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About erikaem86

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  1. This is a cool new feature. It didn't exist 12 months ago when I was on the Sunrise, or at at least I wasn't aware of it.
  2. They should fit in the closet fairly easily.
  3. My family shared the social media package. For what it's worth, it was pretty poor and slow. Videos on social media sites like Facebook did not work. Even uploading a picture was difficult.
  4. It shouldn't be a problem at all. Just take your drinks and do your thing.
  5. I used the $2 Safari bus with my family (5 of us) to go to Coki beach. it wasn't a problem and the bus wasn't full so we weren't taking spots for the locals. It was pretty easy. We just went to the spot near the cruise port and asked the buses that came by if it was $2. On the way back, we went back to the spot that dropped us off and waved down busses. We talked to lots of locals to make sure we were heading in the right direction. Total cost there and back: $4 pp x 5 = $20 plus. Used the money we saved for a bucket of beer and some beach chairs and an umbrella.
  6. We went to Carlisle Bay with the intention of doing the Boatyard. By the time we got there, they said no more boat tours were available because they were full. I also found the staff/security to be a little unfriendly. No incident, just not welcoming. Instead, we just rented some beach chairs and an umbrella and found a guy who would take $60 for 5 of us to do a boat tour.
  7. You can get on and off the ship as many times as you like. We left 3 or 4 times and each time we came back we had a bottle of wine (allowing us to circumvent the 1-bottle maximum per passenger limit).
  8. Notifying them is a good idea. It will let them know you'll be arriving late, but you can also confirm that they have a 24-hour front desk. Not all hotels have this.
  9. I also stayed at the Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites. The pool area is nice, and the location is close to the beach and restaurants. I think it was around a $15 cab ride to/from the cruise port. Cabs charge $1 per bag so prices will vary depending on how many bags of luggage you have. We didn't get hooked up from Henry but got a great price on Priceline Name Your Own Price. Here's a list of known San Juan hotels on Priceline: http://www.hoteldealsrevealed.com/hotelinventory/priceline/pr/san-juan After our cruise, we stayed at El Canario by the Lagoon. This hotel is in the same general area as the Best Western Palm Inn, but not nearly as nice. If you are on a tight budget, it will suffice. I found that rates fluctuated quite a bit. The night before our cruise, prices were quite expensive but after our cruise, they were very reasonable.
  10. We've done 2 cruises with 5 in a single room. The configuration is as follows: 2 twin beds that are pressed together to make 1 large king bed, 2 pull down beds that are about 5 feet off the ground, and 1 trundle placed on the floor. If you don't plan on spending much time in your room, it's not as bad as you might think. We would go to bed early and were up and out of the room early, whereas our kids would come to bed later and sleep in. So it was never really a problem. The only time it got congested was when we were all getting ready for dinner at the same time. However, since we allowed our kids to eat where they wanted, there was only a couple of times when we were all trying to shower and get ready at the same time.
  11. I sailed the Fascination on March 2019, and for comparison purposes, I sailed the Sunrise one year earlier. I found the ships to be about the same size. However, the Fascination seemed much less crowded. For example, it was easier and quicker to get a table at Your Time dining. Getting into shows or the comedy club was never a problem. I liked the vibe on the ship. It's what you would expect on Carnival. Fun, friendly staff. Plenty of activities, despite no Dive-in Movies 😞 . The cruise director on the Fascination was sufficient but unremarkable and unmemorable. Dining is not as great on the Fascination as the Sunrise or other ships. I don't believe it has any specialty restaurants like the Steakhouse, pasta restaurant, or Asian restaurant although it does have the Chef's Table. Room service seems very quick compared to the Sunrise. For us, the cruise was such a great price that we honestly weren't expecting much. We kept our expectations low and they were far exceeded. Overall, we had a wonderful time.
  12. Will you have kids or no kids? I like the Sandals suggestion from another member. Other ideas: - Order the Cheers drink package - Steakhouse or Chef's Table (if you are a foodie) - Upgrade to a balcony cabin or suite
  13. I've been on 4 cruises and have never booked an excursion through any of the cruise ships I'm on. Maybe I'm cheap, but I find them to be quite expensive. I also enjoy doing the research on what to see and how to get from point A to point B. If you don't want the "hassle" of figuring out logistics on your own, I think an organized excursion makes sense. For me, the only disadvantage I see is the risk of missing your boat, but that risk can be significantly mitigated by making sure you're leaving extra time to get back to your ship. But that same risk exists whether you're heading to the airport for a flight, etc. I usually try to be back on the ship 2 hours before final boarding.
  14. I've learned to avoid buying some things too early. I bought snacks for the 3-leg flight to San Juan about 6 weeks before the cruise. During the 6 weeks before the cruise, I got a sweet tooth on a couple of occasions. Had to go back to Walmart and buy more snacks. 😂
  15. Back in the 90s there was a cruise line called Premier Cruise Line. Fond memories but sadly I will never cruise on that line again as they went out of business in the early 2000s.
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