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  1. What a wonderful board! Italy - Particularly the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany Caribbean - Aruba and the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica Switzerland - Interlaken & Bern with a stop at the Matterhorn Cap it off with Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia in the fall.
  2. We live in the Dallas area and have traveled from Galveston 5-6 times and always drive. We have met people from Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas and Mississippi that have also driven to Galveston. Galveston has about 10 privately owned parking lots plus 3 fairly large port parking lots (owned by the city) with a good guess that parking close to the port to be around 5-7K vehicles. Then there are the hotels that have deals that allow parking at their facility if you stay with them prior the cruise or after the cruise, sometimes for a fee and sometimes included in the hotel rate. Flying into Galveston has it's own special efforts as well as the only two airports are at least an hours drive to 2 hours drive away with limited auto rental facilities. Shuttle facilities and limos are available but for a fee that can be expensive. My point is, so why not drive? We always do but, this is just one persons opinion.
  3. I just received a drink package refund today, ****finally****, it took 22 days after cancellation. Thought it would never happen.
  4. We are also on this same cruise and are very nervous about the potential outcome of the cruise. We have made final payment on the airfare but only the deposit on the cruise. I wish I had a crystal ball to look into that gave me a better feeling. We also were planning to spend a week before the cruise in Rome and some time after in Lake Como/Venice. Wish I had a better feeling.
  5. The bed by the bathroom, being your choice, is nice but in the GS, you have a complete dressing area next to the bed with drawers, mirrors, shelves and such. My wife really enjoys this little area for getting ready. Agree with Marion_Mom about the tender ports and having priority departure and "free" room service. There is another perk we like...if you want to go to breakfast, you have access to Chops as a private dining room where you can order your breakfast rather than having to go to the buffet if you want. It is a much more quiet venue.
  6. No on both, in my experience. I was not allowed on the Symphony on the Abyss.
  7. The shows are IMHO, a bit better than other ships and as deliver42 says, book the shows early online as soon as you can. Once onboard, if the show is at 8pm, as an example, the line for the show starts forming for the reservations at around 7:30 or so. To get a better seat, you need to get there around the 7:30 timeframe. This is true for each of the shows, at least it was for us in September. You need to take the extra time into account for your dinner reservations as well. We also felt like everything on the Symphony was on the "inside" vs. availability of "outside decks. There are outside decks (pool deck) but it seems like more of the activities happen on the decks where everything is "inside". Again, just an opinion.
  8. Nadja Djurdjevic is leaving the Diamond Lounge on the Liberty on 1/20/2020 and does not return until March 2020. She did not know who her replacement was going to be.
  9. Freedom Class first because of size and things to do. Radiance Class second because of the aft and open seating for breakfast. Vision Class because it's a "baby" Freedom Class.
  10. I certainly stand corrected. It's been a while since I have flown into HOU, it's much easier to just drive from the DFW area than fly any more these days.
  11. IAH has the advantage of nearly all of the airlines as a choice rather than just Southwest at HOU.
  12. We have been to The Caymans several times. Sometimes we go on tours, sometimes we rent a car and go around to Rums Point for a relaxing day. When we rent a car, we have always rented from a local company called Andy's www.andys.ky. They are not located on the dock when you get off but have a courtesy car that can take you to their location on 7 mile beach for check-in. They have several choices of vehicles and are very easy to deal with. We were there in March and rented a 4 passenger Jeep that wound up being around $120 including the drivers permit for the day. As I recall there were less expensive alternatives available. I hope this information is helpful to you.
  13. We were on the Navigator a year ago, had 4 in a row open.
  14. Anyone know how much it is to get a cab from Falmouth to the Hilton?
  15. We had it in May, a little over 2 years ago. At the time we booked it for just over $9000 for 8 passengers. That was 4 adults and 4 children.
  16. We did a surprise Christmas gift for our kids and grandchildren last year almost the same ages for the grandkids. We put some gifts in the g-kids packages like snorkels & such but in our kids packages, we gave them a CD with a video of the upcoming trip showing a pictures of the 4 br. suite, the ship, some of the ports, etc. All in all the whole presentation took about 15 minutes to do but the excitement built as each child opened his or her present then our children opened their CD and we played it. Fun for all.
  17. We were on the Symphony in September and were in a Jr. Suite on deck 12. We had about 4 plug-ins in our cabin that we remember. You can increase that if you have jack's that have multiple USB plugs. In the MDR we saw everything from suit and tie to swim suit cover-ups and flip flops...ball caps everywhere. We always wore slacks and dress shirts or Tommy Bahama type shirts and were some of the more "over dressed" in the room. We did not have children but we saw children that seemed to be having a good time. The shows were all great. Make sure to make reservations before hand online, don't miss any of them. Try out the Solarium Bistro.
  18. There is a video of the room on cruise deck plans dot com. It's a free web site that allows you to see different cabins on different ships once you are a member. Take a look.
  19. We have also used help during tender days getting off the ship. Other than that, not much, we don't need a lot.
  20. We had a JS on a recent cruise that we upgraded for @ $300. It's only 1/3 bigger (200 ft. to 300 ft.) and that's nice but the tub was terrible since it only has a half shower door and no curtain on the remainder of the tub so you have to scrunch up to the shower head to bathe, that is unless you want to use the tub. I have had a JS on other ships before that had different configurations and were a much better fit for our situation. Still at $1500 for an upgrade, I would use the money for other fun stuff. If the price drops, maybe, but it would have to be a lot.
  21. Just looked at our upcoming Set Sail Pass. Our Diamond Plus notation is listed just below our name. You might want to try again.
  22. We are like you in many ways, found the lack of service just a few staff members short of what was really needed both in the bar staff, restaurant staff, and pool staff. We were not in a Sky Level suite but in a Star Level suite so cannot answer to the concierge service. We did not like Jamie's at all, actually left before dessert. Really liked the Solarium Bistro, 150 Central Park, but thought Wonderland was a bit "over the top". I believe you are "right on" about Coco Cay, however we did enjoy our time there. We grabbed some lounge chairs around the Chill Island Pool (we were with 3 other couples) and spent the day there. Since we had bought a drink package, our expense for the day on the island, other than a few dollars for tips.....$0. We were also on Labadee in February and booked a cabana, had a fabulous day there, spent a few more bucks but it was a very relaxing day, more "island like". We were in a Grand Suite at that time and had a concierge so was able to take advantage of that service but the ship was one of the smaller ones, so no comparison to the Symphony.
  23. I do not, seldom watch movies outside. Wish I could be of more help.
  24. I posted in the review section. I was told that I would receive an email from Cruise Critic when the review was accepted and I have not heard anything yet. I have looked in the review section and only one review has been posted from any September sailings. I don't know if it is normal or not.
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