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  1. No system is going to meet everyone's needs perfectly. But this one allows for both pre-planning and spontaneity - there is just some risk in going the spontaneous route. The same risks you take in being spontaneous at home - you might not get into the show you want to see or get the dining time you want if you wait until the last minute. I believe the new systems were put into place for the bigger ships with more passengers. You really think it would be better if 6000 people needed to make their reservations on a daily basis? Or just show up at the dining location or show they wanted to see? That sounds like my idea of a horrible system - I shudder at the idea of wasting so much of my vacation standing in lines...
  2. I didn't say one way was easier than the other, only that is not true that both parents must appear in person. For us, it was far easier for my husband to fill out the form and have it notarized. Since his firm has notaries on staff, it was a 10 minute process instead of taking off work for 1-2 hours. This provision also covers other instances in which only one parent is available to appear in person.
  3. I am pretty certain this is not true.... I seem to remember that my husband signed a form and had it notarized. My girls had at least 2 passports before they turned 18 - my husband was never there when we got them.... OK I just googled it: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/under-16.html
  4. Yes, this is correct. We just did this, this week. My daughter, who is now 19 needed to renew her passport that she got when she was 14. We needed to apply in person. They also would only accept cash or check - so I had to go with her. We joked about the next time she needs one - when she is 29 - she should have actual checks by then. (Or if she changes her name due to marriage of course)
  5. I think on the website the information is listed in the FAQ - I am certain I have seen it multiple times.
  6. We don't know, but what would be the point to corporate to have a survey and coach employees to ask for 10's? The survey would be meaningless and a waste of time and money. If they were coached it would be by someone on the ship, not from corporate. I doubt they were coached by anyone unless it was to change away from asking for 10s. I used to work for Kohl's - the surveys were stressed endlessly - the employees didn't get anything out of it, but the individual store did. We were told over and over again that if we got anything less than a 10 it counted against us - a 9 is the same as a 0 in their ranking system. So of course employees started asking for 10s - until corporate came out with a new policy saying that was not allowed. This tendency would be exaggerated if there was money on the line for the employee.
  7. I am guessing the T&C for both allows them to make whatever changes they want at any time - most are just saying it was very poorly handled. Our only access to the CL has been through suites - from a relatively objective point of view - this is just BAD customer relations.
  8. Of course they CAN, that is not the point. SHOULD they act this way? What if they decided to change it around and told all suite guests that they no longer had access to the CL - and escorted them out in front of everyone? I am willing to bet that access to the CL is not a guarantee for anyone at anytime in the Terms and Conditions.
  9. Notify people ahead of time. Not walk up to them when they are already in the lounge and ask them to leave. Just too tacky!
  10. Don't assume the worst without being there. It all depends on your exact sailing and how many Diamond + and Pinnacles there are in addition to the suite passengers. And whether the Diamond + and Pinnacles prefer the CL to their other options. Also I think most reports of over-crowding have to do with getting free drinks during the happy hour. Other than those hours we have mainly found the CL to be nearly empty.
  11. I have always called if I didn't do it at the time the reservations were made.
  12. January 3, 2019 It was my 9th bid. I was aiming for the Intercontinental Downtown/Port of Miami which is 4 1/2* but was given the Kimpton Epic. First time using Priceline, I followed instructions for getting free rebids so I started pretty low.
  13. Interesting, I wonder if the CBP and/or IDEMA will store the biometric data past the single cruise? Probably not at this point. Also speculating that they are limiting the use to those who travelled with passports because the passport represents an additional layer of identification? I have used the machines that scan your passport and then takes photo for international flights - but this seems to be simply a check that the passengers getting off are the same people as the ones who got on.
  14. I would think that if you gave them such a photo (this wasn't possible the last time I cruised RCI) they would make you take another one that can be used when you board. They use that photo to allow you to reboard at every port. Some ports are more stringent than others. I remember someone in my party being asked to take off sunglasses and hat when we reboarded once - they couldn't clearly compare to the picture on file.
  15. Priceline: Kimpton Epic Downtown/Port of Miami ( 5*) $155 bid plus $31 taxes and fees vs. $378 for a AAA rate
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