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  1. @12thman if you want to eat and see old san juan I suggest doing the old san juan food tour


    They offer this through the cruise line too.

    I would suggest booking it independently though for a few reasons...  #1 it is cheaper if you do it independently.  #2 you get more stops than through the cruise line.

    I just did this on my cruise in April and we had a great time!

  2. If you go to St. Kitts avoid the "Coastal Cruise, Beach & Steel Band"

    We went and our excursion was combined with a Celebrity ship and it was way too crowded!  There were not enough seats for everyone so about 30 people on the lower deck had to stand each way (1-1.5 hour boat ride to the beach) and then once we got to the beach it was deserted except for a lone man renting umbrellas.  There were 18 umbrellas with 2 beach chairs apiece for about 200+ passengers on the boat.

  3. On 3/27/2019 at 3:21 AM, SpeedNoodles said:

    Isn't this Sea Trek, and not SNUBA?  I've looked into both and they are a bit different (and I TOTALLY want to do Sea Trek soon).

    I have done a Sea Trek (kind of) at a place called Discovery Cove near Sea World in Orlando.

    It is a very cool experience and I would love to do it in the ocean!

    1 hour ago, SpeedNoodles said:

    Ok. Now the Snuba gear isn't the full helmet - it's more of a mouthpiece that's attached to hoses. The Sea Trek is the full helmet (at least all of the excursions that I've seen).

    But, you are correct about the differences.

  4. 1 hour ago, WannaCruise said:

    DH and I are looking for a mini get away end of Dec (right before Christmas holidays).  In "recent" years, we've been on Allure and Symphony, Independence and Mariner.  Symphony is my favorite.  Mariner is DH's favorite.

    We currently booked a 4 night on Brilliance as we've never done the Radiance class.  

    Looking at another option...a 6 night on Adventure for similar cost.

    We're in our 40s, like shows, music, activities in cruise compass and relaxing (but we're not the types to sit by pool all day). It's different criteria when we bring our kids, but for just us don't care about waterslides, rock wall, flowrider (although fun to watch).

    1. Comparing ship to ship....what do others prefer?
    2. Comparing the two cruises....what would you select? 

    Obviously our dilemmas....Adventure is longer for similar price (proAdventure), but we've been on similar ship (con-Adventure).  Also means missing more work on 6 day (con-Adventure).  Shows look more modern and more of them on Adventure (pro-Adventure).  More venus on Adventure (pro-Adventure).  Brilliance seem to get rave reviews for the views (con-Adventure).


    I would say Adventure for the reason being that you get two additional days for similar price.  More vacation time!  That's just my $0.02 though.  I will be on my first RC cruise next month and it will be on Adventure. 

  5. 42 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

    One thing to think about is the beach beds on Labadee, that area isn’t private so the kids could pull up chairs and no one will give them any problems. We loved ours and had a great attendant. 

    I was able to snag a beach bed in Labadee for my upcoming sailing as there were no bungalows or cabanas available.  Really looking forward to it more now!

  6. 1 minute ago, firebuck said:

    So that's a little tricky on the website.  If the price for the 3 device package is $22.99 per day, you only need to select ONE person when you are purchasing.  The total should be closer to $160 for the cruise.  If you're selecting 3 out of the 4 people, that's a total of 9 devices you're paying for.  Basically, you are saying that you want 3 people to have 3 devices.  Hope that makes sense!


    What @firebuck said is very true.  I misread your initial post. Not as bad on the cost if you think of it that way.  Also, check about the key.  It may be worth it if you can get it.


  7. 1 minute ago, Ashmai said:

    OMG.. Looks like we will be going dark on this trip LOL, thats SO HIGH to pay for cell. Mind = Blown

    If you can get the Key for your sailing that would be the better deal per device and potentially per person.  Some sailings have the key for as low as $19 per person per day.  More perks than just internet access.  But you have to buy for everyone in cabin over the age of 6.

  8. 4 minutes ago, Ashmai said:

    When I choose a 3 person SURF package it asks who to select from our party of 4. The price on the page shows 22.99 per day per adult, which is like $482 for a week to send texts to each other!? We are using the package mainly to communicate with the kiddos while on board. Is this price accurate? nearly $500 dollars to use 3 cell phones?

    Yes.  That is accurate

  9. On 3/23/2019 at 3:00 PM, wsyrob said:

    We are also on HOS in late June. I found this place. Looks pretty cool. Restaurant/Bar with chair and umbrella rentals. I believe the green umbrellas pics are most recent after thr rebuild from the hurricane.






    This place looks pretty good for my April sailing on Adventure.  We didn't have anything planned for there yet.  It will prob be between there or possibly https://coconut-reef.com/tour/snorkeling-discovery/for me.

  10. 10 hours ago, RickC said:

    If we rent a cabana at the Thrill Water Park on Coco Cay, would we be able to walk to the beach easily or is it far away?  Also wondering if cruise planner says that you have to reserve a cabana once on board (no option to reserve online), does that mean they are all sold out?

    If it says you have to ask about a cabana on board then they are sold out...  You can keep checking on line to see if anyone cancels or check on the ship.

  11. 2 minutes ago, twangster said:

    You can set a password to the router itself and for the wifi SSID it generates.

    The only disadvantage of the RAVPower that I have found is that it does not include a feature to clone a MAC address.  I've encountered two ships where it wouldn't work absent of this feature.  All other ships have been fine.  


    I will be on Adventure of the Seas.

    Which ships have you had trouble on?

  12. @twangster

    1 hour ago, rlwatts said:

    Could someone in the next room use this as well if they were given the password? I am taking a group of individuals with disabilities on a cruise in May and some are not buying the Voom package. 

    Being a travel router novice is there password protection to gain access travel router?

    I have been looking at purchasing the RAVPower travel router you mentioned in a previous live blog.

    What were your thoughts on this router?  Ease of use?  Would you recommend that one or do you have a particular preference.  I am somewhat tech savvie, but by no means an expert

  13. 3 hours ago, Gabe said:

    We were on a completely full Symphony in Jan and were able to switch a few of our shore tours around with no problem once onboard.  they all had plenty of availability.  The Shore Tours concierge told us that if a tour is popular, and sells out far enough in advance they'll add another boat/bus/whatever behind the scenes. YMMV though.

    The process of cancelling and rebooking by calling would be beneficial in instances where they cannot make more of something available like a bungalow or cabana in places like Labadee and CoCo Cay if there is a price drop.  I got a beach bed for Labadee for my April cruise and would have to go that route if there happens to be a price drop since they are currently sold out.  I also keep looking on cruise planner hoping that someone happens to cancel a bungalow or cabana.

  14. Just now, nrgMike said:


    I know the advice is to buy something if you see it on the cruise planner. My question how is the process of refunding and re buying something if the price happens? Just simply call RC and they take care of rest? Please advise.


    Thank You,


    You just cancel and repurchase on cruise planner.

    No need to call RC unless you are concerned that there may be limited supply of said excursions, or whatever you are trying to buy.  Then you would want to call have RC and have them rebook for you to ensure that you get the lower price.

    It can take a few days to weeks to get cancelled charges refunded back to your card.

    I did this process for drink package and it was an easy process.

  15. 1 hour ago, SYRbob said:

    Calling the TV channels available on a cruise ship awful would be a compliment.

    If there is TV programing you enjoy the Firestick, Roku TV, HULU, or Netflix would be major improvements.

    We have the Key for our sailing so we have surf and stream internet package.  So we will have access to our streaming services.

  16. 2 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

    I’ve never tried to do this myself but I have read that some people have difficulty getting to the USB port as some TV’s are mounted to the wall and cannot be moved.

    That's what I recall seeing in other posts about having difficulty accessing the USB ports on the stateroom TVs

  17. 2 minutes ago, SYRbob said:

    You should be able to use your Firestick on the in cabin TV by plugging it into the USB on the side or back of the set.

    There are several You Tube videos available to show how this is accomplished.

    I know how to install and use it.  I just don't know why she would want it while we are on vacation and trying to "unplug"  haha

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