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  1. How this works will really depend on how they reconfigure the AO areas. It works on Disney to have everyone together because there are so many different areas within the clubs to play in and it tends to attract those of different ages to different areas. For example older kids tended to head to the Star Wars or Marvel areas whereas the younger kids tended to play more in the Toy Story and Tinkerbell areas.
  2. We had room 7298 on Anthem and had a similar view. GS told us sorry not sorry and refused to do anything for us onboard and referred us to Customer Service on land. Customer Service on land kept repeating the same line about RCI not considering these to be obstructed since they do not block the view of the horizon therefore they do not feel that they impede the quality of the view for customers. I ended up having to go to a supervisor of a supervisor and was only given $50 in OBC towards our next cruise. I'm still a bit ticked off about the whole thing. It wouldn't be hard for Royal to make a partially obstructed view category and include these rooms in it, but they choose not to because that would likely end up loosing them money.
  3. The above chart shows it, but I saw a lot of disappointed people that didn't realize that kids had to be at least 42 inches tall in order to participate. From what I understand it is due to the harnesses used in case of evacuation.
  4. Following along as I wait the almost year until it is my turn on Harmony. Have a great cruise.
  5. There are life jackets available for use at the pools onboard and you can find life jackets available for use at Coco Cay and Labadee. If you need them at any other stop, it is best to bring your own.
  6. Following along as we are going on Anthem next week. Wondering if you made it to Divi Little Bay and if you liked it. This is what we have planned for our St Maarten day. We also prefer a more go with the flow style of shore excursions. Last time we were in St Maarten it was raining most of the day, so we opted to skip Divi Little Bay in favor of just some shopping around the port, but I am hopeful that things will work out for this trip.
  7. We have done the excursion as set by the cruise line and we have done it twice more on our own. We much prefer to do it on our own as we can choose when to arrive and depart. The cruise lines times are set. It is very easy to get a taxi there and back. It is also much less expensive to do the excursion on your own.
  8. We are going to be driving up 78 from NC/VA the day before our Anthem of the Seas cruise sails. We are staying at the Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth, NJ. From where were are staying the night before we get to NJ we will have about a 5 hour drive to the NJ area. We would like to visit Liberty State Park (not the statue, just the park itself). Is there anything that I should know about timing on a Wednesday as far as driving goes getting to/from the park and/or back to the Country Inn & Suites? I don't know if traffic really starts picking up at any particular time and we should make sure and be back to our hotel by a certain time, ect. Any advice that you can give would be appreciated as I would like to make this as stress free as possible. We are definitely not used to driving in a large area and even avoid NC's large cities during heavy traffic times. Also, if we want to be to the port early(10:00 or earlier) what time should we leave the Country Inn & Suites. Our cruise departs on May 21st if that makes a difference based on anything local going on. Thank you.
  9. We are heading to St Maarten later this month on Anthem and planning to head to Divi Little Bay Resort. I'm wondering how much we can expect for taxi fare for 3 people each way and if anyone has any recent experiences with Divi Little Bay we would love to hear about them. Thank you.
  10. We've done Playa Mia on our own and through RCI. The buffet does has a decent amount of kid friendly stuff, but we found the selection of quality Mexican food to be better when ordering a la carte. Playa Mia responds quickly to messages via email or Facebook and they can send you copies of the current menus if requested.
  11. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/experience/accessible-cruising/autism-friendly-ships As others have said, it will be a yes to the pull ups in Adventure Ocean but a no for the pools. As the previous poster mentioned the staffing ratios at Adventure Ocean are designed for large group activities and they are not able to attend to individual needs. The rooms are also fairly small and with even a moderate amount of children in them they can be very loud and overwhelming at times. We have never been able to utilize the Adventure Ocean drop off programs for our son. We have done some family activities throughout the cruise such as art sessions. You can search for Kids Club Compasses for your ship and sailing to get an idea of what may be offered.
  12. Not quite the same, but we are Keto and plan on bringing some Premier Protein shakes to use for our coffee. My husband will be sad without his HWC, but he'll live.
  13. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/experience/accessible-cruising/autism-friendly-ships Royal Caribbean offers a wide range of autism friendly products and services, and they include: Priority check-in, boarding and departure Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free and dairy-free Adventure Ocean flexible grouping by ability for children 3 to 11 years old Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exception Pagers/phones for parents of children in Adventure Ocean program while signed into our care (subject to availability) Availability: These Autism Friendly products and services are available on all cruises Definitely contact the Special Needs dept ahead of time with any requests that you have, but we have found RCI to be very accommodating when it comes to helping out with ASD kids.
  14. You can also choose to dine in the Solarium one evening. There is not an extra charge for that restaurant.
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