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flhokie

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    Royal Caribbean
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    Europe

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  1. We always got it notarized, but for our recent cruise we ran out of time. I made a copy of letter with DH drivers license and he signed the letter--definitely not full proof, but I figured it would be better than just the letter w/out the id. I've sailed 3 times with DD without DH (Caribbean only). We've never been asked for a letter, but I would recommend always having one. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. How did you find out about this? We were in a Sky Class Suite and both of my parents (in the suite as well) are Diamond, but we never received information on this. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. We were recently on Harmony in Sky Class & were not offered any free tours. There was a special sail away on the helipad one day. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. There is a separate area right beside Splash Away Bay. It even has 2 small slides. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. We were in both last week... Old San Juan was in much better shape than I expected. Most stores & restaurants were re-opened. There was still some damage visible, but not as much as I expected (talking to the locals Old San Juan is in better shape than many areas outside the city as they needed it back for tourism to recover). St. Maarten was very different. We did a full day tour of the island and were saddened by the amount of destruction still waiting to be addressed. The French Side was much worse than the Dutch side overall. There were a few restaurants open in Marigot, but most shops/restaurants are not open (there is an outdoor market with very friendly merchants). We did not go to Orient Beach as the tour guide said they were not "healed" enough to handle a large number of guests (there were 2 large ships in). The town of Philipsburg seemed to be fairly well recovered (especially in comparison to Marigot). The ship was actually recommending the beach there--in town. A few days before our arrival they tore down a large resort on the Dutch side as the damage was too great. The airport is still operating out of tents as the damage to the terminal has not been repaired. Our guide said there were a lot of people without insurance, a lot of issues with insurance claims and the French are changing building codes so rebuilding can't take place until that's done. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. We were on the same sailing & definitely agree about hot elevators, stairs & some hallways! We sailed Allure twice in the summer & never experienced that. Elevator waits were very long--even longer with my dad's scooter. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. We just got off the Harmony yesterday & were Sky Class. There was definitely confusion over this. From our experience... - The letter does state bar open in Suite Lounge from 11-11 with happy hour, including complimentary drinks & light appetizers, from 4:30 (maybe 4:00) to 8:00 daily. At other times, beverages can be purchased. We found this to be the case in the Suite Lounge. - When dining at Coastal Kitchen for lunch, beer & wine were complimentary (some servers said mixed drinks too, but others said only beer & wine). Hope this helps! Mohammed & Jeramias (concierges) were excellent. Also, Coastal Kitchen was great! Jose, the host, and our server Mark (both from Philippines) were excellent! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Coastal Kitchen is wonderful! The servers get to know you by name and really work to make sure you are taken care of. The food is freshly prepared. It is much less chaotic than the dining room.
  9. Single riders only and they are very strict on the height requirements.
  10. We spent time at Guest Services & spoke with a supervisor and were told "sorry." We were finally told that we could set up a meeting with the Director of Guest Services so he could explain why there is not access, but that's all that can be done. We even asked about a crew elevator and we're told that cannot be used for a guest. My father can do very little because of his physical challenges (he's 77 & because of steadily declining health he must use a scooter onboard and cannot navigate stairs). He & my mom planned to spend time up there relaxing. Thank you to those who mentioned a previous guests' experience--I will search for the thread. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Just a word of warning for those booking suites on Harmony of the Seas, the Suite Deck (sun deck with whirlpool, sun beds, bar, etc.) is not disabled accessible. It requires climbing a large flight of outdoor stairs. There are no provisions for those who cannot climb stairs to use this suite amenity. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. We never took a car seat on a cruise for DD, but we never did anything in port that required transportation by car/van. We used water taxis & walked. As for the flight, definitely check with the airline in advance about the ability to be a lap child after turning 2. The airlines are required to go by federal policy which requires children 2 & older to be in a seat. If they stop you at the gate you could have a face a very expensive situation--having to purchase a one way ticket with no advance purchase. The other issue is that flights today are very full so there is no guarantee there would even be a seat available to purchase on the same fight--possibly requiring the rest of the family (or at least 1parent) to change to a flight with a seat available to purchase for the little one. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. I would suggest taking a tour or at least going to Aix. We made the mistake of going in to Marseille to eat & walk around. We were accosted by beggars--one had me up against a wall demanding money while another one went after my mother. It was the only truly scary experience we've ever had in many trips to Europe. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. KSC is great & much closer than the Orlando theme parks. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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