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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Photo Packages   
    The key to the photo packages is that you stop and take enough photos to make it worth it.  It's pricey, but if you take a lot of photos it can be a good idea, considering a single 8x10 photo onboard will cost about $20 each.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in General advice - first time cruiser!   
    Welcome! Here's another good post for a first time cruiser and what to expect: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2015/02/28/first-time-cruisers-what-you-need-know-about-taking-royal-caribbean-cruise
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    whitsmom reacted to pamw in Itinerary Changes mid-Cruise   
    I would rather the Captain change ports of calls rather than stay in an area where there is a Hurricane brewing.
    Only happened once to us not on RCI but on  a Princess Cruise ship.
    We were in Alaska and had a really rough ride during the night, with things sliding off the dressing table.
    I actually stepped inside the bathroom and found myself stood in front of the toilet without moving my feet - :blink: 
    When we woke up the following morning there was a letter pushed under our door advising that the Captain had needed to move swiftly out of the area - yes we missed our call but hey - better that than risk lives!  
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Labadee Beach Bungalows   
    Ah, sorry.
    You walk off the ship, and all the way to the end of the pier.
    As you get enter the actual island, there will be some golf carts to the right side of the path.  As a cabana guest, they will pick you up there and bring you to the beach to check-in for your cabana/bungalow.
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    whitsmom reacted to Wilson in Toro Verde zipline   
    Current sale reduced it to $156. I booked it, but after watching the various videos Mrs Wilson told me to do two things. 1=cancel her reservation and get her a massage 2=increase my life insurance before going. LoL
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    whitsmom reacted to nandjas in Cruise Compass   
    Same for a Western Itinerary on Oasis since moving to port canaveral!  Please, pretty please!   :wub:
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    whitsmom reacted to Floski in Looking for a travel agent referrel   
    Wait...I thought this was our sponsor:

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    whitsmom reacted to Jeepgeek in Free trip from playing a Facebook game MyVegas   
    I have been "Playing" Daily for 4-5 years. I have never paid a dime. On weekdays, I spend 1 minute collecting from my strip in the morning and another minute in the evening. On Saturday, I start a 500 spin game before I run and shut it off when I return. The secret to my success has been consistency. That said, every year my wife and I have enjoyed free room in Las Vegas, and Biloxi, MS. I still had 1.7 Million Loyalty points before buying this cruise, I still have 922,000 points left. We will spend time in Las Vegas this year and enjoy rooms and shows for free. 
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    whitsmom reacted to Jeepgeek in Free trip from playing a Facebook game MyVegas   
    Good Afternoon RCB folks,
    I am writing at Matt's request to let you know about how my wife and I are going on a free(yes, you read that correctly, free) cruise this March 25th out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Independence of the Seas. 
    A little background here: I have been "playing" the MyVegas games on mobile and desktops for years. My wife and I usually use the rewards to add weekends to our annual trip to Las Vegas and a free weekend to Biloxi, MS yearly. But, last year RCCL became a sponsor and added discounts for cruises that were meh. This year they added free cabins on select sailings. My wife is a teacher so her vacation time is set in stone. Well as luck would have it, the stars aligned and we secured a reward for a free trip and $250 shipboard credit. The process as stated in the purchase seems straight forward, but, I will document the process for those that come after us.
    Have a wonderful week
    Russ Stringer
    MAJ (Ret.), US Army
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Harmony online check-in question   
    That is correct.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from RobWhatley in Trouble logging into RCCL - My Cruse, AND C&A   
    I too had this same issue.  RCI could not get it resolved, so I had to set up a new email & password.  However, I not cannot pay on my cruise on line as it was already "claimed" by my old login info!  I can do extra stuff (excursions, internet and etc) but just not pay toward my cruise.  I either have to call or do online bank check.  I have been sending my online bank check and they send me an updated cruise balance in 2-3 days of receiving my payment.  It totally sucks, but it is working out so I try not to stress about it.  RCI tried and tried and they couldn't fix the issue for me.
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    whitsmom reacted to clmsnskr in Harmony online check-in question   
    I think only the Quantum Class Ships and Harmony of the Seas currently have this type of checkin process.  The rest of the fleet use the traditional online checkin process.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Labadee Beach Bungalows   
    Good news, your math is wrong.  When you book a bungalow or cabana, you book it for one person and it's good for up to 6 or 8 guests (depends which one you're booking). So the cost is only $250 for the whole bungalow for your family, and yes, your family can come and go.  It's pretty laissez faire.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Ice skating?   
    Not that I've seen. You will be in good company with other folks who are holding onto the side railing for dear life  :D
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Matt in Oasis of the Seas Entertainment   
    Oh thank you!  This is so helpful!
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    whitsmom reacted to MNorris0107 in Oasis of the Seas Entertainment   
    We cruise June 4th and I booked mine last week.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Oasis of the Seas Entertainment   
    This blog post should be helpful: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2016/07/23/first-time-cruisers-when-can-i-prebook-entertainment-dining-and-more-my-royal-caribbean
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Shows   
    Here is a good primer on booking entertainment: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2016/07/23/first-time-cruisers-when-can-i-prebook-entertainment-dining-and-more-my-royal-caribbean
    It's only available on Oasis & Quantum class ships, and there are no physical tickets.  It's all on your SeaPass account and the crew member just scans your SeaPass card and you are good to go.
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    whitsmom reacted to Christie in internet/cell phone question   
    For what it's worth, even when I can't live stream video onboard, I've always been able to Facetime.  Must be something with the compression or something.  Hopefully it will work for you!
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    whitsmom reacted to monorailmedic in internet/cell phone question   
    Hi Gingy5,
    Navigator isn't known for having the fastest Voom, but I can't speak to whether or not facetime would work.  If you purchase Voom, you won't be needing cellular data (and in fact, you'll want to disable roaming or turn on airplane mode to avoid a giant bill).  Matt and I have some good info on what you'll need to know at the below link.  Give that a read and then let me know if you have any questions.  Hopefully someone can chime in and let us know if they had success with Facetime on Navi.
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    whitsmom reacted to clmsnskr in End of cruise cabin exit time   
    I always just stay on board until they practically literally throw me off.  I'm never in a hurry to leave.
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    whitsmom reacted to firegal2539 in End of cruise cabin exit time   
    You can choose the option to take your own luggage off the ship, if you feel that you can do that. You will be the first passengers off when it clears customs. On my last cruise in November passengers lined up on Deck 5 starting at 7 am, the crew tried to stop them, but when you have a stampede, five crew members can't control them. The line started at the elevators (blocking them so passengers couldn't get on or off) and went around the whole ship, almost back to the elevators. What was funny, there was a problem with customs and the very first passengers in line stood there until 9 am before they could disembark. If I could drag my large suitcase I would do the self disembarkation.
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    whitsmom reacted to monctonguy in End of cruise cabin exit time   
    From what I can remember, its about 9:30 am that the last "group" is scheduled to leave the ship.....so it defn wouldn't be later than 10am...and really its a madhouse that last morning trying to do anything or go anywhere on the ship.
    If you have a rental car waiting, I would get off the ship when its convenient for you and then take 3 or 4 hours to enjoy some sightseeing or an excursion to kill the time till you need to show up to the airport.
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    whitsmom reacted to WhiteSoxFan in End of cruise cabin exit time   
    I agree with everything that Matt said. Regardless of the last time off the ship they want you our of your cabin as early as possible.  It is a daunting task to clean and prepare all the cabins on turnaround day so they want as much time as possible.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in End of cruise cabin exit time   
    I don't know if there is a universal time about when you have to be out of the room by.  Usually it's all communicated in the final day cruise compass that will be in your stateroom.  
    In my experience, they are pretty adamant about getting you out of the room.  If you don't put up a Do Not Disturb sign on your door the night before, expect a lot of knocking to see if you are still there.
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