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SailingSal

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    Cape May, NJ
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    Middle school teacher who enjoys:baking;babysitting grandchildren;Walking;relaxing on the beach
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. As a retired teachers from NJ, we too faced your dilemma many times. I would be concerned about August due to the current situation, but would wait for Royal to cancel. Now, about Anthem. It is going to packed with an over-flow of kids on that Easter Date! We took our Granddaughter who was 5 at the time on an October cruise on Anthem and were very disappointed with what it had to offer and the crowds even then were over-whelming. Yes, she did the flying and got to do the bumper cars, once. When it was a roller skating day, she had to be 8. She loved "We will Rock You", but she loves Queen. Shows were not geared toward kids. This was a Halloween Date and she did dress-up but it was so packed with adults, we couldn't get into their haunted house. The Adventure Ocean was such a small area and didn't have any of the fun slides at the pools for the kids. I know you don't want to fly, but I might re-think and choose another ship.
  2. Knowing what I know now, I would not have gotten off Serenade in the Nassau! We just returned from the March 2 sailing of Serenade. We were on vacation and decided to disconnect! Not until day 10 of our cruise did we realize what was going on in states. Passengers were getting e-mails that they could not return to work since they had been out of the country! At first I did believe that we were all over-reacting. When we arrived at Fort Lauderdale airport I was shocked at the number of people getting flights out. Again, I didn't realize that the mayor had declared a "state of emergency". it wasn't until our 2nd day home that reality of how our travels affected our family hit me. We were in 5 countries and interacted with many people from throughout the world on our travels. Many people on our ship were from other countries. Once I wrapped that around in my head my husband and I are now self-quarantined. I was shocked that Serenade left port on the day we returned, March 13. By March 27 I hope to be healthy and well - and I will feel better about our decision. Good luck to everyone and may you all return home safely!
  3. On RCCL We have always had priests during Easter break, and at other random times - but last year in May we had a priest for a 12 day sailing on Adventure. It is hit or miss. We always look at our sailings to see if we will be in port on Sundays and taxi to a catholic service. We did a "non-denomination service" once when we were at sea without a priest - turned out to be a video of Joel Osteen and basically a commercial for his ministries! Good Luck!
  4. We had to park in the outside lot the second week in May! That is not the summer! But it is no big deal - very secure.
  5. Actually - the garage may already be filled when you get there and you have to park in open air lot. We had to do that - just as close and Cape Liberty is very secure. No problem and then you don't have to worry about your height clearance at all! Just park there - the attendants will direct you there if they anticipate that you will have a problem. I wouldn't want to have to take the carrier off and put it back on again when you don't have to! Enjoy your cruise and don't worry!
  6. As I am reading through this post - I was thinking how many go on vacations and are not given alternatives when bad weather occurs? Most people are stuck - period. I live in a shore town and have seen rainy days and storms coming up the coast and vacationers having to stay inside their hotel rooms(with kids) and NOT able to use the beaches or pools. No one gave them money back nor did they expect compensation for the weather conditions. We can't control weather. I believe that Royal is doing the safe alternative and hoping for the best. If you are flying somewhere, airlines cancel flights and then an entire vacation may be missed! I may not be happy when it rains on my parade(vacation), but time on a cruise ship with my spouse and a drink in hand is still more enjoyable compared to work - LOL
  7. We went from in Miami from Enchantment to Navigator 2 or 3 years ago. My husband uses a cane and there was NO way we could go through the crowds and walk the distant. It is very congested with people and cars and too difficult for us with luggage. So - we got off and Hailed a taxi - told him we were only going to the beginning of the pier and would tip him well. Taxi driver was not too excited to take us - but we gave him the tip up front (better the tip you know than the tip you don't know - LOL). Even though it was only March- it was very warm. While waiting in line to do check-in on Navigator, a young couple was behind me - very sweaty and tired. They were just off Enchantment, too, but walked to Navigator with their luggage and were sorry they did. So - my advice - taxi it from one ship to another! Enjoy - we loved our "B2B" on 2 different ships!
  8. We have heard so many positive comments about dinner in the WJ we tried it one night on Anthem. It was a terrible experience for us - crowded and poor selection and quality of food. That doesn't mean we won't try it again - but never on Anthem!
  9. We had our daughter and granddaughter on a Halloween cruise on Anthem - it was fun and if you wanted to dress-up you could. Don't stress over it - just enjoy! We did all dress up as a family as "little mermaid theme". We had fun!
  10. Like so many others who responded, Song of America was our first cruise, too. It was June 1997 to Bermuda. Everything about that cruise was "magical", except our boarding. When we arrived at the pier a huge storm blew in and lighting struck the gangway and it broke off from the pier. Now, I was afraid that this was a horrible "omen" for us not to get on! Fortunately no one was on the gangway at that moment because of the lighting. We had no electricity for 2 hours and could not board the ship - there were about 150 of us who had to board yet. They moved the ship to the next pier. Ken Rush(who was with us on the pier) was our Cruise director and he told all of us not to worry, they won't leave without us because they needed him on board - LOL! After that "sail-away", the next 29 have all been a breeze! Oh, and I will never forget the very small, small rooms. We had to turn sideways to squeeze through the room. All the beds had to be singles - no room to double them!
  11. So - we sailed "Nordic Empress" from New York in 2000 and 2003. Both times we went to Bermuda. Loved it and not a problem. Took our kids in 2003 and have so many fond memories. Love that we can dock in Hamilton an "d St. George again. We plan to book and enjoy time to ourselves. A great little ship - can't wait to sail on her again!
  12. So - we sailed Empress from New York in 2000 and 2003. Both times we went to Bermuda. Loved it and not a problem. Took our kids in 2003 and have so many fond memories. Love that we can dock in Hamilton and St. George again. We plan to book and enjoy time to ourselves. A great little ship - can't wait to sail on her again!
  13. Suggested name - "CoCo Crazy to book Cocoa Cay"
  14. We did a BtoB in Miami - got off 1 Enchantment and then had to get on Navigator. We took a Taxi. Not because it was far, but with luggage, traffic, and HEAT it was way more efficient and comfortable. A young couple stood next to me to board Navigator and were drenched with sweat. I asked if they had walked, and they did from Enchantment. They thought it would be so easy since it was close - but they said NO WAY would they do that again - LOL! Highly recommend the $10 for a Taxi!
  15. I am anxious just reading this - why are you doing this to yourself? Do you want to miss the first day? I would be on the phone now to see if RCL will hold your room - or/and then be changing my flight to at least the day before the cruise leaves! I wouldn't even drive to Bayonne. NJ from Cape May, NJ without at least arriving 6 hours ahead of time. Landing 3 hours before any cruise is insane!
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