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    melski94 got a reaction from cruisellama in Thrill Waterpark cabana yes or no?   
    We are a family of 6 so completely full on the cabana.  Even with all 6 of us, full day waterpark passes would save us $275 (waterpark prices are now up).  My husband doesn't think we'll use the cabana as much as if we were on the beach.  Then again we might need a break from all the stairs!
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    melski94 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in FCC should be returned to who paid the bill, not named cruisers   
    I'm not sure issuing FCC per person is unusual.  Cruises are very similar to the airline industry.  For my airline tickets that I had for my cancelled March sailing, each person received a credit.  It doesn't matter to them who paid for the airline ticket.  This is the same reason each person gets cruise/airline points rather than whomever purchased the cruise/flight.  
    If cruise points were similar to hotels and  went solely to the purchaser, I'd easily be Diamond Plus now.  
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    melski94 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Passports on Excursions: To take or not to take   
    I am a Team Passport and take it in foreign ports (not in RC islands). This is always a hot topic and you will get different views.  If you are American, you have 2 RC islands and 2 US territory ports so I would leave my passport in the safe.  Make sure you bring some form of photo ID like a driver's license and that will get you back to the US.    If from another country, then take your passports with you to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.  People say that a photo copy is ok and it is better than nothing but you'd still have to deal with your embassy to get a real passport and get home.  If you have a passport in hand, you can get on any flight.
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    melski94 got a reaction from PRebecca in vacation spreadsheet   
    I'm looking to update my vacation spreadsheet in my free time.  I typically have a tab for each cruise a spreadsheet that list the cruise, confirmation number, flights, drink packages, etc.  Anyone have a blank one to share?
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    melski94 got a reaction from S.Marie in Labadee: Help me decide on a beach bungalow!   
    I know others are fans of Nellie's Beach but with your age kids, I'd highly suggest the beach bungalows on Columbus Beach.  The bungalow area is blocked off from the public so it is very easy to keep an eye on the kids, the sand is great for playing in and the water is calm.  Plus, the bungalows are cheaper.
     

    This was our set up.  We had 7 people and some wanted more sun so the attendant dragged 2 chairs next to the other 2.  Later we took the 2 beach chairs to the water's edge.

    View from the bungalow to the water.  

    We were on Harmony.  The really crowded section is the public area on Columbus Beach.  Where the line of chairs stop is the bungalow section.  As you can see less, less crowded and some with bungalows  just pulled chairs down to the water.  
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    melski94 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in My completely fake and made up LIVE blog from Harmony of the Seas - April 18, 2020!   
    Story of my life, still working, but virtually...come on summer!
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    melski94 got a reaction from Neesa in My completely fake and made up LIVE blog from Harmony of the Seas - April 18, 2020!   
    I'm following along!  Can't wait to read about the pretend Suite life!  Is poor @Lovetocruise2002 staying at home with the girls while her husband gets to go?  Maybe there were no more suites left on this sailing?
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    melski94 got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in My completely fake and made up LIVE blog from Harmony of the Seas - April 18, 2020!   
    I'm following along!  Can't wait to read about the pretend Suite life!  Is poor @Lovetocruise2002 staying at home with the girls while her husband gets to go?  Maybe there were no more suites left on this sailing?
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    melski94 got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Labadee: Help me decide on a beach bungalow!   
    I know others are fans of Nellie's Beach but with your age kids, I'd highly suggest the beach bungalows on Columbus Beach.  The bungalow area is blocked off from the public so it is very easy to keep an eye on the kids, the sand is great for playing in and the water is calm.  Plus, the bungalows are cheaper.
     

    This was our set up.  We had 7 people and some wanted more sun so the attendant dragged 2 chairs next to the other 2.  Later we took the 2 beach chairs to the water's edge.

    View from the bungalow to the water.  

    We were on Harmony.  The really crowded section is the public area on Columbus Beach.  Where the line of chairs stop is the bungalow section.  As you can see less, less crowded and some with bungalows  just pulled chairs down to the water.  
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    melski94 got a reaction from JLMoran in Labadee: Help me decide on a beach bungalow!   
    I know others are fans of Nellie's Beach but with your age kids, I'd highly suggest the beach bungalows on Columbus Beach.  The bungalow area is blocked off from the public so it is very easy to keep an eye on the kids, the sand is great for playing in and the water is calm.  Plus, the bungalows are cheaper.
     

    This was our set up.  We had 7 people and some wanted more sun so the attendant dragged 2 chairs next to the other 2.  Later we took the 2 beach chairs to the water's edge.

    View from the bungalow to the water.  

    We were on Harmony.  The really crowded section is the public area on Columbus Beach.  Where the line of chairs stop is the bungalow section.  As you can see less, less crowded and some with bungalows  just pulled chairs down to the water.  
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    melski94 got a reaction from hail73 in Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya   
    In Roatan, we loved the snorkeling there and I thought better than many of the other islands.  We used Roatan Eco Tours the first time and the second time we booked with Daniel Johnson.  Our trip with Daniel Johnson was cancelled due to Covid19, but we were really looking forward to the Snorkel, hangout, beach tour.  
     
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    melski94 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Suite question: booking 5th & 6th passenger later?   
    @Lovetocruise2002  I'm checking on some Grand Suites for your sailing on Oasis!  I think I'm going to switch to your sailing!
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    melski94 got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Suite question: booking 5th & 6th passenger later?   
    Thanks @Lovetocruise2002 and @WAAAYTOOO  I'd book for 4 just not sure of the older 2 kids plans 2 years out!
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    melski94 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Suite question: booking 5th & 6th passenger later?   
    I'm looking at Symphony, 3/12/22.  I'll have my TA price Oasis just to see but Symphony seemed to have a better rate when I last checked.  
     
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    melski94 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    We made our decision early but on Monday my husband's company stated that anyone who gets sick after a cruise ship vacation quarantined for a minimum of 30 days unpaid (or use your vacay time).  That made our decision much more tolerable plus we are still going somewhere.  Many companies in my area are having a mandatory 14 days self quarantine if you go on a cruise ship.  It is so crazy right now!
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    melski94 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    So sad for you but excited to read about your summer!  What a tough decision. 
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    melski94 got a reaction from ellcee in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from AnnetteJackson in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from Chadster in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Can we give a special shout out to all of the great travel agents...   
    Thank you Nancy Swope at MEI travel! She cancelled my Harmony cruise and booked us a Cancun all inclusive on a Saturday!  Saturday morning, I emailed her to cancel and asked her to look into Cancun or Punta Cana.  She gave me 3 options before lunch and everything was finalized by dinner!  Amazing job and so appreciated!
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    melski94 got a reaction from CruzOnBye in Jamaica 2021- Debating between excursions   
    We did Blue Hole and it was amazing.  All the tour guides there will say to go to Blue Hole over Dunns River Falls.
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    melski94 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Some useful perspective on Coronavirus from one of those on Diamond Princess   
    @Baked Alaska  We did the same thing and cancelled our Harmony sailing.  😪Super sad about it but the small risk of being quarantined would really impact my husband's job and I have a college kid who needs to be back at school.  Just not worth it for us.  MEI Travel booked us a trip to Cancun all inclusive.  It will finally give us a chance to compare all inclusives to the cruise vacations. 
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    melski94 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Some useful perspective on Coronavirus from one of those on Diamond Princess   
    @Baked Alaska  We did the same thing and cancelled our Harmony sailing.  😪Super sad about it but the small risk of being quarantined would really impact my husband's job and I have a college kid who needs to be back at school.  Just not worth it for us.  MEI Travel booked us a trip to Cancun all inclusive.  It will finally give us a chance to compare all inclusives to the cruise vacations. 
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