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  1. We usually eat anywhere but the Windjammer. Neither of us are fans of that venue. There are many great places for lunch. Sorrentos, Park Cafe, Cafe Promenade, Johnny Rockets (charge), etc. Enjoy yourself! 😀
  2. Congratulations.... I remember that feeling as well. Enjoy your perks! 😀
  3. Thank you so much for an awesome review, it sounds like you had a nice time. We love the bigger ships, they are one of our favorites. My husband has MS and other neuro issues but he loves the walking. Thanks again for your detailed report. 😀
  4. This would be extortion from a legal aspect. It certainly wouldn’t be in RCs best interest to begin that practice.
  5. We have cruised many times with Royal Caribbean. You can bring 2 bottles of wine onboard. There are drinks of the day that are cheaper. Boleros has 2 for one often on ships (varies on the drink). Usually about day 4 (of 7) they sell drink cards. We have seen them on the FOS, all Oasis class ships, the Anthem, the Explorer, etc. Its around $80 for 10 drinks (price may vary a small amount for each ship but not much). You can use it for anything and you can share it. Also, drinking on the islands is way cheaper. We always have something refreshing when we are exploring. (Added, one of my favorite things by the pool is a virgin Pina Colada. On the Anthem, it was like $7 and it was great). We didn’t miss the alcohol. We have never gotten off of a ship and spent more than $300 on alcohol ever. It is VERY doable. 😃
  6. I just looked up Cortrans. We need a ride from MCO down to a Cocoa Beach hotel. Our flight doesn’t arrive until 2PM. It doesn’t look like this will work for us(see attached). I will check with the CB Shuttle. We really aren’t interested in renting a car.
  7. We just book the cabin we want from the get go and watch for price drops. LOL. We received at least 5 emails before we sailed on the Allure last September. I believe the minimum was $200 pp to bid on a Jr. Suite FROM A an ocean view balcony (sorry, I don’t have email in front of me). RC is a business and they want money, money, money. This is why the drink packages, the unlimited dining, the better seats at the shows, etc.. It’s all about the dollar. I don’t care so much about the Royal Up program but the constant pushing of other packages while onboard drives me nuts. I just want to enjoy my vacation.
  8. We were on the Allure late September, 2019. They were selling these on day 4 of our cruise. I think there was a table set up on the promenade is where I spotted them. The price was around $80.
  9. I’m having trouble linking stories right now but it’s on the news. The first one hit around 4am and another one just hit around 6:15am. I feel so bad for this island. 😞
  10. Ocean boy, it’s all good. I didn’t take it ay other way. Normally, we cruise in September or October but this trip will need to be summertime. 😊
  11. Perhaps, Ocean Boy, but we are traveling with folks from the UK and this is the only time they can travel (summer months). Two of them are teachers.
  12. I just checked Celebrity, they are showing sailings out of FLL summer of 2021? Maybe RC just doesn’t have their schedule figured out yet.
  13. That would make sense. One would think they would do it more in the off season but maybe not. Thanks John.
  14. So, I was searching for summer of 2021 cruises out of Ft Lauderdale. The months of June through October are grayed out. I wasn’t searching on ay specific destination, just leaving from FLL. Are they remodeling the port or something? I thought it was very odd. There are cruises out of Port Canaveral, and Miami, but no FLL. 😏
  15. You can count cabin inventory. If the inventory is still high close to final payment date, most of the time...the cabin prices will go down. We (husband, and 16 yr old son then) had booked the Oasis many years ago in 2010 for mid December. I was watching cabin inventory, and knew many were left. I cancelled our cabin. I rebooked it about 68 days out. We ended up saving about $900. I'm the type, I will take the gamble. Three times this has worked for me. Wishing you nothing but the best.
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