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  1. We did the Gumbalimba Park in Rotan. Was AMAZING! We got to interact with macaws and monkeys. We stayed behind to swim as it wasn't advertised in the booking but we brought our stuff anyone. Had the beach to ourselves practically. There was a guide who took us out to the reef for snorkling just for tips. It was by far the best place we've snorkled so far! Would 1000 percent do it again! Saw sea turtles, eel, octopus, tons of fish. Wish we had taken our guides card to share!
  2. We booked the Exclusive Cozumel Sailing Charter from Royal. I was curious about if anyone had done it as well. If I can remember, I'll post back our thoughts. We sail in April.
  3. Has anyone tried this excursion? Wondering if it's worth the money?
  4. Update: I ended up buy two places. We were on Harmony and I bought at the jewelry store that's right in the corner of the promenade. I can't remember the name of it. Great tip is buy on the first night! They have a great sale night one that won't be repeated. I went in and checked their sales every day. In Cozumel I went shopping with the ship's gal who takes you around. I was looking for 1 carat diamond studs. Didn't find those but found such a better deal with the night/day earrings. They are two in one earrings and were white gold and 1 carat! So happy I went!
  5. We were there in August of 2019 and the ship staff shopping gal said whatever you do don't go to the beaches because of the seaweed, it will be a waste of your day. We did see lots of seaweed but opted for the ruins and cenote swim. I agree, I don't want to do the ruins ever again but I'd for sure do the cenote.
  6. We booked an exclusive cozumel sailing for our April Cruise. Has anyone done this? Worth the money? Any tips to help us have a great experience?
  7. We did this in August. They won't let you touch the sloths but you may see in the tree. You can hold the monkeys and macaws. Bring along a tip for the handlers. ALSO, it's not advertised on the excursion but they have a small beach. We were really wanting to snorkel in Honduras and even tried to do 2 excursions just so we could. We notice that it said bring a towel and took the chance and brought out swim wear too. There was a guy sitting on the beach with no work because we had been diverted because of the hurricane and they weren't expecting us. He said he would take us on the best snorkel trip ever and we took him up on it. It was THE BEST snorkeling out of anywhere we've been so far. It was just my husband and I and we had a private snorkeling experience. He swam us out from the beach a ways to the reef and we saw the most sea life anywhere we went. We saw and swam with a turtle, saw tons of fish, eel, octopus, just everything. We tipped him $40 and it was WELL worth it. We want to go back just to do that again! They have buses that run all day until closing and we stayed until closing....lol We missed the last bus and one of the managers took us back to the boat!
  8. I got an email saying I needed to update my check-in. It's been that same message for me for weeks. I just called my travel agent and she took care of everything for me.
  9. That's exactly what I thinking, diamond studs! Where in St. Thomas did you guys shop?
  10. Are there jewelry shops on the ship? If so, are they good deals in general? Looking at diamonds and emeralds for my 20th wedding anniversary.
  11. Thank you guys! Looking forward to my first cruise! August is just around the corner!
  12. LOL....... Here is their quote: Mini golf, no management. just 100 people doing what ever they wanted on a small 9 hole course.
  13. Seemed odd to me to but it was a post in this group. I will quote it so you can see what I'm talking about. Sounds so chaotic and terrible.....lol Quote from post: Family of 4, me, wife (late 40's and 2 girls 12-17) My main take away is, RC has a line management problem. Overall, i didn't get the feeling Harmony was a gigantic ship. Seemed the same size as the Disney Wonder from 10 years ago. I mean that in terms of public spaces you could go. The difference to us was in the extra 5 decks of cabins. Making everywhere you went on the ship crowded and just one line after another. I call this a line management problem because RC either doesn't care, or doesn't know how to efficiently deal with this congestion. Embarkation was quick and easy. From the moment our Uber dropped us off at the terminal around 11:30am, to the time we were on deck 5 was maybe 15 minutes tops. This was not an issue at all. The problems started from there. All the people they have set up to do dinner reservations or excursion things we just painfully slow. There was no sense of urgency to move things along. And for every "worker" doing the actual work, it seemed there was another just standing by watching instead of trying to thin out the crowds. Drink Package was a great buy. Zero complaints here. Loved the top shelf booze. Between water, soda, wine, and drinks we easily got our moneys worth. But this is also part of the line management problem. Way to many bars had just one bar tender, and they were all working on island time. Again, no sense of urgency to help the guests. You had 2 strategies here. patiently wait for them to acknowledge you and make you drink. But then have 3 or 4 other rude guests jump in front of you buy yelling out orders to the bar tender. or, be one of the rude guests and just be the loudest person at the bar so they make your drinks next. there was no happy median. This was true on Coa Coa and all over the ship. Entertainment was awesome. Grease was great. Columbus was great. the Ice Show (something in time) was great. Both aqua theater shows were great. the stand up comics were great at both family night, and the adult shows in the attic. i will say at all these venues, the wait staff did a great job to get drink orders going. Food was good, not great. Jamie's Italian was the best meal we had. Chops was decent, but no where near the "high end" steak house the try to make themselves out to be. the quality of meat was just not up to standards with any steak house on the mainland US. Izumi Hibchai was good. Pretty much your standard hibachi experience. For what it was, wind Jammer, small bites, and the solarium bistro were great. Solid cruise / resort buffet food. Pools were way to crowded on sea days. It was just very gross people soup. Way to many people to try and cram into that space. Things to do on ship were ok, except the zip line. What a waste of space. Way to much work for a 10 second experience. But things like the rock wall, mini golf, and flow rider all suffered from the line management problem. One one occasion, i went to do the Flow Rider with my daughter, knew there would be a line. Was totally fine with it. The problem was, after waiting in line for 30 minutes, they just decide to stop allowing guests to ride, so the could do a 20 minute show of "tricks". this was 2 people before it was to be our turn. If the could have simply closed off the line, we and many others would have known not to stand in line and waste our time. These are the little execution problems that remain a memory of our trip more then then anything else. Mini golf, no management. just 100 people doing what ever they wanted on a small 9 hole course. Perfect day Coa Coa Cay was a tale of two swords. We spent the morning and early afternoon at South Beach in a private bungalow. This was well worth the money. There were the perfect amount of people for the space. We never felt crowded, and everyone got along. Except the bar. Again, only one bar tender and he could not keep up with the work load. Went back to a shouting match over other people to get his attention. the water park side was fun in the afternoon. For the most part, the lines were ok for everything but the highest lides or the family raft ride. The pool area was a big crowded mess. We decided to avoid the people soup and focus on the rides. St. Thomas was nice. Did a taxi ride to the shops down town. Was very enjoyable. Then paid a guy in a taxi to takes us on a tour of the island to see most of the views and sites. very enjoyable day on St. Thomas. St Maarten was the highlight of the trip. We paid BOB THE BOAT GUY prior to the trip for a 7 hour excursion, separate from anything RC was doing. We were matched up with 3 other people for a total of 7 of us in a 36 foot scarab with a captain and first mate. They took us to 3 separate snorkel / beach spots including Pinnel island. Allowed us to hook our phones up to the boats awesome stereo, and just had a kick ass time all day. Plenty of beer and booze for the day. Good food and great staff. Again, this was one of the best vacations days we have had in a long time. Disembarking the boat was easy. I paid the extra $25 per person for luggage valet. Put out bags out at 10pm Saturday night, and didn't see them until we picked them up at the baggage carousel at our home airport. this allowed us to leave our room at 8:00am, and we were through customs and waiting for our Uber by 8:20am. We made it to MCO by 9:30 for an 11:55am flight. very stress free. in closing, we had a good time. Just not great. Maybe the act of cruising where you book your trip over 12 months in advance, and you have so much build up to the rip sets the expectations so high. It was very hard to live up to all the youtube videos and podcasts. Again, it was 10 years ago, but our memory of the Disney Cruise was great. We do think if we cruise again, it will be on a smaller ship, and probably a Disney Cruise. We felt the customer service level, and food were just a notch higher with standards the RC. Enough that the extra $4k in price would have been justified. Thanks for reading. I will try and answer any questions.
  14. Booked my first cruise on Black Friday and got 60% off second guest instead of 50%. Also got a deal on excursions. My sailing was for April.
  15. Does anyone know if the Key covers mini-golf on Harmony for exclusive times? Heard the line is horrible and I do love mini-golf!
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