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Durham Mama Bear

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About Durham Mama Bear

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    Durham, North Carolina, USA
  1. I have the slots running on Auto-Spin in my computer background during the workday. I just click it every once in a while if I see it has stopped. I also added the Blackjack to my phone to play; I'm learning strategy in preparation for my July cruise!
  2. My father-in-law booked three cabins for him and my MIL, my family of three, and my brother-in-law's family of four. If he gets the photo package, is it applicable across the three families, or just to him and my MIL? Conversely, if I get it, will it include pics of the two in-law families? Valerie _______________________ First cruise ever! Allure of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean, July 7-14, 2019 (Ft. Lauderdale)
  3. Thanks so much. I had a feeling there wasn't any since I'd not seen any info anywhere about it. I appreciate your quick response!
  4. You all have been amazingly resourceful so far! I was wondering about food at Adventure Ocean. My son, who will be just short of six when we take our first cruise, will likely be there much of the day time when we are at sea. I know about the kids' dining options at the dining room, but is there food available at OA for the kids? He seems to be hungry (hangry, more like it!) ALL THE TIME, and it would be awesome if they either had regularly scheduled snacks or a pantry with food. I haven't seen anything about this on any website! Thank you all. Valerie
  5. I'm interested in knowing how much cash to bring on our cruise. We are doing a 7 day Caribbean excursion on Allure out of Ft. Lauderdale and stopping at Philipsburg, San Juan, and Labadee. I know San Juan will take American dollars. Family of two adults, one six-year-old. Between tipping porters, cash for shopping in port, other cash (do we need cash at the casino? - not that we expect to spend a lot there), what is a reasonable amount to have on hand and in what denominations? Do shops in port usually use cash or credit? Should we take out local cash using ATMs in port instead? We will not be drinking alcohol or soda, and expect to be buying little tchotchkes and small gifts as opposed to big ticket items. Thanks!
  6. Thanks so much. Great advice! We are going to Philipsburg, San Juan, and Labadee (days 4, 5, and 6).
  7. I am SO excited for my family's very first cruise ever this July (7-14) on the Allure. My mother- and father-in-law (avid RC cruisers) are treating my family of three (me, husband, and son who will be 3 weeks shy of 6) and my brother-in-law's family (husband, wife, 13 and 15 year old boys) to the cruise and are helping us with transportation there. We will be responsible for all extras (excursions, premium dining, tips, etc.). I am having difficulty navigating the shore options available to us and haven't been able to find any sites that review the options. Ideally, I would like to take our son with us when in port because this will be his first international experience. We don't *really* love the beach and are definitely foodie-friendly (but not alcohol; we just don't drink it) and can definitely do walking tours but maybe not hikes. What are your thoughts on the available options? Of course, I will take any additional tips or tricks for making our first cruise a successful one! I don't expect us to do any premium dining, but I would be interested to hear in what extras are really worth it. We also enjoy dancing, music, comedy, art, watching sports, and of course, travel.
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