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    monorailmedic got a reaction from mrskhodak in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'm sorry, you lost me with this, "cruised too much" concept. Does not compute.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Mike_ in Who's Going on the RCB Group Cruise?   
    We will be there!
     
    We actually haven't booked anything yet.  I plan on booking some specialty restaurants to take advantage of the 30% discount, but that's about it.  We're experienced cruisers but RCCL is all new to us, so I don't even know where to start.
     
    In Cozumel we'll be roaming and eating, that's the main plan.  There is a driver we've used in the past and I should probably see if he's available.  We aren't huge beach people, so in Labadee I'd guess we'll do some brief exploring and then relax on-board.  Finally, for Falmouth I'm very torn.  I have great memories of MoBay, and would like to head there again, but it's a bit of a trek from Falmouth.  
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from AGSLC5 in Alaska   
    I can't speak to RCCL specific options in Alaska, but I do have a few points to share based on our recent experience.
     
    We did Alaska on Oceania in May.  SF, Astoria, Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, Ketchikan, Juneau, Victoria, Vancouver.  Fantastic trip in every way.  After many cruises this was our first time doing Alaska and we'll certainly go back.  
     
    One consideration though is that many of the Alaskan ports of call are very small towns, so along with all the other things you account for in picking a ship/itinerary/schedule, I'd look at a site like www.cruisett.com and see how many passengers are scheduled to be in a port on a given day.  Ketchikan may be a lovely stop to spend time in when there are 4k pax, but when there are 10k pax it could be like Main Street in the Magic Kingdom on Christmas day (or Times Square on New Year's Eve - as my wife points out this is a more universal reference to *insanely crowded*)
     
    Also, while I usually consider a verandah a 'nice to have' but make the decision based on price, for Alaska it should be a priority.  If you're on a larger ship the open decks could get a bit busy when cruising past glaciers, fjords, and small towns.  Even if on a smaller ship though there will be hours you'll just want to sit and relax as you watch the sights go by.  We spent more time on our verandah on the Alaska trip than all of our other sailings combined.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from RobWhatley in Oasis of the Seas: deck 8 or 9   
    Say hi to my wife when you do this as I don't expect to find her elsewhere on the ship.  "It goes between different parts of the ship AND it's a bar?!"  
    Now I just have to worry about her getting lost.  Entering on one deck in the morning then exiting on another 12 hours later could really confuse things.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Phillip A. in Oasis of the Seas: deck 8 or 9   
    Say hi to my wife when you do this as I don't expect to find her elsewhere on the ship.  "It goes between different parts of the ship AND it's a bar?!"  
    Now I just have to worry about her getting lost.  Entering on one deck in the morning then exiting on another 12 hours later could really confuse things.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Christie in Oasis of the Seas: deck 8 or 9   
    Say hi to my wife when you do this as I don't expect to find her elsewhere on the ship.  "It goes between different parts of the ship AND it's a bar?!"  
    Now I just have to worry about her getting lost.  Entering on one deck in the morning then exiting on another 12 hours later could really confuse things.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Oasis of the Seas: deck 8 or 9   
    Say hi to my wife when you do this as I don't expect to find her elsewhere on the ship.  "It goes between different parts of the ship AND it's a bar?!"  
    Now I just have to worry about her getting lost.  Entering on one deck in the morning then exiting on another 12 hours later could really confuse things.
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    monorailmedic reacted to FloatMe in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'll book another one and let you know when I find out.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Jerel in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    ...When you sit on Periscope for over a hour watching some strange guy film ships leave Port Everglades, daily!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Jerel in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'm sorry, you lost me with this, "cruised too much" concept. Does not compute.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from DocLC in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'm sorry, you lost me with this, "cruised too much" concept. Does not compute.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'm sorry, you lost me with this, "cruised too much" concept. Does not compute.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from lildawgscottFL in You know you've cruised too much when . . .   
    I'm sorry, you lost me with this, "cruised too much" concept. Does not compute.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Samba Grill Lunch Options   
    I thought during lunch there is no Samba Grill, and it returns to being the Solarium Bistro
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    monorailmedic reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Samba Grill Lunch Options   
    Correct.  The Solarium Grill transforms (nicely !) into the Samba at night only.
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    monorailmedic reacted to lildawgscottFL in Gratuities for Children   
    As people in the service industry (especially at Disney), my wife and I can both say, unreservedly, that children are nearly always more time- and energy-consuming than adults. You may not think your children are, but trust me, they are. That's not to say anything bad about your children. They're children. That's the nature of a child, and, as a parent, you know how children can be. I have never met a truly bad child (only bad parents), but even an angel can be unruly or messy or whatever. Unless you, as the parent, are going to make sure there is no additional work caused by your children. If that's the case, then forego the gratuity. That's highly unlikely though.

    The service fee (which is what it should be called, because it should not be optional) will be well-earned!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Ideas for Key West   
    Smathers may be the best option if you're looking for a beach, just know that the Keys only have small man-made beaches.  With kids, the transportation options are either cabs, rental cars, or 'hop on - hop off' options such as Conch Train or Old Town Trolley.  Old Town is about $26 if purchased on-board (about $5 cheaper than going at it on your own actually).  That will get you all around Key West, trolleys run regularly, and they provide information as you go along between stops.  The downside of this option is likely the cost compared to a cab (since there are 5 of you), but the upside is that you'll get a full tour of the island with the opportunity to check out any other areas you'd like.  If even for only a few minutes, you'll want to check out the Southernmost Point, Mallory Square (you'll either doc right next to the square or at the Naval pier where you'll be shuttled to the square).
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Taxis at Port everglades?   
    Matt, just checked out our Ubers between Coconut Creek and Port Everglades (and back).  The trip for us was about 19 miles, took about 37 minutes, and was $25 each way.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Taxis at Port everglades?   
    We just got back to Port Everglades yesterday.  If I recall there was a max rate per pax schedule of $25 to MIA, and maybe $15 to FLL?  Don't hold me to that.  Again, the sign was listing the max charges.  Port Everglades and FLL are right next to each other, so the time navigating the port and airport will likely be equal to the actual drive time.  If you want to get a cab right at the port you'll find plenty of cabs ready and waiting.  Uber is indeed available, but Uber having access to the port and airport is a bit of a new thing in Broward Country, so not all drivers know how to tackle this.  My wife met me at the port and the first Uber didn't think he could go there and cancelled.  When leaving, the first two drivers cancelled when they got to security (another driver explained they probably didn't know how to show the electronic credentials to the port security), but the third had no issue.  I live ~30 min from the port, and cabs in South Florida are very pricey, so I'd have taken a cab to a nearby restaurant and requested an Uber from there if the last driver hadn't worked out.  In the end, the multiple drivers issue cost us an extra 10 mins or so, but wasn't a big deal.
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