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Snowchaser

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  1. That's good I guess,at least I know I wasn't going crazy, but still annoying that there isn't.
  2. Just curious, where is this Windjammer bar on Symphony? We never noticed it and were using the Mast bar for our drinks when in the Windjammer. It was actually one of the only things I can think of that I didn't like on that ship.
  3. We were told that the survey scores determine how many tables they will service in the MDR on upcoming cruises. As an assistant waiter, waiter just starting out good survey scores mean your ability to make more money grows with more responsibility.
  4. Black Friday last fall was $5.99 for many sailings so there is a chance it may go lower.
  5. Symphony beds are for sure the firmest I've had on any ship. I like a firm bed and still I woke up a couple days a little sore from the the bed.
  6. Funny this topic about Adventure was brought up. On recent sailing on Symphony we were docked side by side with the AoS and besides the obvious size difference we noted that the Adventure was starting to look a little tired on the outside. I had to look back at my photos but the last time I was on the AoS was 2007 so it sure has seen a lot since then.
  7. I'm not a big fan of Nassau either and will typically stick around the ship when there. I will say though that you should check out Viator or any of the other independent tour sites, the last time we were there we did a walking tour sampling local food and drinks along with a guide telling the history of what we were having. This wasn't offered through the ship and I'll say it's the first time I didn't leave Nassau just feeling......Meh.
  8. Yep, most of the time there is a small reversible magnet to let the room steward know if your in or out.
  9. A U.S. based cruise we the dress our best for formal nights and the wife always has to get photos. Cruising out different ports in Europe we typically pack light, due to using more public transportation pre and post cruise, so it's casual for dinner every night.
  10. Deluxe drink package person here but I also like the Freestyle machine cause I can get my Coke Zero fix with lunch.
  11. I agree but mostly because its not just $25, it's $25 x 4 which is starting to get in real money I could use towards a drink package!
  12. With the questionable state of the world economy my opinion is that no option will be left off the table to keep bookings up. This would definitely apply to finding work-arounds to get unvaccinated back onboard to keep profits up, nothing drives policy change more than the mighty dollar.
  13. Looking online it appears there are a couple parking lots just off the pier that utilize a shuttle service similar to how an offsite parking lot works at an airport. Anyone done this at Port Liberty?
  14. I'll just throw this out there cause I haven't seen it mentioned yet, we really enjoy doing the walking tours that are available in most European cities. Many are free or very low cost and the guides work mainly on tips. We have met some really good and informative people this way.
  15. For us it has always been similar to a U.S. sailing. When we do a Europe sailing we don't bring formal either as we typically pair it with some land travel utilizing trains for transportation.
  16. On our end of April sailing out of Miami we didn't have to wear a mask anywhere. Not on the flight down, the ports, ship, cabs, Mexico, Honduras, or the Bahamas and were really happily surprised. During the morning announcements at each port the captain would report any covid protocols for each port so you should know before you get off.
  17. If you have a free day my favorite option is take the 8am train from Bath in the morning. Then spend the day before boarding checking out the Roman Baths and touring the Bath Abbey church.
  18. I agree, they even tell you as soon as you board to make your way to the muster check. We pulled out of port on SoS and there was still over 100 people who had not done the check in. I will say though there may be one offs, my older parents completed their muster check at the same time we did and at the end of the day had a letter on their door to complete said check even though they had. My mother was actually a little stressed out about it as she is definitely a rule follower.
  19. We were there 3 weeks ago in the pouring rain and it was still awesome! Maybe 20 people tops in the pool just hanging around the bar sipping drinks in the pouring rain. FWIW the morning it was clear so we did get to enjoy the rest of the island.
  20. For us in Miami a couple weeks ago. We had a 1pm check in time but our flight arrived at 9:30am, we decided we would drop our bags with the porter and then leave again. Before leaving decided to verify that we couldn't check in yet (about 10:45am) and the guy looked at us like were crazy for considering leaving and coming back so we checked in then. It does make sense though, why would you want people waiting around for their check in time when you could just check them in as they show up.
  21. Looks like I just need to call and get their numbers assigned even if they are the same as mine for now. I guess the way I read (or misread) here was that children kept the same tier at 18 as their parents but would possibly show a lower number of points.
  22. Our kids have been on many cruises with us but now I have one that will turn 18 later in the year and I would like to make sure she continues at the same C&A level that we are currently. As it stands now when we have a booking the wife and I have C&A numbers but the kids are left blank, so I assume this means they need to be assigned a number. So when and how is this done so that they don't have to start over building points at 18?
  23. Just curious if anyone here knows, can you get to the Helo pad on Symphony? We we sailed on her last month and we walked all over looking but couldn't find a way though we could see people standing there via the ships video feed.
  24. Like above the TA is there for when things go wrong so if you find a good deal just book it and have it transferred. Like you I have done mock bookings to the point of needing a CC, then my TA does the same booking and her price is close but slightly more ($25-$100 more). This happens only once in a while on cruises and more with all-inclusive vacations it seems. As of late though I have been doing more bookings on my own due to twice having missed out on pretty good price drops. One time my agent was on a cruise vacation of her own and was unavailable to handle the re-booking and the second I work nights and caught the last few hours of a sale that was unable to be re-booked the following day. Both of these if under my control could have be done by me with a phone call so I go back and forth, TA or no TA.
  25. We have done several guaranteed rooms when booking balcony's and some ocean views and have never been disappointed and always ended up in a great location. I will say though I just booked a guaranteed balcony for August 2023 on Oasis and didn't realize until afterwards that it didn't specify that it was going to be an "oceanview" balcony (in the past you picked) so I could get an inward facing balcony. We prefer only to have an oceanview so I will just do a rebook when I see a good price and pick by room.
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