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  1. I was able to book My Time Dining slots on our Cruise Planner for 7 people. We were aiming for around 6pm each night in order to accommodate showtimes in the evening. We have 3 cabins so I linked the reservations and just booked everyone.
  2. What was your time like at the Turtle Center? Were you able to swim in the lagoon with them? Looking at this excursion and Royal is light on the details! Thanks!
  3. I'm so enjoying your blog! We are heading out on Indy April 13th for the same itinerary with 3 grandparents in tow. This is giving me some great ideas and information! Where do you sign up for ice skating? I was thinking I had read that it was just first-come, first-served at Studio B when it was happening?
  4. I think convenience for us outweighs the cost factor.
  5. We will be a party of 7, 5 adults (3 grandparents) 2 kids (10 & 12) and we will have our minivan. In terms of ease of boarding & disembarking which is easier, taking an Uber from a hotel with free parking or parking at the port? Cruise will be 5 days.
  6. I know Grand Cayman is a tender port and I'm wondering what time is reasonable to book a non-RC excursion. We are slated to arrive at 7am and the excursion I am looking at is at 9am. If that is too early, what time do you think is reasonable so I can look at other options. We will not have the Key or any other priority departure and I know those with excursions through RC have priority. Thoughts? Royal Caribbean isn't offering what we want, Stingray City, Turtle Farm and Reef Snorkel. Thanks!
  7. I am considering this for our group. My husband and our kids (10 & 12) would love to snorkel but the grandparents (3 of them) will not want to get in the water. Thought this might be a good compromise. Did you think the time with the stingrays was enough? Was the Turtle Farm worth the time? Thanks!
  8. Can you tell me what strength these are? If you have an Amazon link even better! Thanks!
  9. Is it worth is just for better black coffee? I don't really add things to my coffee but I do like a premium coffee bean.
  10. Thank you!! I am just starting to research this as we didn't think we would be able to dive this trip. I do think we would be more comfortable with a boat dive and a guide as we don't dive that often so I like to feel like help is nearby.
  11. Has anyone used a RC or local tour provider to scuba dive in Cozumel? My husband and I are both certified divers and I see there is one option through RC but wondered if anyone had any other suggestions?
  12. That sounds like the perfect course of action! I may talk my mom into bringing her walker on for extra stability if she still uses it any by that time. Thank you for the feedback.
  13. Thanks! We are traveling on Independence of the Seas April 13-18, 5 day Western Caribbean stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. This is right after Easter so spring break for many and I'm sure it will be a full sailing. I certainly don't want to take a handicap cabin if someone else would benefit more (and my mother certainly would not!). It is mostly the shower that concerns me. Are you able to request shower chairs/stools (not sure they would fit!)? She has previously broken her hip and shoulder so she is a bit unsteady. She should be out of the boot in the next month or two and hopefully no longer using a walker by travel time so perhaps just trying for a cabin closer to the elevator would be the way to go. If anyone has cancelled passengers in a room I would love to know how that is handled.
  14. First cruise - We booked a 5 night on Indy in April for 4 people - myself, hubby and 2 kids. Now my in-laws have decided to join and they have a cabin. I'm considering getting my Mom a cabin and removing the 2 kids from our reservation and adding them to hers. We initially booked through a TA using some Hilton points and we were told that it would be find to use the gift certificates that we were expecting from a flight delay. Of course when I received the gift certificates they require a new booking with Royal directly. We were just going to save them for a future trip but now I'm thinking of cancelling the kids on our original reservation and booking a new reservation through Royal to use the gift certificates for my mom and the kids. Is removing people from our initial reservation an issue if final payment hasn't been made? Also, my Mom is 73 and has a history of falls (currently in a boot for a broken ankle) but she does not use a wheelchair or walker. Do you think a handicap room would be advisable? I'm mostly thinking about things like grab bars in the shower. The kids are 10 & 12 and are good at helping so not sure if a regular cabin would be fine. Thoughts??? Advice on traveling with grandparents? Especially those who really aren't big on heat, pools or beaches??? Thanks!
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