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About Esmerelda

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    Southern Ohio
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    Cruising, water, snorkeling, etc
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  1. My husband and a I will stay anywhere but the ES in Fort Lauderdale. This hotel is not up to Hilton standards.
  2. Hmmm, we would love to snorkel there but not with a vest. I’m glad this topic was mentioned. Perhaps they are doing this because RC owns the island and it’s a liability situation. I may just lay on a lounger somewhere if so....
  3. We have always added our own photo that any ship allows this on. It saves us time at the port. We breeze right through check in. Enjoy your trip!😊
  4. YES, their mattresses are like laying on concrete. We can speak for Liberty, Freedom, Anthem, and Allure. We brought our own memory foam toppers. I write this on every review after we exit the ship. These ships are not cheap to sail on, one would think a comfortable mattress wouldn't be difficult to provide. Not the case for RC. 😣
  5. Nicely put, people can simply suck. It's that sense of entitlement and rules don't apply to me syndrome. I'm glad you and your family had a great time despite the situation. The family photo is great!😊
  6. Thanks Bob, I guess that’s true for all of them.
  7. If we were to book the Freedom out of SJ, does anyone know which side of ship is better when we are in ports? I normally pick the port side but have never gone out of SJ. Thanks for any suggestions.
  8. We were just on the Allure 2 or so weeks ago. Blaze was being used as the Diamond Lounge. It would be crowded by the time we made it there at 5:30ish. I really didn't care for darkness of this venue. I loved the original lounge on 11. I hope Blaze isn't the permanent spot. I realize they are remodeling the old spot.
  9. We just did the Allure on 9/15. They gave away several items, three of them being Champagne, red wine, and white wine. I think it depends upon the ship and how many are signed up to go.
  10. We have done a cash account for our last 6 or 7 cruises. I put a chunk of money down on day 1. On day 5 or so, I go down and add my debit card to our account. I don’t think it’s ever been more than $100 that went onto my card. You can check your account on your TV in your room every night. I would never go back to the desk daily to check it. We have never had any duplicate charges, holds, nor towel charges put on my card. This system has worked very well for us many times. 😊
  11. All I can say is Ohio went non smoking about 13 years ago. We have many land based casinos, everyone complained that they would be empty after this passed. Well, statistics have proven that completely wrong. They have no trouble keeping the casinos full and the smokers have a place to go outside to smoke. It’s so nice to go to any public building here and not have to suck in smoke. I would be overjoyed if RC ever did this. I grew up with 2 chain smokers and I watched my dad take his last breath before he died of lung cancer 15 years ago. I have nothing positive to say about smoking. 😣
  12. YadaYadaJodi, great tip. I looked the mixers up. I may have to get some of powder to take with me. Thanks for your input. 😊
  13. If you find a better price on RC, always do a screen shot. I have had RC folks many times they don’t see the price I’m inquiring about. I send them the screen shot so we are on the same page.
  14. Everything is walkable on the A1A strip, there are many hotels, tons of restaurants, places to shop. The location is great for waking anywhere, we never rent a car and this is where we always stay. Enjoy your trip!
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