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  1. Toccoa area? We are in West Georgia. When We go to Costa Maya we usually get out to the countryside - I know that’s not what you’re wanting to do, but if you happen to see any of that honey pineapple and that ground, dried jalapeño with salt baggies, please mail me some!
  2. Oooooooh! You are very bad, very bad! Naughty! And worse than that the pictures now in my head... 😱😖😂🤣😂🤣😂
  3. Also a twin plum party?!? woot woot! 👯‍♀️💃🏼 Let’s all get in our dancing shoes and show those pineapples how to boogie down (pretty sure that I just aged myself) 😉
  4. We will be too, we could have a plum party 🎉🎈
  5. I just have to pray that the pineapples that I know are NOT swinging anything with anyone 🤯😱🙈
  6. AMEN. Just reading someone say they would kick an animal raises my blood pressure rather high and I do hope that it was just a really distasteful joke. The human is at fault, you can’t blame an animal for being an animal or for holding it as long as it could. That’s no better than to say you would throw a baby across the room because it wet it’s diaper. 😖 So before the bp goes higher I will just post some lovely furbabies 😬 I have had both dogs and cats (hamsters, etc.) in my life. But 3 years ago we lost our 16 and 17-year-old dogs within five days of one another from old age (that was a bad f-g week), so after 2 1/2 years when I still couldn’t bring myself to get another dog we rescued these sweet kitties - this is Mya and Molly 😍 @Tim B.and @SpeedNoodles Lovely furkids! ❤️
  7. You just now figuring that out!?? 😝
  8. I have a hard time with that too, not touching them... I often say that I will likely die trying to stop someone from being neglectful or mean to a furry thing OR touching a furry thing that didn’t want to be touched 😟 We all are going somehow, right?!?
  9. Hey, I feel your pain, it’s nuts and I know you are not even a little stupid! It’s the 14 day issue that is throwing us... it says 14 days to use it when it means 14 days to apply it to a cruise (one you booked in the last 30 days). The sail date can (apparently, I cannot swear to this part) be during the next 1 year but you have to call and APPLY it to the reservation in the 14 days after getting it. I know, nuts! And not at all what is written. So if I am understanding correctly you would be fine if the sail date was in the next year 😔 Sorry 😖
  10. You are right! It is funny that we have just been having a similar discussion on my professional listserv because we are so often getting patients wanting us to sign off on them using an emotional support animals. That category is more for housing restrictions and sometimes transportation, but has nothing to do with the criteria for assistance animals (specially trained to guide, detect medical conditions, and perform other critical functions). I love my pets and don’t like to leave them, but that is far different than it being a medical necessity that they be with me at all times. I had recently written a guide for my patients on the topic to reduce some of the useless discussions on the matter. Many organizations are now placing tighter restrictions on the animals that are allowed in/on (including RCL) since so many people have ended up with fake internet certifications. One thing many don’t consider is that as much as many of us adore our fur children, there are also quite a number of people who have fear related to animals and their presence in public places can sometimes be an “emotional” hindrance to them. @twangster I too often find myself hoping that karma will be a royal b*tch!
  11. You’ve had the same question if have had recently. The person who worded that should be fired 😜 If I wrote research papers like that I would’ve been booted to the curb. From what I understand from my recent deep dive is that the “14 day” requirement is not about the actually sailing date but when you call RCL to have it applied to the cruise you booked within the last 30 days? That isn’t close to what it says! It still is a ridiculously narrow window, but at least they aren’t expecting me to book cruises mere weeks out! 😏 I have also learned that on cruises where there is a casino-related discount they cannot be used (and those discounts are too good to give up) - I guess I will check my other voucher options.
  12. I found that confusing too. If you take it literally, it’s suggest that you could only use it on a cruise booked 30 day or less out!? Some specify both the 30 days and give the “use within 14 days” also! I would like to use the 50,000 that I have accumulated for a $100 onboard credit for our May cruise, however .... @monctonguy I started it a couple months ago now - there are lots of tricks to getting free money, including signing on frequently and daily to get Higher multiples. You also get higher points for having more friends playing (feel free to add me and then check my friend’s list for other adds; I’m under “Lynn Vegas” there 😂). Those friends who play can offer free points to you in various ways (through “gifts”, by playing and posting wins, by sharing rewards, etc). I rarely run out of money now, but I did at first before learning these methods. You will pretty quickly learn the tricks! The best thing is to get all four of the MyVegas apps (pop!, Konami. Blackjack and myvegas slots). If you link them all to your Facebook account the points accumulate whether you play the apps them separately or simultaneously on different devices). There are a few you can let run on auto for longer periods and that is what I try to do (pop! wants me to pay attention 😠 ) @ZiggyZaggers I’m confused - that seems impossible unless you see buying a LOT of chips yourself (vs free ones) and you are playing 24/7 and even then I cannot imagine collecting half that many. Is it possible that you’re looking at the amount of money that you have one instead of the amount of loyalty points earned?
  13. Happened to me twice last year - the concierge’s assistant said “it’s the sunscreen” I would not have guessed that!
  14. Just my opinion, but Millennia mall (my sister recommended this when I just called her) is likely to be more interesting. Most of the outlet mall stores are not selling the same items that are sold at the same named non-outlet stores, but are instead creating lower quality items just for the outlets (unless you luck across something like a Macy’s or Dillards outlet and those are never at the outlet malls). The Chicos, Talbots, Coach, and many of the other outlets stores at the “outlet malls” are selling completely different items and most are of a lower quality. Not to say that you can’t find something you like, it just is not likely to be as good a bargain as it might seem. The bargains of factory stores are for the most part a thing of the past (since so much manufacturing left the US in the 80’s). I very much hope that you have a wonderful trip! Safe travels 😊
  15. Hello and welcome! I cannot disagree that tipping is out of hand ( as you point out, when it’s a minimum wage worker I am happy to tip, when it’s the independent hairstylist who just charged me $250 I am far less pleased). I will answer what I can of your questions, I am sure others will pipe in as there is a lot of knowledge here. On excursions – we use a combination of independent and ship sponsored excursions. Often the same ones the ship offers are offered independently with a lesser price and fewer people packed in. Those who prefer the ship based ones often point out that if you are late the ship is obliged to wait on you. Trip Advisor and the various boards are the main way that we search for quality excursions. On the poker – in my experience, although not a poker player, the casinos on the ships are just like the casinos anywhere else (with the main differences being in minimums and payout rates). There are people on this board who are very familiar with casinos and I’m sure they will be willing to help. On upgrades - these have gone the way of airline upgrades, that is they don’t exist. At least free ones do not exist. They now give you the option to bid for upgrades and a great many people try to do that. I have no clue how successful they usually are on average. Open shopping – remember that Orlando has a lot of traffic, so getting from one place to another may not be as easy as it would seem on a map. There’s also not going to be a great deal of discount shopping in that area since there’s a lot of money there already and visiting. If you can’t find this information from someone who is shopping in Orlando often, message me and I will ask my sister who lives in Orlando for some suggestions. Note. I do not know this particular hotel location. Alcoholic drinks - in general there’s no free drinks. But, they are not much more expensive than you would find them anywhere else. The caveat is it if you were sailing in a suite, a grand suite or above, there are likely free drinks at the lounge for suite’s guests (not the higher priced drinks, but beer, wine, and basic mixed drinks are free during certain hours). General tips - I am an overpacker and an overplanner, so I don’t know if I’m a good one to give advice! I would say in general do your best not to sweat the small stuff. There is nothing that you must see or do to have a great vacation. You can have a perfectly wonderful vacation without taking an excursion and without going to any specialty restaurants. I’m not familiar with this ship, but in my experience the shows in the evenings are typically very much worth the effort to see them. And I would also suggest taking advantage of the “formal night” - it’s a good chance to have a special evening, it is fun dressing up with everyone (or most), and even the photo opportunities on that night can be great fun (and can be quite good, those give us the photo for our holiday cards every year now!) I’m headed to my office, and that’s all I can think of this morning, but I wish you happy sailing! And feel free to ask any questions – the people here are very friendly 🙋🏼‍♀️
  16. Yesterday I was told that she is on her way back! I am onboard in May so I am happy to see her ready and able 💃🏼
  17. I remember when I first “built” my first website in 1994 on notepad (I’m a closet nerd, had an Atari in 1979), “bandwidth” was an alien term to most of the planet - I just find it interesting how much things change and how quickly! But then I remember what age that I was then and realize it was not just yesterday 😒
  18. @jhatle01 I found an extremely interesting (and very recent) article on this topic at yourwarrantyisvoided.com - I am sending you a direct message with the direct url (I would put it here, but the fact that the other thread disappearex confuses me, so maybe it’s better to do it this way). Happy sailing!
  19. I can’t imagine why it would be, it was so useful. Maybe I am just not in the know around here but ....That sucks big time 😥
  20. @twangster there was a great thread where you had gone to great lengths to explain the router setup, but I have searched and cannot find it anywhere. 😟 It was one of the best threads that I have seen in the topic, so I very much hope that it was not somehow deleted?
  21. Good suggestion! We love ours - charges both phones, both iPads, and 1-2 Apple watches at once. I did the best research that I could on the hubs and went with the Anker 60W 6 Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 6 for about $25 at Amazon. It’s been great for us.
  22. My Sapphire card has the travel insurance and many of the same benefits as the Reserve other than use of non-Skyclubs and the higher awarded points, plus maybe a companion ticket. Since the clubs are either not easily assessable or not ideal in terms of quality in our most frequently visited airports, it leaves mostly about an extra point on purchase for that extra yearly membership amount and that is much less enticing! Which is why the Am Ex Reserve starts to looks much better at this point. For us the Delta Am Ex and the Chase Sapphire Cards offer very useful benefits, such as the built-in insurance (and we always book our pre-cruise hotel stays through Chase with points). I told my husband last year that my word of the year was “maximize” and this year my word of the year is “optimize.” I don’t know what 2020’s word with be 😂
  23. It seems you love that maximizing as much as I do! 🙃 I have the Chase Sapphire and have tried to decide if the Reserve would be worth the cost for us (the lounges aren’t great for our needs, especially since the one at ATL is on concourse F (international) and a LONG way from most of our Delta flights (except those to HI). I also would get cheated out of a lot of perks that I would have gotten had I started with reserve. I had hoped on the first anniversary they might offer some extra perks to upgrade, but I never saw one (and the FICO would def qualify). So now we are evaluating whether we want get the skymiles Amex reserve or the chase one (the Skymiles has a companion 1st class ticket each year and use of the Delta sky clubs [usually very nice]). Have you thought your Chase was a good value?
  24. Yes yes, of course 😉 The problem is you have me looking at them 🤪
  25. I normally would say I am definitely not a Van’s person (I have always associated them with my teen patients), but those are super cute, I would definitely wear them! ❤️
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