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  1. There you go! I purchase everything thru credit cards as much as possible simply because of points, then pay them off each month. The points add up quickly!
  2. Yeah, I stopped using deticade credit cards since I can get higher percentage back on other cards, plus in the form of cash back toward any account to be used on any kind of vacation or purchase. There are 1.5% and 2% cash back cards that have no annual fees, plus up to 3% on select purchases, like gas or groceries, etc. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime member with the Amazon Chase card, you get 5% Amazon rewards, which can also be used for cash back. We added a Disney World vacation before our cruise tomorrow just because we had the points, plus with the Southwest points we had, just had to pay the security fees.
  3. I've repurchased the Deluxe + Voom package twice and each time you get your full OBC back almost instantly.
  4. When is your embarkation day? As long as you get on the ship and set sail, you will be good. The ship will avoid the storm. The real danger is if the storm hits on your embarkation day and in your area. If it is too dangerous to board then the cruise will either be cancelled or the embarkation will be rescheduled a few days later, which means a shortened cruise. If the cruise is cancelled, Royal will probably give you future cruise credit (FCC) good for one year. If the latter happens, they will probably give you the choice to cancel for 100% back in FCC or the opportunity to board the shortened cruise with 50% FCC. If they reschedule the embarkation and shortened the cruise, they may still cancel the cruise if there is damage to the area or it is simply unsafe to ask passengers to enter the area. This is if there is a direct hit. You will probably get 100% FCC. If you have Trip Interruption Insurance and your trip is altered, you will get your money back depending on your policy. How much back is also depending on your policy. If your flight is cancelled due to the storm, but the ship sails anyway, you will get your money back, so on and so forth. This happened to us last year with Irma. Many cruises were cancelled or shortened because the hurricane hit on the weekend when many cruises were scheduled to set sail and hit extremely close to the ports. Because of this, many of the ships stayed out at sea because it was too dangerous to either enter the ports that day or too dangerous to unload passengers into a declared emergency zone. So some people got a 10-day cruise for the price of 7, and others got a 4-day cruise with composition or a cancelled cruise. Luckily, we has trip insurance and when Southwest automatically cancelled out flight we were able to get 100% of out money back, plus FCC toward another cruise. The most important thing is if you are able to set sail you should be very good! You may have changes in itinerary, but at least you will be cruising! Best of luck! I'm going to be in Walt Disney World during the time frame Florence is predicted to make landfall along the east coast, and even though most of the models are showing a curve up to the north, some of the models are showing a Florida path. So best to keep an eye on her.
  5. Harmony Sept 15 $18 for Refreshment $45 for Deluxe $55 for Deluxe + Voom $11.99 for Voom Surf + Stream - 1 device $18.99 for Voom Surf + Stream - 2 device
  6. Food to-go. Got it! I'm pretty sure this will be a slow hour and a half of waiting. But better being early the late.
  7. This sounds like a good idea. We've always b-lined it to the bags because we usually want to be the first in, first out. What do they do with the bags if they're left on the carousel too long?
  8. Awesome. So we will chill at the airport and kill time for a bit then head over to the cruise terminal at about 10:15 or so. Thanks! Is there anything to eat at the airport before security/after baggage claim? We're coming in on Southwest. Not sure which terminal that is.
  9. We changed our afternoon flight to a morning flight on embarkation day, which lands at 8:40am at FLL. Made that decision because of the helpful tips on these boards. But now I'm wondering what time they let people inside the cruise terminal. We don't mind waiting as long as it's inside. I think I remember reading check-in starts around 11am but is it possible they let people in sooner?
  10. Yeah, we changed out flight to morning time, landing at 8:40 at FLL. After thinking about driving and the added costs, we decided to just stick with the current plan of flying and having a cocktail on the flight. With driving it would cost us about $100 more compared to our flight, which is paid for in Southwest points and a Companion Pass of mine. I drive all the time and I would like to not have to drive a 3+ hour drive on our vacation. I'd rather put that money toward a massage on the ship for the future Mrs.
  11. Our cruise last year was altered by Irma and our flights there were cancelled by Southwest. Good thing we had insurance! Royal wanted to just give us credit. Our insurance sent is a check for the entire amount.
  12. I hope everything turned out okay and that you guys get back out there sometime soon!
  13. We are coming from MCO because we have a week at Disney World the week before our cruise. Okay, I'd rather not drive and it would cost us a bit more because all of our flights are paid for with Southwest points. BUT, if you guys can work with me and entertaining me with the option to drive, I will consider the option. I do have a few questions after doing some research. I'm staying at Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside and it looks like one of the closest rental car facilities is Alamo, among others. It also looks like there is an Alamo near Port Everglades Terminal 18 but when I pick this location for drop-off, it gives me a price of over $180. When I pick FLL as the destination, I get way better prices of around $50. Is this normal? During the drive, are there any toll roads? How much are these? I ask so I know to bring the right amount on me. Is there an easier and closer rental car company near to the port? How do we get from the rental car facility to the terminal? I may just drop-off at airport to get a taxi.
  14. So if topless women are not much of a concern, the one place to truly steer clear of is the south side of Orient Beach on the French side.
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