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  1. Happy Sailing!!! November cant come soon enough!!
  2. @Senga, Welcome to the blogs, Once you sign up for the email list, you will get thousands of them. They are generic emails, and will not necessarily equate to savings on your cruise. The best option is to frequently check the prices in your cruise planner. Watch those prices, and purchase when the item is a price you are comfortable paying. As others have noted, don't pay attention to the %off banners, they are percentages off the on board prices, and those can be fluid. Once you do purchase something in the cruise planner, continue to watch the price, because if it drops, you can always cancel and re-book at the the lower price.
  3. I may have laughed quite hard at this. This is my daughter to a T as well when it comes to her brother!!
  4. I can understand that. It's not as bad as you think though. There are many ways to get to the ports, and I found our ride on the shuttle pleasant.
  5. Nope, our flights were 4:30pm. Per the paperwork dispersed, everyone was given those tag numbers. This was out of galveston, so probably the distance to the airport played a role here.
  6. Thanks for reading along! I'm on two upcoming group cruises. I'll be on Odyssey Inaugural and the Anthem group cruise to Norway.
  7. When we got off Liberty this was the process. All transfers were given luggage tags numbered either 1 or 2. Luggage was placed outside the room the night before. Airport transfer disembarkment times were the same as the Pinnacles and Suites. We got off the ship at the required time, collected our luggage, we were pointed in the correct direction to the buses after asking port personnel. Once we got to the bus, we gave our names to the guy with the clipboard who checked us is, and we hopped on the bus. Luggage was loaded by the driver. That being said, I wholeheartedly agree, just remain on board!
  8. Small world!! It’s not often you find people from Scotia. Thanks for reading along. I’m glad you found it helpful! Enjoy the warm side of the country!!
  9. Here is a copy of the email from the concierge on Liberty which will be similar Access to use of the Suite Lounge, located on Deck 14 Aft by using your GOLD colored Seapass card.· Continental breakfast and specialty coffee is available inside the lounge daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on sea day & 7:00 am to 9:00am on Port days.· Complimentary bar setup and Hors d’oeuvres, petit fours is served inside the private lounge every evening before and after dinner from 4:30 pm to 8:00am. (Selected Beers, Wines and Mix drinks are available to be consumed at the lounge)· Daily snacks available inside the Suite Lounge by noon time until 3:00pm· Daily dining room menus displayed at the lounge and assistance on pre-ordering for your dinner wine.· Complimentary pressing on the first Formal night only and one set per person only.· Full Dining Room menu for room-service complementary daily privilege.(Available during Dining Room open hours only & dial 1012 for room service to place your order)· Reservations assistance for our specialty restaurants, shore excursion and spa appointments.· Business services such as copies, printing and etc.· Reserved VIP seats for production shows located at Deck 4 Platinum Theater & Ice shows located at Studio B, Deck 3. Seats will be reserved until 10 minutes prior to the show time and no need for reservation. (Please kindly show to Cruise Director’s staffs your Gold colored SeaPass card at the theater.) · Private exclusive breakfast at Chops Grille located in Deck 11 aft, daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Sea days & 7:00 am to 9:00am on Port days. Exclusive for gold colored card suite guests holders only.The Suite Lounge is a private lounge accessible on a 24-hour basis, with your golden colored suite key you will have access. The private lounge has been designated a smoke-free area. We respectfully request that guests observe a proper dress code when visiting the lounge (no swim or pool attire is allowed, footwear is required at all times). To ensure all our guests are able to enjoy this exclusive lounge we require that all guests 20 years old and younger must be well behaved and accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. We also kindly ask not to bring any friends or a family member who is not registered on the Grand Suite and above room category. FYI, the private exclusive breakfast at chops is the same menu as the MDR breakfast, its just held in chops so its quieter.
  10. Mine is pretty self explanatory. It's what I do. The number comes from when I created the handle years ago in college. It was my radio identification number at the time.
  11. I think that is the case price. They are around $22 at staples https://www.staples.com/Diversey-Oxivir-TB-Disinfectant-Cleaner-Wipes-160-Wipes-Pk/product_845335?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:845335&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=845335&KPID=845335&gclid=CjwKCAiAy9jyBRA6EiwAeclQhAlX80xp2VuqJSR96oDd4NB9MsT8sYfayrs2M4WFa4hh-buB8IlCYRoCk24QAvD_BwE
  12. Yup, check your cruise planner often. Pricing is very dynamic and will vary day to day, and sailing to sailing. General rule of thumb is to book at a price you are comfortable paying in the cruise planner, than watch prices. If there is a drop, you can cancel and re-book. By buying early, you protect yourself from the price increases. Historically prices increase the closer to your sail date.
  13. Thank you so much for the compliment. The funny thing is that we as a family (well, just us boys) are actually known for taking bad pictures. We are always getting instructions on our smiles etc...I have a well known saying in my family "this is my excited face"
  14. Exactly, Its a guess using as they describe in another article "back of the envelope math" based on assumptions gleaned from their financial statements for stock holders. Its an average across the whole fleet
  15. Here is a good article that breaks down the info you were asking about https://www.cruzely.com/heres-how-much-money-cruise-ships-make-off-every-passenger-infographic/
  16. Update!! Pictures from Belize! So I forgot that Heather had one of my cameras and was snapping away while we were in Belize. Unfortunately the battery died as we were getting into the caves, so we have nothing after that, but you will get the idea. We do have plenty of pictures, sorry for the very long post. After arriving in port, we were seated on old school buses for our ride to the caves. Out on our journey, we could see our ships way off in the distance. A lot of the housing looked like this. Many people had left years and years ago due to a hurricane, and many never returned, which has resulted in this run down look. Once we arrived at our site we actually had to change buses, because the road to get to where we started, went over a hill that was too steep that the original bus would have gotten stuck. All smiles before the trek. Then the reality that we actually HAD TO WALK SOMEWHERE set in and the kids needed a pep talk. This picture shows the route we took. We walked along the path all the way to the top, and then tubed back along the river. While on the trek, the guide pointed out things to us. These palm trees are what they make thatched roofs out of. Once cut, they last for many years and are completely waterproof. this tree had a termite nest in it. Another guide was trying to get people to eat the termites with him Johnny was apparently discussing something here, but we don't remember what he was talking about. You can clearly see the type and condition of the trail we were walking on. Its not a difficult walk at all. The hardest part of the trail is right at the beginning, when you go down some steepish stairs and walk across the river. We saw another passenger doing this walk with a cane, so its very doable for people who may have some mobility issues. Crisis over, and we carried on. He is a kid that HATES walks and even short ones turn into the Bataan Death March. All told the walk was about 20 minutes, and not fast paced. Now he is happy, we have reached the mouth of the cave. All saddled up and ready to go. Earlier I had mentioned that the guide referred to the temperature being "shockingly refreshing" Us from NY felt it was warm. Here is an idea how open the cave feels. The caverns are grand and the ceilings are high. "Should" not be an issue if you are claustrophobic. Here is a look at some of the stalactites. There are not too many fancy formations of flow stone etc, but there are some Looking back towards the mouth of the cave. Our guide Leny. She was great, our group name was the drunken monkeys. Each bus got its own team name to keep everyone organized
  17. Don’t worry about to corona virus. Regular flu has been much deadlier so far. Just practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often and you will be just fine.
  18. @SpeedNoodles, if you are referring to my list of ship facts, full disclosure, they gave us a fact sheet on Liberty at the end of the tour with all those details. I had started taking notes during the tour, but gave up part way through. I was thrilled they handed those out. I take it you didn’t get one of those at the end of yours?
  19. YMMV here. We did not get any tours on our Navigator Sailing and we were suite guests. We asked for a bridge tour while on Liberty last week, and were told no, and that the only way to get a tour was to book the All Access Ship tour which costs $$. The excuse given by the concierge was "security reasons"
  20. These stories made me laugh pretty hard. Best of luck with your surgery tomorrow. I hope for a speedy recovery. When you mentioned earlier how generous Heather was, here is a copy of her account from the cruise. Turns out she was more generous than we though! Thas some serious cruising money there!
  21. Interesting. I did not notice any difference with mine. ?? I was able to be completely Horizontal, and look around at many different angles without any issues.
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