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    SPS got a reaction from SweetHomeLady in Internet by the minute?   
    I remember using this feature on Rhapsody for the desktop computers at the RC Online area so we could check in for our next day's flight home and print boarding passes in 2017.
    I believe the cost was about $10-12 for 30 minutes. Surprisingly, I was able to use the ship's Wi-Fi on my phone for about 3 hours after my 30 minutes expired.
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    SPS got a reaction from BigBrust in Changing to Pre-Paid gratuities   
    You'll have to call Royal Caribbean. They will gladly add them to your reservation.
    You'll then be sent an updated reservation showing them added.
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    SPS reacted to Bob_KY in Are they benefits for early check-in?   
    Now .... cruise early check in means fruity drinks by the pool sooner..  👍

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    SPS got a reaction from Phillo in Boarding in foreign country   
    English is a very widely taught language throughout Europe. I learned of this while stationed in there during my military years.
    More than anything, local citizens appreciate when you at least attempt to speak the local language, so maybe look into learning a few phrases. The effort is appreciated and seen as a sign of respect that makes people that do speak English more willing to assist you.
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    SPS reacted to Ala_Paul in Back from the Navigator!   
    So I just received an email back from RCCL and they're refunding the two charges for Johnny Rockets! Not sure how it happened in the first place, but glad it's getting fixed! 
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    SPS reacted to Ala_Paul in Back from the Navigator!   
    So first off I wanted to say Thank You!! to everyone on this blog who helped to make this an amazing cruise for us. We returned yesterday from our 3-night Navigator sailing. We really did have a great time, and I was forearmed against so many mistakes/ wastes of time because of the advice from you great people! I did want to just let everyone know a couple of things we learned on this trip, some of which I've seen others ask about. 
    Izumi To-Go: On our Nassau port day, Izumi was open for lunch. We didn't get a reservation - were told they weren't really needed for lunch and that Jamie's would be open that day instead. BUT we were able to get Izumi to-go. I've seen folks ask about that and wanted to just share. It took about 20 minutes, and they gave us a bag filled with $65 worth of sushi and appetizers which we ate in the Viking Crown Lounge next door. They didn't seem bothered about it at all and we made sure to tip and say thank you to the waiter for helping.
    We had an Ultimate Dining Package and were determined to get the most out of it. It was purchased for $69/pp and never dipped lower. We ate Chops lunch embarkation day, Hooked Night 1, Izumi Night 2, and Chops Night 3. I really wanted to try Jamie's Italian and when we asked they said it would be open on our Nassau port day. It wasn't, Izumi was. But at least I'll have another restaurant to look forward to next time. I don't know how to go about confirming which specialty restaurant will be open on the Nassau port day, but that would be good information for someone to find out! 🙂
    Playmakers and others: On this Navigator sailing, RCCL charged then credited back our food purchased from Playmakers. Multiple people told us they would so I was ready to fight the charge if need be 😅They wouldn't do the same at The Bamboo Room. One of the people who told us about Playmakers also told us the package would work on Captain Jacks at CoCo Cay, though we didn't try that out. Also, they DID charge me for Johnny Rockets. I'm going to try calling and disputing this since everything said it was included, but we'll see how it goes.
    Slides: If you want to try the slides aboard ship, go early! We got there fairly early on the Nassau day but apparently not enough. The line, especially for The Blaster (tube slide) was not quick. Once I got to the top I realized the lifeguards were waiting to set people up/ talk to them/ go over safety rules until after the guards at the bottom gave them the all clear signal. As a former lifeguard at a water park, they could really speed that up if they just blocked the slide with their bodies and did it all while the previous riders were getting out. We went about halfway up the tower before hitting the line and it still was about a 25 minute wait. The other mat slide had a shorter line and went slightly quicker.
    CoCo Cay: I've been to Labadee but never to CoCo Cay. It was wonderful! They were still putting up a few new trees and the existing ones were a little burnt from Dorian but everything else was really top notch. We spent most of the day at Chill Island with a stop at Oasis Lagoon just to check it out. There were plenty of open loungers at the beach but not nearly as many at Oasis Lagoon. Really there were plenty but also a lot of seat saving. I was curious and may try this next time I'm going; there were a couple of cabanas at Chill Island open but ALL of the day beds were empty. Anyone have experience just going to the excursions desk and making an offer to them? They were asking $199 for day beds before our cruise and I would've happily paid $99 for the day. Just a thought.
    Well, thank you all again for your help and if you have any questions please let me know. Now I'm restarting my count down for our April sailing on Independence with the kids!
    ~ Paul 
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    SPS got a reaction from FManke in Boarding in foreign country   
    English is a very widely taught language throughout Europe. I learned of this while stationed in there during my military years.
    More than anything, local citizens appreciate when you at least attempt to speak the local language, so maybe look into learning a few phrases. The effort is appreciated and seen as a sign of respect that makes people that do speak English more willing to assist you.
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    SPS got a reaction from Ed Kaye in Boarding in foreign country   
    English is a very widely taught language throughout Europe. I learned of this while stationed in there during my military years.
    More than anything, local citizens appreciate when you at least attempt to speak the local language, so maybe look into learning a few phrases. The effort is appreciated and seen as a sign of respect that makes people that do speak English more willing to assist you.
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    SPS got a reaction from MotleyCruiser in First Timers - Embarkation Day   
    Like @Matt said, 11am would be a good time. You'll probably be given a later check-in time when you get your cruise documents. These are just a recommendation and don't need to be adhered to.
    (Personally, we shoot for 10:30)
    Regarding your password issue, you may need to call Royal about your account issues.
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    SPS got a reaction from FManke in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    1. It's a good place to find essentials. I've bought the tea lights, magnetic clips, and towel clips there. (And now I need to look for those hampers!)
    2. "I left them in our cabin". Oh well, easily and cheaply replaceable.
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    SPS reacted to FManke in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    Jinx! 😁
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    SPS got a reaction from Yo2slick in Survey at end of cruise   
    This is exactly why I RARELY give 10's on ANY online surveys. No matter how good a product or service is, I say there is always room for improvement. It's not that I'm hard to please, it's just fact.
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    SPS got a reaction from JLMoran in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    Nice tip. I'll have to pick up one or two of these.
    Another Dollar Tree item, a two pack of battery operated tea lights. These are really nice to use in the bathrooms as a mild night light (particularly in very dark interior rooms) and are bright enough to avoid blinding yourself in the middle of the night.
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    SPS got a reaction from teddy in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    Nice tip. I'll have to pick up one or two of these.
    Another Dollar Tree item, a two pack of battery operated tea lights. These are really nice to use in the bathrooms as a mild night light (particularly in very dark interior rooms) and are bright enough to avoid blinding yourself in the middle of the night.
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    SPS got a reaction from Susie in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    Nice tip. I'll have to pick up one or two of these.
    Another Dollar Tree item, a two pack of battery operated tea lights. These are really nice to use in the bathrooms as a mild night light (particularly in very dark interior rooms) and are bright enough to avoid blinding yourself in the middle of the night.
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    SPS got a reaction from FManke in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    Nice tip. I'll have to pick up one or two of these.
    Another Dollar Tree item, a two pack of battery operated tea lights. These are really nice to use in the bathrooms as a mild night light (particularly in very dark interior rooms) and are bright enough to avoid blinding yourself in the middle of the night.
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    SPS reacted to Susie in Cruise Kit - what's in yours?   
    I got the pop up hampers from Dollar tree. It cost $1 and I already use on my 2 cruise and it still working. https://www.dollartree.com/essentials-pop-up-hampers/175897
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    SPS got a reaction from spiralqueen in Proposal locations on Harmony   
    I hope that whoever you are proposing to doesn't know about this website, cuz you may be letting the cat out of the bag!
    I would think that Coco Cay would have some nice beach spots to pop the question, but, you'll be leaving the island well before sunset.
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    SPS got a reaction from Neesa in Survey at end of cruise   
    This is exactly why I RARELY give 10's on ANY online surveys. No matter how good a product or service is, I say there is always room for improvement. It's not that I'm hard to please, it's just fact.
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    SPS got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Survey at end of cruise   
    This is exactly why I RARELY give 10's on ANY online surveys. No matter how good a product or service is, I say there is always room for improvement. It's not that I'm hard to please, it's just fact.
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    SPS got a reaction from HeWhoWaits in Survey at end of cruise   
    This is exactly why I RARELY give 10's on ANY online surveys. No matter how good a product or service is, I say there is always room for improvement. It's not that I'm hard to please, it's just fact.
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    SPS reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Survey at end of cruise   
    I don’t doubt that they believe this to be true but if IS true then Royal needs a new ratings strategy. Many people (myself included) rarely give a “perfect” score to anyone...b/c where do you go [up] from there ?  That’s one reason I really dislike these kinds of surveys. If everyone is perfect (and NObody is) then there’s no need to ask and the surveys are a waste of time and resources.
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    SPS got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Gift of booze 😁   
    The ports you are visiting are known for rums and tequilas. As far as bringing it back, I've brought a bottle of liquor back in my checked bag each of the last three years with no breakage trouble. Each time I've packed it in the dead center of my bag cushioned by clothing. (Twice with soft side luggage and once with hard side luggage.)
    If you happen to be getting away from the port in Cozumel, Arc Angel, in the middle of the island on Transversal de Cozumel, has some of the best tequilas I have ever had! I've never seen it in the US. (Many excursions that go to the other side of the island stop at this location for a shopping/bathroom break)
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    SPS reacted to TetonPost in Best Eleven Days   
    I was on the recent extended Empress cruise (due to Dorian), it was my first cruise, and I just wanted to say that was the best consecutive eleven days I've ever experienced, and I'm an old guy that's seen a lot. I'm a huge Royal Caribbean fan now, can't imagine riding with anyone else from here on out. I don't know if it's appropriate but I'm posting a sunset photo taken the night before arriving back in Miami.

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    SPS got a reaction from teddy in Hurricane Dorian Relief Signage   
    I think I’ve seen that on every military form I ever encountered! It’s pretty much the basis for my first reply to this topic! 😆
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