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  1. This is so encouraging because our last cruise was on the Breeze and I was pretty sure I was done with Carnival as well, but I've just impulsively booked a May/June 2020 Alaska cruise on the Spirit. Keeping my fingers crossed that we will have a much different experience this time!
  2. We saw Topher playing on the beach last July. Having lost two poodle fur-babies in the last year, we understand how much it hurts. I hope Topher meets our little ones up there. Prayers for Topher's family.
  3. On port days we do buffet breakfast for convenience and speed. If it's a sea day and we're on Carnival, though, I head straight to Blue Iguana for huevos rancheros and arepas (I'm going to miss that on our next RCI cruise). Lunch will usually find us in the buffet since we're usually hanging out by the pool and don't want to change clothes. But at night, we prefer the MDR. It's nice to have a relaxing meal and be waited on. We don't mind how long it take. In fact, we like lingering over our dinner.
  4. Thanks, that helps. I wasn't aware that we could link to someone else's reservation.
  5. This will be our first time on RCI since the reservation system started for MTD and I have a couple of questions. Can anyone share their experiences with My Time Dining wait times in the MDR if you don't make reservations, but just show up? We'll be on the Liberty OTS, if that helps. We will be cruising with another couple, but we booked our cruises separately. They have MTD, too. How do we make sure we can dine together on the nights we all want to eat together in the MDR (we'll be doing specialty restaurants on some nights)?
  6. Never mind. Wrong thread.
  7. Deep Woods Off. Apply liberally and often.
  8. We've done Western, Eastern, and Southern but if you want the Perfect Day and adventure, I suggest Western/Riviera Maya. Mayan ruins, cliff-jumping at a cenote, cave tubing, swimming with sharks and rays, ziplining through the jungle...there is no shortage of adventurous excursions at those ports.
  9. We've been to Cozumel numerous times and also stayed in several resorts along the Mayan Riviera. The best excursion we have ever taken was Carnival's VIP Exclusive Tulum & Cenote Swim & Mayan Lunch that is offered on the Cozumel+ cruises. It was Ah-maze-ing! It's a full day, so there is no time for shopping or walking around, but so worth it. When it says VIP, it means it. We only had about 15 in our group and we were treated like rock stars. From umbrellas, cold bottled water, and ice-cold wet towels at Tulum, to a lunch with the softest and best-tasting corn tortillas I've ever had (and I grew up in Texas!), this tour was first class. We had a private tour of Tulum, went cliff-jumping at a secluded cenote, canoed through an amazing lake, and experienced incredible hospitality from our guide. Our guide was so good that my husband gave him a $100 tip at the end of the tour. If we go back to Cozumel on Carnival, we would do this tour again in a heartbeat.
  10. Kakaw Chocolate is definitely worth a visit. We brought several chocolate bars home after sampling their selections.
  11. I cruised with a group of 40 once. We all ate dinner in the MDR at the same time - we had multiple large round reserved just for our group in the same area.
  12. We'll be on the 3/29 sailing too - our first time on Liberty! Trying to decide if we're going to buy a dining package or stick with the MDR.
  13. I don't care what the ship looks like, I would take 7 nights over 4 every single time.
  14. I always look forward to spending hours watching the ocean slip by, but our next cruise will be the first time we've cruised with friends, so I'm looking forward to spending time with them.
  15. So if you don't drop off your carry-on suitcase and you go to the Key lunch in the MDR, can you just take your carry-on with you and keep it at the table?
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