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Everything posted by MikeK

  1. One of the main reasons you get a passport for cruising is to have it in case of an emergency. Leaving it in your room is defeating that purpose. Take it with you and protect it well. The hoops you will have to jump through without your passport is not worth it. If all the cruising you do is a closed loop cruise you would be better off saving the $200 for the passport if you don't take it with you.
  2. If one of your kids were to misplace their card and someone else tried to use it the cameras will pick it up (there are cameras everywhere) If some were to try and purchase a big ticket item, jewelry store, the clerk will swipe the card and the card holders picture will come up. It is not like the bad guys can get in their car and escape. You can put spending limits on cards.
  3. be room for anyone who isn't suite or diamond.
  4. You might try the Viking Crown lounge on deck 14. Great view but not sure any place is quieter. The suite lounge and the diamond club are both up there but there should
  5. Since I pay my RC card completely off every month I use mine to buy any large purchase. I don't get the double points but even with single points it adds up.
  6. you are correct. I also emailed them for my reservations but I always like to confirm and don't assume anything.
  7. We stayed in Loft Suite on the Harmony April. This wasn't our first Loft Suite stay or suite cabin so we pretty much knew what to expect. Go to the suite lounge/Ck when you first get on board and eat lunch at the Ck. Lunch started about 1130 so we sat in the suite lounge until then. Visit the suite concierges while your waiting for lunch to set up any reservations you might need like the comedy club. Then walk over to the Ck concierge and get your times you want to eat there. I didn't care for the lobster recipe so next time i will eat lobster at MDR. Our cabin was right next to the elevators so I would take a quick trip in the suite lounge in the mornings for a sweet roll and coffee. If you have a large travel coffee cup and have room bring it with you it will come in handy for the quick trips to the suite lounge.
  8. We also use Jacki. She is a nice lady and is always there for us.
  9. On our last cruise a Large family in line (right in front of us) waited till it was their turn to start searching for paperwork. Needless to say it took them forever to get it all together. There are only 4 things you will need to check in. 1. Passport or certified birth certificate with picture ID. 2. SetSail pass (it is better and faster to have a printed copy instead of off your phone) 3. Original Vaxx card. 4 Proof of negative covid test. (again it is better and faster to have a printed copy. Use the one on your phone as the back up) Paperclip or attach these together in some way for each individual
  10. We will be leaving in July on the Mariner at pier 5. I have never been to pier 5 so wondering if anyone else has left out of that area? Is the luggage drop off in the parking garage or out by the ship. Is the parking about the same as the RC pier? Are there clear signs directing to parking etc.?
  11. Swinger of the Seas. They could decorate it with pineapples.
  12. Most cruise terminals have a suite waiting area and an area for other cruisers. If you are there early when they call for suite boarding you will be able to board with the suite cruisers. To be in the terminal when they call for suite guest you will need to set your check in time as early as possible. As a suite guest you do not get priority time for check in. You will have to fight for that time like everyone else. Check in and boarding are two separate things.
  13. That would depend on what side of the room your bed is on. If I'm not mistaken some rooms the bed is closest to the bathroom and others the couch is closest to the bathroom. Don't know if your familiar with the website Cruise Deck Plans and Database but it has videos or pictures of most all the rooms in the RC fleet.
  14. On my last 10-15 RC cruises I have been using suites. Although we have't had to share a room with kids (couldn't afford it when kids were little) we can tell you once you get used to the suite life it is hard to go back. The perks might seem subtle but put together over a 7 day or longer cruise it adds up to a better time. In your case if you can afford to get connecting rooms it will make a difference not having to share a bathroom with 4 people. Good luck and don't try and do it all. Your on vacation!
  15. We were on the Harmony April 3rd and stayed in a loft suite. There was an outlet on the right side of the bed and I used it to plug in my Cpap. I did not need an extension cord.
  16. Another option for lunch when you get on board is the Solarium Bistro on deck 15 at the very front of the ship. It would be wise to go directly there when you get on the ship because the tables fill quickly.
  17. We were on the Harmony April 3rd cruise and didn't care for the lobster this time. The coastal kitchen cooked it different so I though I would give it a try. I want do that again. Next time I will skip the CK and eat in the MDR for lobster night.
  18. Relatively intelligent people are not allowed on the ship. Only smart people!
  19. Our early cruising days we usually got put at large tables with other families. A few times we got seated at some tables with people we didn't see eye to eye with which did't make for a pleasant eating experience. After that we would go to the dining room, with the maitre d that could change times or tables, and request a table for two. You will want to do this as soon as you get on the ship. This usually didn't change that day but the next day we would get a note in our room what our new table would be. The MDR is on 2 or 3 decks so they only have one deck where they do this the first day. Also when you get on the ship go to the dining room your assigned and walk in a find your table Yes you can do this. You might already be assigned a table for two.
  20. We are booked on the Odessey Transatlantic in October 2023 so I would like to know how your cruise goes also. Thanks
  21. I was on the Harmony a few weeks ago and was in a CLS. We were able to sit in the reserved area at the Aqua Show. Someone made a mistake. The only thing we needed a reservation for was the comedy show and the suite concierge made that for us.
  22. I totally agree but that's part of the problem. My last cruise out of Port Canaveral, we arrived on time and there were about 6 lines out side in the covered area by the doors that your enter to go through security check. These lines were checking for correct paperwork, vaccine cards , covid tests etc. even though when you get in for the real check in you will have to show it again. There was a large family in from of me that finally made it to the check in and lo and behold they then started dragging out their paperwork. They were looking in purses, backpacks, carry-ons for the paperwork. It took at least 30 minutes for them to do something simple. Wouldn't you think they might have had that ready way ahead of time. Like days before. It was a major cluster watching them scream at each other. Not trying to say we are perfect but we have all that stuff paperclipped together ready to go well in advance. If anything they should have been looking for it while waiting in line. It was comical and frustrating at the same time.
  23. I just got off the Harmony Sunday and I tried to get a WOW band the first day. The man at guest services told me they were not using them now. He said maybe in the future.
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