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  1. Only applies to federal buildings that require ID to enter- so I am thinking federal courthouses, federal depository and such. This would include the IRS, but not the post office, no the VA hospital, nor benefits offices.
  2. It does include flying, and that is the one most people talk about needing this for but you will need it to enter federal buildings that require ID to enter as well as military bases (nuclear power plants too, but that seems remote for most people). As I have relatives in the military, if I was to visit them on base I would need my passport OR the Real ID.
  3. Yes, that sucks. A year or so ago the flyers advertising what was included had it in the "fine print" (July of 2018) But going out there today and it isn't on it.....
  4. I have not been on Explorer, but the last several cruises (admittedly on Freedom) we have never had a problem. Being return cruisers we had a buy one/get one coupon for the milkshakes, but never used it as they took our beverage package. We could not stay to drink it there, but needed to take it to go. If this has changed since April, or if they don't follow it fleet wide I am not sure.
  5. You do not need to buy food OR pay the cover charge to get the milkshake to go.
  6. You do realize you have just opened up the gate to those who are going to slam you for sharing! Enjoy the remarks. OP the recommendation for the refreshment package isn't a bad one, it includes the soda AND other things like smoothies, fresh squeezed juice (at breakfast, last time it was a pain to get and often had seeds in it), and coffee drinks. You will need to decide if the up charge is worth it for you. The free flavored water is more like "infused" water, but the freestyle machines have vitamin water and power aid and plenty of diet and regular caffeine free soda. You may decide that the beverages included in your fare are fine and if needed you can always buy a can of soda/pop as you go. You also may bring a 12-pack on to the ship with you.
  7. Have fun! One of these years I would love to do a fall color cruise. You have lots of good suggestions here already. I will just ditto the wear things more than once. Underwear would be the biggest difficulty for me and yes, I know you can do your undies in the bathroom sink- I just don't want too 🙂 Your kids will enjoy making memories with you. My family camped as kids, and my boys were Scouts....who says you can't have fun in the great outdoors?
  8. This article helps explain what these are. Private Islands do have port fees and taxes- paid to the government that the island is located in. https://www.shermanstravel.com/advice/cruise-taxes-explained/
  9. Chaperones in the same room is a major no-no unless the chaperone is the parent of said child or children. All major youth organizations now have rules about non-relatives sharing a tent/hotel room and even car rides with non-related youth! Seriously, would you let your child stay in the room with an unrelated adult? And there are organizations that do this, a quick search found a group willing to organize a cruise for marching bands and Royal, Carnival and Norwegian were all listed as lines who they have worked with. OP, I would suggest just working with one of those companies who will help you. I would ask them what they have done in the past to ensure that the participants follow the rules. They would not stay in business very long, or have continued relations with these cruise lines if the students/bands involved were a problem. The several sites I saw state that they do not put a parent in each cabin, so obviously when there is an official group tour booked the rules are different than if a bunch of kids wanted to do this on their own.....
  10. We had thought about that beach in Antiqua, but wanted to go to Nelson's Dockyard. We took the public bus to Nelson's and enjoyed it very much. In order to get to Church beach we needed to go back to the main bus terminal and switch buses, so we decided against doing both. For a total of $3 one way for both we made it to English Harbor and spent $8 each to get in. Had the place to ourselves for a few hours before the organized charter buses came. Would take the public bus in Antiqua again, this time to hit one of the beaches. Interested in learning more about the buses, this post might be helpful: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147242-s303/Antigua:Caribbean:Public.Transportation.html
  11. Although you did tell them how awesome the services for kids are and they may have been planning on it they still may want to go ahead and do this. You don't know. We never took a vacation without our kids until the last one was in college (and boy, were they surprised when we went with out them 🙂 ). Several trips were with extended family that included grandparents....but grandma wasn't on duty 24/7 and often she had to tell us to go do something and she would watch the little ones. When you let them know this ship doesn't have what you thought it did, maybe volunteer to babysit one night if the couple would like to do something special. If they can't afford a balcony and you have one, maybe allow the little one to go down early in your room and let them have the balcony to enjoy (this is if you can carry the little one to bed without them waking up, not a problem at our house). If they can do a balcony, they may enjoy just having a bit of down time alone watching the world go by from their balcony.
  12. Barbados we really enjoyed Harrison's Cave. The cave tour is on a tram, and you kids might really enjoy it. We were on Freedom and did it through Royal. Ours included a jeep ride through the rain forest, which was very fun- but bumpy and fast. Thank goodness for a secure seat belt! They may have a different trip to Harrison's Cave as well.
  13. Just announced, teens aged 14 and older may go to the Thrill Park on their own. Parent's, check the cruise planner.
  14. That may or not be true. Our airport has commuter flights that only fly from here to O'Hare and then turn right around and come back. Of course, being a state capitol that may have something to do with commuter flights.
  15. The OP has SE GA in their profile, so I am guessing SE Georgia. I may be wrong. I doubt they will have snow issues anytime of year that they go, but ground stop t-storms maybe. With the first flight that gets them in at 7:55 AM I would expect they would know if they would be able to make it or not pretty early. If they can only leave day of departure, they may still stand a chance driving. We have flown from the snowy, great white north once on the same day. Also a direct, non-stop from MKE to FLL. Spring Break. Very early in the morning because we had no other choice. Our adult son could not have an extra day off of work to go a day early. We did a lot of praying that everything would be fine, and it was and we got off in FLL and right over to the ship.
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