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  1. Im looking for a really comprehensive packing list and found this post. Gotta ask, towel clips. What is that and what do you use it for onboard?
  2. Thank you a bunch πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Got some reading to do tonight πŸ˜€
  3. Hi all! Visiting from Norway and going on our first cruise ever in late feb 2020 on Harmony. At the 29th we're visiting Coco Cay and I do not reaΓΆΓΆy feel that RCCL do a great job of explainig exactly what there is to do on the island (besides the obvious, paying for the slides, ziplines etc). So I'm turning to you. What kind of experience is this? We are not really into ziplining or ballooning. Maybe I can get my girls, aged 11 and 13, to get interested in the slides but I'm coming up short in finding a way to explain it to them. Is the waterpark/slides worth it or should the kids just hang out with us and... do what, exactly? I just bought day passes to the Beach Club for the entire family, because, I'm not really sure, it looked nice? What else is there to do on the island? I hope I don't come off as negative - just looking to gain some solid advice from the Experts πŸ˜‚
  4. Wow, you guys really stepped up! Thanks for the help πŸ˜€
  5. So we're going on a 7 night cruise in feb 2020 with a stop at Cococay. Neither the wifey, myself or the kids (girls, 11 and 13) are big on waterparks. So with that in mind, what else is there to do on Cococay if we choose not to buy tickets to the park itself? /First Time Cruiser πŸ˜€
  6. Oh, you bet I will πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ /puts on his Big Boy pants
  7. Sounds very nice! Guess I'll book her one of those then πŸ™‚
  8. Thanks for the answers sofar. What, exactly, is a hot stone massage?
  9. Hi all! We're celebrating the wifes 40th with a 2020 7 day cruise on Harmony. As part of her birthday gift I'm considering buying her a 1 hour massage but I'm not sure which one to pick? Any suggestions/input? Those availabe seems to be swedish, elemis deep tissue, aroma stone, bamboo, thai herbal...
  10. Thanks @Matt - or Mange takk/Flott/Kjempefint as us norwegias say πŸ˜€ Quite close to our hotell as well, looks like a keeper!
  11. Thank you very much! It's equally about the experience as much as the shopping itself so I'm sure Millenia will do just fine (I've looked it up online). The thing is, here in Norway, clothes are expensive. A good pair of Levis can run you between $100-200 and if I remember correctly from our last trip to NY - clothes where much cheaper than that. Thank you for that! Great read πŸ˜ƒ Really? Gotta remember to ask our travel agent about this. We actually put down the deposit yesterday, so... yay!! Wow, never heard of that?!? That's good to know, for sure πŸ˜ƒ
  12. You make some valid points, for sure! I feel more and more confident that skipping the rental for the first few days is the right decision! Oslo is a beautiful place to visit, no doubt about that! And nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our country πŸ˜ƒ We live a couple of hours drive north from Oslo, near a small town called RΓΈros - most known for it's inclusion in the World Cultural Heritage Foundation - it's an old copper town with lot's of history, old buildings and a beutiful church. And if you love you som swedish children literature in the form of Astrid Lindgren - most of the outdoor scenes from the Pippi Longstockings movies were filmed in RΓΈros in the 70s 😁 Norway is a beutiful country to explore, but it can get expensive... I actually wrote the hotel today and asked about shopping and transportation πŸ˜ƒ And as we are inexperienced RC'ers I guess we ought to stick with the "official" tours. From what I've read so far that will do plenty for us. Thanks a lot for the other tips! All the advice point to the same conclusion, skip the rental! And I guess we've now narrowed it down to either Millenia or the Orlando Premium. I gotta say, I'm a bit overwhelmed of all the friendly advice. Thanks a lot guys and gals πŸ˜ƒ
  13. Thank you for that one! I am building a travel guide for myself and the family and a laminated copy of this has surely earned its place somewhere in there πŸ˜€ I mean... I'm not really sure where to start. A great, big thank you for that post!! When it comes to shopping. We live in a small, rural community with roughly 20k people in our general vicinity. There really aren't a lot of shopping opportunities around here, to put it mildly. We had our best shopping experience when we visited New York a couple of years ago and took a trip to the Woodbury Common Outlet and spent a day rummaging around the stores there. We are basically looking to ape that experience, if available. If you wouldn't mind asking your sister for advice I sure would appreciate it πŸ˜ƒ And on a side note, if people are as friendly on the Harmony as on this board, I guess we're in for a great time 😎 Wow, thanks for that advice! I googled for those outlets and parking seems to be a hassle, am I right? We are visiting in the middle of february. Could that make a difference or is tha parking an issue all year round? Well, the refreshment package, you say?!? That looks like something I should look into! Thanks a lot! Wow, great info there! I guess I'm mainly interested in cash games but I'm usually up for whatever is available. Good to know that the option to have som fun, pokerwise, is there πŸ˜ƒ I guess the stakes are larger than what I'm usually playing but when in Rome... Thanks a lot for the information! I mean, it looks like our travel agent has booked a car for us for 4 days. Since we are gonna be spending two days in the Universal Parks I do not really see the need for a rental for the entire stay. I mean, taxis should get us to the malls/outlets without major hassle, right? And on the plus side we don't have to worry about parking etc.
  14. Hi all, And what a treasure trove of information this blog/community is!! I almost feel like firing our travel agent but Matt seems to lik'em so I guess we'll give her a shot. We are going from Norway to Orlando in february 2020 to cruise on Harmony for seven days and we're practically giddy with expectations. However, I have some questions/musings that I would really appreciate if you would help me sort out. 1. Tipping. In Norway we rarely tip, except for at restaurants. But I get the sense that you tip everyone, and their grandmother, in the US. And I get why, with minimum wage being what it is and all. But, I would really like some useful hints at who and how much I should be tipping when we are vacationing in the US. Not just when we are on Harmony, but really society-wise. 2. We begin our trip with four nights at the Universal Cabana Bay Resort where we plan to spend two whole days visiting the parks. One day is reserved for visiting, preferably just one, large shopping mall/outlet in the area surrounding the hotel (the wifey and two girls aged 11 and 13 love shopping for clothes, sigh). Any suggestions for shopping malls where we can spend an entire day? And also, suggestions on how to get there and back to the hotel? Rental car? Taxi? Uber? 3. How do you go about asking the hotell staff for available, and free, room upgrades? Is that really a thing or just something that exists in the movies? And now for some Harmony-related questions. 4. Shore excursions. I've tried to read up on those but it's a jungle. Are we better off going with the RCCL approved ones or should we branch out and find local ones? How does one go about doing this? 5. We are not big drinkers, the wife and I, so we're not really interested in the drinks packages. However, I guess I wouldn't mind at least one beer, or drink, once in a while. Are there any free alcoholic drinks included or are we gonna be paying for those? Any particular bar onboard that you would recommend? 6. Poker. I enjoy the occasional home poker game and recently found out that poker might be available onboard Harmony. It's not really that I want to spend the entire cruise gambling but it could be a fun divertion, some day at least. Any input on how the poker games work onboard would be helpful. I know my way around a poker game but I rarely set foot in a casino. 7. Any other tips or hints that you think could be helpful for a couple of Norwegian first time cruisers would be most appreciated! And as always, beware the mΓΈΓΈse bites. They can be really nasty. /TotalF
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