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About Ep010835

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Denton County , Texas
  • Interests
    Still active LEO doing HT investigations
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Regent Seven Seas
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Too many left to see..........

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  1. One does NOT, does NOT have to carry your smart phone around all the time on the ship to use the Ocean Medallion system. Put the phone in your room safe and the Medallion and all of its included components (except ordering food/drink) will function just fine. Of course, food/drink cannot be ordered from the cruise card while sitting at the pool either.
  2. All of our devices are Apple "iDevices" so you and I are speaking the same language. 😀 If anyone is willing to help with this part, I'd be very appreciative: Again, being concerned only with "wifi calling" and trying to understand it, will I be able to make phone calls, send and receive texts and listen to voice mails on my phone that come into my US number when connected to "wifi calling"?
  3. I think I'm beginning to understand. Thus far we've confined our cruising to Princess, Viking and Regent. All of which offer unlimited and reasonably fast wifi. After being on the Grand last month, I've vowed NEVER to take another cruise with pitifully slow speeds. MedallionNet just plain rocks!! While cruising my situation requires me to stay logged in all the time. Wife just wants to . This begs for unlimited and very fast internet. Which, of course, MedallionNet provides. So I hear you saying that once we board, we should put our phones in Airplane Mode and turn on wifi in order to connect to MedallionNet. Correct? What do you mean when you say, "also turn on our data"? Again, being concerned only with "wifi calling" and trying to understand it, will I be able to make phone calls, send and receive texts and listen to voice mails on my phone that come into my US number when connected to "wifi calling"?
  4. So when you are using your wifi calling, how do you set your: Airplane Mode setting? Data Roaming setting? When you are using wifi calling, are you able to: Use your phone for calls (as long as you are connected to wifi) just as you do at home? Receive test messages just as you do at home? Send and receive text/sms messages just as you do at home?
  5. $950!!!😳 That’s amazing. How in the world did you amass so much? We definitely will. Thanks!!
  6. For many years we've used Skype/WhatsAp for all of our telephone/text needs while outside the US. Not being really technically hip, I've just learned about WiFi calling. We are ATT subscribers and as I understand it, WiFi calling is an available feature bundled within our ATT service plan. We both have iPhones, if this matters. When we get on a ship the first thing we do is to put all of our devices in airplane mode then connect to the ships WiFi. This gives us access to Skype/WhatsAp, etc. The problem I've found is that we do not receive phone calls and we also miss voice mail messages left on our phones. If we were to turn on WiFi calling, would this allow us to receive calls and voice mail message while on a cruise? How then would we set Airplane Mode? What about the correct setting for Data Roaming? Any guidance would be much appreciated!!
  7. It is from my TA. I'll check with them. Thanks!
  8. We are supposed to have a $250 OBC for our upcoming Amazon cruise. I received an email from Regent this past December stating that the OBC would be applied to our sailing within the next 14 days. After logging in to our account, I've searched the View Profile and My Account sections of the RSSC website as throughly as I'm able, I just cannot find any reference to this OBC. Can anyone help?
  9. The following is from a weekly Medicare newsletter I get. Thought some of y'all might find the information useful. I travel often, both within the U.S. and abroad. If I have a medical emergency when I’m traveling, will my care be covered by Medicare? -Myrna (Davenport, IA) Dear Myrna, Both Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans cover emergency or urgently needed services that you receive anywhere in the United States or its territories. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, be aware that if you are receiving emergency or urgently needed services: Your plan cannot require you to see an in-network provider You do not need a referral There are limits on how much your plan can bill you if you receive emergency care while out of your plan’s network Your plan must cover medically necessary follow-up care related to the medical emergency if delaying care would endanger your health You have the right to appeal if your plan does not cover your care If your condition was not an emergency but appeared to be an emergency at the time, Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage must still cover your care. For example, let’s say you have chest pain that you think may be a heart attack. If you go to the emergency room and doctors discover that your pain is heartburn, your care should still be covered because the situation appeared to be an emergency.If your Medicare Advantage Plan denies coverage of an emergency or urgently needed service because you saw an out-of-network provider or failed to get a referral or prior authorization, you should appeal their denial. You should ask your doctor to provide medical documentation that the services you needed were emergency or urgently needed services. If you need assistance appealing the denial contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).Medicare generally does not cover medical care that you receive while traveling outside the U.S. and its territories. However, Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans must cover care you receive outside the U.S. in certain circumstances: Medicare will pay for emergency services in Canada if you are traveling a direct route, without unreasonable delay, between Alaska and another state, and the closest hospital that can treat you is in Canada. Medicare will pay for medical care you get on a cruise ship if you get the care while the ship is in U.S. territorial waters. This means that the ship is in a U.S. port or within six hours of arrival or departure from a U.S. port. In limited situations, Medicare may pay for non-emergency inpatient services in a foreign hospital (and any connected provider and ambulance costs). Your care is covered if the hospital is closer to your residence than the nearest available U.S. hospital. This may happen if, for example, you live near the border of Canada or Mexico. Some Medigap policies provide coverage for travel abroad. Medigap plans C through G, M, and N cover 80% of the cost of emergency care abroad. Check with your policy for specific coverage rules. Medicare Advantage Plans may also cover emergency care abroad. Contact your plan for more information about its costs and coverage rules.
  10. Excellent advice. Thanks! Then the CB and Emerald, for example, will always transit the new locks? Makes me wonder about something else. If these three ships can fit in the old locks, then they can surely fit in the new locks. What's to prevent them from taking the new locks rather than the old ones? Maybe the transit cost associated with the new locks is greater than transiting the old locks? Is it purely convention that routes them through the old locks? I get it that the larger ships cannot transit the old locks. Just curious about the other way around. Do these three ships ever transit the new locks (apart from when the old locks are unavailable for one reason or another, of course)?
  11. Old locks vs. new locks. Is it purely luck of the draw on which set of locks one travels through or is it possible to select a cruise based on a choice of locks? Like others have said, we’d like to experience both sets.
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