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    Royal Carribean International
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    Amalfi Coast!

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  1. Definitely look into Oasis or Symphony- we sailed on both and most recently sailed on Symphony in January as well as last year... she's an incredible ship and the food options was outstanding Oasis was recently amped (with the exception of their staterooms). You can't go wrong on either 🙂
  2. Hi Jenjer! Oasis class ships do have great, large, multi-level solariums and they actually all have pools in the Solarium along with whirlpools, with the exception of Harmony. So on Oasis, Allure and Symphony, you will find one. Mind you it's not a sprawling pool, they are typically rounder in shape. If you google the ships you can see the pics of each solarium pool. Cheers!
  3. We just changed ours and took the 125%. The 125% is paid on the deposit amount paid if you haven't prepaid the whole cruise yet, so in your case on the $200. Hope this helps!
  4. Labadee all the way! Not knocking CocoCay in any way- it is certainly impressive- all depends on the feel and vibe and activities you are seeking. For a more beachy, tropical feel- Labadee has the ocean vibe beat and the cabanas are WAYYYYY cheaper if you are considering. CocoCay feels more like entering a theme park from the water slides, HUGE freshwater pool and swim up bar (frigid cold in Jan/Feb) and all the activities on the island. They have an entertainment staff on land, so you receive a CocoCay compass for all the activities laid out for the day. Food selection was fantastic though on CocoCay- tons of options. Do keep in mind that most things are at an additional cost on CocoCay (not the pool). You do have the ocean - it was too rough when we were there both times to swim. They also have the new Coco Beach club (additional fee) if you are willing and includes upgraded lunch. You will not go wrong on any of the options- it's complete personal preference based on your ideal day and the other ports of call may also sway your decision. Happy Planning 🙂
  5. When is your Sailing? we are sailing Feb 2021 (fingers crossed) and have all the restaurants except for Giovanni's showing. 😞 I imagine I will eventually see it come available.
  6. Bizarre- the only one I cannot see is Giovanni's Table, which we want to book.... 😞 not sailing till Feb 2021. Hopeful it will appear soon enough.
  7. For us it looked like there were at least 4 ships in that day but never found it uncomfortable at all. We weren’t seated on top of anyone, our 5 chairs were together in the shade. It looked like chairs close to the water may have been closer together in full sun... if you want the feeling of seclusion and complete privacy- I would stay away from this strip.... It was a great vibe.
  8. @c-leg5 Wow really? In Steve’s emails he sent with pics, I recognized Capt Charlie as we walked up to the cab stand. Even better he had a name badge 😂 but it was chaotic busy with cruisers and cabbies so I could see him being difficult to spot;) and why yes, I did! YNWA 😃
  9. Not sure if this helps but we paid $2 per person for a taxi. There are no taxi pricing boards like in Cozumel. We went to see Capt Charlie at the Taxi stand outside of the port and he ensured the pricing and arranged the cab for our family of 5. Lots of drivers were trying to orchestrate their own rides and go out of queue.
  10. We just got back from our Cruise and based on so many great referrals and reviews, we spent our day at Tropicante, having made advance reservations with owner, Steve Uhl. (Just a sidebar- We did not want an All inclusive beach club as not all our party would eat or drink worthy of the package price) Take us back to Tropicante!!!! We simply had the best day and cannot praise the wonderful Tropicante team enough for what felt like they had welcomed us into their home. The service is outstanding- the best we have experienced bar none at any beach club, and there was nothing that the team wouldn't do to ensure guest comfort. Steve, Charly, Ivan and Rafael just made our day from beginning to end. So much so, we ensured our next cruise we just booked would stop back in Costa Maya so we could look forward to seeing the fabulous Tropicante team once again. Food= incredibly delicious and so so reasonable Drinks= always flowing when needed Beach- so clean, restrooms onsite, lots of shade available, vendors present but not bothersome. Snorkel: They can help secure tours if needed. Beach Massage: Available onsite Sargassum/Seaweed: We had ZERO seaweed, Sargassum or anything remotely similar. Apparently January was a good month to visit. The ocean was crystal clear and calm. No seaweed on the beach either, at least nowhere to be seen around Tropicante or beach club on either side. Cannot recommend Tropicante enough! Happy to answer any specific questions should anyone have. Kudos to the Tropicante team!!!
  11. We also did our research prior and were quoted several hundred dollars more by NEXT for the same cabins/category. This was just pulling out the cell phone and going to RCCL website. There was zero incentive (other than the smaller deposit) to book onboard with NEXT. Third time this has occurred when going in for quotes.
  12. SO good on symphony and became our go to after returning from each port. Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, build your own nachos and all condiments/toppings! Great addition and while the lines can be long it moves very quickly.
  13. Wow shocked by all the negative reviews. To each their own for sure- especially food related opinions. Of all the oasis class ships (and we were on all of them), Symphony was our absolute favourite of all, so much so, we will be cruising in her again this January. never felt crowded (unless you show up to the pool deck late morning, but that’s most ships to get pool chairs) We enjoyed the food throughout the ship (did not heat at Hooked) - El Loco Fresh (replacing mini bites) was such a great added feature with build your own nachos, etc. Smaller ships and oasis Class ships are two very different experiences. Keep an open minds She’s a Beautiful ship, has amazing crew, , great entertainment....don’t read too much into reviews as again it’s very personal- Just go have a great cruise.... I know we are counting down till we sail her again!
  14. Yes we had the same thing. They asked at the front which service you would prefer. They would then seat you in the appropriate area of the dining room 🙂
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