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  1. The week we were on, the front desk told us they were all booked for the week, but you would never have known it. We were up there every day and only had a couple of days that were windy. This was our sixth time having a Retreat Cabana, so obviously we enjoy them. Picking an ideal cabana is a crap shoot. On windy days, we wished we had a side facing cabana to be protected from the wind. On warm days that weren’t very windy, we wished we had a rear facing cabana for the airflow. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries are served every day at 3 PM. On previous cruises, they were served at 2 PM which worked better for us. If you already have one booked, I would keep your reservation and wait until you get on the ship. Ship service told us if decided to cancel when we boarded, we would get a refund. Please call ship services yourself to confirm this. You cancel now, you may end up being sorry. The Retreat Cabanas are an awesome place to relax in either the sun or shade, without having to worry about fighting for a chair. Have a great trip!
  2. Sorry we missed you...have a great trip!
  3. We were on the same cruise and saw some people pulled off to the left side just before we went through the metal detectors, but I too was surprised we didn’t have to fill anything out. The lady checking us in asked if we had recently traveled to China, but that was the extent of it.
  4. We were on from Feb 1 - 8. Early fixed dining was at 5:30. We really enjoyed our time on the ship. We were originally booked on the Nieuw Amsterdam, so the only available accessible cabin was an inside. But as luck would have it, a family cabana was available in The Retreat area, so we snatched it up. It was our first time having a family cabana and we loved it! As Jinty684 said above, HMC was very windy and a little cool, hence the photo of my wife below. It didn’t phase me much as I soaked in every minute. The ship was in great shape and appears to have recently received new carpet in certain areas. Hitting the new carpet made pushing myself in my wheelchair difficult. It felt like they used an extra thick carpet pad. Probably not noticeable to people walking on it, but definitely noticeable trying to push a wheelchair across it. Overall, it was a great cruise!
  5. And I agree with your comment 100%, but I also know there are certain circumstances where people need to stay in touch and a phone-free cruise will never exist. Phones will no doubt continue to be more and more prevalent as time goes on. People want them and cruise lines will provide the service as technology continues to advance. It will be a sad day, at least for me, if cruising gets to the point of people staring at their phones during dinner, just as they do in land-based restaurants.
  6. My favorite part of cruising is throwing my phone in the safe and not touching it. I also enjoy seeing people interact with each other around the ship and not burying their face in their phone. Each year, I'm seeing more and more people with their phones on the ship. This won't keep me from cruising, but it is disappointing to see. If they want me to read them on my phone, then I won't read them.
  7. Confirming what others have already said.....they were available in their normal spot by the front desk last week on the Zuiderdam.
  8. I’ve stayed on 4096 and 4146 and had no issues with noise. I suppose we were far enough back to be shielded from the noise.
  9. At Port Everglades, they are inconsistent with how they handle the boarding process for those with mobility issues. I am a full time wheelchair user and am always at the port very early due to direct flights from Indianapolis. There have been times they allowed us to go upstairs and board first. Other times we have boarded with those that have priority boarding. We have also been made to stay downstairs and board with everyone. But as others have already said, ignore the assigned embarkation time and arrive when you want.
  10. I’m in a manual wheelchair and pushed myself from Mallory Square to the Hemingway House without any problems. It is a decent distance, but it’s very doable. I know the previous post said the house wasn’t accessible, but there is a ramp on the side of the house that allowed me to get in. The second floor isn’t accessible, but I explored the first floor just fine.
  11. People might be able to better answer this question if we know more about the physical abilities of the person in the wheelchair. I am a full-time wheelchair user from a spinal cord injury in 1995. My wife and I rented a golf cart in Bonaire and had a blast touring the island. We brought along a bungee cored and strapped my wheelchair on the back of the golf cart. Whether one can does this depends on the level of disability.
  12. Enjoy the pre-cruise anticipation. Your vacation will be here and gone before you know it.
  13. Deck 3 was fixed dining when we were on her last November. I don’t have an answer for your second and third questions.
  14. It will all depend on the weather. We’ve had Retreat Cabanas four times. The first three were wonderful with no issues of wind disrupting our enjoyment of the cabana. The fourth trip was so windy the cabana was basically unusable. My wife took the photo below of me on the windy trip. Hopefully your trip will be like our first three and you will get to enjoy the cabana. We love them and wouldn’t hesitate to book them in the future.
  15. Call the ship services number if interested in booking for the entire week. If you only want to book by the day, you have to wait until you are on the ship. Booking by the day is only available if they aren’t sold out for the week.
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