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  1. Wow! Thanks to this thread I am now eyeing Nellie's Beach cabanas.. $400-$600 is outrageous for a couple when I think about it as coming from my own pocket but when the money is free, those cabanas are really calling my name!
  2. Is the UDP offered on every sailing? My November 2020 Oasis replacement cruise doesn't yet list it (although it does have 3-night and Chops+1). Do you think it's a matter of time before if shows up or do they not always offer it if dining sales are good? Possibly it's MIA because they need that $$$$ post COVID. I really got to liking the idea of having it on Oasis since it's a mini sailing and they have a ton of great options!
  3. I was happy to take the 125% on my cruise planner purchases as OBC! I had gotten the booze/voom combo on Oasis for $59/day on Black Friday and it's $59 for only the booze on my replacement cruise. At least it will help a little with that!
  4. Seeing Freedom waiting for us in San Juan on embarkation day!
  5. Thought this was pretty cool to see even though it's a Regent cruise ship! The cruise ship berths are way closer to the mouth of San Diego bay so it's very strange to see a liner cruising under the bridge. Look at all that vertical clearance! This is the Regent Seven Seas Splendor heading for a dock in the Naval Base at pier 13. .
  6. Saw this interesting youtube video from a casino worker on Oasis. Yesterday they were able to eat at JR!
  7. Rene, every time I see your name I take extra note as I am on this same sailing! I just booked a 4-night on Oasis for November today (refundable) just in case we get the boot too. Now I've beat those 5,000+ people to the next available 4 night Oasis!
  8. wow, I was at Disneyland yesterday and the place was PACKED even in pouring rain (continuously from 9am-4pm, unheard of in CA). I bet everyone thought it would be empty due to Covid fears, but we all thought the same thing.
  9. haha I am nervously going to Disneyland tomorrow but packing a couple 2oz hand sanitizers for after EVERY RIDE! also #stillgoing 53 days...
  10. Yep this is my thought. Sitting on my balcony off the coast of Miami for 2 weeks when I only paid for 4 days of cruising would be great! Even if I couldn't leave the cabin.. Sounds relaxing. I certainly wouldn't lose my job and have hundreds of hours of sick and vacation time, so.. hoping to still go!
  11. I am assuming this is piped in and not provided by live specimens?! haha Loving your blog so far!
  12. I was able to access drink and dining packages at 201 days (the day I booked) for Oasis. My Nav cruise in Jan 2021 is still 326 days away and does not show dining/beverage packages yet.
  13. I just looked into this and you can, actually! From HTL Rentals. $55 for the day. I was toying with getting one but the savings are minimal over the tour once you add Punta Sur admission and wouldn't include a guide or lunch or free tequila! So ended up with the tour after all.
  14. I am at 60 days till Oasis today and entertainment booking opened at noon PST! Got Aqua80, Frozen in Time and One Sky! Sorry CATS.
  15. Have you ever had experience changing the first night's reservation time? I finally pulled the trigger on the UDP for my Oasis cruise but the only time slot available to pick was 9pm. woof! We usually eat between 5-6 at home so hoping when I get on board we can mess with their pre-assigned reservation. While I'm asking! Have you ever had experience changing the first night's reservation place? Or do you have to go with whatever they've chosen?
  16. If I had to pick a port to stay on board from having taken this cruise in August (minus St. Maarten, of course), I would choose Antigua. The landscape was very reminiscent of California to me and the 2 beaches we stopped at on our circumnavigation of the island were not superior to the beaches we visited in St. Kitts, Barbados, and St. Thomas (St. Lucia we did the jungle). I love St. Maarten so I would've been so thrilled to add it... I do agree that this particular itinerary is exhausting since you don't have the break till day 7. Gotta get that relaxation in there somehow!
  17. I use cruisemapper.com for this! https://www.cruisemapper.com/ships/Celebrity-Summit-713 I only clicked on Halifax and Sydney but both of them are showing a port schedule for August 2020 and farrr beyond. Halifax you got the place to yourselves! Sydney not too bad!
  18. NO way!!!! Just comparing the "value" of price divided by number of days for certain classes of ships! I am not quite of an age to afford anything over a JS so I only look at those two variables. So if the price per day and total price look good I put it on a more refined list of maybe bookings.
  19. I have only sailed an interior as an 11 year old and even on a cruise with my very best friend we found the room lacking. AT 11. hahaha Suffice it to say I would pick 1 cruise/year with a balcony every time. On my 40-line cruise pricing spreadsheet I have not once priced a cruise for anything under OVB. I priced one Ocean View but it's only because it was on Empress and OVB isnt an option.
  20. I will be on that cruise too and am about to pull the trigger on the $96 UDP because I know Sabrina's fabulous blog will get me wanting specialty dining! We are only doing a OVB this time so no Coastal Kitchen for me (YET!)
  21. I feel the same way! I was so prepared for my first Royal cruise in August as the adult-in-charge because of these boards. I went on a Holland America cruise after that in December and basically got on knowing nothing since I didn't have the same resources. Turns out HAL is pretty lame so I've got two more RC cruises booked! Looking to add another in 2021
  22. Hahaha, my only non-negotiable hotel rules are white bedding and doors on the inside of the building - I think all Courtyards pass this rigorous test!
  23. So glad to hear that! Are you guys gonna stay in NJ tonight?
  24. It definitely sounds worth it to me! When I saw $96 at first I thought it must be per day. I'm on a mini 4-night on Oasis with 1 port day in Coz so I think I can get a lot of use out of it!
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