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“The Starry Neighbor (Neighbour?) Chronicles: Pining for the Fjords” – Anthem of the Seas, July 8th-15th, 2022


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17 minutes ago, Nicci said:

Have you guys been able to book onboard activities or shows? I’m on the same cruise , we are three families in four balcony cabins on deck 11. 

The younger ones want North Star and escape room, but they are not showing up in my cruise planner. The entertainment and onboard activities are completely empty…

We are booked on Path of the Trolls excursion, which doesn’t show up any longer, and the tour departure in my cruise planner is a few hours before we dock. So let’s see of that one will be cancelled. It os the tour we are really looking forward to.

OTOH, it will be great to finally (hopefully) be able to go on a cruise! As long as the  cruise tests don’t throw any surprises our way!

All the on board activities are booked through the app once on board. Once you get on the ship you can connect to the ships WIFI (no package needed) and then you can select them. 
 

I’m hoping for the excursions with potential conflicts with when we dock just get their times adjusted. We will know for sure when we get to our staterooms because the tickets will be there.

Hope to see you on board!! Feel free to say hi if you see me or my family. 

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2 hours ago, Nicci said:

Have you guys been able to book onboard activities or shows? I’m on the same cruise , we are three families in four balcony cabins on deck 11. 

The younger ones want North Star and escape room, but they are not showing up in my cruise planner. The entertainment and onboard activities are completely empty…

Ever since the restart last year, entertainment has only been released really close to the sail date. So no one can book anything until then. The last few sailings we've done, the entertainment schedule came out about 24 hours in advance.

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4 days out from departure to London....

With the stress of wrapping up the school year and Grade 8 Graduation (both planning one for my class and celebrating my own daughter's) behind us, the focus is now on this trip. We have not packed a thing. I will likely spend the next few days doing that.

I am not going to deny that I am most definitely stressed. Between the talk and news all over the place of flight cancellations, lost baggage (I still am traumatized from the March Break experience), LHR being a complete mess and long lines, rising covid rates in the UK, and the need to test on Wednesday while there, I feel like we still have a lot of obstacles before @GregD, The Boss, Hubby, and I can toast to tequila at sail away. This particular sailing (we have done several since the restart) I feel the most stress. Hubby is saying that there is too much beyond our control here and we need to just roll with whatever happens. If we get covid over the next week, at least we will get a good vacation in London, England out of it.

I am trying to focus hard on the positives. There is only one non-stop flight leaving out of DTW-LHR on July 3rd and we are on it. So no connections and hopefully they won't cancel it since it's the only non-stop that day. The flight is pretty much full. Not sure what positives we can look at for the baggage. At the moment, we are trying to decide how early we need to get to DTW on July 3rd. Our flight is scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

I am getting stressed just typing all this out lol so I think the plan is to binge watch Obi Wan Kenobi tonight (it's been on the back burner due to craziness at work and Stanley Cup Playoffs) and worry about the trip some more tomorrow. 🙃

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Those were Hubby’s words exactly! Thank you for the encouragement. ❤️

I keep saying everything will go according to plan, though to say I’m not stressed about it too would be a lie. I keep monitoring the flights we are taking since the schedule is the same for the next few weeks, and they have all been leaving on time, or within 20 minutes of the scheduled departure. @Lovetocruise2002, while I know it’s not Delta (that’s your typical airline of choice, right?) if you do encounter issues, and you can get to Philadelphia, American has three direct flights to LHR on Sunday. I would say for your flight arrive at least 3hrs early, if not even earlier. 
I feel we do have a good omen for our sail away tequila shots…We won a bottle of tequila at a fundraiser raffle today, so I think that means it’s meant to be!

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11 hours ago, GregD said:

I keep monitoring the flights we are taking since the schedule is the same for the next few weeks, and they have all been leaving on time, or within 20 minutes of the scheduled departure.

Me too!  I been tracking the same daily flight that we are on for weeks now and so far so good. But I am flying over the 4th of July weekend too so fingers crossed!

 

11 hours ago, GregD said:

if you do encounter issues, and you can get to Philadelphia

No! Don't mention Philadelphia again lol. That is where we ended in March....

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On 6/27/2022 at 6:27 AM, GregD said:

Our final day in England we have rented a car and I get to practice driving on the other side of the road.

Did you/will you have to do anything other than getting an IDP before you go? We are hoping to do this next summer to cruise the Lake District.

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10 hours ago, DDaley said:

Did you/will you have to do anything other than getting an IDP before you go? We are hoping to do this next summer to cruise the Lake District.

I’m not getting one. The IDP basically translates your US license information into the language of the country you are visiting. Since it’s the UK, a translation isn’t needed. Other members of my family have rented cars in the UK without an IDP. I’ve booked with Enterprise too to keep it simple/familiar.

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On 6/29/2022 at 3:32 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Not sure what positives we can look at for the baggage.

Agree, your odds improve considerably with direct flights. Maybe get apple air tags for extra peace of mind. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 days out from departure to London...

No updates on the packing. The suitcases are still empty. We really need to get moving on that today.

I've been tracking our flight to LHR on Flightaware and it looks pretty consistent as far as not being cancelled. Hoping for the best over this holiday weekend as all the domestic cancellations are making me anxious.

This actually made me think of another question since we booked our flights through Air2Sea this time. If our flight does get cancelled and we rebook something on our own (without going through Air2Sea), will Air2Sea refund us (we booked refundable with them) since the airline cancelled and not us? Or would we be stuck waiting for Air2Sea to find us something else?

On the Genie end, I woke up to a text from Leroy today wishing us a Happy Canada Day! I am impressed that he did that. After being blessed with the opportunity to sail several SC cruises, I am starting to learn that it is the small things like this that make a great Genie. Almost anyone can do the grand gestures (arrange for food, cake, decorations, etc.), but small things like this show that they pay attention to the details. I really don't want to miss this sailing. 

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20 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

This actually made me think of another question since we booked our flights through Air2Sea this time. If our flight does get cancelled and we rebook something on our own (without going through Air2Sea), will Air2Sea refund us (we booked refundable with them) since the airline cancelled and not us? Or would we be stuck waiting for Air2Sea to find us something else?

Are you asking if A2S will reimburse your directly acquired tickets?  Or are you asking if A2S will refund the tickets you purchased through them?

I've had a difficult time getting straight answers from A2S on other issues recently.  After escalating to an A2S specialist I was told they don't know what the Emergency Response Team would do.  That seemed rather incredulous to me.  When I pushed them they just kept on repeating it would be handled how the Emergency Response Team sees fit.  

I've followed A2S guests who have incurred travel issues recently and for something like a flight cancellation the A2S response seems to be "The airline will issue a credit or future flight certificate based on the airline's policy".  In other words they deflect the response to the airline.

So I'm left with the conclusion that Assured Arrival is a marketing concept but it is not a form of travel insurance.  As such it does not have a published list of covered events or coverage limits that you can review.  It will be what they see fit in your unique situation given what the options are at the time of your incident but for the most part it will rely on what the airline does or how the airline handles your tickets.

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9 minutes ago, twangster said:

Are you asking if A2S will reimburse your directly acquired tickets?  Or are you asking if A2S will refund the tickets you purchased through them?

I am wondering if they will just refund me the tickets I purchased through them in the event that my flight is cancelled. 

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8 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I am wondering if they will just refund me the tickets I purchased through them in the event that my flight is cancelled. 

If the airline issues a refund then yes.  If the airline doesn't issue a refund or doesn't agree to endorse the tickets over to another airline I'm not sure what will occur.  

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