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  1. Another vote for Blanton’s! The last time we sailed the Oasis (pre-amp), the liquor shop had all of the Blanton’s letters arranged on a board - if your husband is a bourbon fan, he might find a picture of that to be pretty neat. We were on the Mariner last week, and the bourbon selection in the liquor store was pretty poor. Not sure how liquor distribution is decided among the ships, but I was hoping to find some Blanton’s. Hope you find a bottle!
  2. We are on the Mariner now. You both must have the Internet package to message each other. Which, if you both had the package, it would probably make sense to communicate via regular messaging vs the app bc of the loveliness of RC’s IT capabilities... 😜 Have a great cruise - it’s a fun ship!!
  3. Our son was 3 the last time we cruised with him; he’ll be 6 on our next cruise this August, but we’ve done extensive travel since then. Absolutely echo what others have said - a few videos pre-loaded on a phone or tablet are essential. It’s also nice for the kiddo to have something familiar to watch. The RC TVs have a lot of cartoons, too. We let our son pick a few toys, books and one stuffed animal for each trip. We remind him that these are the toys for the trip, and to choose carefully...definitely gives him an opportunity for ownership and to feel like he’s a part of the trip planning. 😉 Bubbles and glow sticks are also great toys to play with/share with other kids around the ship. When he was younger, we brought some individually packaged snacks - like Goldfish - so he could have familiar food, if needed. Also packed a water bottle (with dish soap, so we could wash it in the sink each night), small amount of laundry detergent (accidents, food stains,) and Clorox wipes (to clean areas in the cabin.) Will probably still pack those cleaning items for our next cruise. A little backpack for their trip is also great - we like one with a chest clip, so there’s less of a chance of him losing it. Hope this helps, and have a good cruise!
  4. When we traveled from Orlando to Port Canaveral with our then-3yo, rented a car seat from the car rental company. They aren’t the best quality, but they work. Have a great cruise!
  5. We did Oasis with DS, who was 3 at the time. We only took him a couple of times, just because he was still new to kids’ programming like that (he had just started preschool, and the only other experience he had with something similar was church on Sunday mornings). The staff was really nice, though! The check-in and registration processes seemed very organized (we took him the first day for registration...just check the cruise compass for when it’s open). He got a special Adventure Ocean lanyard, as well as a wristband for muster info. We are returning to the Oasis in March, and DS is now a kindergartner...with the refurbed Adventure Ocean, and his familiarity with areas like that, I have a feeling he’s going to love it. I can report back, if your cruise is after ours!
  6. Oh that’s the worst! We brought a travel-sized laundry detergent, travel clothesline and disinfectant wipes for such an occasion, so we could do laundry in the shower or sink, disinfecting afterwards. Worked well for us for a few pieces here and there for our little dude. Good luck!
  7. Park Cafe’s breakfast sandwiches and burritos are pretty tasty.
  8. Thanks, everyone! Since we booked directly with Royal (so no TA), I’ll explore the routes you suggested in linking the reservations. And if all else fails, there’s always a podium visit. Thank you!
  9. Hi! Cruising with friends on the Mariner of the Seas next February...how do we make sure we’re seated together at dinner? We both have the late seating. Is there a way to call Royal ahead of the cruise and ask that we be seated together? Thanks for your help!
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