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  1. So I cruise a lot on RCCL, just checking to see whats new on my cruise planner for my December Symphony cruise. I tend to go all out, since it is a vacation. I booked the Key, Specialty dining, adult beverage pkg, etc. Back to the reason for this post. Why is Cococay cabanas so expensive. This is $500 more than my OV balcony cabin cost. I would take that money and donate with a chance of winning to the Casino. I realize they have to pay for this 200 million dollar upgrade somehow, just not getting it from me.
  2. I had a CP balcony deck 11 and found it to be hot, no air movement on the balcony. Same with the BW balcony. Now I only book OV balconies. Cheers!
  3. I took a regular 2 prong extension cord with me on both my RCCL cruises this year. Maybe it was because I coiled it and placed it inside my empty Tervis insulated cup.
  4. I am sailing Symphony December 2019 Booked a year in advance December 2018 Key was available when I booked for $19 so I purchased it along with Deluxe drink pkg. Royal site frequently has major glitches. Keep checking daily.
  5. Google Guido’s Cozumel for photos and menu. Menu prices can be converted to US $ on currency converter site.
  6. I have stayed in Cozumel for weeks at a time, the absolutely best restaurant is Guido’s. Italian cuisine, best lasagna ever, along with fantastic gourmet pizzas. Reasonably priced with indoor dining or a beautiful backyard patio. 8 blocks from downtown cruise ship pier. Open 11am-11pm I will be dining there soon on my Symphony cruise. Pancho’s Backyard is just 2 blocks further, good food also on a beautiful courtyard outdoor patio. Cheers!
  7. The ships position @ 11:44 am is due east of West Palm beach. Traveling @ 22.7 kn. Its unfortunate for those who need to be off, and those impacted in the delay of their upcoming cruise. I’m just happy that being retired, any delays are ok.
  8. This is why I have used an online travel agency for the last 12 yrs with zero problems and excellent customer service. If there is a price drop I just do screen shot and email to agent...done! Never understood why anyone uses RCCL directly, I always check Royal before booking and it’s always $200-1600 more than I book it for. My Upcoming Symphony cruise in December. I booked 8D ocean view balcony for $2100, RCCL $3700. Huge difference. Just saying.
  9. I drove to Miami a few days ago, from Naples via Alligator Alley. The lovebugs were horrible, had to stop and clean my windshield several times because of 85% clear splat coverage. None seen from 30 miles outside Miami/ Lauderdale areas. Hitting your windshield when your doing 80 sounds like small pebbles. I have a new car and it’s well waxed, so they came off easily. Annoying little horny buggers!
  10. I have cruised out of Ft Lauderdale and Miami 30+ cruises. 80% of them we were able to self disembark by 7am. The rest were little later due to non US residents that they had issues with or other problems. Flying out of Miami is the worst, always a cluster, especially when you have to check luggage. We would alway do rolling carry ons only. I know how you feel about booking early flight home, as we had to do that before we moved to SW Florida. Never could sleep on the last night knowing we would have to be up with an alarm at like 4:30 am. What a cruise buzz kill! 😬 Just go for it...everything should work out!
  11. I bought postcards last year in Havana Cuba on our cruise and mailed them from there. Took 3 months for my friends in Jersey to get them. Did the same in Cozumel, took almost 3 months also to get to the US.
  12. This might be true, as the Anthem will not be sailing the Caribbean and making a stop at Coco Cay until November 5th 2019. The summer sailings on Anthem stop at Labadee.
  13. I have been on 45 + cruises in the last 20 years. My packing habits sure have changed. I will be the first to admit I have some strange habits. I pack my own bath towels from home, older ones that I can just throw before cruise is over. I HATE scratchy cruise ship towels! Cruise ship toilet paper, aka sandpaper on a roll. I bring my own Cottonelle. I pack older clothes that I don’t care for anymore, and leave in a bag last day of cruise with note so cabin steward knows their garbage. That way I have an empty suitcase for lots of great things I buy at the ports of call. Or since I ask friends and family to save their old suitcases when getting new ones, I sometimes just leave everything in my suitcase for trash with note and leave empty handed. Or they can be donated to someone that needs clothing in great condition. Sometimes I’ll board the ship with just an empty suitcase and buy new clothing on the ship or at the ports. Love the Bamboo clothing and sheet store. Last cruise brought back a whole set of unique fish shaped dinner plates, salad bowls, coffee mugs. That was heavy, thank goodness for elevators on ship and port terminal.
  14. I used this company when going from Port Everglades to MIA. Before I moved to Florida.
  15. There is Alamo car rental 8 minute drive from Port. Leave family at port outside and take a taxi to get car then pick them up. Then return car at airport location when flying home.
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