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Everything posted by loki007

  1. Never had a problem getting a drink whenever I felt like one
  2. there is plenty of parking, both covered and non covered. i think you will be fine with the truck
  3. you should see them on the cruise planner, unless they aren't doing them post COVID?
  4. lines aren't terrible. sessions are a few minutes depending on how busy it is. I would recommend buying the private lessons. The staff will spend a lot more time with your kids and make sure they have fun.
  5. beach loungers are free at coco cay and there are plenty of them. If you want to buy upgrades there are day beds, cabanas, and i highly recommend the coco beach club.
  6. we always buy the key and enjoy it. You will get an email a couple weeks before embarkation that you can check in early with the key. Its usually around 11:00
  7. we have verizon unlimited and didnt have to do anything on our recent cruise. when you get to port and your phone connects to the local network you should get a text from verizon saying if you use your device its $10 for 24 hours. We had several travel pass credits and didnt even have to pay the $10.
  8. https://www.clubroyaleoffers.com/ just need your Crown and Anchor number and you can see if you have any offers
  9. In curaçao we hired a driver for the day (Eddie) at the taxi stand right off the ship. We had 8 people, total cost was $200/family. He stayed with us all day, gave us a tour of the island and took us to some amazing beaches. The highlight was snorkeling with sea turtles. We have been to Aruba before, lots of great snorkeling spots, or just take a cab to eagle beach. We rented golf carts in Bonaire. Not much to do there other than snorkel. Few food options. We got back on the ship early.
  10. we cruised on Mariner in July. I could't believe the crowds. definitely higher than pre-pandemic. Its was our 13th cruise and we had never seen anything like it. If you wanted to go to a game show had to be there at least an hour before. Pool chairs in the solarium 630am,. Food was very mediocre. We were 2 families of experienced cruisers and we all agreed this was our least favorite ship and cruise. Hopefully crowds will decrease after this initial demand post pandemic. I'd stick with Oasis class if I were you or Celebrity.
  11. we always buy the key, but its not for everyone. My take is if you are buying wifi you may as well spend the extra $10/day and get the key (make sure you wait for a cruise planner sale). 1) Priority embarkation is great, you basically board with the suite guests. 2) Chops grill lunch is usually great (Oasis class yes, freedom class/voyager class iffy), 3) my teenage son got the uses of the private times at the flowrider. 4)reserved seating at the shows is a good perk but you need to get there early. 5) Priority Debarkation is one of the best perks. As for the wifi, each person gets 1 device at a time. You can log in and out of multiple devices during your cruise.
  12. You should get an email instructing you that you can come early with the key or use your assigned time. If checkin opens at 1030 I think 11:00 would be the key time.
  13. curacao is so beautiful. we were just there in July on Mariner. We didn't do a ship led tout but walked off the boat and hired a driver for the day at the taxi stand (Eddie) and he took us around for the day. We swam with sea turtles, went to amazing beaches, and learned about the island. Unfortunately we did not leave time to walk around the downtown (think amsterdam) and must go back!
  14. sound like another >100% capacity cruise.
  15. i do not believe there is any hold before the cruise but as you charge to your sea pass card on board they will place pending charges on your card which fall off after they bill the final balance. I noticed after my july cruise the pendings and final charge double hit my "balance" for about 3 days until the pendings fell off.
  16. I agree. I just got off Mariner in July and had the same experience. Royal is clearly booking ships over max capacity (which I guess is understandable given how much money they lost during the pandemic) I have never seen crowds like this even before the pandemic. We r trying Celebrity in December and hopeful it will be better. If not we may not be cruisers anymore.
  17. Port Canaveral and the Bahamas can get some cooler weeks but anything further south is great
  18. I would just sleep there if you want one, all taken by 6:00am on our July mariner sailing. If you want a seat in the solarium get there by 7am, and don't expect to put stuff out and leave. The pool enforcer removes peoples belongings after 30 minutes until about 10am, then apparently its ok to leave your stuff all day. Not sure what's so special about 10am?
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  20. You’ll chose an arrival time when you check in online. Check in as early as possible when it opens. You’ll get an email about a week before sailing that you can arrive at 11:00 with the key regardless of your assigned arrival time.
  21. Probably highly dependent on your check in time. We just sailed on Mariner out of Port Canaveral. Our family who did not have the key were on the boat right behind us. We had 11am check in. I’m sure it gets backed up with a 1:00 or 2:00 check in
  22. the key line in Terminal 1 at PC is awesome ( I assume Harmony is T1). It starts out side the terminal, security, check in, on the boat. Love the Key
  23. Satisfying the CDC so cruise companies could get back to making money. They really do nothing to stop the spread of COVID. Per the CDC you are “most infectious” 2 days before the onset of symptoms or a positive test…therefore even with negative testing a small percentage of cruisers are still wandering around with COVID. We have been on 2 cruises in the past 6 weeks. In June I got COVID 2 days after getting off, and last week both my wife and daughter got sick after getting off. This new BA5 variant is so infectious it will get everyone eventually. Luckily very mild.
  24. lava flow with kraken rum = Yummy
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