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About MyNameIsGermy

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    Tampa, Florida
  • Interests
    Underwater Basket Weaving
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Labadee, Haiti

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  1. While I can appreciate your experience, it is completely anecdotal. The "authentication" platform in these machines recognizes a new cup as never having been activated. It serializes it, adds an "acceptable use" time based on the configuration of that specific voyage and walah, works like magic. If you don't use the cup on that voyage, it is never activated and will work on any ship with the freestyle machines. The cups are never tied back to a voyage or ship before they are activated. Now, as you've pointed out above, if they swap our the vendors for the delivery medium, then YMMV. -germ
  2. They are absolutely interchangeable amongst any ships that have the Freestyle machines. They are not ship specific. -germ
  3. As Bob said above, no Voom on any of the islands. We did find that you could connect on Labadee from Barefoot Beach (the suite beach) though the connection was pretty spotty. -germ
  4. Yes. The RFID chips that are in the bottom of the cup are activated at the Freestyle machines based upon the length of that voyage. There is no "lifespan" of an unused cup. They are not preactivated nor preprogrammed with any information, other than their ID number. If you don't use it during one voyage, you can (in theory, as to not upset the morality police here) use it on another voyage. -germ
  5. This was our first time trying it and he went there for a few hours on two nights... after that, he just wanted to hang with us, which was cool by us.
  6. Great post.... we are basically in the same demographics (2 dads and our 5-year-old son) and we do the same thing. We just got off Harmony a bit ago and we did the Ultimat Dining Package and it was great. Food and service were fantastic and didn't have to deal with the cattle call MDR. Well worth the additional cost! As for the comments I've seen about it being empty, definitely was not the case on Harmony. We ate mostly at Chops and Jamies and they were always full. -germ
  7. You should worry about what you do. Let others worry about what they do. Enjoy your vacation! -germ
  8. Yes. We did that a few times while dining at Giovanni's, getting a dessert from Chops! -germ
  9. It shouldn't be an issue but I would e-mail the special needs department to give them a heads up. That will hopefully prevent any potential issues. Have a great trip! -germ
  10. We are two dads with one kid (he's 5) and we're exhausted! How do you do it??? :) Safe travels, hope you have an awesome trip! -germ
  11. The HDMI ports were easily accessible but IIRC, we had to have someone from their "IT" department come change the channel. I think he left us a remote and told us to make sure we travel with a universal remote, so we do, now. I also seem to recall an issue with getting access to a power outlet for the stick and needing an extension cord for one of them. -germ
  12. Yep. It's able to handle it with no issues. We've streamed to two TV's using our firesticks on Allure. The bandwidth is more than sufficient. -germ
  13. .... and I just spit out my water all over my desk!! :') -germ
  14. So true! I think I've told this story before but we once got a check in upgrade from a grand suite to a crown loft suite. RCI knew what the heck they were doing!!! -germ
  15. The only way I could ever get my husband to go on a cruise was to convince him the rooms were the size of a normal hotel room. Our first cruise, I had to quietly get the Owners Suite on the Sovereign of the Seas. Since then, we've only booked suites because we like having the space and the additional perks, based on the ship. Going to the suite life is based purely on your preferences. If you tend to book the fancier hotel rooms and chains, you may appreciate the suites more. If you're more interested in saving money and getting a good deal, the balcony room is going to suit you just fine. At the end of the day, it's about what your expectations are. -germ
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