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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Mikeb1892 in First Timer, Unlimited Dining?   
    We almost bought the dining package for our first cruise and honestly didn’t miss it.  It was a 7 night cruise and the main dining room was excellent.  We made sure to go to the two formal nights and a couple of others. There was a night where we were just too full and didn’t feel like eating (grabbed a late slice of pizza at Sorrentos).  The last night we celebrated with a la carts Izumi.  I think for the first time maybe the 3 night package would be fine.
    And don’t forget the main dining room for lunch too!  Excellent food and service!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Matt in CoronaVirus what's next ?   
    I’d still go.  Washy Washy!!!! 🧼 🧼 🧼  
      

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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from coneyraven in CoronaVirus what's next ?   
    I’d still go.  Washy Washy!!!! 🧼 🧼 🧼  
      

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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from ellcee in CoronaVirus what's next ?   
    I’d still go.  Washy Washy!!!! 🧼 🧼 🧼  
      

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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from SteveinSC in CoronaVirus what's next ?   
    I’d still go.  Washy Washy!!!! 🧼 🧼 🧼  
      

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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from LizzyBee23 in CoronaVirus what's next ?   
    I’d still go.  Washy Washy!!!! 🧼 🧼 🧼  
      

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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from FManke in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Neesa in RCCL VISA   
    We don’t have the Chase Sapphire Reserve but have a close friend who loves it for the travel- I believe it gets him into airport lounges as well.
    We have the Delta Amex.  I’m not sure what the foreign transaction fees are but we always paid cash.  We travel with kids a lot and the free checked bags (I’m not a light picker) and yearly companion ticket are worth it for us. 
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from sk8erguy1978 in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Kathleen in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Neesa in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Still feel like I'm on the boat...   
    We had quite a rocky cruise this time (all the way forward deck 10 didn’t help either) but neither my husband or I get seasick so it was fine.  What was bad was the motion on land!  At ports I couldn’t wait to get back on the ship to feel normal.  Took me about 5 days before neither of us could feel the ocean waves.  While it was annoying I was sort of sad to see it fade as it was the last reminder of our cruise other than the pictures and souvenirs...
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Still feel like I'm on the boat...   
    We had quite a rocky cruise this time (all the way forward deck 10 didn’t help either) but neither my husband or I get seasick so it was fine.  What was bad was the motion on land!  At ports I couldn’t wait to get back on the ship to feel normal.  Took me about 5 days before neither of us could feel the ocean waves.  While it was annoying I was sort of sad to see it fade as it was the last reminder of our cruise other than the pictures and souvenirs...
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from KristiZ in Just a little thanks :)   
    I agree as well.  I went on my first cruise this past January and felt so well prepared from all the advice.  I never felt judged or that I was asking an annoying question.  I talked to several other first timers on our cruise and they felt lost and overwhelmed (I recommended this blog for next time!). Thanks everyone for the guidance- it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.  Looking forward to Symphony again next year!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from ellcee in Deluxe Beverage Package - Symphony   
    $57 for my sailing last month.  That was the best I saw after daily stalking.  
     
    Definitely got my money’s worth and never had any ill effects the next morning (and I’m not a drinker) between a coffee in the morning, a few cocktails throughout the day, and unlimited water bottles.
    Boleros makes some of the best drinks on the ship- definitely do the coconut mojito!  🌴 🥥 
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in First Timer, Unlimited Dining?   
    We almost bought the dining package for our first cruise and honestly didn’t miss it.  It was a 7 night cruise and the main dining room was excellent.  We made sure to go to the two formal nights and a couple of others. There was a night where we were just too full and didn’t feel like eating (grabbed a late slice of pizza at Sorrentos).  The last night we celebrated with a la carts Izumi.  I think for the first time maybe the 3 night package would be fine.
    And don’t forget the main dining room for lunch too!  Excellent food and service!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Deluxe Beverage Package - Symphony   
    $57 for my sailing last month.  That was the best I saw after daily stalking.  
     
    Definitely got my money’s worth and never had any ill effects the next morning (and I’m not a drinker) between a coffee in the morning, a few cocktails throughout the day, and unlimited water bottles.
    Boleros makes some of the best drinks on the ship- definitely do the coconut mojito!  🌴 🥥 
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Deluxe Beverage Package - Symphony   
    $57 for my sailing last month.  That was the best I saw after daily stalking.  
     
    Definitely got my money’s worth and never had any ill effects the next morning (and I’m not a drinker) between a coffee in the morning, a few cocktails throughout the day, and unlimited water bottles.
    Boleros makes some of the best drinks on the ship- definitely do the coconut mojito!  🌴 🥥 
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from KristiZ in First Timer, Unlimited Dining?   
    We almost bought the dining package for our first cruise and honestly didn’t miss it.  It was a 7 night cruise and the main dining room was excellent.  We made sure to go to the two formal nights and a couple of others. There was a night where we were just too full and didn’t feel like eating (grabbed a late slice of pizza at Sorrentos).  The last night we celebrated with a la carts Izumi.  I think for the first time maybe the 3 night package would be fine.
    And don’t forget the main dining room for lunch too!  Excellent food and service!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Smurfy in It's official, my first cruise is booked!!   
    Congratulations!  You will love Oasis class!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in It's official, my first cruise is booked!!   
    Congratulations!  You will love Oasis class!
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Neesa in Wow bands...   
    We just got off the Symphony earlier this month and used the Wow bands.  You had to buy them on board (Bolero’s on our ship).  We went right away to avoid the line which did form later.
    I enjoyed it as I did not have pockets on most of my outfits.  Much of the time I did not have to take it off but occasionally I did.  I did not find that inconvenient compared to searching through my bag for a sea pass or wearing a lanyard around my neck.  
     
    You literally use it for everything while on the ship- drinks, buying things as flash sales and at the souvenir shops, getting into my room, access to shows, ordering alcohol in the main dining room.  It worked for everything on Coco Cay too, including drinks.  The only thing I needed my sea pass card for was getting off the ship.
    If you have more than one of you in your party I would suggest getting a different color as sometimes mine and my husbands got mixed up.  This wasn’t a big deal- the bartenders usually laughed about it and we were never denied a drink.  When we did have to remove the bands the bartenders were great about telling us which was which.
    We will definitely use these again and saved them for our next cruise.  
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    MinnesotaCruiser got a reaction from Neesa in Coco Cay lockers   
    They are complimentary and located several places.  Check the map they give you with the cruise compass the night before.  I honestly let very safe while I was there.  We carried a small amount of cash as I wanted to shop at the straw market (we collect magnets) but other than this or tips you do not need money.  We went and swam but left everything on our chairs and I never had a second thought about someone taking my towel or my phone when we were in the water.  I don’t know if anyone else has had the same experience, maybe I’m too Minnesota nice!
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