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    Grosse Pointe, MI
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    Peloton, Running
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    Anywhere in Europe

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  1. Thanks, I think it’s from the TA...I tried booking the WiFi on the website and it seemed to want money. I guess I’ll wait until we are onboard to get it.
  2. Can it be used toward the purchase of a WiFi Package?
  3. Oceania did last year, but then again, their classes are free and it was one of the small ships so the bikes were not in a separate room. Not a real problem, in a pinch I’ve done the classes on an Exercycle type bike during hotel stays. But, I will probably load more tread and boot camp classes than bike classes, given this information. Any treadmill works well with those.
  4. Oceania stopped charging for classes a little over a year ago. I am a heavy user of the Peloton App (Spin, Yoga and Tread). My plan is to download some classes to my iPad, so all I will need is an internet connection to start the class and not have to worry about streaming. Does Celebrity let people use spin bikes outside of a class?
  5. We were hit by a different taxi scam in Santiago. We had a precruise stay at the Ritz Carlton. I had intended to use the nearby subway station to use that back and forth to downtown. However, we had language difficulties and couldn’t figure out how to buy passes and load them. Giving up, we went back to the hotel to get a house car to downtown. The hotel driver didn’t speak English but was able to make it clear to us to not pay more than 10,000 CLP on the return by taxi. On return, we caught a taxi, I asked how much it would be to the Ritz in my limited Spanish. He pointed to the meter, so I thought we were ok. Well, that meter started turning like a slot machine gone wild. When he stopped (across a major street from the Ritz, rather than the front door) it was around 19,000 CLP. Rather than argue I gave him a 20000 note. He took it and handed back pointing out a small rip and saying it was no good. I handed him another and that came back, with him pointing out a small corner ripped off. At this point, I said I had nothing left but my husband fished out two of his 10000 notes. We learned later the notes he handed back were actually counterfeit...they had no hologram. So, he had switched my good notes and returned counterfeits. Per, the concierge at the hotel this is a very common scam. In BA, were very careful with taxis after this experience. We used taxis from the hotel, where they used only Radio Cabs and wrote down cab numbers to ensure they knew who to go back to with issues. On the return from somewhere, we did take our chances, but only used Radio cabs. On the last day we wanted to see a number of areas and hired a driver from the Sheraton for 5 hours. It really wasn’t that expensive ($20 or $25 an hour).He didn’t speak English, but we would just agree on a location and time for each pick up in each area we wanted to see. We got the idea from someone else from our cruise staying at the Park (connected to the Sheraton). They were a party of 4 and had done this for their entire three day stay and was quite reasonable given that there were four of them. Also, even before stepping foot in BA, we had the ship concierge arrange for a hotel car to pick us up at the port. Again, it might have cost just a bit more than a taxi at the port...I seem to recall something like $20, but well worth it.
  6. We did an around the horn last year on NCL. Actually you don’t go around the horn but down to it. Here is a thread that explains the route into or out of the Beagle channel, to or from Ushuaia. Budget Queen was on our cruise and has done this itinerary 13 times. She is a wealth of knowledge of which side of the ship to be on for the different areas. If you have any questions, you might see if you can search through things she has posted on the SA port of calls board. She even knows where you might look for penguins going into the Falklands. She definitely knows where all the glaciers are.
  7. Thanks. It is just me, with an IPad and a phone, but I don’t multitask with both at the same time.
  8. Does the the one device package only allow “one device” or is it “one device at the same time” to be signed in?
  9. It should be noted that the Sapphire reserve card’s medical cancellation benefit does not have a pre-existing medical condition exclusion, if that matters to you. However, the look back period is not onerous (I forget what it is exactly, but remember it wasn’t horrendously long).
  10. Given the cost of short term parking at DTW, the Ambassador Bridge office, with it’s free parking, is a good alternative (and the savings can be put towards lunch). They also had a hard time getting my fingerprints.
  11. Could be because I dropped some major $ there last weekend. 🤑 Went to return some items bought on line that didn’t fit and ended up doubling my spend. I’ve lost weight, but there is some major size inflation going on.
  12. Interesting, Oceania recently redeployed Sirena to the area for winter 2020/2021. Some itineraries are similar, but nothing identical to what Celebrity was offering.
  13. The only place Maine/Canadian lobster is served regularly is Polo. That said, if the ship is, or has been in NE, and it can be provisioned easily, you may find it more places.
  14. Just to put a bit in your mouth to rein in some expectations...Waves lobster is not the Maine lobster found in East Coast lobster rolls.
  15. We have done this twice. First time was to stay overnight in Florence and meet the ship in Civitavecchia. We had received preapproval from Celebrity. The night prior to docking in Livorno, we received a message in our cabin to go to guest relations to give them our passports, or we would get a very early wake up call to bring them so the ship could clear. The morning in Livorno, we were instructed to pick up our passports. They also changed our key card so that on exiting it didn’t ding. That brought a security crew member who checked us against a list. On return in Civitavecchia, it was the same thing....no ding, and a security person called to check us back in and restore our key card. I had peaked at the list and there were about 8 cabins doing this. We also did this on NCL in Israel, to spend the night in Jerusalem. NCL didn’t give pre approval until on the ship. We decided to chance the plan, since most of the roll call was planning private overnight tours in Jerusalem (although we were DIYing) NCL had overnight tours offered and there would have been a mutiny. No issue, as they had a protocol set up to accommodate the masses doing an overnight. One wrinkle on this stop was that Hamas decided to start firing rockets into Ashdod, so the ship stayed in Haifa overnight. We were aware of the itinerary change prior to leaving the ship. I agree with John...your plan B for catching the ship in the event something goes wrong is better with Livorno/Civitavecchia than Rome/Naples. In any case, make sure you have the contact information of the port Agent in the relevant ports.
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