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09-30-2005 09:16 AM

I'm going on my first cruise,on Brillance of the Sea on Jan,02-06 I've really appreciated the information that I've read on this chat-line, but can someone tell me about third-party trip insurance, what it cost, and how late can you still purchace it. Any do and don't for a first timer to Labadee, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, Pueto Limon

oppis 09-30-2005 11:03 AM

Hi Davey,

we have done another cruise with the Brilliance in the Caribbean, but have also been in Aruba and Curacao.

You can do tours on your own or with a local driver, which is much less expensive then the tours, offered on the ship.
For example in Curacao there are standing some people from the touristboard and can give you some advices. We took a tour in a small bus and it was, when I remember well, about 14 $ per person. And we saw everything that was interesting on Curacao and at the end we could decide to step our in the center of the City or in the harbour.
And Im sure you can do the same tour in Aruba.
By the way, a good place for buying jewelry in a family owned store, not in the big recommended stores.

Enjoy your cruise, Marita

Khona 09-30-2005 01:00 PM

I was at Labadee last year on my first and so far only cruise (until next week) on Mariner The Seas.

Here is what I learned from the visit to Labadee:

1. Labadee is a very sandy place. You may want to take a disposable camera instead of a digi cam if you have one. My sister told me to take my disposable camera instead of my digi cam because of the sand. Well, I took my digi cam - and hardly used it because I had sand on my hands most of the time.

2. The crew brought over their cooking equipment and made lunch over on the Island. I don't know if every Royal Caribbean ship that stops at Labadee does that but they did that on Mariner. So if they do you can have lunch on Labadee. I believe there were two places's on Labadee that Royal Caribbean served lunch.

3. The most important lesson I learned on Labadee and the Caribbean - TAKE EXACT CHANGE!
There is a market where the Haitians sell their stuff on Labadee. I bought a painting for fifteen bucks (I overpaid.) Gave the guy a twenty expecting five in change. He didn't want to give me back the five. He told me to pick out a small painting. Well, I was on vacation and this was my first time dealing with people in a market like this. So I didn't' argue. Plus, I figured all those people are dirt poor. So I said to myself "ok, a twenty is not much to me on vacation." So I bought two paintings instead of one.

But dang it, it happened to me again in Cozumel. I bought some penicillin that was fifteen. I gave the gal a twenty expecting five back. The cute little Mexican gal just looked at me and waved me off, like she was saying "you got your penicillin, I have your twenty. We are even."

Next time I'm taking EXACT CHANGE!


3. If I remember right on Labadee the drink of the day was a drink called the Labadazee. It was not good. My sister in law had one. Took a couple of sips and gave the rest to me. I drank it but could hardly get it down. Not good.

Also, I believe Royal Caribbean has Labadee fenced off. So it's safe to visit.

Overall, I enjoyed Labadee and hope to go back next year on Freedom.

DYG 10-03-2005 08:12 AM

Hi Davey,

For travel insurance, our agency uses Access America and the website is http://www.accessamerica.com

The rates varies by the type of coverage, age, amount, etc. But you can get a quote from the website.

In addition, I uses them myself and they are very good. I beleive the cut off date is when the final payment is due. But you can call the company for more info.

As far as the destinations all of them are great and I can't imagine telling you any don't. But do try the new water park in Labadee.

Enjoy and have a great time.

Sandy 10-08-2005 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by davey:
I'm going on my first cruise,on Brillance of the Sea on Jan,02-06 I've really appreciated the information that I've read on this chat-line, but can someone tell me about third-party trip insurance, what it cost, and how late can you still purchace it. Any do and don't for a first timer to Labadee, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, Pueto Limon
Third party insurance is a good idea. There are several different types of insurance. For example, a secondary insurance coverage will pay you back only after you've exhausted your own different kinds of insurance that may cover some of the loss. More expensive is primary insurance, which pays you back for any non-refundable money you lose if you cancel. Then there's insurance that pays you back if you cancel for a "covered" reason (medical emergency, death in the family, plus other reasons), and if you have to cancel for a non-covered reason, will give you cruise credits towards a future cruise. In most cases, if you buy the insurance within 2 weeks of paying your initial deposit, the insurance will cover you for pre-existing medical conditions, too. Otherwise, you can sign up for insurance up until or close to departure time, but it won't cover you for pre-existing medical conditions, defined as a condition for which you've seen a doctor in the last 90 (I think) days.

All of these types of insurance cost different amounts. Usually, the cost of insurance is based on your age, state of residence, type of insurance coverage and the amount you've paid for your trip.

The insurance companies themselves (Travel Guard, Access America, etc) are the best ones with which to ask your questions, or a knowledgeable travel agent.

Sandy

Cruise Specialist 10-09-2005 05:52 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by davey:
I'm going on my first cruise,on Brillance of the Sea on Jan,02-06 I've really appreciated the information that I've read on this chat-line, but can someone tell me about third-party trip insurance, what it cost, and how late can you still purchace it. Any do and don't for a first timer to Labadee, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, Pueto Limon
Davey is here a link to an article Tom Ogg wrote concerning purchasing insurance http://www.cruisereviews.com/Insurance.htm This should answer any questions about insurance.

kj 10-10-2005 09:39 PM

I first visited Labadee in 1997. It was pretty undeveloped and I was disappointed that we had to spend a day there.

I just revisited Labadee in Feb., 2005 and I was very plesently surprised. Royal Caribbean has done a fantastic job of developing their port.

The drinks I had on the beach were good and refreshing. The lunch was so-so, but the beauty of the beaches made up for that.

I was surprised to see that the different beaches had their own local bands. As well as a new building has been built for the indigenous people to showcase their talents.

kj


Quote:

Originally posted by Khona:
I was at Labadee last year on my first and so far only cruise (until next week) on Mariner The Seas.

Here is what I learned from the visit to Labadee:

1. Labadee is a very sandy place. You may want to take a disposable camera instead of a digi cam if you have one. My sister told me to take my disposable camera instead of my digi cam because of the sand. Well, I took my digi cam - and hardly used it because I had sand on my hands most of the time.

2. The crew brought over their cooking equipment and made lunch over on the Island. I don't know if every Royal Caribbean ship that stops at Labadee does that but they did that on Mariner. So if they do you can have lunch on Labadee. I believe there were two places's on Labadee that Royal Caribbean served lunch.

3. The most important lesson I learned on Labadee and the Caribbean - TAKE EXACT CHANGE!
There is a market where the Haitians sell their stuff on Labadee. I bought a painting for fifteen bucks (I overpaid.) Gave the guy a twenty expecting five in change. He didn't want to give me back the five. He told me to pick out a small painting. Well, I was on vacation and this was my first time dealing with people in a market like this. So I didn't' argue. Plus, I figured all those people are dirt poor. So I said to myself "ok, a twenty is not much to me on vacation." So I bought two paintings instead of one.

But dang it, it happened to me again in Cozumel. I bought some penicillin that was fifteen. I gave the gal a twenty expecting five back. The cute little Mexican gal just looked at me and waved me off, like she was saying "you got your penicillin, I have your twenty. We are even."

Next time I'm taking EXACT CHANGE!


3. If I remember right on Labadee the drink of the day was a drink called the Labadazee. It was not good. My sister in law had one. Took a couple of sips and gave the rest to me. I drank it but could hardly get it down. Not good.

Also, I believe Royal Caribbean has Labadee fenced off. So it's safe to visit.

Overall, I enjoyed Labadee and hope to go back next year on Freedom.

Jarronwood 10-11-2005 05:36 AM

Hello

From my expereience at Labadee and Royal making the lunch, get back on the boat for your lunch. This was the worst meal I have ever had, it was inedible. Gross, yuk and the fruit juice served with it. Give it a miss.

kj 10-11-2005 04:43 PM

Jarronwood,

I couldn't agree with you more. Even the desserts were bad. I could get a hamburger down only because I like my burgers to resemble leather.

I was very impressed with the improvements that they have made in the other areas.

kj


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