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  1. Only thing I would add ... If the Y is fully booked I have frequently stayed at the Days Inn in downtown Vancouver on Pender. Short walk to the cruise terminal. Unlike the Y this is 100+ year old hotel that has been refurbished, very much like many of the smaller hotels you find in European cities. Clean, safe, good neighborhood, low cost but the rooms are small. If you looking for a modern mid-market hotel that is reasonably priced that would be in Richmond near the airport. Many of these will offer shuttles from/to the airport. Most of these are going to be brands you recognise across North America. Local Canadian brands would be Sandman and Coast Hotels and they would be on par with a Holiday Inn. The more unique ones . River Rock Hotel & Casino sometimes has good rates. It is next to skytrain that will take you to within bocks of the cruise ship terminal. Abercorn Inn is another independent in that area that is on par with a Holiday Inn. From Richmond to the cruise ship terminal you can take public transit (skytrain) or uber, lyft or a taxi.
  2. Going to the cruise ship terminal uber/lyft all sound reasonable. A taxi is also a reasonable option. The cost difference will be minor. The cruise ship terminal is located in a multi-level pier. There are two lower levels of parking, then the cruise ship terminal, then at street level a convention center and the entry to the Pan Pacific hotel. Some floors with offices and then the hotel tower on top of all of that. There is a lot going on in that building. There is a ramp that takes you down to the cruise ship terminal level and the parking levels. The driver will be able to head down their and get you fairly close to where you enter the terminal. Coming back I would just grab a taxi. If the lineup is to long at the cruise terminal level I would grab the elevator up to street level and get a taxi there or arranger to be picked up by uber/lift there.
  3. Assuming your off the ship first thing in the morning. I would feel safe doing a flight that leaves around noon. Many of the flights from Asia arrive in Vancouver in the early morning. To provide domestic connections, there are usually a number of domestic flights that leaving just before or just after noon. I would comfortable with one of those. Traffic out of downtown Vancouver can be a pain during rush hour. If your comfortable with your bags, I would take the train (skytrain). The Canada line goes from waterfront station near the cruise ship terminal to the airport.
  4. The people in Miami that answer the phones at NCL don't deal with the customs clearance issues at the port. That is handled by the staff in the pursers office on the ship. It not unusual for the call center to response to a question like this by saying "We will need to contact the ship and get back to you". In this case Miami is likely wrong. The boarding process at the ship is also supervised by the ship purser. It has been a few years since I have been on an NCL cruise to Turkey. Back then and I believe today you still don't need a visa as a Canadian on a cruise that is passing through Turkey. In my case I had a business meeting in Paris that was moved that I could not get out of and needed to cut short my vacation/cruise getting off in Istanbul. After boarding the ship in Rome went to the purser desk and advised them of the change in plan. They asked me to hand in my passport to the purser office the night before we arrived in Turkey with the fee for the Visa. They presented my passport to the authorities when clearing the ship into Turkey and I picked it back up from the purser office the following morning with the Visa added. Turkey will issue visas to Canadian at the point of entry (airport/port). So, if you require one you don't need to have one ahead of time. In you case, it sounds like you will not need one.
  5. I would do the same. NCL messed up they should cover the associated costs. As an aside I frequently fly on WestJet. Both AA and WestJet run on the Sabre airline reservation system. For some destinations WestJet is very particular about the names on the ticket matching the ID and if not an exact match they at the gate they will change the name on the ticket to match. AA likely could have done the same. If there people are empowered to or are trained to is a different question. Either way it is NCLs fault they created the problem in the first place.
  6. This will depend on who does this and what airline. I believe in the US some airports have their people do this instead of the airlines. Here in Canada this is typically done by airline staff. It is not uncommon for airlines to have strict rules that staff are not allowed to accept tips of any kind.
  7. If it was me I would make the hotel booking for two days. But select an option where you change the booking up to a few days before arrival. If it turns out to be different you can change the booking. Most hotels have an option where you can cancel up to 24 hour before arrival. The deeply discounted booking rates don't have that flexibility.
  8. That is a weird response. NCL is acting like a travel agent. Normal practice with most airlines is around 24 hours before departure control over the reservation transfers from the agency to airport control where the reservation is under local control of the airline airport staff not the agent. AA should have been able to make changes at that point. I don't fly regularly with AA so cant guess at an explanation there. However, it is no secret the airlines are not investing in training and many times these types of things come down to the airline staff have not been trained in how to do it. I would also go after NCL for the cost. They charged you to change the reservation. They messed up. I would ask for the $150 back and the cost of buying the second ticket.
  9. There are differences from one cruise line to the next on how they book airline tickets. I would assume the "normal" flight would be leaving the US on Monday and arriving into London Tuesday morning. So a two day deviation would mean departing Saturday to arrive Sunday morning. However it is hard to say for certain. 40 days out you should have the info available.
  10. Air Canada and Alaska have non-stops between PDX and Vancouver.
  11. Uber is also an option. Don't expect to save a lot of money with it though.
  12. I have stayed at Atrium a few times. There is nothing wrong with the hotel. The immediate neighborhood around the hotel is fine. It just does not have much in the way of tourist attractions. If you walk out of the hotel there is a Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Dairy Queen next door. It is safe. It has a very suburban residential feeling to it. The other direction is a park that for two weeks a year houses the main agriculture show in the province. The rest of the time it houses other events. It also has an amusement park. As Martincath indicated the area along Hastings near the downtown is basically skid row. That said, your not going to walk that distance. You will be in a taxi or a shuttle. It is safe driving down Hastings but not pleasant to look at.
  13. Yes. The OP indicated they were planning a cruise form Athens to Rome with a round trip flight into Rome. If they are doing something else, then they are doing something else.
  14. It steam driven sort of. The clock mechanism is driven by wind up weights. The wind up weights are lifted by steam. The steam then comes from underground steam lines from the central district heating plant that is use to provide heat to many of the buildings in downtown Vancouver.
  15. Virgin Atlantic operates from Terminal 3 at Heathrow.
  16. I don't know how well KLM IT systems are. Some airlines are good at letting you rebook online or in their mobile app when that happens. Other airlines you have to talk to a human and that is where the problem is. They just don't have the staff levels they need to manage those situations well.
  17. I use to live in Saskatoon. When I did I would fly international for business regularly. I would not be overly worried. Your likely going to have three flights to get there. First thing is you want everything on one ticket. That way if you miss a connection, the airline is responsible for rerouting and rebooking. I would avoid going through Europe, it just makes everything longer than it has to be. With the issue with Ukraine and Russia, the western airlines all have to fly a few extra hours around Russia making everything much longer. Flight delays out of Saskatoon are more likely as the day progresses. Far less common on the first flight of the day. Out of Saskatoon to Asia I have usually connected in Vancouver. Typical pattern is Air Canada has an aircraft that arrives late evening into Saskatoon, stays overnight. Early morning it goes to Vancouver and is timed to connect to all the late morning flights from Vancouver to Asia. Your probably then going to have to make a connection in Japan or South Korea. I would avoid China. There is also a number of flights to Asia that leave Vancouver around midnight. That would be another option. WestJet is starting up Calgary - Tokyo (Narita) flight. I don't know what the timing looks like.
  18. You don't want to do that. If the Athens-Rome flight is on a separate ticket then your responsible if something if something is late. As LTH28 said you want to go Ohio.-Athens and Rome-Ohio. The other thing I would do is wait about a month or so. Most airlines release flights for booking around 300-356 day out. You will have more choice and options. Also you should look at some of the non-US airlines. Air Canada for just over $1,000 return, however they have only published fares up to around April 10th. You would need to come back in a week for your dates.
  19. With legacy airlines like TAP and KLM you don't want to go into it with the attitude that a refund is even an option your willing to consider. You want to go in with the attitude you paid to fly from Rome to Lisbon. If TAP canceled the flight, that is TAPs problem to solve to your satisfaction. They still need to get you from A to B even if that means they need to buy a ticket on another airline for you. You may find it helpful to suggest alternative flights that you are willing to accept. The TAP call center and people at the airport should be able to do rebooking like this at no cost. Even your TA should be able to do it if you booked through a TA.
  20. Well Canadian airports all start with "Y". Airports that start with "Y" are always in Canada (with the exception of one US airport that is violating the rule for some reason). That only leaves two letter to play with. We have no shortage of similar airport codes.
  21. At the end of the day what matters is what British Airways has in their computer system. They are the ones operating the flight. American Airlines is simply reselling it. Your TA should be able to sort it out.
  22. If it is all on one ticket that means there is a single airline that issued the ticket. The ticket can include flights operated by other airlines, that is not a problem. When it is all on one ticket the airline the issued the ticket is responsible for getting you to your end destination. AC, Lufthansa Group and United operate as a joint venture between North America and Europe. Not a big deal if you mix and match them. If it is on one ticket it is checked through. If you buy two separate tickets than it is not.
  23. So out of those those airports which is your preference? Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto. I would keep everything on one ticket. When you do that if there is a delay the airline is responsible for rebooking at their cost. If your in Ottawa the first leg is going to be Air Canada, WestJet or the Air France bus to Montreal. In the summer Air France is also going direct. I would avoid connecting through the US. You can do it but it is a pain if you have checked baggage.
  24. BA has a couple of different models of 777. They have the 777-200 and 777-300. They also have different layouts. This website will have some recommendations and this is the likely configuration on that route if it is a 200: https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/British_Airways/British_Airways_Boeing_777-200B_2.php I rarely fly BA these days so I can't tell you where the electronic boxes are. If they put the effort in last time they refurbished the aircraft that be under the floor. I would not be overly worried about it. It is always good to follow the rules however if you get on there and it does not fit under the seat they will likely find some space in the overhead bins somewhere for it. These widebody aircraft have a lot more bin space than your use to on the small aircraft and with free baggage more people are checking bags.
  25. Lisbon airport has some draw backs but, a 3 hour connection there is a much better option than 1 in Heathrow. What is the next stop for the cruise after Marseille. You plan be would be to join the rest of the cruise there. The train from Paris is also a nice option. Both Air Canada and Air France should have flights from Toronto.
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