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  1. Yes, we have paid for 3 cruises so far that way, I don’t like using my real card online or over the phone so I use pre-paids.
  2. I agree 1000% it is very sad and my hearts go out to the families of those affected but I would never let an uncontrollable risk jeopardize my experiences. My job will probably get me before any true life experience or vacation will and if something happens to me while on vacation it is what it is, I am living my life.
  3. Taking a princess cruise as our first cruise and not becoming addicted to cruising sooner
  4. After reading everyone’s experiences we will give MEI a shot for our next booking, we are still fairly new with cruising but are hooked now. Have used bigger sites for the “perks” but There is no real relation ship or do I feel that they would do what I am reading what the benefits of booking with mei would be. Now we just have to wait for details and itinerary’s for Wonder of the seas to plan for 2021.
  5. I 100% agree, we avoid the casino now because of the smoke, they would not see a impact if they stopped allowing smoking as the folks who would no longer gamble because they could not smoke would be replaced by people more then happy to gamble in a smoke free environment.
  6. It was with princess, the boat was boring, activities were lacking and the ones that they had were targeted for a much older age group (more a 60+ crowd) then me and my wife(at the time mid 30’s). The food was not good at all and the majority of people were stuffy uptight people. The excursions the ship offered were ok but again geared towards a older age group. We did make the best of it but we were both underwhelmed afterwards. The itinerary was good, alaska is beautiful however. in comparison we did Spectrum from Dubai to Singapore and it was night and day, there were so many activities we had a hard time keeping up. The boat had so much to do on it we did not get bored. The activities on the boat spanned multiple age groups. The excursions where better but we have also found better ways to do things not offered by the ship). People on the boat where much more laid back and we have actually made some really good friends from that cruise who are joining us on our Baltic next year. The food was better then the first but still meh. But we had a blast and are hooked now, we booked next weeks within a week of getting home. We are both very seasoned travellers and I think the some of the difference also comes down to realizing cannot hit as many countries as we can with cruising, we see it as a introduction to countries we wouldn’t normally go to and spend a few weeks at. So I think as we age we realize cruising is a very good option to see the world however the experience is everything to us.
  7. Our first cruise to Alaska was extremely disappointing (not on Royal) and it took 6 years before we did it again this May and it was amazing, our next one is in 5 days and then one next July in the Baltic(with another currently in negotiations with the wife), we absolutely love it and have been converted for sure.
  8. Thanks for sharing, we did Spectrum from Dubai to Singapore in May and absolutely loved the ship, it has kicked off our new addition with cruising as we have booked two additional since we have gotten back(with more in consideration) and with Japan is one of our favourite places to visit so with it thrown in it was great reading your experience.
  9. Personally cannot wait to see what itineraries it has, need to explore this part of the world more.
  10. we will be on Navigator for halloween and I have been researching like mad and it seems the ships definitely seem to do halloween specific events but I am not sure to what extent, this will be our 3rd cruise ever so we are excited to see what typically happens ( @Matt one of your great videos for us newbies would be awesome, something like "what to expect for halloween during your cruise" *wink wink nudge nudge 😄 ) Our ship will be at cococay during the day as well so we will see if there is anything special during the day... you may see two goofballs only in costume lounging at the beach LOL. From what I have seen via message boards and youtube there is usually a parade and people have fun with it, I assume there are other events but I have no idea. The app has not been updated for our cruise yet but youtube search shows us sort of what to expect during a halloween cruise. There really isn't alot out of information out there so it will definitely be an experience and my wife and I will make it rememberable for us regardless.
  11. not sure how that matters, it is a great costume no matter who is wearing it
  12. Great thanks, that is a awesome costume!!
  13. No plans on any weapons at all so that won’t affect us, can’t wait for the cruise it will be a lot of fun!
  14. We will be sailing during halloween this year and I am wondering if there are any restrictions any one knows about for them. Obvious things like offensive, too revealing etc are clearly not acceptable but I am more wondering things like masks or costumes that you are in (inflatable dinosaurs, foam full body costumes etc) are allowed or if they would be considered a security risk by on-board security? My wife and I love to dress up but don't want the fun police to tell us we cannot wear the costumes because of the above, We have some awesome ideas this year but depending on the above it could narrow it down pretty quick.
  15. That’s the picture she sent me but it is apparently the same shirt minus the necklace hahaha, I do a ridiculous amount of travel for work and she finds this stuff and orders it so it’s always a surprise when we get to travel together
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