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    cruisestuff got a reaction from markinct in Packing Cubes -- What brand / type do you all use for your longer trips?   
    I'm so [email protected]  😭 I know this response is really late, but I just wanted to say that I tried both methods and found the Pack-It Folder more space-efficient.
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    cruisestuff got a reaction from Skid in Packing Cubes -- What brand / type do you all use for your longer trips?   
    I agree. I like Eagle Creek packing cubes. They make normal ones and also compression cubes, in lots of sizes and colors. They also make toiletry bags and the Pack-It Folder for clothes you don't want to get wrinkled. They sell them at The Container Store and online.
    These are the Compression Cubes. They are very light and have a zipper on the edges to compress your clothes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This is the Pack-It Folder. It can fit 7 garments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         These are the normal Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. They are the sturdiest.

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    cruisestuff reacted to MarvinS in Just off Harmony & CocoCay - stray observations   
    Just got off Harmony on a brand new itinerary:  Port Canaveral, CocoCay (2nd time this ship visits here), Cozumel, Roatan (first time for Harmony), & Costa Maya
    Here are a few stray observations I had:
    1)  I did NOT purchase Voom, but discovered that if I simply connected to the Harmony-Guest wifi (for the app updates and schedules), I was easily able to send/receive iMessages to anyone, including those back at home!
    2)  The Stowaway Piano Man was on this sailing.  I had the privilege of riding the elevator with him!
    3)  First time Harmony visited Roatan.  The captain changed our arrival / departure times.  Roatan local time was 2 hours earlier that ship time (that remained on Eastern time).  Original ship scheduled time was 8AM - 5PM (ship time).  New schedule was 9:30AM - 6:30PM (ship time).  Evidently, the local vendors didn't want to be there at 6AM (their local time / 8AM ship time) to open up shops, so the captain delayed the arrival / departure time.
    4)  Got WOW bands for everyone in our group.  They worked extremely well, and could be used anywhere on the ship in lieu of a seapass card.  They also worked for entry into Thrill Waterpark on CocoCay.  Every station on the ship had portable readers that read either your WOW band or your seapass card.  This worked for everything from towel checkout to shops to entry into reserved shows & events.  You still needed your seapass card for getting off the ship, and for entry in the ports back onto the ship.
    5)  The Soda cups for the freestyle machines were the same old-style ones I've seen before.   I did see a few of the new ones (with straw and looped carry handle), but didn't know where they came from.  I had a boardwalk balcony cabin, so got complementary soda cups.  Even those that were for sale on board (with various drink packages) were only the original style ones...
    6)  There seemed to be professional photographers on the ship most every night, and not just formal dining nights.  I didn't recall seeing this many days with photographers and various backgrounds on prior cruises.
    7)  Did the escape room (and made it out with 5 1/2 minutes to spare!).  This event was extremely popular.  Spoke with someone in guest services, and they said the escape room was completely booked within two days (all days and all sessions) of it becoming available to book on the cruise planner.  Glad I booked it as soon as I saw it available!
    8 ) CocoCay - Two things: 
         A)  Plan on doing the "highest" waterslide and the slingshot ride as soon as you can.  With the volume of people on Harmony, the lines were extremely long (2+ hour wait for these two rides) past about 10AM.  The lines finally shortened closer to about 3:30PM to 4PM.  
         B)  The lockers in Thrill Waterpark were complementary to use.  Cost was included in the Thrill Waterpark ticket purchase.  You just found a open / available locker, put our stuff in, and locked it.  We could then open it and access our stuff, and simply re-lock it as needed.  I have no idea if lockers outside of Thrill Waterpark were complementary or not...
    9)  Cruise Director, Marc, was excellent!!!
    Overall, we had an awesome cruise!!!
     
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    cruisestuff reacted to JLMoran in Packing Cubes -- What brand / type do you all use for your longer trips?   
    I need to introduce you to my wife some day... 😉 
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    cruisestuff got a reaction from JLMoran in Packing Cubes -- What brand / type do you all use for your longer trips?   
    I agree. I like Eagle Creek packing cubes. They make normal ones and also compression cubes, in lots of sizes and colors. They also make toiletry bags and the Pack-It Folder for clothes you don't want to get wrinkled. They sell them at The Container Store and online.
    These are the Compression Cubes. They are very light and have a zipper on the edges to compress your clothes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This is the Pack-It Folder. It can fit 7 garments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         These are the normal Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. They are the sturdiest.

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    cruisestuff got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Up, Up, and Gone Away!?   
    Thanks! I'm going to CocoCay in 2020 and I didn't see it my cruise planner either.
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    cruisestuff got a reaction from Skid in Introduce yourself!   
    Hello everyone!
    I live in Virginia and just started using Royal Caribbean Blog.  I have only been on 1 cruise on the Allure of the Seas, but that was in 2012.  I am now planning a Western Caribbean & CocoCay cruise on the Symphony of the Seas in 2020. I'm really glad that I joined Royal Caribbean Blog before my cruise!
    😀   🏖️
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    cruisestuff got a reaction from JLMoran in Introduce yourself!   
    Hello everyone!
    I live in Virginia and just started using Royal Caribbean Blog.  I have only been on 1 cruise on the Allure of the Seas, but that was in 2012.  I am now planning a Western Caribbean & CocoCay cruise on the Symphony of the Seas in 2020. I'm really glad that I joined Royal Caribbean Blog before my cruise!
    😀   🏖️
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    cruisestuff reacted to melski94 in What's the earliest boarding time in PortMiami?   
    Boarding typically begins around 10:30.  It is a matter of making sure all the guests from the previous cruise get off and that assumes no customs/coast guard inspections.  
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    cruisestuff got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Introduce yourself!   
    Hello everyone!
    I live in Virginia and just started using Royal Caribbean Blog.  I have only been on 1 cruise on the Allure of the Seas, but that was in 2012.  I am now planning a Western Caribbean & CocoCay cruise on the Symphony of the Seas in 2020. I'm really glad that I joined Royal Caribbean Blog before my cruise!
    😀   🏖️
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