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  1. What do most people do when they go on excursions? Do you bring your phone or camera with you for pictures? Do you worry about them getting wet, or having it stolen if you leave it to go into the water?
  2. We are timeshare owners, and our points can be used at Holiday Inn locations, so that is good to know that this is a good location.
  3. Our cruise is April 21-26. I'm not sure we'd want to do anything like a water park. Even if it is a top of the line water park, my kids have never been to the Caribbean, so we'd prefer to have an experience that is uniquely Caribbean, like snorkeling or something like that. Plus, there are a couple of really cool water slides on the ship (Navigator).
  4. First cruise coming up next month, and the logistics of such things as where to stay before and after the cruise, getting to and from the port, etc, are really stressing me out! The cruise itself is not stressing me out. I'm looking for some expertise to help ease my mind, so if you have any experience of any of the following issues, it would be greatly appreciated! We will be leaving out of Miami on April 21 (Easter). We are looking at probably flying to Florida on the 19th or 20th (leaning towards afternoon/evening of the 19th). Looking at flights, it is about $100 cheaper to fly into Fort Lauderdale than it is to fly into Miami. It is also cheaper to leave out of Philadelphia than it is out of Newark NJ. We are about an hour from Philadelphia and about 30-40 minutes from Newark, so not that much of a difference there. Would we be better off staying in Fort Lauderdale or in Miami? I've seen people comment that they don't like the city of Miami, and that the beaches of Fort Lauderdale are much nicer. But when it comes to getting to the port, would it be much easier for us to get there from a hotel in Miami than Fort Lauderdale? Getting 6 people and luggage from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the port - I've seen people talk about the Go Airport shuttle over Uber for that many people. Will they take us and pick us up from wherever we need to go? Will it break the bank? Will we need a car to get around in either Fort Lauderdale or Miami for a day and a half, or will we be able to easily get around without one? We return back to Miami on the 26th. Would you recommend looking for a flight on the 26th, or to spend another night in Florida that night and flying home on the 27th? If we fly home on the 26th, I wouldn't want to book a flight that is so early that we cut it close getting there, but also not one that is so late that we have hours of sitting around with nothing to do. If we are booking a shuttle when we get back to take us either to the airport or a hotel, what time do we book it for if we don't know the exact time we'll be getting off the ship? Being huge cruise ports, I'm sure these details have been ironed out over the years, but it's all new to me, and I can't find any one resource that tells you what to expect in regards to getting to and from the ship. I'm really just looking for people's experiences in what they've done that worked for them, or maybe didn't work for them. If there's anything I didn't think of in my questions, feel free to add it as well. Thanks!
  5. Wow, I loved pretty much every one of those bands back in the day, and saw many of them live. I saw Trixter MANY times.
  6. It depends. When you booked, you should have been given the option to choose between 5:30 or 8:00 pm seatings, or to choose something called 'My Time Dining'. If you chose MTD, you can eat at whatever time you like, either by reserving in advance by the day, or by showing up at the time you want. Most people say there can be a minimal wait (up to about 15 minutes) if you just show up.
  7. Does anyone have any updates on the status of the new waterslide on Navigator? I've seen various things, such as the tubes kept getting stuck, there was a leak down onto the deck below, they have opened temporarily for testing but only for a short time... I'm hoping it will be all sorted out by our trip on April 21, they were what prompted us to book this ship over another option because my kids were excited by it. Just looking for news on this.
  8. Ok, now I have to ask - what are savory bites?
  9. We definitely wouldn't. If we eat an appetizer, we can't even eat our meal at all.
  10. Strange, because I thought the whole point of the surge protector is to protect against fires.
  11. It does stink, but was pretty much what I was expecting. I can see it being hard to manage, and people trying to get over on them somehow, so I'm not mad about it. It's not like there aren't other options, and if we are really in the mood for something different, we'll pay for 2 meals. Just stinks that there will be so much food wasted.
  12. I did message them on Facebook, and got the following answer: Hey, Joe. For our venues that have a cover, this fee is charged per person. We recognize this may not work for everyone, so we do have other options available onboard. You'd still be able to take advantage of our Dining Packages for more savings on your specialty dining experience. You can also definitely share with each other at our venues such as El Loco Fresh, Johnny Rockets, Izumi Asian Cuisine (at lunchtime), Playmakers, and more, where the menus are a la carte. You're also welcome to join us for any meal in the Windjammer and Main Dining Room onboard! -Kayla
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