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  1. @Capt_BJ I didn't start this thread but really appreciate all your info! I am interested in renting bicycles while at Port Canaveral. Do any companies have bikes at the cruise port? We are coming in on RCCL so we are not across the drawbridge.
  2. This is what bugged me - early reports made it sound like the child was in a children only area instead of a part of the ship where many people go. Lots of places on the ship require caution. To describe the accident as a children's area is very misleading.
  3. I have a bid on this trip - hopefully I will hear soon too!
  4. Well darn. Thanks for answering. We will likely have binoculars with us anyway so we'll see if we can catch some sightings in the less crowded areas
  5. Does anyone know if there is still a path through undeveloped areas on Coco Cay? I've seen some great old photos and posts on birdwatching and am hoping that can still be done. TIA
  6. Hoping this gets clarification as DH and I have no interest in paying to watch our 14yo in the water park
  7. HAL was our first cruise line and the one my DH and I like best. Our last cruise was on NCL and we were surprised at how well we transitioned to what we thought was a huge ship. Then Anthem docked next to us in Bermuda. DH and I thought it looked way too big but our son had stars in his eyes!
  8. We trade around who chooses the vacations. So sometimes he gets dragged to cathedrals in England, in return, we listen to his opinion on cruise ships.
  9. I'm afraid the teen wants ALL the "bells and whistles" but we may be able to satisfy him with just some. Are there things we should be sure not to miss?
  10. My family loves to cruise. Mom and Dad have been happiest on the smaller ships. Not really small, something around 2,500 passengers. But now our teenage son wants more. He's begging for our next cruise to be on Royal Caribbean. We look at these huge ships and wonder what's in store for us. Any advice?
  11. We just got back from a cruise to Bermuda. Lovely islands! I hope that works out for you.
  12. I'm a big believer in not rewarding bad behavior so I lean towards punishing MSC for their poor customer service. In my 50 plus years of experience as both a customer and worker in service industries, I find customer service flows from the top and companies that do it well do it well at all levels and companies with poor service in one area often have it in others. Do you want to spend hours on the phone again if you have a problem with this cruise? As to NCL - I've got a 50% satisfaction record with them. Hated the Breakaway (totally agree with Marine Mom that the layout is awful and the ship crowded), loved the Gem. So I can't give you great advice there. No matter what happens, I hope you end up with a terrific vacation. And while I appreciate your perspective in labeling this a first-world problem, it's your time and your money and you deserve to enjoy it to the max. There are lots of cruise options and every company out there should be working hard to make their line the one dedicated cruise fans like yourself choose. If they can't be bothered to work with you in making MSC your top choice, the heck with them. Lots of other ships in the sea.
  13. There wasn't a lot of traffic and there were two shuttles, each taking about 20 people. Mostly it was the luggage that slowed things down. At each end the driver parked and loaded or unloaded the bags. The drive time between the pier and the parking garage was a matter of minutes.
  14. Swing is swing style music and dance from the 30s and 40s. Great songs and terrific dancing. Get Down Tonight is all the hits from the 1970s. Lots of familiar songs, even TV theme songs. It's a lot of fun. Both shows had the audience on their feet applauding at the end.
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