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  1. The Freedom was our favorite for quite awhile (7 cruises). Our most recent favorite has been the Symphony. An honorable mention goes to the Harmony & Odyssey too.
  2. Passing under the Verrazano bridge is kind of cool
  3. We’ve been on 4 cruises since the re-start. Other than limited Windjammer hours and wearing masks, things have been mostly normal. We are on the Explorer in December so hopefully things will be better.
  4. We always fly in two days before the cruise and enjoy the time sightseeing or relaxing at the hotel. Between weather and staffing issues nowadays, it’s not worth the stress of same day traveling.
  5. We usually get Junior Suites but on the Harmony and Symphony we get Grand Suites. There is no going back now.
  6. We’ve stayed at the Embassy Suites near the airport. They have a shuttle and allow parking.
  7. I usually get one plan for 2 or 3 devices, my wife forgets the passwords so login all of the devices with one password
  8. If you don’t notify Royal, you may not get the extra C&A points for being a solo traveler. Maybe someone can jump in here and answer.
  9. We’ve stayed at the Radisson in Cocoa Beach several times. The rooms are just okay. They do have some larger rooms with 2 king beds and a pull out sofa bed. The waterfall pool and pool bar are nice though. They also have several shuttle vans to the port too.
  10. You might check with Royal Caribbean special needs and see if they have interpreters available on some ships. I saw an interpreter on the Odyssey last March but they may have traveled with a group. I really doubt they have interpreters available but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. I know from teaching the deaf that amplification does not always help.
  11. Thanks for posting Matt! We had a cabana on South Beach in 2019 back when they were cheaper
  12. We always get a cabin near the aft elevators on deck 8 (Oasis class). We like using the Central Park to get to the forward elevators when we need to. We use the aft elevators the most (Windjammer, MDR, Coastal Kitchen). There hasn’t been noise issues being close to the elevators.
  13. We stayed at the Marriott Waterfront which is close to many things such as Pike Place Market. The Celebrity terminal is across the street. The Marriott had a contracted shuttle service that took us to the port.
  14. We usually book ship excursions too but the overnight stay gives you the flexibility to try something on your own the first day.
  15. We used a Blue Flag taxi (certified guide) on our first day. We used a guy named Millard Lightbourne, an older gentleman that was very knowledgeable about Bermuda. We had him for 4 hours on a personal tour of Bermuda. The trip cost was reasonable and gave us ideas where to go on our second day in Bermuda.
  16. Last February it was Nadja. I got an email on the Monday before the cruise
  17. That’s where I did the discover scuba excursion and got hooked on diving. Our Odyssey trip last month had Grand Cayman cancelled.
  18. Look at your cruise planner for that sailing and see if they have the PADI Re-Activate refresher option. Basically you will do an online refresher class then demonstrate diving skills in the pool on your first full day at sea. It is worth it because PADI will issue a new “C” card noting your refresher class.
  19. We have done 3 double points cruises in suites and will be at 331 points by December. Pinnacle is still a looooong way off though.
  20. Are you looking for a bargain priced hotel or a resort style hotel on the beach?
  21. Yes, I was on that cruise too and was watching us dock, it took the Captain 3 attempts to dock.
  22. Please post your experience in Bonaire after cruising in June. My trip is not until December though.
  23. I’m anxious to hear what others say about this place. They are my backup if the eMed tests don’t work. I’m flying to Ft Lauderdale tomorrow.
  24. We are on the March 26th cruise also. I’m planning on doing a shore dive with an outfit called The Dive Bus. There is a resort and casino next door called Sunscape. I’m hoping to get a day pass there for my wife to hangout while I dive. The reef is in front of the resort so the snorkeling should be good. Day passes are available for $112 for 10am- 6:00pm
  25. I always bring a travel size power strip (2 electrical outlets, 3 USB) and have not had an issue. It is in my backpack when I board the ship.
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