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  1. Just off Symphony and we had a really good time.  However, I noticed there was not a second Aqua show  (Aquanation) or skating show (ISkate 2.0) as mentioned in other people's review.  We had lots to keep us busy but I was curious if RCCL is cutting stuff out or is it just me.  I also thought the cruise compass was pretty low on events to do.  While we kept ourselves busy, I remember the cruise events being packed that there was too much to choose from and a great variety. 


    This cruise, only a few movies, no second aqua or skating show (like mentioned above), no free skating times, no movie on the pool deck to mention a few things.  


    Just an observation!

  2. Curious if anyone on Symphony has been offered discount for Wonderland or any other restaurant.  


    We are are on board now and was walking by the boardwalk when a waiter asked if we would try one of the specialty restaurants for 30% off on first night. 


    We said no and he counter offered 35% off  on any other night we wanted. I didn’t take it but tempted to ask again during our cruise. He told me 35% was highest he could go. Do you think they would go higher?! 

  3. Hi everyone, large group of 15 of us and 2 of the families want to do the Thrill Waterpark.  I purchased it just in case for our family on Black Friday when it was $75.  


    I don't know if our kids will get their money's worth as I read there are long lines and they don't like the large tall slides, just the medium slides and wave pool I think. 


    We don't arrive at Cococay until Day 6.  Will I have 48 hours before Day 6 to cancel.  Honestly, I am hoping my kids will feel they have had enough of the water slides and then I don't have to spend the money on Cococay.  The swimming pool at Oasis and the Free Beach should hopefully be fun enough in my opinion. 


    Thanks in advance!

  4. We are doing this tour in a few weeks with group of 15 including some grandparents.  I know the walk to the tour is about a mile.  How long is the walk from van to Ruins.  Just want to make sure they can handle the walk.  Thanks

  5. We are going to try to use PAYG option as well for our cruise in Feb.  7 ships in port that day.


    So, I am prepared, if Paradise is full, what is the other options that are nearby.  Are other resorts that have similar PAYG with water activities for kids nearby.  Thanks

  6. Hi everyone looking forward to our upcoming cruise Feb 15.  I just booked our transportation and the company we are using gave their suggestions for times but I don't agree.  The car service was stating that the RCCL new terminal is very busy and much more congested than the other terminals and from past pickup and drop off?!


    We are staying Hyatt House in FLL Dania Beach and arriving the night before the cruise.  I arranged a van to pick us all up the day of the cruise Sat Feb 15.  The car service recommended 11am to avoid the crowds of people coming off of Symphony but I was thinking 10 am pickup to allow for 30 min drive to port and I figure by the time we get our luggage to the porters, go through security and get checked in, it should be time to board the ship.  I think we will all get antsy hanging at the hotel until 11am!


    Coming back on Sat Feb 22, we have a flight at 11:45 am from Miami airport back to Boston.  The car service recommended pickup at 8:30 to avoid the mass rush of people leaving the boat.  I was thinking if we have breakfast in main dining room at 7:30 when it opens, leave the ship by 8:30 with pickup at 9am, we should have more than enough time to get to Miami airport by 9:30-10 am.  I think I rather enjoy our last moments on the ship and have one nice last breakfast rather than hang out early at the airport.  


    Do you think I should go with my plan of pickup at 10am FLL hotel and disembark 9am or follow the car service recommendation of 11am pickup FLL and disembark 8:30 am.   I wonder if the car service is recommending these times so they can maximize rides from other potential customers!  Thanks for the advice in advance!

  7. I feel stupid for asking this question but my father in law wants to bring his mini Magic bullet smoothie machine on board.  He drinks this special smoothie with a specialty protein powder he swears keeps him healthy.  


    I told him I do not believe RCCL will allow this but I saw this was not a prohibited item on the list.  I did mention he could just buy smoothies on board the ship and he can bring in his protein powder to add to the shake but he thinks it won't taste the same and the ship's smoothies will have to much sugar (he is diabetic).  


    If anyone has any input this would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.  

  8. Our plan is to go with Rony's so we can see the Manakawei sloth and monkey based on other's reviews.  We are on Symphony in Feb. 


    Then, we chose Infinity Bay for $20 per person to go snorkeling, beach and pool for our kids and group.  Infinity charges $10 for snorkel rental and first come, first serve.  


    We arrive Coxen Hole around 9am, and our main priority is the sloth so I presume we will do this first. 


    Wondering if there are many places along West Bay Beach to rent snorkel in case Infinity Bay sold out of snorkel gear.  We may also do snorkel from the boat tours.  I read, you just find a guy to take you out.  Do they come with guides.  How long and how much for a boat to take you out.  Also, curious if worth it vs just swimming from shore.  My kids are 11 and strong swimmers but I think we don't want a strong current and would likely want a floatie or snorkel vest for safety.  Thanks

  9. I will be on Symphony and saw that they have the Bionic bar.  2 families and two of us have drink packages.  With 5 kids between us, I am pretty sure if we try it, the kids are going to all want to try to do this.  Anyone know if the Bionic Bar will allow us to swipe our seapass to get drinks.  If the kids want a mocktail, is there time limit between orders to get another drink using the unlimited drink package with same card.   Although, I don't mind getting 2 drinks at once either which may be another option!  Thanks

  10. Happy New Year everyone.  We are a group of 15 that are thinking about Paradise Beach pay as you go option in Cozumel mid Feb.  


    I remember cabs can hold 4, maybe 5 people.  I don't remember if vans.  Wondering if there is a way to get private transport back and forth to Paradise Beach?   


    Also, I think we will go as soon as boat arrives to make sure we get spot, but just in case Paradise Beach is full, is there other options nearby so we don't get stuck and have Plan B.  We do not want All inclusive, so concerned they may not let us in as pay as you go admission especially since the port will be very full that day with 7 ships during mid Feb busy time.  Thanks

  11. We are thinking of doing Rony's with the sloth and snorkeling.  I see a lot of tours that have boats to take you out snorkeling.  We are family of 4 with 12 year old twins.  Have gone snorkeling twice.  Does anyone recommend paying for boat and guide for an hour or two, or will we see enough just from shore. 


    Also, how bad are the bugs?  We are going in Feb on Symphony.  I wouldn't mind relaxing on the beach/pool also but if the bugs are bad, we may just stay in the water.  Thanks

  12. Wondering what days are headliner shows.  I notice you cannot book in advance.  My cruise for Feb 15, 2020 just opened up for entertainment.  


    I think based on old cruise compass, there is family comedy on Day 5, so maybe I will keep this day open.  Any other tips.  Only thing I have read is to try to book HIRO early in case of rough seas so you get a chance to see the show.  Thanks in advance.  

  13. Hi everyone, hope you don't mind me adding to this thread.  I have twins who will be age 12 at time of sailing next August.  I am starting to look at cruises in Europe and usually go on RCCL cruises to Carribean.  I wanted to look into Europe as I think cruise great way to get the highlights of Europe.  


    All the RCCL, NCL, Celebrity cruises are very expensive.  The Carnival Legend looks very good with a great choice of cities within a 9 day trip.  I was thinking of the 12 day also but I think with Barcelona and Venice as the ports of departure, I think we can enjoy these cities more before and after the cruise. 


    Wondering what are everyone thought's on the Legend.  I know it is port intensive cruise, so I don't think I need to pay extra for a fancier ship.  As long as clean, half decent food and a pool that the kids can relax after a long day, I think we should be good.  


    Any opinion on if Legend and the European cruise good for kids aged 12.  Also, I heard Carnival cruise air program can be reasonably priced also.  I am also flying out of Boston.  Thanks

  14. I am going on cruise RCCL out of Miami mid Feb and flying into FLL.  Group of 6.  I can get mini van one way rental from FLL to MIA for $65 with Alamo.  Wonder how long is wait to get onto shuttle to Port.  I am wondering if I should just do the shared van with Jiffy Jeff for $13 per person instead for less hassle.  The only reason I would maybe want the van rental is so I can go around FLL the night before for dinner rather than use Uber.  


    Also, I was going to use the free Alamo shuttle from Port to Airport on the way back.  Is it crazy busy or should I use Uber?  Thanks

  15. The day we are arriving in mid Feb 2020, there is 7 ships in port.  Do I need to be concerned about the resort filling up and not getting in.  I hate to waste cab ride to find out it is full.  I want to do non AI option.  I emailed Paradise Beach and they only take reservations for AI now.  Thanks

  16. Great advice so far.  Thank you.  Do I have to worry about Paradise Beach filling up.  I saw you can reserve ahead but only for All inclusive option and not the pay as you go option.  Our ship ports at 9:30.  I figure we probably would take our time, have a good breakfast and leave the ship around 11am to 12 pm.  We can be off sooner if other people think Paradise will be full. 



  17. We are looking at Monkey/Sloth Tour and Snorkeling.  I notice different tour companies use different Monkey/Sloth options.  Daniel Johnson has it's own.  Victor Bodden uses their own.  Rony's use MANAWAKIE E-CO PARK SLOTHS AND MONKEY PETTING.  Are they all different.  Any preference on which one to use?  I plan on private tour so I am sure I can ask which one we want.  Also, I want to make sure animals treated properly.  Are they all reputable companies.  I heard about Little French Key and the way animals are inhumanely kept which I want to stay away.  Thanks

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  18. Hi everyone, I am on Symphony of The Seas mid Feb 2020 on Western Caribbean.  We are at 4 ports Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel and CocoCay.  Group of 15, mixture of adults, tweens and seniors.  We are doing snorkeling Roatan, Ruins and beach tour at Costa Maya and trying to decide on Cozumel.  


    We have been to Cozumel once before and did the Dolphin encounter.  To be honest, it was just ok.  I see lots of resorts mostly and I was deciding if I need to spend extra money for Cozumel since it will likely be beach day, pool at Cozumel mostly.  It looks like snorkeling not the best at Cozumel.  Based on what I see at Cococay, it looks like similar beach, pool day.   


    Am I missing out by just hanging out at Symphony on a less crowded ship where I can hopefully enjoy less people for water slides, pool or should I spend the $30-60 extra per person for a resort plus transportation.  


    The only plus is that I notice there is an aqua park for the kids at Cozumel at Playa Mia, Mr Sanchos and Paradise Beach which is considerably less than RCCL Cococay.  In that case, maybe we can do the resort and aquapark at Cozumel and get away with not paying the crazy price of RCCL aquapark price of $60-90 plus.  For those on similar cruises, is the RCCL Cococay Aquapark much better than the Cozumel ones.  


    I also did find out 7 cruiseships in Cozumel that day, so I am sure it will be crowded.  Right now, my plan is to play by ear, if we feel like a resort I saw Paradise Beach is $3 admission charge, with $10 minimum and the kids who want the aquapark can go.  How does that sound?  Do I need advance reservations or would I be ok deciding day of?


    Just brainstorming ideas, wondering what everyone in the community thinks!  


    Thanks in advance.  

  19. So, if I am reading correctly, if we want Rony Monkey tour and west bay beach.  It would be $40 for tour and extra $25 for Mayan Princess or Infinity.  There is group of 15 of us, and some may want to snorkel.  Beach snorkel is free it looks like but if we want to get a boat to take us out, we have to pay extra. 


    I was also looking at Daniel Johnson Monkey/Snorkelling and it is $55 for everything which includes snorkelling gear and beach stay at Las Palmas Resort.  Does anyone have input which would be better choice of tour?  I do like how Daniel Johnson price all laid out and we get guide for snorkeling as we all have limited snorkeling experience

  20. Hi everyone, sailing Symphony of the Seas arriving back in Miami Feb 22, 2020.  I was originally scheduled for 11:15 am flight out of Miami but Delta just changed our flight to 3pm out of Miami.  I can change for free since Delta changed flight and I can do flight out of Fort Lauderdale at 12pm if I want.  


    I am thinking just keeping Miami at 3pm departure since uber will be less and I don't have to rush or stress to get to Fort Lauderdale.  


    Wondering what is latest I can leave the boat.  Would 11am be too late.  Wondering what time the stewards will make you leave room and what time I can get breakfast until.  Ideally would like to leave room at 9-10 am and then head to breakfast if possible and leave ship at 11am.  Is that unrealistic? 


    Or should I go for earlier Fort Lauderdale flight?  Thoughts?

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