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  1. Usually we don't try to board early in San Juan if we arrange for late checkout through Hilton Honors but if weather isn't stellar we may arrive early. Where is a good place to enjoy first drinks of the beverage package? We will probably just grab pizza or something light because we will have a large breakfast at the hotel.
  2. Carmel Macchiato!!!! DH loves he hot chocolate.
  3. What deck is the café located on aboard Freedom? I don't see it on the deck plans on the RCCL site. Planning to avoid windjammer on embarkation day. These questions are also about Freedom: Is there a slide? Do you have to reserve tickets for ice show? Are tapas/small plates/ snacks available at Vintages in the evening? Any tips would be appreciated! First time on this class.
  4. smilz

    Here we are again...need a beach

    Sounds Awesome! Can you tell us the price and what time you returned to the ship?
  5. smilz

    Secret Sands Getaway

    Any snorkeling there?
  6. Sailing on Freedom in end of April. Trying to decide on dinner reservation times. I found 2 sets of Compasses from December 2018 and January 2019. Itineraries are similar to our cruise but not the same. How much variation can we expect in the Daily Planner. Is it safe to plan a dinner time around an old Compass? Any input or suggestions would be appreciated!
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    Snorkeling at Secret Harbor?

    We have snorkeled at Coki which was just ok. The first few times we snorkeled at Sapphire beach it was good but that's going back at least 8 years ago. It hasn't been good since. Emerald Beach used to have tons of starfish but a smooth sandy bottom all the way out so nothing else. We've done just about all the catamaran/boat trips over the years and mostly meh. St John is good if conditions are good but can be rough. Thinking we may try Buck Island again but would prefer to do our own thing, Will let you know!
  8. smilz

    Snorkeling at Secret Harbor?

    Sad to hear of the conditions at Secret Harbor. How far out did you snorkel? We used to follow the left side of the harbor (looking towards the water) until the point. There were some years the surf kept us from going that far but there were plenty of fish to watch. Glad to hear Olly (the resident octopus) is still there!
  9. Is there another option for lunch on embarkation day aboard FOS besides buffet, café, pizza or specialty dining? On Princess the MDR is open but they don't advertise it.
  10. Are you able to cancel the BOGO dining once you get on board? DH does not want to eat anywhere other than Chops. Also what are the chances of scheduling the second dinner on the last night?
  11. Would love to hear if you have snorkeled at Secret Harbor recently. Been a few years for us. Our last trip to St Thomas was right after the hurricane and we went to Sapphire Beach. A lot of damage but I understand its much better now. Secret Harbor was closed, Used to really enjoy the easy snorkeling at Secret Harbor.
  12. Sailing on FOS in the end of April. Have been busy with cancer treatments and working and I haven't been able to do my usual "homework". Its been a while since we have cruised with RC and have never been aboard FOS. Any info or tips would be greatly appreciated!
  13. Can anyone tell me if Freedom has a Starbucks onboard? Considering the alcohol package and I know Starbucks is not included but I love my specialty coffees.
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    Secret Harbor update Dec 4 2017

    Have enjoyed snorkeling there many times in the past! Has the water cleared up?
  15. We have never changed out our mini bar before but thought we may change it out this time for a bottle of wine. Is there a list of wines to choose from? Do we have to be prepared to request a certain wine when we meet our cabin steward for the first time?:confused: