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  1. do you like Indian food? https://bombaydarbar.com/
  2. I did a video screen grab... https://imgur.com/a/Ozp7y8Z
  3. I did the math for package price of $67.99/day - 5 mixed drinks or 9 beers/seltzers per day (or any combination of them keeping in mind drinks are $14 ea. and beers/seltzers are $7.50-$8.00 ea.) That is just essentially breaking even. If you get coffee, soda, water bottles, smoothie, non-alcoholic (virgin) drinks, etc. those are all bonuses. Port days this can be tough unless you like to get back on board early and don't mind closing down the bar past midnight. I drink high proof bourbon at home so over the course of an afternoon and evening, 5 whiskey drinks are OK to me. If you are not a frequent drinker of the higher proof stuff, think about whether you really want to drink that much and if you will be functional afterwards. For most, buying the non-alcohol drink package for $20/day and then a la carte purchases of an adult beverage when you want one works for most people.
  4. If you have an iPhone and add the pass to your Apple Wallet, the barcode number gets populated at the bottom automatically. The format is the same with the stateroom being the last 4-5 numbers (typically after the dash).
  5. I have used a lanyard with a clip and a retractable badge holder on a couple cruises this year and I swear I will never go without one. Search Amazon for "2-Pack Cruise Lanyard with Retractable Badge Reel, Waterproof Badge Holder, and Snap Buckle" and you can select from multiple designs. $10-$12 for 2 of them. With the drink package its as simple as unclipping the buckle and handing the badge in the holder with the retractable reel hooked up. It makes it easier to recognize when the server brings it back and it is noticeable if you forget to clip it back on (due to the limited extra weight of the retractor).
  6. I equate it to a Disney vacation, no matter how hard you try, you won't be able to experience every single thing without multiple visits or a very long trip. Just do what appeals to you and if you don't like it, just get up and move to the next thing. I am not one to sit around and just be idle with my own thoughts (i.e. day at the beach or all day at the pool) but on a cruise, I am in such a relaxed state of mind, I don't feel like I am searching out the items of enrichment I do on land (I am a strong believer that everyone can learn something new each and every day and take advantage of the time we live in with the world's information at our fingertips). Just enjoy it! Have fun! Take some pictures to make others jealous and look to when you are going to book the next one!
  7. If you have never been to Coco Cay, do not spend any money to do extras there on your 1st trip. Plenty of beach areas, plenty of umbrella covered seating, plenty of food options, the pool is huge (and very nice), and any beverage packages transfer over to be used on-shore. Explore the island and enjoy the included amenities. Spending extra for a cabana or to wait in line for waterslides on your 1st visit to this stop is something I wouldn't advise.
  8. What I've seen is that it mainly seems like December sailings are getting this ability. Your cruise over Thanksgiving week may be constrained by the number of passengers booked and proximity to the sailing. I'd be interested to see if they open it up sooner to departure date.
  9. Odyssey on Dec 3 - "The Book" is available but "Showgirls" isn't - I booked what I could now
  10. Was able to book "The Book" last evening for the sailing - if you want to see the show, check out the availability and lock it in now
  11. On Odyssey on Dec 3 and was able to book "The Book" last night for our sailing
  12. I was on Independence and Harmony earlier this year and both had them - no one was buying them because at $200 or more for whiskey, that's a leap of faith hoping you will like them (hence the tastings) - but to have tastings and no bottles to sell seems counter-intuitive
  13. https://www.zillow.com/house/royal-caribbean/ What a bargain at $10B!
  14. I'm seeing drink packages on sale with the Halloween sale for $67.99/pp before the gratuities. Came out to $641.76 pp total for me after the cancel and re-buy.
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