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  1. Just making sure I am following your question... do mean the panoramic view stateroom or the Oceanview Panoramic Suite? There are only two of the suites at the front of the ship and those are much larger and have a second “bedroom” with bunk beads. I am assuming the former since the prices would be much more comparable to a balcony, but assuming isn’t usually wise, so I thought I should ask. And if you somewhere and I missed it, sorry Edit: I just noticed that in a later post someone mentioned cabin1864 which is the non-suite and someone smaller option (It was just at the answer for me wo
  2. Having lived in N. VA when Maj. hubby was stationed at Naval Observatory/Crystal City, I know that if you made it to one and it turned out that you were wrong it would take you 2 days to drive to the other!
  3. Delta is our much preferred airline, not sure about some comments from people suggesting it has “issues” as it usually comes out near the top on most measures of the biggest players. Of course being from Atlanta we know more than our fair share of Delta employees and are surrounded by more diamond medallions than red ants, but we will always #flydelta.
  4. I have just never scrolled enough to get this far so I completely missed this entire live blog (and the run up to it!). But I read all of your entries here tonight and it was great fun! I was so glad that you and your family has this experience and you will get joy on and on remembering it. Next time I will try to make the party before it’s over!! Lynn
  5. We’ve been in early January - during our visit, the water was choppy and there was a pretty rough storm (you don’t want to be in a small boat with 15’ swells and a need to get back to land through it). But a storm can come up at any time at any point in the year. The water was warm enough for swimming, but not very warm (around 80). Orlando’s weather should be mild as the very least and likely 70ish (my sister lives there, it is rarely truly cold).
  6. Ivan... ugh. Definitely prime time is hurricane season and you never know. But you surely hope to avoid 35’ swells
  7. What am I missing here? I guess that I didn’t read it as everyone else. I am sorry they had such problems. They are irritated, I am sure that I would be too. Hindsight is 20-20, but it might be less easy to figure it all out on the fly (especially for people who haven’t traveled a great deal) and they were just seeking assistance from some rep who might be able to lead them in the right direction. For what it’s worth.
  8. We did one years ago - when I checked recently it seemed many of them seemed super pricey (maybe because there are less of them?). We went in October and while you never know what the weather will be, we froze our tuchuses off! ️ It just made it fairly miserable. Next time around I am thinking August...
  9. I guess people perceive these things differently, and I never claimed to be in the mid portion of the normal curve on most variables, but it is one day and to me it would be crazy to spend that much on 1 thing or even on 1 day. As you point out, someone could take a cruise for that price. But that is just how I see it. I can enjoy my day quite a lot either way But, I am definitely not criticizing those who pay for those things at all, everyone has a right to their own priories in life and there are people that I like quite a lot that pay for cabanas (and such) regularly. And I had had
  10. Great review! I have occasionally gazed at those resorts (mostly when Delta travel sends me emails trying to get me to bite), but I have never booked one. I had heard that the meals were MEH, but it helps a lot to hear your opinion since those others were from random post and I “know” you Funny that the “opportunities” for up-charging were plentiful there - it seems to be a trend in travel and every other product type. I would think that one upside to those would be for those who want to spent extra time in a country in which you don’t feel entirely safe given the enhanced security compared
  11. I think the “pre-gold” with your user name display is based on the number of posts you have made here and not meant to mirror your RCL C&A status
  12. We use this if we need our passports or other items we want to keep safe and dry - https://www.leisurepro.com/p-dpk69/dry-pak-multi-purpose-case-6-x-9-1525-cm-x-229-cm As @twangster noted, they are not necessary in most ports (although we tend to go with better safe than sorry).
  13. We enjoy dressing up (it makes great photos for our Christmas cards!) - you can rent a tuxedo from RCL and we find it to be a great way for hubby to dress up with less hassle
  14. So, I was thinking the same thing... did that say “a” bottle and “a” can of Coke? For real? I don’t know how they will stay in business I almost cannot believe that they put that out as a “benefit”. @princevaliantus - on the bottle of wine issue.... We also drink very little and I hate wine and champagne (sorry wine lovers). But when we have sailed in NCL’s Haven we always had 2 bottles of champagne in the cabin. At the end of our last journey with them we tried to give them to our Butler and room steward, but they said that they weren’t allowed to take it. So I told them that I w
  15. I don’t know, but that is insane! It is 1 beach day for heaven’s sake; I would not pay that for 3 (but I am not much of a beach person and usually leave early so a more expensive cabana is silly for us anyway). I do hope that number improves for you!
  16. You have made me so happy! I may still bring some just in case, but I am so glad to know that I can find it Now if I can find diet cherry 7up Party in my cabin!!!
  17. Hummm this is a little spooky - the only soft drink that I really want available (and it never, ever is) is Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale. It was actually part of our calculation in moving our loyalty from NCL to RCL (NCL has only regular ginger ale on tap that is disgustingly sweet and RCL allows me to bring 12 of them with me! ). In fact, I just sent an email to our driver from airport to B&B for this May asking if it would be possible to hit a grocery store on the way so I can get my substance of choice ). @Matt was in from the tap or in a can (fingers crossed for can)?
  18. To my knowledge they are included in all the upgraded areas from “beds” upward. @MicDay I realize that someone has already mentioned this, but that number really looks like that you clicked on all the individuals on the reservation and so it multiplied whichever number for that number of people (when you click the links does it show you which person(s) are being added? You only need to reserve it under one person‘s name even though 6 to 8 can be there.
  19. I agree with @AshleyDillo in that there is zero chance of there being anything beyond basic masks. And you can’t wear glasses with a mask (and I would not even suggest contacts, but others may disagree). But please don’t give up! I love snorkeling and I would hate for someone to miss it because of the the “glasses” issues (I wore glasses from eighth grade on and only do not wear them now due to Lasix 10+ years ago). We use Cressi and Aqua Lung equipment and I know that they have prescription lens available for their masks. In fact, I think most of the better brands of snorkeling and diving ma
  20. I always dread the tendering - my patience could fit into a thimble so waiting for the mass of people to board is past tedious (especially if I am on a tight schedule). I had been dreading the possibility of that for Coco Cay in May so I hope this will lead to a happier morning that day for me!
  21. What I remember about ages 15-16 is my mother saying to me repeatedly “you have a bad attitude.” Good luck, I have my fingers crossed!
  22. It was a little spooky! See, I wasn’t going to say anything about that psychic twin link thingy, but..... . @Solariumsnoozer - I would be happy to help, it was the best trip of our lives
  23. I agree with what @SpeedNoodles said - I love to go in June (splits the difference with a litttle cool and sometimes a “little warm”) and we,much prefer a small or medium sized ship since those are able to reach areas such as Endicott Arm that I would not want to miss. We have only found real time for more lengthy travel in the last couple of years, so last summer was our first Alaskan cruise and it was the best ever! Because we have to fly all the way across the United States diagonally to get to either Seattle or Vancouver, we took an extra week and stayed in Vancouver. We absolutely
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