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    Clear Laker reacted to kadmgs in Freedom vs. Liberty   
    I am from Houston, born and raised. I live 30 mins. from Hobby (HOU) and about 45 mins. from Galveston. We sailed on Liberty this past summer and loved it so much we are sailing on her again in March for Spring Break. Haven't sailed on Freedom, but I agree with others stating the extra days and savings are worth the hassle of getting from HOU to Galveston. My recommendation would be to stay in the Clear Lake area, specifically Webster either in a hotel on Bay Area Blvd. at or near I-45 or on Nasa Road 1. This would put you near or even walking distance to restaurants and shopping depending on the hotel. If you have kids with you and your flight gets in early enough, Space Center Houston at Johnson Space Center is great! Tons of hands on stuff for the kids and you can actually go into the Enterprise, the mock shuttle used to train our astronauts. There are some "nice" hotels near HOU, but the area is very limited on decent dining options. The area is straight up sketchy, though. From reading your live blogs, @Lovetocruise2002 I think you would be happier in the Clear Lake area rather than staying near the airport. I can recommend restaurants, especially knowing your love for Mexican food. 😁 
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Freedom vs. Liberty   
    Late to your post.  We have been on both ships … basically the same ship.   Galveston is a cool town and there is a lot of things to do between Houston and Galveston.  As you normally fly from Detroit.  I would suggest flying Southwest (HOU).  You will save a lot on airfare vs. IAH.  Hobby Airport is much closer to Galveston.  As Twangster pointed out you can stay at the Airport and take the Shuttle out the day of or there a good options in-between (shopping or space center) or you can proceed and stay at the Island.  You will find you will have a strong Midwestern and Tx crowd.  But just like middle Canada we tend to be more fun and easy going.   So saving on flights + cruise fare + good people makes up for the 1 hour commute from the airport to the port.  Best of luck.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from MicroBeta in Refundable OnBoard Credit???   
    We usually go to Guest Services the night before departure and cash out our refundable credit before the lines get long.  Then whatever incendentials we have gets charged to our credit card on file.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from JustmeCindy in A bunch of random questions   
    This might work to your advantage if one of the adults wants the drink package.  As you are not required to buy packages for all in the cabin for minors.  So say hubby wants package and you don't … He can purchase it and the son doesn't have to buy anything.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from JustmeCindy in A bunch of random questions   
    See above.  Welcome to the boards
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from ANGELA ROMAN in RC Rewards credit card   
    Ditto for Us
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from hsweat22 in Extension cords or power outlets?   
    @hsweat22 this is what I bought:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYBLNA6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  
    It was $11
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from hsweat22 in Extension cords or power outlets?   
    Since the banning of extension cords and power bars and with the hope of avoiding one of Royal's '25 Orange Extension Cords I have done the following:
    - For my CPAP I bought a 15' cord to replace the standard 6' cord that goes from the outlet to the power transformer block .  You can buy them on Amazon as they are the same cords used for TVs and some computers.
    - I bought a 220v plug adapter with USB ports.  This allow for an additional plug at the desk for dual voltage devices as well as 2 spots for charging phone, tablets etc.
    - Lastly, I went to the hardware store and bought an old fashioned 1 to 3 square block 110v adapter.  
    These days as most things are USB powered … having 5 standard outlets and 2 USB outlets is all we need.  Total investment was less than $20.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from markm in Extension cords or power outlets?   
    Since the banning of extension cords and power bars and with the hope of avoiding one of Royal's '25 Orange Extension Cords I have done the following:
    - For my CPAP I bought a 15' cord to replace the standard 6' cord that goes from the outlet to the power transformer block .  You can buy them on Amazon as they are the same cords used for TVs and some computers.
    - I bought a 220v plug adapter with USB ports.  This allow for an additional plug at the desk for dual voltage devices as well as 2 spots for charging phone, tablets etc.
    - Lastly, I went to the hardware store and bought an old fashioned 1 to 3 square block 110v adapter.  
    These days as most things are USB powered … having 5 standard outlets and 2 USB outlets is all we need.  Total investment was less than $20.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Smokeater639 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Matt in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from mook1525 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Srp431 in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Jack_Lime in What do YOU wish you knew before you cruised?   
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from 4ensic in Extension cords or power outlets?   
    Since the banning of extension cords and power bars and with the hope of avoiding one of Royal's '25 Orange Extension Cords I have done the following:
    - For my CPAP I bought a 15' cord to replace the standard 6' cord that goes from the outlet to the power transformer block .  You can buy them on Amazon as they are the same cords used for TVs and some computers.
    - I bought a 220v plug adapter with USB ports.  This allow for an additional plug at the desk for dual voltage devices as well as 2 spots for charging phone, tablets etc.
    - Lastly, I went to the hardware store and bought an old fashioned 1 to 3 square block 110v adapter.  
    These days as most things are USB powered … having 5 standard outlets and 2 USB outlets is all we need.  Total investment was less than $20.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Leafywing in Extension cords or power outlets?   
    Since the banning of extension cords and power bars and with the hope of avoiding one of Royal's '25 Orange Extension Cords I have done the following:
    - For my CPAP I bought a 15' cord to replace the standard 6' cord that goes from the outlet to the power transformer block .  You can buy them on Amazon as they are the same cords used for TVs and some computers.
    - I bought a 220v plug adapter with USB ports.  This allow for an additional plug at the desk for dual voltage devices as well as 2 spots for charging phone, tablets etc.
    - Lastly, I went to the hardware store and bought an old fashioned 1 to 3 square block 110v adapter.  
    These days as most things are USB powered … having 5 standard outlets and 2 USB outlets is all we need.  Total investment was less than $20.
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    Clear Laker reacted to monctonguy in Crown and Anchor question   
    She's using me for my C&A status.....
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from JLMoran in Redeeming RCCL Credit Card Points   
    For FWIW, you can call the RC Visa Cruise Credit Department and ask for you onboard credit to be applied to your cruise account earlier than 14 days prior to departure.  It helps with making Cruise Planner purchases earlier during sales.  The reason they wait in posting is that if for some reason you had to cancel your cruise, you lose your Onboard Credit as BOA considers it a non-refundable gift certificate.  You have to work with RC to get it applied to another cruise.  In the old days you didn't get the credit until the second day of the cruise.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from ANGELA ROMAN in Redeeming RCCL Credit Card Points   
    For FWIW, you can call the RC Visa Cruise Credit Department and ask for you onboard credit to be applied to your cruise account earlier than 14 days prior to departure.  It helps with making Cruise Planner purchases earlier during sales.  The reason they wait in posting is that if for some reason you had to cancel your cruise, you lose your Onboard Credit as BOA considers it a non-refundable gift certificate.  You have to work with RC to get it applied to another cruise.  In the old days you didn't get the credit until the second day of the cruise.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Redeeming RCCL Credit Card Points   
    For FWIW, you can call the RC Visa Cruise Credit Department and ask for you onboard credit to be applied to your cruise account earlier than 14 days prior to departure.  It helps with making Cruise Planner purchases earlier during sales.  The reason they wait in posting is that if for some reason you had to cancel your cruise, you lose your Onboard Credit as BOA considers it a non-refundable gift certificate.  You have to work with RC to get it applied to another cruise.  In the old days you didn't get the credit until the second day of the cruise.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from ChessE4 in Redeeming RCCL Credit Card Points   
    For FWIW, you can call the RC Visa Cruise Credit Department and ask for you onboard credit to be applied to your cruise account earlier than 14 days prior to departure.  It helps with making Cruise Planner purchases earlier during sales.  The reason they wait in posting is that if for some reason you had to cancel your cruise, you lose your Onboard Credit as BOA considers it a non-refundable gift certificate.  You have to work with RC to get it applied to another cruise.  In the old days you didn't get the credit until the second day of the cruise.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from misslottie in Flights booked with Royal Caribbean   
    A PNR # is a 6 digit A/N code that is used to identify you, from purchase to you boarding in all of the airline systems.  It goes back to the days when Travel Agents booked tickets for you.  The problem with reservation #s it is usually unique to the organization who sold you the ticket.  i.e. Air2Sea, Priceline or the specific airline.  The PNR code as it is known, is what is unique to you with each airline with all of that airline's systems.
    As stated, some airline's systems allow you to use multiple ways to look up your reservations (name, reservation #, PNR code) ... some don't.  The PNR Code is the industry standard for all airlines.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from ChessE4 in Help - First time cruiser - APIS   
    A booking # (PNR Code) is generated when your flight is paid for.
    When we have booked with Air2Sea we did it through our Travel Agent.  She provided us the PNR code.  We then went directly to Delta and selected seas and entered our SkyMiles #. 
    How did you book your flight?  If nothing else contact Air2Sea and they should be able to provide you the booking #.  Are you sure it is not on your receipt?
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    Clear Laker reacted to Ditchdoc in People With Unpopular Opinons?   
    Ships are dangerous......so are airplanes, trains, automobiles, movie theaters, malls, Walmart, schools, concerts, night clubs, riding a bike, riding a motorcycle, scuba diving, foul balls at baseball games, swimming, hurricanes, tornadoes, mud slides, forest fires, ice storms, earthquakes, getting too close to wildlife, boating, guns, poor diets, obesity, smoking, alcohol, second hand smoke, vaping ......
     
    I guess I'll just assume a fetal position in my basement and hope for the best.
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    Clear Laker got a reaction from Ala_Paul in solarium question   
    The glass is tinted like car window tint.  You will not be full on sun, but if you have fair skin or plan on a long visit I would recommend sunscreen.
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