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  1. We went on Empress for the first time in October. Just the wife and I, I'm 42 she's 37. My biggest observation was there was never any lines or crowds. You can easily get a seat in the Windjammer for breakfast and even on sea days we found ourselves asking "where is everyone?" It was very refreshing. I mean when theres events or things happening on the pool deck (like belly flop contest) there is a crowd but not overwhelming. You definitely get to know the crew members like the bartenders and wait staff and come across the same other cruise passengers often and it was nice to make friends. Theres not alot going on during sea days so I'm not sure its a good kid friendly cruise, they might get bored but we loved it. Very relaxing and stress free. I liked the smoke free casino area. One of the highlights was we stopped at Coco Cay, it was our first time back there since the renovations and Empress was the only ship there that day so it was great, wide open spaces and no big crowds in the pool on the island.
  2. We are on 2 or 2 plus our young daughter when we go so I’m not sure about 17. We have done the late flight home before. We usually rent a car and go exploring. There’s all kinds of stuff to see and do along the coastline on A1A up through Hollywood area. Beaches, beautiful fancy big buildings, homes, and towers, there’s Haulover inlet next to a big park and dog beach where you can watch the huge expensive yachts come and go, we found an out of the way small aquarium and sea turtle sanctuary, there’s plenty of places to eat and explore. Also if you rent a car from the airport you can use their free shuttle from the port, go get your car, and bring it back later in the day and walk right in to the terminal. The rental car also gives you a place to keep luggage for the day without having to drag it around.
  3. Our daughter is a little younger (she's now 7) but we've been taking her since she was 4. She LOVES adventure ocean. We take her there after dinner most nights for a couple hours. They do crafts, play games, watch movies, do plays, all kinds of fun stuff and the best part is when we walk around the ship she will run across other kids she's made friends with and they talk and say hi. The staff on every ship we've been on in AO is great. We obviously don't drop her off all day because we want to share time and do things with her during the day but it is nice to have a couple hours in the evening to do some adult activities and know she's having fun doing her thing there with other kids. I think its a great thing.
  4. We like to rent a car and go ride up the A1A through Hollywood and check out all the huge beautiful buildings and houses along the way. Lots of things like exotic cars running around...alot of money in that area for sure! We came across a small aquarium/sea turtle sanctuary on one of the side roads by the beach. There's Haulover inlet where you can hang out and watch all the big yachts and speedboats come and go which is also right by a big beach and some parks. Theres a dog beach there as and its fun to watch all the dogs playing in the ocean if you're into that. After a week we miss our dogs back home so thats fun for us. We have a retired greyhound at home and met a couple on the beach there that had two running around on the beach so we made some friends and chatted for awhile. We have also noticed along the beach you'll sometimes find roped off areas where sea turtles have come up and laid their eggs. Theres some nice little restaurants and bars along the endless beaches as well to check out. Having the rental car for the day also provides a place to store your luggage so you don't have to drag it around wherever you go for the day. Usually a rental car for the day will be about $50 or so and also includes a free ride from the port to the airport to pick it up when you get off the ship. We usually fly into Ft Lauderdale for Miami cruises because its cheaper and this is also a good reason for the rental car.
  5. We have not gotten any better deal on next cruise onboard than we could on our own. But then again we usually cruise on a budget and don't mess with suites and balconies.
  6. We've noticed the same on smaller ships like Empress, Majesty, etc. You seem to run into the same people all over and its a completely different experience than on the huge ships. Its fun to chat with other people when you see them more often. And inevitably you will run into to someone who lives nearby your hometown.....never fails!
  7. I know. It was kinda weird when I opened the email, had their names, addresses, their booking number, I am an honest guy so I just deleted the info and the email and called RC. There wasn't any more personal info beyond that so I wasn't concerned. But months after the fact I'll take the points. Funny how it appears I went on a solo cruise. Oh well.
  8. I agree with the opinions on Empress. We went several weeks ago, first time on that ship. It was great....not lines or crowds to wait on, just laid back and spectacular crew. I wouldn't bother with the Key. In Cozumel check out Chankanaab Park.....look up some info and videos of it. They have things like the swim with dolphins experience there but I found the swim with Manatees much less crowded, had more time with them, and it was fun! Just depends on what you are into.
  9. I like Enchantment. Its a smaller ship but they're never small the first time you lay eyes on them when you get to the port! After 12 or so cruises over 13 years I'm still amazed at the sheer size of the ships when you arrive. Maybe watch a youtube video review/walkaround of the ship to get a little familiar but yes on port days there are things to do on the ship and plenty to eat. In fact its probably not a bad time to do things on the ship because most people get off and go exploring at the port. As far as the room temp I like it cold but my wife is always cold. You can adjust the thermostat to a level you all agree on. We fortunately have never had a hot cabin.
  10. Our daughter is now 7. On a couple past cruises we have taken her on she wanted a sea pass, mainly just to be like us and wear it on a lanyard. Lol. Anyway, we went to guest services and they issued her an extra one. We keep track of the real one. They asked what we wanted it to do and we said just to work in the cabin door and not able to be used to purchase anything. Not that she would but just in case she were to drop it or lose it. You can set a certain limit also is what we were told but I'm not sure if its a daily limit or a total limit for the whole cruise.
  11. Earlier this year about the same time we were getting ready to go on our Adventure of the Seas 7 night I got sent emails to check in and my luggage tags for a cruise on Symphony that we hadn't even booked. Turns out it was someone with my same name that they got confused. I called RC and I guess they got it straightened out and the correct person must have received their luggage tags, never heard anymore. Anyway, I logged in today to my account to look at an upcoming cruise and in the "past cruises" section is that cruise on Symphony that we didn't take and the points for it got added on to my C&A points. I guess I'll take the points....lol....gets me real close to Diamond level with the extra. Has anyone else had something like that occur?
  12. Agreed. We will do this again when our daughter comes with us in April on our next cruise and will be on a pullman. When we first saw that room on Empress I thought to myself Im gonna wake up and have to pee or something and either stub my toe or run into the cabinets trying to get out of bed with them together....lol Was SO much more convenient this way.
  13. Ive made that mistake before but it was the top of my feet that got roasted....guess I neglected to put sunscreen on them and we were on a boat/stingray excursion most of the day. That was a bad idea.....any socks, shoes, sandals or just the sheets were painful for a couple days. Caribbean sun is nothing to mess with especially for a fair skinned guy like me!
  14. A few years back we had quite a few elevator rushers on our ship. We all know them....the ones who try to rush into the elevator before anyone can get out. We had a huge guy (largely built and very tall) we seemed to end up in the elevator with quite often and was seated with his family at our MDR table....he was hilarious to talk to and you'd always see him ducking when walking around because his head was not far from the ceilings in some areas. Anyway, he would stand in the elevator inches behind the door and when we reached a floor and the door opened people rushing in would be met with this towering nearly 7 feet tall/300 pound guy blocking the entire entrance. Some people bounced off him not looking or just stopped super fast and then looked up in shock.....I still get a laugh out of that. He kinda reminded me of Herman Munster without the bolts....lol
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