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  1. It includes 6 tickets to the park and yes, that is a great price
  2. Vintages has tapas - not included, but might fit the bill if that’s the vibe you’re chasing 🙂.
  3. Sky class didn’t include movies for us on either Oasis (GS) or Anthem (2BR GS). We were charged for movies we rented - and they’re not cheap! I’ll be downloading some stuff on my tablet from Netflix for future movie watching.
  4. Also - the staff that work at Cococay live in the Bahamas and I’m sure some are unable to come to work as they are probably dealing with other urgent matters. Perhaps the pool might be a better choice for those bothered by the seaweed issue until staff can get their feet back under them and staff numbers recover. I understand they’re looking at a possible death toll of ~3,000 (per Bahamas Press). A little perspective and looking outside one’s self can go a long way in offering some empathy and understanding rather than judgement and complaining. Don’t let it wreck your day. Look around. Be thankful. Enjoy the pool and perhaps schedule a beach visit at a different island.
  5. You are travelling to a foreign country. With children. Anything can happen. You should not travel abroad without a passport. Boarding the ship isn’t the issue. The issue is if you miss the ship, or someone gets injured and has to be taken ashore for medical - you will have a tough time getting home. Yes - it can be done. But it’s just about the last stress you will need. I know it’s a pain. And I know it’s an expense. And I know you will more than likely be fine. But in the event of the unknown you’re safer to have passports for all. Personally - my kids have had passports since birth. And lemme tell you - getting a passport photo with a 2 month old is NO joy. Then we got them their nexus cards too. Travelling with them is so much easier.
  6. Lol. My son looked at the rental skates and says “rental”. Wow this brand is brutal. 🤣🤣. He, too, is used to the baked, mould and wax laces. #skatesnob #cantblamehim #dotheyevensharpentherentals?
  7. Just a little bit of home coming to you. 2 sets of goalie gear. My son and his buddy after camp. He HAD to be a goalie. I HAD to get rid of my smaller car to load all the gear 🤣😩🤔. Our tryouts start Wednesday - best of luck to Owen!
  8. Same here ... and it was several days before we got the email. In fact our cc was charged before we received confirmation email.
  9. Yes - it was confusing to me too. Our TA was having a hard time with RCCL customer service (odd - right?) and they couldn't figure out how to move the reservation. Perhaps it was because we were moving two rooms into one. So we both lost our original reservation numbers and were given a new reservation with all of us on one booking. We forfeited all our reservations (dining, drinks, cabanas) which wasn't a big deal as we now are star class so everything is included, with the exception of the cabana. He's been fighting with RCCL about it and has escalated it to no avail. It makes no sense to me when all we did was move rooms - but whatcha gonna do? He's almost making up the difference in OBC which we will use for gratuities - so in the end it all works out.
  10. So - we are sailing Allure Dec 8 departure and as there are 7 of us (4 kids) and we want a home base and shade we went for it with the Thrill Waterpark Cabana. Now - keep in mind these prices are Canadian. We booked in May for $627. Prices for a day pass at that time were about $72, so it made sense, and we bought one extra ticket for the extra kid (Cabana valid for 6 pax) Fast forward to the end end of July when we realized our itinerary had changed, so we started considering cancelling the cruise - but there was a KSF promo, so we cancelled our two cabins (1 crown loft and one balcony) and merged everyone into a 2 BR aquatheatre suite. (Star Class. First Time. Stoked. Potential blog to follow). So RCCL, of course cancelled all our cruise planner reservations. So we re-booked the cabana at just under $800 Cdn. Just checked it today and its over $1,000 Cdn. Suite jumpin jelly beans (keeping it kid friendly - this isn’t my honest reaction). That’s a crazy price jump. Our TA is being awesome and giving us the equivalent price difference in OBC, but wow. So I guess this is an example of buy early and keep an eye on prices. We initially bought when there was a cruise planner sale - and it never came even close to that price again after May for a December cruise. A little annoyed that royal wouldn’t honour our initial price as all we did was move our room - to a much more expensive room - but whatevs. It’s going to be a bucket list trip.
  11. L O V E D anthem. Had been on Oasis twice before and didn’t realize how big she was until we were on Anthem. Getting around is much faster. Still tonnes to do. Fewer dining options - but we were never left wanting somewhere to go or something to eat. 270 is awesome. Kids loved iFly (so did we). Bumper cars were a hit (I was skeptical about them). And the staff. I cannot say enough about how incredibly friendly every crew member was that we encountered. The atmosphere and energy from staff was amazing.
  12. We always have brought our cards (deluxe package) and sometimes they swipe and sometimes they don’t. On Oasis they have us a slip to sign EVERY time. On Anthem we never signed a chit.
  13. We didn’t receive any notices about our itinerary change on eastern either. Neither did my TA. I knew it was probably coming so kept an eye on it. So odd that they weren’t sent - I know they have my email on file.
  14. We had two in our 2BR GS - but I have long thick hair and was thankful to have brought my own. Having said that if my hair were as short as it was a few years ago the in-board ones would have been perfect 🙂. Have fun! That’s a great rom - we absolutely loved it.
  15. Are you saying they’re not going to St Thomas any more? We sail dec 8 on Allure and lost St. Kitts to SJ (totally bites) and now we may lose St. Thomas too?!? Would be okay if we go to Tortola - but Nassau would be a double negative whammy
  16. I wouldn't worry too much about it. If your kids are well behaved and not climbing the walls it shouldn't be an issue. And if someone has a meltdown and you have to leave... then maybe your meal could be packed up. We bring our boys to all the restaurants (ages 11 and 9) and have always done. We plug them into their devices and enjoy our dinner. Alternatively they can always try the kids club while you go for a nice meal. All the specialty restaurants have kids' menus, so they know families will be bringing kids in.
  17. 270 Cafe for food - all kinds of sandwiches and desserts - and nice view aft. Then bumper cars for kids is a perfect call. We did Anthem last week and the first day was the least busy for bumper cars. Get there maybe 20 minutes early? Super fun.
  18. Has anyone done the “Cococay all day snorkeling at your leisure” excursion? I’m wondering if anyone can go snorkel in that area (we have own gear) or are participants taken somewhere off shore? We have an all day cabana at the water slides so I’m not inclined to pay for all day snorkelling - but my son is snorkel-crazy so I’m keen to get him an opportunity to have some time in the water with something to see. thanks in advance
  19. We've done both Disney and Cruised with our boys,(on Royal, Princess and DCL). Our first cruise was with our eldest when he was 9 months old. I was terrified that it was going to be awful, but it was a fantastic week. The ships do a great job with offering activities for the littler ones. The splash pad is good for them at this age. I would suggest booking a room with a balcony if you can swing it. We made GREAT use of it when he went to sleep and one of us had to be in the room with him, both at night and for afternoon naps. We would sit outside and watch a movie together on the tablet in the evening, or during the day the balcony was great to chill our and read a book. The staff are amazing with the little ones and he had "girlfriends" in every dining venue we went to, and they fussed over him and he loved it. We've since cruised with him (and now his younger brother) almost every year. They're now 9 and 11 and cruising is part of their lives and they love it. As far as excursions go - we just take our kids to the beach. We always get an umbrella or clamshell so we have shade for them (made napping easier if they were tired as they could chill right there with us and we could have a bit of a rest too!). Be sure to make use of the complimentary breakfast in your room - a great way to start the day with a little coffee for parents and cereal, milk, and fruit to get the day started. Kids clubs are great when they're young, and if your little one will go - try and have a dinner with just the two of you one night. As the kids have grown we've actually found our cruises less relaxing as we are constantly trying to keep up with the boys - when they're little some things are more work, but there's also more "forced" relaxation time as they nap more and aren't wanting to run all over the ship. It's a different experience each time we go and our family loves it. We first went to DisneyWorld when they were 5 and 7 and I cannot imagine spending that amount of money if they can't do the rides. Even at 5 my son finally caved and rode in a stroller - it's a big venture for little ones. They loved it, but when we took them back at 7 and 9 they loved it even more and in hindsight I might have waited until they were a bit older. Either way, however, family time is family time and you'll have fun!
  20. I use this link for port schedules also. http://crew-center.com/cruise-ships-ports-schedules-2019
  21. We are sailing in December on Allure and paid 69 CAD for a full day pass at the water park.
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