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About wstephensi

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  1. TIPs in many restaurants started suggesting 18% around the time of the "Great Recession." The explanation for the increase was that servers deserved an increase in wages. But if the meals continue to increase then their compensation increases. 15% of $100 is $15. 15% of $120 is $18. Same service, same time at table, same meal, the server made more money. I still TIP 15% most of the time. More for exceptional service, less for terrible service. As far as crew is concerned my TIPs are not percentage based so I pay the required/recommended and a little extra cash for good service at the end of the cruise.
  2. Wait. My professional medical recommendation. Also my mother in law had back surgery weeks before we were to go on a cruise with her. We begged her to cancel. She refused. The drive down about did her in and she was a mess for the entire cruise, enjoying nothing. Her pain required many visits to sick bay.
  3. You can have a similar experience by waking up around 0430 or 0500 and walking around the ship. Dark in many areas and very quiet.
  4. Looking at proposed COVID precautions in Disney parks. Trip may not happen. August is bad enough, but masks and lines with distancing and no shade. We have some tickets that expire in Dec. 2020 that Disney has not announced that they plan to extend to 2021.
  5. Going to Disney for 2 days in Aug. Then leaving on a Monday morning to drive to Port Canaveral for a 4 night Mariner cruise. Driving to Orlando on Friday morning. Driving back home on the following Friday. I think this will be fine for me and my family. Done it the other way around. Too busy and tiring. Going to see if this way better.
  6. 331 since Harmony of the Seas. 103 until Mariner of the Seas.
  7. Is not the 125% FCC aimed at countering price difference when you rebook?
  8. Allure several years ago was great. Harmony this past summer, not so much.
  9. One adult per room is correct, but they do make an exception for connecting rooms, non-connecting rooms adjacent to the adults, and rooms across the hall from the adults. I have booked several cruises with the kids in connecting rooms, adjacent rooms and our next cruise will have the kids across the hall. I have also been required, when the kids were younger, to book with one kid with each parent even in connecting rooms. That being said at twelve years of age, I would not have placed my children so far away from me. My youngest would escape from Adventure Ocean when she was younger, I would have hated to see what trouble she would have gotten into if we were not close enough to check on her.
  10. No. That is on you. Lots of Taxi's at the port and they take you right to entrance. There is also a water taxi that leaves from close to the port, but the Atlantis dock is a little bit of a walk up to the resort.
  11. You can book a day excursion direct from Atlantis. I'd book on the Atlantis site prior to your trip. I tried to get into the Dig several years ago, but it was sold out on the ship and at the Atlantis box office.
  12. As all my cruising stress is on embarkation day, my recurring cruise "nightmares" deal with getting the family on the ship, children left at the terminal, lost children on the ship, can't find my cabin and watching the ship sail away without me. Some how this happens all in one dream. I'm sweating just thinking about those dreams. 😅
  13. I've done it. Limited on where you can go and what you can see. But you can go to shops, casino, and restaurants. Taxi or ferry. We have done both. Not sure you can or should (think safety) walk there.
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