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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. The cruise line usually offers the Miami hoho bus as a post cruise excursion. The bus takes you and your luggage to the hoho company's central station, where your luggage is stored. You can then make full use of the different loops offered. They then provide shuttles to the airport (on my upcoming cruise these are at 3pm and 5pm) and from there you can get your hotel's shuttle to the hotel. The excursion gives you convenience but it comes at a price (especially if there are several of you) and as a downside you have to abide by the times they set or pay out extra to get your own transport to the hotel afterwards, whereas doing as @BNBR suggested, you can work to your own schedule.
  2. If you can swing it in terms of holiday time and budget, doing a B2B, like @taglovestocruise is doing is a great idea. We were on Harmony for the inaugural season in the Med and met two couples at the Meet & Mingle who were doing a b2b. Their philosophy was that, since the ship repeats the same ports every week, this would let them enjoy half of the ports one week and the other half the other, while enjoying a nice quiet ship on the days they stayed on board, making for an altogether much more relaxing trip.
  3. The important thing to bear in mind is that an ESTA is not a visa and from the sound of your travel plans a tourist visa may be necessary. I found this site https://www.esta-online.com/blogs/esta-time-limit which suggests that, in your case, the 90 days will accumulate. This means that you would indeed overstay your permitted limit unless perhaps one of your cruises takes you to a non-adjacent territory (e.g. Argentina; see the paragraph which refers to adjacent territories and islands.) I can't vouch for the accuracy or impartiality of the site though and I suspect your best recourse will be to contact the embassy, as you mentioned.
  4. ^^^This We have been in one of these rooms on deck 7 on both on Oasis and on Harmony (in both cases they were assigned as OV guarantees). We really enjoyed them but if we were booking a specific one we would definitely go for a higher one for the sake of the view. The pics below are from Harmony.
  5. For us, it's a handy way to use up any USD that we have left at the end of the cruise. Saves us having to re-convert it back to euros with the various pitfalls of exchange rates and commission fees that may be involved. If we don't have enough cash left over to cover the full amount, we pay off the rest with a card. We usually go to GS to pay it off just before going to bed on the last night, typically between 11 pm and midnight, and have never had to wait any more than a minute or two. And since our onboard spend never exceeds the $500 cash limit we also don't have to waste time making payments during the cruise.
  6. The itineraries are available to view on Royal's UK site. There are some interesting 8-night southern ones.
  7. What is Cruising Power? I'm looking at it now but I can't tell if it's a booking engine that anyone can use or if it is restricted.
  8. In case it's any help, since you mentioned you have UA miles, TAP (Air Portugal) is one of United's Star Alliance partners, so you might be able to get a reasonably priced flight with them from Lisbon, if they have the routing you need.
  9. Here's another recent one that I thought was very good:
  10. Will be calling at SJ in November and are planning on doing pretty much this so thanks for the helpful links.
  11. Yup. I think most Brits, when asked about their nationality, will be inclined to say they're "Scottish" or "English" or whatever, as opposed to "British", although that's obviously what our passports say we are. My nephews, who were born and raised in Wales consider themselves to be Welsh even though they're half Scottish. And my kids, who were born and raised in Portugal to a Portuguese dad consider themselves to be "half Portuguese and half Scottish". How's that for a mish-mash?!
  12. I agree with @Host Hattie. I would say it's mostly a case of lack of familiarity with Scottish (and NI) notes rather than any deliberate antagonism, in much the same way as the incident mentioned by @Bob++. For me, growing up, it was just a somewhat irritating fact of life; if you went to England, you availed yourself of English banknotes because it wasn't worth the hassle of trying to pay with Scottish ones and getting them refused.
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