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  1. OP: If you would rather be doing something else, send her back to the cabin alone and join her 90 minutes later and get yourself ready.

    We recently had 3 women and a man in one cabin. A couple of nights we all returned to the cabin together, showered, shampooed, did hair and makeup, and dressed for dinner—even sipped a little wine—and all headed out the door 40 minutes later. Just takes organization.

  2. 7 hours ago, FlyerTalker said:


    Suggest that you don't send the payment "right away", but just during the normal billing cycle time-frame. Paying at mid-cycle can be a negative and generate red flags.  Here's a recent blog post that might be informative:




    What Ramsey is trying to get across is that you keep your balances at zero -- and for those with minimal self-control, it's easy to let that full payment slide.  So he goes the opposite extreme and wants you to pay ASAP.  Just pay in full at the regular billing time.

    The example in the blog was charging a large amount, presumably near the limit?, and sending a check for way more than that to create a positive balance. That was then immediately used for another charge. Far different than sending a payment for the amount of charge. I would hate for people who like to send payment right away be afraid to continue doing that. I may be reading the blog too narrowly but I doubt one would have a problem simply paying the balance.

    I also pay every month and payments are electronic from our bank which would I assume also not create a flag. I’ve only paid mid-cycle once and that was on a new card and I was testing that the electronic payment would go through correctly. I had purchased a large amount and would be out of the country on the due date so wanted to make sure it got paid.

    I have been living the Underwatr rule all my life. It works, no matter what your income.

  3. 47 minutes ago, NLH Arizona said:

    If you read the posters post, they said when they take their dog with them, they pay for it, which means it is under the seat in a crate:   If I’m taking my dog I’m paying for her cabin pet fee or a seat. (Only when I can’t find someone to stay with her) 


    There are only two places that emotional service dogs are welcomed and that is on planes and in housing.  They are not allowed in public buildings, other public transportation, etc.  This is something those that lie about their dog being an emotional support dog, don't seem to know about the law.

    As was pointed out, there is no cabin pet fee and this person is not even claiming the pet to be for emotional support. Just bringing it along—because they can and it is cheaper than a kennel. Not right for a cruise. Fine on an airline if the fee is paid and the animal stays in a crate on the plane but a cruise is a little long for crate life.

  4. Update: email response was “Should your item be found, we will notify you. There is no other information to provide.”  I had asked if they log turned in items. Might have felt better if they had just lied and said they would look into it. Very disappointing. Makes it sound like they turn a blind eye to whatever cabin stewards wish to do with anything they find.

  5. 44 minutes ago, Underwatr said:

    Even when you can't deduct charitable contributions (the standard deduction is very high now) you can instead make charitable contributions directly from tax-deferred accounts and that money never counts against income so there is no income tax against it.


    If you have tax-deferred retirement income and contribute to charity the tax savings in doing it this way dwarfs any benefit you'd realize by passing the contribution through a credit card.


    Now back to the thread topic...

    Exactly. And to answer the next question, this refers to traditional IRA only. Roth IRA is not taxable. It also has to be an approved non-profit—probably most would be. It also counts toward your required minimum distribution when you reach the age that is required. (70 1/2 or 72)

    NOW back to regular programming

  6. 10 minutes ago, Stateroom_Sailor said:


    Easier to understand as a business, which is likely the more common explanation.  Let's say someone has $300,000 of expenses, $375,000 in revenue, they could make the exact same amount of money as you, with extremely higher credit card usage.

    But people come on here to get personal information for the most part. A few have clarified they have business cards which puts them in a whole different ball park. If you are talking about business card expenses, claim your ball park which is irrelevant to me.

    As for non-profits, that comes from my IRA so I get a better return than any CC by eliminating the taxes I would have paid.

  7. 8 minutes ago, jimbo5544 said:

    You will need your booking number when you contact them.  Good luck.   For the record, someone in our group on another sailing left a watch and it was found and returned.  .  

    Well, calling the icare number was no help. Automated response said if you are calling about a lost item, fill out the form online. Goodbye.

    Will try email.

  8. 1 minute ago, denmarks said:

    I know that service animals for the blind are trained to use a litter box or mat that is usually in a service area. What do all these emotional animals use?

    And none of those service animals will have been sitting on your dining room chair just before you. UGH

  9. 7 hours ago, FlyerTalker said:

    2019:  Four first class tickets on Cathay Pacific.  One half to Hong Kong, the other to Australia.


    Retail equivalent....$30,000.

    Even at an unheard of 10% “rebate” that would mean $300,000 charged. That’s 4 times my annual income! 

    I use two or three different cards and usually just apply the rewards to my statement occasionally. I did get the Delta AmEx basic card just to get free bags for 5 of us on a recent trip.

  10. 9 hours ago, luisc25 said:

    I don’t agreed, and I’m not one of those that have an emotional support animal. If I’m taking my dog I’m paying for her cabin pet fee or a seat. (Only when I can’t find someone to stay with her) 

    In reality they are many people that really need the Emotional Support Animal specially people that have Psychological Disabilities like Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Disorter, OCD, PTSD and Schizophrenia to name a few. 


    These people decided to adopt a pet without a proper training because in reality Insurance doesn’t cover the training for Psychiatric Service Dog and it’s expensive. Also the ADA defines a disabling illness as an illness that physically or psychiatrically must limit one or more major life activities, such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing, learning, etc. If the illnesses do not limit one or more life activities, you do not qualify for a service animal but as you can see by the illness above a Dog can really help and reduce the anxiety for example.  

    There’s the rub. She is only necessary when you don’t have someone to stay with her. She may calm you down but she is a pet. Take her where she is allowed and welcome and avoid situations where she is not welcome. My son, and many others, cannot cruise because of anxiety so they do other things. 

    It is great if some people benefit from an emotional support animal—some have inanimate objects—but it is a great disservice to those who need a legitimate service animal 24/7 to equate the two.

  11. 9 hours ago, jimbo5544 said:

    Thanks for following along


    I was on that cruise and have been following your review since returning. A question has come up that you might have some insight for me. We unfortunately left a jacket in the closet. Doubly unfortunate since we were flying to MN. While at the airport, I found a lost and found form and submitted it. I listed the description, cabin number, and location in the cabin. I feel there is no way a passenger would have found it as the cabin would have been gone over by housekeeping before embarkation.

    We are getting form letter updates that our “lost” item has not been “found”. We gave it time to be returned to the port in case it got set aside and sailed another week. Is there any way I can contact the housekeeping supervisor to find out if it was turned in? Is there a standard email address format such as there is for maitre’d on the ships? There should be a paper trail if it was turned in.

    Thanks for any assistance anyone can give.

  12. 2 hours ago, Jerseygirl1416 said:

    A tent is inappropriate at the beach but I get the feeling by reading all your posts here that you think only you and yours count so......

    Looks just like most of those cabanas for rent at most beaches.


    Where is all the anger coming from on here? Most everyone defending the exclusivity of Havana because you paid a lot of money for it but yet jumping on someone who has to travel for business and takes his family along as if he is bragging.

    You have different opinions—move on.

    As for Havana, i couldn’t care less either way. I walked through it (legally) on Horizon and that was enough.

  13. 5 minutes ago, klfrodo said:

    CSR covers up to $75K in rental car insurance to include Loss of Use which most exclude. Even your personal auto coverage doesn't include Loss of Use when rental car involved. It includes Cancellation, Trip Delay, Trip Interruption, Baggage delay, Lost baggage, and up to $100K evacuation. There is no medical coverage.


    For more explanation of benefits


    Thank you. Valuable information and undoubtedly a good choice for frequent travelers. Pretty hefty annual fee for me. I get most of those benefits except the trip coverage from my free CC. But worth keeping in mind if circumstances change.

  14. 10 hours ago, hal2008 said:




    To complicate further:


    Neither including tips in base fare nor auto-tip allow for the flexibility of tipping where you received ANY service and NONE where you never ventured.


    Example: Family with young kids went to buffett exclusively and not even once to MDR.

    Why should they tip MDR employees at all? and How to tip the WJ/Lido staff pool (that category does not exist)

    Giving enevelope to each and evey WJ/Lido employee that served you will not be practical.


    Also if they remove auto-tip, the tips from room attendants will also be removed.

    So even if you are satisfied with the service and the amount,  have to end up doing cash tips instead.


    Initially, tips were for directly serving employees only then for the team (casinos) and now also for "behind screen employees". Why not lower base fare further and auto-tip for captain and navigation officers?.

    Taking ridiculousness further how about auto-tip for CEO and CFO bouns?


    I have overheard a collegue telling a visitor from UK branch:

    "15% for bad service, 18% for acceptable, 20% for good and 25% for exceptionally outstanding"

    UK guy responded:

    "why not include 15% in the price?"



    You don’t really believe there is separate wait staff for MDR and Lido do you? Our steakhouse waiter was serving breakfast buffet the next morning. Leaving auto tips to be divided is the fairest for all. The point is that most people do not know who has actually served them.

    I’m sure you could tip the captain if you wished.

  15. 13 hours ago, James4me said:

    If those who want to experience this haven, then PAY for it.  I do not want to see this area open to the public at all.  Those who will be coming late are for sure going to be obnoxious and rowdy and trash the area.  Maybe that’s the reason they changed it to only Havana 24/7, no public use.  

    Do you need to pass a “class” test to purchase? 

  16. 2 hours ago, Joebucks said:

    This thread is a great example of cruise critic at its best. Take a topic that has virtually no measurable bearing on anyone's vacation, add in a bunch of opinions of why yours is the best, and throw in a fight or two.


    How many people can't close their suitcase because they used a "kit" over a ziplock?

    And now we have another absolutely useless thread. 😂

  17. 47 minutes ago, PrincessArlena'sDad said:

    They don't feel comfortable not being able to contact us just in case, as they won't know where we are, either.

    Fair enough but you did say you would stay in one place. If they are uncomfortable, listen to them and act accordingly. They sound wise.  Also remind them for later that the app isn’t 100% guarantee they will be able to reach you and not to panic if they don’t get an immediate response. Have a great time.

  18. 9 hours ago, Organized Chaos said:


    Since the Panorama is brand new and has the most upgraded internet service like that of her sister ships, you shouldn't have a problem using FaceTime. Officially, Carnival says they don't support it, but plenty of people have reported using it. I can't remember if the Value plan is sufficient enough, but I don't think it is. If you don't get someone giving you a definitive answer on that, I'd go with Premium if I were you. On our upcoming 8-day aboard Horizon, it's only about $22 difference between Value & Premium for the whole cruise.

    Just a thought since I don’t use any plan but could they get the value plan and try it the first night. If it did not work to their satisfaction, they could I would guess, upgrade?

  19. 56 minutes ago, Hsmama said:

    ??? Not sure why this is even a question for you? In my case, I had teen/YA kids who pretty much set their own schedule for the day while DH and I would do things at our own pace.... we all liked to meet up at various times throughout the day onboard...we quickly realized with no texting this was a comedy of errors challenge,and hard to meet us all up same time/place....this will simplify things a lot. I don't see the problem with this ,in fact I think it's a wonderful thing to have and use! Yes, we had to make do with notes in the cabin,and hopefully meeting at the right time before, but this is much easier,and we all have a phone in our pockets so why not?

    You obviously did not read the post I was replying to. We were only talking about the time between lunch and when the cabins (S&S cards) would be available on embarkation day. I made no claims of objection to the app. We use it all the time.

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