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  1. We already bought the Key so I think we are going to be fine with devices, we decided to keep it so everyone can have access to wifi text to keep everyone informed of where we are when we separate. We are keeping the same number in each room, just want to swap the actual bodies around but thanks for that reminder. I have ran into that on carnival before- kids wanting to stay in grandparents room, but having to squeeze in. Was easier when they were smaller! :) Appreciate all of the answers and opinions! :) thanks again!
  2. Thanks Biker! We dont need a fourth cabin, the 3 girls are excited to share a cabin, and the boy will sleep with his parents. But, you are right, some of the planner purchases are definitely adding up to the price of cabins!!
  3. Thanks in advance for your help! 🙂 I have only cruised RC once, and it was on one of the small ships so not much applied, usually we cruise Carnival and while they have a lot of similarities, cruise planner is totally different for me. Background- we are cruising on the Independence of the Seas with two families, 4 adults, and 4 kids (13, 12, 10 and 😎 in three rooms. We had to book with two kids and an adult each in two rooms and two adults in one. When we get on board, can we swap it around to have three kids in one room? Will they give the parents access to unlock that door? (they are next door to our room but not connecting). We purchased the Key for all of us, does it include internet for 8 devices or only one per room? Not a big deal either way, but the kids would probably like to unwind with you tube or something at night if possible. But we do cruise to unwind, however, my 13 year old will be happy she can keep her snapchat streaks. lol Photo Package- if we buy it for the kid's room, does it only work if they are in the pictures, or would it be for any of us? We are looking into the unlimited specialty dining, looks like hibachi is a 10 dollar up charge. My youngest isn't crazy about hibachi but loves sushi, is it possible for her to sit with us, but order from sushi menu instead? We are doing CoCoCay and I know the older two kids would love the thrill waterpark, but due to the price (currently 114 a ticket), I'm unsure how much use the younger two kids would get from it. If we do half and half, do you think it would still make for an enjoyable day? Can we still meet up for lunch, etc?
  4. When I made the reservations, it just said they will tell us onboard. We are going on the Valor for a 5 day if that makes a difference.
  5. No, they dont. You can search for them in the chat feature. In August we went with a friend and her daughter's, we were not on the same reservation and had no issues all chatting. We kept up with our teenagers that way. It's not 100% reliable, as with any technology at sea but worked fine for us. If you have any questions, just let me know. I've been on several carnival cruises and I'm happy to help with anything that I can.
  6. 1) Sorry, I'm no help on here 2) They do two shows to accommodate early and late dining. I love YTD though personally. 3)Yes, you can request the same server if you find one you like, sometimes you may have to wait a little longer but I never have had it be an issue. no, but on some ships you can reserve with the HUB app I've heard. Again, not used this. 4) Free download, it has a chat feature where you can text other people in your party for $5 for the whole cruise, it also has all of the fun times once you are onboard. Definitely download it. 🙂 5) Cheers does not, I'm not sure about excursions. Sometimes they may have a small discount but not much of one that I've ever noticed.
  7. I was just stating that the likelihood of lost bags on a cruise is much lower than an airplane for sure. I actually dont worry about either. Once I'm in vacation mode, my give a darn goes so low that I figure I'll deal with whatever. But, absolutely, everyone has to do what makes them have the best vacation possible! I have done both, carried on and checked. For different reasons each time.
  8. LOL, I wondered the same. To me, it's not like flying, bags dont seem to get lost do they? I have never known anyone with a lost bag on a cruise. I hear everyone say to tip the porter so your bag doesn't get lost. I tip the porter bc I tip for service, but not in fear they are going to throw it in the ocean or something.
  9. Great ideas! Thanks everyone!! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  10. Thank you so much! Bookmarking that site! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  11. We are putting together a gift bag for our friends who are taking their first cruise with us- anything you would add? We have: clear luggage tags, fun luggage tags to identify bags easier, lanyards(2 options- clip and regular), Dramamine, downy wrinkle releaser, B12(hangover preventative), fun travel Tshirt(we are close enough to know they will laugh at it, lol), stainless steel straws... Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  12. We carry on often, but yes, it has to fit in the scanner. It can be long, just can't be too wide to fit through. When we carry on, we use backpacks from eagle Creek. They hold a ton but distribute the weight well. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  13. I should have asked my travel agent, and still can. I was excited to see these available, it wasn't a deal breaker so I didn't think about it at the time.
  14. There may be an easy way, and maybe I'm just not very smart. Lol. We have traveled with family a few times, sometimes we are able to open the divider, other times not because of it blocking the door. We are going on the valor in a few weeks and have 8449 and 8455. (If I got those numbers right, corner aft and the one to the left). Really hoping we can open up the balcony divider to create one very large balcony.
  15. Yes, when I factor in that it's done on the purchase price of the package, not the amount of drinks/coffee, etc that I am served. If I typically tip $2 a drink, but on cheers I drink 10-12 including coffee, etc, my around 9 dollars a day on the cheers would make the tip much smaller than what I would otherwise tip. SO, I add a little to it to it in appreciation for great service. If the service is not great, I dont add to it. Outstanding service and a lot gets added. And, I'm not entirely sure how the tips are divided up when you purchase Cheers, so I do what suits myself and tip extra. It's a personal choice though, and no one is under any obligation to.
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