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  1. On 2/16/2021 at 12:59 PM, mitsugirly said:


    Wasn't that amazing? We got really lucky and so grateful that things turned out the way they did. 



    Thanks so much for your comments. 


    I am seriously am having cruise withdrawal and can't wait until cruising is opened back up. I never realized just how much until recently and not cruising for over a year + now. 😞 




    You are welcome and glad you for enjoying them. Definitely consider a land vacation...well worth it to experience the entire island and take your time and see it all. 




    Thanks so much and I appreciate it. 


    Yea, I shared that with Kendra and she laughed and agreed with you 😉 She's currently trying to plan a Florida vacation for us real soon...as in REAL soon, like less than 2 weeks soon and I'm not sure if it will happen, but if it does, you guys will be the first to know with a new review. 



    Are you talking about for the St Thomas trip or Orlando?

    The St Thomas portion. 

  2. 21 hours ago, Biker19 said:

    Try RCI first, they may tell you to call TA, but the info is with RCI.


    19 hours ago, CruisinNole said:

    I had the same issue -- received partial refund. I talked to my TA who called Royal. She was told that we would see the balance of the refund in a week or two. When that didn't happen, I called Royal. Balance of refund finally showed up a month later. I would call Royal. 

    Thanks. I called Royal and she stated that she saw the partial refunds and after reviewing further said the rest is still being processed and is expected in 30-40 days.  She didn't answer if that was 30-40 days from yesterday or from the day of the partial refund?!  I guess I will continue to wait! 

  3. My in laws and my family were supposed to be on Freedom April 19. The cruise was canceled. We booked through a big box TA. My cancellation email from TA says cruise cancelled April 2. It says to allow up to 90 days for refund. On 5/6 my mother in law received the taxes and fees and $1104.  On 5/23 she received $428. These amounts do not add up to the total. On 5/23 I received $428. Should I be concerned? Doing it like this makes me feel like it was done wrong.  My 90 days is the first week of July. If they are not suggesting 90 business days that is!  Do I call? This is ridiculous!

  4. I bring an aromatherapy diffuser for the bathroom with essential oils. I bought one that has a light. It serves as an air freshener and a night light.

    I also bring a shower curtain and hang it with the magnetic hooks from the ceiling. This way when sharing a room with our kids we don’t disturb them with our lights at night if we stay up. It also makes getting ready in the mornings faster since I can close it and change behind it. 

    We also bring small portable fans to keep the air moving and white noise. 

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  5. On 7/23/2019 at 3:04 PM, jenngirl said:

    Hi Everyone! In addition to the above menus, here is a link to a blog post which shows you the meals each night as well as a review of the food. https://thehappiesttravels.com/2019/07/23/freedom-of-the-seas-main-dining-room-review-menus/

    I know this was awhile ago but I looked at your food review and I was wondering if when you ordered the tenderloin if you could get it medium rare? 

  6. 19 minutes ago, nklpikl said:

    Can you expand on what you mean that they are a PITA to redeem?

    I bought one of these and it comes with a ton of restrictions.  

    • Certificate may be used only as a form of payment toward a new reservation made directly with Royal Caribbean International. After the gift certificate has been applied to a new reservation, the reservation may be transferred to a travel agency.
    • Certificate value may only be applied toward the cruise fare for Royal Caribbean International sailings quoted in USD and cannot be used toward payment of the required initial deposit. The initial deposit must be paid in USD at the time of booking.
    • All reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking
    • Certificate may not be applied to a reservation within a group or charter program.
    • Certificate may not be used to obtain onboard credit or to settle any shipboard charges.

    Also you have to email them a copy and wait up to 10 business days for them to apply the credit.

  7. 21 minutes ago, MainerRN92 said:

    It is school vacation, no kids going unless you count my newly 18yr old step sister! She's graduating high school this year so we're making it a girls trip with my sister, her, and my step mom to celebrate. We're getting the snow now, expecting 6-9 in here in Bangor. Less than 100 days until my toes are in the sand and the temps are above freezing!

    Just came across this when I was searching for size of sofa bed.  Some pictures in the post showing sofa bed opened.

  8. 11 hours ago, MainerRN92 said:

    Hello from the freezing north! I don’t know if you guys are having the same cold snap we are, but planning for this cruise is all that’s keeping me warm! I’ll look for this, I’ve seen some pictures of that room too, and I don’t know what exactly the differences are, but it’ll work for me! Thank you!

    We got about 3 inches last night and the last few days it has been in the teens with terrible wind chill! Do you have any children going with you?  Is it school vacation in Maine like it is in MA?

  9. 3 hours ago, MainerRN92 said:

    Hi everyone!


    I've searched for this topic but can't seem to find the specific answer in any of the threads I found. Does anyone know what the couch situation is for a third and fourth guest in this cabin? Is it a pull out full bed couch, a couch and trundle, or a couch and Pullman? Pictures would also be very much appreciated if anyone had any! We'll have 4 people in the room for the April 19 sailing.


    Thank you!

    Hi from MA! We are on the same cruise! So looking forward to it.  Try "cruise deck plans" site (sorry for not putting the websites name, I read on here that you can't promote other sites).  There is a video for the room across from yours (1814) with the same angle.  However it is labeled as handicap so I don't know how much is different or if just the bathroom is different.  Hope it helps!


    We had a similar situation when we found out the Pullman was above the main bed and not above the couch.  Thankfully I was able to switch our room to one with the sofa bed.

  10. We did in February.  They had a few boats going out. We booked the Ultimate Eco tour.  I can't remember which boat we were on (I can ask my husband later if you'd like to know). They said MagicTime could take 28 people and I believe we had around 20.  The tour was fine nothing special but still a nice day.  The Regatta boat races were happening the day we were in port.  Our captain was very into this and said he was taking us to watch a few races.  I personally had no interest and after being there for 30 mins just waiting with no races happening, I did start to get annoyed.  We were probably there for 40+ mins which I found wasted our tour time.  However this is a unique incident.  We made a stop at Creole Rock, Tintamarre and Pinel.  Creole rock we snorkeled (I beleive for around 30 mins) the water wasn't very clear and not much to see.  At Tintamarre you had to swim to the beach.  The water was very choppy and strong current. I was surprised they actually let us off. We did not see any turtles.  No crew got in the water at any stop.  We had about 30 mins at this stop which included the swimming in and back time.  At Pinel it was another quick stop and again swim to shore but this was an easy swim.  Very shallow here.  We also cruised through the harbor to see the hurricane damage and where all the ships are sunk. I do not remember the food but they gave my kids as many sodas as they wanted. I was interested in Maho Beach to try to see a plane but didn't want that to be my whole day.  I was told it is up to the captain that day.  We did not stop nor have time for it.  Overall the tour was fine but it was just a basic tour.  At one point we saw Billy Bones and they seemed to be having fun however MagicTime's boat seemed more comfortable.

  11. 3 hours ago, kochleffel said:

    I didn't experience that on the Serenade this summer, but what made me miserable were the musical interludes in the MDR - at very high volume and with repeated demands to demonstrate how much you like the ship, etc. When I spoke with an assistant dining manager about them, he said he couldn't do anything about the volume, so high that it was painful to be in the room, but since I had MyTime dining I could avoid them by coming to dinner 15 minutes later.

    Can you clarify what time that would be?  I agree with you on this and would like to avoid.  Do you mean 15 mins after assigned dining time?

  12. I have 2 cabins booked on the Freedom on the Seas in April.  We have cabin 8254 and 8256.  They are currently category 1D.  When I look at the deck plans there is an asterisk on these cabins that stands for "stateroom has 3rd Pullman bed available".  So does this mean that it doesn't have a sofa? Or does it have a sofa that doesn't open to a bed?  From some pictures that I have found the Pullman is over the king bed.  I am not sure we will like the 3rd bed hanging over the king.  Any help would be great.  I will be calling Royal when I have time but thought I'd try here also. Thanks!

  13. Great review as always.  Does Sakari wear prescription glasses? If yes, did you buy her prescription goggles?  My boys, 11 & 9 (10 in January) love to snorkel. We are eventually going to all learn to scuba dive but around us they require you to start at age 10.  Anyways, my boys both wear glasses and haven't gotten used to getting contacts in yet.  Wondering if prescription goggles would be work it.  Our next cruise is in April on the Freedom out of San Juan for a ABC cruise.  Can't wait!

  14. On 11/19/2019 at 11:05 PM, hrmkr said:

    We are in the exact same boat as you looking for a 2-2.5 hour tour before our Woodwind snorkel tour at noon.  We are just going to grab a taxi to take us around.  I always have tours planned so this will be something completely new to me by just getting a taxi.


    On 11/17/2019 at 5:37 PM, Ken'swife said:

    They don't return in time for us to do Woodwind either. I like to plan in advance as well but looks like we may have to find a cab to give us a 2 - 2 1/2 hour tour. I really want to see the salt flats, slave huts and maybe some flamingos.  I don't want to go to a new island and not see some of the highlights. 

    Same situation but Woodwind has our tour starting at 11:45 with a 11:30 arrival.  Please report back of how the taxi tour went or if you found a tour when you got off the ship.  We sail in April.

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