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    Royal Caribbean and Norwegian
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    Labadee and Southern Caribbean

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  1. My latest Review: Brilliance Spring Break 2019 Instagram: apdmomcruzr Up Next: Celebrity Equinox (December 2018) Review and Dailies Harmony of the Seas (November 2018) Review, Pictures and Tips Adventure of the Seas (June 2018) Review Norwegian Epic (March 2018) Review Navigator of the Seas (Nov 2017) Review Oasis of the Seas (June 2017) Review Freedom of the Seas (March 2017)Review CCL Magic (November 2016)Review&FunTimes NCL Escape (July2016) Review&Dailies Allure of the Seas (May 2016) Photo Review/Tips Navigator of the Seas (March 2016) Review Freedom of the Seas (November 2015) Review Oasis of the Seas (June 2015) Review Freedom of the Seas (Dec 2014); CCL Liberty (June 2014); Independence of the Seas (March 2014); Freedom of the Seas (June 2013); CCL Freedom (March 2013); CCL Fascination (July 2012); CCL Liberty (June 2012); NCL Dawn (A Caribbean Christmas 2011); CCL Legend (June 2011); CCL Dream (March 2011); X Infinity (July 2010); Costa Atlantica (April 2010); NCL Dawn (April 2009); Majesty of the Seas (July 2006); Enchantment of the Seas (October 2005); CCL Fantasy (April 2004) Still to come... Create your own countdown clock
  2. Hi, guys! We were on Oasis with you in 2015! Will you be doing a Harmony review too? We will be going back in November... Enjoy planning! 🙂
  3. We had a bad experience on Brilliance too... Manicure started to peel before the day was even over. Got it redone for free, but it peeled again after a day. I will not donate another penny to Royal Caribbean Spas. They need to switch providers. I am sorry about your bad experience. Hope they can work it out for you.
  4. Baby steps...That is how I learned to do the charts! I took the easy way out. Despite my geeky streak, I still believe in saving time by finding the lazy....ahem, I mean “easy” way. I use the iPad with the free Numbers App (The Mac version of Excel...Windows lovers, please don’t have a coronary for my comparison 😂) 5 easy steps: 1. Type dates and prices into 3 columns 2. Highlight the three columns and choose “Cell Actions...” 3. Choose “Create New Chart” 4. Decide how fancy you want the chart to be... 2D, 3D, or interactive 5. Pick your favorite visual representation of the chart, and voila! Here is an example of one of the 3D options... Have fun!
  5. Yes, one document with separate spreadsheets.
  6. Technology makes it so easy! And I enjoy doing it... it is all part of planning for the cruise and killing time during the countdown 😁
  7. My advice is that you book when the price looks good to you, making sure you book “refundable deposit” if you may need to make changes. Then, keep checking for price drops until final payment. Here are some charts that show price changes we have been tracking. Green dots represent the price we paid. Blue dots represent the price changes at given dates. I check a few times a week, but only document if a price changed... As you can see, booking well in advance is key. However, in the off season you can occasionally get a great deal, like we did on Allure in mid May one year. 7-9 day cruises: 4 and 5 day on Brilliance (4-day Brilliance dropped below our paid price - the only one in many years of cruising Royal):
  8. Typically, longer cruises do not drop in price (7 days and up), so booking early and checking frequently is best. Shorter cruises can drop in price if they are not at peak season and there are only 2 of you. Cabins for 3 people (what we usually book) can sell out faster, and therefore leave you stranded. I will post a few screen shots of RCL cruise price changes from cruises we have taken, coming up soon in the next post.
  9. ...looking forward to pictures of the helium balloon experience. 🙂 Please post them here when they become available.
  10. Hi, KCcruisin! Are you referring to the countdown clock or a link to a review? I will try to help if you can give me specifics of what is not working 🙂
  11. APDMOM

    Seaside 3/23/19

    Hi, Arzeena! We will be on the first two weeks of June. 😔Sorry we will miss you! But now you can virtually cruise with us for those two weeks while you wait for your turn. Hopefully the wifi works well! 😁 Look out for “My View” to start around June 1st...
  12. Thank you for all this helpful information! 🙂
  13. APDMOM

    Seaside 3/23/19

    I tried a Gooogle search, but came up empty. As a newbie sailing Seaside in June, what are the brown huts? 🙂
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