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  1. Hi TravelMadBrits, Maybe I wasn't clear, but we gave our genie our dining requests, and she is managing the reservations. We worked things this way because we are working around our child's needs. He is very young, and doesn't like to go out to dinner at nicer places. We prefer to eat at specific times and we knew which nights would be easiest for us. My husband doesn't like having a busy schedule on vacation, so what your genie did wouldn't work for us. As our son gets older and we are able to take him on longer trips, we may try what you suggest.
  2. We received our welcome letter from Araceli last week for our cruise on Dec 9, just under 4 weeks in advance. I have been happy with the correspondence we have had so far, and it is so good to read that other had a good experience with her. Having a genie is a new experience for me, so I am guessing that others may be in the same boat. Here is how we have used her so far. 1-We asked her to reserve a beach cabana for us at Labadee. There are only 2 on Barefoot Beach, and they were already taken, so she booked us an over water cabana, and promised to watch to see if a beach one becomes available. 2-She recommended we start making dinner reservations at specialty restaurants now because they could book up, so we placed those. 3-Since we have a 5 yr old, I asked about in room babysitting, and how many children would be on the ship. She let me know that inroom sitting is no longer available, and that they would not get lists of kids until a few days before sailaway. 4- I asked if the ship could provide a picnic lunch for us for one of our stops, since we are there 7-2, and getting lunch in a restaurant could make us late back to the ship. She let us know that in San Juan they are very strict about food coming off the ships (and apparently in Cozumel as well), so a picnic lunch was not possible. She did say that she could set up a late lunch on our balcony when we got back to the ship, if we would like. I can see asking a concierge any of these questions, but the responses have been quicker and more personal (less canned) than I have had in the past from concierges.
  3. Bob, my original question was how to reserve a Cabana at Barefoot Beach. The excursion list only shows cabanas at Nellies Beach. I apologize for asking this question here, but I don't know where to find the info. I thought that people who have access to concierges would know.
  4. I think the real perk is having access to a concierge without having to book a suite. As long as you don't go during the evening happy hour, the Diamond Lounge is a nice getaway, since children are discouraged. On a ship like Oasis, boarding before most of the passengers is a good perk, and early departure is a blessing! But for day to day problems and reservations, a good concierge can make a good cruise great.
  5. Yes I am. Does that mean that the list of excursions should include Barefoot Beach?
  6. Thanks for starting this thread. It saved me the trouble!
  7. I know this isn't the right place for my question, but I know that someone here will know where I can find the answer. Please point me in the right direction? We will be stopping at Labadee on our next cruise, and I want to book a cabana. We will be on Harmony OTS, and I am guessing that the cabanas will go fast. However, the Royal website only shows the Nellie's beach cabanas. How do I reserve one for Barefoot Beach? Will a reservation for Nellie's transfer?
  8. I had been hoping for an Oasis class ship in Southampton, but all ships have something I like!
  9. I liked looking at the confirmed list of M&Ms, even before we had the 25 people needed, so I would know where they were held on the various ships.
  10. I'm guessing none of you cruise with children. While my husband are perfectly happy to eat in restaurants in port, taking our son sometimes means that other patrons may not enjoy a relaxing quiet meal. I know that most ports do not allow you take food off, but I am sure there are some that do. I would love to take a picnic lunch with us when we go ashore, but I PROMISE I WON'T unless I see that it's permitted. I am surprised that there aren't services on the islands for this kind of thing! I did look up one company on Puerto Rico that does set up picnics, but they aren't for kids.
  11. Your best bet to judge size is to find a video on youtube. It is 2 bedrooms, and the second on has 2 twins, with 2 pullmans on the walls. I found one of an A1 here:
  12. We used Karib Auto Rental and paid $90, plus $6 for gas and we added a tip. They have a website, and I paid $45 in advance. on it. I had pictured an office outside the cruise center, but there was just a woman sitting in our cart waiting for us. This is not a very commercial area!
  13. Does anyone have a map of these cabanas, so we can see how far they are from other facilities?
  14. We aren't going for a while, but I am thinking of grabbing a picnic lunch and taking a cab to El Morro. There's lots of little rooms to explore in the fort that your kids might like (I'm pretty sure my son will!) and there is a large greenspace leading up to El Morro where your kids can run and eat a picnic. This picture must have been taken early in the morning, because I saw people all over when I was there.
  15. We had lunch at Barbie's which is catty-corner to John's in Cockburn, on the road closest to the shore. There are little shops along the road there, selling the usual tshirts, caps, etc. I liked shopping there, because there were no crowds. DO NOT TRY TO BARGAIN. That is not the custom here, and your seller may be insulted.
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