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  1. Couple questions in this same regard: Any truth to the report that you can buy the drink package on board, for only one of the two adults in a cabin? Seems like that might be cheaper than even doing the call-up thing to get one Ultimate and one Refresh package (especially since we'd barely use the Refresh). Does the Ultimate package ever get offered 1 or more days into shorter (3-5) day cruises? Thanks!
  2. My oldest was 6 1/2 when we sailed Independence of the Seas last year, and between the new kiddie water park area and the kids club, he had a blast! He also enjoyed laser tag although got a little bit frustrated with playing against teens and adults. There were plenty of other activities and things he enjoyed, so much that we're sailing on the same ship again this year.
  3. Hi Chris. I'm a long time reader of your posts, but I finally have a question. Do the casino staff have discretion to offer free drinks to players? If so, is there a preferred way to ask? For context, I'm a small-stakes, table game player, but I'm usually in the casino 2-3 hours a day when I sail. In other words, I'm not looking for a free drink just to scurry off to the Schooner Bar. I'm sure I'd be more apt to gamble later into the night if the drinks were comped, but for some reason, I have an aversion to paying by the drink in the casino. I guess I'm just used to Vegas where the drinks are always comped. Thanks!
  4. My sister, who's a lifeguard, educated me on why you should never go down a waterslide with a kid in your lap. When the kid hits the water in front of you, they effectively stop for a split second. The adult is still moving behind them, and the impact from behind, combined with the surface tension of the water, can break the child's femur(s). Almost seems safer to let the child go down the slide on their own in "violation" of the height requirement, vs trying to go down the slide with them.
  5. Thanks - I took your advice and emailed El Cid. They got back to me really quickly with the following. I confirmed afterwards that they do not have a pass for just beach access alone. ------- This is the day pass, that our beautiful hotel has: $49 USD Per Person (11:OO AM - 5:00 PM) CHILDS: 0 - 6 YEARS OLD FREE CHILDS: 7 - 11 YEARS OLD $28 USD CHILDS: 12- 17 YEARS OLD $49 USD INCLUDES: Meals & beverages unlimited All our facilities Towels Wi-Fi & Snorkel Equipment (90 minutes) The payment for the day pass is in the front desk at your arrival, no need reservation.
  6. I have an upcoming sailing on RCI's Independence of the Seas. We're taking our 1 year old, who will need a pack and play to sleep in. Is there any risk of these being unavailable? We will have one with us anyway to use the night before we set sail, but not sure if we should go through the hassle of bringing it on board or just leave it in the car. Thanks!
  7. I'm trying to find out if there's any beach access within walking distance of the International Terminal in Cozumel, that doesn't require an expensive day pass. We have little ones and no car seats, so we're only considering stuff within a mile or so. Last time, we went to Park Royal (?) and paid $50/person for the all-inclusive. But since we won't be staying more than a couple of hours this time, we don't think we'll get our money's worth this time. Do any of the resorts or restaurants offer beach access passes without springing for the food/drink? Or is there anything open to the public that I've somehow missed? Thanks in advance!
  8. Considering doing this on our next cruise. Silly questions but can you bring your own opener? And do you just ask any bar for a pair of wine glasses to take back to your room?
  9. As a backup plan, you can also make reservations in Cruise Planner for the earliest available My Time dining. This is available months in advance, but one of the more experienced members of this board can probably narrow down that timeframe better than I can. This needs to be done for each night of your cruise, but I've found that nearly every time outside of 6-7pm has been available for my upcoming cruise.
  10. Does it ever show up on 3-5 day cruises, or is this isolated to week-long+ voyages?
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