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  1. I am honesty not sure where he expiration dates are. I could not find a date until I opened the box. Understand that once you open the test you invalidate it.
  2. I would have preferred to have gotten a free CVS test too, but rapid tests are hard to come by now. I read lots of Facebook posts from cruisers that had CVS cancel their appt the day before!
  3. Sailing on the Anthem this Sunday, so I did my Binax Now home test today. Everything is going fine, and then the lady who is proctoring tells me to put six drops in the card hole. The bottle is BONE DRY! Only air squeaked out! She told me the test is over and I needed to get another test. (That was not cheap by the way.). Test #2 did not go any better. The dropper was stuck inside the lid! There is no way to measure exactly six drops! There goes another test. Box #3 worked great! The moral of the story is have a few extra tests for your trip, just in case there is a problem. Customer service was great though. They are overnighting me replacement tests and they will be at my house at noon tomorrow.
  4. Asking for a friend…..So my friend has a several hour drive to get to Cape Liberty/ Port Bayonne. She is trying to plan her arrival right at her assigned time, but if she gets there too early and has to wait until her specific time…..is there a bathroom outside the check in building? (never seen this question here before!)
  5. So a picture of our vaccine cards on my phone is not good enough? They want to see original vaccine cards then?
  6. Cruising very soon to Nassau. When in port, we are thinking of just shopping, getting a local bite to eat, and walking to Junkanoo Beach. If we go indoors in Nassau, does anyone require proof of vaccination? Do I have to wear a mask inside or outside? I have seen conflicting information on the internet, so I thought I could find out here????
  7. So I know that I can use my HSA or FSA to buy the test. I also see on the Binax site that they are sending some form that I can submit to my health insurance to try to get it reimbursed? Has anyone tried that and succeeded? If so, what company health insurance was it? (Trying to decide if it is worth the effort to even submit it…..)
  8. Sorry I should have been more specific. I am looking for a six pack of the Binax Now tests that are proctored, the ones that Royal Caribbean accepts as proof before sailing.
  9. Hello! Today is Sunday and I thought that I would buy my Binax Now tests for my upcoming cruise in November. The site says that they are sold out? Has anyone seen this before? Should I just keep stalking the page for when they re stock? Should I relax or freak out?
  10. I am so excited to check in for my upcoming cruise! I will try to check in as soon as I can, so we hopefully get an earlier arrival time at the port. What if I am checking in and my son is not home, so I can’t take his photo? Can I still complete the process and get that arrival time reserved? And will it let me go back at a later time then to add his photo? This may sound trivial, but I like to be prepared! If anyone has any experience with this, please let me know?
  11. Booked on the Anthem of the Seas In November out of Bayonne. Doing my research for onboard activities, some sites tell me the North Star is free, other sites tell me there is a fee. Anybody know for sure?
  12. So no penalty or fee to drop, change or add people?
  13. I am on the fence about booking a cruise and it has nothing to do with corona. YEAH! I want to book a room for my family of three and let my son include his girlfriend in our room as well. If they breakup, is it EASY to swap out her name with someone else? Has anyone done this before? Do I have to pay a fee to change the name in our room? (We are driving to the port, so no worries about airfare. ). Please let me know soon! (Thank God for this forum!)
  14. I have not booked anything yet. And I took both websites out to the final payment page, after all taxes, fees, and port charges.
  15. So I am looking at a certain room on the Anthem of the Seas for my party of four. On Royalcaribbean.com the final price is $3,720. I priced out the exact same cabin on CheapCaribbean.com for $2,720 after all fees and taxes. That is one thousand less for the exact same room! I have only gone on two cruises before, and both times I booked direct through Royal Caribbean, so I am a little nervous about booking on a third party site. What would you do? Also, I hear great things about the travel agents that support this forum, would they price match the cheaper price????
  16. One last paragraph for ya’. We arrived at Port Bayonne way early, since there was not much traffic. We pulled into the parking garage across the street at 9:00 am. It is about $22 per day with tax to park there, and it made things so easy and convenient for us. I was surprised at how many people were arriving early like us! We did sail past the Statue of Liberty, which was pretty cool and even sailed under a bridge! Today we did self dis embarking. We were told that we could do this from 6:30 am-7:30am. We wanted to avoid city traffic as much as possible, so we decided to be at the Lyric Theatre at 6:30 am sharp, thinking that we would be first off the boat and avoid the lines. WRONG! At 6:30 am the line wrapped almost the entire length of the ship!!!! We were off the boat at 7:10 and in our car at 7:15am, which was pretty good. Not only did the line move fast, but we basically just stood for a quick picture and left. No bag searching, no passports even looked at, no forms to fill out, no bags even placed on a scanner. I should have put some of those cookies from the buffet in my bag to eat later. (Just kidding!) hope I helped some of you out!
  17. Onto Coco Cay! At 8:00 am sharp we left the ship and I must say that it DOES meet ALL expectations! It is so amazing there! Flawless sand, HUGE pool, attentive bartenders, GREAT food, tons of chairs. I could start a fan club for the Snack Shack’s chicken sandwich, mozzarella sticks, and funnel cake. They actually make the funnel cake on the spot only when you order it, so it is fresh fresh fresh! We were the only ship in port that day. We snorkeled, hung out on the beach, hit the pool, and the buffet/ snacks. It was the perfect day! Every employee was eager to give directions, ask us how we were doing, they seemed pretty happy to be there. My number one piece of advice is this : check out the map and find the lockers. The lockers are FREE, despite the fact that the map says that you pay for them. The lockers are first come, first served, and there are NOT very many. They were gone by the second hour of our day! We did not feel comfortable leaving our cash and other stuff out on a chair while we swam and snorkeled, so the lockers were great! I know that kids under age 18 must have an adult with them to enter the water park...... but we only bought a ticket for the water park for my 15 year old and waited to see if they would enforce that rule. (I had asked at the Excursion desk the day before, and she told me that they will not allow a child under age 18 in without an adult. I told her that kids my son’s age can go to local water parks and even Disney world water parks without a parent, but she was pretty firm on that.). They did not enforce the rule at all, group’s of teens went in and they did not even ask where their parents were. We stood off to the side, Seapass in hand, ready to pay for my hubby to join my son, but since they didn’t care....... (please do not judge me here???) I can answer any questions about Coco Cay that anyone has. On a side note, people said at the end of the day that there was a four hour wait to see the doctor on board? So either there were a ton of severely sunburned people that day, or something else????
  18. Next, onto Nassau. We had spent a week at the Atlantis resort two years ago, and we had stayed at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island, so we knew how to get a bargain. We booked a room at the Comfort Suites through hotels.com. Each person gets a “free” Atlantis pass if they stay at the Comfort Suites. We were off the ship at noon, at the resort minutes later via taxi, then in the water park a few minutes after that. We never even went to the room. We saved a ton of money this way, compared to all the people on the ship that booked a trip to Atlantis through the ship. There were FOUR ships in port that day, even though the website telling me which ships were in port said there would only be two. Apparently they were supposed to be in Cuba that day, so they went to Nassau instead. we left Atlantis and headed back to port around 6:00 pm to do some shopping, but our taxi driver said that all shops in and around the port close around 5:00 pm in Nassau, so we just headed back to the ship instead. if everything closes at 5:00pm, and your ship is docked until midnight, what do YOU do? I talked with another passenger who said there are two restaurants near the port that stayed open and there were about 20 ship guests there.
  19. About our ports! we started in Bermuda and chose Hat Trick Charters with Captain Keith. For $75 per person, he took us out six miles to The Blue Hole Coral Reef. It made all other snorkeling that we have done anyplace else seem lame. The trip includes rum punch, drinks, lunch, and is three hours long. It has a perfect score on TripAdvisor and we could tell why. It is a small group only, so book early! There is no great snorkeling in Bermuda off shore, when you see the reef here, you will be blown away. Took a ten minute taxi to the pier and hit Seas glass Beach on the way back to the pier. If you have any questions, check out the reviews on TripAdvisor. HIGHLY recommend this excursion. Contact them directly, this is not through Royal Caribbean.
  20. Just got back today, VOOM internet prevented me from posting anything else! Slowest internet at sea. The line to complain at the internet table was long the entire week. Think twice before buying internet on Adventure of the Seas! Here are some things I hope you all find interesting about my week. Theme nights in the Windjammer, in order: American, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Tex Mex with Chocolate Sensation, Caribbean, Indian, and Seafood Extravaganza. If you are considering the soda package, be aware you can only find a Freestyle machine in the Royal Promenade and the Windjammer only, and they were “down” quite a few times. Movies this week are Captain Marvel, Creed 2, Five Feet Apart, and the Upside. The shower has body/hair wash dispenser in it. The water went from very very hot to scalding mid shower - we each hollered a few times and got burned a bit. No pen and paper in the room, as usual, so be sure to bring your own. be sure to decorate your door! All the rooms look the same when you are walking down that hallway! You can not make reservations on this ship, it is first come, first served. We showed up a few times 5-10 minutes before show times and were turned away since they were full. Other than Royal Caribbean TV channels and sports channels, there are about four other options for channels to watch on tv. (No ABC, NBC, CBS, Etc.). My cruise was the eight day out of Bayonne to Bermuda, CocoCay, and Nassau. If anyone wants me to post the cruise compasses, just let me know.
  21. We have an inside room on the ninth floor room 9349. Great location and pretty quiet. Three of us in the room. Hubby and I on the regular bed and 15 year old is in a pull down bed that drops down from the ceiling. My son is literally over my head, so I have to slide out ducking down or I would hit my head. Last cruise my son was on a couch that converted into a bed at night.
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