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  1. The shipboard pricing for Symphony 4/13/19 for 20 pictures was $250 and all photos for $299. The first 3 days onboard offered a $30 discount. Our cruise planner had the 20 photo package for $199, I don’t remember seeing the ‘all photos version’ on the planner. Our group got 94 photos for $299 across all 3 rooms and all shots were there regardless of age.[emoji2956] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I took this photo of the policy as stated onboard Symphony. Our group leader did purchase the full photo package and we had our 3 rooms linked. Your mileage may vary wrt whose photos are included - but those are the official rules [emoji2956] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I just drove from Orlando to Miami on cruise day! It was 3.5 hours from Disney to the MIa airport where I was dropping off my car. I would drive 9-10 hours on Friday, stop somewhere in Florida for the night and drive the rest on Saturday morning unless you wanted to actually visit somewhere for the day on Friday!! (You could them drive 5-7 hours Thursday night, crash somewhere, hang out Friday, and drive more Friday evening/night etc...). This is a very personal preference! I always bring snacks when my family travels. I don’t bring meals - but I bring some waters/gatorades/Mountain Dew, goldfish, cheese-its, granola bars, nuts and pretzels...this way no one is starving or complaining about dinner before the driver is ready to stop for it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I got the invite but it was for 9:30 on Day 2 in Jazz on 4, and I wasn’t able to get there in time so bailed and just went to the Top Tier event at 10:30... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. When we booked our cruise it was the full day but my understanding from the letter we got about the change it’s that Symphony has to be back to Miami earlier due to a new process of getting the ships all turned around at the port or something like that? I think it stinks! I mean - if they have to leave at 3:30, fine - but at least get there by 9 am then! What also blew my mind was the sheer amount of guests who got off the ship! It was like a ghost town! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Going on your own is sooo smart! The timeline for the cruise excursion was ridiculous! My friends were on it and they had to be at the meeting spot on board at 9:30 - to not get there until 11! Lame!!! What was the cost for doing it on your own? Was there a full vs half day rate at Atlantis? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Now - after we were outside, used the rest rooms, and said farewell to our friends- it was time to call for Uber... Multiple attempts kept failing...with alerts like this...(and no - my phone was not in airplane mode!) I think that this is some combination of the volume of people, the huge building we were in, and uber being a little overloaded! We eventually got connected with Uber and got a price confirmed for Uber XL -4 person but it fell thru a minute later. Then requested again - took a few minutes to connect us with a driver. Then our driver was stuck in traffic for a while. The sea of people and luggage trying to get a ride share could be daunting if you are not prepared for it! We called our driver just to make sure we had a good meet up spot. We got ourselves to a curb side location at station 9 and around 10:15 he made it around to get us! Once in the car it was a quick 35 min ride to FLL. I was NOT prepared for FLL. We got inside to get boarding passes and drop off luggage. Our flight was at 1pm. No trouble getting our boarding passes printed - then we went to the bag drop off line. Delta was a MESS! The regular snaking Lane was overflowing and they had someone at the end of it checking your boarding times. If you had a flight more than 1 hour away - you had to go to the holding line across the way! What?!?! Yup - not going to be allowed into the line until our flight was closer! So - at 11am we got in the auxiliary Line. We started almost all the way back by the newsstand. We noticed that they were calling folks out of line once their flight was an hour away - so at least we weren’t worried about missing the plane as long as security was manageable. At 11:35, I took these photos...we had not moved very far!! I didn’t do a good job on the photo behind me as this line actually turns towards the right and goes past the bathrooms there too.. At one point I was ready to volunteer my services to Delta to help them take everyone’s bags! If they checked ID and printed the tags - I would have put the stickers on and tossed them to the conveyer belt. The guy in front of me split his family up and they were trying the porter line outside. They waited in the porter line for almost an hour but eventually joined us a few moments before they called us out of line at noon! Eventually at exactly noon they started calling folks from our flight out of line so we ran up to the line and got rid of our bags. When we were finally able to meet an agent - Our time interacting with an agent was done in about 2 minutes! The person next to me was pretty irate about the situation and asked and the agent said that due to the delays plus it being ‘cruise day’...umm - it’s cruise day both weekend days at FLL - surely they could have an extra agent or two helping out these days?? It was 12:25 when we were done with luggage and security and bathrooms..as we were in line to grab some chips they told us that our flight was delayed to 1:15...eventually it kept getting delayed until 2:15...the plane was there but could not get to the gate as the departure before us was delayed. It wasnt very bumpy but we did have some bonus circles around Albany before we were able to get into the Logan landing pattern! Eventually touching down at 5:28! Bottom Line - be patient with Uber if you have a later departure that overlaps with folks arriving at the port as well and plan accordingly if you are flying out of FLL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. On Day 6, we got our Key debarkation paperwork. I don’t have a photo handy but will try to add it later when I copy this to The Key thread. The letter said breakfast was on deck 4 until 9am (this is later than main dining) and we had our Key Luggage tags. The letter states that they will take groups from the dining room off the ship in groups at half hour increments. On Saturday we were all ready and headed down to breakfast around 8:25am. The staff couldn’t get us a table for 8, so they split us as 6 and 2. Immediately behind us another group of 8 showed up! The poor guy! But they found them seating that worked as well! Breakfast was excellent - but it did take almost a full hour and our orders weren’t exactly correct but it all got sorted out. What’s not shown in this photo is that it came up with a cup of REAL Whipped Cream!! Sooo good! They also brought a full plate of excellent crispy bacon for the table to share! A+ on perfectly crispy bacon this entire week! They forgot the fruit for my daughters pancakes but she got a cup of the REAL whipped cream from someone else at the table and was happy enough! I was able to get decaf coffee with soy milk although it did take a little while. At 9:30 we met the group to disembark. Important note: the bathrooms at Deck 4 were closed for cleaning at this time!! Plan accordingly!! (They were open around 9am when one of us used them) The escort brought the group up down the elevator from 4 to 5 (well - some of us walked up since we didn’t all fit in a single elevator!), and then they kept the group together as we signed out on the promenade. There were still a fair amount of people lingering on board even though all groups had been called. From there we traversed the walkways and down the elevator to get to our luggage which was conveniently right there! From there they took us to the right hand side of the line to sign out. My daughter and I have US Passports so it was a super easy process to just do the facial recognition and out we went! FYI - The bathrooms are outside the terminal street side - and they were GROSS. There was someone trying to clean them and she even went to get help! Of the 6 bathroom stalls- Only 1 was truly clean! A second one my friend cleaned with paper towels enough that folks were willing to use it. The others were NOT okay. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. We are finally back ‘home’...in quotes because we are already in route from MA to CT for Easter and to get my son! Hopefully I can get a few more thoughts in here before we arrive! But these will probably be somewhat scattered!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. On Liberty we had the option to have volume in our rooms or not. We didn’t have many announcements on Symphony this week that I noticed. I think CD Mike made two or so each day plus the cancelation Of Aquanation and would list off the activities coming up. We didn’t have the annoying ‘Bingo Bingo Bingo’ announcements at all! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Doh! Figures this happens after you get on board on time but so Glad you made it! A cruise is what you make of it and I am sure you will have a great time! My 1pm flight left over an hour late from FLL today and we were one of the ‘lucky’ ones. RC must have a lot if passengers still missing (and some confidence that waiting 45 minutes will help!) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. What ship are you considering? And what date? The larger ships tend to have fewer sales in my experience especially near holiday sailings. Estimate $15/day for gratuity per person Estimate $10/day for WiFi if you are getting more than 2 codes..(could be lower if getting 4 or higher if getting only 1) Estimate $52/day plus 18% gratuity per day for Drink Package (could be higher or lower - consider this an average. If your cruise is after Black Friday / Cyber Monday you have your best chance for a low price I think.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. A nap seems very well deserved! Glad they are going to Walmart, great news about Symphony (although I think that it always leaves at 4? Last week Muster was at 3:45 and we were on our way at 4:45, maybe closer to 4:30).. Non the less - I will be thinking of them! We are at FLL airport today and it’s a ZOO here...flights cancelled yesterday made for many changes and delays today as well as people delays..lots of offers for ‘volunteers’ to take other flights etc..my friend at MIA was offered $625 to fly MIA to MCO to PHX instead of the direct flight...unfortunately she is destined for SNA and that would mean she can’t get home until tomorrow .. but still lucrative! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks for sharing!! I heard 3 sets of announcements on board - for their sake - I hope they did make it back! It seemed like a large group of them to start - maybe an entire tour that didn’t know the ship time changed or something... Can we talk about the lack of ability to hear announcements in the room?? Why-oh-why was there not a speaker that we could have option to turn on? It was a pain to run to the door and open it to hear them from the hallway - and who knows which ones we missed all together! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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