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  1. I'm fine with that. They can stay home and leave the aft balconies and pool chairs for me.
  2. We are traveling with a group of 9 on Freedom next year. We booked a 2 bedroom grand suite and the adjoining balcony which will be plenty of room.
  3. The cabin in question is on the other side of the centrum next to the elevator bank. Our experience in 8594 was that the hallway connecting the cabins on the starboard side of the ship, along with the fire doors they close at night, insulate the starboard cabins from most centrum noise. The cabins next to the elevator bank on the port side do not have a hallway, or fire doors leaving them more susceptible to noise. If you are a night owl, the noise shouldn't be a big deal as they usually shut things down before midnight. I would personally book 9076 without hesitation, but i go to bed late.
  4. Think about how much more they'll lose when a ship becomes infected and they have to shut it down again. Requiring a vaccine would help alleviate any concerns over that possibility. While some people may chose not to cruise over having a vaccine, I suspect they'll still have plenty of people onboard spending money.
  5. 9 night ABC without question. The ABC's are my favorite stops in the Caribbean, and while there will be fewer kids, there will still be quite a few. As someone mentioned, make sure to get your daughter to the teen club the first night.
  6. My April 2021 went from $61pp/day to $46pp/day as well. There's $250 back in my pocket. Now we just have to hope the cruise actually happens.
  7. Hi Joanne! I'm sorry to hear that your trip was cancelled. We actually got really lucky this year. We had an 11 night southern caribbean cruise on Serenade March 2 that still sailed. All ports of call were made(Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia, Aruba and Curacao) on time, and got back into port when we were scheduled on March 13th. Even more importantly, nobody on our ship got sick, and we still seem to be healthy. I managed to continue on with Margaret's LCR games in the vortex on our sailing. We ended up with 33 people showing up on the last day we played. The couch circle we used on the Jewel was too small to fit our crowd so we improvised. I hope you and Dan are well, and perhaps we'll see you out on the seas sometime in the future. Dave
  8. We drink a lot on vacation, and would still get our moneys worth at $80pppd, but now a cruise is starting to lose its value over a land based vacation. We've got a cruise booked for next April, and right now its at $78pppd. Even if the price doesn't drop, i'll still get it because it makes sense for us. It's just going to change my outlook on vacationing in the future. Cruising has always been the only option I shop. I'll start shopping all inclusive land based vacations as well to see what gives me the best value for my money.
  9. A little nugget I learned on a trip out there for the Space Needle. They, at the time, were charging $25 for the trip up to the observation deck. If you were going to the restaurant, the trip up was free as long as you were eating. I had a $25 burger(way overpriced but better than a $25 elevator ride), and got to head out to the observation deck at no additional charge.
  10. Did a 14 night transatlantic on her a couple years ago, and loved every minute. Radiance class ships are my favorite. Plenty to do, not too big, outdoor windjammer seating.
  11. I don't ever remember them requesting my dessert order when taking the apps and main course. I'm not typically a dessert eater, but do enjoy an after dinner drink, so i suppose this doesn't bother me at all. Overall i've been happy with how they run the MDR.
  12. I spoke with Royal about a very similar situation i'm in with my kids, and was assured that since they are minors, they must be with you during embark/disembark because they can't board by themselves. Your older son would be the wild card here because he is no longer a minor.
  13. The best prices i've seen lately for any of my cruises is about $45/pp/day +18% gratuity. I know it is usually about $65/pp/day or more if you buy on the ship.
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