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  1. The San Juan departure with only one sea day was not our favorite. Port stops were nice, but that one sea day was extremely congested on the pool deck. Everyone hitting the pool and loungers for that one chance they had. Nothing at all like a day staying on board in port when you can have the ship to yourself.
  2. Saw a group at least that big on our Feb Cruise. I'd think they could slide together 2-tops as needed. Not as inflexible as MDR seating if not too busy.
  3. Which is why a balcony, even a connecting one, may not be the best choice. 😁
  4. When our 3 boys were about those same ages our go-to booking was a balcony for us and an inside directly across the hall for them. They liked the inside room and we were able to spend a bit more on them for soda packages and arcade funds and such. Momma (and I) would have gone nuts with the 'messy' boys. Gave them a bathroom, and their own space . And we got our own space as well. We never felt we didn't have sufficient oversight/control if they were across the hall. and a bit less fussing over picking up their stuff.
  5. Only real drink time limit I've heard of is the soda from the Freestyle machines.
  6. The A1-A4 in the lounge does match what we saw on Liberty earlier this month. Nice not being out on deck...
  7. Samsung, not sure of model - tried 2 separate universal remotes, it would connect and turn on/off, but no response to source button. If anyone makes it work, I'd love to hear it, but it didn't work for us like it has in the past. tried both HDMI ports thinking that might affect. Also checked all channels as 15 once was sourced to HDMI1 on a cruise. No luck.
  8. Sorry we didn't meet up this week. Seemed like we frequented the same venues. - I had the same spa experience, so did the steam as well. - Our tiny TV didn't rattle, but we couldn't change source as we previously have to watch downloads. Seemed blocked. - Did get a bit choppy at times. Sorry you missed some excursions. We gained a nap or 2... - Our cabin was also more forward than usual. More walking / vibration than used to in our preferred mid-ship. - I'm sure you know you can call and dispute Towel Tax. They should remove it. - Also enjoyed Chops and Giovanis, as well as Sabor. We were less pleased than normal with the MDR. - Yes, the smoking lounge /part time Casino was open for business. We made the mistake of walking through once. - Our ride home was a bit shorter than yours will be... We got home at about 2:00 after a stop for lunch. We rushed to Cozumel due to another passenger medical situation, which was also why embarkation was so rough this trip. I saw 2 separate ambulances take patients when we docked after Celebrity Edge left at about 3 on Thursday. I saw on the TV screen that our speed varied from 17.5 to 18.5 knots on the run north from the failed Costa Maya stop. Not record-setting, but timed just right to take the open pier. Made for a bit rougher ride. Carnival Valor (I think), Horizon, Independence, and a Princess ship were also docked there, and an NCL ship was at the other mid-town pier. Doug
  9. Francis and Melvin were in the DL this week. We liked them both.
  10. When they saw I liked Escargot, they offered it to me every night, regardless if it was on that night's menu. In my experience, they'll try to make it happen, as long as they have the ingredients on hand.
  11. Buying a drink should not trigger the 'upgrade' to the full package. As others have said, I can buy a drink for anyone I like. Staff watching you sit there and drink it (and possibly many others) is a different story. And if they see her drink one of your package drinks, you can expect at least an unwelcome upgrade as well. I tend to wonder what the full story behind the upgraded package charge is. I'd think it would have to be more than a drink charged to that card being automatically caught by the system. Before Royal required all parties to buy, and it was just an honor system that you didn't share a package a lot of people were really stupid. I sat at a bar and chatted with the bartender. He knew all the sharers, and they all thought they were being so sneaky. Drinkers don't typically swap from a Gin and tonic to a fru-fru drink every other round. The young couple that walked back and forth between 2 bars to do it just made it more obvious. Most of the sharers were also bad/non-tippers, which didn't exactly encourage bar staff to look the other way... None of this is aimed at the OP. I get where you are coming from, but the discussion has devolved somewhat.
  12. If you have not checked in online and printed docs, you will be diverted to an area to complete a few forms. No big deal, but easier to have it done in advance and go right to the line where you will wait to see an agent, show necessary passports/docs, and proceed onto the ship.
  13. We managed to time it out right. We are 7 short of D+ and we leave on a 7 day Liberty Cruise Sunday. No wasted days 😀.
  14. Not cruise related, but I play senior softball, and we started up a small winter league last month for those of us that wanted to stay active until spring season. My team had 12 players assigned, with one lady playing who I didn't know. She saw my sweatshirt with a Big Red N college logo and asked if I was from there. I said no, I grew up in north Florida. We chatted a bit more and turns out we graduated from the same FL High School, a few years apart. Pretty slim odds to meet somebody in a small group of 12 that went to the same small school 5 states away.
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