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About dreadpirate3

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    Central Florida
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    Photography, travel, the great outdoors
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. dreadpirate3

    Naughty room

    Last year, I had to go down and retrieve my husband's bag. It had a cord for his phone that looked suspicious. Someone tried to bring on a Bowie knife. It was considerably large, and not what I would imagine needing on a Caribbean cruise.
  2. I definitely recommend cloud storage of things like copies of your birth certificates, marriage license, passports. It's saved me a lot of time when getting the document numbers for online check-in. One thing to note, with RCCL at least, the new online check-in process using the app is much more simplified with a passport. The app scans the passport when you complete online check-in, and your boarding pass is on the app and reflects that. I know that some terminals are using RFID scanners to check your passport as you move through the line, no person has to check you in.
  3. dreadpirate3

    Adventure of the Seas questions

    I will be writing a trip report for my upcoming 8-night eastern on Adventure. There will be a special event for NYE, but I don't cruise over that holiday, so I can't help. I do know that specialty dining restaurants do charge more on holidays than other days for the same food and venue.
  4. Direct from RCCL https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/united-states-citizen-travel-documentation What travel documents do I need to board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (U.S. Citizens)? For US Sailings - US Citizens need a copy of their official Birth Certificate and a supporting Government Issued Photo ID, Hospital Birth Certificates are not accepted (baby feet Birth Certificates). We highly recommend guest sail with their valid US Passport book with 6 months validity past their cruise. For additional United States passport information visit the United States Department of State travel information website. Visa Central is the passport and visa service that we recommend, should our guests need passport and visa assistance. You may contact Visa Central for all your passport needs. Visa Central can obtain passports in as little as one day. US Citizens, please contact VisaCentral online, email rci@visacentral.com or call 800-858-8579, and be sure to reference Royal Caribbean account 44988 for reduced service fees. It is important that the name on your reservation be exactly as it is stated on your passport or other official proof of nationality. If your name has changed since your document was issued (e.g., marriage or divorce), it is required that you update the document with the new name or provide an official supporting document (e.g., a state, county or province issued marriage license, divorce decree or legal name change document) of the name change. All documents must be the original or a notarized copy. Additionally, if you are using an identification (e.g., driver's license) and a citizenship document ( e.g., birth certificate), then BOTH documents must match the name on your reservation. Otherwise, it may result in delay or possible denial of boarding. I had to provide my marriage license as a bridging document my first two cruises, then I got a passport.
  5. I know you are a big proponent for advocating against passports, but you have not had your name change twice since you were born. As someone who has a different name than when I was born, I will say that it takes much longer for the security check on the way out and on the way back. This isn't just the matter of having a birth certificate and a photo ID. This is three additional documents for the OP. Passport or EDL is the only way I would travel in your situation, OP. The chance of losing those documents you have to bring is too high for my risk allowance. Also, remember that you need a certified copy of each birth certificate, marriage license, and divorce decree for yourself and the other members of your party. RCCL does not accept photocopies.
  6. 66 days to Adventure. ⚓🛳😍
  7. dreadpirate3

    How many days until your next cruise??? Part 2

    Just 66 more days!
  8. dreadpirate3

    Reporting LIVE from Adventure - NOT!

    I hope you have a wonderful time!
  9. dreadpirate3

    Reporting LIVE from Adventure - NOT!

    It is! Four new ports for us. I'm looking forward to this trip. And I have always gotten the refreshment package, and gotten many cappuccinos in specialty restaurants with no issues or extra charges. Looking forward to the day we're D, with the three drinks, that will be all the drinks we need.
  10. dreadpirate3

    Reporting LIVE from Adventure - NOT!

    I am enjoying your retroactively live review. We will be on the 8-night sailing in January and are very much looking forward to it. Maya Chan is amazing, and will be our spot every time we go to Costa Maya, looking for an itinerary to get there again.
  11. The olive muffins look interesting. I hope someone tries them and reports back.
  12. dreadpirate3

    Freaking out a little!

    I hope you have a great time on your cruise.
  13. Now I'm even more excited for our trip to St Maarten and Holland House. Thank you for the wonderful pictures!
  14. I'm so happy to see your review! Enjoying and sailing along from my land yacht.
  15. dreadpirate3

    Embarkation day go to

    I carry on my backpack and a small tote with our cruise documents and the all important wine 🍷, DH also has a small backpack with his necessaries. We board, then go to the casino to take pictures while it doesn't stink of smoke, then hang out near Cafe Promenade with specialty coffees and snacks until time to go to our room. Usually, just an hour or so from boarding to the room being ready. Windjammer and pool deck are the most popular and crowded, so not where we go. We learned after our first two cruises just how crazy it gets.