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  1. Great article, thanks clo. Good warning about the plastic damage. I left a DEET thumbprint on a pair of binoculars and DEET wiped the serial number off my camera. I had not heard of Picardin before, I see now that my wife uses it. I like Off products, 7% or 15%, it is not greasy and goes on dryer than some products.
  2. Current: US$1.10016/€ at Yahoo finance US$1.100163/€ at XE US$1.10015/€ bid, 1.1016 asked at Oanda Anyone think that a tourist should be concerned about the difference?
  3. Today's quotes: 5.2% markup from Wells Fargo without logging in. 3.1% markup from Wells Fargo by logging in. 8.1% markup from my AAA club, currency sold by the Travelex website. (US$12 delivery for small purchases.) 22.4% markup from Travelex Atlanta Hartsfield. 19% markup from Travelex Atlanta Hartsfield by asking for a reduced rate for a €4,000 purchase. Details: Wells Fargo currently quotes US$1.1576/€, a 5.2% markup over the interbank rate of US$1.10081 as shown by Oanda. When logged in, Wells Fargo currently quotes US$1.1345/€, a 3.1% markup over the interbank rate of US$1.10081 as shown by Oanda. Travelex Atlanta Hartfield quoted US$1.3475/€, a 22.4% markup over the interbank rate of US$1.10081 as shown by Oanda. Travelex Atlanta Hartfield was pressed to discount to US$1.31025/€ a 19% markup over the interbank rate of US$1.10081 as shown by Oanda. My AAA club quoted US$1.19/€, an 8.1% markup over the interbank rate of US$1.10081 as shown by Oanda. I was redirected to a Travelex site, cheaper than I thought, no delivery fee for a large order, US$12 for smaller purchases. This would add 4.8% to a minimum order worth US$250. If paid for by credit card, the card issuer may treat a purchase as a cash advance.
  4. Has anyone who bought foreign currency from AAA done the math? Different AAA clubs have different products. My AAA club uses Travelex and their exchange rates are horrible, a 13% markup last time I checked. I have not found anyone to beat Wells Fargo for foreign currency in the USA. They charge about 5.5%, no other fees if you buy from a branch that has foreign currency on hand. Rates may vary depending on your status with Wells Fargo (the teller did not seem to know, was just going by what her computer told her to dispense). My advice, RBKL, is to shop around for foreign currency.
  5. Floridastorm, I think you will have a good cruise on any of the ships. Have you considered choosing your transatlantic by itinerary? Do you want to end up in the Mediterranean or Northern Europe? Have you considered staying on the ship for a second cruise? Why take a 14 day cruise when you can take a 28 day cruise?
  6. Are you suggesting that there were no demonstrations or injuries in response to the sentencing of Catalan separatist leaders in October? Was that all made up by the media? The photographs looked so real.
  7. If you are looking for a bargain, a travel agency lists the Zaandam January 9, 2020 sailing at $2,355 (including $480 in taxes, fees, and port expenses). Ocean view about $600 more per person, great price for a 22 day Antarctica cruise. The December 18, 2019 sailing is even cheaper, but I don't want to rush you.
  8. R.I.P. I have been unable to access Captain Albert's blog, eventually see this note: Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://aem-failover.hollandamerica.com/failover/failover-www.htm?" on this server. Reference #18.5560dc17.1572788290.3a61665
  9. Gitmo, I shop around. Prices for the same cabin on the same cruise can vary enough to make the effort worthwhile. I have a short list of online agencies I will use and will check the direct pricing by the cruise line, too. I have not booked with the same travel agent twice, although I have used the same companies. I have not had a good, steady travel agent since 1991 and quit checking with local agents in about 1996. My agents have been order takers, I don't ask for advice. My modus operandi is to book a refundable fare I can live with and then check and recheck prices until final payment is due. I suggest you ask for an airfare quote from the cruise line, I have saved thousands by booking open jaw foreign flights with them, sometimes their prices are unbelievably low.
  10. The best transatlantic cruise I can imagine would be at the end of a round the world cruise. Another I'd love to do is Holland America's Africa circumnavigation round trip from Fort Lauderdale. We've done four westbound transatlantics, would happily do another. The best was on the Prinsendam for 30 days from Piraeus to Fort Lauderdale. I like sea days, I'm never bored with a book. Thu Oct 20 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 7:00pm Fri Oct 21 At Sea Sat Oct 22 Larnaca, Cyprus 8:00am 4:00pm Sun Oct 23 Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel 7:00am 9:00pm Mon Oct 24 Haifa, Israel 8:00am 8:00pm Tue Oct 25 At Sea Wed Oct 26 Rhodes, Greece 8:00am 6:00pm Thu Oct 27 Santorini, Greece 8:00am 6:00pm Fri Oct 28 Crete (Heraklion), Greece 10:00am 6:00pm Sat Oct 29 At Sea Sun Oct 30 Valletta, Malta 8:00am Mon Oct 31 Valletta, Malta 8:00am Mon Oct 31 Mgarr (Victoria), Malta 10:00am 6:00pm Tue Nov 1 Messina, Sicily, Italy 8:00am 5:00pm Wed Nov 2 Naples (Capri), Italy 8:00am 6:00pm Thu Nov 3 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7:00am 4:00pm Fri Nov 4 At Sea Sat Nov 5 Barcelona, Spain 7:00am 5:00pm Sun Nov 6 Cartagena, Spain Noon 6:00pm Mon Nov 7 Malaga, Spain 8:00am 6:00pm Tue Nov 8 Seville, Spain 7:00am 5:00pm Wed Nov 9 Lisbon, Portugal 10:00am 8:00pm Thu Nov 10 At Sea Fri Nov 11 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 7:00am 4:00pm Sat Nov 12 At Sea Sun Nov 13 At Sea Mon Nov 14 At Sea Tue Nov 15 At Sea Wed Nov 16 At Sea Thu Nov 17 At Sea Fri Nov 18 At Sea Sat Nov 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL 7:00am
  11. Yes, she did a stupid thing and yes, Royal Caribbean responded appropriately. I am not going to get all holier than thou over it, though. The stupidest thing she did was get caught. I have done stupid things, too. I did not get caught and there was no damage done. I would bet that most everyone on this thread has done something stupid. Maybe some drunk driving? Smoking?
  12. We are taking our first Seabourn cruise January 12, 2012 on the Quest from Santiago to Buenos Aires. I would be most grateful for a referral coupon. whogo at mail dot com
  13. What is different about TK cocktails? Better booze? More capable bartenders? I would have thought that a Seabourn bar was a Seabourn bar.
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