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  1. I thought the same thing when I saw that video! And their wallets...
  2. I noticed an “all photos” package today for our May Grandeur sailing - don’t really seeing that before (and it was 199!). One of the only things that I prefer on Norwegian vs RCL is the lower price on their photos and the inclusion of all 8x10’s with the digital copies. But unlimited... now you’re talking! But if I ever get that they will have me in front of every camera I can find since I will get my money’s worth - at Disney a few years back we must have ended up with 400 pics because my husband decided to get the unlimited package 🙀😂🤣
  3. We enjoy a suite for a couple of reasons - we spent decades not being able to do any substantial traveling (because I was in grad school and then widowed, hubby served in the military for 3 decades, etc.) and so when we got the chance we wanted to make the best of it AND I am a “nester” in that I like going out but I want a place to return to that feels good/comfy (while I am not shy at all, I am an introvert at heart and so getting away from the masses for a time to breathe is pretty important to me). ‘BUT... my parents began cruising long before most people (in the late 60’s) - given inflation, cruises were more expensive at that early point, but they kept on cruising for decades. And although they could afford a suite, they usually took one of the inside rooms or ones without any balcony because they said they were never in the room anyway! They didn’t care how anyone else saw it, they were doing what worked for them. It depends on budget for sure, but I think it also depends on what your priorities are for travel and how often you want to do it. I don’t think of it in terms of “shoulds” but rather what is realistic and what makes you happy. Happy Sailing 🧜🏼‍♀️
  4. It is strange to go through that pass and realize just how close Cuba is! We got some pics of it, but not the sunrise. Cool picture 😊
  5. We prefer the OS on the Allure. To us it feels more spacious, as you know the storage space is insane, and we love the giganitic balcony. Honestly, as big as the loft suites are, they feel so narrow/tight to me for some reason (more so than the videos and photos I had seen prepared me for... ). As someone already mentioned, I can see an upside to being near the CL and lounge if you plan on eating all meals there and the lounge is something you use often. But we like a variety and so Deck 10’s OS puts us in a good location to access everything. Just my 1.5 cents 🧜🏼‍♀️ But if you have stayed in the OS maybe you want to try a Loft.
  6. This just seems like another name for Sky class... at least from what I read.
  7. I will be there in late May, I will let you know (but I do not have my fingers crossed on this one, is construction ever completed on time?) 🙀
  8. This is my least favorite ship! Even in the Haven, which is some protection, it’s not a positive experience (mostly due to the ship’s layout and the almost constant ship movement). The only bright spot is the Haven restaurant where the staff is simply amazing, some of the nicest crew members that we have run across in all our cruises). But yeah, the Epic overall ... decidedly forgettable 🙅🏼‍♀️
  9. I have thought that too - I can’t imagine cruise ships docking at Key West and and all those people getting off - and what it’s like to be there when they do. Maybe it’s not as bad as I have imagined, but it’s definitely kept me from any itinerary that includes it (preferring it as a sole destination).
  10. We will meet you there the next time and we will all shake our tail feathers with the locals! 💃🏼🕺🏼
  11. That’s it! Yay @SpeedNoodles!!! I had not realized it was on Wednesday’s only (we will be there Sun and Mon), but I am so happy to find it again - maybe on another sailing 😊
  12. I hear you. I am loyal, but if you aren’t back then I start eyeing your competitors. Fair in love and cruise lines 😇👿
  13. I can’t remember what it’s called - it’s a street party in Bermuda (don’t recall which part, although likely not on the west side where I need it to be 😒), it is for tourists, but there are many locals there. Some crafts sold too. I think it’s in the evening. I can’t recall and can’t find it (of course when I need it)... help! Lynn 🧜🏼‍♀️
  14. Yeah, how do I choose “a” favorite 🙄😳😂 But I will contain myself (and reduce them). A nice pic of the Allure courtesy of hubster, Alaska’s Endicott Arm, and near San Juan’s port ❤️
  15. It is frustrating that there is such a discrepancy in what you get with a suite on various ships (when prices are vastly different). Definitely not happy to be paying full price for Voom when we pay for a suite and Key folks have it included. Life isn’t fair, I more than get that as I was widowed very young, but there should be some fairness in fares and what you get for the money (at least if in the long run you want to keep passengers). But agree it would be better to spread costs out and add Voom to all fares (drinks too). I cannot imagine the cost for people sailing with teens... ridiculously priced. It still seems super crazy to me that on one cruise it’s 18.99 day for 2 devices and edging close to $30 day for the same thing on another cruise. I don’t mind disconnecting in theory, but with a house sitter in our home and a 93 yo. mother staying plugged in is a necessity “in case.” Thanks for the input. And I too am anxiously waiting to see the Virgin prices as I love the idea of the extras being included!
  16. Hmmm guess the committee met and decided it had previously been answered or it was a stupid question. 🤓 oh well, I have to crawl back in bed anyway 🤒😷
  17. I just looked to be certain ... it was $27 per day 🙇🏼‍♀️
  18. Hello all! We have been traveling, a journey that ended in the hell that was the Orlando airport on Feb 2 and ended up in me with the flu from hour after hour in a crowd that resembled the crowds at the Beatles concerts that I have seen on film. But I am semi back and trying to focus on our next two RCL sailings. I realize this topic has likely been discussed here before, but I could not find it in my search so I bring it to those with lots of RCL experience - what the devil is up with the insane discrepancy in the Voom daily rates?! The current rate for our May sailing is 18.99 day for 2 devices (basis Voom), while the same package for the Adventure for November was about $28 per day (to the best of my flu brain’s recollection). WHAT?! I like RCL as much as the next person here,, but that difference seems unfair to me. Some difference is okay, but that difference is ridiculous. That we are in a full suite for both sailings is adding to my irritation on this issue, since there’s not even a discount for suite guest (much less free on these ships). And did I just read Voom is part of the key program?! Surely I misread. These facts would seem to really decrease the likelihood many cruisers will bother with suites unless they need a lot of space (at least from my viewpoint, clearly I have not done a scientific survey!). And I hope eveyone has be happy and healthy 😊 Lynn 🧜🏼‍♀️
  19. Honestly, the small unicorn floaty wigs me out 😳 Not quite sure the audience they were going for .... 🤦🏼‍♀️
  20. @melski94 That’s great info, I am married to a retired jarhead and we use USAA for all our insurance and somehow I didn’t know this bit of wisdom! We use the coverage available with our travel credit card since it offers decent benefits. But I recently got a policy through Steve who is at this URL- https://tripinsurancestore.com/getquotation/ He shoots straight snd offers a multitude of options based on budget and need. happy sailing! 🧜🏼‍♀️ Lynn
  21. @JLMoran although so far we haven’t required any special equipment, your post is the first I have seen to note that there are special accommodations made for CPAP users and those with similar health-related devices. Had no idea there was even a special email address. Great info! 👏🏻 Oh, and ditto on the water shoes. Essential! 😊
  22. In the 70’s, the hot place for spring break during high school and college in the Atlanta area was Daytona Beach, FL. Almost every year there was someone who died from trying to cross from one balcony to another (as with the 16yo boy that just lost his life doing this on a RCL ship). I think at that age it just doesn’t occur to you that you can die, they feel invincible. Such a sad ending and such a horror for his family.
  23. We like Cortran’s transportation (it’s 40 r/t each for a shuttle from Orlando to the port and back). They are highly rated (and I will never, ever use one of those buses you can reserve through RCL - like cattle, no no no).
  24. Not bad (although the first has seriously overdone the black 🤣). I did like the open air Peek-a-View shower (those windows at the showers and whirlpool tubs are the reason I keep returning to the NCL Haven Suites). The Virgin prices are usually high, but since Atlanta leans heavily toward our hometown favorite Delta, I haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with their existing travel options! But it will be interesting to see if they intend to truly compete.
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