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  1. I think I overbooked us on excursions and now instead of a tour we are contemplating a beach day in Granada ... I have seen various posts recommending different beaches but I am wondering which would be best for a 2 and 5 year old - we need to be near food and a potty, and preferably where we can also rent an umbrella if we want to stay through nap time. I would very much appreciate the name of a specific place to send the taxi (hotel or restaurant) because I know some of the beaches are quite large. We are willing to do a hotel for a day, if there is one that is worth it ... my kids love pools. (Sell me on this please ... if you can ... I am excited for the tour but my husband says we are overdoing it and wants to do a resort for a day instead.) Thank you so much!
  2. Just curious ... did you make it on board? I hope so!
  3. They did have us pick something that was assigned, we just picked a random 5 day cruise we didn’t intend to go on. They said we had to pick something to hold it.
  4. Last time they had us pick a “placeholder” that we then rescheduled twice. Not sure how it will work next time.
  5. Much as we would like to cruise more, we seem only to go about once every three or four years. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a book on board offer in the past we have booked a placeholder cruise and then change it before the cancellation date. But this time when we rebooked To the cruise we are really taking and I called a couple of insurance companies, I was told that we had passed the “booked within X days of policy purchase” period because of the book on board date. Is this standard or did I just not find the correct company? Is there some way to deal with this because the cost of the cruise changed significantly and if we had bought insurance at first we wouldn’t have been covered adequately. Thank!
  6. This! We don’t “never” do them but we have found private tours so much more personal and thus more enjoyable.
  7. What did you decide? Traveling with a 2.5 and 5 year old soon.
  8. Let me know what you decide. We have this quandary with a 5 and 2 year old in December. My 5 year old is train obsessed but I worry the 2 year old will be unhappy on such a long train trip.
  9. Does anyone have experience with the Atlantis Submarine in Barbados? Looking for thoughts - good, bad and ugly. We are thinking of going with a 4 and 2 year old (our ship has a minimum age of 4, but it looks like we can book directly since she meets their minimum height requirements). My kids are really into turtles and I was thinking it might be a good way to see them without worrying about them in deeper water or tours that lure them with bread. Also the website has a premium option for $50 more to sit up front. Wondering if it is worth it?
  10. Did you find one? What did you end up doing? Contemplating heading to Villa beach. Thanks!
  11. And don’t forget to add a bit of an extra tip with that comment. It will make the chore a bit less tedious for your steward, who won’t get extra time allotted for it. You also might want want to ask for an extra sheet left in your room so that if an accident happens you can change it and she can sleep on a clean sheet rather than the bare mattress. With my 4 year old we layer ... mattress, mattress protector, sheet, mattress protector, sheet. So on the rare times he has an accident we strip off the top two layers and he can go right back to sleep. We plan on doing that when we cruise with him as well.
  12. Be sure to both go to the Department of State, since you need both parents. Your best bet will be to go to a passport agency, by making an appointment, which according to the DOS website can be made 4 weeks in advance for 2 weeks before you travel. Https://passportappointment.travel.state.gov/ or try calling 877-487-2778 good luck! And congratulations on your upcoming adoption. (As a last resort you can see if your cruise company will allow you to push the cruise back for a month or so ... celebrity once let us do that even though we were within final payment ... they just made us switch to something that was also in final payment so we couldn’t switch and cancel and get our money back - if you explain the rules change at DoS and the legal delay they may be more sympathetic than the DoS employees who are stuck following regulations they may not agree with.)
  13. Thanks. Airport parking usually has a security presence. In contrast I know the area around MIA from when I used to live in Miami and, at least then, is not the kind of place I would want to leave my car unmoving and unattended for an extended period. That is why I was hoping for a recent review. But the hotel reviews are pretty mixed also so I think we will stay elsewhere.
  14. Somewhat OT but I have been trying to find a review of the Miami Airport Hilton Garden, and particularly their parking area. Are you able to provide me with any feedback? I want to make sure our car seats (and our car) don’t walk away while we are cruising. Thanks!
  15. Did you end up staying there? We are considering it and looking for someone who had some experience with the hotel and parking there particularly. If you did stay, what did you use for return transport?
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