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o-state girl

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    Muskogee, OK
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    Bargain Hunting, Traveling
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    Carnival, RCL

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  1. Are you factoring transportation costs from both airports? Planning on staying a day in a hotel pre/post cruise? The fellow passengers will also likely be different between the two ports. Will one demographic fit your family better than the other? Just got off the Vista last week and it was predominately Texans and Okies (of which I am one).
  2. I have used Paradise Beach Club a couple of times. This last cruise we did a tour with Rony's and just walked all the way down the beach to the black lava rock wall and threw our towels down on the sand. We didn't need pool or bathroom facilities, and it seemed the vendors did not care to walk all the way down to the dead end where we were.
  3. If you are Platinum, you might be able to give them your zoned bag tags. They would able to get off the ship a little earlier in the non self-debark process.
  4. I disagree with some of the other posters. I have done 2 NCL cruises (granted they were on the older ships without all the bells and whistles), and I did not enjoy them that much. I found the Main Dining Room food far inferior to that on any of the other lines that I have sailed (RCL, Carnival, Holland America, and Disney).
  5. I bought an Allianz Global-All Trips Basic plan. It was $135 for the year and covers trips that are more than 100 miles from home. It has medical and evacuation coverage as well as other coverages such as rental car insurance, lost or delayed luggage, etc. I had to make a claim on delayed luggage, and they approved my claim within two days and mailed me a check within a week. I was very impressed.
  6. I keep the empty Downey travel sized spray bottles and refill from my large bottle at home for my next trip. I've been called "frugal" by more than one person.
  7. I added a portable charger to my must have travel accessories for reasons just like this. It's like having a digital security blanket in my daybag. https://www.amazon.com/BESTON-Cellphone-Portable-Charger-External/dp/B07MKM4QSJ/ref=sr_1_11?crid=YDB2CYMZHWFL&keywords=portable+battery&qid=1566198367&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&s=mobile&sprefix=digital+wall+clo%2Caps%2C178&sr=1-11
  8. I buy wall decoration stickers from Dollar Tree. These take up practically no room in my suitcase, install/remove in about 10 seconds, and leave no residue for the room steward to clean off. Although I am capable of remembering my cabin number, it is nice for an extra visual cue that I am at the right cabin. Sometimes I even save the waxy paper that they were attached to, peel it off the door, re-stick it to the backing, and use it again for the next cruise. Yes..I really am that cheap/frugal sometimes. LOL!
  9. If you are going to the aquarium, you can catch the free Passport shuttle bus out in front of the Queen Mary. The pickup location is not too far from the cruise terminal. http://www.lbtransit.com/Services/Passport.aspx
  10. We are pretty similar...Okies who love to cruise and have dog photos as their Cruise Critic avatars. 😁
  11. I believe if you just head down to the beach, there will be several canopies set up along the beachfront with vendors offering massages. Generally the further down the beach you go, the more willing they are to negotiate on their prices.
  12. I believe several of the rental car agencies at Miami International have a shuttle that will take you to the cruise terminal. If you picked the car up on the 26th, you could probably keep it until the next day. The morning of the cruise you could load up all the luggage and a co-pilot and drop all of the luggage at the cruise terminal while everyone else relaxes at the hotel. Then you could pick up all the passengers take them to MIA and catch the provided rental car shuttle to the cruise terminal together.
  13. I would second JohninDC's suggestion. It would be much cheaper and less of a hassle to go to Chankanaab. If your kids really like animals, after you are done at Chankanaab, you could have your taxi take you to the Cozumel Humane Society to cuddle some of the kittens or walk some of the dogs.
  14. Kathy, I would probably try posting this on the Carnival board with a title that talks about traveling with just one parent. The Progreso board is not really a very busy board, so there will likely be few to no posters here to help you out. Hope you find the answers you are looking for.
  15. I've stayed at the Super 8 NASA/Webster area. It's not super fancy, but it's clean, just a few miles off I-70, and a 45 minute drive to the port in the morning.
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