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  1. We’ve done a number of trips over 7 nights and your assessment is accurate. Since not-yet-retired folks are more restricted in their vacation time, and a 7 day cruise is usually a week of vacation, not many choose the longer itineraries. There will always be some number of 20-30 year old travelers, just as there are always young parents with small kids. It’s really just a numbers difference.
  2. Recommend you try Paradise Beach. I think it checks all the boxes for you. We’ve been going there several times a year and when our kids were young they loved it.
  3. I can only comment on Hilton Rose Hall. My wife and I went there on her 50th birthday. The property is beautiful and there is a lazy river and slides, as well as the pool between the beach and hotel. We used Resort for a Day and I was a little irritated that we waited for like 30 minutes past the departure time because some folks are too stupid or rude to be on time. The coach was very comfortable and checking in at the resort was easy. The day was very enjoyable and we even talked about making a week-long trip there. My only other complaint was the short time we were there compared to the cost. Believe me, I'm a "you get what you pay for" guy and we probably did, but it was a short day and I probably wouldn't spend that much again. Truth told, I probably wouldn't have spent it then either except that it was her birthday and the next port was Grand Cayman where you never know if you might not be able to tender. As always, YMMV.
  4. lifes-a-beach

    Blue Kay

    try Mahahual Dive Centre. www.mauahauldive.com They do snorkeling and free dive trips. I think if that was my top priority I would contact them and arrange a trip for the first part of the day, then chill on the beach for whatever is left. I also wanted to make a comment about the food at the little beach bar at Blue Key. Always fantastic.
  5. I wonder if the cruise lines keep a record of those who are late, like they do of those that, say, gamble significant amounts or are art buyers. It would be interesting to know if there was some internal notification that John and Joan are habitually late and don’t deserve any consideration. Of course, if John is an unusually prolific art buyer and Joan gambles at a high level I suppose that could generate another notification altogether. I imagine in all three instances they might be very drunk.
  6. Welcome to CC Erik. The only time we ever took our kids ashore there was to go zip lining and I’m pretty sure they were a good bit older than your’s are. It’s a great place to sleep late, have a relaxing brunch and hang by the pool while the other 3500 (or however many are on the ship) go ashore leaving the whole ship to only the few who stay aboard. I hope someone else has an idea that appeals to you.
  7. If you don’t need facilities head to Cemetary Beach. It’s a 15 minute cab ride or the bus has a stop right at the path that runs beside the Cemetary down to the beach. Cemetary reef is an easy swim from the beach and is in pretty good shape. We get to the beach as early as the tenders allow. Typically there’s nobody else there. By lunchtime we’re pretty tired anyway so we either wait for the next bus or call the cab that brought us. Head back to Georgetown for lunch then maybe to the public beach or do a little poking around in the shops before tendering back.
  8. I need a new pair of sunglasses. Ima follow this though because April is a birthday cruise for my wife and I need some ideas.
  9. Never had that issue but I would definitely make a written report to both the cruise lines and Homeland Security. An abusive crew member like that may be more of a danger to children than the incidents your kids describe suggest. Here at home, let your kids make their own statements to authorities, both in writing and in person. They sound like responsible, confident kids; use this as a learning experience for them in how to react to such threats. I know others may say that U.S. authorities can't do anything but I don't believe that is entirely true. In any case, the effort you put forth in helping and educating your kids will pay dividends. Good luck to you and your family.
  10. Never heard of Tour Plaza and never bothered with any ruins on Cozumel but we go there at least 4 times a year and never had any safety issues. Common sense goes a long way. If you have it, use it.
  11. Welcome to CC. Take a look at this sub forum. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/499-cruisetravel-insurance/
  12. Cheeburger, Cheeburger, Cheeburger!! I wonder what other stupid stuff they've done in their long lives. In a job I used to have we called that a 1d10t error. Idiots.
  13. Welcome to CC. Nope. My advice for anyone is to quit price checking after final payment is due. It will just make you mad if it goes down. If you used a TA you might ask for some onboard credit.
  14. We’ve been to Belize many times and our experience is that once we did the ruins the rest didn’t interest us. My wife absolutely won’t go in a cave. She refuses to fly to Ambergris Key and isn’t interested in taking the water taxi or an excursion to any of the keys. Belize City has nothing of interest. All that said, “somewhere quiet and not too crowded...with loungers, bathrooms and decent food” pretty much describes a cruise ship, including Vista. There’s a pool and spa as well. We haven’t gotten off the ship in Belize in a long time. When 90 or 95 percent of the passengers get off the ship it really makes for a quiet day aboard. Plenty of better beach choices elsewhere. As always, YMMV.
  15. If you look at google maps you can see that Cal’s is pretty far to the east of everything. We had hired a driver for the day and had him drive us there. I’m not a cab fan in Roatan. There’s nothing around at all. It’s just a local place that’s got really good food and a great view.
  16. We leave early and are usually all the way back to Conroe before 10. Even if you need to be there 2 hours early you should have no problem. Hobby is a snap.
  17. So Stuart_C, in addition to stealing your pictures off your Facebook, they stranded you and stole your money? Because in your only other post on CC (as of this minute) you didn’t say a word about having booked them and them taking your money and not showing up when you arrived. And, like this post, your reply there was to a 2016 thread. Please elaborate on this particular experience in which they were not waiting when you arrived.
  18. When you walk out of the terminal after going through Customs there will be a TABC Agent there asking if you are bringing any liquor or cigarettes. I believe the tax applies to all of what you declare. In other words, I don’t believe there is an allowance before tax. FYI, I have never seen them ask to look in a suitcase or any type of bag or luggage. In other words, if one were to put it in their luggage and forget to declare it I don’t believe anyone would know. If you carry it off in those cardboard carriers the cruise line provides you’re sure to remember that you have it. *wink wink, nudge nudge*
  19. Never been on Facination but have been on Vision 4 times and another booked. Absolutely love her. Just the right size and the Solarium is perfect.
  20. Well, the best beach locations will likely go early but there are lots of them. Some are in the shade under the palm trees though. We’ve been there maybe 20 times and never had a problem getting chairs but we always get there early and we always prefer the pool to the beach. We’ve gotten there so early we were practically the only ones there. Go as early as possible and you should be ok.
  21. Last year my wife’s aunt bought the card while we were on Liberty and didn’t like the selections so gave it to me. Even though it had her name on it I used it the entire trip. It had some punches left and a few weeks ago I used it again on Liberty until it was punched out. Nobody said a word.
  22. I can only speak for Galveston, that’s exactly what I do. Drop off the wife and luggage and go park. Walk over and meet her on the ship or at least in the term8nal after she has checked in. As was posted, print him a boarding pass but don’t forget he needs his passport to get through security. Passport and boarding pass, that’s it.
  23. We go out of Galveston at least 3 times a year, sometimes 4 or 5. I just can’t imagine thinking that putting up with an airport twice is worse than the Galveston terminal. I just don’t get it. I drive to the terminal and drop my wife and the bags off. If traffic is bad around the terminal I just turn my radio up and enjoy the comfort of the inside of my pickup. I’ve never sat in traffic more than 30 minutes. Once the wife and bags are out I drive across to the parking garage, park my truck and walk over with only my boarding pass and passport to carry. Security is generally a snap. Getting off is sometimes more of a challenge but not more than an impending airport and all the associated chaos. As for the taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, put them in your bag and keep walking. If one subtracts the dollar amount saved with buying them onboard from the cost of airfare, then quantifies somehow the inconvenience of going through an airport twice I can’t imagine the savings being material. More like a rounding error. On the other hand, I’m not mad that the perception remains if it results in a less crowded cruise. Those Florida terminals are amazing people. Keep moving, nothing to see here in Galveston.
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