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  1. Well that was interesting. Always good to revisit this, especially a year later, when Facebook keeps reminding me of what I was doing a year ago. Thanks, Facebook! Me right now: I should be on a ship right now, heading to the southern Caribbean. But nope. I am here, planning "distance learning" for 1st grade students. So... That is all.
  2. https://presscenter.rclcorporate.com/press-release/89/royal-caribbean-extends-global-suspension-of-cruisingrnnbsp/
  3. I like how this schedule is so easy to read. Plain black and white typing, and all capital letters so you know how important everything is. But I have to ask both you and York... what kind of sorcery are you using to share these images with us from the ship?
  4. Slow down on the free food! You want to stay svelte for those beach days in the Bahamas!
  5. The email said everything would be cancelled and refunded. Is there any reason to wait for Royal to do that, or should I go ahead and cancel my purchases to get that money back in my account? I am having a hard time cancelling that $18 drink package. 😢
  6. Yes, breakfast is included in the cruise fare. Lunch and dinner have a surcharge, though if you buy the unlimited dining package lunch and dinner are included in that. I am not 100% certain of the breakfast hours, and I don't know whether it varies by sailing/ship/destination. A quick Google search says they are open until 10 or so for breakfast. When we went there was maybe only one or two other tables seated. That was it!!! I don't know if they are busier earlier on in the morning, but no one was there when we went. We sat outside on the Boardwalk and it was so awesome watching people and enjoying the beautiful morning. The servers were just gushing over a baby at the next table and since there weren't really any other customers they gave them tons of attention. We had beverage packages so the sodas we drank were free for us as well. Enjoy!!
  7. Thank you for reading, and for commenting! I really went back and forth on cruise line. I am amazed at how well it worked out for my kids, but as I have learned they were so happy having small groups of kids to hang out with. People who cruise year round on HAL bring their children and grandchildren on HAL to Alaska so there tend to be more kids on those sailings than there would be on Caribbean sailings on HAL. Honestly, the itinerary is why you are going to Alaska. I would also highly recommend Princess as a great choice. I think they have a bit more going on than HAL, and tend to draw a slightly more lively crowd.
  8. Hello! I don't know whether I have posted here, but I have really enjoyed your reviews and I have appreciated your input when planning my own cruises. We sailed on Symphony of the Seas last spring, and while I know the ships are not identical I did review our experience (link in my signature) so feel free to read and let me know if you have any questions. One thing I will recommend, if no one else has done so, is you MUST go to Johnny Rocket's for breakfast! For one thing, the location on the Boardwalk is amazing. For another thing, no one goes there so you will have the servers' full attention. Oh and the most important thing... the food is awesome!!!!! Oh... and it is all included in your cruise fare. Amazing!
  9. This is great to hear! I have disliked port days on the last day but I can see how Coco Cay might make it better than a port day at, say, Nassau. Thanks for sharing your experience and photos! I have really enjoyed reading along!
  10. I blame Godzilla... I wish they would do this with the Jammer! I know I have said it ad nauseam (pun intended), but I really really feel ill thinking about the self-serve buffet model. I know some people will argue that it will create a need for more servers, but take the people who are currently running around cleaning up and restocking the buffet and put them behind it so they can dish out the food. #germaphobe
  11. Oh yay! I hope there will be trip reports as we will be on Freedom in March 2021!
  12. So 1 vote for each. I just read that Mariner will be the only ship at Coco Cay while Indy and Navigator will both be there. That changes everything.
  13. This may just be wishful thinking/daydreaming but I am thinking about a 3 night solo cruise and I am deciding between Independence, Navigator, or Mariner. Same itinerary, flights cost about the same, price difference on the cruise is negligible, so the only real difference is the ship. I am sort of ruling out Mariner because it is farther from the airport but if it is somehow overwhelmingly a better choice... I will consider it. I probably won't leave the ship in Nassau but will explore Coco Cay. Anyone care to weigh in? Or should I pin pictures of the ships to the dart board and let the darts decide? #firstworldproblems #haventseenthesunindays #socoldhere
  14. Thanks for the reply. That makes sense, and I was thinking maybe the extra chair would be nice. If nothing else it would be a nice buffer between my teens so they don't argue. True, they do love their mocktails. Thank you for doing the math for me. I truly was not up to it tonight.
  15. I have always wondered something about Holland House, or any of those beach chair rental places. It seems they always offer chairs in sets of 2. What about families of 3? I am an adult with 2 kids. Would I really need to pay for 4 chairs, 2 umbrellas, and 8 drinks???
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