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  1. I don't know what you are planning on doing in those ports, but in Roatan we have used Victor Bodden for tours frequently--you could arrange for a private tour and he could help you with ideas. Maybe have the guide have a sign in the car with a proposal? He is very easy to work with and does a great job of customizing tours. In Costa Maya we have gone to Tropicante beach resort a few times. Steve, the owner, replies quickly and could arrange for a couples massage on the beach (really cheap) and might have some ideas on unique proposal ideas. My husband says it is the best massage he has ever had!
  2. Please look on the port of call threads here to start your research. If you read them frequently enough you will see the same names of guides come up over and over. I also look at Trip Advisor for recommendations on what to see and do in each port. Just search the boards there for feedback on what is popular. I've been to both St. Thomas (multiple times) and St. Maarten. Easy to do self arranged tours there and not go on the ships tours. Just keep an eye on your watch (not your phone which may switch to local time) and give yourself plenty of leeway for all aboard time and you will be fine going on your own. Enjoy the researching...that is some of the best part of planning our vacations for me!
  3. Hi everyone: Struggling to search the new boards so thought I would post a question. We sail in 2 weeks on LOTS. When I went to do our on-line check in I noticed that I am now Diamond level. I have been on 1 more 7 day cruise than my DH who is also going on the cruise. For some reason, I thought that spouses automatically shared status level. When I printed our set and sail passes I noticed he is still platinum. We were hoping to use the diamond lounge this cruise for the first time. I have read the C&A FAQ's but can't find information on this. He wouldn't be pleased if I went to the lounge by myself! Can someone confirm C&A status for spouses?
  4. Just ask your room steward and they should be able to get you one. There are hair dryers in the room too. Look in the desk drawer if you can't locate it in the bathroom.
  5. When we were planning our Med cruise I was shocked at the prices for the excursions, but knew that I wanted to see some of the iconic sights. We had a very active roll call and were able to get others to join us to cut our expenses and did private excursions in all of our ports. We shared a van with 5 of us to Pisa and Florence. I can't remember the name of the tour company, but some of those already mentioned are recommended time and again if you read the boards here and I am sure are fine. I do remember that we had to purchase the tickets to see David ahead of time and our tour operator told us the time to purchase them for. We never felt rushed and it was a very enjoyable day. Don't be afraid to put it out on your roll call that you want to do join other tours. One of our best was a walking food tour in Valencia that one of our roll call members organized. We walked through town and learned the history and were taught about the different kinds of tapas and how to find authentic gelato. Great fun and met so many fun people that I normally wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet.
  6. We sailed with our granddaughter on the Getaway when she was 4. She was catered to by all the staff in the Haven area. She was called princess and gave hugs to the staff when she walked through. Every night when we picked her up from the kids club my DH would take her into the restaurant for ice cream before bed. The butler brought her peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti every night so we could feed her before we dropped her off at the kids club and enjoyed our own dinner. You will love the Haven and the kids will be spoiled rotten!
  7. We are also sailing that date out of Fort Lauderdale on Allure. I forgot about the boat show when we booked our cruise. We usually stay in FLL even if we are cruising out of Miami as the hotels are generally less expensive and we love the water taxi/general vibe of FLL better than Miami. We have already booked our hotel in Fort Lauderdale and are staying at the LaQuinta by the airport for 1 night for $125. I booked it about 6 weeks ago. If you want to go book something now as prices will continue to rise! We have sailed during this time before as it falls on my birthday week. Last time we flew into Fort Lauderdale and then Ubered to Miami to stay to save on the hotel as we hadn't booked this far in advance and didn't realize the boat show was going on at that time. Hotel rooms will be double (or more) the normal price during this week. The Yachts are really something to see though! If you are flexible on dates and want to save money I would change the date. If you don't mind paying a bit more you can find reasonable mid level accommodations.
  8. We have used King David 3 times for our tours in Belize. He is a great guy and ensures you will have a fun day. We did Altun Ha with him and have gone twice to the howler monkey sanctuary. The howler monkey sanctuary is a very unique experience. We love Belize and it is purely because of David's love for his country and willingness to share a bit of the history and unique cultures with us.
  9. I got an email offering me to upgrade on a sailing in March. The problem is that it isn't my booking! I don't have another cruise booked until November 2019. Also, when I go to my cruise planner I am apparently going to the Panama Canal on a cruise with some guy I don't know. I am mildly amused, however my husband thought I had booked a cruise and forgot to tell him about it. I had to explain that I must have a boyfriend who booked a cruise for me! Thank heavens we have been married so long he thinks its funny too. I told RCCL about the mysterious Panama Canal cruise and they said they would remove it about 4 months ago. Still not done. Gotta love RCCL IT dept!
  10. I think we gave him $10pp we may have given him $40. Our friends may have tipped more. We really had a great time. Enjoy your day!
  11. We just got back from our 4th tour with Victor Bodden tours. We had a blast and would highly recommend the private tour. We were a group of 5 and William was our driver. He made sure that we were able to do everything we wanted and got us back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. We were able to go and see the monkeys--our granddaughters favorite thing to do and all she had talked about for the past year! We also got to hold sloths, zipline, spend a few hours at the beach and stop by the cameo factory. William had made arrangements for us to go snorkeling while we were at the beach, but the wind came up unexpectedly. He alerted us to the changing wind conditions and even walked down the beach and got our money back so we could enjoy our lunch. Exceptional customer service as always from this company. Highly recommend!
  12. It has been 5 years since we sailed out of Galveston. We used to sail yearly out of there when the kids were younger but found it was easier for us once the kids grew up to go out of Florida since we didn't have to pay for 4 airline tickets. We will go back to Florida now as Galveston is a 10 hour drive for us and flights are the same cost wise to Florida from where we are in Kansas.
  13. There was a long line when we got off last weekend for the ride share. We just needed to get back to our pre-cruise hotel so we grabbed a cab. It was actually cheaper than our Lyft ride to the pier where we got stuck in traffic!
  14. We recently sailed out of Galveston on Liberty of the Seas. It was a horrible disembarkation process with long waits. We finally got through customs/immigration and were leaving the terminal when we passed a table by the exit doors and were asked if we had purchased any alcohol or cigarettes. If you say yes, you have to pay taxes. It was $7.50 per bottle of alcohol and $15.00 per carton of cigarettes. They then give you the tax stamps and tell you to apply them. Just thought I would share this with everyone so you know what to expect. They are on the honor system, but they won't let you leave if you have made a purchase without paying the taxes on your duty free purchases. Needless to say due to the high prices for hotel, distance from the port to the airport and poor terminal management we won't be sailing out of Galveston anymore! Pity as we have sailed many times over the years out of this port.
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