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  1. The only Rose Hall I know of is Hilton Rose Hall Resort.
  2. Thanks I'll pass your kind words to my wife who actually came up with the idea. I did forget to mention that we always carry two ship towels with us and once the bag is secured to the chair via the cable we cover them with the other towel. I'm sorry but if I can make it more difficult to take my bag than someone else's I win.
  3. It's not a matter of when you switch over but whether you set it up while in your home territory. Once you set it up you don't have to do it again. I set mine up long ago and now when we cruise it is always ready to go. Just go through the steps to set it up while you're home. Your phone will still function just like it always has but when you reset everything for your cruise the wifi calling will be in place.
  4. We pack our things in zipped beach bags with inside zip pockets. Cash and phones go inside one of the inner zipped pockets and we use one of those coiled combination bicycle locks to secure them to our lounge chairs. Nobody is going to take time to unzip our bags, take out the tee shirts, towels, sun block, etc. to get to the zipped inside pockets in hopes that there might be something there of value. The biggest risk is someone casually walking off with a bag which can't happen if they're attached to the chair via the bicycle cables.
  5. We have been to Royal Palms a number of times. It is on 7 mile beach. I think entry is $3 but you can check their website for details. There is a cost for a beach chair and umbrella. We usually reserve one of the beach cabanas. Taxi is like $7 each. Food costs whatever you decide to spend. We never eat there because it’s crazy expensive. We once ordered a pizza and it was $40 US. Nope. There is an adults only pool with a swim up bar. Again, drinks are like everything else in GC; expensive.
  6. I suppose a better choice of words would have been that drivers can be challenging. So many who evidently don’t know where they are going, along with the usual number of stupid people and those that can’t drive day in and day out. And with Vista doing Saturday departures the numbers are pretty high.
  7. I wonder what would happen if an alleged service dog were to attack (bite) me or my wife and I killed it, as I would do if we were not on a ship.
  8. Don't forget to let your room steward know you're staying. He/she might be a little surprised when your stuff is still there on debarkation day between the first and second legs.
  9. Ace, I’m guessing that’s Carnival Freedom and is a Saturday departure. As SSB said, they won’t let you on until the ship is cleared anyway so take your time. Saturday traffic can be challenging.
  10. You can take a cab or the bus to Cemetery Beach. It’s a 20 or so minute ride and a short walk from the main road down a pathway to the beach. No facilities whatsoever. Cemetery Reef is a short paddle from the beach and is pretty good. We left the ship fairly early and were done by 11:30. Called the same cab driver that dropped us off and waited for her out at the road. Headed back to Georgetown for lunch and a little shopping. Take water with you. otherwise you can look at Captain Marvin’s website and see if they have a snorkel only trip. Hope you find something that suits you.
  11. But didn’t you just say that, in a hypothetical scenario where it is not requested but required, you would wear your rattiest jacket and most gruesome necktie? And didn’t you insinuate that believing that to be childish and inappropriate is to be intolerant? Ignore what you want but don’t act like a victim when I pre-judge you based on your actions.
  12. My wife and I don’t drink alcohol either and raised our kids going there from back before the pool and AI even existed. You won’t need the AI. Food and service are very good.
  13. I second the Lamanai recommendation. My kids loved it.
  14. While I do not share many of the above criticisms of the food, I must say that the cruise line has allowed the MDR to have the ambiance of a Golden Corral. Wife beater and backward ball cap? Come on in. Cowboy hat and tee shirt? We love those big hats at the dinner table. Many have mentioned the necessity for a drink package. You can imagine the table manners of those who overindulge. We leave next week for a 10 night and may not darken the door of the MDR after the first night. I like that there are other options.
  15. We loved Chops on Enchantment. Last month we got the 5 night package and I wouldn’t do that again as we kind of missed the MDR experience but it was still amazing. We don’t drink alcohol so CT made no sense to us.
  16. Get a cab or private driver and go to Temporary Cal’s Cantina for lunch. Amazing fresh food and views from the top of the hill. I don’t think they have a website but check out Trip Advisor for reviews and pictures. IMO, it’s the best way to spend the day other than the beach.
  17. I confess I didn’t read every reply to this but good grief. Suffice to say if some jack wagon started shouting in my face and threatening me or my wife, or another passenger that couldn’t defend themselves, the need for travel insurance would become readily apparent to them very quickly.
  18. Get some Deep Woods Off wipes. Stay out of the jungle. Maybe get a second medical opinion.
  19. El Cid is OK. Its a little pricey for my taste but I don’t drink alcohol. The food was quite good though. There is a pool there as well. For my money I would take a cab to Money Bar. There’s no man made beach like at El Cid but the snorkeling is very good. Food is excellent there but it’s pay as you go. Or you can snorkel for a while then take a cab to Paradise Beach for the rest of the day.
  20. Was just there a couple of weeks ago. Just show up and pay the $3pp entry. No big deal.
  21. Expect flight delays. Bush airport was closed all day and I think will be tomorrow until late afternoon.
  22. I agree, perfectly safe, except...watch the traffic when you cross. Personally I’m glad I don’t drive there but we’ve walked it many times. Most drivers are very pedestrian friendly and Monday we were in a cab there and I noticed several Police vehicles along the route. Just use your common sense and you’ll be fine.
  23. Yep I get it and I always appreciate your perspective. I do remember the $2pp cab cost now that you mention it. You’re right, it’s always been just the two of us. We used to take that tram several years ago. Now we just go out the gate to the cab station. Last visit the first gate next to the stairs was open and we ignored the signs and went out that way since it’s lots closer. This trip that gate and all the other ones had zip ties on them so we took the long walk through the shopping areas. I feel sorry for folks that don’t know their way around and wind up going in circles. We did notice a lot more construction on the route to the beach than there was as recently as March. A good sign for sure.
  24. I was thinking about all the conversation about who is affiliated with whom and honestly I consider it a non-issue, even none of my business. I suppose if there was evidence of some activity I didn’t approve of, drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, that sort of thing, I would reconsider. The fact is I’ve been all over the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico and there are lots of unfounded accusations motivated by money. Most of it is none of my business. I completely understand about changing prices being off-putting. I remember when the cab fare went from $4 to $8 I was mad as heck. They doubled the cab fare overnight! I had words with the guy that runs the cabs and he asked me how long since I had a raise. The cab fare, he explained, had been $4 for literally years. I calmed down and came to the same conclusion as you have. I have choices and my choice was to pay what the cab cost. Same with Blue Key. They were $5 for years. Then started the rate increase but including one or two drinks. I really hope they are settled on it for a while. But really I love that place and will pay for it until they price themselves out of the market which I hope they will not do.
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