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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Thank you both! Between the lunches and the dessert suggestions, we've decided to YOLO Book it! 🙂
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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 to do there
  8. If you're not doing self-assist, I wouldn't book before 3pm out of Hobby. Last year our boarding group was about 1/3 of the way through and we didn't get through Customs until noon. Unfortunately, if there are other ships in port, the Customs officers are split up and they probably won't have a full complement available for your cruise. (Oh, and no fog issues on our return.)
  9. If you love flamingos, you might consider getting a room at the Renaissance Aruba right by the port. They have a private island available to guests that has a small (5-7) flock of wild flamingos who have figured out that living the rock star life on that island is very, very good for them. LOL! They are very comfortable near people and the island is absolutely amazing!! This isn't my site - but it's one that I used while researching our day there. https://www.myfoodandhappiness.com/5-reasons-to-visit-flamingo-beach-aruba/ They do offer day-of day passes, but only if the resort occupancy is below some magic number (they want to ensure the island is not crowded and crazy). For us, we decided it was worth reserving a room for the night to ensure we had access. We noted on the reservation that we were arriving around 9am via cruise ship. it was a pleasant surprise that the room was ready for us (although if it hadn't been, it would not have been an issue, all we had was our standard beach day bag. Another benefit - our room was ready when we were done at the island, so we all stopped and used the full-size, normal shower. which was such a treat after the tiny ship-board shower!
  10. We got off the ship and the local taxi company was offering a 2-hour tour for $25/person. We chose the south island option that took us to the salt flats, the slave houses, the light house, past flamingos and wild donkeys and included an option for time at the beach to extend the tour with no additional cost. We had a sweet driver and really enjoyed the tour.
  11. yes! The 'fixed rate' from the airport to our hotel that we could see from the runway was the same as our 15 minute taxi ride from the hotel to the pier (which was twice the rate of our Uber from the pier back to the hotel!) So frustrating to be forced to pay whatever they choose.
  12. Love packing cubes! I use them for clean clothes, then use compression travel bags for dirty clothes on the way home - which gives me more room for souvenirs!
  13. We love 9510 - it's a spacious oceanview (no balcony), but it's a forward corner stateroom, so the room is well over 300 square feet. It also has a table under the mirror that can be moved under the porthole if you want to play games in the stateroom - or enjoy dinner with a view!
  14. I've found my clothes stay neater in packing cubes when packed 2-days before the cruise (to allow for the travel prior to the cruise). Personally, I don't use the compression for clean clothes - I worry about wrinkles. So - packing cubes going, compression bags coming home (which also allows for souvenir space!)
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