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  1. Voom assistance for VOOM newbie

    Put your phone in airplane mode. Then go in and reactivate only your Wifi. This will keep your cellular voice and data shut off but allow you to connect to VOOM. VOOM only works on the ship (and maybe Coco Cay and Labadee, those with experience can confirm or counter that). On shore you will have to look in to your cellular carrier to determine what international options they have. If you don't want to use your phone on shore then you can just keep it in the same mode you are using on the ship and it will not connect to the local cellular network. Enjoy your cruise!
  2. Really it has little to do with expansion. Environmentalists don't want people on previously uninhabited islands because they are more concerned about the environment. They mention jet skis and snorkeling and human waste, all things that are already happening at Coco Cay. While the construction may introduce additional damage to the nature of the island, the ongoing effects are not going to be much different than they are now. I understand where they are coming from, but my reasons for disliking the expansion plans are very much not the same as their reasons.
  3. Soda package only includes soda. There is no additional discounts.
  4. That's exactly what I was thinking. The tech they have been previewing (VR dessert bar?!), the rush to add water slides and the entire Perfect Day upgrade do not make me think they are targeting the 40+ market. But then again, given that the youngest M's are already adults (and half of us are in our 30's) maybe he is alluding to them marketing towards the next generation. It is about time to start blaming them for ruining everything after all.
  5. Wow, I didn't even realize this forum was 5 years old until today. In fact this looks to be something like the 11th post ever made on it!
  6. Facebook Groups Cruises

    It could be data mining, but it could just be someone who has decided that it is their sworn duty to create and maintain meet groups. I know DCL has a very well known one who apparently is quite a chore to deal with. Which sounds exactly like the kind of person who would create a group for every sailing so they can run it. Sometimes too they are trying to sell things cruise related and using that as a way to find customers. If you are concerned but still want to join you can always create a fake account on FB and join with that.
  7. Yep, just lights inside a waterproof bubble.
  8. soda package upgrade

    Maybe they would let you, but going by the letter of the terms no you can't. So going by that you would be required to cancel your soda package to change anything. Maybe they will allow you to cancel the soda package on the first day and then get the refreshment package, but by the second day onward you are stuck with the package you purchased. However, it will not be an upgrade. Your on-board account will be charged for the full refreshment package purchase while your soda package would be refunded to the credit card used to purchase it. Enjoy your cruise!
  9. Voom Internet Package

    Welcome to the forum! Voom is unlimited, so there is no difference between using an iPad or phone. Your phone cellular data needs to be turned off though or you could accidentally connect to Cellular@Sea, which is insanely priced for data. Put it in airplane mode and then turn wifi back on. Yes, you can connect as many devices as you want, but only one at a time.
  10. Coco Cay Question

    I think that was just a terminology misfire. The poster appears to be asking if Coco Cay day becomes a sea day. Which the answer is yes, but you will rarely find out much in advance. Cruise line captains know that the private islands are a big draw and make every reasonable attempt to make those stops. They would almost never make that decision the night before and even if they do they may or may not opt for a late departure. It will almost certainly not become an overnight stay as the dock will probably be reserved for another ship the next day. But very importantly weather reports change, it is extremely unlikely the decision to skip Coco Cay will be made until they are at the island and know whether they can tender/dock. Doubly so when Perfect Day opens, RCCL is not going to want to refund that excursion money unless it truly is too dangerous to dock.
  11. texting while in Airplane mode???

    I can't answer for every carrier, but I can absolutely text through wifi without a cellular connection (Verizon). But it does require a wireless internet connection, which means purchasing the package. While there may be some caveats the answer is almost always no. As far as RCCL perhaps introducing an app that can text without purchasing the package, like the DCL app can, that is TBD.
  12. Ah, but see, they don't claim it is truly an unlimited package. They are very careful not to suggest it includes everything or is completely unlimited.
  13. Miami airport

    $27. About 20 minutes if there are no traffic problems, which in Miami is a toss up.