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    packercruising reacted to Matt in First Alaska cruise   
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    packercruising got a reaction from KimS in First Alaska cruise   
    The earlier you get there, the sooner your vacation starts. Don't go by what it says on your docs. If you get there by 11:00, you have a good chance of getting on board fairly quickly.
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    packercruising got a reaction from Matt in Matt in top 10 - We call him #1   
    YOLO- WTG Matt!
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    packercruising reacted to fonemanbob in sea pass   
    We keep them in our pocket and have not lost one in 20 plus years.  Wearing them around your neck in port makes you stand out as a tourist.  Rather not give that impression  out.  
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    packercruising got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Panama Canal Cruise   
    We were on NCL Star. It was in 2011, before there was an expansion to the locks. I would suggest a smaller sip so you go through the original locks, but that is just an opinion. Whatever works best for you. It is something you will be really glad you did.
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    packercruising got a reaction from RedCoatMom in Drink packages   
    Just get it and don't worry about it. 🙂 
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    packercruising got a reaction from WesKinetic in Panama Canal Cruise   
    We did a 15 day from Los Angeles to Tampa. If you do one, do the entire route. Some itineraries go half way and then turn back. It was terrific. We lucked out and had port side a balcony, which happened to be the side that allowed us the best view of the locks. Also, do some reading. There is a fascinating book, that is well worth the time.
    The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
    by David McCullough
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    packercruising reacted to Hagar in Panama Canal Cruise   
    Another great run to maximize the value of an AFT balcony too. Doing Vision in December in one of them.
     
    Location, location, location!
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    packercruising got a reaction from Ne47 in Staying on ship in 2 ports - good idea?   
    Good list, except we stay on a Labadee. We don't do beaches. #3 goes for all Jamaica ports for us. I agree that getting off the ship doesn't have to include an excursion. 
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    packercruising got a reaction from Chaosgirl426 in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
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    packercruising got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Panama Canal Cruise   
    We did a 15 day from Los Angeles to Tampa. If you do one, do the entire route. Some itineraries go half way and then turn back. It was terrific. We lucked out and had port side a balcony, which happened to be the side that allowed us the best view of the locks. Also, do some reading. There is a fascinating book, that is well worth the time.
    The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
    by David McCullough
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    packercruising got a reaction from Shari in Panama Canal Cruise   
    We did a 15 day from Los Angeles to Tampa. If you do one, do the entire route. Some itineraries go half way and then turn back. It was terrific. We lucked out and had port side a balcony, which happened to be the side that allowed us the best view of the locks. Also, do some reading. There is a fascinating book, that is well worth the time.
    The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
    by David McCullough
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    packercruising got a reaction from JLMoran in New way to count down to cruise day   
    I don't want to have to do the math.
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    packercruising reacted to mom2mybugs in Robes for non-suite cruisers   
    I forgot about this!  I think I’m mostly excited about robes lol!  Jane
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    packercruising got a reaction from AshleyDillo in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
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    packercruising got a reaction from Skid in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
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    packercruising got a reaction from mom2mybugs in Robes for non-suite cruisers   
    Congratulations! you also get a signature lapel pin and an invitation to top tier events.
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    packercruising got a reaction from stephenkurucz in Robes for non-suite cruisers   
    If you have cruised the line before, you probably only have to ask. Bribing your cabin steward may not be the best idea. If we are going to tip extra (which we usually do), we tip toward the end. Same with MDR staff and favorite bartenders. Some people tip at the beginning, thinking they will get better service. Maybe they do but service on the ship is usually very good anyway. If you are one of those that wants to tip in advance, that is fine. I just wouldn't do it to try and get him to break the rules.
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    packercruising got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Robes for non-suite cruisers   
    Congratulations! you also get a signature lapel pin and an invitation to top tier events.
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    packercruising reacted to twangster in Staying on ship in 2 ports - good idea?   
    The added benefit of not booking your schedule full is taking time to relax and wind down.  Some folks feel the need to do something at every port.  By the time the cruise is over they need a vacation from their vacation.  
    You can also see how the weather is and make plans based on how the day plays out.  
    In Cozumel there are a lot of shops in the cruise port area if you feel the need for the t-shirt to prove you went there.  That Cozumel compound is secure, only ship guests can access it, not than Cozumel has many safety issues.
    Roatan has a small area of shops lining the port area.  
     
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    packercruising got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Robes for non-suite cruisers   
    If you have cruised the line before, you probably only have to ask. Bribing your cabin steward may not be the best idea. If we are going to tip extra (which we usually do), we tip toward the end. Same with MDR staff and favorite bartenders. Some people tip at the beginning, thinking they will get better service. Maybe they do but service on the ship is usually very good anyway. If you are one of those that wants to tip in advance, that is fine. I just wouldn't do it to try and get him to break the rules.
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    packercruising got a reaction from JLMoran in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
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    packercruising got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
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    packercruising got a reaction from Ne47 in Staying on ship in 2 ports - good idea?   
    We like being on the ship when it is more quiet. Nothing wrong with doing that if you choose to. We have been to most of the ports, so for you it might be fun to at least check the port out.
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    packercruising reacted to Skid in Expedited Checkin and Sea Pass   
    You use your set sail pass that you used to board the ship. That acts as your seapass card until you get the actual card. You can get drinks, make purchases, etc.
    Happy sailing!
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