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About loohoo1

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    Boulder, Colorado
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    Travel, running, exercise, reading, Happy Hour
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    Carnival; RCCL
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  1. Has anyone run in Puerta Vallarta? Hoping to get a 6 miler in but I'm not at all familiar with the area. Will be on the Princess Royal in February. Thanks!
  2. A few weeks ago, I booked the couple Enclave package online for our 2/15/20 Royal cruise ($219/couple/week). I just confirmed it was in my booking so I printed it out, just in case! It can definitely be done online.
  3. Same. One of our absolute favorite places to visit.
  4. On our last cruise on the Dream, we were in a balcony room on the 11th deck. I didn't notice any motion and I am sensitive to it. The hallways are so quiet and we loved how close we were to the spa ( went about 2x/day). We have become so spoiled by Cloud 9 that it has become one of our top criteria in choosing a cruise. The spa room includes the unlimited pass for 2 (must be over 18). The cabin was really nice. Our upcoming cruise we will be in an inside spa room. The price was too good to pass up! I will miss the balcony, though. Cynthia
  5. Seeing that you have your heart set on this particular cove balcony, I'm sure you've made the right choice! I have never tried a cove, but we do love the Dream class ships for the Cloud 9 spa. DH would be happy if we only cruised that class. We were in a deck 11 balcony on the Dream in August. Great location and very quiet. So, if in the future you get the opportunity to upgrade to a spa room, I'd give it a try. Happy Cruising!
  6. Thanks for asking this. I was wondering the same thing. When I did the online check in for our January cruise, I used a credit card to be used for the Sign and Sail. But, I bought $500 worth of gift cards so I want to use this before the credit card. I guess I'll try the kiosk or else go to Guest Services to apply the cards once onboard.
  7. 1. Alchemy Martini Tasting 2. Tea time 3. Spa pass/facilities on Dream class ships (Also LOVE Seaday Brunch) Sorry, that's 4!
  8. Wow! What a great trip for the two of you. So sorry for your loss! I've done the Dream from NOLA twice. It's my favorite city to cruise from, well, because it's my favorite city! I've never been there for Mardi Gras, so I'll only comment on what I'd cut from the cruise. I absolutely love having the spa pass ( i think it's about $250 for two for a week) but i was not impressed with the other spa offerings, so I'd cut the massage, mani/pedi etc. That would save a you a bunch. Also, I've never understood FTTF although people swear by it. In 11 cruises, I never had a reason to go to Guest services and we have never had a line for embarkation. So that could save you some more. You definitely don't need to bring or buy wine if you have Cheers. Just my $.02! Have a great trip. Seize the day. We don't know what tomorrow brings!
  9. I'm similar, so for our next cruise, I'm creating our own "Cheers Lite" program. I ordered $500 of AARP Carnival gift cards at 10% discount ($450) and this will be DH and my Cheers package. I feel good that I've already saved some $ so i feel like we're "getting a deal", lol. I'm almost certain we'd never have 5-6 drinks/day for 7 days straight, so I'm pretty sure we'll be ahead in the end. We'll still bring 2 bottles of wine onboard (which i wouldn't do if i had Cheers) and order water from the Fun Shops. We're not big coffee drinkers and don't drink soda, energy drinks or milkshakes. I think it'll be a good test for us to see if we'll want Cheers in the future.
  10. Our spa balcony in the Dream in August did NOT have these newer lamps. One outlet in the whole room!
  11. Happy birthday and thanks for doing this. I just booked this same itinerary a few days ago, sailing from Miami on January 19. We got an interior spa room at an awesome price. I've been on the Dream twice but never the Magic. Can't wait to read more!
  12. We stayed in a spa balcony room a few weeks ago on the Dream. The first two people in the room get spa passes for the duration of the cruise which gives you access to the Thasso pool, aromatherapy steam rooms, relaxation rooms. It was wonderful. DH and I went twice a day to the spa. Room came with robes, slippers and some toiletries- shampoo, conditioner, lotion. You also can take the "pay" classes for free. I did yoga one day but didn't think it was very good so I didn't do any more classes. Whether or not it's worth it depends on how much you'll use the amenities. You can also buy spa passes if the spa state rooms are too pricey. We've done both.
  13. :) We leave in 10 hours for the airport. Cruise in 2 days!
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