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  1. We did a glass bottom boat excursion in Cozumel with our son when he was 2. We were able to get to it without leaving the pier area, and my son LOVED looking at all the fish/turtles swimming by. He got a little bored toward the end, but the unit wasn't crowded, so he was able to walk around and look at other windows. I think it was only 2 hours, so there might be time to go to a beach for a short time. We chose not to, since we were going to a beach at another port, and we wanted something different.
  2. Another alternative might be to take a private tour thru a company like Native Choice. I too have an energetic 6 yr old, and I think a bus tour for where he has to sit still for an hour while listening to information is asking for trouble. I have not contacted Native Choice about this, but I have read only good reports about them, so I am planning to contact them to find out if they can give us a kid-friendly tour. I figure if our son can climb on the ruins, there are a lot of open spaces where he can run. A guide should be able to find an area where boys can run around, just like boys ran around 1000 years ago.
  3. One thing to do in any port on any ship - take the number of the ship's agent with you. Your cruiseline's information for the port should have the name and phone number for their agent in the port you are visiting. If you get stuck away from the ship, call that number, so the ship will know your whereabouts and the agent should work with you to get you back to the ship. I have never had to use that, but it gives you a sense of security to have it when you go ashore, even if you are on a ship's tour.
  4. I'm not here often enough to care, but I think anything related to concierges would be OK. Different concierges do thing differently, so letting people know how they differ can be VERY useful. But if that is handled elsewhere, I'm fine with that
  5. Hi TravelMadBrits, Maybe I wasn't clear, but we gave our genie our dining requests, and she is managing the reservations. We worked things this way because we are working around our child's needs. He is very young, and doesn't like to go out to dinner at nicer places. We prefer to eat at specific times and we knew which nights would be easiest for us. My husband doesn't like having a busy schedule on vacation, so what your genie did wouldn't work for us. As our son gets older and we are able to take him on longer trips, we may try what you suggest.
  6. We received our welcome letter from Araceli last week for our cruise on Dec 9, just under 4 weeks in advance. I have been happy with the correspondence we have had so far, and it is so good to read that other had a good experience with her. Having a genie is a new experience for me, so I am guessing that others may be in the same boat. Here is how we have used her so far. 1-We asked her to reserve a beach cabana for us at Labadee. There are only 2 on Barefoot Beach, and they were already taken, so she booked us an over water cabana, and promised to watch to see if a beach one becomes available. 2-She recommended we start making dinner reservations at specialty restaurants now because they could book up, so we placed those. 3-Since we have a 5 yr old, I asked about in room babysitting, and how many children would be on the ship. She let me know that inroom sitting is no longer available, and that they would not get lists of kids until a few days before sailaway. 4- I asked if the ship could provide a picnic lunch for us for one of our stops, since we are there 7-2, and getting lunch in a restaurant could make us late back to the ship. She let us know that in San Juan they are very strict about food coming off the ships (and apparently in Cozumel as well), so a picnic lunch was not possible. She did say that she could set up a late lunch on our balcony when we got back to the ship, if we would like. I can see asking a concierge any of these questions, but the responses have been quicker and more personal (less canned) than I have had in the past from concierges.
  7. Bob, my original question was how to reserve a Cabana at Barefoot Beach. The excursion list only shows cabanas at Nellies Beach. I apologize for asking this question here, but I don't know where to find the info. I thought that people who have access to concierges would know.
  8. I think the real perk is having access to a concierge without having to book a suite. As long as you don't go during the evening happy hour, the Diamond Lounge is a nice getaway, since children are discouraged. On a ship like Oasis, boarding before most of the passengers is a good perk, and early departure is a blessing! But for day to day problems and reservations, a good concierge can make a good cruise great.
  9. Yes I am. Does that mean that the list of excursions should include Barefoot Beach?
  10. Thanks for starting this thread. It saved me the trouble!
  11. I know this isn't the right place for my question, but I know that someone here will know where I can find the answer. Please point me in the right direction? We will be stopping at Labadee on our next cruise, and I want to book a cabana. We will be on Harmony OTS, and I am guessing that the cabanas will go fast. However, the Royal website only shows the Nellie's beach cabanas. How do I reserve one for Barefoot Beach? Will a reservation for Nellie's transfer?
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