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  1. We are going to try to use PAYG option as well for our cruise in Feb. 7 ships in port that day. So, I am prepared, if Paradise is full, what is the other options that are nearby. Are other resorts that have similar PAYG with water activities for kids nearby. Thanks
  2. Hi everyone looking forward to our upcoming cruise Feb 15. I just booked our transportation and the company we are using gave their suggestions for times but I don't agree. The car service was stating that the RCCL new terminal is very busy and much more congested than the other terminals and from past pickup and drop off?! We are staying Hyatt House in FLL Dania Beach and arriving the night before the cruise. I arranged a van to pick us all up the day of the cruise Sat Feb 15. The car service recommended 11am to avoid the crowds of people coming off of Symphony but I was thinking 10 am pickup to allow for 30 min drive to port and I figure by the time we get our luggage to the porters, go through security and get checked in, it should be time to board the ship. I think we will all get antsy hanging at the hotel until 11am! Coming back on Sat Feb 22, we have a flight at 11:45 am from Miami airport back to Boston. The car service recommended pickup at 8:30 to avoid the mass rush of people leaving the boat. I was thinking if we have breakfast in main dining room at 7:30 when it opens, leave the ship by 8:30 with pickup at 9am, we should have more than enough time to get to Miami airport by 9:30-10 am. I think I rather enjoy our last moments on the ship and have one nice last breakfast rather than hang out early at the airport. Do you think I should go with my plan of pickup at 10am FLL hotel and disembark 9am or follow the car service recommendation of 11am pickup FLL and disembark 8:30 am. I wonder if the car service is recommending these times so they can maximize rides from other potential customers! Thanks for the advice in advance!
  3. I feel stupid for asking this question but my father in law wants to bring his mini Magic bullet smoothie machine on board. He drinks this special smoothie with a specialty protein powder he swears keeps him healthy. I told him I do not believe RCCL will allow this but I saw this was not a prohibited item on the list. I did mention he could just buy smoothies on board the ship and he can bring in his protein powder to add to the shake but he thinks it won't taste the same and the ship's smoothies will have to much sugar (he is diabetic). If anyone has any input this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  4. I thought smoothies was included in Refreshment package on Symphony? Is protein extra charge?
  5. My 12 year old daughter is obsessed with the baking shows and saw a video of Wonderland's desserts. We are on Symphony of the Seas and wondering if we can go to Wonderland just for dessert on our cruise. I looked at menu and don't see prices but it would be great if they allow her to experience this restaurant even during an off time. Thanks
  6. Our plan is to go with Rony's so we can see the Manakawei sloth and monkey based on other's reviews. We are on Symphony in Feb. Then, we chose Infinity Bay for $20 per person to go snorkeling, beach and pool for our kids and group. Infinity charges $10 for snorkel rental and first come, first serve. We arrive Coxen Hole around 9am, and our main priority is the sloth so I presume we will do this first. Wondering if there are many places along West Bay Beach to rent snorkel in case Infinity Bay sold out of snorkel gear. We may also do snorkel from the boat tours. I read, you just find a guy to take you out. Do they come with guides. How long and how much for a boat to take you out. Also, curious if worth it vs just swimming from shore. My kids are 11 and strong swimmers but I think we don't want a strong current and would likely want a floatie or snorkel vest for safety. Thanks
  7. I will be on Symphony and saw that they have the Bionic bar. 2 families and two of us have drink packages. With 5 kids between us, I am pretty sure if we try it, the kids are going to all want to try to do this. Anyone know if the Bionic Bar will allow us to swipe our seapass to get drinks. If the kids want a mocktail, is there time limit between orders to get another drink using the unlimited drink package with same card. Although, I don't mind getting 2 drinks at once either which may be another option! Thanks
  8. Wondering how easy will it be to grab a taxi at Royal cruise port on a Saturday. is there a long line around 9am on disembarkation. Wondering if better to grab an uber or taxi or private car service if long waits.
  9. Happy New Year everyone. We are a group of 15 that are thinking about Paradise Beach pay as you go option in Cozumel mid Feb. I remember cabs can hold 4, maybe 5 people. I don't remember if vans. Wondering if there is a way to get private transport back and forth to Paradise Beach? Also, I think we will go as soon as boat arrives to make sure we get spot, but just in case Paradise Beach is full, is there other options nearby so we don't get stuck and have Plan B. We do not want All inclusive, so concerned they may not let us in as pay as you go admission especially since the port will be very full that day with 7 ships during mid Feb busy time. Thanks
  10. We are thinking of doing Rony's with the sloth and snorkeling. I see a lot of tours that have boats to take you out snorkeling. We are family of 4 with 12 year old twins. Have gone snorkeling twice. Does anyone recommend paying for boat and guide for an hour or two, or will we see enough just from shore. Also, how bad are the bugs? We are going in Feb on Symphony. I wouldn't mind relaxing on the beach/pool also but if the bugs are bad, we may just stay in the water. Thanks
  11. Wondering what days are headliner shows. I notice you cannot book in advance. My cruise for Feb 15, 2020 just opened up for entertainment. I think based on old cruise compass, there is family comedy on Day 5, so maybe I will keep this day open. Any other tips. Only thing I have read is to try to book HIRO early in case of rough seas so you get a chance to see the show. Thanks in advance.
  12. I just found out there is Malaria and Dengue Fever Risk on Roatan per the CDC. Anyone take Malaria pills prior to cruising?
  13. Hi everyone, hope you don't mind me adding to this thread. I have twins who will be age 12 at time of sailing next August. I am starting to look at cruises in Europe and usually go on RCCL cruises to Carribean. I wanted to look into Europe as I think cruise great way to get the highlights of Europe. All the RCCL, NCL, Celebrity cruises are very expensive. The Carnival Legend looks very good with a great choice of cities within a 9 day trip. I was thinking of the 12 day also but I think with Barcelona and Venice as the ports of departure, I think we can enjoy these cities more before and after the cruise. Wondering what are everyone thought's on the Legend. I know it is port intensive cruise, so I don't think I need to pay extra for a fancier ship. As long as clean, half decent food and a pool that the kids can relax after a long day, I think we should be good. Any opinion on if Legend and the European cruise good for kids aged 12. Also, I heard Carnival cruise air program can be reasonably priced also. I am also flying out of Boston. Thanks
  14. I am going on cruise RCCL out of Miami mid Feb and flying into FLL. Group of 6. I can get mini van one way rental from FLL to MIA for $65 with Alamo. Wonder how long is wait to get onto shuttle to Port. I am wondering if I should just do the shared van with Jiffy Jeff for $13 per person instead for less hassle. The only reason I would maybe want the van rental is so I can go around FLL the night before for dinner rather than use Uber. Also, I was going to use the free Alamo shuttle from Port to Airport on the way back. Is it crazy busy or should I use Uber? Thanks
  15. The day we are arriving in mid Feb 2020, there is 7 ships in port. Do I need to be concerned about the resort filling up and not getting in. I hate to waste cab ride to find out it is full. I want to do non AI option. I emailed Paradise Beach and they only take reservations for AI now. Thanks
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