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Carol From California

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About Carol From California

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Encino, CA
  • Interests
    Travel, My grandchildren, Real Estate
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent and Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    I love them all

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  1. I looked back at one of your earlier posts and see that you are sailing in April, 2020. We are not too far behind you, sailing in July, 2020. Almost time to start looking for flights for ours. This is all very exciting!
  2. Just received this email from Scenic. Looks like it is really going to happen! 😁 One Month to Go, So Much to Discover We're now just one month away from the inaugural voyage of Scenic Eclipse, the World's First Discovery Yacht. Following the completion of extensive sea trials last month, anticipation is building toward her maiden departure on August 15, 2019. With a new era of 6-star exploration cruising just over the horizon, we can't wait to welcome our guests on-board and there's still plenty of time for you to join them. We still have a limited number of suites available on selected itineraries throughout the Americas and the Mediterranean, plus two new Caribbean itineraries to reveal. To book your suite aboard Scenic Eclipse, contact your Travel Professional or call our dedicated Reservations Team at at (857) 228-5566 today.
  3. We were originally going to go to Machu Pichu at the end or before a cruise but then after we looked into it we decided to do it separately. We booked it through www.KuodaTravel.com. They are located in Cusco. Our vacation included a few days in Cusco, a few days in the Sacred Valley, an overnight at Machu Pichu at the Sanctuary Lodge, the Hiram Bingham Train, which in my opinion was a highlight of the trip. We had a private driver and guide. The trip included hotels, the guide, the driver, the admission tickets, some meals and lots more. We also spent a few days in Lima. We did it last year. Whether you do what we did, or just add it on to a cruise, they can plan it all for you. Cost was very reasonable too. It was an incredible trip. Just check out the close to 600 EXCELLENT reviews on Trip Advisor. Here is my review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294314-d4752683-r587289159-Kuoda_Travel-Cusco_Cusco_Region.html
  4. I found these two articles, both from July 11. https://www.travelweek.ca/news/scenic-eclipse-to-sail-caribbean-and-central-america-following-launch/ https://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/scenic-unveils-two-new-itineraries-scenic-eclipse
  5. I had a recent communication with an executive at Scenic and she wrote: We are actively preparing for the launch of the Scenic Eclipse next month. It’s an exciting time here for Scenic.
  6. I am anxious to book the new Silversea Origin (Galapagos), depending on pricing. I have gotten pricing for the Celebrity Flora so want to compare. Ships are supposed to be identical, both brand new, obviously with different interiors. I heard from some sources that it will go on sale next week (Tuesday), on July 16. If anyone gets pricing information before then please post here.
  7. It does not say anything about an age limit. Unfortunately Canadian Amex Platinum does not seem to have the same Global Assist Program that includes emergency air evacuation. https://www.americanexpress.com/ca/en/support-cardmember/travel-emergency.html
  8. Here is an interesting article I found about someone who was transported home (from Singapore) because they had an American Express Platinum card (which includes emergency air evacuation coverage). You don't have to pay for the trip with the card. The mere fact that you have the card gives you this automatic coverage, with no cost cap. You must call their Global Assist Hotline when you have an emergency to get a pre-approval. Terms are shown below. Medical coverage is not included. So I feel comfortable with the Chase Sapphire Reserve coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption and medical coverage, combined with the air evacuation coverage through Am Ex Platinum. https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2017/05/10/know-benefits-amex-platinum-medical-evacuation-claim-award-ticket-saves-275000/ In the event that you or another covered family member (your spouse or domestic partner, dependent up to age 23, or age 26 if full-time student traveling on the same itinerary as the Card Member) becomes injured or suffers an illness which is not pre-existing while traveling on a trip less than 90 days, the Premium Global Assist Hotline medical department will assess your medical needs and coordinate your transportation.Medical transportation may be provided at no cost to the Card Member or covered family member to the nearest appropriate medical facility as determined by the Premium Global Assist Hotline designated physician, from point of illness or injury, when the Card Member or covered family member is under the care of a local medical service provider or facility. In addition, the Premium Global Assist Hotline designated physician, in consultation with the local medical service provider or facility, must determine that such transport is medically necessary and advisable due to inadequacy of local facilities. The person needing transportation may need to complete a HIPAA Release, or provide authorization for next of kin to complete the release. Emergency transportation services in connection with the medical emergency may also be provided to a covered family member pursuant to the full Emergency Medical Transportation Assistance Terms and Conditions. Here is some more info: https://thepointsguy.com/guide/credit-card-travel-accident-evacuation-insurance/
  9. I don't think any of the cruise lines are "US" cruise lines. They are all registered to other countries. Everyone has dropped Cuba from their itineraries.
  10. Northridge/Porter Ranch area is very close indeed! Small world! I don't golf. My husband does. I work at Rodeo Realty and we do a lot of traveling.
  11. We did the Cape Town to Cape Town cruise December, 2018 which was a holiday cruise that ended in January, 2019 (this year). It was on the Explorer. We LOVED the cruise. When we booked it there was an option (through Regent) to do a safari pre-cruise or post cruise. We did it pre-cruise. It was at Shamwari. We chose Bayethe which was phenomenal! It is a luxury tented lodge and was fantastic! Then on the cruise in almost every port there was an option to do day excursions that were game drives at various safari places. One was at Adda Elephant reserve. Another focused on "white lions". Each was different and was very special. We saw so many animals. The cruise was incredible and one of our favorites for sure!
  12. The coverage is $10K per person maximum (thanks to lesliebe who made the call to confirm), if you have to cancel because your trip is interrupted or your trip is cancelled. As someone else pointed out pre-existing conditions are not covered. You have to put "some portion" of the trip on the card. There is only ONE Chase Sapphire Reserve card. There is also a Chase Sapphire Preferred card. They are different. The Chase Sapphire Reserve card does have a $450 annual fee, but they give you a $300 annual credit for anything travel so that means the effective cost of the card is $150 per year. Some of the perks: $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees. Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® How did you know I live in Encino? Do I have that somewhere. Where do you live now? Small world!
  13. I have the benefits booklet too (attached) and I was under the impression that there is a maximum of $20K per occurrence. So for each trip that is the maximum you can claim....$10K each. Am I wrong about that? Yes, there is a $40K limit in a 12 month period. I also have other cards with travel insurance and I am aware that you can add these together, if the trip costs more than $20K. Chase Sapphire Reserve Insurance.pdf
  14. I think the coverage is $10K per person up to $20K per trip. https://thepointsguy.com/guide/best-credit-cards-travel-protections/
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