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  1. One code, and it worked on 4 devices. If you attempted to sign in a 5th device, you would get an error message. I have heard on some ships it will boot one device off automatically but that was not the case for us. Which was good because my kids are internet hogs. This was on Ovation in April 2019.
  2. Yes, one person, 4 devices is what you need. That's what we ended up using for our family spread over 3 cabins.
  3. No, I wouldn't. We love our dog but I don't think she would love a cruise ship. We do take her on dog friendly vacations like camping trips and she loves that. And she tolerates it when we have to move but she doesn't love hotels or changing houses or flying.
  4. Thanks for your review so far! We were looking at doing one of these cruises awhile back but we just couldn't find anything to interest us that met our schedule. My 2 older kids speak some Mandarin (they are in their 3rd year now) so it seemed like an easy way for them to get some practice in. I am not sure we will do it now, as we are moving back to the mainland USA and have other places we would like to travel to. Maybe someday.
  5. I'm interested. But we travel frequently enough in Asia that I wouldn't mind cruising the area as well. But after our next (short) Japan trip we likely wont be back to Asia for a couple of years. Currently planning a land or land/sea vacation in Europe and then we will likely do something in South America, just to mix things up a bit. Aside from Australia next week our last 5 vacations have been in Asia, with one more planned early summer.
  6. I will admit that I do love to get McDonalds when we travel. Just once, and I always get something that is local to the area. This year we had the Teriyaki chicken sandwich in Japan and the Bulgogi burger in South Korea. But we save that for a day when we are hanging out at the train station waiting for a train or a day we had a big lunch and we are just want something quick before heading to bed. Or even at the end of a trip when we have been gone for 2-3 weeks and are ready for a bit of a change in menu, even if it is fast food. But I can not imagine traveling anywhere and not trying good local food! Even my picky kids will try foods wherever we are. Sometimes they find something the love. Other time, they pick at the rice or noodles or bread and we hit up a fast food place, grab them something at the hotel or even stop at a convenience store. I am glad you ditched them!
  7. 14 days until we board Ovation! 7 days until we leave for the land portion of the vacation! More than ready for some time away.
  8. We will be deck 11 midship (but more forward than mid) next month and I was concerned about possible noise. When I asked the question I had several people with our cabins that didn't have any noise issues. We are in 11214, 11218 and 11217.
  9. That's how it is in my planner as well. At your leisure on the calendar and the time showing up in the order history. I took a screen shot of the order history list of time, mostly for my benefit as the times are close, but slightly different depending on the day and I don't want to mix up times.
  10. We will be on Ovation next so we will just use the imessage glitch this trip. After that I figure we have two options until the youngest turns 13 Paying for Wifi (we will be getting an internet package either way, so it would be just adding a device) or signing the youngest in using my info on her phone and having her contact us on my husband's phone (or one of her siblings). We will also have meet up points/times. And she is only 9 so she wont be totally off on her own but I would like her to be able to contact me if needed. Especially if she needs to leave AO early or end an activity earlier than expected. She has pretty severe GERD and it sometimes comes on quite suddenly. She isn't likely to tell someone else that she isn't feeling well since she gets embarrassed with extra attention. If she signs herself out to go back to the room when she isn't I would rather know sooner rather than later so she doesn't have to sit alone.
  11. No, unfortunately you can't online if you don't do it when you book. You'll have to call, but at least it is an easy phone call.
  12. I was finally brave enough to get through this entire thread. I do have some personal experience dealing with Travel Insurance. While on vacation at an all inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic 4 years ago, my mother suffered from a perforated ulcer, had emergency surgery, spent a week on life support in the ICU and then passed away. I can say that her travel insurance policy (a midrange plan with no upgrades purchased through a popular big box store) did, along with her health insurance that had some international coverage, did reimburse most of the expenses. Basically, we had to pay for some costs up front, medical insurance then covered what it covered and the travel insurance worked as a secondary policy. Some things were reimbursed or handled very quickly and easily, like getting my step dad's flights changed, etc.. And others were more difficult. Some things were just difficult because we had to wait on a death certificate or other paperwork needed from the government (both US and the DR). I can say it was roughly 13k to transport her body from the DR to the west coast. I don't have and full idea on what the total medical bills were but I know they were well over a 100k. And in case you were wondering, she did have some pre existing medical stuff but nothing to indicate she was on death's door. She had seen her primary care doctor about a week before traveling. She was 56 when she died, so still quite young. You really just never know what life will bring you.
  13. The was smoking in Wisconsin casinos the last time we were there, but that was 4ish years ago. Hopefully that is now a thing of the past there too. I am excited to sail from Sydney next month since there wont be smoking in the casino.
  14. Aside from shopping the beaches in the Tumon area are nice. Gun beach is one of our favorites. It is on the edge of Tumon, away from the bulk of the crowds. The Beach Bar is a bar and grill right there (island prices so $$$, decent food, but slow service most of the time) and there is a restroom. The rest of the beaches on Tumon are all public (95% of the beaches are) but there really aren't bathrooms unless you pay for a day pass at one of the few hotels that offer the service. The day pass includes access to the hotel facilities and loungers, $20 a day at the Hyatt, does not include food or drinks). There are a couple of non hotel resort type places but I have not visited one myself so I can't say how much the cost or if they are worth it. They have all the typical stuff on the island, parasailing, snorkeling, dolphin watching, etc... So far the only ships that have stopped have been a couple of small cruise ships from Japan, with just a couple hundred passengers each so I am guessing the tours for cruise ships haven't been arranged yet. ' Turtle Tours on the south side of the island has a short river cruise/ Chamorro demonstration that is fun for a few hours. They do tours from Tumon so I wouldn't be surprised if they arrange something for the ships. Most of the WWII stuff would be hard to see, unless they arrange some sort or tour or you rent a car. If you did a car rental, google maps works pretty well with directions, but use caution when driving. People just drive a bit differently here. Two Lovers Point has one of the best views on the island, the restaurant that is next to it has decent food and is a nice place to sit and enjoy the views. I like the Chicken or Shrimp Kelagen, a local dish that is similar flavors to ceviche. It can be slightly spicy, especially if you bite into a pepper, but usually if you avoid the tiny red peppers you just a get a mild spice. Most of the mom and pop stuff will be closed Sunday morning as most of the island will be at Mass, but most stuff that is aimed for tourists is open a running. I'll keep my eyes open for any cruise tour advertisements. We are moving off the island in May so we are trying to hit up a bunch of the touristy stuff again before we leave.
  15. I'd talk to someone at the consulate of the country his passport is from. Even if they can't expedite it at this point they would likely have more knowledge as to what is needed for reentry to the US. Then I would talk to someone at RCCL to make surehe would be allowed to sail with those documents. Hopefully his passport will get to him in time.
  16. I do not have children with autism myself but I work with children with special needs and I have seen quite a few threads on here and other places praising RCCI's policies regarding children with special needs. Here is a link for Royal's website. I would also contact the special needs department (there is a link to the form near the bottome of the linked page) and speak with someone directly. Hopefully someone with personal experience will see this thread. AUTISM FRIENDLY SHIPS
  17. One thing that is different on Royal vs. Disney is you don't have to wait until you PIF before you book shows/excursions (if booking through the cruise line) dining, etc... Also, there isn't a set date that things are released so you have to keep an eye on your cruise planner. Also, if you book something, you pay at the time of booking. We aren't big cruisers and this is our first cruise on Royal in quite a few years so it has been a learning experience for me too.
  18. We are at 42 days out and no shows available yet (for Ovation)iFly and Northstar opened up a couple of weeks ago. I've pretty much just checked once a day once the drink packages and excursions started to open for bookings so I wouldn't miss it.
  19. I wouldn't recommend walking. Again, I haven't seen the area near the port but it is primarily for cargo and cruise passengers are fairly new to the area still. I think they used to get cruise ships a few years back, then the cruise terminal closed and they only recently reopened. Anyway, most of the roads don't have sidewalks or even a shoulder to walk on. Also, water doesn't drain well in several areas around the island so if there is rain you'll likely have to walk through puddles. The weather here doesn't really change much year round. The "rainy season" runs from June to December. It will probably be high 80's in October, with 60-70% humidity. It is pretty rare for it to rain all day, generally there will be a few short downpours and then the sun will come out again. This past year we have had a really busy tropical storm/typhoon season (we have had 3 Typhoons roll through in the last 6 months) so hopefully next fall will be a slow season for storms. The vast majority of tourists that come here are from Korea and Japan so a lot of stuff is catered to those markets. There are a few shuttles that go from the area in Tumon with all the hotels/shopping to all the different shopping areas (Micro Mall, Outlets and Kmart) but I haven't seen an english schedule. You could try contacting the GVB (Guam Visitors Bureau) to see if they are planning on having any shuttles to the cruise terminal area. I would be a little surprised if they didn't. So far, I think the ships that have been docked here are smaller ships from Japan with 500 passengers or so. I think the first ships were here in December and one of them ended up hitting the Navy's fuel pier when it was leaving.
  20. This is a good option for someone that has not yet booked, but these rooms do tend to sell fast so it is very possible they didn't have any more for the OP's sailing. OP, I am sorry that you have had to cancel your cruise. I hope you can find another cruise to take with your nieces and nephew or even a land vacation with the time/money budgeted for this trip. One of my favorite memories as a teen is when my aunt took me and my best friend to Yosemite National Park for a week. Such a special trip. Good luck to you.
  21. Well, I am not super familiar with the cruise terminal in Guam but I currently live on the island so I will be happy to answer what I can. There really isn't any great shopping on the island, at least not what I would consider great shopping. Guam does not have sales tax, but the prices tend to be higher than what you would pay on the mainland United States. The outlets (Guam Premier Outlets (GPO) would probably be the closest to where the ship docks, maybe 15 mins or so? But it is really just a few main stores (Ross is the biggest) and maybe 10 other shops. They have a food court area, but I would not recommend eating there as many of food places get shut down by the health department on a semi regular basis. You could walk around the whole place in maybe 15- 20 mins. Ross does have some great deals but is very popular with tourists coming from Japan and Korea. Generally during the day you will wait in line for 60-90 mins to check out. On a weekend you could wait 2+ hours. The main mall is the Micronesia Mall. It is a little bigger though not much. The biggest stores are a slightly smaller Ross store and and a Macy's. I would also avoid the food court there, though the stand alone restaurants seem to be fine and we do eat there. If you are looking more for window shopping I would head into the main Tumon Area. This is where most of the hotels are. I would say it is Guam's version of Waikiki though it is MUCH smaller. They have a duty free shopping area ()T. Galleria) as well as a ton of high end shopping that is fine to browse through. It isn't like a shopping mall, as it is outdoors, but plenty of places to duck in out of the heat/humidity. There are a lot of places to eat, from American chains like Hard Rock or TGIFridays, some local places and some Asian chains. Many of the hotels have buffets, though they tend to be a bit pricey. From this area you can easily cut through a hotel lobby or find a public access point to walk to the beach area. Most of the islands beaches are fairly rocky but the Tumon area is mostly sand. There is still a fair amount of coral there so watch your step. The water is warm and quite shallow so it is nice to put your feet in a bit if you like that sort of thing. Just make sure if you do go in the water you stay within the reef area unless you are with someone that knows the area well. The rip currents outside of the reef are very dangerous. If you are into WWII history, there are some kind of neat things around. The island is pretty small, it takes roughly 2- 2 1/2 to drive all the way around. Traffic isn't usually too bad when you compare it to a major city but there is more traffic than you would expect from an island of roughly 160,000 people. It is fairly safe, violent crime is rare but vandalism or theft is pretty high so do not leave anything of value unattended. I am not sure of your plans for transportation while here but we don't have Uber, though we do have Stroll. It is pretty similar set up to Uber, and uses the Stroll Guam app.
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