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  1. like a receipt from a sperm bank or from an egg/embryo donor? 🙂
  2. My two cents about the port choices: we like Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan for lovely beach breaks, now that we have found a nice quiet beach in Cozumel. One day we'll try a sloth sanctuary in Roatan. Labadee is a nice beach day (if you actually get there). So is St Thomas (Sapphire beach in particular). We've been to PR only once and don't care to return, however, our bad experience was on NCL and not on RCI. Had we had more time and the ability to find a nice beach - we could have a different opinion.
  3. what if there is no other parent? At all. Why does anyone need to prove that there IS another parent in the picture? Here is what it says in the RCI's guest booklet: Family Legal Documents Should the last names of the parent sailing with their minor child differ, the parent is required to present the child’s valid passport book and visa (if required) and the child’s birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy). The name of the parent(s) and the child must be linked through legal documentation. Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child’s valid passport and visa (if required) or the child’s birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child’s parents, along with a copy of same to be collected at the time of check-in formalities. The notarized letter from the child’s parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that must be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a legal guardian, the adult must present a certified Certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child. Notice how it says "parent(s)". If you bring passports and they are not recalled by the other parent in an effort to thwart a kidnapping - you will be fine.
  4. if the kid's allergy is this severe, I'd just keep the kid with me at all times. Our kid doesn't do kid's club (for a different reason), so we are used to him being glued to us for the entire cruise.
  5. I meant to add - I was surprised I was able to make all these reservations despite traveling with an unvaxxed kiddo. I guess, I am in for a surprise when we won't be able to use them, but I am keeping them for now anyway. Who knows what will happen in 30 days?
  6. It takes about an hour to drive from MCO to the port. Or back. When we were in Orlando several years ago, coming back from a cruise, the security check lines were over an hour long - it was the last day of spring break for some schools. I wouldn't get any flight sooner than noon-1 pm. You can either fly with their harnessed seats using them on the plane and then use them in rental cars/taxis/uber (I've done that before), or if your kids are over 40# at the time of travel and mature enough to stay properly seated in a no back booster for a whole hour, even when asleep, you can travel with two of those (good travel boosters are Harmony Youth (Juvenile), Cosco Rise, Bubblebum, Graco Turbo GO, and 2 years from now there will be others). You cannot use boosters (without internal harness) on the plane. Or you can use a shuttle. this is how I traveled with a harnessed seat: https://community.babycenter.com/post/a62126569/frontier-90-on-southwest-and-other-questions a great board: https://community.babycenter.com/groups/a10635/traveling_with_children this is how people travel with car seats on the plane: https://community.babycenter.com/groups/a6680085/traveling_with_children_photos this is how we travel with a no back booster when DS was big enough and mature enough to use it properly the entire time (otherwise, it's not going to save your children's lives): https://community.babycenter.com/post/a77218372/traveling-with-a-no-back-booster
  7. I was able to reserve the Solarium bistro on Harmony in November, but not WJ. I also made MTD reservations. Both done on the website, not through the app. That said, it appears that MTD is not available to those traveling with unvaxxed kids, and on select ships Solarium Bistro is also not available to unvaxxed people.
  8. I was just reading my cruise contract for our Nov sailing and it says: NO nonalcoholic beverages. "Alcohol Policy Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, fortified wines (vermouth, sherry, sake, and port wines) or nonalcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Guests may bring personal wine or champagne onboard only on embarkation day, limited to two (2) bottles (no boxes) of 750 mi per stateroom. Wine should be brought onboard via carry on if possible. Luggage containing wine or champagne will not be delivered to the stateroom and guests will need to retrieve their luggage from security once the ship has set sail. Only staterooms with at least one (1) guest over 21 years of age are eligible to bring bottles of wine or champagne onboard. Guests may request a corkscrew to use for opening bottles in their stateroom. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing."
  9. but if the cruise is happening right now (this December), a lot of Southern ports are being replaced with Puerto Rico and Coco Cay anyway...
  10. a lot of kids have the Thanksgiving week off, but not the week after that. What would be the purpose of having the next week off? We can only sail during the TG week because that's the only fall break public schools in my district get.
  11. now my Seashore April 2022 is impossible to book. It says fully booked. Right.... Well, it looks like Seashore may not be coming after all?
  12. I know, right? However, my co-worker was bored to tears on his first, one and only cruise and will never cruise again. His loss.
  13. there are plenty of balconies left on our HOTS Thanksgiving cruise.
  14. since both kids are vaxxed, you won't need to limit yourself to the RCI only excursions. That's important right now during the pandemic. Since you are not limited to that, I'd go with Southern itinerary, if the price is about the same and the ships are about equal in terms of class and age. We love Southern itineraries. If you were limited to RCI only excursions, I'd pick the itinerary with Coco Cay since you don't have to buy one. When we went on our very first cruise (RCI's Independence), we loved every moment, even though I hadn't found cruisecritic by then and we didn't know EVERYTHING about cruising and the ship itself. You have a couple of months to get acquainted with the ship and the main points of cruising to maximize the value. That said, I'd just relax and enjoy yourselves. Remember, if you can't get into the Windjammer buffet because of the crowds, there are smaller free buffet and non-buffet venues available. 🙂
  15. I've never had FCC, but this cruise is a L&S. It was not repriced, because the original price is still a lot better than what it has been ever since. My parents on a link reservation didn't have the same problem. Some kind of glitch for sure.
  16. well, that would definitely be the problem. Bahamas requires all people over 12 to be vaccinated, as we were informed by RCI. Families with unvaxxed kids wanting to go ashore can only do so by purchasing an RCI excursion. Not required in Coco Cay. Thanks for letting us know. Glad to see it's being enforced.
  17. around here the CVS clinics specialize only in one type of test per location. The CVS right next to the house does only rapid antigen tests, and NOT at drive-thru. You arrive at your appt time and you are done in 5 minutes. The one a mile away only does PCR tests and only at drive-thru. You sit in line for about an hour... but the result was ready at midnight the next day. Surprise!
  18. not that I saw. https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-at-home-test-kit-2-pack/?utm_source=emed&utm_medium=referral&utm_term=&utm_content=2-pack&utm_campaign=covid_test&utm_nooverride=1 $70 for 2. https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-at-home-test-kit-3-pack $99 for 3 https://store.optum.com/royal-caribbean/ remember, at THIS time these tests are not accepted for unvaxxed people. Don't know about January.
  19. true. We were unable to get into Windjammer (buffet) at all during lunch on the Allure (even though we enjoyed it on a smaller class RCI ships). Not even once. Allure is very similar to Oasis in terms of crowds. The lines were unbelievable. We did discover that on the Allure the Solarium bistro has a smaller buffet (also free) during breakfast and lunch without any lines, and went there all the time. We also loved the Central Park cafe. The kid also loved pizza at Sorrento. I am not sure if the Solarium bistro is open on Oasis to unvaxxed kids. Seems that some venues are for vaxxed people only. @codeyell0, also check if Johnny Rockets has free breakfast on Oasis. I hear it's great and we plan on trying it this time on Harmony.
  20. to each - his own. We cannot get off without one due to having an unvaxxed child, and I happily booked 2 beach excursions through RCI for all 5 of us - we do want to get off the ship and have a great, relaxing time on a beach. Thankfully, beach excursions in both St Thomas and St John, Antigua were very reasonably priced. The ones in Europe are very unreasonable. We have previously had wonderful excursions through RCI, so if that's the only way to experience the Caribbean locations during the pandemic - so be it. We won't stay on the ship just because of that. There are a lot of other inconveniences to cruising during the pandemic which is still raging, like not being able to use MTD with a child, or only being on the balcony because of the child, and other stuff, but we just want to cruise and enjoy it, so we have to make concessions. Oh, well. Tis the price.
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