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  1. The waiter on Explorer didn't let us do our own, he stood there the whole time. I was disappointed in that part.... if you're gonna cook it and serve it to me, just cook it in the kitchen and bring the plate out!
  2. Especially if your daughter can sleep in a Pack-n-Play, the walk-in closet on the JS could be a sleep-room for her (they really are that large!) which would allow you to be able to watch tv, read, etc., in the room while she's napping or sleeping at night. If she were older and had a sibling and would be more interested in the bunk beds, that might sway things in the other direction, but I vote for JS all the way in your circumstance.
  3. I did L&S on my November cruises, and just checked out some pricing in the cruise planner.... HOLY MOLY COW! REALLY hoping for a Black Friday Sale, because the Refreshment Package is $30/day (plus grats) and the 4-device Voom is $57.57/day. Definitely trying to make up for lost revenue there!!!!
  4. No, full suite is needed (or Pinnacle status).
  5. For one person, yes. But generally the price for the two-device Voom is significantly cheaper than the price for two Key packages.
  6. Here's another idea.... how about some magnetic hooks and a shower curtain, and you can sleep in your bed? These magnets are wicked strong, and you could put them on the ceiling between the beds and hang a shower curtain to block the light. Half a dozen magnets and a shower curtain will fit in a pair of shoes in your luggage. Or leave the shower curtain at the dollar store and only bring the magnets, and just grab some extra pool towels to hang from the ceiling. Hubby gets to watch tv, and you get to sleep in an actual bed instead of on the sofa or the pulled-out sofabed. I've been using these magnets for a few years now. They're also great for hanging up hand-laundry or swimsuits to dry, or to hang a small fan from the ceiling, or to hang up hats / lanyards / handbags on the wall, etc.
  7. Except I got my Passport Card back before Enhanced Driver Licenses were really a thing... and I already have it, so why should I bother with an Enhanced DL or a REAL-ID DL until the time comes when I actually have to go to the SoS office to get an in-person renewal of my existing non-enhanced, unreal-ID DL?
  8. If they already have a passport, or if they will never ever fly or enter a federal building, they would have no need for a REAL-ID compliant DL and could save a few bucks and the hassle of dealing with paperwork by getting the old kind renewed.
  9. The passport card being a waste of money is YOUR OPINION. The cards do have limited uses, but those uses are very valid reasons for some people. Just because it might be a waste of money FOR YOU doesn't mean that's the case for every person. In my case, I live in Michigan and regularly travel to and through Canada (to get to New York state, either near Buffalo or Syracuse). My passport book doesn't fit in my wallet, but my passport card does, and I can use the passport card to drive to/from Canada without having to bring my passport book. Ditto for entry into federal buildings or domestic flights -- I already have the passport card, and it fits easily in my wallet, and it saves me from having to carry my passport book (which requires me to carry an additional piece of baggage to carry the passport in, since it doesn't fit in my wallet). I chose to get a passport card when I got my passport because it was a convenient and cost-efficient option that fit my lifestyle. Just because YOU don't have a need for it personally doesn't mean it's a waste of money for everyone else in the country.
  10. I don't think it's so much that people are "concerned" about getting one or not, versus not taking the time and money to get one if they don't need one. For example, when my DL expires in a couple years, I can renew it online or by mail without having to go to the Michigan Secretary of State office (our version of the DMV). Since I already have a passport card that will get me on a domestic flight or into a federal building (and I have a passport book for international flights), I don't have a need to make the trip to the SoS office with paperwork in hand and pay the additional fee to get a REAL-ID compliant DL. When the time comes (in six years) when I do have to make the trip to the SoS office to do an in-person renewal of my DL, then I can go ahead and take in the extra documentation with me to get the REAL-ID version of the DL and pay the additional fee, if I want to. But in the meantime, why should I bother with the hassle and extra cost if I don't need to?
  11. Honestly, I've never seen a mosquito at Labadee -- probably because the ship leaves well before PMT -- Prime Mosquito Time. If you're going to be spending a chunk of time in Haiti, vaccinations would be prudent, but for a simple day trip during broad daylight, it's really not an issue.
  12. The Great Lakes aren't for the faint of heart, that's for sure! Exactly -- one man's trash is another man's treasure. When you're scraping ice off your car's windows every day, water temps in the 70s aren't much of a turn-off!
  13. Sheesh, I was just kidding around... that's what the LOL was for at the end. Sorry if you took personal offense -- it was meant to be a joke. Everyone is entitled to swim in whatever temperature water they want.
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