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  1. marton2

    Cruise perks visa card

    Just an update... 12 days before the cruise and the onboard credit was applied to our cruise planner! I turned right around and applied it to the deluxe drink package. (still on sale by the way) . I'm a happy cruiser.
    5 points
  2. No problem with the questions.....happy to help. Chefs table.....I am trying to raise a couple of great home chefs, so originally planned to take the kids, but a fellow star class cruiser said "they'll be bored silly......send them to CK". We followed her advice and I'm glad I did. The kids would have been bored by the length of the service, and as entertaining as Andrej was, it wouldn't have been enuf for my two. Plus, I think their presence might (ok, likely) would detract from the experience for my fellow diners, some of whom paid some pretty big dineros to sit at that table. you
    4 points
  3. Day 2 (and the end of day 1) Ok... Just wrote a ton and lost it... Argh... We were tired and full after sabor so we sent Madison to the teen center (successfully thank goodness) and went to vintages for an hour. We love vintages as it is never crowded and we can try some wines. It was a bit frustrating how much the glasses have gone up...we were paying a fair amount over the drink pkg. Not sure if this is an oasis vs freedom class or just another year and prices rise. After vintages we headed to the aqua show. Amazing tumbling and diving but the show made no sense...
    4 points
  4. Ken23

    Anthem July 4th Group Cruise

    First, a little background, for my first post here. I have been a lurker here for about a year, and greatly appreciate Matt and everyone who contributes here with so much great information. My first cruise was a last minute (well, two weeks before) booking to Alaska last August, joining my sister and her family...where I caught the cruising bug big time (the Casino Royale offers helped). Last week I booked for myself the July 4th Anthem group cruise, which looks really good, and I have a few questions about that. Is there a area here for discussion for group members
    3 points
  5. It is a ridiculous amount if storage. I overpacked and we still fit everything! And have empty shelves Jane
    3 points
  6. MaryS

    Help with Bermuda planning

    If you are on Facebook join this group Bermuda Bound https://www.facebook.com/groups/886000204754846/?ref=group_header. They have a number of locals on the page that do all different types of tours and will customize them just for you and your schedule. This group is a wealth of information. Since it is your first time to the island and you are only there for 1 day I personally think this is they way to go. I think @JLMoran is also on the Bermuda Bound Facebook group. My family has spent many summers (a month to 2 months) in Bermuda back in the 70's & 80's (Dad's work sent him there v
    3 points
  7. Yes, they usually actually have a station on the dock or on the way off the ship to check out blue pool towels. Be cautioned, they will be checked to your Sea Pass card, however many you take, you have to bring that many back and check them back in, if not you will be charged for the towels. I usually go by the pool deck and get them and already have them packed instead of trying to do it while you walk off the ship.
    3 points
  8. You can see the beach/snorkel park along the right side of the photo .... this is the one that's an easy walk from the ship.
    3 points
  9. Mljstr

    Weather temps?

    I take a shawl for the evening on deck. Then I leave it in the bar or the dining room. Then my husband has to go back and ask for it. Then I have to go to the customer service desk and see if it has been turned in. Then my husband tells me not to bring a shawl again because all I do is lose it. It's all part of the cruise experience for us.
    3 points
  10. coneyraven

    Freedom Amp'd

    I'm hoping I'm on the right track here ...... We're on Freedom late March of 2020, and I know the "Amping" of Freedom is supposed to occur sometime near this time ... So, I was just on the web site and noticed that the month of February is completely unavailable ..... Hmmmmm, it would seem logical that this is the month for the AMP. I hope so, we'll be one of the first sailings after the amp. Check out the pic.
    2 points
  11. This is the same way we do it, that way there is no speculation. We take our DL and leave the passport in the room safe. 1 credit card and some cash.
    2 points
  12. I don't think you said, but I don't think it really matters with Royals fleet except on some of the smaller ships. Usually the main seating and MTD are in 2 different dinning rooms. On the bigger ships there are 3 dinning rooms, 1 per floor on floors 3, 4 and 5, so in this example 1 dinning room is reserved for MTD and handled with reservations or walk ups, the other 2 floors are for traditional dinning times. As far as times, traditional dinning is usually busier at the early seating, for MTD it is usually busy around peak times at a land based restaurant, IE., 7, 7:30, so if you re
    2 points
  13. We booked another cruise at NextCruise on Sunday 3/10/19. I left NextCruise and went into either MyVegas or MyKonami app on my phone and used 50,000 points to get a voucher for $100 OBC. I received the email immediately with the voucher code. I forwarded that email to [email protected] with my name and reservation number. I got home the evening of Monday 3/11 and went into the cruise planner and my $100 OBC was there already. Easy-peasy....
    2 points
  14. KJ1231

    CocoCay prices

    $399 - sorry!
    2 points
  15. Jason12

    CocoCay prices

    The perfect expensive day
    2 points
  16. My guess is the space those large characters took up in the promenades will be replaced with more SALE tables of junk from china that people go bonkers over.... /end sarcasm
    2 points
  17. 2 points
  18. Mljstr

    Brilliance of the Seas

    I have not been on Brilliance but have been on Radiance and Jewel several times, both sister ships of same class. It is our favorite class of ships-classicly beautiful, not too large, and a "more mature" crowd without a lot of small children since it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the huge megaships. They have everything you mentioned except I can't guarantee Quest. I am just not sure about it. They are great ships for kicking back, enjoying a glass of wine in the schooner bar and dancing in the Centrum where the music drifts upward and you can look downward and watch the action. I
    2 points
  19. @Ken23 Royal Caribbean offers a service that will shuttle you from one terminal to the next for free. We just did this when we got off Indy and boarded Serenade that same day. Just ask about it at guess services. This service is only for Port Everglade & Miami.. They will take you from one terminal to the next within the same port & different ports like i mentioned above. Only to RCCL ships...this includes Celebrity, Azamara and Silversea.
    2 points
  20. kontraxed

    Spring Break

    I remember taking a cruise out of New York City quite a few years back. I thought I was pretty smart trying to find a cruise that didn't coincide with a bunch of student holidays. We got on the ship and it was packed with Canadian kids on their school holidays. I guess I wasn't so smart!
    2 points
  21. SpeedNoodles

    Spring Break

    OMG, I hope that I can find a pet sitter for all of these!!!
    2 points
  22. "Bermuda" and "Cheap" aren't really synonymous. Since it sounds like you have an overnight, you could do the Crystal Caves and/or Fantasy Caves; those are $24 per adult and one of the less-expensive things my wife and I did there last October. Definitely a "one and done" item, but interesting nevertheless. From the caves you could take the #1 or #3 bus to St. George's, then take the Orange Line ferry back to the dockyard. (see the last paragraph for more on this) You could also go to Horseshoe Bay beach for a good chunk of the day, although instead of the transit pass you'd want to just
    2 points
  23. MicDay

    CocoCay prices

    Wow, for our May sailing on HOS our Chill Island Cabana is $1299
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. Small umbrella stroller for naps and to carry your stuff around. The big ones get in the way for you and others.
    2 points
  26. That stinks... milk shakes are cheap compared to alcohol! Poor business decision... RC should encourage drinking milk shakes as they will fill you up like a meal and prevent you from having too much of the more expensive food or alcohol!
    2 points
  27. twangster

    Drink Menu 2019

    Fresh off Navigator in March 2019 here is the latest version of the drink menu found on many ships. It's largely unchanged from 2017 but prices have been updated.
    1 point
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  29. Mrs. RoyalMoyal

    CocoCay prices

    Keep in mind the regular buffet, beach chairs, and umbrellas, are still "complementary" We have been to Cococay both ways - free chairs and shade, buffet lunch, with our own snorkel gear. Last time we actually made it to Cococay we rented a Bungalow on South Beach. It was fabulous. Very different trips! Anthem of the Seas, at Cococay April 8, 2020 (the week before Easter) Excursion Adult Child Thrill waterpark Cabana & Full Day Pass $699.00 Floating Beach Mat $18.00
    1 point
  30. I will second the recommendation to get the $7 taxi to Horseshoe Bay. I walked from there to Warwick Long Bay and back again, stopping several times along the way to just enjoy the shoreline and all the lovely little coves. Simply stunning! I was there for two and a half days on my cruise last summer. As well as the beach walk, I also went over to Hamilton on the Ferry late afternoon early evening. On day 2 I took the ferry to St George's and had a wander around the town, walked up by the Unfinished Church and went to Tobacco Bay. On day 3 I stayed in the Dockyard area.
    1 point
  31. Last time we did this Uber was about $40 between Miami and FLL. If they drive in the left lane though, Uber added $11 to the CC charge after the fact. Ask ahead of time. Your plan is very doable though.
    1 point
  32. CGTLH

    Anthem July 4th Group Cruise

    The Deluxe beverage package with Voom is the Surf and Stream version. Even if you're not streaming web browsing will be a more responsive with the Surf and Stream package. Welcome to the group on both accounts: message board and for the group cruise
    1 point
  33. That’s a major hassle w/ traffic. Just hop in an Uber and go from port to port.
    1 point
  34. I think Uber or Lyft would be your best option. Enjoy your cruises !
    1 point
  35. I have zero answers, but I'm totally envious - I'd love to go!
    1 point
  36. Me too! It makes it easier to compare the overall value especially when they start throwing in OBC to muddy the waters!
    1 point
  37. We brought an umbrella stroller that had recline for the exact reason that we thought our youngest might nap. It is a Maclaren I think. Folds up nice and small and weighs very little. If you do bring it, the smaller the better given tight spaces on the ship (elevators, hallways). Another bonus to the stroller is airport security always sends us through the family line and at times it has probably saved us 45 minutes to an hour not standing in line! For these reasons I would suggest bringing it if it's small enough.
    1 point
  38. If you can get through the airport without a stroller, then I wouldn’t bring it. The ships are big but not that big. Storage is really tight in the rooms. You won’t see kids those ages in a stroller on the ship, babies and toddlers yes but not preschoolers. If you do chose to bring one, don’t bring anything bigger than an umbrella stroller.
    1 point
  39. mworkman

    New Bahama Star

    Wasn't she commissioned right after the Santa Maria? Asking for a friend Weren't you the Quartermaster @rjac
    1 point
  40. Looks like it’s the same as last year. Let’s hear it for consistency! The aquarium and zoo are located close to where the caves are, maybe 10/15 minutes away. I’ve read on TripAdvisor that the aquarium is “meh”, and IIRC neither has much in the way of native marine / land animals. If you can snag it through the ship-hosted excursion then no harm going for it. But as with the caves, that will most likely be all you can do that day aside from wandering the dockyard.
    1 point
  41. The only port that uses the mobile passport app is Port Everglades right now; however, I used it when we landed in Atlanta from Punta Cana and bypassed a very long line and only waited less that 5 minutes vs over an hour in the other line.
    1 point
  42. Fantastic! It does help and carpe diem! Thanks!!
    1 point
  43. We are in room 8440... Can't remember what category that is but it's right off Central Park and it's pretty basic as I understand it. It will be an adventure! Jane
    1 point
  44. WAAAYTOOO

    Spring Break

    Sorry. My mind is old and feeble. I have CRS.
    1 point
  45. SpeedNoodles

    Spring Break

    We really wouldn't mind avoiding large crowds of K-12 either, if we can help it.
    1 point
  46. Any discussion about CocoCay right now should start with the question, when are you going there? At present, South Beach remains where it has been, bottom of map, left of center, "29" on map. Today, Cabanas are way over on the far right in area "19". Those are suppose to move at some point. The question is when? The new over water cabanas are projected to land in the general South Beach area but until they are built I'm not confident placing them on any map. The same could be said for non-over-water cabanas. Until I see them in place, I'm not comfortable po
    1 point
  47. @Vee2525 it IS nice on the budget. That’s what I keep reminding myself. I can’t believe the 4 of us can go for $1300. And it’ll be way easier to say yes to the drink package and other fun additions. I really thought I’d never book an inside room but my girls wanted the Pullman beds and the ones with a window were deck 2 and $300 more. We choose an inside room on deck 9 (easy walk to pool deck) for less money and better location!
    1 point
  48. Great question ! If you make any precruise dining reservations (except for those that are complimentary already), you WILL be charged.... So if you have a specialty dining package, do NOT make any online specialty dining reservations before boarding. When you pre-purchase a dining package at a discount, you are trading the freedom to pre-reserve your specialty dining venues for a reduced price on the meals. BUT that doesn't mean that you will not be able to get the restaurants that you want on the date and time that you want them. They will automatically make an arbitrary rese
    1 point
  49. melmar02

    Summit Revolution

    I feel the same about the men's shaving services in the spa. I always wondered if they cancelled appointments in rough seas.
    1 point
  50. Some of us have two official passports...One for countries we’ve been to that we don’t want known and one for countries we don’t care if it’s known
    1 point
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