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About klmxt4

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    Kansas City, MO
  • Interests
    My kids, engineering, cooking, baking, running, skating, sports (baseball and hockey), traveling!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Carnival (will try more someday!)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean, love St. Lucia, St. Maarten

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  1. Yeah... that sounds about right. I will give it a shot and see what happens. We will use wifi in our ports, but on sea days and Ocean Cay, we may just have to pay a bit to our cell provider.
  2. Someone told me that they were able to use iMessage on the Meraviglia without having an internet plan. From all of my other research, I thought you had to have the internet package to access iMessage. But this person said they were able to message people OFF the ship for free via iMessage. Just trying to plan ahead (we won’t be buying an internet package—all we want to do is message our family once a day to check in, so the package isn’t worth it to us). Worst case scenario we can pay our phone company, but if this is an option, that would be fantastic! Just seems too good to be true...
  3. Tender tickets? Going on my first MSC cruise next month on the Meraviglia. I’ve tendered on Carnival and RCI before, and we just head down to the deck and board the tenders first come first serve, but it sounds like you have to book a ticket on a tender on MSC? I’m assuming that’s just for your outbound tender (you don’t have to book your return tender)? Also, thanks for this amazing review! I love to plan for a vacation, and I feel so prepared now! Our cabin is just down the hall from yours—a Fantastica balcony, but on the starboard side, towards the aft. I was really glad to hear that you didn’t have much vibration—that was our only concern with that location.
  4. Thanks, I'll check out your post! We are going in February, as well! So, hopefully the seaweed is not bad...
  5. Can I ask which beach you have gone to using this method? We are looking to do exactly this--take a cheap taxi ride to a nice beach. Getting mixed reviews on beaches. Sounds like you found one you liked?
  6. Thanks for the info/photos! Since we booked fairly close to sailing, it was down to this style balcony or a few cabins with smaller balconies with glass railings, directly across from the elevators, so we stuck with this one, lol. It would be nice to see the water from bed, but that's fine. I'm excited to have breakfast on the balcony! 😁
  7. We booked a particular balcony cabin because the balcony is a bit bigger than the other options in that category, but then I realized that it is showing as having a "metal balustrade." I can't find any images online of what that looks like. Trying to figure out if our view will be obstructed. We haven't paid our final payment just yet, so I can call and switch. Any recommendations?? It's the MSC Meraviglia, Cabin 11257.
  8. I believe there are hours all throughout the day, but I don’t remember what time they open, and we only used them during dinner time... sorry! As far as bedtime, you just pack anything she would need (jammies, toothbrush, blanket, etc), and they have a little crib area. I would imagine they darken the room at some point. We picked our son up before bedtime, so he never got to sleep there, but I know a lot of other people did, so they probably have a good routine for it (sound machines or music maybe). I hope it goes well! We LOVED the Navigator!
  9. So, I meant to post here again right after our trip, but it’s been a couple of months. We used Royal Babies and Tots on the Navigator of the Seas in May and had a great experience! Our 2 year old was being very clingy, and so we only really used them one night, but they were great! The first night onboard we stopped by and checked out a big bag of toys. We got to look through a catalog and my son could point to the toy bag he wanted! Too cute! (Just make sure you don’t lose or break them, because they have some crazy steep replacement fees!) The first night we attempted to use the nursery, my son wouldn’t settle down, and they called the deck phone they gave me to see if we wanted to pick him up. I gave them some suggestions and they tried them, but eventually I ended up picking him up. They were very patient and kind and didn’t even charge us for that night, despite him being in the nursery about an hour. The second try went better and he settled down. They gave us a list of food options for him, and there were plenty of foods he likes. It was all basic “kid” foods, from the regular Windjammer menu. Also, I like their booking system—I was worried they wouldn’t have the openings we wanted, but they were able to book all the time slots we wanted. (We had another evening booked, but ended up canceling midday because we stayed on CocoCay literally until the last minute possible! 😂)
  10. So, I know you can book outside the cruise line, but I'm looking at RC's Excursion site and found a Blue Lagoon Beach Day and Stingray Encounter that seems like a great deal ($49pp). It says you have to be 4 years old to do this... so I'm not sure if that means we could bring our 2 year old and he just wouldn't be able to participate, or if he wouldn't be allowed on the tender at all? I may email them for clarification, but wondering how you booked for a child under 4, since you've been a few times.
  11. That's weird, usually they will make a note of it, at least. We booked directly through RC and when I called to request sitting by our friends, they made a note and just said to have our friends confirm. Maybe if you used a TA it's different? You can also stop by the "office hours" in the dining room on embarkation day to request the table you'd like.
  12. I don't know if it's a new feature or not, but we were told about a program called My Family Time Dining. This is for if you're eating in the main dining room. You have to have a 5:30 dining time, and basically they rush the kids' food out first so they can eat, and then once they're done (I think around 6:00?), the AO staff (not the nursery), will meet the kids at the dining room entrance and take them up to AO to play while you finish the rest of your meal. We are traveling with friends and their kids, so all but our 2 year old can do this, and we're all happy with the idea! Hopefully it works smoothly!
  13. Thank you! That's helpful! I'm really curious to see how busy this nursery will be--it's a larger ship (Navigator), but it's in May before schools are out, so maybe less families. We will find out shortly! Thanks for the info--we are very excited! 😁
  14. I'm not familiar with Blue Lagoon, but it sounds perfect! I will definitely check it out! Thanks! 😀
  15. I have a follow up question! We are taking our kids on their first cruise, and our youngest is 2, so he will be in the Royal Tots room. We will probably only use the nursery during dinner once or twice (although if it goes well, maybe thrice, haha!), and I’m just curious how the kids’ dinners go. Do they show you a room service menu or something? Or a list of foods in the buffet that night that you can choose from? Thankfully he is NOT picky, so I’m sure he will eat whatever I pick out, just curious about how that part works. My older son has a shellfish allergy, which I will talk to the Staff about, but we are going to do the My Family Time dining, so he shouldn’t be eating in Adventure Ocean, anyway. I plan on stopping by the kids area first thing when we board! 😊
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