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  1. Just be prepared to allow extra time to get to the port. When we cruised out of there last year, the traffic was horrific. I believe it took us 20 minutes to make it down the final half mile or so to the port. It's hard to sit patiently in traffic when your ship is in view. Also, we booked a sunset cruise for the evening before debarkation through Viator on the Ohana 2. Your group sounds like it would just about fill the ship and it was absolutely one of the highlights of our vacation! https://www.viator.com/tours/San-Juan/San-Juan-Sunset-Sail/d903-11949P2
  2. I would rather wear a mask and get to go on vacation than stay at home! If wearing a mask helps keep others safe, then it's a small price to pay - and it won't change the view of the sunset at sea!
  3. I volunteered. I'm in the travel industry (a separate branch from cruising) and have family in the amusement park industry. The sooner we can find ways for people to safely enjoy these activities again the better. And I desperately need to see the "line where the sky meets the sea".
  4. Unless you see something that is a really exciting alternative for you, I think I'd wait another month or so. We had booked back up vacations for all our trips through Jan, but we're waiting a bit longer on our July trip. I think/hope/pray things will feel less murky in a couple of months and at that point we'll feel better prepared to make a decision for something that far out.
  5. I agree with longer is always better! For my first cruise, we went on a 3-night because I was worried about whether I would enjoy cruising. They literally had to pry my hands from the hull as I was disembarking because I didn't want to leave! There are different aspects to larger vs smaller - and as the others have posted - that article is a great place to get you started thinking about what's important to you and how you like to vacation.
  6. We cruised the Freedom to the ABC islands last October. My favorite memory was the day we spent at the Renaissance Aruba on their private island! I hand fed flamingos and when we were at lunch, we were entertained by the tiny birds helping themselves to the fruit garnishes left on drink glasses after guests left nearby tables.
  7. We're on the 8-night Anthem cruise with that itinerary that departs NY on 10/30/21 next year if that helps any.
  8. We talked about this and I have been threatened with bodily harm if my Mom doesn't get to eat in the buffet (in whatever form it's taking in the new world) at least 3 times.: I like the Solarium Bistro, too - so we'll make sure we enjoy that a meal or two. However, we weren't thrilled with the MDR, so having this plan will be a great option for us!
  9. Ours isn't quite that low - we're on the Anthem Oct '21 and got it for $199 - but when you figure it's an 8-night cruise it's less than $25/day!
  10. Thank you both! Between the lunches and the dessert suggestions, we've decided to YOLO Book it!
  11. Thanks! I thought that might be the case, but couldn't find anything that said so clearly. hmmm.. back to the pros/cons list for us. That was the point that bumped us over from the 3-night package to the unlimited financially. I appreciate the info!
  12. Hi all! I've tried to confirm this, but I"m not asking search the right way... If I purchase the unlimited dining package for my anthem cruise, does the $35 a la carte credit cover things like the upcharge desserts at La Patisserie? Thanks!! mp
  13. We booked a room at the Aruba Renaissance to have access to their private island for the day. They'll still allow you to go to the island even if your room isn't ready. The island is beautiful and the flamingos are very friendly.
  14. We rented a car in St John's and Halifax. St. John's was fantastic! We took a beautiful drive out to St. Andrew's, had a lovely lunch and got to walk on the sea floor (we saw about a 25 foot tide difference in the couple hours we spent there. FWIW, we didn't like Peggy's Cove. We were among the first off the ship, got our car and headed straight there. We still were unable to park and saw several busses that had beaten us there. it was so crowded we couldn't even enjoy driving through the little village. Next time, I think we'll wander around Halifax itself - there seemed to be plenty t
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