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  1. If you are swapping the same grade of cabin, no matter the deck, with people on your reservation you should be able to call your Travel Agent if you used one or Royal Caribbean if you did not and make this switch now. I'm guessing if it's very close (3 days or less) to your sail date they may ask you to do this onboard at guest services.
  2. I went to college at the U of M-Twin Cities. I always tell everyone about the coldest day I ever experienced while I was there....it was an unofficial J term (They didn't have J terms but my program did.) and the temperature was around -19 but the windchill was -54. I was walking from the bus stop back to my apartment when my eye started to tear up then it froze shut! It was a little scary but I was close to home and heat so I managed. Brrrrr. But the memories from college were THE BEST!
  3. Given their unpredictability as you know, be flexible. Given you live in the SE, you could probably change your travel plans easier than someone coming from Seattle to Florida. There are a lot of blogs from when Dorian (not the time period you are asking about but not long after) changed itineraries for people (just search Dorian on this site). Those would be good ones to review to see what you could experience should a hurricane be heading to your embarkation port.
  4. Are you trying to stay close to the pier to walk to it? I HIGHLY DO NOT recommend you do that. The pier is a long road without much walking area off of it. Plan to take a taxi/uber. Condado and OSJ are close and offer a short ride to the Pan American Pier where Freedom embarks from. RCCL cruises that depart from San Juan use the Pan American Pier that is NOT in Old San Juan. RCCL ships that are coming for a port stop use the pier in Old San Juan. This was true on 1/5/2020 when I took a FOTS sailing from San Juan, PR. Hope this helps! Have a great time!
  5. Probably as often as you want. If you want to a quick turn around on drinks, I would suggest you just sit at your preferred bar. You are not likely to get that kind of frequency from your pool deck chair.
  6. Here is a recent 12/31/2019 Cruise Compass from Adventure of the Seas for GC to help you. Of course this is all subject to change time wise but this should give you an idea:
  7. I think @CruiseGus is referring to Barrachina's as a luggage storage option in OSJ but the time is 9am. This may/may not be the best. A little while later you could drop off at the Pam American Port then leave to explore. I will say, it's quite a long road in and out of the port, one lane each unless using a taxi-they seem to have priority getting in with their own lane.
  8. @JBC1 Did you mean to attach something?
  9. We loved cruising out of San Juan in January-it was nice and warm. I should also note that we were there and cruising during the earthquakes. When we returned-no damage to be seen. We'd do a cruise out of San Juan again in a heartbeat. The Southern Itineraries are amazing though we only did the Saint's itinerary and cannot wait to do the ABCs one day. Flights can be pricey so book early and keep checking-we got lucky following these two points. Have a wonderful time!!!!!!!!
  10. It is extremely challenging to know what the running full price rate of a beverage package is and I think Royal does that on purpose. Unless you are D+, buy the drink package beforehand. If you are D+ buy it onboard is generally cheaper.
  11. I've found it to be key to get the electronic cards if you are playing. I also do not like that because I just feel like the electronic cards are like the slots-they are programmed. I prefer bingo with only the paper cards. I'm also annoyed by the price of bingo on a ship when it's half that at home for 3 hours of fun.....on a ship it's a waste of money. OK I know no one cares about that last point except me and my frustrations with it. There are so many other fun activities for me so it doesn't really bother me too much. I'd rather be on a ship right now frustrated about bingo than being at home in this nasty rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow junk we've got going on.
  12. I have only seen it on one of my cruses-FOTS last sailing before amplification. It was offered on Day 6 of a 7N sailing. I was not overly surprised to see it offered since this sailing was port heavy (5 ports for 6 days), after the Holidays (1/5 sailing), lots of families, and out of SJ PR. I felt like quite a few people were still getting drinks but of course there is no telling if they had the package or not.
  13. You should review the list of benefits, analyze the price, and decide if you feel the benefits are worth the price. The price is per person per day so I suggest you add it to your cart and see what the total is. Many people who are already looking to get an internet package sometimes find it's worth it to just go ahead and get the key....other's do not. I think it also depends on the ship you are going on, number of days, etc. What can be challenging is that sometimes (not always) the times for the activities such as Flow rider for the Key is right before a meal time or during a meal time. On some ships with some shows, reserved seats for the Key can be necessary if you do not want to go at least 30 minutes ahead of time whereas other times you can go up to the last minute and find a great spot. My husband have never found the Key to be worth spending money on but every cruiser is different.
  14. Also depending on your location, you could be in direct view of a ship camera like we were...but everyone has different comfort levels with their own bodies.
  15. Not to burst your bubble-but I hope you've looked into flights already. I am not sure when your cruise is but the flights from the US to SJ generally run high with several people complaining on the FOTS FB group that they see flights costing as much as their cruise. We got lucky with our recent FOTS cruise out of SJ-my recommendation is to check early and check often. I just wanted to warn you and your group of this so you can be prepared. I will say the Southern Caribbean itinerary is well worth it and Freedom is a wonderful ship.
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