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  1. 1PM? Nope, especially if you run into any traffic issues getting there. Closest Theme Park to the port time/distance wise is Sea World, followed by Universal, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, then Animal Kingdom. But none of them would be worth it with those times.
  2. Peak travel seasons are expensive because everyone is off and the demand is there to drive prices up. Kids sale free is just part of that, just check a price in July against the week before thanksgiving week or the week after (Or early January) to then (or any other time kids are out of school). We're doing a bucket list 18 night Transpacific Cruise (Aus/NZ/Tahiti/Bora Bora/Hawaii) on Ovation in April with our 5 year old, we're taking out of her Pre-Kindergarten to do it, price for 3 before KSF was 7,175.03, after was $5,742.03 (For balcony semi obstructed on deck 7). That's what put it into our doable range (even with flights from Florida to Australia and return from Hawaii) so it does work. We'd probably do it up to 1/2nd grade for a 1 week. This effectively 3 week trip is probably not doable once in grade school,. though. We really taken advantage of it, she'll be hitting Emerald status (on her own) after this trip. It's important to know you only get the raw fare off though, not port fees, taxes, and other junk fees.
  3. It came very close, but didn't hit the Oasis. The Main Dining Room looks trashed on the Glory though.
  4. Just to follow up since I hadn't really seen anyone mention how it worked (at least for us on the Thanksgiving Allure cruise) We got the card via cruise planner on sale ($32 I believe). We did not find it in our cabin when we got in, so we didn't know what was up, so we went to cafe promenade to go see what they had drink wise before we hit up guest services, but we then realized they actually had our cards AT cafe promenade, and we gave them our name and they had a sheet that they crossed off and gave us the card right there. They did specifically mention one punch per "shot" then. You could use the card on Allure at the Cafe Promenade (best place to use it since they had the most available), Central Park Cafe, and the main dining room (and possibly specialty, but we didn't go in any on this trip). What was inconsistent was some staff wanted to scan your sea pass, and others did not (but they all punched or marked, the card).
  5. The Virginia Newlyweds that were on the tour survived, but were badly burned. See https://ktla.com/2019/12/09/family-desperate-to-find-newlywed-virginia-couple-who-were-severely-burned-by-new-zealand-volcano/
  6. Best article I could find on the volcano and Ovation. (From Australian ABC) https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-09/new-zealand-volcano-erupts-on-white-island/11780540 and an account from on board: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-10/what-it-was-like-aboard-ovation-on-the-seas-after-volcano/11782188?pfmredir=sm
  7. Royal's crisis line has been opened and we'll be updating it with more info as it becomes available. For anyone trying to reach family or crew, they can call 888-829-4050 source:
  8. Here's a series of tweets from someone on the ovation that just got off the island 20 minutes before the eruption. There was another group on the island when it erupted, and they rescued a few it seems (if you look at all the tweets)
  9. The pride is now not expected back before 1pm tomorrow at the earliest. Currently they are just offshore of the North Carolina outer banks, around Hatteras/Rodanthe.
  10. Just a heads up, the Pride isn't making it back into Baltimore until at least tomorrow (It was scheduled to return this morning) due to the really bad nor'easter of the North Carolina coast. Last night was a really rough night reported from friends on there, and the winds are around 70mph right now (They are offshore from near Myrtle Beach, SC right now) They sent this message:
  11. This happened to us at Labadee on the Harmony once, but they even docked and then bolted after some of the dock lines snapped. It's a nor'easter setting up off South Carolina and bringing a bunch of storm surge flooding to the outer Banks. The only ship that seems to be blocked by it right now is the Carnival Pride trying to head back to Baltimore.
  12. I'm not a fan of the Panoramic Suite, that suite takes away the cool observation platform. Probably is cool, but fails on practicality.
  13. We did Navigator of the Seas back in April (The final S. Caribbean cruise before it switched to the 3/4 night routine), which has the one room for all. It just didn't work well, although it was packed with Kids (to capacity multiple times), but the staff were still good. Basically 3-5 should not be with the 6-11 year olds, it was too chaotic. I think oasis may be splitting it up that way, which hopefully works better. Overall, we did NOT like the Navigator setup for AO.
  14. Yep as a long time Floridian, Early may and Early September you always see them. Sometimes there aren't many of them and barely notice them, other times they are out of control. This year is closer to the heavy side (although not the worst I've seen) They will be gone in about two or three weeks.
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