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  1. We got it on our Delta AE once. It was on both our cards, so we each used it for $500. Then a few months later it showed up on our AE Blue card and we each had it on our cards and used it again. Once was before final payment and the second was after, so we added $1000 in OBC figuring that if we didn’t use it, we could get it back. Of course we used it all...lol
  2. We just returned from an entire canal transit, Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. Our first Panama Canal cruise was a partial, like you are doing, on the Zuiderdam. We initially booked that same excursion, but then thought about what we would miss. If you go ashore, you meet the ship on the other side of the locks, so you miss going back through the locks. We also had an aft facing cabin(as we did this time for the full transit). We were so glad we stayed on the ship. Yes, we were anchored in the lake, but we watched huge ships come and go and just enjoyed being on the veranda in a near empty ship. It was hot and humid and we were glad to be able to go where it was cool when we needed to. Also had access to the kind of food we wanted, etc. The bow of the ship will be open early in the morning for viewing of the opening of the locks and you can go and take pictures, enjoy coffee and Panama buns. Then go back to your aft cabin, apply sunscreen, don a good hat, dress for the heat and enjoy the views. Then enjoy going back through the locks. Too, too amazing to just go through once. We never regretted our decision
  3. We were able to do this with our Delta Amex before final payment. We each put it on our cards and paid $1000 total and got $200 credit. It appeared again on our Amex Blue after final payment, so we each put $500 on our cards for OBC and got $200 credit again. If we don’t use it, we will get that refunded by HAL, but think we will probably find a way to spend it onboard!
  4. When you come back on the ship, you will have to go through security. If you are bringing a bottle of wine with you, they will confiscate it. The free bottle must be brought in your carry on luggage. Not only is it dishonest, it has the potential of ruining this freebie for everyone else if the cruise line decides not to allow one free bottle per person any further.
  5. We did the partial transit a few years ago on the Zuiderdam and loved it. We had an aft corner Neptune suite and the experience was fabulous. Did not do an excursion while in Lake Gaugon(sp), but stayed on the ship and watched all the freighters come and go through the locks. Weather is VERY hot, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and a hat! We loved it so much we are doing the full transit this January with another aft cabin.
  6. I don’t believe that will work. We wanted to try it when we took our adult children and grandchildren. They said no. No way to accrue more mariner points either. I think people who try and play the system will ultimately mean the OBC from the stock will stop
  7. Nope. Booked a separate cabin for daughter and granddaughter. Doesn’t matter who pays for the second cabin, you only get OBC for your booking Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. We did the partial transit 4 years ago and are doing the full transit this January. We took the cruise specifically to go through the canal and stayed on the ship to enjoy every minute. Even sitting in Lake Gatun was wonderful. If you are going for the canal experience, you will miss it if you get off the ship for a tour. We will be staying on the ship this time to. The experience is awesome. And we live along the Mississippi where we have gone through the locks and dams many times in boats. This was totally different. To each their own, I guess Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Ours is up next year...do you have to go to the airport where you originally got cleared or can you do it online? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I totally missed the part about the Coast Guard...so thank you for pointing that out. Thinking it was just the standard email they send out about embarkation that has the staggered times Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. They have been sending this email to people for quite some time. We ignore it and board early, as do most people, I believe. They do not check to see if you came early, so just show up when you want to board, no problem Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. When I send in my info to HAL, I request an email telling me that it has been posted to my cruise. I then print it out and bring it with me, just in case. I transferred my booking to a TA, so did it myself. Cruising January 2020 and got a response back from HAL that it is posted to my cruise Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Yes, I believe they will take it from you. No clothes steamer either Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Where is the Lincoln Center Stage located? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. You will have the option of disembarking and going on a tour or otherwise get of the ship to do something during the day. If you choose to stay on the ship, you will meet with your fellow B2B cruisers and be taken to the terminal to show our passports and cruising information and then let back on the ship. Took about an hour to do the whole process. We stayed on the ship and it was nice to be there with not many people and then people watch as the new people came aboard and got familiar with the ship. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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