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    Peachtree City, GA
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    travel, reading
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. I sometimes find good deals on Black Friday. We usually sail in December, so this cuts it close. But, I have cancelled and rebooked with better prices during this sale.
  2. A large number of people have commented about calling in for one package, but I believe firefly is correct that the second person has to get the refreshment package. It still saves a fair amount of money. Royal Up is like a bidding process. They will email guests with an option of upgraded cabins that they can bid on. If the cabins are available, Royal Caribbean will choose one bid to get the available cabin. I'm not sure how they decide to send the emails, but I believe that if you don't get one, you can check on line around 30 days ahead of time. Someone did respond that eve
  3. They were pretty high for our youngest at that age. The sink was also difficult for him to reach while brushing teeth. I asked staff for a stool, but for liability reasons they wouldn't provide one. I then purchased a folding on that I can put in my luggage and stay next to my child while they are using it. While there haven't been any balance issues, but I would just hate to have the ship suddenly rock and them fall off at the counter. The one we have is similar to this one. https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Step-Stool-Lightweight-Bathroom/dp/B07KQQ9ZZV/ref=asc_df_B07KQQ9ZZV/?ta
  4. You can call in to get the drink package for only one of you. I believe you can also have them add gratuities when you call. Or, you can pay at the end of the cruise. This is what we usually do. My oldest loves the FlowRider and water slides. The wait times have never been very long and he has enjoyed them several times on each cruise. You can usually book iFly ahead of time, but we only took one cruise with this feature. We booked ahead, but my children (younger) decided they didn't want to do it, so we cancelled. You can always check while on board to see if the
  5. We went to Costa Maya when our youngest was 4. We went to Maya Chan and enjoyed a day at the beach. The kids loved the beach, they provided beach toys, and I took them out on a kayak. The food and service were exceptional. You get your own cabana or chair area. Check them out if this is the route you decide to take. I believe they have added a pool to their area if your children would rather use that than the ocean.
  6. Mine were 3 and 7. So, I can't speak about everything with younger kids. However, for me, vacations are about family time. I know some parents enjoy sending their kids to the clubs in order to have some quiet time. It is nice. But, I don't get upset when my youngest would rather stay with us than go. If I want quiet time, I will schedule a vacation for just my husband and I. Or, get a babysitter for a night. If I take the kids on vacation, I plan on being with them throughout the vacation. Choose a ship with a toddler waterplay area. Also, probably mini golf. Some ships o
  7. Junior suite. Many others have mentioned some of the perks, but there is also a bathtub in the suite for the little one. As a family of 4 we have stayed in the ultraspacious room before and really enjoyed it. But, with the pricing and square footage being the same, I recently booked the junior suite for all the above listed reasons. Plus, it gives you a balcony to get some fresh air if you want. The door is too heavy for the little one to open on their own plus you would be in the room anyway. If we find future cruisings with these two listed in the same price range we will always go wit
  8. Royal Caribbean does have the six person rooms. You do have to call if you are booking more than four to a room though. If you do a search for four people, it will at least show you if they are available. Look for ultra spacious- interior, ocean view, and ocean view with balcony. They have the twin beds that push together, a sofa bed, and a set of bunk beds. The ships that have the panoramic ocean view also have two of these rooms in the panoramic view option, but they are under the suite category and are pricier.
  9. We love our shoe organizer for various items. Kids items down low- crayons, etc and anything requiring adult up higher. Hair brushes, sunscreen, bandaids, medications, charging cords, all go in their own “shoe” compartment. magnetic hooks for the walls. We hang lanyards, hats, bathing suits, etc on them. we took our own toddler cup, bottle brush, and small container of dish soap. Brush and soap were kept in organizer. We washed the cup every night. we use tablets for downtime at the dinner table in the main dining room. They have been good in there, but
  10. Thank you everyone. It's good to know there is a site to go to and that some still get these emails. They supposedly "reset" my email options a few times, like you gi_pam, and it still never worked.
  11. A long time ago I opted in for email promotions from Royal. I receive them from, Azmara, but never have from Royal. I have even called to verify that I should be receiving emails. And no, they don’t go to my spam box either. I have read before that others have this issue as well. I am wondering if anyone else having this issue has still received a Royal Up email. I can keep up with sales between reading on here and their site. But, for the first time, I would love to have the option to bid up on our next cruise and am hoping I will get that email.
  12. Our first cruise was when my boys were 3 and 7. We brought tablets with movies downloaded, but then they never really touched them. We also brought some small toys and crayons with books. These came in handy when we wanted some down time in the room. We brought sippy cups with a bottle brush and travel size container with dish soap. A shoe organizer to place the crayons and other small items in. Kid items at the bottom, adult items (sunscreen, bandaids, etc) at the top. Bring any medication you may need as the on board prices are high. If your youngest is a boy, b
  13. They were on Ovation with us in August. We don't usually go to shows, but they caught my attention when I walked by the theater. I agree that they are entertaining. I would have enjoyed watching that entire show if my family wasn't waiting on me.
  14. From what I have read, and experienced, you will not get credit or refund. However, if the price drops enough, you can upgrade to better cabin for little to no extra. We got very lucky on one cruise and upgraded from one panoramic ocean view to two connecting balconies for about $100 for all four of us.
  15. I have always been able to book excursions as soon as I booked the cruise. Try clearing your history. Otherwise, you can book by phone. Just pick the excursions you want and call in. I did this once and they individual on the phone was very helpful. I just knew ahead of time which excursion I wanted so that I could give them the specific name and/or excursion number.
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