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  1. Sure, everything is available, but it's at an extra cost, including going to any beach that's not within walking distance or pools on shore. Different islands are nice, but honestly, the same excursions are on every island and AI excursion prices are the same or better than purchasing 'off ship'. Most AI's have a nightly show, although I'll certainly say that cruises do them better. Still, it's only 45 minutes a night so not a big loss for us. I'll give you comedy shows and live music as a cruise plus, but the night clubs in AI's are as good as the one's on the ship and if you want something else, you can always go to the best night clubs in town for an extra cost. Thanks to both of you for your answers. I've always wondered why cruisers say they'd be bored on shore at an AI when the two products are more the same than they are different.
  2. I'm curious how you get bored at an AI while you don't get bored on a cruise? What do you do on a cruise that you can't do at an AI?
  3. I've only bought packages that were less than the rate on Sandals website for room only and the packages include flights plus transfers to/from the airport. I think it's Canadian thing where airlines buy so many rooms that the airfare is basically free. When I cruise, I have to add Air, 1 night hotel (Can't get there same day from Calgary), transfers to/from airport, gratuities, booze package and WIFI to the cruise price to match the Sandals package pricing.
  4. From the FAQ: Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Regency La Toc have casinos nearby.
  5. Covid aside, we love Sandals, but we don't love all AI's. Pros: Way cheaper for Canadian's in a package than cruising. No kids. Rooms that are bigger than ship cabins, but some we've stayed in needed updating. Restaurants are better than any MDR on any cruise weve been on except maybe Windstar. We like the beach and pools, way bigger than on ships and included in the price. Booze is included. Bar scene is generally livelier. Italian coffee, ice cream, fresh baked cookies all included. Stay at one, go to many increases the number of restaurants and beaches you can try. We find excursions to be cheaper, longer, less crowded and no worries about getting back late if anything happens. 'Yard Sales' are weekly instead of nightly. Cons: Not on the sea. (Biggest reason we cruise, but we always take a Catamaran day trip anyway) Nightly shows aren't as good. Only one island.
  6. Don't ignore the negative reviews and don't take them with a grain of salt. Read them and ask yourself if what the person is complaining about would annoy you or not. Fore warned is fore armed and it really helps to set the right expectations. Multiple languages in announcements? Gonna happen. Not gonna mean anything to me, but will annoy some. Dinner takes a long time? Same as above. Bad customer service at the complaint desk? Sure, but that's the same on every ship I've been on. Celebrity, which costs a bunch more was the worst for me. Just hope you don't ever need to use it. Not the same as 'insert other cruise line here'. That's kinda the point. Pizza and pasta based food? It's an Italian line folks. Different type of entertainment? Don't go to the shows you don't like. Find something else to do. Bottom line for me is that negative reviewers have something to say. Assume they are telling the truth as they see it. If the number of negative things being said outweigh the positive for you then book on another line.
  7. NCL could process refunds quickly if they wanted to but it's in their own interests to keep your money for as long as possible. Your mistake shouldn't mean waiting weeks for a refund, but it likely will because you can't do anything about it other than continue to phone and take up their agents time. Even then, it likely won't matter. Your money will come back to you when the company decides it will and not before.
  8. Holy Shiiiip! Hope everyone's OK.
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  10. Whatever it costs to get on board should be included in the price including Gratuities, Port Taxes and Fees. I really don't care how the cruise line breaks those things out. They all come out of my pocket.
  11. Male 1 pair of running shoes with good support for the plane, the gym and walking around on shore. 1 pair of dress shoes for obvious reasons. 1 pair of flip flops for pool and beach.
  12. Use UBlock Origin instead. Smaller, faster works just as well.
  13. That should save them some cash. I'm sure they'll pass the savings on to the customer.
  14. Last cruise we went on, we just took carry on baggage on the plane. Instead of buying special and expensive travel sized, we stopped at a pharmacy close to the dock to pick up essentials. Left the leftovers behind.
  15. In my experience, you need to set you expectations properly. If you're expecting high end dining in the MDR you're going to be disappointed. If you're expecting Olive Garden at Sea, you'll be happy. The MDR is a very large venue. They are making a ton of food for the masses and serving it very quickly to turn the tables. X has reduced or kept the cost per person for food very low. The result is very average food.
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