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  1. Last Saturday there was a 3 stall portable potty building (1 stall designated men, 1 designated women, 1 designated unisex) set up across the path from the beach in addition to the single bathroom in the restaurant. Each enclosure had a sink, the toilets flushed by a foot operated pedal, and it was (as far as portable potties go) a nice setup.
  2. Telling us your dates will help us make recommendations since prices vary by the season. The Dalmar and The Element near Las Olas Blvd opened about this time last year. Two Hilton properties (Tru and Home2Suites) are due to open in June but Hilton isn't taking reservations yet. Hopefully BlueHerons will chime in; she's a wealth of info about new hotel (and restaurant) openings in Fort Lauderdale.
  3. We had a specialty restaurant reservation gifted by our TA on our Alaska 2018 cruise on the Ruby Princess for our family group of 6 adults and 1 toddler (luckily a very well behaved and adventuresome eater). We all loved it with the exception of the uncomfortable chairs noted in another post. We're going on another family cruise this summer on the Caribbean Princess and the first thing everyone asked was "can we go to Share?" They were disappointed to hear that there is no Share on the Caribbean Princess but we are looking forward to Sabatinis instead.
  4. According to the thread cited above, MSC changed the matching algorithm in October 2018.
  5. Exactly what we experienced last week. Do be prepared to wait for a table if not in line when the restaurant opens. They will also ask couples to share tables for four and you'll receive attitude if you say no (at least that was our experience). In my opinion there are not sufficient tables to serve a full YC in two hours, especially when some passengers just want to sit in the shade and nurse their drinks/food. We enjoyed the food (IIRC we had ceviche and octopus salad to start; fish taco or sandwich and carne asada for entrees; and creme caramel that was really flan for dessert) but some people might have an issue with the size of the plates (more tapas sized than regular sized).
  6. OP - if you haven't already, you might want to post on the Royal Caribbean board: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/51-royal-caribbean-international/
  7. We have only one cruise on the Caribbean Princess and that was the British Isles in 2013. We are looking forward to our second in June. On that BI cruise (and never on any other of the 25+ Princess cruises we've been on), all the production shows were on a 3 times per night schedule (around 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30) that worked out perfectly both from a timing and crowd perspective. I wonder why they don't do that anymore?
  8. I can second the recommendation for the The National; our son's wedding was held there. I will warn you that the rooms in most of the hotel (built in 1939) are small by today's standards if you have more than two people. The more recent cabana rooms and suites are much larger.
  9. On a related topic - has anyone ever requested that the medallion be mailed to a different address? I just realized that our June Caribbean Princess cruise will be our first medallion cruise and we will be departing from our summer home not our home of record. I'll pose the same question to my TA.
  10. MSC doesn't publicize their algorithm for status matching but you can check this thread and the spreadsheet in post #1 for self reported matches: The MSC website has a table listing all the perks for each Voyagers Club level: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/MSC-Voyagers-Club/Voyagers-Club.aspx
  11. It is listed on the Priority Pass website (https://www.prioritypass.com/en/lounges/usa/ft-lauderdale-fl-intl/fll3d-kafe-kalik) Opening Hours 06:00 - 22:00 daily. IMPORTANT NOTE: For Cardholders who pay for individual visits or guest visits, please check this particular offer against your visit fee to ensure it represents value for you. We advise Cardholders to review full Conditions of access below before visiting. Kafe Kalik offers a variety of appetizers, entrees, deserts and tropical beverages influenced by the Caribbean. Enjoy traditional Conch Fritters and Glazed Wings with Guava BBQ. Location Airside - after Security proceed towards Concourse G and Kafe Kalik is located near Gate G6. Please note that the restaurant may exceed their seating limit at certain times of the day & access to the restaurant is at their sole discretion. Conditions 1. Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive US$28 off the bill. Each US$28 deduction represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge visit allocation for which the Cardholder will, where applicable, be charged. E.g. if a Cardholder registers 1 Guest they will receive US$56 off their bill which will be charged as 1 Cardholder visit + 1 Guest visit on their account. Only 1 Card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted and at point of registration. 2. The US$28 is valid for the purchase of any meal and/or drinks excluding ‘To-Go Orders’ and ‘Grab and Go’. To be eligible, Cardholders must present a valid Card and Boarding Pass with confirmed same-day travel before placing an order. 3. US$28 is non-transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash substitute or refund if the final bill is lower than US$28 per person. 4. Cardholder is responsible for the balance if total final bill exceeds US$28 per person. Any remaining balance cannot be used towards gratuity. 5. Priority Pass and its Affiliates Companies shall not be liable should the offer value be less than Customers lounge visit entitlement. Customers who pay for lounge and guest visits are advised to review program Conditions of Use prior to accessing the offer.
  12. Google shows the United lounge in terminal 1; the Delta Sky Club in terminal 2; and Kafe Kalik Restaurant (Priority Pass) in terminal 4.
  13. Start your research at the Fort Lauderdale's official tourist website: www.sunny.org. There is an entire section for cruisers and you can designate the filters important to you when researching hotels: https://www.sunny.org/plan-your-trip/cruisers/cruise-hotels/
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