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    ama537621 got a reaction from raahc in Why bring water?   
    The water from the sink is probably better than bottled water.  In the past I have purchased water from Carnival that we used for when we left for excursions.  Since RCL only has crap Evian water to pre purchase I will bring a 12 pack on board with us to use for excursions. 
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    ama537621 got a reaction from CDunninTX in Power strips   
    I will have to do some work while on the cruise. It's no big deal daughter will at at the kiddies water park and I can sit on a lounger and work on reports. 
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    ama537621 got a reaction from 4ensic in They changed ports on us   
    We just left San Juan today. No shore excursion needed we just wandered uphill till we hit the fort then took a different route back to the ship. A beautiful Port. The pull out is truly amazing as you pass by the old forts at eye level.  
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in They changed ports on us   
    We just left San Juan today. No shore excursion needed we just wandered uphill till we hit the fort then took a different route back to the ship. A beautiful Port. The pull out is truly amazing as you pass by the old forts at eye level.  
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Bob_KY in They changed ports on us   
    We just left San Juan today. No shore excursion needed we just wandered uphill till we hit the fort then took a different route back to the ship. A beautiful Port. The pull out is truly amazing as you pass by the old forts at eye level.  
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    ama537621 got a reaction from tiny260 in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    Magnetic hooks are better than I thought they would be. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from tiny260 in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    AVOID WINDJAMMER the first day. It's a madhouse in here. I suggest park cafe instead. 
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    ama537621 got a reaction from monctonguy in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I found 2 little hideaway area this morning off of the running track towards the bow. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from Ktcruiser in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I found 2 little hideaway area this morning off of the running track towards the bow. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from spiralqueen in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I found 2 little hideaway area this morning off of the running track towards the bow. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from JLMoran in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I found 2 little hideaway area this morning off of the running track towards the bow. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from JLMoran in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    Magnetic hooks are better than I thought they would be. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from MotleyCruiser in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    Well,
    As I write this I am sitting in the United Club in Newark waiting on my delayed flight to FLL.  Yet another example of why you should NEVER fly to your cruise port the day of the cruise.  On the plus side the food and drinks are free. 
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    10 magnetic hooks are not enough, my wife threw a fit when I bought them now she wants more. 
    MTD with a reservation seem to be a bit hectic. Dinner took about an hour and a half. I ended up changing our reservations from 5:45 to 5:15 for the duration of the cruise. 
    Wow bands, I thought they would be useless I changed my mind and went down to guest services on the first night. Our set sail passes are now in the safe with our passports. I will only take them out on shore days.
    I put a few pictures of some of the kids areas. And the movie theater. Kinda stupid hours for showing movies 5PM on Sea days.
    Time to put the DD to bed.



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    ama537621 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    Well,
    As I write this I am sitting in the United Club in Newark waiting on my delayed flight to FLL.  Yet another example of why you should NEVER fly to your cruise port the day of the cruise.  On the plus side the food and drinks are free. 
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I will be trying to  BLOG our upcoming cruise this weekend.  I am attempting to do the cruise on a budget but still get a few additional items.  
    I will start with the ways that I saved money when booking the  cruise and hotels and airfare.  The cruise was purchased with the full cost first ticket,  My wife was at a 60% discount and my daughter was free with the child sale free promo.  Total cost for interior GTY for 3 people including gratuities, taxes,  and port fees $2073.72 With $50 OBC
    Airfare cost $25.00 per person.  I used airline miles to get us the tickets for almost free. I do love the airline miles credit cards (tip buy everything on it and the miles add up fast.   There is a down side to this, we have a 5 hour layover on the way down and a 7 hour layover on the way back and we need to stay in MIA 1 night after the cruise.  I might be able to get our flights changed the day before we fly.  I will advise if I have to pay a change fee or not.
    We will have 3 hotel stays associated with this trip.  First I had to pay for but it includes a park and fly option $176 dollars.  Cost to park at the airport for our cruise would of been $100. so hotel is really only costing us $76.00. The alternative would be to drive to the airport around 4AM to catch our flight.  Our hotel before the cruise I used IHG rewards points for a free stay.  For our Post cruise hotel I am using my 1 free  Marriott stay per year that comes as a credit card reward. 
    Now for the little extras that I decided would help us enjoy the cruise a little more.  I did try for a Royal Up and was successful in getting a Balcony room upgrade cost $600.00. In addition to the Royal UP I did get the unlimited pictures on a Thumb drive for $249.99 ( I think its been changed to a digital download instead).   I also purchased the VOOM surf and stream, as my Wife and I will have some work that we must do while on the cruise, I purchased the 2 device plan when it was on sale for $20.99 a day. 
    Since we will not be getting any drink package I bought the 12 1 liter water bottle package using our OBC for $46.02 with the service charge included.  
    As far as Shore excursions go we only booked 1 thru RC the Arawak aqua park and Dragon's Tail Coaster single ride Combo for $33.00 each total cost 99.00  I booked a Bernard SXM Island tour 1 for our port call in St Maarten for $100 total. $40 per adult and $20 for my daughter.  
    If I can get our flight changed on the way to FLL I will look into booking a Jungle Queen river cruise in FLL so my wife can get some nice pictures along the river and canals. 
    More to follow...
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Ktcruiser in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    Magnetic hooks are better than I thought they would be. 

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    ama537621 got a reaction from JLMoran in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    It pays to be cute

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    It pays to be cute

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    ama537621 got a reaction from Traveler in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I will be trying to  BLOG our upcoming cruise this weekend.  I am attempting to do the cruise on a budget but still get a few additional items.  
    I will start with the ways that I saved money when booking the  cruise and hotels and airfare.  The cruise was purchased with the full cost first ticket,  My wife was at a 60% discount and my daughter was free with the child sale free promo.  Total cost for interior GTY for 3 people including gratuities, taxes,  and port fees $2073.72 With $50 OBC
    Airfare cost $25.00 per person.  I used airline miles to get us the tickets for almost free. I do love the airline miles credit cards (tip buy everything on it and the miles add up fast.   There is a down side to this, we have a 5 hour layover on the way down and a 7 hour layover on the way back and we need to stay in MIA 1 night after the cruise.  I might be able to get our flights changed the day before we fly.  I will advise if I have to pay a change fee or not.
    We will have 3 hotel stays associated with this trip.  First I had to pay for but it includes a park and fly option $176 dollars.  Cost to park at the airport for our cruise would of been $100. so hotel is really only costing us $76.00. The alternative would be to drive to the airport around 4AM to catch our flight.  Our hotel before the cruise I used IHG rewards points for a free stay.  For our Post cruise hotel I am using my 1 free  Marriott stay per year that comes as a credit card reward. 
    Now for the little extras that I decided would help us enjoy the cruise a little more.  I did try for a Royal Up and was successful in getting a Balcony room upgrade cost $600.00. In addition to the Royal UP I did get the unlimited pictures on a Thumb drive for $249.99 ( I think its been changed to a digital download instead).   I also purchased the VOOM surf and stream, as my Wife and I will have some work that we must do while on the cruise, I purchased the 2 device plan when it was on sale for $20.99 a day. 
    Since we will not be getting any drink package I bought the 12 1 liter water bottle package using our OBC for $46.02 with the service charge included.  
    As far as Shore excursions go we only booked 1 thru RC the Arawak aqua park and Dragon's Tail Coaster single ride Combo for $33.00 each total cost 99.00  I booked a Bernard SXM Island tour 1 for our port call in St Maarten for $100 total. $40 per adult and $20 for my daughter.  
    If I can get our flight changed on the way to FLL I will look into booking a Jungle Queen river cruise in FLL so my wife can get some nice pictures along the river and canals. 
    More to follow...
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Ktcruiser in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    It pays to be cute

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    ama537621 got a reaction from ellcee in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I will be trying to  BLOG our upcoming cruise this weekend.  I am attempting to do the cruise on a budget but still get a few additional items.  
    I will start with the ways that I saved money when booking the  cruise and hotels and airfare.  The cruise was purchased with the full cost first ticket,  My wife was at a 60% discount and my daughter was free with the child sale free promo.  Total cost for interior GTY for 3 people including gratuities, taxes,  and port fees $2073.72 With $50 OBC
    Airfare cost $25.00 per person.  I used airline miles to get us the tickets for almost free. I do love the airline miles credit cards (tip buy everything on it and the miles add up fast.   There is a down side to this, we have a 5 hour layover on the way down and a 7 hour layover on the way back and we need to stay in MIA 1 night after the cruise.  I might be able to get our flights changed the day before we fly.  I will advise if I have to pay a change fee or not.
    We will have 3 hotel stays associated with this trip.  First I had to pay for but it includes a park and fly option $176 dollars.  Cost to park at the airport for our cruise would of been $100. so hotel is really only costing us $76.00. The alternative would be to drive to the airport around 4AM to catch our flight.  Our hotel before the cruise I used IHG rewards points for a free stay.  For our Post cruise hotel I am using my 1 free  Marriott stay per year that comes as a credit card reward. 
    Now for the little extras that I decided would help us enjoy the cruise a little more.  I did try for a Royal Up and was successful in getting a Balcony room upgrade cost $600.00. In addition to the Royal UP I did get the unlimited pictures on a Thumb drive for $249.99 ( I think its been changed to a digital download instead).   I also purchased the VOOM surf and stream, as my Wife and I will have some work that we must do while on the cruise, I purchased the 2 device plan when it was on sale for $20.99 a day. 
    Since we will not be getting any drink package I bought the 12 1 liter water bottle package using our OBC for $46.02 with the service charge included.  
    As far as Shore excursions go we only booked 1 thru RC the Arawak aqua park and Dragon's Tail Coaster single ride Combo for $33.00 each total cost 99.00  I booked a Bernard SXM Island tour 1 for our port call in St Maarten for $100 total. $40 per adult and $20 for my daughter.  
    If I can get our flight changed on the way to FLL I will look into booking a Jungle Queen river cruise in FLL so my wife can get some nice pictures along the river and canals. 
    More to follow...
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    ama537621 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I will be trying to  BLOG our upcoming cruise this weekend.  I am attempting to do the cruise on a budget but still get a few additional items.  
    I will start with the ways that I saved money when booking the  cruise and hotels and airfare.  The cruise was purchased with the full cost first ticket,  My wife was at a 60% discount and my daughter was free with the child sale free promo.  Total cost for interior GTY for 3 people including gratuities, taxes,  and port fees $2073.72 With $50 OBC
    Airfare cost $25.00 per person.  I used airline miles to get us the tickets for almost free. I do love the airline miles credit cards (tip buy everything on it and the miles add up fast.   There is a down side to this, we have a 5 hour layover on the way down and a 7 hour layover on the way back and we need to stay in MIA 1 night after the cruise.  I might be able to get our flights changed the day before we fly.  I will advise if I have to pay a change fee or not.
    We will have 3 hotel stays associated with this trip.  First I had to pay for but it includes a park and fly option $176 dollars.  Cost to park at the airport for our cruise would of been $100. so hotel is really only costing us $76.00. The alternative would be to drive to the airport around 4AM to catch our flight.  Our hotel before the cruise I used IHG rewards points for a free stay.  For our Post cruise hotel I am using my 1 free  Marriott stay per year that comes as a credit card reward. 
    Now for the little extras that I decided would help us enjoy the cruise a little more.  I did try for a Royal Up and was successful in getting a Balcony room upgrade cost $600.00. In addition to the Royal UP I did get the unlimited pictures on a Thumb drive for $249.99 ( I think its been changed to a digital download instead).   I also purchased the VOOM surf and stream, as my Wife and I will have some work that we must do while on the cruise, I purchased the 2 device plan when it was on sale for $20.99 a day. 
    Since we will not be getting any drink package I bought the 12 1 liter water bottle package using our OBC for $46.02 with the service charge included.  
    As far as Shore excursions go we only booked 1 thru RC the Arawak aqua park and Dragon's Tail Coaster single ride Combo for $33.00 each total cost 99.00  I booked a Bernard SXM Island tour 1 for our port call in St Maarten for $100 total. $40 per adult and $20 for my daughter.  
    If I can get our flight changed on the way to FLL I will look into booking a Jungle Queen river cruise in FLL so my wife can get some nice pictures along the river and canals. 
    More to follow...
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    ama537621 got a reaction from JennyB in WOW Bands   
    I have not decided to get one for our cruise on Sunday or not. If I get one it will be for my daughter to use she is 5 and would be excited too be able to open the cabin door with it.  
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    ama537621 got a reaction from JLMoran in Harmony of the Seas 4-28-2019 Cruise on a budget   
    I will be trying to  BLOG our upcoming cruise this weekend.  I am attempting to do the cruise on a budget but still get a few additional items.  
    I will start with the ways that I saved money when booking the  cruise and hotels and airfare.  The cruise was purchased with the full cost first ticket,  My wife was at a 60% discount and my daughter was free with the child sale free promo.  Total cost for interior GTY for 3 people including gratuities, taxes,  and port fees $2073.72 With $50 OBC
    Airfare cost $25.00 per person.  I used airline miles to get us the tickets for almost free. I do love the airline miles credit cards (tip buy everything on it and the miles add up fast.   There is a down side to this, we have a 5 hour layover on the way down and a 7 hour layover on the way back and we need to stay in MIA 1 night after the cruise.  I might be able to get our flights changed the day before we fly.  I will advise if I have to pay a change fee or not.
    We will have 3 hotel stays associated with this trip.  First I had to pay for but it includes a park and fly option $176 dollars.  Cost to park at the airport for our cruise would of been $100. so hotel is really only costing us $76.00. The alternative would be to drive to the airport around 4AM to catch our flight.  Our hotel before the cruise I used IHG rewards points for a free stay.  For our Post cruise hotel I am using my 1 free  Marriott stay per year that comes as a credit card reward. 
    Now for the little extras that I decided would help us enjoy the cruise a little more.  I did try for a Royal Up and was successful in getting a Balcony room upgrade cost $600.00. In addition to the Royal UP I did get the unlimited pictures on a Thumb drive for $249.99 ( I think its been changed to a digital download instead).   I also purchased the VOOM surf and stream, as my Wife and I will have some work that we must do while on the cruise, I purchased the 2 device plan when it was on sale for $20.99 a day. 
    Since we will not be getting any drink package I bought the 12 1 liter water bottle package using our OBC for $46.02 with the service charge included.  
    As far as Shore excursions go we only booked 1 thru RC the Arawak aqua park and Dragon's Tail Coaster single ride Combo for $33.00 each total cost 99.00  I booked a Bernard SXM Island tour 1 for our port call in St Maarten for $100 total. $40 per adult and $20 for my daughter.  
    If I can get our flight changed on the way to FLL I will look into booking a Jungle Queen river cruise in FLL so my wife can get some nice pictures along the river and canals. 
    More to follow...
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