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  1. Speed boat is 15 euros. Pick whichever one is the fullest. They wait around a long time. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. Can anyone comment on whether the boats are still running from Fira to Oia? I stumbled on some website that said there is no more water taxi service after August 2016. Thanks!
  3. Thanks so much!! It's been awhile since we've been on Royal :) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. Trying to find a contact for the diamond concierge for the Jewel. Anyone know (I already checked google doc)? Trying to figure out what time the muster drill will be on an upcoming med cruise. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. It is a shame. I've been to Turkey several times. It's a shame that most people don't understand the sheer size of Turkey and that Kusadasi is not near areas where attacks have occurred. My guess is that this was done because potential customers were expressing concerns. Rhodes will be an interesting stop, but I have my doubts that it can compare to the size and scope of Ephesus. Turkish food is amazing too!! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. You should probably speak to an attorney as opposed to random advice online. As a Canadian living in the USA, whose husband has a criminal record, I will just say that we don't ever plan cruises that start or end in Canada. You never know what kind of mood the CBP officer is in. They have access to the FBI database....so if the dui shows up there then the CBP officer can see it. They always let my husband in when he is with me, but one day they might stop. My understand with cruises is that the manifest is sent to Canada beforehand. So they could deny you entry on the cruise. But they may not run all the names...who knows. There is a form you can file with the Canadian government and pay around $1000 where they will deem you rehabilitated. You can also pay $250 for a one time entry, but not all CBP officers will offer it. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. It depends if the country you are entering has access to the criminal records system in the UK. The reasons Americans with DUIs have problems getting into Canada is because US-Canada have agreements to share criminal records. If they don't have access and don't ask the question, then you may not have any issues. Again, it'll depend on that record sharing and whether you need visas etc. Did they convict him? Or do some type of stay of charges? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. That's just it...a lot of people think Europe is somehow more dangerous for pickpocketing/petty crime. After my Dad almost got pickpocketed in Disneyland we knew nowhere was safe lol Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Thanks! I find that a lot of the threats are blown out of proportion. Just be smart: Don't hand a stranger your camera Don't leave your purse on the back of a chair Don't walk around with your purse open Don't carry wads of cash Would you do any of that in a major US city? Probably not. So why do it on vacation? For me it's the same as travel clothes. Unless I'm hiking or riding elephants or something, I dress the same way I do at home. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. The first time I traveled abroad I was no paranoid about this stuff. Now I don't stress and pretty do what I do at home. I wear the same clothing. No special vests, etc. I want to be comfortable and be like I'm at home. I don't carry my passport. Scan is on my phone. Only carry when I know I need it (needed it recently in Asia at a few sights). I leave my expensive designer purses at home. I double bag: I have a small Longchamp bag that holds my wallet and I place it inside a larger Longchamp bag. That way I can throw my camera inside. European ladies wear these purses everywhere, so maybe I blend in. Both bags are zipped, zipper faces forward. Wallet contains only money I need that day, 1 credit card, 1 debit card. The backup cards are in the safe. It's really not as scary as people make it out to be. Just do what you'd do in NY or any other large American city. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Put it on a credit card that earns multiple points for a travel category. Win win. Use travel credit on Chase Sapphire Reserved and get the gratuities for free (or nearly). Not sure I understand the need to make it more complicated by trying to pay people in cash. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Was just reading in the LA Times that Carnival Corp is cancelling Turkey calls (not just Istanbul). Any idea whether Royal will follow suit? Apparently some are substituting Albania, which would be really fun! I've been to Kusadasi several times, so this would be a bonus for me :) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. It's like trying to analyze airfares. The algorithms that airlines and cruise companies use is complex and based on capacity, number already sold, and what they predict they will sell based on historical sales. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. Yes. The Canadian immigration officers have the discretion to give you a one-time pass into the country. There is a fee associated with this "privilege." I doubt Royal Caribbean agents will know. They often don't know their left hand from their right, much less immigration laws of a foreign country. Canada customs and immigration can see criminal records from the USA. Whether or not they decide to run all passports for a cruise, who knows. My understanding (from worrying about this on my last cruise) is that the cruise line sends the list to Canada customs/immigration a few days before arrival. So, if anything, they may be held on the ship. Note: there is a way you can apply for rehabilitation. It is over $1000 and can take 6-12 months. We've contemplated this for hubby since we go visit family often. But we've never been denied, so we keep chancing it. One day I want to fly him in alone, just to see what happens. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. There is no guarantee it "WILL go away." Does it go away for the majority? Yes. But stating this unequivocally is not a good thing to do. If you are worried about your health, please don't listen to people on the internet. Go see a doctor. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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