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  1. Another option for the evening is a quiet night in the cabin with a choice of on demand movies. We were on a port intensive itinerary last summer the meant early mornings for us. In the evening, a great dinner and that watching a movie while relaxing in bed was all we could handle.
  2. While one can find edible food in the buffet on Carnival, NCL takes it down several notches. Think of a Golden Corral on a very, very bad night when one suspects that all the food is left over from the previous day. The MDR on Carnival can have good food. The MDR on NCL is Denny's on a very bad night. I suspect it is a way to encourage the paying of additional fees to obtain better food in the extra cost venues.
  3. I suspect the three stage process has been in existence on HAL for some time. We had "stage 1" on the Zuiderdam about ten years ago when there was a fire somewhere on the ship. We were woken up about 3 AM with in cabin announcements that all crew were to go to muster stations. Passengers were to stay awake in their cabins and await further announcements from the bridge. That was a perfect storm start to the cruise. Boarding was first delayed due to a deep cleaning and boarding did not start until 8 PM and finished at midnight. (HAL did a great job of arranging comfortable options at the local convention center for the afternoon and evening). No muster drill was held before departure. Then the 3 AM wake up call....
  4. Yes, Lincoln Center is now in the old Explorers Lounge area. The only disadvantage to that area is the sometimes boisterous passengers passing by in the walkway to or from the dining room. Some seemed to never catch on that there is a performance going on.
  5. Like Dave said, HAL's practice has been that OBC can only be used on board. Any excursions booked before the cruise is charged to the credit card used. The charge can not be removed from the card and the OBC applied when on board the ship. I don't understand the gobbledygook post about the wait list that is not a wait list. Maybe what you have is a reservation that is on a list until the tour operator can fill each helicopter that will be used on the day of the excursion. When that schedule is set and the passenger capacity is reached, you will probably be charged. If it is before the cruise departure, it will go on your credit card.
  6. Forget Cozumel. I would be thinking about where I was the day before and what I had to eat or drink.
  7. As we are not fools, we have talked directly to the companies from which we have bought our travel insurance and we have specifically asked about "cancel for any reason" and pre-existing conditions for any policy we have purchased. For any of the policies that we have purchased, there is fine print for the "cancel for any reason" and preexisting conditions in the fine print for the cancel for any reason. We have also never found a policy that waives pre-exisiting conditions with the cancel for any reason clause when we purchase at the time of booking that is not way more expensive when the pre-exisiting condition criteria are not met at the time of booking. So, in our case, your post does not apply to our situations. In any case, my post was just intended to give the OP the head's up about what could be in the insurance policy.
  8. Hold on a minute. There was a thread on here by someone in a similar situation with multiple adult and child rooms. If I member correctly, the way the scenario played out is that while some how the cabins were booked, either once on board (or maybe before boarding), the OP was notified that the room switching would not be allowed as the minor children were required to be in the cabin adjacent to their parents (legal guardians). It did not matter if the adults that were next to the rooms were other family members or the parents of some of the children in the room; all the children needed to be in a cabin that met the booking requirements for a child in a separate room. As there has now also been recent threads on this forum that Royal Caribbean is now enforcing the restrictions on cabins for children, I would not assume that you will be allowed to blithely switch sleeping arrangements onboard ship. Besides the stated requirements for booking minor children in a separate cabin and the actual number of beds in a cabin, you will also need to consider the muster station each cabin is assigned (cabins next to each other can be in different muster stations) and the allowed capacity for each station. If you want a hassle free trip, book the cabins you need in the configuration that meets the booking requirements and do not be upset if you find that cabin roulette is not allowed once on board.
  9. We were in a Bella interior cabin so I would imagine that all cabins on the Divina would have this plug. It was actually my son-in-law that uses the CPAP and he was in the same type cabin next to us. While we were told that plug was in the headboard, my daughter told us a more accurate description of the placement was somewhere down near the floor. The maintenance person had to move the bedside tables and remove a cover over the plug. If I remember correctly, the plug was a European style plug and an adopter was needed. Because the CPAP was listed on their cruise reservations, a extension cord with a built in adapter was provided by the ship.
  10. OP, Just an FYI on case you do ever chose to buy travel insurance with a "cancel for any reason" clause. Many policies will have small print where any preexisting condition must be stable for a specified period of time before purchasing the insurance. Stable means no change in treatment, including medication. As this type of insurance usually must be purchased at the time of booking, the look back period is the time before the booking date. To give a specific real life example, we always buy trip insurance with the "cancel for any reason" clause and the look back period for preexisting conditions is six months. My husband had triple bypass surgery in 1990. He has done well and always has yearly follow ups with his cardiologist. We were on a cruise last summer. While on an excursion that involved walking up a steep incline, he had problems and became short of breath. We did drop out of the tour and after resting a short while, he recovered and we finished out vacation without incident. He did mention the shortness of breath to his cardiologist at his scheduled yearly appointment shortly after returning home. Of course the doctor promptly followed up with a stress test and echo cardiogram. No damage was found to the heart but the doctor diagnosed a probable incident of atrial fibrillation. My husband also had a cardiac catheterization done (heart has a good blood flow ). However, right now there is a big change in treatment: Medication changes and he is wearing a portable monitor/defibrillator until January at which point he will have a echo cardiogram. At that point the doctor will decide if a permanent pacemaker should be implanted. The impact on us booking another cruise and buying insurance is as follows: If the doctor decides that no further tweaking of medication or pacemaker is needed in January, there will be a six month period before I will consider booking a cruise and buying trip insurance which means sometime in June/July 2020 before I can even think about booking. Please keep this type of small print conditions in mind if you do ever wish to consider buying trip insurance for any travel.
  11. Just a reminder, don't forget to pack the sippy cup (or two or three) to put the milk in. Ask on board. There should be no problem obtaining a glass of milk in the buffet or dining room. If you have fixed dining with the same waitstaff every night, your table will be waiting after the first night for you with a high chair and glass of milk on the table.
  12. LOL - He understands just fine. It is a matter of him testing to find out what the limits are and the consequences of his actions.
  13. My daughter is now 35, so it has been a long time since I needed the harness. I used the straight harness because besides being a fast runner, she was also a little Houdini. The regular over the shoulder V straps that were used in strollers and other child devices didn't work for her. And forget the lap belt in shopping carts; she would roll her shoulders forward and get out of the straps. It is a long way down from the child seats in shopping carts to the floor. I had a harness that was a vest that zipped up the front. The were two metal rings where I could either slide them together and use them to attach the strap or place them on the sides so that I could used the two straps that came with the harness and clip her onto the sides of the stroller, car sea seat, high chair and shopping carts. Decide what best suits your child. Safety is the first priority, nasty looks and comments be "darned."
  14. Check with special needs. On the Divina, we were informed that there was a special plug in the headboard for a CPAP machine. It could only be accessed by ship's maintenance and one needed to contact Guest Services to arrange for the person to come to the cabin (a passenger must be in the cabin). Perhaps the Seaside has the same hidden plug.
  15. If you don't have one already, I suggest a toddler harness. Yes, you will get snide comments about your kid not being a dog, but when your hands are full and the kid makes a break for it in an airport, a busy street or crowded deck, it is good to know that he can't get too far. If someone is too obnoxious about the harness, question them on what their interest is in your child being loose and easy to snatch. It will also give the independent minded toddler the feeling that he is on his own while you still have a firm grip on him.
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