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  1. I’ve been checking the pricing for the water park on our cruise On The Symphony pretty frequently for the last three months and it seems to fluctuate from as low as 71$ up to 98$. Worth watching to see if you can get a lower rate.
  2. Did you maybe buy the half day pass?
  3. I did a back to back a few years ago started with 7 days on the Harmony and then we got onto the Freedom for another 8 days, the kids definitely preferred Harmony, I like them both but I didn't enjoy how on Freedom basically almost everything shut down by Midnight.
  4. I've been taking the direct Alaska flights to FLL from SEA for years now. Flying home there's basically two options, before the ship arrives back to port, or early evening... I've rented a car and gone to the beach to relax until our evening flight, but decided last time to just stay an extra night and fly out the next morning and thought that was a much more pleasant experience. We are going again this October and I got a little more creative this time because we didn't have an extra day to spend in FLL. I found one-way millage tickets on Alaska returning from MIA to SEA for only 12,500 points, because they partnered with American Airlines we're leaving MIA at noon instead of hanging around all day. Very excited!
  5. Thanks for the awesome review! We're sailing Horizon next March and it will be our first experience with Carnival. My kids are HUGE fans of Royal Caribbean Harmony of the seas, and had really wanted us to try the Symphony next March, but the price was twice as much! Carnival has always had a bit of a bad reputation in my mind so we'd avoided it, but the more I learn about all the cool stuff they offer at no extra cost the more excited I get! Gelato bar looks delicious, and I'm really looking forward to trying the world famous Guys Burger. Can't wait to be back at sea! :)
  6. It was sort of an awful last day, having everything close so early and not knowing when we’d finally get to disembark. I’m sure it was also frustrating for those waiting to get on. I do feel like the last two days were soort of a mess in general since they announced we wouldn’t be into New York on time and lines to use the phones and internet to make alternative travel plans were outrageously long. By the time we finally got off on Saturday night it was almost midnight, didn’t get to the hotel until after midnight and didn’t get to sleep till after one am, had to follow that with a 6am flight.. not how we’d envisioned the end of our vacation, but I suppose there wasn’t much to be done about it. I only wish they had keep service going throughout the day. Even if they had canceled drink packages at least we could have gotten a glass of water without having to go all the way up to the buffet.
  7. Thanks for sharing all your stories! It’s really helping to make me feel more comfortable with my choice to go ahead with my cruise. I had booked this trip as a surprise for my mom last Mother’s Day, and we’ve been excitedly planning ever since. Unfortunately my moms health has taken a turn for the worse and she’s not able to come. She’s encouraged me to go ahead, and I’ve been worried how I’ll feel traveling alone for the first time. I’m very hopeful after reading all your stories that I’ll be able to make the most of this trip. Although it will be bittersweet without her. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. You should look on youtube, there's lots of videos showing St Thomas after Irma. Looks like Megan's Bay was greatly affected, at the time the video I watched was shot there was no green vegetation left at all.
  9. Oh! forgot to mention whale watching! On my second visit to Dominica I went with a friend, I wanted to river raft, she wanted to go whale watching..It was my birthday so we decided to river raft Dominica, and whale watch in Grenada. Big mistake we found out! The whales are protected in Dominica not in Grenada. Our table mates took the whale watching tour in Dominica and saw so many whales, said they had an amazing experience...However, when we went on the whale watching trip in Grenada the next day we found out they basically never see whales, the guide said she'd been working on the boat for 5 years and only seen them once! Lesson learned!
  10. Dominica is lovely! I haven't been since the Hurricane last year, so I'm not sure what the current condition is. I would highly recommend taking the open jeep tour that tours the island and goes to Ti Tou Gorge. We went to some beautiful gardens, smelled lots of amazing herbs, and flowers, including the main ingredient for chanel #5. The stop at Ti Tou Gorge was one of my best experiences ever, it's a fresh water stream through a gorge carved from an ancient volcanic eruption, we swam up a ways to a waterfall and jumped into the water from the rocks. The fresh water is rather cool, but when you get back to the entrance point there's a small waterfall of shower warm water heated from a thermal spring that you can rinse off and warm up in. The best part was that there were no other tours there, and apparently no one else on our jeep wanted to swim, so it was just us and the guide.. Not often you get the whole place to yourself on a cruise sponsored tour. If you didn't enjoy Dominica because of the obvious poverty, I implore you to take a second look and focus your sights on the natural beauty of this island.
  11. The weather was beautiful in South central Alaska for the first two weeks of September, blue bird sky and fall leaves [emoji260] anyone visiting got a real treat. Very special to have seen the beluga in Cook Inlet too. Hope you had a fantastic trip! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Help! I’m taking my mom on her first cruise this October on the Breakaway from NY to the Carribean. She lives in remote Alaska, generally all she wears is jeans and T-shirts, and has no opportunity to shop before we leave, so I’ve offered to help and get a swim suit and a few other things for her. I asked what she wanted and got mostly generic answers, so I’m hoping you might have some advice. My mom is in her late 60s, she’s slender but not in great shape... any stores, items, or ideas would be very much appreciated! I know this is a very personal question to ask for help on, but I’m hoping a few of you ladies might know where to go to find something simple that anyone could wear? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. Sounds like a good choice! Sit on the right side of the bus to get the inlet views, and views of Kenai lake as you get close to Seward. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. Have to know.. as shown on the menu pic, what are clam chowder nuggets?! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. Great explanation! Thanks for providing so much insight. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  16. I might be just putting my foot in my mouth here, cause you seem to have a lot of knowledge on the subject.. but as I was reading I was thinking how if you combined the information you shared, like what wind speeds and direction are most likely to cause rough seas with, for example..the historical weather forecast for NW winds near the bay of biscay, or when north winds off the Rhône valley are more frequent, perhaps with enough data you might be able to create something like what the OP was asking for. Like any distant weather forecast it would only provide averages, but come on we’re on CC, clearly we’ll take all the information we can get. [emoji12]Sounds like a really interesting idea to me. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  17. Bummer! Hope you were able to get out and explore town a little at least. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  18. Hope it works for you! Let me know if you have any trouble finding the app. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  19. There’s an app called ship mate, it lets you add your historical cruises and then provides not only the itinerary, but ship stats too. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  20. Not as old as some, but my first cruise was in 2003 on the Sun Princess, believe she was built in 1995. I also sailed on the millennium back in 2011, thought she was a lovely ship. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  21. Good suggestion, I did try, and found a Facebook page but it didn’t have anything recent on it. 🤷*♀️ Guess we’ll find out when we’re onboard. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  22. Thanks for the responses, guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed we see him this October. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  23. Hahaha think you might be onto something [emoji28] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  24. Sailed the breakaway in February this year, and there was a fantastic musician named Melvin Harold that sang and played the acoustic guitar, and some nights piano. He did a lot of classic rock themed music, and even had a Beatles tribute one evening. Has anyone noticed if he’s been onboard recently? We’re sailing the breakaway again in October and I’m very much hoping he’ll be joining us. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  25. I used Home away (just like air b&b) a few years ago. Had an amazing flat in old San Juan with 4 Verandas, 2 beds, 2 baths, full kitchen, and marble floors throughout. It’s probably the nicest place I’ve ever stayed, and only cost $100 per night. I’d look into something like that if you’re not set on staying at a hotel. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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