would make me more likely to book such as: Kids sail free v. 50% off 3rd/4th passenger v. Bundled discounts (like NCL does) v. onboard credit v. free cabin upgrade. It also asked questions designed to measure the effectiveness of various sales approaches. It asked what I valued most in web & phone interactions too. The survey made me wonder if they were considering rolling out a new advertising campaign, or offering different types of discounts.
  9. To quote Mark Twain "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." My head is spinning at some of the conjecture I've read in the last 16 pages. Starting w/ reference to where were the 'parents' - based on news reports the 13 year old was on board with his mother and his brother - so 'parent' singular in this case. No need to assume details about how the attack started as the link to the video of said attack exists, thanks to Redrobo at post 73 on page 4. The video is edited so that what prosecutors described as a simulated sexual assault is not depicted. The propositioned girl's father did not do the lewd and lascivious act on a minor - her Uncle was convicted of that crime and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The girl's father got 2 years for keeping others away while the Uncle did the lewd and lascivious on a minor crime. Also no need to speculate as to what the denial of a motion to dismiss means in this case thanks to Kccrzr's link to the actual Judge's opinion in post 57 on page 3. Plaintiff's complaint alleges that the 13 year old boy along with several other young passengers where in the library (in the video you can see the victim, his brother and one other young male) when 2 visibly intoxicated adults entered and sexually assaulted and battered the 13 year old. Plaintiff alleges over serving of alcohol but also, interestingly, plaintiff sets forth 2 alternative theories for liability relating to the camera monitoring: they allege that either no one was monitoring the cameras or that some one was monitoring the camera, but did not intervene. Thus, apparently plaintiff does not yet know whether anyone was watching that camera at the time of the incident. The opinion linked by Kccrzr's post also mentions the facts in support of plaintiff's intentional infliction of emotional distress claim which I haven't seen discussed here. Since this is only a denial of defendant's motion to dismiss there's no point in talking about the IIED claim IMO unless plaintiff survives summary judgement down the road - and the Judge seemed to be hinting pretty strongly that the IIED claim won't survive.
  10. Thanks for the update. Nothing like starting to plan the next big adventure to take away the sting from the one that went awry.
  11. My FCO flight leaves at 11 a.m.. The RCCL advisor booked it via Air2sea as well as the ship’s transfer - so hopefully it’ll all work.
  12. On Vision in the fall of 2016, we had an actual Bravo, Bravo, Bravo and even though I didn’t know what Bravo meant at that time, I knew it was an actual fire because of the subsequent announcements about which teams were to respond where - apparently something in the engine room or something, the Captain announced it was out a bit later. We later also had an Oscar, Oscar, Oscar, which turned out to be an empty life vest floating in the Adriatic, which happened on a sea day so we all watched the little boat zipping out to investigate.
  13. Actually, depending on the air carrier, you may not be able to choose seats - I couldn’t on the Lufthansa portion of a United code share Air2sea booking twice. The second time, 2 months ago, I was able to log on to Lufthansa after the Air2sea booking and pay an extra fee to pick a seat, the first time in 2016, I couldn’t even do that. Note I was able to pick my United seats w/ Air2sea, just not the Lufthansa flights.
  14. I am confused. What piece of notarized paper are you calling a ‘copy’ of your birth certificate? Is the one you ‘think’ may be in the safe deposit box at the currently closed bank different or is it issued by the same entity (eg: a duplicate.) Is the notarized copy you have a government issued document typically obtained from the County (@ least in CA) where you were born? Normally those are certified by the governmental agency that issues them when you pay for your copy. Or is the copy you have a notarized document from some other, non governmental entity (like the hospital)? If so, why would that document be notarized anyway?
  15. That’s a relief. I have an 11 am flight booked w/ air2sea (choice air?) and an RCI transfer from the ship back to the airport in Rome which seems a bit tight to me, but the RCI person who booked it said it would be fine.
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