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msmayor

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    New Jersey
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Half Moon Cay

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  1. I think even if you disembark at 6:30 you are cutting it very close. VERY close. Perfect world, off the ship at 6:30, clear customs and in a cab 15 minutes later...then 45 min to MIA. Another 10-15 min to exit the cab and get to TSA security. With pre-check and a small line, another 10-15 minutes. It's now after 8:00am and your flight is scheduled to depart less than an hour from now; boarding has likely begun (most start 45 min before takeoff). The doors to the plane will shut at 8:50. You are at a minimum, very briskly walking to the gate to be in the last group to board. For me, this is not even close to comfortable.
  2. We have been eligible for casino rates for a few years now, and whenever I call my PCC to check pricing she is able to tell me if the casino rate applies. We've also been able to combine the casino rate with other booking perks. On Zuiderdam a couple years ago, we got Explore4 with the casino rate. On our upcoming Eurodam cruise we have a casino rate and qualified for the air credit, saving us nearly $800 on airfare.
  3. I didn't realize I could see the flight schedules. I have air booked through Flight Ease and see my reservation now. If I click on "Change Flights", will that just show me what is available without releasing what I already have? I don't want to make any changes on my own just yet, but would be interested to see what else might be available.
  4. With just 65 minutes, I wouldn't count on any time at all. By the time you get parked at the gate, it's going to take a good 10 minutes or more to debark the plane you're on. They will begin boarding your onward flight 40 minutes or so before departure and may shut the doors with 10 minutes to go. Depending on how busy the airport is, you may find yourself with barely enough time for a bathroom stop, never mind waiting in line for food.
  5. Martincath, such a wealth of wonderful information. I truly appreciate your knowledge! How safe and 'populated' is that area around the hotel at night? Will there be other people wandering about?
  6. I saw the 10,000 point offer, but already had the $100 offer loaded on the card. Was just waiting to decide on the excursions before using it. This is the second time I've been able to take advantage of this offer. First was about 18 months ago.
  7. Thank you so much - this is wonderful information! Good to know there are restaurants near the hotel we would easily be able to walk to. It really will be quite a long day of travel as, including the 3 hour layover in Toronto, we'll be on the road about 10-11 hours. It will be nice to move around a bit.
  8. Traveling to Vancouver in October to catch the Eurodam for 11 nights...never been to the city and unfortunately will not have much time at all to sightsee this time. We fly in from the east coast and arrive to YVR around 6pm. I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Downtown on Howe Street (on my IHG points) based on proximity to Canada Place. I noticed that have an on-site restaurant so husband and I can get a bite after we arrive, as I imagine we'll be dog-tired from the day of travel to go out and do much more. The one thing I'd like to find, though, is a place to purchase two bottles of wine to carry on-board the next day when we board. Any locals or folks familiar with that area know where we can go? Walking distance, or short cab/uber ride?
  9. My husband and I have been getting the casino rate on all our HAL cruises ever since we finished our first on the Veendam back in 2011. We have never considered ourselves 'big' gamblers and have a pretty strict budget for the casino when we cruise. The only slot-type machine we play is video poker (and that is limited to one $20 bill each day) and for the rest we are on the tables. But even that, we do not spend a tremendous amount of time or money there...we're just there every night, even if it is to watch others play. We also play in the Blackjack tournaments where a $20 entry gets your name on a list. Win or lose, they now know you play. (We've won or placed in two of the tournaments we've participated in too!).
  10. I purchased excursions for my fall Eurodam cruise and had notification of the Amex Credit almost instantly...so yes, as long as you charge at least $500 on the Amex for anything and the charge is for Holland (or any of the other cruise lines this promo is for), you'll get the credit.
  11. Even when the special offers of free/heavily reduced casino fares are not around, my husband and I have had the benefit of casino fares on our bookings. For us, we've always been able to combine the casino rate with whatever promotion is currently running.
  12. If I try to book a 2021 cruise, I can see that the fare code is showing as NX3 but nothing is said about Explore4 or what is included. Do I have to go all the way through the booking process to see the benefits?
  13. Let it Ride is my favorite table game...won that title when I hit four of a kind and saw a LOT of $100 black chips come my way. I it is harder and harder to find it in any casino...I think casinos have learned that letting people claw back bets isn't good for the house. We were at Parx in PA back in December for my birthday and on their huge casino floor we found one Let it Ride table amidst a sea of everything else. I suspect that one will not last long.
  14. Every upgrade offer I've received came after final payment.
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