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  1. For what it’s worth our Lyft ride a couple of weeks ago did have to present driver’s license and open their trunk in order to enter the port so we could get to Harmony and right up to the terminal. Wasn’t a huge deal, but it wasn’t like other ports we’ve visited.
  2. Here’s the link from Royal’s site. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/notices/travel-updates
  3. We’ve on,ynever done two dinners at a specialty restaurant, so we’ve nearly always eaten in the MDR. We’ve done early seating, late seating, and my t8me and have never had a 2 hour dining experience. Sure, we’re a party of two, it we’ve never asked for faster service. From our recent experience on Harmony with the early seating, I think it boils down to people not showing up on time and not knowing what the want to eat. For our cruise, early dining was at 5:15 (though they announced onboard it was moved to 5:00 and didn’t change the signs ). The table next to us consistently showed up near 5:30 and then inspected the menu like they had never seen a menu before. Then to top it off, they ordered items from the classic section most nights. This table had cruised with Royal before and were Diamond/Diamond+ (they referenced their vouchers repeatedly). meanwhile we would show up by 5:15 with an idea of what we wanted, maybe ask a question or two and order items from the regular menu, the vegetarian menu, and the “secret curries” each night. Never were we there longer than 6:15 and one night was even done by 6:00. We never asked for expedited anything and never felt rushed. Actually, our server brought me extra things each night because he saw how much I enjoyed the Indian food. i wonder if people who feel the time is too long are also making a lot of customizations to their items and maybe those are being handled differently and takes extra time. I remember once I asked for poached eggs at breakfast in the MDR and they let me know it may take extra time. It was weird since the Benedict has poached eggs and didn’t take extra time, but they let me know it may.
  4. Well,this is a bummer. We had a 2020 cruise canceled because , you know. In 2021 we took a land trip to recreate much of the cruise and we enjoyed Bar Harbor for several days. We’d like to go back, but don’t need longer than a day there so a cruise would be perfect. Bar harbor is kinda hard to get to and there’s not much else around, so I guess we won’t be back.
  5. If anyone wants it, here are the cruise compasses from the cruise. It was a great one. @Matt or any of the Administrators are free to upload them to the site. The only complaint I had about the cruise was that we missed the water cannon show as we came into port(s). We had no idea it was the first time the Harmony visited these locations (or maybe the first in a while?). I wish they had announced it more since if they did, i missed it. Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11122022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11132022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11142022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11152022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11162022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11172022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11172022_CuracaoShoppingGuide.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11182022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11192022.pdf Harmony_CC_8N_SouthernCaribbean_11192022_DebarkationFlyer.pdf
  6. People certainly do drink the ship water and it’s great! For people who spend port days entirely off the ship, the bottles are an easy way to get water off the ship for the day and not have to lug multiple reusable bottles back to refill. We always take a few bottles off with us to have on those hot days while wandering around. It really depends on the port and what we have planned, but most days we’re back on the ship before lunch,so a bottle each works for us. While on the ship we get water and use the provided plastic cups at the station since we don’t like to carry a lot of things on the ship.
  7. I guess I need to go and trademark “Mouster” before Iger beats me to it.
  8. I agree, just let people do what they want since it doesn't affect you and is within the policies of the line. we've been going back and forth on our decision for the next cruise. It will be our first cruise as Diamond members, so we are just getting the soda package this time and not the refreshment package. We kept trying to decide if we want to take a 6 pack of bottled water for days in port, but we should get 4 waters in the room on embarkation day and can take them off the ship as needed and then refill them, using cups of course, to have water for other days. We've come to the conclusion that, for us, we don't need to carry the water on and even if we had to buy a few bottles, we're still way ahead price wise. I already have to lug my CPAP on board and adding water would be extra weight to carry up and down the steps the first day when the elevators are packed. Of course, after this one we may change our minds
  9. This may be a time to use a good TA, they can manage everything and work it through so that you meet your goals. Good Luck! I personally would not book something like this as a surprise since you never know what they may already have planned in thier life and haven't shared, maybe they want to "surprise" you on your cruise. In my opinion, it is best to just communicate things out and then everyone is on the same page from the beginning.
  10. This is another great instance where a good TA would be able to resolve this for you. I’d recommend using a TA if possible for this reservation and for future reservations. good luck!
  11. You should contact Royal directly or your travel agent. They will be able to provide the best answer on such a short lead time.
  12. Guess I've been out of the loop, but heard a news story about how there is still some unrest in Haiti and wondered if Royal was still stopping there. Has anyone with cruises in the near futre (or recent past) had any changes? The state department has hadit as a Leve4: Do not travel. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Haiti.html
  13. We've never heard them say the stats! When and where would this usually occur? Thanks!
  14. It may be too late for this one, but I would recommend working with a good travel agent in the future. They can assist in this type of thing and make sure everyone has the right documents. Good Luck! If you don't have a travel agent currently, i'd recommend MEI travel (blog sponsor). In this case, you should contact Royal directly to ensure that you have the information from the source. While i trust many things on this site, it's worth it to verify some things with Royal, just to make sure something with your trip doesn't require changes.
  15. We really enjoyed the Sheraton in Old San Juan. It's centrally located and easy to walk everywhere, plus close enough for restroom breaks as you are passing by on to your next location. Note that the hotel is NOT across from where you will board the ship! We thought we would walk across the street to board, but you actually board across the way when embarking in San Juan. https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/sjuol-sheraton-old-san-juan-hotel/overview/
  16. i recommend that you work with a good travel agent. Many of us here, use MEI travel (a sponsor of this blog) and have had great success with many “odd” booking situations . If you go to the main page of the blog, there’s a box you can complete and someone will contact you shortly. using a good travel agent doesn’t cost you anything and then you have someone who will go to bat for you in all types of situations. good luck!
  17. We've always had our amazing agent make the request for a table of two and then just confirm when we board by walking through the MDR and finding our table. We've never seen what our table was before we boarded and I'm not sure how much that would help unless it says how many people are at your table? If you tell me table 203, i'm still going to have to look. Can anyone tell me what information you get ahead of time? Thanks!
  18. Totally, we swap out items all the time. However, if the thing you don't want is due to a allergy or health thing, you would want to have that conversation so that they can accommodate you throughout the cruise.
  19. I would contact the special needs department to discuss this. I'm sure you are not the first person to have this as a real need. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/resources/guest-special-needs [email protected] (866) 592-7225
  20. I drink a ton of coffee and enjoy both the included options and the options at café promenade. My only complaint is that they do not make the drinks correctly. If you order a latte, macchiato, or a cappuccino, you're really getting a latte. I drink mostly Americanos and shots of espresso with a "splash" of almond milk, so it doesn't affect me too much. I've been listing it on my post cruise survey for a couple of years now and hopefully it will get corrected. I'm sure it's just a training issue.
  21. In my experience, the only sugar free syrup available at cafe promenade has been vanilla.
  22. I have no suggestions as to what to do, but want to follow along. we have a cruise out of Everglades in 2023 and are staying near Las Olas blvd, if that helps. I hope your early early morning flight works out. I’m way too nervous to fly in on embarkation day!
  23. I guess we’ve been lucky. Anytime we’ve wanted a chair, we’ve never had issues finding one that was acceptable.
  24. Royal or your travel agent need to link the reservations for dining. This allows people to sit together, but not have to link the whole reservation. Some groups may go travel together but not want many of their reservation details shared. You can see it on your RCI receipts under Stateroom dining with booking Id.
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