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  1. My wife swears by the seasickness bands worn around both wrists. Never had a problem and this is a women who used to get sick in cars! Available at CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. Strap'em on before muster and leave'm on all the time, even in bed. Take them off in the shower or shore excursions where water is not involved. Have a great cruise!

  2. 3 hours ago, monctonguy said:

    its supposed to be a warmer than average fall...so you will probably get a little luck this year. Its been really nice so far...supposed to be 95 here tmrw...been around 90 the past few days...not the norm!


    Long pants and long sleeves would be standard....but I would bring a pair of shorts and short sleeve shirt just in case you get a real warm day....and throw in a sweatshirt or light jacket for the coolers ones.


    generally the mornings will be quite cool...but mid-day can be still quite nice!

    Enjoy all of your comments on subjects. My wife and I are on Adventure next July/August to NE and Canada. What would you recommend for clothing at that time of year? Thanks in advance.

  3. 1 hour ago, NS8VN said:


    Personal opinion, even if you are only getting them to cruise I would have (and did) still gotten the books.  Being able to board the ship without your birth certificate is one perk of having a passport, but a bigger one is the ability to fly back to the US from a foreign country in case of emergency.  You can't do that with the card so if you had a medical emergency or missed the boat you will still be knocking at the consulate door for emergency passports.

    I agree, we always get the books for that very reason and almost all of our vacations are cruises. Also if you are a AAA or CAA member, you can get your photos at the local office and they know EXACTLY what the State Dept. requires!

  4. 2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

    Yes, on the big ships they do not have the deck space to accommodate everyone (which is a bit of concern if you really think about it....) and so they will usually have locations inside or in the ATS.

    That is true, to a less extent, on the Liberty ships as well.  I remember one of the muster stations being in the schooner bar which was wonderful !  We just stayed seated after the drill was completed and proceeded to have an adult beverage !  Usually not quite that nice, though....

    On our very first cruise (on the Brilliance), our muster station was also in the Schooner Bar. Every time since, we've been outside which can be OK on the shady side of the ship. On the sunny side in FL, not so much (even in winter)!

  5. We've been to Bermuda 7 or 8 times and truly love it. We have been going since the ONLY traffic light on the island was in Hamilton and the cruise ships literally docked on Front Street. All of the places named are wonderful attractions, especially the Caves and Horseshoe Beach but I strongly recommend using the buses or taxis to get around. Not only are the roads narrow and twisty, many have limestone walls that abut the driving lanes, so a miscalculation can result in a severe case of "road rash" as the locals call it! In addition, since Bermuda is left hand drive, right-hand driver's (i.e. US and Canadian citizens) collision avoidance instinct is "backwards" and turns you into potential problems rather than away from it. Stick with the buses and taxis and enjoy your vacation!

  6. These are all very valid questions and concerns, similar to what my wife and I experienced deciding on out first cruise. We sat down with an experienced travel agent and went through everything with her. A good TA with a reputable company can guide you through all the ins and outs so you can enjoy, rather than fear, the experience!

  7. Saw this earlier this week on CC, I believe. and have been following it here. All I can add to this discussion is I set up our MTD reservations on Brilliance for Thanksgiving, 2017 last weekend (5/13) for the entire cruise, got my confirming email(s) immediately, and, after just checking a few moments ago, they are still all there for the two of us. It could be any number of things; an RCL error (yeh, like that never happens!), a test of something, a decision to limit advance reservations to groups below a certain size (say a group of 10-12 makes a weeks worth of MTD reservations and never shows up for dinner, RCL is forced to hold two or three tables out of service each evening for however long, causing longer waits for those who walk up or have reservations). I find it hard to envision RCL cancelling MTD, when it has shown to be so popular on every cruise we have take.

  8. 59 minutes ago, klaconqueso said:

    They shame you and kick you off the ship.


    Kidding! It really isn't a big deal. Since you can always walk up to the dining room with MTD and request a table, even if your table is given away you'll still be given a seat as long as you're going at the available dining time... you might just have a small wait. 

    I'm still somewhat undecided as to whether or not I'll be making my reservations far ahead of time on my next cruise. 

    I always make MTD reservations as soon as they are available to make (which varies by ship, it appears). In fact, I just made our reservations for our Thanksgiving cruise on Brilliance last weekend. Knowing that we have a time means we don't have to wait on board. Also, if our plans change when on board, I just call beforehand and have never had a problem switching to another time, even for the same day. One of RCL's systems that seems to work well.

  9. "...or like the example booking a cabin on a cruise that you have no intention of taking at all, just so you can move it to a future cruise and reap the OBC benefit at the Next Cruise desk. "

    I agree that there are abuses of the system; however, what was written above was EXACTLY the advice we were given in February by the gentleman at the Next Cruise desk on board Serenade, since we were looking at 2018/2019 cruises and they had not been rolled out yet! We were not trying to game the system but had no room for an earlier cruise.

    It would appear that RCL may have contributed to creating their own problem...by the way, we booked a "phantom" cruise that we had absolutely no intention of taking, waited until the newer cruises came out and booked the cruise we wanted in 2019. If RCL is going to restrict that practice, then coneyraven's comment comes true and Next Cruise is much less attractive

  10. We have the same itinerary problem cruising out of Tampa. Luckily,we can drive to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami in 4+ hours, so we are able to get away from the Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, etc. rotation, if we want. In fact, we did just that last February and have two more booked in 2018/2019. But as others have already said, there's no requirement to get off the ship just because you're there!

  11. We do too. And we use them all the time. Just when I am planning a trip down to MCO for our cruise in a few days, I start to get paranoid about them losing my luggage. They never have, but I read they do lose luggage a lot. And I really want all my things for my cruise!! :-D

    I have never had a luggage problem with Southwest (don't bring up American, tho!). What you and your hubby can do is each pack half a suitcase with a complete complement (shoes, underwear, shorts, tops, etc.) then switch suitcases and pack the remainder of what you are taking on the cruise in the other suitcase. If one gets lost, you still have a reasonable wardrobe of clothing to wear!

  12. So I'm a huge fan of dressing up...but we were considering letting my husband be more comfortable on formal night by dress, slack, dress shirt and jacket but NO tie. Can't remember last year, but do a lot of men who are dressed up, actually forgo the tie on formal night?

    It is not uncommon to see men dressed as you describe (no tie). As for myself, I forgo a suit and wear a sport coat and slax, dress shirt and tie (except for the cruise where I packed the ties and forgot the dress shirts :) Duh !!)

  13. I have never had that happen to me (I drink martinis before dinner, so the glass would be empty!) but I did experience something similar. On our recent cruise on Serenade having purchased the deluxe drink package as I always do, we were dining in the MDR and I requested two different red wines from the list. Coincidentally, they were both under the $12 maximum and were the only ones of that varietal that were. I was informed that neither wine was available! Now this was a ten-day cruise so that is possible....BUT, this was on the first night of the cruise and we had just left port! The headwaiter gave me a song and dance when I questioned him about this and never did get any logical explanation.


    Also, on the same cruise, a glass of Kim Crawford SB, which for years on various ships/cruises, was priced around $8-9/glass was $16 in the MDR. The next day at lunch in the WJ, I glanced at the wine listing on the table and it was $12! Don't know if it was a printing error or what but it seems RCL is doing some strange things with drinks/drink packages.

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