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  1. If it is something you really want to see, get there early and grab the seat of your choice. Some shows can be popular and seating at a premium. Have a great cruise
  2. We are considering doing the transatlantic on the Epic next April - price is really good, especially with the reduced air of $250pp. Is this airfare round-trip (Boston to Miami, Barcelona to Boston)? Tried looking on the website, but the information is non-existent. Any advice/help/clarification would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  3. Be a typical first-timer: Walking tour of Old Havana, learning about it's history and marveling at the architecture. Lunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants in and around the squares. Follow it up with a driving tour in a classic car. Day one complete. If you have energy, go see a show - so many to choose from. Next day, visit El Morro and tour the old fort. Go back and delve deeper into Old Havana. I will be back again in July - can't wait to explore some more. Doing a 6 hour walking/driving tour and seeing the show at Café Taberna.
  4. Sorry in advance if this has been asked before, but the search has not been kind to me. We went to Cuba on Majesty of the Seas (RCCL) in February - it was fabulous. A friend now wants me to go with her on Norwegian Sky in July - so excited to go back and do more exploring. Question - in February, we did the paperwork and had our passports stamped in Cuba - my recollection was that the visa was good for 5 years. I have a copy of the paperwork (visa application) from RCCL - do I need to do the application again or will the copy be good? Do I need to pay the $75 again? Is there anything else I would need? RCCL did it through the ship - my friend says we need to apply for visa on our own (?) Thanks for any help/recommendations/advice
  5. I always bring a copy of my passport when I leave the ship, along with my ship card and license (photo ID). Have never needed it, but just in case the worst case scenario happens...…………………………….
  6. They will be included in your documents - I got mine for my 4/26/19 cruise about a month ago
  7. Thanks for the replies - we are actually in our second year as snowbirds, so we have been very warm all winter. We are on the Serenade and just love this ship (been on her about 5 times). Will plan for warm and cool climates and bring my raincoat. If it is sunny and 60, that is shorts weather, maybe with a sweater. Hearty New Englander always.
  8. I know that Mother Nature can be fickle, but what can I expect the weather to be for my April, 2019 transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale, Azores, Cork, Bruge, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen). Will the first 6 days at sea be warm enough for the pool? I assume it will be jeans and shirts for the other ports and I will be bringing a rain coat, maybe a light jacket. Any suggestions or past experience would be very helpful Thanks
  9. I leave Thursday on Majesty - don't think it will make it in time...….. But thanks for the reminder - will put a note on my mirror to cash out my million dollar casino ticket - lol! How did you find the Majesty? Did you do Cuba?
  10. Thanks so much for the review. We are going on the Majesty Thursday, stopping in Havana on Friday and have booked the tour with FerTours - can't wait. Couple of questions: How much did lunch cost? We will probably want a few drinks with our meal - we don't want anything too fancy, but good local Cuban food. Do you remember the name of the restaurant you went to? Any other things that we need to see? How much (if you don't mind my asking) did you tip the guide and driver - the boards are not very helpful there. We are actually thinking about going to some sort of show at night - was there anything else offered or had you already done your homework? Need to bring home some rum (we live in Florida, so no dealing with TSA) - did they have "regular" size bottles or smaller ones (I'm not much of a rum drinker, but would like to try some so the smaller bottles would be better). Thanks again for any information/helpful hints
  11. Have used Blue Water Safaris twice and they are amazing. Great company, a lot cheaper than RCCL, and a fun day. Love Nevis. Have fun not matter what you decide
  12. Grand Cayman is beautiful - plenty to do in town or beyond. Only this I dislike is the tendering...………….sometimes it can be a nightmare
  13. Just did this in November after our Serenade repo. Took an Uber or Lyft (can't remember which one) and they dropped us off inside the garage. Had to walk through one garage (where most people drop their cars off) and into the one where you pick up. Left the ship at around 8am (picked up bags and went through customs) and were on the road in the rental by 9am - not too bad
  14. Royal app will show on-board activities and your calendar - download the app and sign in with your Royal ID and password.
  15. Dress like you are going to dinner - hopefully that means nice. We did the Chef's Table for my birthday last month on Serenade - it was fantastic. Don't eat much before and watch the wine pouring - it is liberal. Enjoy!
  16. It would rely on everything and everyone running on time - docking, customs, taxis, TSA, etc..... We had a 9am flight out of Long Beach several years ago - made it with time to spare, but it was stressful leading up to departure and not sure I would do it again. FLL is about a 10 minute ride from port - quick and easy. Your call - make sure you have good travel insurance though
  17. Just call RCCL and speak to the "already booked" department. You can pre-pay your gratuities - I did this last week for my April 2019 TA on Serenade. Easy to do and now I won't have to worry about them taking it out every day. Have fun and enjoy Royal
  18. It was closed in October - great place to sit and eat breakfast/lunch after getting food in Windjammer though
  19. They will give you a tutorial on snorkeling. Most also offer a floatation device of some kind to help the non-swimmer/not strong swimmer. I love to snorkel - it is a fantastic way to get up close to the beauty which is under the water. Relax and enjoy the experience.
  20. It was never open on the Serenade in October - heard they closed it for good.
  21. It would help if you knew which ship you are asking about. There is a big difference between the older, smaller ships to the newer bigger ones. I have been on a lot and prefer the bigger ones (Oasis, Allure) as there is so much to do - pools, shows, neighborhoods, etc... But, having just gotten off Serenade, there is a lot to be said about the "smaller" ship - so much personality. Give a few ships that you are looking at and you will get some honest information.
  22. Hubby gave up sport jacket a while ago and is thrilled. On formal nights, he wears a pair of chinos and a buttoned down dress shirt - no tie, although he does bring one just in case he feels like putting it on. Other nights, he wears chinos and either a polo shirt or Hawaiian shirt. He is so much happier now. And you know what they say, happy husband, happy wife...……………………….
  23. Love the aft balconies - have 7172 on Serenade next week and can't wait. Just sitting outside at night, looking at the stars and wake behind you is awesome. Only problem with deck 7 is that hubby has a long walk and multiple flights to climb every morning to get my coffee so I can drink it on the balcony.
  24. I always pay on-line and have never had an issue. Updated invoice is usually sent pretty quickly
  25. On St. Kitts, we have used Blue Water Safari twice. Great catamaran ride to snorkel spots then onto Nevis for time at the beach and to have one (and only one) bee sting - think that's the name of the drink. Great tour both times, fantastic crew. On St. Lucia, we used Cosol Tours for a full day island tour, which was fantastic. There is so much to see here, especially the Pitons. We ended up at a beach for a couple of hours - tour was part land, part sea and was so memorable. On Barbados, we used Silver Moon Tour to swim with turtles and snorkel - another great adventure
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