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  1. Thanks for your thoughts, everyone. After all that, I YOLO Booked it. I decided this was the cruise I wanted to be on so I should just pay for it, even if it was slightly more than I wanted to pay. If anything, I'll watch for a deal to upgrade to a balcony.
  2. Hello, everyone. I'm usually one who books way out. (My only cruise booked is approaching 500 days away.) We're looking at taking a 4-night getaway cruise in March. We've found one that works well with our schedules, but it's a little more than what we were hoping to pay. Today is final payment date for this cruise. Generally, do prices drop once final payment passes if there are still rooms available? There seem to be lots of staterooms still available. Of course there are no guarantees, but what are your experiences with last minute cruise fare? Thoughts?
  3. I'm not sure about Budget, but I used Dollar and Thrifty previously at Port Miami. For both of them, there was a shuttle between the Port Miami and Miami airport Car Rental Center (even though I booked to Port Miami). It's not too far and they both were easy to use.
  4. Thanks for the reassurance. I'm usually one who arrives well before boarding, so not even being in Tampa until 11:15 makes me a bit nervous. We had originally booked the four-night cruise out of Port Canaveral which would have given us the ability to fly in earlier, but we couldn't resist the seven-night cruise. We're still trying to make it work where we can get to Tampa the night before, but right now it's not an option.
  5. We're a month out from our cruise, and now I'm a little worried about getting from the airport to the cruise. We're arriving the day of for the first time ever. (I know, we should get there before, but we haven't been able to make it work. But we do have trip insurance.) We are scheduled to arrive at TPA at 11:15 am. We are planning on taking a Lyft or Uber from the airport to the port. Is there anything we should be aware of in Tampa that might slow us down? Is there a better (cheaper or faster) way for a family of five to get there?
  6. We are looking for things that we can do within walking distance from the ship for our upcoming cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. We're visiting Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, and Roatan. In Cozumel, can you walk (safely) from the ship to the "downtown" area? Are there any beaches within walking distance at any of our ports? I know there's the pool area in Costa Maya, but I think we'd just stay on the ship to have pool time. We've been to these ports once before, but this time decided to go for the 7 night cruise and not do any excursions vs. the 4 night with excursions. Our daughte
  7. This is different then Little French Key. We went to Maya Key a few years ago and loved it. The boat picked us up on the pier where the ship was docked. The snorkeling was great. The beach is small (unless we missed another beach area hiding somewhere.) Lunch was very good. The kids loved interacting with the monkeys. We would definitely return!
  8. Thanks! That's more what I expected it to be.
  9. We are looking at purchasing the Photo Package for our upcoming 7-night Rhapsody of the Seas sailing. It's $159.99 through the cruise planner (which to start with is MUCH cheaper then what we paid in the past for packages on NCL or DCL.) Is this comparable or a better deal then purchasing it on the ship? Do they ever include it in Cruise Planner sales? Thanks in advance!
  10. I was able to get the Refreshment Package for $20/day for our Enchantment of the Seas cruise in March this morning.
  11. One more recommendation for Alaska cruisers... I was given The Alaska Cruise Handbook by Joe Upton. The book was good, but I really liked the included map. It showed details about the different places along the journey. I would get the latitude and longitude from the television then follow where we are on the map. (The map on TV is much too far to see anything!) the map shows things like "Humpback whales are often seen here." And then we saw whales! It was great to have!
  12. We were on the starboard side of Jewel, which would be my pick if we cruised again. We could see the shore for much of the north bound trip before we got to the inside passage. Once in Alaska, there is shore on both sides. Of course, on the way back, your away from the shore, but by this point in the cruise, we weren't looking out as much. As far as excursions, they are really expensive. In Juneau, we just got off the ship and went to the tramway. They have a special where you get the tram ticket and a shuttle bus to Mendenhall Glacier. We did that and enjoyed both. In Skagway,
  13. We're currently booked on the Disney Dream with the kids next June. Although, I think a return to Alaska will be soon after that. that might be another Royal Caribbean Cruise. I'd like to do the northbound trip next time.
  14. We flew on miles, so I'm not sure how it compares. We also flew into Vancouver (even though Jewel cruises out of Seattle.) We took the Amtrak Cascade from Vancouver to Seattle and loved it. The train goes right down the coast and offers some nice views. Then we flew home from Seattle/Tacoma. So, flying to Vancouver might be worth comparing if you can save enough to cover the train ticket!
  15. We just returned from our first Royal Caribbean cruise on Jewel of the Seas to Alaska. We had a great time and I wanted to share my thoughts with everyone. (I'm also curious if some things we experienced are the same on other Royal ships.) My only other cruise experience is on 4 Disney ships, but since this was our first cruise without the kids, so we thought we'd try Royal Caribbean. First of all, Jewel is a beautiful ship. As Matt mentioned on the podcast, there are windows everywhere! This was especially nice on an Alaska cruise, where there is always something to see. The enter
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