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Everything posted by Gears

  1. Cocktails on board RCL ships are awesome. That's one of the things I tell people when they whine about having to pay for drinks on a cruise versus all inclusive resorts. You want a martini...you get a real 'careful not to spill that!' martini in a real martini glass. Pre-made...if you are looking at it like making a strawberry daiquiri from fresh strawberries, no, they don't do that. They will use a strawberry mix, but the ice, rum and triple sec are combined and mixed separate right there in front of you.
  2. You took my reply completely out of context........................
  3. We booked the snorkel trip with Renee for April 6th. Looking forward to it!
  4. Assuming you're taking about the Deluxe Drink Package. 1) Technically, you can only use your card and they will only give you one drink at a time. If your wife has the package, she will need to be there too (assuming you're at a bar). 2) Yes. 3) Usually Cafe Promenade or similar non-branded place. Dining room, Windjammer and specialty restaurants as well.
  5. Just poped up on our cruise as well. It wasn't there yesterday. If we weren't Diamond I would probably go for it.
  6. Giovanni's seems to have reviews in one of two categories, either it was awesome or it was OK. We've been to Gio's twice (two different ships) and found it to be OK. Some people raved about it on the same cruises. I do encourage you to try as many things foodwise on a cruise as possible. If you haven't been to Gio's, give it a try. (Unless you've got multiple stomachs, good luck with eating more than one entree :) ) Checkout the multi-dinner packages if you haven't already, they may work for you. If you plan on going to specific restaurants, do the math to determine if it's less expensive
  7. Totally understanding of PTSD and other challenges. But...I'm having a hard time seeing a small Yorkshire Terrier being carried through the Promenade and Casino, or a small dog sleeping on a chair in the Schooner Bar while the mid-20s owner has a drink chatting with his travel companions as service dogs. RCL has a service dog policy...but the policy says "Evidence that a dog is a service dog is helpful but not required." Translation...'feel free to bend and abuse as you see fit'.
  8. We saw something we have never seen before on an RCL ship on our recent 5 night Western Caribbean cruise... We have seen service dogs before and RCL has a policy for them (rightly so), but this time we saw two different dogs with people...out in the public areas like it was a walk in the park. One couple had a Yorkshire Terrier and another mid-20's male had what appeared to be small breed cross of some sort. These we able bodied people, no physical, sight or hearing challenges. What gives? Anyone else seen this before?
  9. Thanks for the tip WAAAYTOOO! We stopped in Costa Maya on December 6th. We took your tip and went to the Krazy Lobster. It was a great day. Sun, beach, $1 Coronas and a great lunch at a reasonable price! You wouldn't know the place from the front...Costa Maya has changed considerably since we were there last. The only real issue we had...was the relentless walking vendors. I swear it felt like every 30 seconds. They weren't pushy or aggressive, but the pure numbers was unprecedented in our travelling history. Also, cabs are not (at least no longer) allowed to pick up fares insi
  10. Awesome, thank you very much for the information and tips! Bing Bong!
  11. We are stopping at Costa Maya in a few weeks on the Indi. We have stopped there a few times, but it has been at least eight years +/-. We are thinking of going into Mahahual and finding a nice cafe/restaurant/bar to hang out at. Is going into Mahahual a better experience than hanging out at the port compound? If so, is there a particular place and how much $$ should we bring with us? Bing Bong!
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