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o-state girl

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    Muskogee, OK
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    Bargain Hunting, Traveling
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    Carnival, RCL

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  1. I added a portable charger to my must have travel accessories for reasons just like this. It's like having a digital security blanket in my daybag. https://www.amazon.com/BESTON-Cellphone-Portable-Charger-External/dp/B07MKM4QSJ/ref=sr_1_11?crid=YDB2CYMZHWFL&keywords=portable+battery&qid=1566198367&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&s=mobile&sprefix=digital+wall+clo%2Caps%2C178&sr=1-11
  2. I buy wall decoration stickers from Dollar Tree. These take up practically no room in my suitcase, install/remove in about 10 seconds, and leave no residue for the room steward to clean off. Although I am capable of remembering my cabin number, it is nice for an extra visual cue that I am at the right cabin. Sometimes I even save the waxy paper that they were attached to, peel it off the door, re-stick it to the backing, and use it again for the next cruise. Yes..I really am that cheap/frugal sometimes. LOL!
  3. If you are going to the aquarium, you can catch the free Passport shuttle bus out in front of the Queen Mary. The pickup location is not too far from the cruise terminal. http://www.lbtransit.com/Services/Passport.aspx
  4. We are pretty similar...Okies who love to cruise and have dog photos as their Cruise Critic avatars. 😁
  5. I believe if you just head down to the beach, there will be several canopies set up along the beachfront with vendors offering massages. Generally the further down the beach you go, the more willing they are to negotiate on their prices.
  6. I believe several of the rental car agencies at Miami International have a shuttle that will take you to the cruise terminal. If you picked the car up on the 26th, you could probably keep it until the next day. The morning of the cruise you could load up all the luggage and a co-pilot and drop all of the luggage at the cruise terminal while everyone else relaxes at the hotel. Then you could pick up all the passengers take them to MIA and catch the provided rental car shuttle to the cruise terminal together.
  7. I would second JohninDC's suggestion. It would be much cheaper and less of a hassle to go to Chankanaab. If your kids really like animals, after you are done at Chankanaab, you could have your taxi take you to the Cozumel Humane Society to cuddle some of the kittens or walk some of the dogs.
  8. Kathy, I would probably try posting this on the Carnival board with a title that talks about traveling with just one parent. The Progreso board is not really a very busy board, so there will likely be few to no posters here to help you out. Hope you find the answers you are looking for.
  9. I've stayed at the Super 8 NASA/Webster area. It's not super fancy, but it's clean, just a few miles off I-70, and a 45 minute drive to the port in the morning.
  10. Lisalk12, I think I may know you in real life. We may have gone to Kiamichi together when we were young. Good to see a fellow cruise addict from my town.
  11. Had a similar experience on a Bodden tour with our driver, Howard. We had booked a private tour for 2. He dropped us off at the beach at West Bay and then asked if we "minded" if he went back to the port to pick up another couple to drop at the beach. I was mildly surprised, but said that if he would be back in an hour or so we were okay with it. Then when we were ready to leave the beach, he brought the other couple with us on our private tour and tried to feed me some bull about just wanting to make some money to feed his family. We wanted to go to West End to eat lunch, and he proceeded to drop us off there (after he backed into another vehicle and didn't stop to examine the damage) while he took the other couple elsewhere on the island. By then, we were really annoyed with his double-dipping and would have just found our own way back to the port (we hadn't paid yet), but our snorkel gear was in his van. After he finally picked us up from the restaurant, we went to Bodden's headquarters to pay. I refused to pay for a 2 person private tour and insisted that I would only pay for half of the rate of a 4 person private tour since that what we had actually received. Howard tried to argue, but I stood my ground. There were other things on the island that we had wanted to do for the day, but by then we no longer trusted our guide and wanted to go back to the port. I emailed Victor Bodden after I arrived home to tell him about our experience. He seemed horrified and refunded our money via PayPal, but the last time that I went to Roatan, I saw Howard still wearing a Bodden Tours shirt. I used Rony's on my last visit there and will likely continue to do so since my issue was apparently not an isolated incident.
  12. Mitsugirly, have you guys ever visited the Humane Society of Cozumel? They let visitors socialize with the animals or take them for walks. Just a little idea for something different to do on the island. It is within walking distance of the International and Puerta Maya piers and might help a mermaid miss her Loki a little less.
  13. I've used cavetubing.bz twice, and I was very happy with their service both times.
  14. I believe that you are allowed to say names, as long as it is a tour or company that you have actually experienced first-hand.
  15. Another vote for the aquarium. They will hold all your luggage for you while you enjoy the aquarium. We walked there from the terminal and then just got an Uber to the airport when we were done.
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