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    Getting fat and happy in the Windjammer!
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Anywhere in the Caribbean

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  1. Good to know! We will definitely be trying this on our upcoming cruise. My hubby loves cold soups and was sad to hear they'd taken them off the menus.
  2. Fellow Coloradan here and loving your review so far. We'll be making the drive from Lakewood to Galveston in November. Can't wait!!!
  3. Such a cool cabin! Thank you for the review! We sail out in November and it can't come soon enough!
  4. We'll be sailing on Liberty in November. I hope that even without the characters, there'll be SOME sort of parade. My kids also really loved the character breakfast. Bummer it doesn't look like RCI has replaced that with anything.
  5. I've already contacted Access to let RCI know my son has ASD. This is a portion of the email I received in reply: Thank you for contacting the Access Department regarding our autism program. As part of our Autism Friendly program, we provide priority check-in, boarding and departure, please advise the pier staff that your son is on the list for priority boarding for guest with Special Needs. We also offer Autism Friendly Films, Autism Friendly toy lending program, Cruising Social Story and much more. The televisions in the staterooms have provide a variety of entertainment options including complimentary, on-demand access to The Autism Channel. I guess my biggest question is, does anyone have any experience with priority check-in with a special needs child? How is it different than regular check-in? I know from experience that embarkation day can be chaotic! I'll definitely be bringing his head phones, toys and ipad to keep him entertained and distracted, but would like to prepare both him and myself for what to expect. Thanks!
  6. $20pp is about what I remember paying for the FNDR on our last RC cruise in 2017. Which was AWESOME! Bummer it looks like they got rid of that option. I think you guys are right that it is dead. They're really trying to push their Unlimited instead.
  7. The last time I sailed on Liberty of the Seas, I remember there was a program called First Night Done Right where you got the chance to dine in one of the specialty restaurants at a discounted price on the first night. Does anyone know if RCL still does this promotion? Maybe they don't offer it until closer to sailing? Or has this since been replaced with the Chops + 1 Dining Package, Unlimited Dining Package, etc.? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  8. I would buy everyone their own lanyard! Super useful to carry their keycard around on the boat and a nice memento once they get home. Not sure if you're soda drinkers, but if you purchase the drink package for everyone, they'll each get their own tumbler which they get to keep. Might be pretty expensive for such a large group, though.
  9. We'll be a family of 5 on our upcoming cruise (myself & hub, 2 kids, and grandma). We are booked on RCI Liberty of the Seas in an Ultra Spacious Ocean View (category 1K). It has one royal kind bed, a pull out which converts into a double, and two pullman bunk beds in their own separate room. Can fit up to 6 guests, but only one bathroom. Still, looks pretty roomy at about 300 sq ft. We'll be in room 8200 because it looks a little bigger than the others and judging by the videos we've seen online, we like the layout. Best of luck!
  10. If you're booking through a travel agent, ask to be put on the early dining wait list. I've done that twice and each time I've always been placed in the time slot I've wanted
  11. We used the service before without any problems. It was nice too because they REALLY let us fill that bag right up to the top for the price! We washed all our socks, underwear, pjs, shirts and jeans/shorts. Anything that belongs in cold/delicate/handwash, I wouldn't recommend, but everything else came back just fine and folded too!
  12. This was just the thread I was looking for! I'm looking to hold a sloth and go to the beach, too! So many great replies. Will definitely be checking out Bodden Tours. Thanks!
  13. I'm a super laid-back cruiser (or at least I'd like to think so!), but this is one of my biggest peeves (sorry!) No one is expecting anyone to rent a full on tux complete with tails or a floor-length ball gown a la prom night, but if you don't want to "dress up", then just don't do formal night. There are plenty of other fine establishments to get your eats on! Sure, the MDR won't turn you away. But would it really kill anyone to don a nice tie for one solid hour? Even my kids enjoy getting dressed up for the special occasion! That's part of the fun of formal night, after all. It's a chance to strut our stuff while sucking on snails! Don't be that guy who goes to the Halloween party, but didn't wanna wear a costume. Just do it. And look good doing it! 😉
  14. They're typically always in the Promenade or by the MDR (especially on Formal night!) I believe I remember seeing special locations and times listed in the Compass, but you can also check with the photo studio once on board. If photos are really important to you and your girlfriend, you can always book your own sitting.
  15. I was on Liberty back in November of 2017 and will be back again at the end of this year, so definitely curious to see what has changed in the MDR. I remember the menu always had a few staples which were the same from night to night, but then also had new additions each night according to the theme (French, Italian, etc.) I dunno... Maybe I'm just one of the few rare specimens that actually enjoys getting dressed up and gracious for being waited upon (I can wear my yoga pants to dinner at home!) I like the WJ for a casual sit down lunch or a snack, but the experience of the MDR is one of the main reasons why I cruise. It's a chance to break out of the norm. A special occasion to be treated as such. I understand it's not for everyone, and that's fine. More lobster tails for me!
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