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  1. I'd also look at flying from EWR and possibly even PHL. Sometimes the fares can be considerably lower than JFK, even with additional travel costs. If you can readily handle your bags, it's easy to take Amtrak from NYP to PHL and then transfer to the SEPTA train directly to the airport.
  2. Do you mean customs or do you mean immigration? Chances are it will happen in Boston if you aren't stopping in a US port before then.
  3. Non-residents require a government issued ID to enter, however it doesn't need to meet REAL ID. We also have an armed security guy who allegedly has gone through the police academy who patrols around at night. It's probably the reason that we haven't had a lot of the car thefts and break ins and such that have been happening in many surrounding neighborhoods.
  4. You should have your child in a car seat on the plane for their safety as well as everyone else's. Then just take it along with you. Many people suggest storing them in the shower when it's not in use.
  5. You obviously haven't been to Epcot. I'm not sure you can go more than about 150 feet without being at the next bar. There are at least 15 places to get a drink without sitting down in a restaurant to eat. Add in those and it's closer to 30. While not as many, the Animal Kingdom also has plenty of places to get an adult refreshment.
  6. Yes and no. You can either be somewhat immersed in the mouse, or you can just enjoy a cruise experience with good food, excellent service, nice staterooms, and adult only areas. The classic ships are better at segregating the kids and to me have the feel of a classic ocean liner as opposed to a DIsney mega-ship, although they lack Remy.
  7. They will most likely be either cancelled or severely rerouted. If I had a booking on one of those sailings I'd have a back up plan and be expecting the worst and hoping for the best.
  8. So it doesn't sound like there was any additional costs, you weren't tossed off the ship when it arrived in port. Given that ,I don't see where there is anything additional owed to the OP. It sounds like you agree. It's unfortunate when cruises have to miss ports, but sometimes it simply can't be avoided due to circumstances far beyond the cruise line control. Wars, volcanoes, hurricanes--does anyone really want to sail into any of that?
  9. We usually do carry on only, but sometimes it's just not going to work when you are flying airlines with extremely rigid hand luggage weight restrictions.
  10. The key is to pack NOTHING in the suitcase that will trigger a search. So truly only clothing and canvas shoes (think Keds or Toms) and such. No wires, bottles, even heavy shoes or boots. No metal. A friend of mine travels regularly to a country where pilfering luggage is almost a national sport and packs only clothing and flip flops and Toms in her suitcase and has it wrapped. Everything else is in her carry on. She hasn't had a problem since she began doing that.
  11. There are a couple of them scattered around the airport. They are large lucite containers with a slot in the top that have a sign talking about what the money will be used for--I want to think the one we put our XPF into was for less fortunate children.
  12. Back in the day you did need to show the claim checks to a guard to take your bags. That ended in the late 80's, maybe early 90's. My best advice is to make your bag look different. Don't buy black or navy bags. Use a contrasting colored luggage strap, maybe even two, one in each direction. Buy handle wraps in bright colors with either your last name or "NOT YOURS" embroidered on them. Make it so foolproof that if anyone does try to take your bag, you'll have a good case to have them arrested for theft as no reasonable person could say it was an accident.
  13. Good catch. It would eliminate some of the problem if it were per person.
  14. We found some smaller vendors only wanted XPF, and a couple took cash only. Others were happy to take XPF or Euros. We didn't see anyone with pricing in USD. We ended up with a couple hundred US Dollars in XPF at the end of the cruise, so paid our last night at the hotel in cash, saving enough for a cab ride to the airport and some coffee while we waited for our flight. We had a couple few dollars worth of coin that we left in the collection bin for a charity.
  15. Actually DCL's Italian restaurant Palo is very good.
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