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  1. I noticed these new cabins for Freedom next spring. Listed as spacious ocean view. Right where adventure ocean was. I wonder if the walkway will still be outside those windows? People walking by outside my window doesn’t sound very appealing to me. They do look spacious though. I’d just consider it an inside room and always keep the curtains closed.
  2. This is for freedom next spring. We had 1700 on liberty last month and it was fantastic. Having that extra space is a game changer with the kids. And a fraction of the price of a suite. I think you’re right, I should hang on to 1700. I’m still so tempted for 1864 though. Do you have any idea how these two cabins compare on square footage? I can’t find that information anywhere, they are both non standard in their categories.
  3. I think I’m going to make the switch. One thing I didn’t mention was that I have an aft corner balcony(1700). I’ve had this cabin before and it was great. I’m just a little hesitant to give it up.
  4. I noticed that. Maybe they were just using the fan for white noise?
  5. Specifically the wedge shaped room on freedom class ships. It appears that it has a little extra square footage. Currently have a balcony booked. Thinking of switching. I enjoy the balcony but really don’t spend a whole lot of time on it. I’m thinking it would be nice to enjoy the view from an air conditioned room instead of sitting/standing out on the balcony. 1864 has opened up and the extra space looks tempting. $500 cheaper to boot. Will I miss the balcony?
  6. We visited Roatan last week. Ended up going with Blue Planet Divers. It was the perfect choice for us. We caught them on a slow day and it was just our group on the boat for the morning dive. Snorkelers got to come along as well. Excellent diving operation. They made lazy divers out of us, took care of everything. For our next trip to Roatan I won't consider diving anywhere else.
  7. On the last evening I used a credit card to settle our cash accounts. About an hour later we picked up our 2 year old from the nursery. I had forgot that there would be one more nursery charge and I had messed up by closing the account too early. They swiped the sea pass and made the charge no problem. I had thought that once you settled the account it was closed, done, no more charges. On my credit card account it showed the one large purchase, plus another $24. So it worked out convenient enough for me. But makes me think that once they get a credit card, your account is no longer a cash account. What if we’d had towels checked out? This was the first time we’ve done cash account so I didn’t know what to expect. On a side note, the visit to guest services was the most painful I’ve experienced. 40 minutes(not including time in line) to check the lost and found, dispute a $10 chops cover charge for our 2 year old, and to pay off the cash accounts of 2 rooms. The paying off the accounts took the longest. It reminded me of the old school airline ticket counters. Endless pecking away at his computer while I simply wanted to pay our bill and leave. Hopefully this was not the norm. This was Liberty of the Seas last week sailing.
  8. Is the deadline for canceling a cruise planner purchase the same as for purchasing? Are there any pitfalls I’m unaware of if I wait until the last minute to cancel something?
  9. I think paying for everything far in advance is a big part of their strategy. They like to give you multiple opportunities to spend money. If you go “all out” and buy dining packages, drink packages, excursions in every port, maybe even some spa treatments a year in advance, then come vacation time you can get the feeling like you’re not spending much. But you have, and that was a year ago, so you think you can afford to splurge a little more now. All those “deals” in the shop, duty free, hello casino! You get to splurge twice(or more). Once planning in advance, and again on vacation. As far as canceling cruise planner items, it costs them nothing to refund a purchase. But I think the trend may shift toward prices going up closer to sail date. Having buyers remorse on that cabana? But it’s gone up $400 since I booked, I better keep it since I got a bargain! Lol.
  10. We’re taking our 2 and 5 year olds to Roatan for the third time week after next. We use a private driver. Research the activities in Roatan because you know you’re children best and what they’d have fun doing. Ours are water babies and we must include swimming and beach time. Animals too. My wife and I will each get a 1 tank scuba dive while the other stays on the beach with the kids. We mix in a little sight seeing also. A private driver wouldn’t be absolutely necessary with our plans but we are using the same driver for the third time because she is great with our kids. She stays with us at all times and is very aware of how much time we have remaining. It’s very comforting having someone watching out for us that knows the area and gets around well. Once we had a delicious meal on the cheap at a gas station of all places. If you do decide on getting a driver, it wouldn’t hurt to ask the operator if they have a driver that works well with kids. And definitely leave the stroller on the ship. I don’t know of anywhere on the island that it would be useful.
  11. I'm looking for more diving options for our stop in Roatan next month. We use a private driver for the day with Bodden Tours. 2 of us would like to dive in the morning while the rest of our party hits the beach and maybe snorkel. Last time this worked out just ok. We used Coconut Tree divers and they were great. The problem was the travel time between the ship, there, and west bay beach. Too much riding in the van and not enough fun time. So I started looking at dive shops on or very near west bay beach. It seems there is a reluctance of many of the dive shops to take cruise ship passengers. They either won't take us at all or will only take a special group of cruise ship passengers and they need a minimum number to make the trip. So can anyone recommend a dive shop or any ideas for our situation? I've done ship sponsored dive excursions in the past and don't prefer them at all. The dive masters always seem nervous as cats when they have a boat full of ship passengers. Even Coconut tree divers apparently separated out the ship divers from their land based divers. On previous land vacations to st lucia, jamaica, and cozumel there was a noticeable difference in diving in the absence of this "cruise ship effect"
  12. I have noticed this before on the Royal Caribbean website. If you put in 0 for the ages you get a slightly higher price than if they are 1 year old. I think it likely a website glitch. For pricing purposes just put in ages 1. When making the booking just be sure to put in the correct date of birth at the end. Maybe worth a call to royal or a TA if that doesn’t work.
  13. The photo package dropped $15 for our September Liberty of the Seas sailing. I’ve never noticed any price fluctuations on the photo package before. It’s not much but worth checking out if you’re getting the photo package anyway. My wife loves pictures so this is a necessity on every cruise.
  14. yes that's the issue, I'm seeing signature lines for the first time ever. Had to get out the old MacBook that I rarely use. I never knew
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