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  1. I don't know if its coincidental, but had booked a cruise for way off. Dragging my feet a bit on paying for my trip insurance - I had another week or so in which I had to do it to qualify for the pre-existing waiver. But I noticed the price of the coverage had gone up in just a few days. I wonder if all this in the news is affecting the rates as well. The company wouldn't even cover travel to China, as well as some other parts of the world.
  2. To me it didn't sound like it was a 10 day waiting period to cancel, but a 10 day time limit on how long you could cancel & get a refund. Which makes sense - my 3rd party insurance has a 14 day period where a cancel with refund is possible. After that you cancel if you like, but no refund is available.
  3. It is a pricey outing, but to me it was worth it. I wasn't on a cruise stop, I found a vacation package with Iceland Air. We also did horseback riding before hand. It's been several years since I visited, but it was the big highlight of my trip. It pays to be prepared - you can save a little money bringing your own towel over renting one there. And make sure to wear a tight fitting swim cap - put your hair full of conditioner before getting in the water. The water is heavenly but will make your hair straw otherwise. There is lots of Blue Lagoon top quality shampoo & conditioner in the changing & showering areas to help yourself to. There are buckets of clay mask to put on your face at the perimeters of the blue lagoon. Bring a disposable water camera to use in the lagoon. You can get a bite to eat in the cafe for pretty reasonable, just a serve yourself area from pre-made sandwiches, juices etc, but you don't have to eat in the expensive restaurant. Tip - if you want to bring home a souvenir lotion - you can buy it in the US mail order for less than at the gift shop at Blue Lagoon. The mineral lotion is so great, it works as well or better on my eczema than some of my prescription lotions. Saves on space / weight in the luggage, too. Buying at the airport I believe is the most economical, but that won't be in your plans. With the tour I had, it picked us up from the hotel & then we could take a bus back when we decided we had enough of being there. They ran pretty often, just had to make sure you had the right company & didn't miss the last one.
  4. December 23, 2016 166 Ship - Miracle Deck - Main Stateroom # - 4237 Stateroom Category – Vista Suite Starboard or Port Side - Starboard Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – Very. So much so I could only vaguely hear the ships announcements, and would need to open the door to the hall / listen with it open to hear the announcements well enough to understand them. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - Yes, I believe there was a door connecting to the next aft stateroom. Balcony View - Amazing, large aft wrap. Balcony Size? Normal, large aft wrap balcony for the class of stateroom. Was wind a problem? - No If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - No Any specific problems with this cabin? Just needing a refurb. There were some odor problems in the cabin, of cigarette smoke that would come & go. Don't know if it was from the ventilation system of the ship, or if a neighbor was smoking. Also some vague odors from the carpet that again would come & go - don't know if someone got sick & they couldn't fully get the odor out of the carpet. And one of the sink basins had a hairline crack in it. Other than that, the cabin was good - just due for a cosmetic lift / the Miracle is going for drydock soon. It's a beautiful & spacious cabin, I love the circular layout. And some of the drawers in the dressers stuck a bit, but maybe that helps them keep shut in rough seas. For some reason the fridge sat outside the cabinet meant for it. Any other comments? - Very spacious, good storage, loved the location midway between the dining room / entertainment areas & lido. Got a lot of walking & stairs in which helps defray the calories.
  5. thank you so much! I am wanting some pesos in case I want to take the bus back from the botanical gardens in PV. And waited too long to get pesos here, they all want at least 2 business days & have to be ordered in advance.
  6. Thanks Eddie. I got a pretty good rate through the cruise line because I booked the excursion when they were offering Carnival coupon promo codes. Weather forecast keeps changing, now it may be just cloudy? But thanks for the link for the passport card. Maybe someone else will benefit from it!
  7. Even if you didn't book directly with Carnival, this is a piece of garbage. If you booked late and then had no option of the same cabin back to back, and still choose to book - that would be one thing. But you booked early enough to have the same cabin B2B, and that is what anyone would want. He should be making a big fuss. And also, the first person on the bottom rung who answers the phone at Carnival is probably not going to have enough pull to make a change. Asking for a manager, and after that his manager, etc, might be more helpful. I know its extra work for him, but if it weren't for the travel agent you might be able to do it yourself. You can't. He needs to step up. At the very least, he should be asking for OBC or something to atone for this inconvenient cabin change. I really thought it was not something a cruise line would do, that if you did not book a "guarantee" rate that you had your cabin once you booked it. A deal's a deal.
  8. I booked a shore excursion / day pass for what is reported to be Breathless Resort. Booked through Carnival so not 100% on that, but it's mentioned in many of the reviews. Will be there next week, and now apparently there is a tropical storm / what is predicted to wind down to a tropical remnant on our port day. If we can even tender in, are there any sheltered areas outdoors at this resort? Seriously considering cancelling ahead of the cruise. Unless the cruise line cancels the excursion, they lobby a 25% penalty after you board & 100% within 24 hours of the excursion. I have a little more time to watch the weather reports, but this is not looking good.
  9. Thank you Thank you!!!!! Cruise coming up and those fun times are so helpful!
  10. Very good! That was the only bit of advice I had to offer. That adding a parking charge to the hotel bill would be pricey, driving here in Seattle can be a pain, and paying for parking once you got to your sightseeing location would likely add to costs. If you can load Uber on to your phone, it's quick and cheap. International district in Seattle has many choices for Asian food, or stop at Uwajimaya (there is no ooo sound at the beginning of the word, just say wah-jee-maya) a Japanese store with lots of food & gift / souvenir choices as well as a good sized food court or deli area with sushi, cooked food to go etc.
  11. If you have a toiletry or dopp kit with many small bottles of liquids like shampoo, conditioner, mouth wash etc they might go unnoticed there. Likely the worst that could happen would be they find them & take them away.
  12. Good idea to check around, I skip the Carnival insurance because it doesn't provide coverage for pre-existing condition. Look into Squaremouth.com or Insuremytrip.com You can get a side by side comparison of what coverage is offered on different plans, and you can plug in filters that are important to you. I always get coverage for medevac, and primary coverage saves waiting on a denial / submitting paperwork to your regular health insurance first. Squaremouth has a box to tick for cruise trip insurance, it has coverage high enough to cover treatment requiring medevac. From what I've seen from my trip insurance policies, people on your plan have to be relatives or living at the same address, or they are not covered. But you can double check with the plan seller, they are the experts. The companies will probably be happy to sell you a plan, but if something goes south you don't want to hear that for this reason or that - the coverage is excluded in this instance. I think if you book the trip insurance within 2 weeks of the first payment, pre-existing coverage is not expensive. If you wait longer, it can get very pricey. So good for you for checking into this right after booking.
  13. Thanks, Hank. I'll definitely bring mosquito repellent with us.
  14. I haven't done it since 2012 & 2013, so don't have current info. Back then I walked up after disembarking, they held on to suitcases & you could either show your sail & sign card for a free ticket to board the ship & tour on your own, or get a discount at buying a tour. You did need to stop at the ticket booth & get a ticket either way. No matter what you'll still be at an advantage over tourists who need to drive there to tour. From the tripadvisor reviews it seems the expense of parking is one of the biggest complaints.
  15. It goes without saying to bring a wear mosquito repellant, but would you necessarily even learn of a mosquito swarm in advance / getting off the ship? Such a catastrophic result if even one affected mosquito found you.
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