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Everything posted by Vlgg

  1. You can also ask bar tenders for wine glasses. Our cabin steward wasn't good about replacing our glasses or giving us 4 when we asked for 4 she left 2. No extra tip for her.
  2. I am not elite. We paid budgeted for this experience and enjoyed our day and the kids had a great time at the wave pool and slides. I find $465 for Deluxe Beverage Packet a ridiculous amount of money for one person, but a lot of people were paying that on our cruise. Do you consider them elite too?
  3. I would not recommend Hampton Inn on Stirling. They are doing a renovation and it was a mess! I have never been at a Hampton Inn I wasn't happy with until then. The suites were new and great but the lack of help at the front desk and the renovation mess was awful!
  4. Definitely do the Stingray Excursion. It is so much fun! I agree with the rest that you will be more comfortable with warmer clothes in the dining room. The Solarium is available at breakfast and lunch. It turns into a Speciality dining room in the evening.
  5. We arrived back in on the 29th from Allure and had no problem with phone service thru Verizon.
  6. My grandkids didn't even unwrap theirs. They just asked for cokes at the bars.
  7. I agree with the swim shirt. You can get really burned in the Caribbean sun in the ocean.
  8. Not much of a discount on the deluxe package. Hope it comes down more.
  9. There are lots of great lists on Pinterest
  10. We don't usually gain weight on cruises. We have no trouble gaining at home) We use the stairs as much as possible and are much more active than we are at home. Also, after the first day all the food isn't so enticing and we don't drink much alcohol.
  11. We sail this December and there were no sales last year. I am hoping for some this year since we are close to sail date.
  12. I have a big plastic envelope with cruise paperwork that I keep everything cruise related in. I have the cancelled paperwork stapled together, the parking pass, the paid papers from the TA in it and then add the passports when we are ready to go. It goes in my zippered bag that is my carryone. I am considering a RFID wallet I saw on Amazon this time for when we go onshore.
  13. I have booked shore excursions thru Trip Advisor and been satisfied with them
  14. We are still booked for the show on December 23rd
  15. I just had a really bad TA. Missing in action when I got ready to book flights, so did it myself. Then she had our rooms on 2 different sides of the ship-I wanted 4 in a row. Booked out 2 years ago. Had names wrong, wrong parties in wrong rooms-needed 2 of them to be adjoining so kids in one and parents in the adjoining. It has been a mess. No benefits at all to using her. Using MEI the next time.
  16. Guess ours went to the travel agent we used. She still hasn't told us that the itinerary changed. Just is assuming I already know, I guess. First and last time with her.
  17. I found as our cruise got closer more things appeared in the cruise planner
  18. We are on Allure of the Seas in December and the menus are on the app. We have also gone on Cruise Planner and reserved the shows.
  19. They had Diet Dr Pepper in the machines on Adventures of the Seas. I was just wondering if the bar would serve it too rather then having to find a machine
  20. On Holland America they had Rummiekube and we played that some. We will pack a couple of decks of cards but we like to play trivia on the ship so we keep busy doing that along with trying to do everything else. We never get bored! I love to read too so I load a book on my Nook and take it for quiet times.
  21. My husband takes forever to pack so the dining table is set up 3 weeks ahead and then I put out notes for each day and he decides and adds his clothes to it when he decides. We finally put everything in bags about 3 days before we leave-except toiletries. We also have lists of to dos for home-pre cruise-cruise and post- cruise. If it were just me I pack the night before. In my mind I have been packing for a week.
  22. Thanks everyone for the answers. The kids have cell phones so they can communicate with us if they are leaving the children's area. Happy cruising!
  23. I bought the one by the wave pool for $599 and since there are 7 of us I bought one ticket for the water slides. When I looked at buying slide passes for everyone and took in to the fact I burn quickly it's a great idea for our group.
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