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  1. Awesome! When speaking of both H2O Zone and Splashaway Bay, I was speaking of the special area for diapers that was filtered separately. That was a big reason for us looking at ships specifically with those areas, as he will almost certainly still be in diapers when we are looking to go. I saw a story Matt wrote around 2015 that mentioned the ships with the baby splash zones at that time, but there have certainly been a lot of changes and additions since. I'm glad Navigator is on the list. We love Voyager Class.
  2. Awesome! I was curious of the Splashaway Bay vs H2O Zone. I remember being on Allure with the H2O zone and it having the baby only splash zone. I was on Indy in December of 2019 and didn't pay much attention to the Splashaway Bay setup compared to H2O Zone. I figured I was good with H2O Zone ships based on previous experience, but was concerned about the other. It sounds like we are good either way. Too bad Mariner doesn't have anything like that after the Amplification. There is a great 5 day Labadee and CocoCay itinerary that would be perfect, and we love the ship.
  3. Greetings All. I hope everybody is safe and well. My wife and I are planning our next cruise for sometime in 2022 (assuming/fingers crossed that cruising and the world have returned to something resembling pre-COVID normal), but we will have an infant with us for the first time ever. Our little man will be at least 16-18 months old, if not a bit older, based on the window of sailings I am looking at. I was wondering if Matt or anybody had an updated list of ships that have the baby splash zone that children in swim diapers can enter. I am aware of Allure, Oasis, Freedom, Liberty,
  4. Matt, Did you take a taxi on your own to Valley Church Beach or book an excursion? Royal Caribbean doesn't have anything to Valley Church Beach, but they do have an excursion to nearby Ffrye's Beach. Also, I just want to confirm the distance/time from port. All the research I've done indicates that Valley Church Beach is about 15-20 minute drive. It appears that Antigua is going to be busy while we are there. According to Cruise Mapper, we are going to be 1 of 5 ships in port that day.
  5. Just remember, it could always be worse. I have some friends who just went on a cruise earlier this month on the Carnival Triumph. I don't think they knew that that ship was the host of the infamous "poop cruise" in 2013.
  6. As far as TV goes, I myself never spend a ton of time watching it while we are on a cruise. We mainly have it on for background noise while we are getting ready in the morning or for dinner, and at night time because we both usually fall asleep watching something. I do tend to agree that the channel selection is limited, but it hasn't really bothered us to this point. If I were to go on a longer sailing, particularly a TA or another itinerary with a lot of sea days, I could see myself getting to a point where I may just want to spend one evening, or potentially only a few hours, unw
  7. There is also all the speculation and rumors stirring about ships that were seen on the market in the last year or so, including Grandeur and Rhapsody. On another note, looking at changes even earlier than 2020, I don't recall hearing much on what the planned improvements/changes to Oasis and Allure will be from the Royal Amplified program. Hopefully some more information on exactly what changes we can expect will come out sometime around the release of 2020 deployments. I am considering booking on an Oasis Class ship again later in 2020. I find myself leaning toward Harmony or Symphon
  8. Serenade of the Seas - March 25, 2019 (11 night Southern Caribbean) Independence of the Seas - December 14, 2019 (5 night Western Caribbean)
  9. I check the cruise planner and cruise fares several times per week for this reason alone. Sometimes the prices are adjusted sporadically, or the price of something in the cruise planner may drop during a big sale, even when the sale isn't supposed to apply due to the sailing date range applied to the sale.
  10. I enjoyed the Perfect Storm water slides recently on Mariner, but I only rode them a couple of rides each. We were docked next to the Disney Dream in Nassau and the rider experience on their slide, the AquaDuck, looked like it was quite a bit of fun. It also looked like it was designed for the ship, rather than retrofitted. I'm not suggesting that they install slides that wrap entirely around the upper deck of the ship like the AquaDuck, but I think that a design that is a little more unique designed for the pool deck on the Icon Class would be a good design move.
  11. Surf will allow you to send messages and surf the web. Your speed is throttled, so streaming music and video won't work.
  12. That is good to know. Unless we both do some serious training between now and then, I'd say we may steer away from this then. I'll look at some other reviews as you suggested. Thank you again for the input!
  13. These are my rankings in order for Allure's specialty restaurants, based on our March sailing. 1) 150 Central Park. We loved it so much that we went 2 nights. 2) Chops. A very close second for us, and one we love very much. 3) Giovanni's. The food and service were excellent, but the top 2 are in a league of their own. I also think Giovanni's pales in comparison to Jamie's. 4) Izumi. The hibachi is great, but I personally have a hard time paying what I did at sea vs. what I normally do on land for a similar experience. However, the sushi is some of the best I have e
  14. It looks like we will be walking or taking a short.car ride to a beach in Barbados. That was our initial plan before I came on here, and all the positive feedback is making that decision easier. St. Kitts and St. Lucia are still the toughest ones for us to pick from with all the great suggestions we have received, as well as what we have researched on our own. We looked at doing the volcanic hike. My wife and I are both hardly athletes, but I do work out most days of the week. It is still a possibility. We have done some hiking around Gatlinburg, TN during the summer months in y
  15. There are rocks that run to the right side of and behind where the cabanas are now, and the beach area is relatively smaller. We had no one problens with small rocks, shells, etc. On the regular beach or in the water than we have at any other beach in the area of the cabanas. We were just there on Mariner on August 28th and there was plenty of beach space for everybody who had rented a cabana. I'm not sure that they were at max occupancy, but several of the cabanas on the back row were filled. When we boarded Mariner, one of my first stops was the shore excursion desk. We chose ca
  16. Sorry for the back to back posts, but it is also $11.99 for our December 2019 cruise on Independence.
  17. I just checked our March 11 night sailing on Serenade and it was also $11.99 per night. My wife needs internet for some school work during our trip, so there goes most of the OBC I had for that cruise.
  18. I went up to the bridge observation area on our sea day and we were only moving at somewhere around 2 knots.
  19. It is cheap, but I would definitely do some more research in using a combination of Tri Rail and the other municipal rail systems via transfer to save some cash. I have never used Tri Rail or any other rail option in the area, so I'm not ultra familiar with the feasibility of this. I also know that some people aren't too keen on traveling via trains like this with luggage, which could be cumbersome. For the sake of simplicity, Lyft and Uber really do shine to me.
  20. I agree with you on names like Emblem, Apex and Valhalla not exactly rolling off the tongue. I get the vibe from these names that each of the three could go to a different class: one for an Oasis, Quantum, and Icon Class ship. Time will tell.
  21. While I was on Mariner a couple of weeks ago, I somehow found a magnet for Rhapsody mixed in with all of the ones for Mariner. At the time, my wife and I were considering booking at Next Cruise on Rhapsody next December. I was going to buy the magnet, particularly if we ended up booking that trip, but we ultimately decided upon booking on Independence during the same window. I wish I had bought it now and I could have sent it your way! I just really need to find one for Allure now.
  22. We ran into the same issue you did. Flights into both PBI and FLL were going to cost us half of what it would to fly into Miami. I originally looked at taking the Tri Rail from FLL to MIA and using Uber or Lyft from there, but this only netted us about a $10 savings each way for 3 people. Ultimately, using Uber or Lyft from FLL to our hotel, the Marriot - Biscayne Bay, cost about $35-40. If I was going to fly into PBI and cruise from either Port Everglades or Miami, I'd probably look at using the Tri Rail.
  23. All, My wife and I will be doing an 11 night Southern Caribbean itinerary on Serenade of the Seas in the beginning of next year. This will be our third cruise overall, and our first time visiting any of the six ports of call on this itinerary. I have certainly done some research on my own, but I wanted to see if any of you all had any tips for excursions or exploring on our own in our ports of call. The ports are: Ponce, PR St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia Grenada Barbados Antigua Any and all input is welcome! Thank you,
  24. I tend to agree with the opinion that Empress and Majesty are safe for now due to the size restrictions of Cuba. I personally believe that Royal Caribbean would sell any of the Vision Class ships for the right amount of money. As I recall seeing a while back, $300 Million was the asking price for at least 1 or 2 of the Vision Class ships through various brokers. I personally think that Royal Caribbean would be content selling off most of the fleet that is smaller than the Voyager Class, there are just too many factors that prevent them from selling off the entire older, smaller part of
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