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  1. Hello. Last year, I was on Harmony of the Seas. In a few weeks, I will be on Symphony. When I was on Harmony I put my gratuities of $101.50 on my credit card. I like this convenience. I don't want to have to deal with cash. Please forgive me if I sound cynical. I have heard a few people say that if you put the tips on your credit card, Royal Caribbean may keep some of it and not give 100% of it to the staff who earned it. Does anyone know if this is true? I want the hard-working staff members who serve me to get what they earn. If the reports of staff not getting their tips that filter through RCL are accurate, then I will accept the inconvenience of paying tips in cash. Thanks in advance for your input on this. Justin
  2. @charlesbl My partner and I will be on Symphony on 9/28/19 (same cruise as you) with his mother and sister. We were on Harmony last year. Are you going to any of the LGBT meet and greet events? I know they had one official one last year that was announced in the cruise compass.
  3. I contacted them with my concern about my poor swimming skills and they told me that they have kids come through there. My suggestion would be: 1. Contact them and ask them 2. Search the trip advisor reviews and search for kids or children to see if anyone else has brought their kids Wish I could offer you more specific help but I haven't been there... yet
  4. Thank you for your reply. Someone in my party has expressed concern about the water being dirty. Is that the case? My thought is that if it is underground the water is clean.
  5. Hello. The Lost Mayan Kingdom water park looks like fun. 1. A big issue for us is that we don't like fast water slides. I watched a couple of YouTube videos on this water park and it said there are different "levels" of water slides. Are most of their water slides fast? Are there enough options for people like us who don't like fast rides? 2. I have a question about their lockers. Some lockers you have to pay every time you open them. Other lockers give you a key and you can retrieve stuff from your locker and put stuff in your locker as much as you want during the day for one fixed price. Does anyone remember which category their lockers fall under? Thanks! Justin
  6. I have read rave reviews about the Amazing Secret River in Cozumel. I have a couple of questions. 1. I'm a terrible swimmer. I read a review on a cruise line's Web site saying that they provide life jackets. Can someone please confirm this? Also, it is easy to navigate through the waters if you're not a swimmer? 2. I also read that the lockers are provided and are free. Is this true since you are not allowed to bring watches, cameras, etc.? 3. (Edit - forgot something) I wear eyeglasses because I'm nearsighted. I have prescription water goggles for going in pools, going on water slides, etc. I read they are restrictive on what I can bring in. Does anyone know if they will let me wear my water goggles so I can see well in there? Thanks! Justin
  7. I cruised on Royal Caribbean last year to the eastern Caribbean and loved it. Now I'm thinking of going on a Royal Caribbean European cruise. It leaves from Barcelona and goes to these ports of call: Palma de Mallorca, Spain | Provence (Marseilles), France | Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | Naples (Capri), Italy Here is why I am posting here. I have been to Europe three times. (My previous trips to Europe were land trips with no cruise involved.) If I remember correctly we spent two or three days in major cities to fully see everything. When I was on the Caribbean cruise on Harmony, the ship was excellent. However I rate the shore excursions as mediocre to good. Has anyone sailed to these ports? Do the shore excursions that the cruise line offers do the cities justice? Do you feel like you see a lot of stuff? If I spend the money to for the flight to Europe (which costs more than the cruise) and deal with the red eye flight from Atlanta, would it be worth it? Thanks in advance for replies. The people on this forum are so helpful. Justin
  8. Hello. I think it's important to buy trip insurance in case you have to cancel the cruise due to illness or if you get sick on the cruise. Has anyone had any experience buying the insurance through Royal Caribbean? How does their insurance compare to third party companies like Travel Guard (which I have always used in the past) or Generali Global? Thanks in advance. Justin
  9. Hello. We will be leaving the Fort Lauderdale port for Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas. We will be driving to the terminal. How does checking in luggage work? Is it like the airport where you give your luggage to the worker at the counter when you check in? Or is there are a porter outside the terminal taking your luggage? Or are both of these an option? If given the choice I would rather take my luggage directly to the counter. That's what I always do at the airport to minimize the chance of something happening to my luggage or it ending up in the wrong place. Thanks. Justin
  10. Hello. I have two suitcases: 28 inch X 21 inch X 13 inch 26 inch X 18 inch X 10 inch My cabin mate will have a suitcase similar in size to the smaller suitcase. Will these three suitcases fit under the bed in a Harmony of the Seas cabin? We are OK if they stick out a little bit. My concern is probably more the height of the suitcase fitting under the mattress frame. Thanks in advance.
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