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  1. We''ve had "that guy" in our cruise group before as well. Unfortunately drinks aren't even needed for this "Debbie Downer" to show up. Drinks just make it worse. 👎 Dan
  2. Don’t worry, you will get hundreds of emails promoting the beverage packages, and dining packages, and shore excursions, etc. ... 🙂. You’ll have at least a few months before the cruise to purchase anything you like Dan
  3. It’s flu season. These cases are real, but I just hope all this paranoia doesn’t have a significant negative impact our Liberty cruise in a few weeks. Primarily, I’m concerned about not being able to get into port. This is my nieces and my parents first cruise to the Caribbean and I’m not sure they will go again so it would really be a bummer not to see the islands because someone(s) on our cruise has the flu which is normal this time of year Dan
  4. The refund is generous enough IMO. I doubt FCC is of much value to those that don’t plan to cruise MSC again. I know someone on this cruise. It will be interesting to get her take on it when she returns. Dan
  5. $250 is exactly what I was quoted for our party of 8 for transportation, from a private driver, which I thought was reasonable. Dunns River falls is a bit of a drive. Entrance fees were on top of that. Martha Brae is $30 each I believe. Not sure about Dunns River or Blue hole entrance fees Unfortunately we had to cancel because my mom broke her leg a week ago but Ricardo and group get very good reviews on tripadvisor and such libertytoursjamaica.com Dan
  6. OP, I understand your hope to get some money back, but after final payment that has never been the policy. I have made many price adjustments up until final payment to reduce my cruise cost. I just can’t do it after final payment is due. I assume that you were OK with the original price for the cruise because you went ahead and booked the cruise. Hopefully you can be content with that and have a great cruise. Dan
  7. Excellent, thank you. The three choices for the premium selections are 1.25 lb-1.5 lb Whole Lobster, 9oz Filet Mignon, or Surf and Turf (6oz lobster tail and 9oz filet) Dan
  8. Your options look correct. 1) Mass shuttle for about $25 pp each way 2) Uber or Lyft for around $95 each way (might be tight fit even with with an XL) 3) Rent a car and park it at port (Port parking is about $10 per day if booked ahead, and you don't mind outdoor parking). Dan
  9. Thank you. A question for you... Have you ordered from the up-charge "Premium Selections" menu in the MDR? If so, did you feel the food quality was on par with the same entree in Chops itself? There's always one night in the MDR that I have a tough time finding something that suits my taste. (the menu that has the lamb shank on it). I may consider the upcharge if the Filet Mignon specifically is up to snuff with Chops itself. Dan
  10. We've done this. Love eating lunch in the MDR. I've typically worn cargo shorts and a polo shirt and fit right in. Plenty of others in shorts and t-shirts and it's all good. Dan
  11. You keep trying to make this fit your narrative. I'm just stating the facts of why renting a minivan and paying for parking worked better for us. I don't have an agenda. The condo at Pointe West wasn't less expensive, believe me. I looked at rentals all over the island and this one fit our wants. I could have found much less expensive options closer to the port, but they weren't what we wanted. The 3 bedroom condo we rented had the modern furnishings, space and location that we wanted. We fully enjoyed the tourist areas of Galveston as well, we just had to drive 20 minutes to get into town, which was fine because once we were there we made the day of it. Loved all the shopping and dining downtown. If anything we saw much more of the island than the standard tourist that plops down in the "tourist area" and doesn't venture out from there. We enjoyed our driving around the island, as it gave us a better appreciation for the entire island. Cheers, do what works for you. Dan
  12. Again, it depends. If you want to stay right near the port, and if you want to be confined to the area that the Trolley can take you, then you are correct. I agree. It depends on how long you are on the island, where you stay, the size of your party, etc... We stayed at the wonderful Pointe West Resort and Beach Club for 3 days before the cruise. It's at the southwest part of the island. The trolley doesn't travel the 20 miles (one way) to get us there. That, and the hassle of scheduling transport everywhere (to from Houston, to the cruise terminal, around town) made the minivan a no brainer for us considering the similar cost (under $100 difference) Dan
  13. I do believe it was through the website, yes. We were all set to do a day tour with them but I had to cancel today. My mom, who's going with us, just fell and broke her femur. Fortunately, surgery and recovery is going excellent and it looks like she'll be able to still cruise with us, however I'm sure she won't be up for this day tour. Since we wanted to tour as a family, we're going to look into other options now. Dan
  14. Would love to walk to a place nearby for some good jerk chicken. Anyone know of a local restaurant that you can walk to from the port? I've walked into town before, but that was a group of guys and gals in our late 30's at the time. Had no worries then. Dan
  15. This is common at Disney World here in the US for high demand restaurant locations as well. I've made many a reservation that required my credit card to reserve. Fortunately we always showed up. 🙂 Dan
  16. Glad to hear she's still a great ship. We have been on her only once before, starting New Year's Eve 2017, and despite unusually cold weather we still had a great time. The crew, food, ship, and entertainment were all excellent. We look forward to sailing her again next month. Dan
  17. Super nice of you to type all that up, and for your kind words! You're awesome! It's amazing, but it's only two days after surgery (rod and screws in the femur) and she's home with a walker. She has to take it easy and rest/ice her leg, but she's able to get around on her own with the walker already when needed. Things are looking good. However she will definitely need something for the cruise, and your suggestions of the rollator or the transport chair both look like perfect options for her. My dad is easily able to wheel her around if needed with that transport chair, and that rollator looks super cool as a walker with that handy seat. For the price, we may just purchase one of each of those option. I think we'll wait until closer to the cruise to decide what to purchase. Thank again for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Happy cruising. Dan
  18. I only think it's an issue when someone books for 3 expecting to get the third to be refunded when they don't show. ...or booking a third as a child 12 years old or younger with the "kids sail free" promotion knowing they will have them as a no show. Otherwise, if you pay for a third party that doesn't show up (and don't get a refund) then I don't think it's unscrupulous. Dan
  19. We completed our first two cruises with no passport. (ours had both expired and we hadn't renewed them yet) Closed loop cruises from North America do not require a passport. There is no proof of identification required when you book a cruise. Dan
  20. That's a great tip regarding the rollator walker. I just "youtube'd" them and you're right they would work great on a ship. I'm guessing she may not be able to spend all day walking around with one of them by the time of the cruise, so a wheelchair may be useful as well. Does Royal provide them (by request or for a fee), or do we need to bring one with? Dan
  21. If it were only a couple of us and we were simply flying in the night before, and leaving the day we disembark, you're probably right. It's not always that simple though. In our case, the seven of us were spending 3 days on the island before the cruise, so we needed a vehicle to get around during that time. I didn't want to call a cab anytime we wanted to go somewhere. At the time late December 2017, I ran all the numbers, including many of the shuttle services like the one you mention. Taking in all factors we made the right choice. Dan
  22. We did this a couple of years back. We had 7 of us in our party, and the cost to transfer all of us back and forth from IAH to Galveston was so dang much that it was just a little more to get a minivan and park it at the terminal. Plus, we were on the island for 3 nights before the cruise and having the freedom of that minivan was great, not having to Uber everywhere on island (I'm not sure Uber was even there yet). It's my biggest gripe about cruising from Galveston; the car rental/transfer situation for those that fly in. It adds a lot to the cost, for a party our size, compared to what we're used to cruising out of FLL, MIA, or MCO. However, I really enjoyed staying in Galveston the nights before our cruise. It's really a cool downtown area with a lot of eclectic shops and history. Plus, we had an awesome condo those 3 nights. For instance, in Florida I typically rent a minivan from the airport the day we fly in and drop it off by the cruise terminal the next day for $70. We typically do the same in reverse heading back to the airport. So $140 all in for transportation. In Galveston, our minivan rental (10 days), was $500, and parking at the cruise port was another $90. Dan
  23. This is really good to know, and I'm surprised I hadn't thought of this option sooner. We're a family of 5 and typically book connecting inside cabins (when sailing as a family). It's really hard to find connecting cabins that hold just 2 in one cabin and 3-4 in the other. However, there are typically a lot more that hold 3-4 in one cabin and 3-4 in the connecting cabin. I'm fine paying for a 3rd ghost in one of the rooms so that we can book the connecting room combination that we want. Dan
  24. Thats really interesting about the rules for a third and fourth person. Thanks for that info. In your scenario, I’m “TFR” correct? My wife and I are equal points (53 before this cruise) so the double points would be awfully nice in our pursuit to diamond. This is a 7 night cruise, and we have a 9 nighter in July. Doubling up points on this cruise would get use really close to diamond by the end of this year. We would gladly give that up for my parents to cruise with us, and so far things are going well. Keeping my fingers crossed. Dan
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