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  1. Happy to pass along what I've learned through the years... goodness knows I've gotten plenty of good advice here myself, so I enjoy being able to pay it forward!
  2. Are you seriously expecting a logical/rational decision for a Royal Caribbean rule? 🤣 (And I agree with your logic... if not required for other bigger rooms, why is it required for this room? If it's a coveted category, raise the price on it, but don't prohibit people from booking it entirely.)
  3. I've stayed at the Radisson Resort at the Port a few times. https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-resort-cape-canaveral-port
  4. You can check Uber prices here: https://www.uber.com/us/en/price-estimate/
  5. Pretty sure they offer one, no clue what the cost is. I have been with friends who had a vehicle the times I stayed there. It's probably a pretty cheap Uber ride, too -- probably cheaper to Uber than pay for the hotel's shuttle!
  6. I've been happy with the Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon (5500 Blue Lagoon Drive).
  7. I'm absolutely sure about that. Third and fourth passengers are "extras" -- can only be added if extra lifeboat space is still available for that muster station. The first and second passengers are "givens" -- space is always available for them in the lifeboat. (Assuming double or more occupancy, of course.) I learned this when I started booking solo rooms, but wanted to keep the option available to be able to add someone down the road. I asked about booking a "John Doe" second passenger to preserve lifeboat space. My TA (who is also a friend of mine, and is also a top seller for Royal Caribbean for the last couple years) explained that even if I book the room as a solo, Royal will still allot two lifeboat spots for that room. The only time you have trouble adding someone is when you're trying to add a third or fourth passenger -- those are "space available" berths, whereas the first two berths (in a non-studio room) are "space guaranteed" berths. Using round numbers to explain (not necessarily related to actual lifeboat capacity or room category breakdown) : Imagine 100 rooms 50 hold only 2 people (100 total) 25 hold up to 3 people (50 double occupancy plus 25 third passenger = 75 total) 25 hold up to 4 people (50 double occupancy plus 50 3rd/4th passengers = 100 total) -- grand total would be 275 passengers if all rooms are filled to capacity But if the lifeboat only holds 250, Royal will allot 200 lifeboat spots for the first two people in each room automatically -- that way they are able to make sure they are able to put two people in every room. Then the remaining 50 spots get taken up by third and fourth passengers until all 50 are taken, at which time the remaining triple and quad occupancy rooms are limited to only booking two passengers each. If they didn't allot lifeboat space to all the double-occupancy rooms before they are even booked, it's possible that all the triple and quad rooms would be fully booked (175 people) and then only 75 spots remain for the 50 double-occupancy rooms, which means that unless there are a LOT of solo cruisers in that particular muster station, several of those rooms would be completely empty for the sailing -- and empty rooms don't generate revenue. Since third and fourth passengers are often children, the income generated is usually less for the third and fourth berths in a room -- drink packages, spa treatments, specialty dining, etc., bring in more money for adults than kids. So it's in Royal's best interest to make sure that they have the most first and second passengers possible, with 3rd/4th passengers being a bit less profitable, on average. So that's why you hear stories of not being able to add a third or fourth passenger due to no available lifeboat space, but you don't hear stories of not being able to add a second person to a previously-booked-solo double-occupancy room. The first and second person's spots are permanently saved for them in the lifeboat before the reservations are even made.
  8. The hospital I worked at (in a city of 50,000) would typically see a new case every other month. And that's only the people that actually came into the hospital for treatment of their illness. People tend to think that TB is a disease of the past, but it's still out there, even in the USA.
  9. It just depends on what is important / of value to you. I don't really spend any time on a couch or loveseat, so the absence of one wouldn't really bother me. Other people spend more time in their room, so this would be more of a concern for them (like you).
  10. Doesn't matter. A veteran is a veteran.
  11. If people are seriously leaving RCI because they're "only" allowed in the Diamond Lounge and not the Concierge Lounge, I have only one thing to say: Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
  12. Not exactly. A single in a "single studio" room only takes one lifeboat space. A single in a standard double occupancy room is allotted two lifeboat spaces, even though they're only using one.
  13. That's spring break week for much (virtually all, in fact!) of Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. You'll see a LOT of pasty white skin on that cruise -- we haven't seen much sun this winter, let alone swimsuit-temperature sunshine!
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