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  1. Thanks for the Drive by Capt BJ! I was thinking that it might be new and with the restrictions either no guests yet or not enough to review. I look forward to writing a review In 87 days when I am in one of these Hotels, not sleeping being excited to cruise the next day!!!!
  2. Anybody have any experience with this hotel? Travel Advisor has no reviews so iI was wondering if the location was real new or perhaps a recent name change?? Trying to choose between Radisson Resort at the Port, Country Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn or the Home2Suites.
  3. Thanks Capt_BJ exactly what we were looking for. Was thinking we might be able to walk to dinner and uber home or try one of your suggestions. All that is left now is that the country comes out of lock down in time for us to go!
  4. Couple of things what is the WOW bands that I have heard about? Are they available on the Harmony?
  5. We Started out on Princess in May, got cancelled, we moved to the Symphony in May, was cancelled, moved back to Princess for June 20, cancelled, now booked on the Harmony in August. If this one is cancelled we are calling it a year and will be booking for next year. Like you I am completely over reading everyone's "opinions" on what is best for mankind and the cruising industry. If I have to sit poolside in a mask I'm in. Might be tough to explain the crazy tan lines but oh well!! LOL We were on the Allure last last year and I remember going to the Pursers Office towards the end of the cruise and asking about the Diamond benefit and remember being upset about missing out but can't remember the details. LOL
  6. I am a Diamond level status and I thought I received some free internet time but can't remember. Anyway to get the best pricing, should we buy a package pre-sailing or wait till we board?
  7. Hoping to make the Aug cruise after being cancelled 3 times.... Last time we cruised out of Port Canaveral we stayed near the airport because we arrived close to midnight so just wanted a bed. This time we are arriving late afternoon the day prior. Looking at hotels near the port and it seems that the best deal I can find is for the Radisson Resort at the Port. Does anyone have any experience with the property or can you shed some light. Not looking for much other than a clean room and someplace for dinner. We were actually looking at Grills or fish lips . I would assume either a shuttle or quick uber ride could get us there or is it possible to walk?? Thanks for your help
  8. We just got canceled so thank you for all the good advice but it won't be needed now...... 😞
  9. We are stopping in San Juan and St Thomas. I have snorkeled at St Thomas and might again. I was just looking for additional options. Thanks for the chill Island advice.
  10. Can anyone tell us the best option for snorkeling between the two ports? We have our own snorkel gear so we don't necessarily need an excursion.
  11. The Intercontental is over $400/night and the YVE is $185 which was the main reason I was looking at the YVE. I can live with the small rooms we are going to be in a cabin for the whole week so what's 1 more night LOL. Just want to make sure it is safe and clean the rest is fine we were planning on using Uber/Lyft to get to and from the airport and the cruise port so shuttle/breakfast etc not that big of a deal.
  12. We are getting in Friday afternoon for a Sat departure. May 9 well fingers crossed anyway. Looking at a couple of hotel options. 1) Novotel Miami Brickell 2)YVE Hotel Miami 3)Hyatt Regency Miami YVE is across the street from Bayside market which is where we were thinking about going for dinner so leaning that way. Looking for any personal experience or recommendations please.
  13. Good afternoon all. We just booked the Symphony and will be stopping at both islands. I love to snorkel and was wondering if anyone could give me the inside scoop on where to go? I have my own stuff so I don't need to rent anything just point me in the right direction.
  14. I have a water daredevil 5 year old. Does anyone know the height or age limit to use the water slides on the Symphony?? Not the Abyss not out of fear for the boy but his daddy!! LOL
  15. Yes, they are taking bookings. On Thursday our Princess cruise May 9th was canceled. I was able to re-book for the same week on the Symphony since Royal was only stopping voyages for 30 days instead of 60 days like Princess. Keeping our fingers crossed that this remains the case. By the way when Princess canceled, we also canceled our original flights. Just rebooked flights for the same days this morning and saved $700. Now we are hoping our "Royal up" bid gets selected and nothing else cancels!!
  16. From what I understand the Coronavirus is made substantially easier to deal with if you also have "Lime Disease" at the same time.... Thank I am here all week.... tip your waitresses...
  17. Cool, thanks we have a 5 year old and it seems like he is growing and changing every day so we want an up to date photo as we get closer... LOL
  18. Thank you all for your OPINIONS! Clearly I stumbled upon all the lunatics hoarding toilet paper and bottled water for absolutely no reason. I didn't ask about what the word quarantine meant, nor do I care about what the government says about getting on a cruise ship. Having sailed dozens of times, every single cruise has some sort of Nurovirus on it, as well as some other sort of transmittable sickness, as does every airplane currently in the sky. So why does the government not say, "whatever you do don't fly anyplace??" I was just wondering if ports were being closed. Thank you AstroFlyer for answering with facts. I am not going to put my family in harms way, nor am I going to panic. I do understand about the medical facilities on some of the Islands in the Caribbean and am not judging them for keeping the ports open or closed I was just wondering if there was a central place to determine what is currently going on. I apologize if I offend anyone but it is just frustrating to try and gather factual information so that I can make a decision and everyone immediately becomes an expert in opinions and if my opinions are not aligned with yours I am a bad person. Sorry about the rant. I am going back to watching Youtube videos of the ships, sailing into beautiful harbors in far away lands with amazing sunsets and families enjoying their well earned vacation time with each other as we count down the days until we hopefully set sail on another adventure...... Que the theme to the Love Boat......
  19. We are a little under 60 days out. We just took pictures and loaded them onto the app. Question is can we re-take the photos and update the app? I was thinking we could up until the medallions are shipped which I have heard is between 15-25 days prior to embarkation. Just wondering....
  20. I really appreciate the link to the post about what ports were closed. We are absolutely in the wait and see group. I was just wondering if any ports were closed as of now. I believe the hysteria will be done by the time we cruise in 60 days as the end of traditional flu season winds down.
  21. My wife, 5 year old son and I are booked and paid for on the Caribbean Princess for May 9 sailing. We did just received our $200 OBC and are extremely happy with it. Perhaps with all the hysteria and cancellations an upgrade will be in our future. If no upgrade happens then we will enjoy our mini-suite as we watch the world go by from our balcony. My question is has anyone CONFIRMED that ports in the Caribbean are denying entrance? We are going to Grand Caymen, Cozumel, Roatan and Belize. I have not seen anything regarding closures so I was wondering. Please don't answer if you have heard a rumor, your cousins hair dresser knows someone from Belize or think that we are terrible parents for even thinking about keeping the booking and bringing our son with us. I am just interested in personal experience. The only reason we would not go is if Princess cancels or the ports begin denying entry since that was one of the factors in choosing this itinerary.
  22. I really love the anticipation leading up to the cruise. My 5 year old helps us to cross a day off the calendar to show we are getting closer to the cruise. I look over the boards and search Youtube but try to avoid all the posts about bad food, crowds, negative this and that to find the tips and tricks that will make our trip more amazing than I already know it will be. As we get closer and closer the anticipation gets greater and we start making lists so we don't forget that on our last cruise we needed a baggie for snacks for our little guy, so we gather them as to not forget them this time. Then the documents come and we get the suitcases out of storage and the packing begins.... The Uber turns the corner and we can see our home for the next amazing week!!! We wait with the masses in the terminal, then they call our group to board, walking up the gangway with our son smiling from ear to ear and the phones and e-mails from my office fading into the distance.... We made it!!!!! time to enjoy a week of family fun time, if the food is no good, which is impossible since we didn't cook it or have to clean a pan, so what. Crowds, who cares, I am not sitting in my car on the smog filled 405 freeway in LA. I am floating in the Caribbean!! Making memories with my family that will last a lifetime is all that m matters. That being said we are 60 days out from the Caribbean Princess taking us to Paradise so the lists have begun!!!!
  23. Cruising on the Caribbean Princess in 75 days not that we are counting.... Made the final payment, printed the paperwork, to use as back up, today. All that is left is to lose weight and hope for the upgrade fairy to arrive.... Booked in a Club Class Mini so I doubt any options will be heading our way. If they do great, if not great. 75 more days to a wonderful week with my family and no e-mails, phone calls, webinars, conference calls and most of all no 60 mile commutes through LA traffic!!!! Bring on the fun and the sun......
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