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wstephensi

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  1. Taking Harmony in June. We have a JS. How and when can I make reservations at CK? The dinning space looks amazing on line and everyone's commits have got me itching to give it a go. My DD's, ages 17 and 15 are in an adjoining ocean view balcony cabin. Will they be allowed to join us at dinner?
  2. Do NASA! I don't know why I waited to my late 40's to do NASA. I grew up watching the end of the Apollo program. Lived through the Shuttle program. Drove by the Cape to and from collage several times a year in the late '80. Still I never took the time. I was blown away my first visit 4 years ago. My girls love it too and are begging to go again before our next cruise in June. BTW they are 17 and 15.
  3. I agree with this. The Sea Pass system can get you into deep pockets territory quick. After our first cruise in 1999 I thought we would have to join the crew to work off our bill. We have done better every trip since sticking to a budget. Also you can now see you charges on your in cabin T.V. on most if not all ships. This is very helpful. In 1999 they just put the bill in your room the last day to further your leaving the ship depression.
  4. I feel your pain. My oldest is graduating high school in a few weeks. She is going to collage in the fall as well. We are going on Harmony for a week after graduation to celebrate. We are a big Disney World and Cruising family. We have been going on cruises and Disney vacations since she was 3. I will miss our vacations together.
  5. I take my breakfast every morning on the balcony when we cruise. Before anyone else in the cabin is awake. I find the time peaceful and relaxing. I've watched the sun rise and the ship come into exotic ports of call. I reflect on the day that was and the day to come. Then I shatter the calm by waking everyone up to start the day.
  6. I always bring $100 for extra gratuities. I do prepaid/sea pass gratuities, but like to reward great service with a little something extra. I also like to tip the concierge if I use those services. Plus about $100 per ports of call. We do not do much local shopping or dining off the ship. On average between $300-$500 cash. There is an ATM on most ships.
  7. Take the deal. You'll like the extra space and perks and get double cruise points. Best deal we ever got was on Mariner in Oct 2007. In August of that year the GS price dropped to just $50 per person of what the JS cost was. I paid $100 for the two of us and moved up to the GS. Deal lasted about a week if I remember correctly. People were talking about it in the suite lounge on the cruise.
  8. Thanks. Happy that the snorkel gear is included. ?
  9. Now yo can buy your friends or family a drink. I think that is what I'm going to do.
  10. In years past the cabanas included two sets of snorkel gear. Is that still included? How do you get to choose a cabana? In the past we always got #1 and #2 (closest to the water at the old cabana location). Got a cabana on Chill Island in June.
  11. Been booking adjoining rooms for years. DD's get their space and bath and Mom and Dad get their's. Most of the times with 4 it is way cheaper to get two rooms than one of the larger suites or family 2 room suites. Now that the girls are older, our up coming cruise with adjoining rooms and balcony maybe our last. Girls may find themselves in an interior across the hall to save money so Mom and Dad can upgrade. Bring on the Grand Suite! We will have an adjoining JS and Ocean view cabin on Harmony in June.
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