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  1. Other thoughts about booking the SE Asia cruise: (1 )Unrest in Hong Kong (2) Serious riots one year ago in Sri Lanka. Went a year ago, and would be seriously reluctant to book ahead at this point in time, even without the Corona Virus
  2. On December cruise: three free spins (won a decent t-shirt with choice of sizes) and $5 free slot play. Other bennies all present also
  3. Three Questions: (1) Better ports from Canaveral or Lauderdale? (2) Would you rather be on a ship for seven or five days (3) Have you considered "hidden" time and costs of flying: two hours early to airport on the front end, luggage costs, transfer costs to/from ship (car parking needed either at home airport or at terminal), two hours early to airport on back end, possibility of lost luggage, AND possible weather-related issues tied to flights.
  4. Food for thought: the common thread is to go on more cruises!
  5. Considerations: Puerto is pretty devastated now - will one year make a difference? Also: if you do not speak Spanish, note that often much of the entertainment is in Spanish on a cruise that originates in PR.
  6. Also remember that if your travel agent "purchased" on board credit for you that it can be used toward tips.
  7. One other thing: Royal issues a set of instructions in writing (what to do, when, where), and often holds a meeting with a B2Bers.
  8. Added thought: depending on number of ships in port, Uber, taxis, and shuttles get overwhelmed in FLL. Agree totally with parking at port!
  9. Do check cruise planner as suggested! Family member had same thing happen and excursion was completely different!!
  10. Best route is to develop a relationship with a travel agent you trust. Good TAs will often share part of their commission and purchase on-board-credit. Such OBC can be converted to cash or credit to card if not used. Also: OBC is often part of the ship lines' promotional effort, so watch for same.
  11. Wonderful trip in Costa Maya: trip to Mayan ruins coupled with Blue Lagoon: lunch with open bar and some watersports included. RCL excursion.
  12. Going ashore on a late-December cruise, water was sold for to departure for $2.36 (including tip).
  13. The first of MANY cruises!
  14. The "Blue Lagoon" is well worth the visit: nice buffet lunch, open bar, free kayaks, swimming, and great service by the folks from the Mayan village. With an afternoon visit, our group (19 in a full-sized touring coach) was the only group on site after lunch started.
  15. Another thought: the water in the Windjammer and usually the exercise/spa area is filtered, and you can fill your sport bottles with paper cups (For health reasons you are not allowed to fill directly into bottles). Plain ship's water usually has a LOT of chlorine - safe but not very good tasting.
  16. Just back from Cozumel, and our suggestion (for a big group of 10 or less) is the private catamaran and snorkeling tour. Includes unlimited beverages, nice lunch, and gear. Our experience was terrific - three crew members to take care of us with overwhelming service!
  17. 1) Check projected weather at all destinations - you mentioned thermals, but sometimes other clothes necessary, as mentioned in Dublin layers. 2) Know your air carrier's luggage limitations, and weigh your luggage! 3) Have copies (paper or electronic) of all reservations.
  18. Checked tour pricing: of 16 tours three dropped in price. Nice savings! Most tours, though, have gone up in price. Worth a few minutes of your time.
  19. To D. Daley - THANKS for the tip...went online, ordered, and due Monday in time for upcoming cruise. Looks great for use on dive boats and all water-based activities!!
  20. Good price and worth the $20 pp difference - the Cape is a fair distance and cabs/Uber might be problematical and would add up to about the same $100.
  21. Agree with Twangster...you are routed on an almost-continually moving line through upstairs dining room, and briefly visiting CBP officers. Unless ship docks late, you should be fine with a 10 a.m. tour meeting.
  22. Happy Thanksgiving to all who follow this great site - especially those who are on a ship!
  23. Royal supposedly planning to depart Puerto Rico because the port has been/will be privatized. Decision being reconsidered by PR government.
  24. As a diver, there is nothing like diving while on a cruise - imagine diving in four different islands/countries in a week! There is a serious downside: if your spouse is not a diver, there may be a little friction and you may need to reach an agreement regarding how many dives per cruise!
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