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  1. 14 minutes ago, CanHardlyWait said:

    OK, so Mariner leaves Saturday. Sunday at sea. Monday is supposed to be Labadee. The hurricane will be super close to Haiti on Monday. Tuesday is supposed to be Jamaica. Now they are talking about bad waves hitting the shore lines as storm passes. Making sailing, swimming on board, and docking all potentially difficult. What do you think the odds are we will get switched? Maybe the gulf and Mexico for calmer waters? 

    This storm appears to be particularly tricky. It speeds up, it slows down, it goes one way and then goes another, and then slows down again. I'm sure people at the various cruise lines are keeping an eye on it and throwing out contingencies, but with this one, it may all be fairly last minute. Nobody on here is going to have any real insight at this point, that might be the only guarantee 🙂

  2. 2 hours ago, TXcruzer said:

    If you talk frankly to any professional waitstaff here in the states, or any forward facing crew on cruise ships, they will agree with you 100%.  They all do better in a cash based gratuity system (not the Royal Caribbean scam of auto daily gratuity)

    I fill in occasionally at a brewery near my house in the US (on the rare occasions I'm not traveling for work)...it's just kind of my fun thing to do a couple times a month, and a way to get some free beer 🙂 Anyways, I will preface this by saying that our owner pays us a pretty good base pay of $12 to $16/hour (most of us fall at $14), and then tips on top of that (split evenly on a per hour basis for the tips made that day). I usually end up making about $35/hour on a Friday or Saturday, and maybe $27-$30/hour on a week day. I'm honestly shocked at how much I get paid just to pour beer/wine and make some cocktails. 

    I also have a buddy who works as a sever at a very high-end steakhouse chain (I won't name it, but it rhymes with Smakital Trill) and he easily clears $100k/year in a pretty affordable mid-sized midwestern city. 

  3. 3 hours ago, Kiwi said:

    There were some activities strictly in Mandarin -- we didn't think we'd have much luck in the "finish the song lyric" game with songs in Mandarin, for example, haha.

    I have kind of a funny story about this. I lived in China for two years and still go back regularly for work, but I am a black guy who is a dual US/Namibian citizen and speaks English with a midwest American accent. My spoken Mandarin is good, but not great. Anyways, I was in Hangzhou, ended up at a karaoke bar, and overheard people (who didn't know I understood them) questioning why I was there since most everything was in Mandarin. 

    So of course I went up on stage, belted out a pretty damn good Mandarin cover of "Friday" by Rebecca Black (because it was Friday, and I was drunk), looked a them, and dropped the mic. We spent the rest of the night together bar hopping. 

  4. 1 hour ago, VillainsGin said:

    @Zacharius speaking on booking through Air2Sea, how does the loyalty points with flying through specific airlines work in this case? I know booking directly gives you travel points when you can use to redeem for rewards with airline but if you book through a 3rd party are you still rewards airline points?

    There may be cases in which the fare they book you on doesn't earn points (or doesn't earn the full amount of points). To be fair, that can also be the case with certain fares on the airlines themselves. But I have never used Air2Sea so I don't have experience personally. 

  5. 16 hours ago, VillainsGin said:

    I was leaning a bit towards the nonstop option as I pondered more about it. It makes sense to go with ONT if both airports required stops. I think nonstop helps decreases your chances of problems, with less moving parts.


    I've decided to suck it up and uber to LAX to save myself the drive and self parking? Actually how is the self parking in LAX? do they have a indoor parking structure to protect my vehicle from the elements?

    I've never done self parking at LAX, but my friends in LA who do often use the garage(s) inside the terminal loop...they feel it's worth the extra money. If you book ahead for the cheaper parking (that requires a shuttle), they sometimes throw you a deal to upgrade to the terminal parking. 

    14 hours ago, WannaCruise said:

    I think it must depend on the airline.  We are trying Air2Sea for the first time in December.  The airline is WestJet but we are not able to book our seats until we pay off the flight. It's a chance we are taking, but like the fact that we don't have to pay the flight off when booking.

    Yes, it depends on the airline AND the fare. And you often won't know the real fare ahead of time, if at all. Many of the fares Air2Sea uses are specially negotiated, so even on the same airline and same route, two people may have very different experiences. 

  6. 1 hour ago, VillainsGin said:

    What do you think personally when going from ONT or LAX to MIA?

    I have to make this decision pretty frequently because I do a lot of work up in the Palmdale area and need to decide if I want to connect through ONT (easier drive down, quieter, easier, rental cars right there) or go nonstop through LAX (crazier, busier, rental cars halfway to Pasadena, but better hotel choices if I need to spend the night). I also do BUR sometimes, of course, but there's no point in you going there so I'll leave it out of the discussion. 

    If my destination requires a stop no matter where I come out of, I'll usually choose ONT over LAX. If it's a case of LAX being nonstop and ONT being one-stop, I'll usually (but not always) choose LAX. A lot of times it just depends on my mood when I am booking. In your case, I would probably do LAX. 


  7. 59 minutes ago, Psycho and Barb said:

    Go to your local bank and get you some $2 dollar bills to take with ya...We have found the bartenders really like the $2 bills for some reason.

    I really dislike this idea myself. As someone who spends their life and career bouncing around the world, I can assure you that the $2 bill is very much unknown outside of the US (and even inside the US by a shockingly high number of people). It can be exceedingly difficult to convert $2 bills outside of the US. 

  8. 2 hours ago, octaviocloss said:

    I've seen several footages of Leo Messi on HOTS, did he actually sail for a full itinerary? 

    I can't imagine the hottest name in the sports world right now taking a three night Bahamas cruise on a mid-tier cruise line. If it truly was out to sea (versus some kind of...digital enhancement), probably just flew him out and back really quick.

    5 minutes ago, Cakemeister said:

    Who's that? 🙂


    (I'm just givin' you a hard time) 



  9. On 8/7/2023 at 6:56 PM, Heymarco said:

    But why? Makes no sense for a large mob to travel to a remote part of the island. 

    I'm not saying it's likely to happen; what I am saying is that it's likely to be a very strong barrier should a group actually (for whatever reason) decide to. Unlikely. 

    I'd also like to say that Labadee is far from remote. Cap-Haitien, a metro area of over 250,000 people, is barely 10km by road from Labadee. 

  10. 13 hours ago, Pattycruise said:

    JetBlue has only 1 direct flight from JFK   and it seems decent enough price wise, but of course, if that one flight cancels that's the end of that. (will fly in 2 days early

    I think you're worrying more than you need to. Yes, they may only have one nonstop (which is different than direct) flight a day. But if you're flying in two days in advance, it would take something quite dramatic to happen for you to miss your cruise. Could it happen? Sure...but the odds are on your side. I would take the Jetblue nonstop, hands down. 

    11 hours ago, Pattycruise said:

    I think another question I should ask  in case I book flights with a stop….airports to avoid making transfers?!

    Not really. Maybe something like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, LA, or Phoenix, because they are quite a bit out of the way, but that's really the only reason. Something like Minneapolis or Detroit (on Delta) would be most convenient. But I still would vote for Jetblue. 

    4 hours ago, Biaggio said:

    You can fly to Seattle and take The Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver. It may give you more flight options and it’s one of the most picturesque rides in the world. Fare is reasonable. 

    There's also a bus between SEA and Vancouver. Or OP could fly Alaska or Delta and just connect JFK-SEA-YVR. 

  11. 1 hour ago, Jay66 said:

    Thank you.  They said everybody on the flight would be on the cruise .  I'm just trying to work out our travel day which is difficult without a flight time  

    Ah, so it's a charter specifically for the cruise? That actually makes it event trickier to predict, so it might be best just to reach out to them. I definitely understand the scheduling part! 

  12. I will say that I have absolutely no personal experience with Dayuse.com, but their whole thing is that they will source you day rooms at hotels...something some hotels do, and others don't, so having the option to find them on one site is handy. Whether or not you can book them directly with the hotel, or if the website is worthwhile, is not something I can comment on. 

    Some in Vancouver have, for example, 9am to 5pm or 10am to 6pm reservations. Something like 10am to 6pm might work well because you would then only need to worry about killing a couple of hours before heading to the airport, which is quite easy to do in Vancouver. 

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