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JasonL

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  1. for 2 people it's not needed but if you have 4 in your cabin, it's the only way to go. We love the Ultra Spacious rooms when we bring the kids.
  2. This has been in the works for years, as we booked it as soon as they went on sale. The wife and I are doing alaska in June, we will go on this sailing. Although we could bring the kids to Alaska, it's far less exciting to them than Coco Cay. Besides it's the policy changes and the uncertain ones to come that make cruising WITH KIDS very hard to plan.
  3. Well tonight I am feeling like giving up on cruising with my family for a couple years more. That hurts to say because we love it so much! I think I should cancel my November 21st cruise because I'm flying across the country from washington state and there are too many risks that we won't be able to sail. $2500 for airfare alone, hotel accomodations ect... What if my 5 or 10 year old gets covid? what if they change to not allow anyone unvaxxed? Variants.. Last minute restrictions .... Why stress myself out trying to go on vacation..... not worth it... ?? Feeling defeated tonight
  4. Craziest thing I've ever seen in my life!!! I saw someone at the buffet, get this..... only get 1 plate of food without returning for more!!! Blew my mind
  5. We are excited for this one. The wife and I will be bringing our 14 & 10 year old daughters and 5 year old son. Coming from Washington state and will be spending a couple days in Disney after. If anyone is bringing similar age kids it would be fun for the kids to make some new cruise friends.
  6. I'm proud to say I emailed my local representatives pleading for help restart the cruise industry!! Thanks @Mattfor making this easy for all of us! This is something I wouldn't normally do, but it's so easy to take 5-10 minutes and write a personal message along with the pre-filled forms that simplify the process. Just ready Matt's blogs for an easy link. If you are reading this and haven't done it yet please do! Thanks
  7. I have a Twic card, really wasn't hard to get. It has been expired now for a few years, but I believe it was just a couple hour class and background check. Right now it's bad business, no doubt. When there is money to be had when things start back up, someone will step in I'd think
  8. hmm, i may have to call Royal I guess. I've tried to link it before also, so it must be a glitch(so the RCG website standard)
  9. so i did that, and it says it's linked but I still don't see it
  10. 1st time I've done 2 rooms for our family of 5 instead of a Spacious, thought I'd finally try out @Matt advice. I see the room that I'm booked in, but not my wife's on the Cruise planner. It makes sense, but is there a way to get it all on my cruise planner? Or do I have to get into my wife's account which I don't think exists yet because I always do the planning?
  11. Our "No Kids Cruise" has been canceled and our first time trying specialty restaurants with it. I have blind faith that our Thanksgiving week cruise will happen. I normally wouldn't think about doing an Ultimate Dining Package with the kids, but desperate times call for desperate measures. We will have a 14,10,5 yr old. Do we just book the package for Me,Wife,14yr old and then bring the others along? I understand the 5 yr old is free and the 10 should be $10/meal. I have a massive desire to book up everything possible on my first cruise back. Anyone else do this with their kids? Any challenges bringing kids to specialty restaurants?
  12. Normally I'm indifferent to vaccinations, but I am going to get this one for my family as soon as possible. Not because I think it's right or wrong, but because I wanna get back to travel as soon as possible. As long as it doesn't kill us, I'm down for it, if it means I can cruise and travel again.
  13. Thanks for the info everyone. I ended up extending my stay after the cruise until Wednesday because the airfare on thanksgiving weekend is crazy expensive so it worked out better. The Disney property hotels basically dictated itself based on my family of 5(over 4 people closes a lot of options) and prices based on availability. Ended up with Caribbean Beach Resort and bought and reserved Magic Kingdom & Hollywood Studios for Monday and Tuesday. Fly into Miami the day before and will stay at the Hilton Doubletree. Cruise. Then rented a car which is supposed to be from the Doubletree Hilton location. Drive to Orlando Hotel. Disney 2 days. Drop Rental at Orlando Airport. Cry because vacation is over. I imagine it should be easy to get back to the Doubletree for the car rental, especially because I can check it out before the cruise?
  14. So, this is real close to the cruise port too right? It's half the price of Intercontinental and Kimpton for the one night I'll be there. Coming across the country takes all day, so we will basically get checked in and go to sleep, then get right back up and check out to head to the port. Seems like it has pretty good setup for us with our 3 kids, Yea?
  15. We are flying into Florida from Washington state for a Thanksgiving week cruise on the Oasis. This is the same week as the RC blog cruise on the harmony, wish I could have convinced myself to pay the extra to join yall. Harmony leaves out of Orlando and Oasis out of Miami. So, my question is this- I want to spend a couple of days before the cruise to do a Disney park or 2 and I hope to also squeeze my way into a RC blog meet up. Has anyone else done this? Are there usually meet ups before Group cruises and is everyone invited or just those on the cruise? Also, Should I get a hotel next to disney and then just drive(or uber) to the port on cruise morning? Rent a car for the few days or just use the ground transportation around disney then catch an Uber to MIami? Also would love any recommendations for a good mid range hotel near or in Disney. Thanks guys
  16. Oh this cruise would be really great! I love cruising and I love Hawaii. Nice long days in port which is awesome.
  17. I've been figuring my May Alaska cruise was gonna get canceled, but am not sure what I should do with my credit. I got a really cheap price so i'm thinking lift and shift to next year will be my best bet. So, I can basically move my May 24th cruise all the way to June 24th in 2022 on any itinerary that is basically the same for no extra cost right? I'd rather go on the cruise, but I like the idea of taking my cheap may cruise and moving it to late june instead. Am I thinking about this correctly?
  18. After listening to @Matt recent podcast about wishes for 2021, I thought of a couple of my own. How about you? 1. Ok I'll put this one in since I'm starting the topic and I'm pretty certain everyone on here wants the same thing..... CRUISES TO START BACK UP 2. RCG to rework their website: Fix some of the weird glitches & ALLOW MORE OPTIONS WHEN BOOKING(or mock booking) like allowing you to put in the max guests that rooms allow. 3. More west coast cruises including more short cruises out of Seattle(this is probably more like an unrealistic dream)
  19. Oooohhh .... I like this idea, Doesn't sound crazy at all! Lunch can be super hectic, this gets you fed and unpacked at the same time. Genius!
  20. I would LOVE to try out a Christmas and/or New Years cruise. The price has to be right though, it is so spendy those weeks!
  21. I'm slightly confused on how what you're looking for from Mr Bayley .... He needs to be transparent about Everything with cruisers, or is it only when it comes to cancellations? Is it Everything or is it just a couple of transparencies? I feel like you are being pretty negative in a situation where no one knows what is going to happen. It is also very unproductive to state someone is Always or NEVER doing something(every single answer). I would guess RCG has changed plans 100 times already because they are trying to move and adapt the best they can in a terrible situation. I choose to be optimistic and hopeful that RCG is doing all they can to keep their business afloat while also doing their best to keep their customers as happy as possible. I also would like to extend as much grace as possible in this difficult time.
  22. In general we have enjoyed most dishes at the MDR, but there are also always some items that are repulsive. I am also pretty snobby about buffet food, I swear my last cruise the cooks had some sort of cruel affinity for cooking everything on the menu in fish oil.
  23. Also, when the Wife and I started cruising we did it way different. We had a blast just with the excitement of being on a huge ship and exploring and taking in all the free stuff. We did it on the cheap and didn't spend a dime after getting onboard(sorry Royal). We loved cruising that way and you don't have to spend a bunch of money to have a great time! We splurge more now, but if I'm feeling like more of a penny pincher we dial it back and have just as awesome of a time.
  24. Ditto on Labadee Jamaica- We are an adventurous family and if you are not in good health then I could see how you might not love this but..... We LOVED Dunn River Falls. We had an absolute blast climbing the falls and playing in the pools. Yes it's a long drive to get there and back but it was well worth it and I would definitely do it again. We went with our 8 and 11 year old girls who I had to keep close to so they didn't get hurt but they also loved it. If my girls weren't so darn risky like their Daddy I wouldn't have been nearly as concerned to watch them so close. I believe we paired this with a cave crawl which was also really fun and interesting. Grand Cayman- We did the turtle farm and Dolphin Swim. Turtle farm was .... a turtle farm. Interesting for a half hour then we just wanted to get to the Dolphin Swim. Push,Pull,Swim and Turtle Farm was the name (or something close to that) and the Dolphin swim was AMAZING and we all had a great time. It wasn't cheap but we considered it a once in a lifetime type of excursion. My girls are so spoiled......
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