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Mrs. RoyalMoyal

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  1. We are booked. Just got off Anthem's Christmas cruise, it was very nice to have less passengers than normal for a holiday week.
  2. "what is a HAM radio" may or may not have been the answer... officers are getting younger
  3. I went on a Viator/Trip Advisor Farm to Table Excursion in Cozumel, it was excellent; but I work in agriculture, enjoy meeting growers and farmers, and love to cook and try new foods. If you are not willing to be around farm animals and cannot walk on uneven surfaces, this tour is not for you. But if you want to see multiple varieties of what I call "orchard" crops from shrubs and trees, at a farm owned by a Mayan descendant family, and learn how to prepare a few recipes for drinks, snacks, and a meal then this is for you. I met my driver just outside the port, and I went in a clean, modern vehicle with AC to the farm. I met the host and his father and had a lovely time touring the farm and preparing food. All food prep and cooking was done outside - the entire tour was outside. Flush toilettes were available and clean. Hand sanitizer and soap and water were available. The driver then took me back to the port. I participated solo, I believe he said they accept up to 6 or 8 people.
  4. I will go on a "farm to table" excursion next week through Viator. I'll try to take photos & post a review. Something different than beach/snorkel/shopping.
  5. I have driven to Ontario from Northern New York, more than once, just to buy beer. I always claim it. I also stop at Tim Horton's... LOL. Twangster is right, you don't lie to border control. I always declare everything, once I bought hockey skates and I ended up receiving the tax back! You will be able to bring the 4 L back, just pray the bottles don't break in your checked bags.
  6. Yes, you can pay for one 24 hour period, so you can use it on two half-days if you wish. Make sure it's working before your zoom meeting, then you have access through the next day. for example 1 pm Tuesday through 1 pm Wednesday. If the WIFI is slow in your room, ask the staff for a recommendation as to a strong, quiet spot on the ship.
  7. Send a message to Sharla on Monday and ask, she booked my Air 2 Sea for a day prior - but it was before the new reservation system. I agree, I will NOT fly in the same day. I always have to change planes, have a connection from a regional "Barbie" jet to a big jet. Many issues can and does cause delays.
  8. I have the front desk call a taxi for me if one is not sitting at the curb. The rates are set by zone, passenger and luggage. Sorry, I do not know the current rates.
  9. The ship excursion is not available for my late December cruise. I may rent a car or use Uber to take my boys to Kennedy Space Center.
  10. For dining packages, you can book the times for dining when you board the ship. By then you will have the entertainment schedule on the app. Entertainment in the past has been scheduled around traditional dining room times of 5:30 and 8:00 PM. Anthem sometimes has matinee shows on sea days as well.
  11. My teenagers enjoy the main dining room more than I do. They REALLY like Coastal Kitchen.
  12. Has the Diamond Plus BOGO happened on any 2021 sailings? I am not able to book a 3 night package for December on Anthem (I get into the system, then nothing is available but single-night fees), but if we can do the BOGO that may work out better for my family - and less money for 4 people than the 3 night package.
  13. We will be there, with husband and two teenage boys. It's a lift and shift from last year. Looking forward to it!
  14. Set them up with email. That's what I did .. Email at the age of 9 months old. They will need it anyway!
  15. Ha! I felt bad enough emailing Sharla on a Friday night (that is when I had free time)... I had no idea she was on vacation. She moved me from a studio to a 7th floor obstructed view balcony for a nice cost savings on Saturday! Sharla and MEI are great.
  16. It took 80 days to receive my son's new passport, submitted in early February. He is 16 now, so this one is good for 10 years! I had to make an appointment with the County Clerk, I filled out the application and printed it beforehand, photo was taken on-site. It took 10 minutes, no wait or lines. 40 days after submission, my check was cashed, 40 days after that we received his old and new passport in separate envelopes (standard procedure).
  17. Sharla (MEI) took care of it! I did not pester her until yesterday afternoon, this morning it was all done. Like magic.
  18. I was not able to pick seats... I'll ask Sharla for help. On Monday. I don't have to bother her with this on a Friday night!! It's a December flight, there is no hurry.
  19. I've seen it. I almost got out of the Flowrider line to go do it, but when I realized it wasn't arrows I stayed in the flowrider line. It was on the sports court on Oasis. It looked like the participants were having a grand time.
  20. Yes, departure port. And a hunch..... We were home this year for Christmas, not in the Diamond Lounge playing cards. We had a live tree and everything. Church, big dinners, and presents. We do that on the ship too - but less presents. I may end up heading north to Lake Placid for a few nights instead. Gotta love & embrace winter to do that!
  21. We only booked kids sail free ONCE. On the Summit, 13 years ago. AND they had to be in the room with us as 3rd & 4th berths, AND not on a holiday. It was a very reasonably priced trip... with Celebrity (sorry)!! We may see the offer again when ships can be filled, and then only if the bookings are low.
  22. 5 "ish". We have FCC "floating" from one year ago, we lifted and shifted Anthem in April of 2021 to 2022. We will wait to apply the FCC to whichever cruise is most likely to happen first. Odyssey is hopeful, Anthem in December??? That one I am not so sure about. Odyssey Dec 2021, solo trip - I have a hotel reserved and used ChoiceAir to book a refundable flight. Anthem Dec 2021, family Christmas cruise Odyssey Feb 2022 - hubby gets to go on solo trip Anthem April 2021, family Allure April 2022, first and second week... refundable deposits on both weeks, school schedule will pick the week for us and we will cancel one week when we know - so no Junior Suite for Easter 2022. Refundable deposits are the new "norm" in our house!! Prices usually just go up and up, and we prefer adjoining rooms. Meanwhile, in upstate New York we will go camping and fishing multiple times this summer. We just have to stay on our side of the St. Lawrence River!
  23. In Northern New York it is an insult to receive a tip in Canadian dollars (or one loonie) egads.... but it is also way easier to just spend Canadian dollars in Canada. Like twangster said, the crew will be pleased with anything extra received.
  24. We had the Key on Freedom and enjoyed lunch in Chops on Embarkation day. But that was in April 2019.. when the Key was a great value. $1.50 more than VOOM stream and surf, (It was 19.99 each pp/pd) 4 extra hours on the flowrider, 2 hours on the ice rink, great show seating, and walked to customs from debarkation breakfast. The Key has evolved.. but it was great that week!
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