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  1. Also, to the OP- make sure you contact Royal ahead of time and let them know your Captains Club number so they can give you a Crown and Anchor number and recognize your status. It doesn't just happen automatically, you need to let them know you have status on X.
  2. To be clear, Yes, if you have Elite status on X, that translates to reciprocal status of Diamond on RC, but understand that the points to not combine. You could sail 100 more cruises on RC, and while those points will contribute to reaching Diamond Plus and Pinnacle on RC, but will not contribute to reaching Elite Plus or Zenith on X. To go any higher on X you need to actually sail on X.
  3. Even the MDR allows shorts and tshirts for breakfast and lunch (on the days they open for lunch) throughout the cruise.
  4. Yes, I said airline change fees can be UP TO $500 each, not they are definitely always that much. You are very lucky in that Cathay's was only $150 for an international flight.
  5. I miss the original Porch menu. We really enjoyed getting panini sandwiches to enjoy on our Alcove days.
  6. I highly doubt it. The OP only wanted to hear what she wanted to hear and had no use for anyone saying "be patient, I bet things change..." Even if she does return, the refund offered won't be satisfactory to her, because it didn't come as immediately as she demanded, so in that sense she still didn't get what she wanted (i.e. she didn't "win")
  7. Options are good! For a couple, or even a small family group, an airline club can be a good one, even if having to rely on pricey day passes. For a party of 9 though (9 x $59 = $531) a couple of day rooms in a hotel might be better but of course I can't be certain about that without checking specific hotels and airline clubs. It's certainly something for the OP to consider. For a smaller party, a common suggestion is get a rental car; luggage goes in the trunk and you do what you want for the day, but again, that won't work for a party of 9.
  8. I'm not worried either. I have a passport and passport card and always travel with them anyway, even domestically. When my license expired, it was much easier to renew online than go to the DMV, although that meant I couldn't get a Real ID. When it expires again in 2023 I'll have to go in person so I'll do it then.
  9. Many people experience the same with Jr. though it's a non-issue for myself and my family so I don't have personal experience with it. Middle names are sort of the same and I CAN tell you is that often my middle (maiden) name shows up on the reservation as an extension of my first name, as though it's one long name. We fly internationally at least once a year, often more, and it's never been a problem. I can't tell you the Jr. will never be an issue but the most important thing is for the first and last name to appear exactly as they are in the passport. i.e. For last name, make sure both are correct and current, and one is not a maiden name. For first name, many people go by their middle name but should book tickets with their given first name so it matches.
  10. Yes, Delta is the same way and probably other airlines. Likewise, you can't book two people with miles and two people with cash on the same ticket; it would have to be 2 separate transactions. Each type of ticket has it's own rules and restrictions, so that's why you can't combine different types of tickets on the same reservation.
  11. That seems like an awfully cavalier attitude, filled with wrong information and assumptions. Even though there's a real possibility that you would have already, unnknowingly, been exposed to the virus? And would thus potentially be spreading it everywhere you went? I'll agree that a ship full of untrained staff isn't an ideal place to put people in quarantine, it also seems a bit reckless to allow thousands of people, who could have been exposed and currently are in the incubation period, to just scatter themselves to the wind.
  12. However, if you had booked directly with the airline, you probably wouldn't have gotten the full $800 either (unless you booked a fully refundable fare, but since those are usually WAY more expensive I'm guessing that's not what you would have booked). I'm not familiar with Cathay Pacific's specific policies, but airlines often have a change fee of up to $500 per ticket for international flights, which means an $800 price drop might only result in an actual refund/credit of $300.
  13. Relax, I'm not the nutrition police,and am not telling you not to have your drink the way you like; it IS better than a margarita with commerically-made mix. I was simply responding to your "no sugar" comment by stating, factually, that both agave and OJ do have sugar. This wasn't necessarily for you, but to clarify for anyone else reading. You'd be surprised at how many people think that unless you are talking about granulated table sugar, it doesn't count because it's "natural." And yes, of course a splash is different from 4-8 oz. but you'd be surprised how many people will justify drinking multiple screwdrivers over an afternoon by the pool because "the OJ is all natural," as if that somehow negates the quantity of sugar in it. Yes it does. Again though, just clarifying the "no sugar" comment. Side note: glycemic load is generally considered to be a better guideline to go by than glycemic index (agave is low in both.)
  14. I can't speak to other airlines/clubs, but for the Delta Sky Club that you referred to, just being a Sky Miles member does not give automatic access to the Sky Clubs. If the OP happens to be a Gold Medallion Sky Miles member or higher, he/she could get in for free but only on an international itinerary, and I believe the OP is traveling domestically. They would also only be allowed to bring one guest in that scenario and they are a party of 9. Passes for the others would be $59 each (or $39 with a qualifying credit card) and they all have to be flying Delta that day. Plus as njhorseman said below, you may have to wait to check luggage until closer to flight time, and most Sky Clubs are on the other side of security.
  15. Yes, that is correct that you have that "hassle.' But sometimes people make comments (not this thread, necessarily) about how if you book through the airlines and your flight is delayed or canceled you're just stuck, which isn't true. You just work with the airlines yourself instead of the cruise air company doing it for you, although sometimes when booking through the cruise people still get told to just "talk to the airline." Some people are more comfortable letting someone else do it, some would actually rather do it themselves. For ex., we are elite level frequent flyers with airline status; we have no qualms about going directly to the airline and are generally treated very well in a rebooking situation. ( And depending on the nature of the delay/cancellation, the airline may even cover a hotel if necessary.)
  16. Most airlines release flights 330 days out, which would mean early March for your sail date, though if you're booking round trip you'd have to wait until your return dates are available too. Just be aware that "get you to the ship" doesn't necessarily mean "before it leaves the embarkation port." You could still end up missing a day or two of your cruise and meeting the ship later, depending on when you are originally scheduled to fly and when they can get you on a new flight.
  17. That will vary a LOT. Someone who has one vodka soda by the pool and one glass of red wine at dinner won't see the same result as someone who has a mimosa for breakfast, couple of pina coladas by the pool, a lemondrop martini before dinner, and a shot of Baileys in their coffee after dinner. Agave (I'm guessing you mean agave syrup) and orange juice both have sugar.
  18. You shouldn't have any problem doing both a carriage tour and visiting Ft. Sumter in that time frame. I'm not sure off the top of my head how often the ferries run to Ft. Sumter, but it's not that far out in the water and the Fort itself doesn't take that long to see.
  19. The challenge is that something that looks nice enough to pair with a dress, may not be made of materials that will stand up to the water/salt/sand environment of the beach. As for Vionics, I also have flat feet and generally love my Vionics... I have 4 or 5 pair. But I do find that sometimes I cannot get the sandal straps as tight as I'd like. Their fit model must have really thick feet, LOL.
  20. If it's an email, I click or hover over the sender to see the full sender address. 9 times out of 10 it's some gobbledy gook address that obviously isn't the bank or whatever. At that point I ignore and delete. If it does look like it's actually the bank or could be, then I go to their website from my browser (NEVER from clicking a link in the email) and see if I have any messages in the communication center. I save calling and being put on hold as a last resort.
  21. Couldn't agree more! Be very careful with things like "oh I walked a mile around the track so I can indulge today." Walking a mile burns about 100 calories. Even if you double that, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the 3500 calories you have to burn to lose 1 pound. Even an intensive hour-long gym workout that burns 600-800 calories is, as miched said, quickly countered by 1 or 2 sugary/frozen cocktails. One of the biggest challenges I had early on was breakfast on a cruise ship. We'd go to the buffet and I'd end up with a plate FULL of food. Even if it's good choices (eggs, fruit, yogurt) I realized quickly that it was usually WAY more than I eat for breakfast at home. At home I'll have maybe a single scrambled egg and some fruit. Likewise at dinner. At home I never eat bread with dinner, never eat dessert, never eat an entire steak by myself, etc. and I regulate portions etc. So on a ship I try to do the same. I will indulge occasionally in things I don't typically eat at home, but I try not to do it every day and to really, really focus on limiting the portion when I do. Yep, sugar is very addictive. And it hides in so many things, especially processed food. Even things that are supposed to taste savory often have a lot of sugar in them.
  22. One clarification here: When comparing the prices, make absolutely sure you are comparing apples to apples. Even within the same cabin, not all tickets are the same. Be sure you're comparing the exact same fare code, because the rules and restrictions for each fare code can vary a lot.
  23. I take athletic shoes, but ONLY for the gym. We never walk enough on Caribbean cruises to warrant wearing the ashore. For that I have very comfortable sandals with good arch support. OP: What is the "just in case" that compels you take them? For Med cruises, where we often to much more walking in port than we do on Carib cruises, I have some cute Vionic sneakers (not athletic shoes) that I take.
  24. Depends on how you want to use your phone. Wifi and internet are not the same thing. You can be connected to a wifi network (that allows you to use the ship app that is part of the network) but not have internet access. I'm sure there's a more technical way to explain it but that's kind of the answer in layman's terms.
  25. Agreed. Layers are more practical; you can add and subtract as needed. Include a lightweight waterproof outer layer (windbreaker or shell type jacket) and a lightweight but warm fleece or cashmere layer that can go underneath if needed, or be worn on its own. Thin base layers for top and bottom will also be good. Take both short and long sleeved t-shirts. Alaska can be rainy in the summer, so while jeans are great to pack and can be worn multiple times without needing to be washed, they aren't good in the rain because they take so long to dry. So I'd take at least 1 pair of "trekking" style pants from Columbia, REI or similar, for any days where rain is predicted. They will air dry really quickly once you're back and can hang them up, and will be thus be ready to wear again the next day if needed. Add base layer bottoms underneath if needed for warmth. Jeans could easily still be damp the next day. You'll want casual shoes you can walk in, but unless your excursiosn involve strenuous hiking you don't really need bulky hiking boots; that seems to be something that many assume they need, but if your just walking around in town, or on marked pathways, they really aren't necessary at all. Having something waterproof can be good, so that could include either some kind of boot, or athletic shoes that can be sprayed/treated with waterproofing solution.
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