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    Lovestotravel reacted to bretts173 in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    The simple fact is it is not your chair. 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from Hoski in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Thank-you!  Good to know!  I am less interested in swimming, and more interested in a nap with a view!!  ? 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from lambdabeta in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Thank-you!  Good to know!  I am less interested in swimming, and more interested in a nap with a view!!  ? 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from twangster in Bonaire thoughts?   
    Beautiful pics! 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Thank-you!  Good to know!  I am less interested in swimming, and more interested in a nap with a view!!  ? 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Thank-you!  Good to know!  I am less interested in swimming, and more interested in a nap with a view!!  ? 
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from melmar02 in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Thank-you!  Good to know!  I am less interested in swimming, and more interested in a nap with a view!!  ? 
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    Lovestotravel reacted to twangster in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    I like to help the greater cruise community.  
    I find a chair for myself that is available.  Then as I have observed an area for a while, I move chair hog stuff and return to my chair.  Some innocent person comes along and starts using the now empty chair.    Chair hog returns and confronts innocent person who can honestly claim they didn't do it, the chair was unused.  
    Walking to breakfast if I notice a series of hogged chairs that are still hogged when I return from breakfast I grab the towel and drop it off somewhere.   Chair is freed up. 
    I consider it a community service.  
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    Lovestotravel reacted to HeWhoWaits in Bonaire thoughts?   
    Bonaire is great for snorkeling and (especially) diving. Less to do in Bonaire than any other stop on that itinerary. Not much in the way of lazy day beaches and there isn't much to the town of Kralendijk. You might want to think of that port day as an opportunity to enjoy the ship with less crowds.
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    Lovestotravel reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Bonaire thoughts?   
    Bonaire is an amazing place to dive or snorkel....but if you decide to do either, I strongly recommend you do it from a boat rather than from shore.  The beaches on Bonaire (the ones I’ve visited, anyway) are strewn with dead coral and rocks.  It’s just not what we know as “pristine” beaches.  Under the water ?  Beautiful.  The beaches...not so much
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    Lovestotravel reacted to twangster in Bonaire thoughts?   
    We did a diving excursion in the morning and self explored on our own after lunch.  The town area is small with a few shops.
    We had an 8pm sail away that allowed us some later afternoon beach time with a sunset.  The beach isn't big and it's very rocky in the water but it suited our purpose.
    Coco Beach:




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    Lovestotravel reacted to mrp4352 in Bonaire thoughts?   
    We got off the ship and the local taxi company was offering a 2-hour tour for $25/person. We chose the south island option that took us to the salt flats, the slave houses, the light house, past flamingos and wild donkeys and included an option for time at the beach to extend the tour with no additional cost.  We had a sweet driver and really enjoyed the tour.
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from JLMoran in Captain Bob's Speed boat tour - Anyone done it? (St. Maarten)   
    Thanks for this!!  We were wondering the same about this excursion.  Sounds like a win!
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    Lovestotravel reacted to JLMoran in Captain Bob's Speed boat tour - Anyone done it? (St. Maarten)   
    Loved loved loved Capt. Bob’s tour! We did the “Most popular tour” (not named on their web site, but probably the same thing). You can find my review here:
     
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    Lovestotravel reacted to gtgtgt in Captain Bob's Speed boat tour - Anyone done it? (St. Maarten)   
    Well, if it helps, we've done Capt. Bob 3 times ?, and highly recommend it.  His boats are just a short walk from where you dock, so he's easy to get to.  He always gets you back in time.  I've always booked directly with him (that is, Soualiga Destinations).
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from carlosalonsor in Bugs?   
    Yeah, that would have been concerning!  I hope you were careful with your luggage when you got home!
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    Lovestotravel reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Bugs?   
    OMG!  Feeling super bummed out that 5pm is the first opportunity I've had all day to log in here to the message boards and this is such a good laugh!!!!
     
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    Lovestotravel reacted to raahc in Bugs?   
    I'm so glad I made you laugh because I still lol when I think of it!!!
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from raahc in Bugs?   
    Now THAT is funny!!!!! 
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    Lovestotravel reacted to raahc in Bugs?   
    I am with you and completely understand your fear @Lovestotravel

    I've heard horror stories from my friends of bed bugs in their hotel room and rental car that left them scratching their skin off.  We are super paranoid, but like @Lovetocruise2002 said, we try not to let it stop us from travelling. 
    Here's a funny story for you!  On our first cruise Oasis, we followed the same procedures we do for hotel rooms.  We left our suitcases near the door, stripped off all the sheets and inspected the seams with a flashlight, inspected the room and headboard and even behind the pictures.  We hurried up and put the bed sheets back together, and low and behold, knock knock!  Our stateroom attendant came to greet us!  Can you imagine?  She must have thought we couldn't wait to get it on .. ?
     
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from Neesa in Bugs?   
    Yes, that is a good proactive feature, as long as they wash it each time!  And, I always check the mattress seams.....with a flashlight.....my kids think I am nuts. ?
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    Lovestotravel got a reaction from raahc in Bugs?   
    I hate to even ask this question, but has anyone ever had a problem with a room not being clean or having.......well, the nightmare of all traveling nightmares....bedbugs?  I am super paranoid after a bad experience at a high end hotel 5 years ago.  It has taught me to meticulously check the beds of any hotel prior to sleeping in them.  I worry about the massive turnover of people each week on a cruise, and the lack of the ship to truly have a deep clean (with them turning over a new guest list each and ever week).  And, what would they do if you did find something?  Not like you could change cabins when they are at capacity.  Just random thoughts, 7 month out for a first time cruiser! 
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    Lovestotravel reacted to Allen2 in Bugs?   
    Had bed bugs on another cruise line.  Quite an issue!  Once you get a "supervisor" involved, they WILL find you a new room!  You are right to check, because no matter what the protocol, all it takes for an infestation is prior passengers bringing problem with them!
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    Lovestotravel reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Bugs?   
    I 100% share your fear of bed bugs.  All Royal ships have a strict protocol that they follow if they find bed bugs.  Can it happen?  Most definitely yes, but the crew moves pretty swiftly to clear it if there is a case of it. 
    How do I know this?  About a week or two prior to our Anthem Group cruise back in July, I had heard through FB of a reported case of bed bugs in the room right next to mine!  Needless to say, I was panicked.  Not everything you read online is true, but for someone like me, where in my job, bed bugs are a true reality, that was enough to scare me.  Anyway, I wasn't about to cancel the cruise but when I got on board, I did make it my mission to find out if it was true.  My stateroom attendant (who had both my room and the one next door) confirmed that yes, a few weeks prior there was a bed bug incident next door, exactly as I had read.  He then went through the entire protocol with us that they followed after.  According to him, after cleaning out the room from top to bottom, they closed off the room for a few sailings and then went back to check thoroughly prior to opening it back up. 
    The conclusion that I always come to is that unless I never want to leave my house, I will just do my due diligence by checking the beds, wiping things down, etc.  Not going to be able to avoid it 100% but it's not going to stop me from travelling either.
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    Lovestotravel reacted to Andrew72681 in Bugs?   
    I’ve never seen a bug at all in a cruise room. Because of the small environment they are usually meticulous about cleaning rooms as things spread fast. 
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