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  1. This shows that it is good to review the ship well prior to booking. By looking at what is offered on the Oasis class ships they are clearly geared for families. A ship that features a childrens water play area, merry go round, climbing areas, many sports areas, kids club, etc. will be more attractive to families with children. WeT will be sailing on Harmony next week with our children and grandchildren and specifically chose this class of ship because of the actiivities offered for different age groups. There certainly must be other ships or even cruise lines that attract an older, more sedate crowd. I for one am 65 years young and much prefer the activities offered on the bigger ships. The last time we cruised it was on Oasis of the Seas and there were a lot of children onboard. The children didn't bother me nearly as much as the rude, older people making nasty comments about everything. To each his own.
  2. My daughter, son in law, and grandchildren lives in North Carolina and they have a year round school schedule with periodic 3 week breaks throughout the year. My grandson will be on one of those breaks after October 18 and they are all joining us on our Harmony cruise starting the 20th. Seems like many schools are doing alternative schedules so there aren't a lot of times when there won't be many children on board.
  3. We bought the UDP for our upcoming Harmony cruise. Prior to purchasing I called and inquired about the need to purchase for children. I was told there was no need to purchase a package for any children they would just be charged the $10 fee each timed they dined with the rest of the party in a specialty restaurant.
  4. Does anyone know when Harmony of the Seas will be decorated for Halloween? We are sailing on October 20 and my grandson wants to know if the ship will be decorated. Thanks!
  5. We are sailing with other family members so we are planning on all meeting in my daughter's suite, popping a bottle of champagne, and hanging out on their balcony with the grandchildren.
  6. Does the ship you are sailing on have an escape room? That might be a fun activity for all family members?
  7. My husband is quadriplegic and wheelchair dependant. Trust me, if he didn't need a wheelchair I am sure he would love more than anything to get rid of it. I do know there are many people who abuse the disability system and resources but please don't make fun of people you see in a wheelchair. You don't know their circumstances.
  8. We will be on Harmony in October with the UDP and eat mainly vegetarian (on occasion will eat seafood) so I appreciate the information in this thread. I have found at other restaurants that if I don't see anything that meets my needs I will ask if anything can be done to make something vegetarian. Most are able to easily make changes even if it is just not including the meat, etc that is in the original dish. I have also had the waiters tell me they will speak to the chef and have had some great meals as a result. One of the best meals we had was at Boma at Disney World. Tlhe chef actually came out and talked to us to see what we liked and didn't like and what we could and could not eat. He then made this amazing tower of vegetables that was incredible. We were the envy of the other diners in the restaurant. He even made us a special dessert (at no charge). I apologized for making a special request but he said he actually enjoys doing special meals since he can be creative and gets a bit bored making the same things every night. Bottom line is just ask if you don't find something you like.
  9. Could you please tell me where the beach (mobility) wheelchairs are located in relation to the main walkway? My husband will need one of these and I would like to get an idea of which direction to head once we get off the ship. Thanks.
  10. RC is offering an all day snorkeling on your own excursion. Does this excursion give you any special access to areas you cannot snorkel without the excursion or does anyone know what the advantage would be of purchasing this excursion as opposed to just swimming wherever you want to go? We have our own masks and snorkels if that helps. Thanks!
  11. Would you be able to share the name of the RC accessible cruise group you are in? If you can't share it in this forum perhaps you can send it via PM. I am interested in joining your group as I am sure it would offer some great insights for cruising with my husband's needs.
  12. Thanks, that is a very informative review. My husband will not be going into the water at all so I am not really concerned about that. Hopefully we will be able to get one of the beach wheelchairs to get over the soft/sandy areas. If not, we luckily have a couple of strong people who can get him into the cabana and he will probably stay there most of the day. I just bought a portable mini fan that can clip onto his wheelchair to help keep him cool. After our visit I plan on contacting RC to offer my opinion on possible improvements that could be made. I think disabled persons pointing out improvements or suggestions might be able to make a change.
  13. Thanks for the info. As soon as we board the ship I will check with guest services about cabana assignment. I have already reached out to special needs but the only information they gave me was that "Coco Cay is not accessible". Not too helpful. I'm sure we will figure something out and make it a great day regardless.
  14. We will be there in October and my husband is a full time wheelchair user. We have a Chill Island cabana scheduled and once he is in the cabana I am sure my husband will spend most of the day there while other family members and partaking of the amenities. Does anyone know how close the trams go to the Chill Island cabanas or if there is a paved path nearby? As long as we can get somewhat close our son and or son in law will be able to carry my husband into the cabana. He has tried a beach wheelchair at other places and found them to be uncomfortable because they are too large for him to sit in a good position. We are not counting on much for accessiblity but will hopefully be able to make it work. One of our main concerns is restroom accesibility. My husband needs assistance in the restroom and I doubt there are family/companion restrooms on the island.
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