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pmck

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    Princess
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    Caribbean
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  1. We booked a spacious ocean view balcony on Freedom of the Seas, Southern Caribbean itinerary. So we're all set.Thanks anyway!!
  2. Yes, that much I know.. haha.. I think we're all set now. I just can't believe that balconies were available at night and by the time we looked at it again the next day, only guarantee rooms were..
  3. thanks, but we were in a suite once (got upgraded on Princess) and it was in the very front of the ship and we didn't like the constant banging against the waves..my daughter was sea sick the whole time.. That's what I'm afraid of with a guarantee!
  4. Hello, What has been your experience with "guaranteed balconies'? I finally found a cruise that we like and now it doesn't show any oceanview balconies available, only guaranteed. I'm afraid to get an obstructed view or be stuck somewhere. I guess there's always the possibility of getting an upgrade. Your thoughts??? Patti
  5. thanks I will do this.. I appreciate your help
  6. I'm with you, but sadly can't get my husband "on board" with that That being said.. have any of you sailed on Norwegian? We are looking at that too, but haven't sailed with them at all and wonder what the comparisons are between the two lines??
  7. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.. We don't want to sail from Bayonne in May. We like to start in Florida (or we have sailed from Galveston and Puerto Rico), liking warm weather from the get go! I know that it's late to plan for a May cruise and am always in awe of people that can book a year out, but we don't have that situation. I do like booking it, and only having to wait for a few months to go, but I realize that the best prices aren't always available then. We do have a travel agent that we work with sometimes. We are interested in the May 16th, Symphony sailing out of Miami, oceanfront balcony, room for 3, so I will ask her what kind of rates she can get for us and perks. I do appreciate all of your comments and welcome them. Although this will be my 7th cruise, I feel like a newbie compared to some of you! Have a great day!! Patti
  8. Hi Everyone, My family (my husband, daughter and I) are in the market for a cruise this May and we are shopping them. Can anyone give me your best advice for finding the best prices? I remember last year (we sailed on the Allure in May), after we booked it, I read a bunch of posts from people talking about how they saved so much money and got great deals from cruise lines. Sadly, now that I want to remember all of that, I can't...haha!! We loved the Allure and would like to sail on the Oasis class, and are looking for a balcony. Are the prices all going to be over $1K per person for that? When we multiply that X3, then add all the other stuff, plus airfare and hotel on the front end, it adds up pretty quickly. I appreciate any and all of your tips and hints. Have a great day everyone. Patti
  9. My family and I cruised on the Allure last May and we want to cruise again this May. Sadly the Allure doesn't sail this May out of Florida and we are struggling trying to find a comparable ship. We loved the Central Park and the amenities. Any suggestions on other ships that compare. We've only sailed on Princess (5X) and now twice on Royal. We love the big ship. Thanks in advance, Patti
  10. We sailed on the Allure 5/26/19-5/2/19 and found there to be no issues getting off of the ship at any port. It was far faster than our previous experiences on Princess. We were on the 6th deck though, so we just had to go down a deck or 2 to get off. The elevators could consume a lot of time, if you're dependent on them to go down. We were able to take the stairs. Basically we just walked off in PR and St. Maarten, with no lines at all. Although, like some other posters, we never rushed to be the first ones off. Why wait in any line, when if you just stay on ship and enjoy breakfast, you can walk off a little later.
  11. just got off of the Allure a month ago and I want to go back!! It was the BEST!!! So jealous!
  12. what's the saying... a bad day on vacation is still better than a good day at work? Enjoy yourselves and be optimistic that you'll have a wonderful time, and you will!!
  13. Yes, we all said that if we had to do it again, we wouldn't do it because of the traffic. Taxi's won't help there. They are sitting in the same traffic. The experience at Maho Beach (seeing the giant jets go right over the beach to land) is definitely worth seeing though. Now that we have, we will just go to the beach that is near the port where we docked the next time. The Caribbean is just amazing. We did check out towels. I would always check out 3 and then return them. It doesn't matter how you do that. It's easier having one person do it in my opinion. They have "towel stations" near the pools and when you're in port, there will be a station set after you get off of the ship. Have the best time!!
  14. I don't recall asking for egg crates on the beds. No, if you shut off all of the lights, the "nightlight" in the bathroom stays on and there was plenty of light. I don't know what "dreamworks" is. This was our first time on an "oasis" class ship with RC. We had a very quiet cabin on Deck 6 (ocean view balcony), so I can't comment on your location. All I know is I am so jealous and want to go back!! We will!!
  15. FYI, we had an ocean view balcony (and wouldn't do anything else) on the 6th deck and it was an awesome location. We were close to the Boardwalk (same floor) promenade (one deck down) and the restaurants. We were more AFT that foreward, a little more that 1/2 way back on the ship. We loved the location of our room and would do it again in a heartbeat. I personally wouldn't want any of those inside balconies. I'd rather "ocean watch" than "people watch" from my balcony. (IMHO) I believe on that same deck (Promenade) there is a jogging/walking track that goes around the outside. My husband ran on it a few times. But the "inside" Promenade is a busy place.
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