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  1. Cruising on the Escape this December (yay!) and trying to complete the online check-in. There's an option for Priority Access ($179 per stateroom). There are 14 in our party (5 rooms). Is it worth it? TIA
  2. So excited to be sailing on the Escape - Christmas 2020! We have five cabins for our family (total of 14 -- 7 kids/7 adults). One of the cabins is an inside (Cat IC) - 8th deck. We have one adult and three kids staying in that room. It says it's only 135 sq. ft. -- how is it possible to fit in there? We also have Cabin 8112 (Balcony/Category BF) -- two adults. Is the view obstructed? Have not been able to locate any info specific to these cabins. Appreciate any feedback! 🙂
  3. Going on our first New Year's Eve cruise on the Magic! Do people dress up for this evening? Is there a theme (all white party)? Just want to be ready to celebrate and be a part of a fun night (isn't that every night and day on a cruise? 🙂). Thanks for any feedback and suggestions. Can't wait!!!
  4. Okay... maybe not avoid -- we may have had an off night. Just didn't seem worth paying extra when our experience was not wonderful.
  5. I had never used the spa or spa amenities before until this cruise. The last day at-sea I spent most of my day in and out of the spa (sauna, steam room, spa pool....). I took advantage of deals and got a 75 minute massage and mani/pedi. They were all fantastic. I'll have to look for the price sheet.
  6. It may have been an off day... server was very nice; there was only one table with patrons and we had to wait a bit to be seated (as well as another couple). Food didn't seem much better than the MDR (which means it's good not spectacular). Again, my soup was delicious and my daughter's ice cream was amazing. Hope that it was a one-time error with us because it's nice to have good options. :-)
  7. Ours was an 8-night cruise and they had multiple Chef's Tables - we were assigned our night. We did book prior to boarding. Enjoy!
  8. Not a full review of the Chef's Table, but here are some photos. This weekend I'll try to post my review of our experience. By the way, the parmesan roll thing is to die for!!! And the magician is always a fun treat and break! 🙂
  9. The Steakhouse was definitely worth it!!! Avoid the Italian place. I believe they still have the wine offer. Large and delicious portions. The mushroom appetizer and the lobster bisque were great, too. Enjoy!!!
  10. Club O2 is for up to 17 year olds (which is a bummer because we will be back on the Magic in December and our son turns 18 next month). I just asked him and he says they have volleyball tournaments (over 18), basketball tournaments... I'm sure they'll have a great time! So much to do!
  11. If you're in an interior room then it doesn't make a difference if it's deck 11 or 12, EXCEPT make sure the deck 11 cabin is still a Cloud 9 room. Also, deck 12 has less traffic (I think). If you plan to use the spa amenities (sauna, etc...) then I think it's well worth it. My in-laws were on the Magic a couple of weeks ago and paid about $250 to use the spa for the duration of the cruise. You also get a little gift. I really like the location because you have quick access to the shops, lobby, casino, exit to ports... Whatever you choose, it will be fantastic! I'll try to post photos and more info on the spa!
  12. I'll try to post it later. I think we had 14 different courses! My favorites were an olive oil poached seabass and slow cooked crispy lamb. Delicious! And the constant flow of champagne and wine.... 🙂
  13. I think you should be okay. There was another family at Governor's Beach, with two very young children, and our taxi went back to get them. The people that work at Governor's Beach also seemed happy to assist. Whichever taxi you take would probably be happy to go back to pick you up. By the way, so many sea shells and sea glass! Your 5-year-old will have fun. 🙂 They also sell Gatorade, sodas, and snacks. Have a great trip!
  14. There was a taxi at Governor's Beach (we walked there so we were very happy to take their offer). 🙂
  15. The Carnival Conquest was also at the port, left a few hours before we did. Bon voyage!
  16. I have two teens. Last summer, we sailed the Glory (used Circle C and Club O2). Last month, we sailed the Magic (they went to Circle C & O2 again). The two ships seem very similar to me (Magic seems less crowded). We have not sailed on the Legend but are very familiar with those ports. As much as the Magic is my new favorite, it would be my third choice. Although we haven't sailed her, I would choose Legend. The kids make friends on board and with all the activities, I don't think the ship makes as much a difference to them. But (to me) the ports... that's what makes the difference. I know that's not what's most important to you, though. Grand Cayman is our favorite (we even spent a week here two years ago) - you have amazing snorkeling within walking distance of the tender area OR you can take a tour to stingray city. Happy to answer any questions on this port. Mahogany Bay (Roatan) is fantastic! From amazing mountaintop zip lining to snorkeling in crystal clear waters... Love it! Belize - you have to take a tour to really enjoy this port. We love Goff's Cay. Cozumel - this would probably be the best day to rest on the beach. 🙂 Grand Turk - Great beach day and great snorkeling. Another day to rest on the beach. 🙂 Half Moon Cay - Nothing but beach. 🙂 Montego Bay - Haven't been here (only Ocho Rios). Amber Cover - Haven't been here either. I like the idea of including your teens as you look at excursions.
  17. We walked right passed Margaritaville and stopped at Jack's Shack for a drink. Enjoyed our conversation with the bartender, grabbed extra drinks, and headed to Governor's Beach. We walked there (10-15 minute walk on the street). Great snorkeling and very quiet and relaxing. Beautiful beach! Took a cab back to the cruise center. Loved nydney1's story. Reason enough to stop by Jack's Shack!
  18. After enjoying five Chef's Tables, I can say that there's no need to go formal, in fact, I would recommend you not go formal. On the Magic, our dinner took place in the galley (that was a first). On other ships we toured the galley, had some appetizers there, and would then go to a private room for the dinner. Since you will be touring the galley, I would recommend that whatever footwear you choose, go with something that is not slippery. You will have a fantastic time! My advice: pace yourself! 🙂
  19. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Easy time getting off the ship at this port (no tender). There are plenty of shops at the Grand Turk Cruise Center - and plenty of tour operators and taxi cabs just outside. Margaritaville is right there ready to entertain hundreds/thousands. We weren’t up for partying today (check out the photo and how the pool is totally filled with people). The beach was a bit crowded, so we decided to walk to Governor’s Beach (taking a cab would have been much faster 😊). We walked all the way to Jack’s Shack, about 500 yards from Margaritaville, grabbed some drinks, and made our way to the street. Walked for 15 minutes (hot and dusty!). Finally -- Governor’s Beach! Beautiful, quiet and relaxing! There are chair vendors and a woman selling drinks and snacks. This is the same location at the big shipwreck (you can’t miss it – it’s the Mega One Triton). My husband got in a comfy chair and the kids and I went snorkeling. Most of what you’ll see here are juvenile fish. We saw damsel, squirrelfish, bluehead wrasse, French grunt, flounder, parrotfish, grouper, butterflyfish, and even (unfortunately) some lionfish. There were plenty of sea urchin, sea anemones, Christmas trees (sea worms), very tiny blue cleaner shrimp, and much more. Fan Coral with french grunt below Sea Anemone, small elkhorn coral, christmas trees & juvenile damsel fish Lionfish, fan coral Brain coral, sea anemone, star coral, black sea rod Lots of bluehead wrasse At least three ship tours made stops here (but didn't seem to stay long). After a few hours, we decided it was time to go. Instead of walking, we took at cab – back to the Cruise Center in less than 10 minutes. No rushing, no crowds, no drama. $20 for the ride (for four of us, $5 per person). We used Four Corners Taxi, Tour & Sightseeing, Jack & Kathy Williams, Jack: 1-649-243-4141, Kathy: 1-649-247-0216, Email: JandKFourCornersAgency@yahoo.com. Kathy was our driver and she went back to Governor’s Beach to pick up another family. Very nice! Beware of wild donkeys: They’re everywhere! The donkeys like to snoop through people’s bags looking for food (I guess). This young woman was in the water when saw a donkey close to her bags. She ran up behind it to “shoo” it. Public Service Announcement – Never go behind a horse or donkey. She ended up getting kicked in the thigh. We never had any problems with them. At the Cruise Center we did some shopping and then checked out the NASA interactive exhibit (Mercury Program). Another great day in the Caribbean! The underwater video is shaky (snorkeling not diving). 20160103_012700.MOV
  20. Yes, she does!!! 🤣🤣🤣 BTW - there's regular ice cream and frozen yogurt.
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