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About Jim_Iain

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    Sunnyvale, CA
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    Geneology, Traveling and Home Remodeling
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    Buenos Aires

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  1. Hi - You might also try the web version it seems to be much more stable. We are home for the summer but will be next on Edge for a B2B Late October Early November- It is the Greek Island Cruise followed by the TA. From the roll call it looks like lots of B2B's.
  2. I don't believe the low carrier bands is affecting you. The app is really wonky. When it starts acting up like you define I find that if you HARD KILL the program and reopen it starts working better. I know you can upload your picture using a PC instead of a phone but from what I remember from my last check in when you select picture it turns on your Selfie Picture and there is an outline of a head to match up. The passport scan is using your camera and acts like when you do an auto deposit to your bank. There is a frame that pops up and you adjust distance to fit your passport in. I don't believe you same a great deal of time doing the photos in advance - on a recent B2B they accepted my photo on the first cruise but had to retake for the second (about 4 seconds).
  3. Definitely yes. All passenger must attend muster drill on each and every cruise. Think of it like an airplane even though you fly frequently or on a connecting flight you have to sit through Safety briefing.
  4. If there is more than one person traveling you will probably find that Uber or Lyft to be a good option. On recent trips the fare runs about $38 from Miami Airport to Port Everglades.
  5. We always bring Euros (left over from previous trips) and mostly use our Chase Sapphire Card for purchases. For additional Cash we use an ATM card from First Republic which rebates all ATM fees. One suggestion is when using credit cards in international locations you will be given the opportunity to be charged in either your Local Home (USD) or Euros. This is called Dynamic Currency Conversion. Always choose Local Currency unless you are using a credit card that charges foreign transaction fees. Selecting your currency will cost you an additional 1-3% https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2014/07/30/pay-in-local-or-home-currency/#28db73963307
  6. I do much the same and they are really good of changing / refilling 2x a day.
  7. Yes there is a separate entrance to the Butler's Pantry direct from the hallway.
  8. I have not used the minutes in many years but the program use to tell you how many minutes you have remaining when you log off. It is really important if you are using free minutes that you log off after you complete your session or you will come back an realize all your minutes are gone. The clock continues until you MANUALLY logout. When you first create your account it will give you the choice of either the Unlimited (with the CC discounted already applied) or Free Minutes. Everything I have read recently is that it is either/or not both (Free Minutes or Discount).
  9. Thanks for the information. I think I'm covered. I booked shore excursions with a discount sale recently. I figure that I could always cancel them 24-48 hours prior to tour if decided otherwise. I'm 90% sure that Internet will be hit with VAT. I believe I mentioned that we were on Constellation last year and every other cruise had NO-NON-EC stops. Many of the staff (room attendant, Suite Manager and MCC) indicated they were topping up their minutes prior to beginning the next cruise (no-Non-EC Ports) because of being hit with VAT.
  10. Would be interested to find if you identify with being an Millennial? Many if not most millennial I know don't like the label any more than baby boomers think of themselves as being labeled and grouped by characteristics with such a broad classification.
  11. Really curious if you are making assumptions. My experience is not the same as yours. Following are prices from Silhouette out of Southampton. Example would be a Budweiser would be $7.00 and they automatically add on 20% (not VAT this is gratuity) for a cost of $8.40. and the amount is EXACTLY 20% not rounded up and of course all billing would be in USD.
  12. I guess if the above recommendation of late pizza at OV you always have room service available for a late night fee.
  13. I would have to agree with you regarding Millennial having good jobs and money. We live in Silicon Valley which I am sure is an anomaly. It is not uncommon for a younger folks from companies like Google, Apple or Facebook to buy $1.5 Million + properties for all cash.
  14. Wendy - Thanks for your input. Was curious if you could find out if they charge VAT on shore excursions in excess of the published price on Celebrity Web Site.
  15. Thanks Fog - I believe this is different than an TA. I do recall that Celebrity was charging VAT for purchases within Spanish Waters. As a matter of fact it is very common to be hit with VAT or Sales Tax while in port. I have often been charge Florida State Sales Tax for drinks while in port but once at sea there was no Sales Tax. In the case of N0 EC ports - VAT is charged on all taxable items regardless of location for the complete cruise. Since we will be on a B2B we will defer any purchases until the second cruise. I've been pre-booking all of our tours and already have free Premium Drink Package and Internet.
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