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About dreadpirate3

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    Central Florida
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    Photography, travel, the great outdoors
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Yes, especially Tropical and White nights. I bring clothes for both! We enjoy cruising and dressing either casual (not shorts and tees) or more formal (cocktail dresses, skirt and blouse, nice pants and blouse, and pants with jacket or a suit) when we cruise. I look forward to my next cruise, which is eleven nights and has 2-3 formal nights. Nothing can beat the swimsuit with sheer coverup I saw in the dining room on formal night during our cruise on Symphony in May. Say what you will, but that is far too casual for dining any night. πŸ˜”
  2. Hello, I have enjoyed your travel journal greatly. I hope to one day take a voyage such as this, once I retire. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Freda's sister. Much sympathy to you both.
  3. Hi! I loved your photos of the private island. We always cruise RCCL so we've been to Coco Cay next door quite a few times. I look forward to reading your next report.
  4. We have OBC from booking on board our last cruise, but I'm watching for price drops to get more. Non-alcoholic drink package, ship excursion for the Panama Canal, internet package, 3 night dining package, and I have already paid gratuities. We rarely spend more than $20-40 on souvenirs. I do usually gamble a hundred or so in the casino.
  5. Thank you for your post! I have been with my DH for 26 years and I am contemplating a solo cruise. I may actually book my first inside cabin. I have far more leave time and can leave within a few weeks notice, whereas my DH works for a small company and cannot. I guess I will start monitoring the GGG flyer for good deals on last minute cruises. πŸ˜€ We will be 24 points from diamond after our fall cruise, so a few solo cruises should get us caught up.
  6. We experienced the new way in January 19 on Adventure and again in May on Symphony. It doesn't bother me at all. Since my husband and adult son both have food allergies, they typically are asked to order ahead of time, so it's all ordered for them before we enter the dining room for our meal. I've changed since I started cruising in 2008, why have consternation over something as small as a meal ordering timeline or what is on the table? @molly361 if our menus were out for the November sailing, I'd know what I was ordering as well. πŸ˜‰
  7. Hi! I'm also here in Orlando. Your photos and family are beautiful! Thank you for sharing, we have not sailed to Roatan yet, but it's on our list for next year. πŸ™‚
  8. We try to get a balcony, but we have sailed 5 smaller ships where balconies were much more expensive than an ocean view cabin, so the price difference wasn't worth it. We're in an OV on our next cruise, with 4 sea days, but we'll enjoy the adult only areas and some of the open deck areas on those days. We booked at $850 per person for an 11 day cruise, and the rate is up to $1400 per person for an OV and balconies are over $2000. When we book Alaska, I would like to get a balcony.
  9. Thank you for asking these questions. We normally get the Refreshment Package for other reasons, but bottled water for port days is one of them. I am planning to bring a water bottle to refill instead.
  10. 279 days until our longest cruise, on Vision of the Seas.
  11. I'm also in the Orlando area, and we drive on departure day to Tampa, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami. Port Everglades is our favored port and we have found third party parking that we like and is a fair price. It doesn't hurt that they drop us in a different area than most at the terminal, so we don't stand in lines very long. We generally leave home around 7, stop once for coffee and rest rooms, and are at the port around 11. We used to get a room that included parking and a shuttle but were not very pleased about the hotel last time so we changed to driving down same day. The only cruises on the horizon that require flying are Alaska in 2022. We very much enjoy the freedom to take detours on the way home from the cruise.
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