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  1. I am really interested to read what you thought about the ship. Will you post some thoughts please? We last sailed her when she sailed out of Baltimore and also did the repo out of Baltimore (to Florida).
  2. I am a fan of of that crunchmaster multiseed! Also available in Walmart, Sprouts and other stores. And I top it with brie..... The small ones snack sized. 😋 I am happy to see that you are settling down and becoming a Floridian!
  3. Necessary unnecessary information for Tea lovers: I heard that MSC is opening a Tea Bar on their ships, that will serve over a thousand varieties of teas and also carry water from different places/regions in England, especially for their British clients, who are not only very particular about the teas but of the taste of water for their teas. Apparently they conducted a survey and many were complaining about lack of tea variety, and not only bring their own tea but also water for tea. Sue and Graham, are you particular about the taste of water for tea? For example, does water from south London taste any different than from central?
  4. Dh was watching a video (Don's or Tony's, don't remember) on what gets one banned from cruising for life. It shows that a couple was banned from cruising all cruise lines for good. Seemed that they put out a video on social media, bragging how they got free bottled water on every cruise. They showed how they open the bottles inside the stateroom, drink the water, fill them up with tap water, show how they sealed them back. It seemed they did this for a long time till they bragged on social media and showed their video. The cruise line got the lawyers involved and a ban was issued on all cruise lines for this "wise" couple. A similar ban was issued for another couple who bragged that that they got away with smoking by bribing the room attendant every time, till one guy went and reported them. How stupid can people get to first do something like that and then brag about it!!!! And don't touch that water bottle in the stateroom!!!😁 🤣
  5. Jane, I am so sorry for what you are going through. What the movers packed ,like for example, furniture, they should have unpacked and set up. Boxes, I believe they do not unpack or arrange your stuff. So sorry to see such a beautiful table not handled well and broken. That dresser they should have unpacked. Take pictures and I hope you are filing a claim. Just throwing ideas: Perhaps your bedroom furniture guy may help? Or young students off from college? Perhaps ask at Publix, they seem to have lots of young guys and maybe someone knows someone who can help for some extra $$$?
  6. Move Up does not give the additional points for the higher category, but upgrading to concierge or aqua (5 points per night) directly will give you the extra points plus the one day (5 points) of extra for Go Green. So do your math and watch prices. Good Luck!
  7. GOOD LUCK JANE! I was just checking in to see if your movers arrived or gave you an update. Looks like tomorrow is the day! Have a good night's sleep. And good luck for tomorrow.
  8. Love the pictures. You did great on the tomatoes! And that sandwich inspires me to make it! Tomorrow perhaps! I am happy to see you posting and think about you very often.
  9. Jane, Jacksonville is at least 2 and half to 3 hrs, give or take to Cape Canaveral and Melbourne. And it really depends upon traffic, which is most of the time horrible near Jacksonville so factor that in.
  10. 25th for us. No chance of crossing paths in August, unless I bump into you and your group somewhere in Orlando! But I (like many others on this thread) do hope to see you on Bella 2.
  11. I would suggest the Coco Beach Club Day Pass for a relaxing day with an 80 yr old. However, there are plenty of shaded areas (for free) on the island, without having to rush out to hunt a chair. Plenty of lounge chairs available in shade. If you want you can ride around in the tram first to get an idea of where you want to be situated, etc. If you are booking the pass, do it from your cruise planner and look out for sales also. Good Luck and have a wonderful cruise!
  12. I remember they used to, but I think(??), they have redone that area and removed them when they added the panoramic ocean view cabins on that deck. I know Explorer had one long time ago and it was very nice!
  13. Since you mentioned the Bliss, a comparison: The Spa on NCL ships is far nicer than on any of the Celebrity ships. Have been on both lines, several ships. On Celebrity ships the S class (Eclipse) and E class have a much better spa area than the M class. The Persian Gardens on the M class, IMHO are a bit sad. The solarium areas are nice.
  14. Very generous! Is this a two for one meal? meaning two people to share one meal? And that glass of soda looks like a medicine dosage cup!😁
  15. We have had Queen and Abba singalongs on many of our cruises on S class ships. They will be printed in the dailies. These are very popular and very well attended.
  16. We have moved deposits before final payment. Once had to pay a fee of $100 for a NRD (cannot remember if it was Royal or X) which was "absorbed" in the invoice of the new ship and sail date. After final payment, they did not do anything. You can do a Refundable deposit, but I was told that it is good (money back) till final payment only. I cannot explain this very clearly, sorry. If you are booked with a TA in a group, it may be different.
  17. I take it that you are talking about the Wonder (Bella 2 cruise). We paid $157 for unlimited dining last summer. Will never see that price again for unlimited. 3 Night Packages keep appearing (and disappearing sales/flash sales and what not) from between $137 and $154. The unlimited pkg is just too high IMHO and you can look out for the Black Friday or July 4 Cruise Planner/Flash Sales. Dining Pkg restaurant reservations are not bookable online pre cruise (although Royal claims they are working on something, but still the ability to book using a Dining Pkg has not been worked on). So you book as soon as you get on board. You book either via kiosks in the promenade or deck 5 as you enter, or you go to any restaurant and book your times and days from there. Many people rush to board first to secure these times, but we have found that there is plenty availability and even better at times if you go to the restaurant the day of. We are not among the first to rush onboard, and have never been "deprived" of dining times. Do whatever you feel comfortable with. If you are D plus and above, I would factor in the BOGO specialty dining in, while deciding to purchase an unlimited Pkg or the 3 Night dining pkg or not purchase any pkg at all and go with the flow. Entertainment will probably not show up this early in the cruise planner, not until 60 days prior to sailing, but there have been exceptions. Personally, and this is just me, but I was not too fond of any entertainment on the Wonder, I did like the aqua show but it was deafening. Their other show I did not care about. You have to see it and experience it for yourself. You can book your showtime online or you can go wait in the standby line, or just go 15 minutes before show starts. Now if it is a Broadway show (like Mama Mia on the Allure), I book online, I then go again on other showings15 mts before start and so on. Wonder does not have any Broadway shows. This time I will not be pre booking shows and will just go with whatever I am feeling like doing that night.
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