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    Cool Cruiser

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    Cumming, Ga.
  • Interests
    Travel, adventure, boating
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Noncommital - no cheapies tho
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. You know, I never thought about taking laundry on shore lol. I know it sounds absolutely insane, but if this trip had been with our whole family of 5 + our nanny, I would’ve been in trouble. My husband isn’t as tidy as I am. There would occasionally be trash left in the floor. Like a wristband, cup cover, etc.. Just small stuff. Also other lines do touch your personal items. Sand in the bed - this itinerary was very port heavy. 5 stops + San Juan home port. Lots of beach days. Lots of coming back and crashing for 3 hours, not always bothering to shower first lol.
  2. Just back from our first RCI cruise. Freedom of the seas out of San Juan (with the key). We aren’t brand loyalists. We’ve cruised on Princess, MSC, Costa, Carnival and now RCI. After hearing people rave for years about how much better it is than other lines, I had certain expectations. But in all honesty, our experience was just okay. Heres a quick list of the better/not as good experiences we had: Better: 1. They didn’t care if we brought back on large quantities soda or juice from port - like two full size bottles of juice or a 2L of Pepsi.
  3. We are in San Juan about to hop on Freedom. We paid for the key. It’s 9 am and we are ready to be on board lol. Boarding officially begins at 12:30. What is the earliest we could expect to get on, considering we have “the key”? Also, what is security like for bringing on your own bags (instead of leaving them with porters)? I assume we still have to go through the whole bag xray hoopla, right? Thanks!
  4. We sailed MSC Divina Spring Break 2017 and I REALLY wanna cruise Seaside next year. I have cruised with Carnival, Princess, Costa and MSC. Thus far of 7 cruises, Divina was my absolute favorite. Maybe it depends on where you sail from. We sailed from Miami. Going on my first RCI in a few weeks, so we'll see if MSC remains my # 1. 1. The ship is just stunning. 2. Kids sail "free" is a major bonus. My kids really enjoyed the kids program. Everyone is whining about unattended kids ... we didn't really experience this. There's an adults only pool. If you don't like kids,
  5. We are sailing Freedom on 9/15. Cruise planner says 6:00 am arrival. I called RCI and was told debarkation begins 60-90 minutes after arrival, so 7:00-7:30 am. We have The Key so we should be able to get off pretty quickly. The key supposedly has "choice" disembarkation. Not sure if choice = priority. Google Maps says the airport is 15-30 mins from the port. My flight leaves at 10:09 am. No checked bags, just carry ons. I feel like I have enough time so long as we aren't dragging our feet. What do you think? I chose this flight because all the other options will put us getting hom
  6. DO SEASIDE! I'm dying to go on Seaside. I went on Divina a couple of years ago an honestly it was the most beautiful ship I've been on (and I've been on a bunch). I liked MSC overall way better than Carnival too (been on 2 Carnival cruises, including one 7 day on a similar class ship as Divina).
  7. I'm 7 months post-op sleeve. Taking my first post-op cruise in 2 months. I dine out a lot. Like it's kind of ridiculous. I have learned to avoid appetizers. Too easy to fill up before the good stuff arrives. When we eat in the main dining room, I won't get one of every course. I'll also tell my waiter on our first night that I'm fine with having our food brought out at an accelerated pace if it's something they can do. The biggest thing I hate isn't the food I can't eat. It's the sitting there waiting while everyone else continues to eat long after I've had my fill LOL. I use the t
  8. Sooooo to answer the original question lol.... Craziest thing I saw was two families - FAMILIES - go ALL OUT royal rumble on the Lido deck. It was on MSC Divina (about half European/non-English speaking), and none of them spoke English while they were screaming at each other, so I have no idea what it was about. I don't think they knew each other though. They had a verbal exchange earlier in the cruise. Four of them were carted off the ship in handcuffs at the next port.
  9. We’re sailing Freedom OTS on 9/15 from San Juan. I read that in the event of a hurricane, RC May reroute the cruise from an eastern Caribbean itinerary to western. If that were to happen, would they change the departure port? I’m about to book my airfare and hotel for the night before. Wondering how safe it is to book non-refundable lol. Especially on the airfare. September is the peak of hurricane season. One would hope PR will catch a break after its recent bettering, but I want to be prepared. We’ve only sailed from Florida thus far.
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