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  1. Roger, thanks for the response regarding August 15th holiday. Mark
  2. Thanks Roger and Marazul for the responses.
  3. Hello everyone, (I also posted this in the main forum group but this Topic has been very active and Roger has been very helpful with responses.) We are on the RCCL Jewel of the Seas that is stopping in Palma de Mallorca on August 15, 2019 which happens to be national holiday in Spain. According to a website; " When is Assumption of Mary? The holiday is celebrated annually on August 15th....The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ." Does anyone know what will be open on this holiday in Palma de Mallorca? Also, will be there other events in Palma on this day to celebrate this holiday. We were planning on visiting Palma and also Soller on the 15th. Thanks in advance, Mark
  4. Hello everyone, We are on the RCCL Jewel of the Seas that is stopping in Palma de Mallorca on August 15, 2019 which happens to be national holiday in Spain. According to a website; " When is Assumption of Mary? The holiday is celebrated annually on August 15th....The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ." Does anyone know what will be open on this holiday in Palma de Mallorca? Also, will be there other events in Palma on this day to celebrate this holiday. We were planning on visiting Palma and also Soller on the 15th. Thanks in advance, Mark
  5. My wife and I were just on the MSC Seaside last week for a Western Caribbean cruise in a regular cabin and not the yacht club. We have also been the RCCL Oasis of the Seas and the Norwegian Epic. The biggest issue that we noticed was that the MSC Seaside had few free dining options with over 5,000 guests. For example, at dinner time, you could have the sit down option (anytime if you were in the category or scheduled) or the 8th floor buffet was open which was very busy most of the time. The 16th floor buffet was only open for breakfast and lunch. It would be great if MSC could convert a couple of the bars to food places where light lunches or dinners could be served. On the Oasis of the Seas, you could find pizza from a separate restaurant. Also, I believe the Oasis had breakfast and lunch in the Solarium. The Seaside is a beautiful ship but the food service needs to improve.
  6. My wife and I were just on the MSC Seaside last week for a Western Caribbean cruise. We have also been the RCCL Oasis of the Seas and the Norwegian Epic. The biggest issue that we noticed was that the MSC Seaside had few free dining options with over 5,000 guests. For example, at dinner time, you could have the sit down option (anytime or scheduled) or 1 buffet was open. On the Oasis of the Seas, you could find pizza from a separate restaurant and other food.
  7. We live in Sarasota and rent a car to drive each way to Miami. We pick up at the SRQ airport and then drop off at the Miami airport. Then, on the way back, we pick up at Miami airport and drop off at SRQ. No parking fees by doing two separate rentals. Some rental car companies have a free shuttle from Miami airport to the cruise port.
  8. I would "second" Disney Springs; the parking is free, there are some areas to play and walk around, the restaurants, and shops... We sometimes go there just for Ghiradelli chocolate and ice cream. There are also two good outlet malls in Orlando. My last suggestion is a little town called Winter Park which is near downtown Orlando and has independent stores, cool restaurants, etc... https://winterpark.org/park-avenue
  9. The Amazing Race Cozumel is fun and gives you a little tour of the city during this activity. https://amazingcozumelrace.com/
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