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    CPA for a living. Chauffeur to my kids. Enjoy boating, ATVs and live music. Fan of most things alcohol related.

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  1. I always thought the general rule is that they allow shorts in the MDR on regular nights but not on formal nights. I have witnessed them not allowing entry to people in shorts on formal nights. I suppose that is a loose policy that is getting even looser. Specialties I have seen plenty of people in shorts. I don't ever wear shorts to dinner in the MDR or in specialty restaurants when cruising, but obviously plenty of people do. I know it takes away from the ambiance of the room a little, but it doesn't bother me as long as they are dressier shorts, a button down or collared shirt, etc. I wish they would steadfastly enforce a rule of no casual shorts, bathing suits, t shirts, flip flops, etc. The market dictates these things I guess.
  2. I love the pedialyte powder packets. 1 packet per bottle of water. After a night of "heavily enjoying" the various establishments onboard, I make sure I drink a bottle of water with the pedialyte packet in it right before bed. Makes quite a big difference in the morning. Also, after a day of a lot of sun with alcohol, drinking one of these before heading to dinner or continuing your evening will give you a nice re-charge. I buy the packets on amazon. Pedialyte powder packets - I don't leave home without them!!
  3. Anything under $50 is a good price for the unlimited drink package. The lowest I have ever paid was $44. My upcoming February cruise it has been hovering between $51 and $55. I am expecting on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for it to drop to $46-$48, which is when I plan on buying it. Fingers crossed.
  4. It's not my experience on any class on sea days. If you want a chair that is not in constant direct sun on a sea day, then you need to be at the pool before 9 am. And even at 9 am, in my experience, most chairs are already claimed. The chair saving is insane, and people have no courtesy whatsoever.
  5. Never stayed in a cabana at Labadee but I am a big fan of the bungalos. Just a suggestion if there are any available. They are usually cheaper than a cabana, and (I think) are basically very similar. Biggest difference is they are not quite as private, but I have never had an issue.
  6. That is terrible, and for the price they are charging for these cabanas, that is unacceptable. I can't believe a customer service person told you it's because they have to walk across the island to get drinks. One, that is not true, who the hell would layout those logistics, and two, even if it was true, that is a Royal problem and not a customer problem. We are going to Coco Cay in February, and while we are not renting a cabana (way overpriced), we are probably going to buy beach club passes. There are two ships at Coco Cay the day we are there (Anthem and Mariner), and we are worried the main pool and other areas may be really crowded with two ships. Hopefully they cap the ticket sales for the beach club. I really hope Coco Cay lives up to the hype, but I have seen a fair amount of negative comments here and there. Labadee is great. Give me a bungalow on Labadee and that's all I need. Never had a bad experience there, the attendants are always great. Hoping for the same experience at Coco Cay.
  7. I did this exact thing this past April (Adventure in FLL). Here is my story: Our flight was like 9:20 or something like that, it was direct. The next options were like 12-1 pm with layovers and they actually cost more. I decided to risk it. Did the self disembarkation, was in line around 6 am. There were a lot of people already in line, I would say a few hundred probably, the line was long already at that point. The ship got into port on schedule, but then there was a hold up for something, we didn't start moving until about 7 am. I asked someone from Royal what the issue was but they didn't know, said it should start soon. I was nervous already from the night before because I debated last minute to change our flight and there literally was not a single seat available for purchase from Southwest on any flight that day, they were all full. I even called the airline in case the website was wrong. I had a group of 8 (my wife and two kids, my sister and her husband and my parents). So if we missed our flight then standby for a later flight wouldn't really be an option. We got through customs relatively easily and made it to the airport around 8:15. My group of 4 have pre-check, the other 4 did not, but thankfully we all made it through with about 20 minutes to spare before boarding began. So when I was home at my house by 1 pm the same day my cruise ended I was thrilled, but I was a nervous wreck for about 4 hours that morning. Worst case we had about a 40 minute window before they closed the boarding door. A 9 am departure is very risky, but we would have made it. If there wasn't a holdup with starting to get off, we would have easily made it and I wouldn't have been as nervous. The uber or taxi ride to the airport in FLL is like 10 minutes, and there are lots of taxis and shuttle vans waiting. It really depends on whether you like to gamble or not, lol. I would say the ship is on time and things go smoothly more than 50% of the time, so the odds would be in your favor. But it is far from a guarantee. Would I do it again? I'm not sure, it would have to depend on how bad my flight options were. If I did do it again, one thing for sure is I would make sure I was in line to get off at 5 am. I guarantee even if you were in line at 5 am, you still wouldn't be first in line. Good luck!
  8. I have been looking hard at that Freedom cruise out of San Juan, but the airfare is crazy. With the wife being a teacher and also really not wanting to take the kids out of school, we are limited to the winter and spring break weeks, which greatly compounds the problem. The flights are just about more than the cruise. Flights to Florida at those times have gotten crazy in recent years, but San Juan is worse. I really try to stick to the major airlines, some of the budget airlines are brutal. Frontier just got added recently to our airport, although I have heard mixed reviews. I would ride in the bed of a pickup truck before flying Spirit again.
  9. I agree, that is pretty lousy. Those are the little things that they should do. The difference on their bottom line is minuscule, but it goes a long way towards good customer service. I would be very annoyed with that.
  10. I have never witnessed any issues on any of the cruises I have been on, and I frequent all the various establishments in the evenings until late. I think most people on cruises are genuinely happy people and in good moods. I can't imagine the staff would tolerate a belligerent drunk person very long anyways.
  11. I was on Adventure in April, and they do not have any Broadway shows. They have an older style revue show, just singing and dancing, I can't even remember what it was called. When we sailed there was a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons cover group that performed one night and a comic one night, both of which were good. There was also an Adele tribute show, which was one of the women from the revue show backed by the ship orchestra. Entertainment is definitely a significant step down from Oasis class, although the cruise was also cheaper than Oasis class, so I guess you get what you pay for.
  12. Even though there are four main dining rooms, don't they all serve the same menu?
  13. I was on Adventure last month. Previous ship classes for RC that I have been on are Freedom and Oasis. The ship itself was fine, very beautiful, but IMO is a noticeable step down in the overall cruise experience. The shows and entertainment were just not as good as the stuff on Freedom and Oasis class ships. Even our dining servers, they just didn't seem to be as personable or as "on the ball" as the ones we have had on the aforementioned class ships. I attributed that specific aspect to just luck of the draw, but as for the rest, I chalked it up to you get what you pay for. Comparing the same class room on Adventure to DCL is more than likely less that half, maybe even a 3rd of the cost. Don't judge RC by Adventure, check out the larger class ships. The entertainment on Oasis class ships is top notch. We have Anthem booked for our next one, looking forward to checking that out. In the future though, I doubt I would go lower than Freedom class.
  14. I will throw myself out there on this topic. Whenever we cruise, my wife and I buy deluxe drink packages for each of us. They come with a souvenir cup for the soda machines. My wife and I drink zero soda, and honestly, we don't let our kids drink a ton of it either. We don't buy an additional package for the kids, we let them get some soda with the cups from our packages. Technically, this is wrong and against the rules. Shoot me I guess. I'm just not going to spend an additional $125 for my two kids to have some soda during the week, when I have already paid for it for myself and will not drink any of it. If the kids didn't use the cups, then they would sit in our stateroom all week. I am sure many others do this as well, but again, if you are going strictly by the rules, this isn't allowed.
  15. Yes, always cash (as long as I have it on me). They definitely prefer cash over writing it on a receipt. I will bring a stack of ones and fives and leave them in the safe in my room, and take as needed throughout the week. So if I am heading to the pool for a few hours, I will grab some ones to take with me. Same for heading out to the bars or shows in the evenings after dinner. That is how I do it. I try to minimize what gets charged to my account, and in my opinion, the recipients prefer cash (I've never asked them directly).
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