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Arwen

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    Seattle
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    camping, learning Spanish
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    HAL
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    Sea of Cortez

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  1. Just for info..Zumba instructors are "licensed". They have to have a license to teach it and all that is necessary is to take the Z workshop...only one. Anyone can purchase the license. However, whenever I have watched Zumba on the cruise ships it is always taught by a crew member with previous experience...like one of the dancers or a talented CD like we had on the Ruby. Certification is given to those who complete an in depth course to become a personal trainer, or group exercise instructor, or Yoga...or Pilates. I at one time had a group instructor certification, and then went on to pay a fee to get the license to teach Zumba (which I ended up not doing). To keep the license...the person teaching has to be a member and pay the fee monthly. On our very long 7 week South America Cruise on the Royal we had Zumba. The instructor was "Matt O", the Cruise Director who was a very talented guy. He was one of the best instructors I have ever watched. And then the assist CD took over on days Matt was not available. The cruise lines are also now offering line dancing...mostly happens in the evening, sometimes in the afternoons. We recently returned from an Alaska Cruise on the Ruby Princess and there was no Zumba. Likely there was a crew member but they were busy doing other required duties.
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    hi...we just returned home a week ago from a cruise on the Ruby. We sailed from Seattle to Alaska for a week. We all enjoyed ourselves as we were with many family members this time around. The Ruby is a tired looking ship, but we found it to be clean and the crew and staff to be wonderful. 'Service was excellent and we have taken over 25 cruises, most on Princess. We found the food to be better than average. The entertainment better than average. And our granddaughter and her cousin loved the kid's program called "Discovery". Everything from embarkation to debarkation was so smooth What was different?: Well, our daughter, hubby, and DD had a mini-suite. It was tired looking and definitely not up to the new mini-suites like on the Royal. However, if you have a child, it is nice because the room has a type of divider that gives a bit of privacy and play area for the child. My DD and SIL liked that feature. The International Cafe was nice but they did not have the sugar free syrups that I like for my iced mochas (not a huge issue unless on a long cruise) The Horizon court is an older design and it is a bit more of a challenge to find a table. However, we always were able to. We made sure to secure a table first before getting our food. I would sail on the Ruby again for Alaska. I would rather be on the Royal for a longer cruise. We took a seven week cruise around South America on the Royal a couple of months ago.
  3. Good to know. Hubby has AT & T and I have the Google Project plan. So, we are hopefully covered both ways. We have not had problem with cell service at the airport, though.
  4. Indeed. I would like to order an SUV or even a limo. Hubby doesn't want to do that.....Sigh..But I am always the one that has to have the luggage "all over me"...Ha!
  5. Can you give me a general description of where the designated Uber pick up area is? And is there a way to order an Uber that can handle that much luggage? We have ordered used Uber before but often the person that shows up has a small vehicle and I get squished by my own luggage...;-)) I know at Sea-Tac has an area for ubers and they line up and you have to wait...and wait....but my big concern is getting a vehicle that can handle all of our stuff (49 day South America cruise here we come!)
  6. Being an anxious person (anxiety disorder) being packed into a van like that is horrible. The last time we took a shuttle, the slider door was blocked with luggage. UNSAFE. :-((
  7. We have been to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport numerous times. One thing...is that getting picked up from the airport is a crazy experience. One of the worst airports for that that I have ever been to. Now, that I have vented....which shuttle service would you recommend for easy pick up? Often it is a guessing game as to where to meet the shuttle...done that...been there, got the Tee shirt! So, which shuttle service is stellar...is not into overpacking their vans with humans and baggage (been there, too!) and can handle three pieces of luggage plus two carry-ons and two adults? We will be going from the airport to the Embassy Suites on 17th and Front St. Thank you all in advance. I am making last minute arrangements while pulling out my hair....;-))
  8. Sorry to have taken so long in getting back to thank all of you Cruise Critic members for the helpful advice! I have been consumed with getting ready for our big cruise with Princess for the 49 day South America itinerary. Packing has been stressful but I am almost done, thankfully. We leave next week. Right now we have our TA working on booking our staterooms before we leave for our big cruise. All of your suggestions were considered and it looks like we will go with a mini-suite for our daughter, SIL, and grandchild. Our second choice would be the deluxe balcony. Eva's parents likely will take along their own Pack N' Play because that is what "Eva" is used to sleeping in when she stays here with us. Eva does not take well at all to drastic changes. So the familiar is what we will go with. The other option we will consider is the inflatable toddler bed (Amazon.com) as suggested by one of the posters. Most important for Eva's parents, is for their stateroom to have a curtain/screen and we let our TA know that. Again, thank you all for your prompt and helpful responses!
  9. Sorry to have taken so long in getting back to thank all of you Cruise Critic members for the helpful advice! I have been consumed with getting ready for our big cruise with Princess for the 49 day South America itinerary. Packing has been stressful but I am almost done, thankfully. We leave next week. Right now we have our TA working on booking our staterooms before we leave for our big cruise. All of your suggestions were considered and it looks like we will go with a mini-suite for our daughter, SIL, and grandchild. Our second choice would be the deluxe balcony. Eva's parents likely will take along their own Pack N' Play because that is what "Eva" is used to sleeping in when she stays here with us. Eva does not take well at all to drastic changes. So the familiar is what we will go with. The other option we will consider is the inflatable toddler bed (Amazon.com) as suggested by one of the posters. Most important for Eva's parents, is for their stateroom to have a curtain/screen and we let our TA know that. Again, thank you all for your prompt and helpful responses!
  10. Thank you for the suggestion of a Deluxe Balcony. Right now we are working with our TA to get six staterooms booked for our family members. Our TA said that the mini-suites are in short supply for this cruise. So knowing about the Deluxe Balcony as another option is helpful.
  11. Hi All! We are planning on taking a family cruise to Alaska. Our granddaughter is 3.5 yrs old. Her mom and dad have not cruised before and we are trying to help them figure out the best sleeping arrangement for DD. DD is a fairly tall 3.5 yr old and her parents have now transitioned to a junior bed for her. Hubby found an inflatable junior bed on Amazon that is recommended for travel. It has good reviews, but wonder if that is the best option? I worry about it getting holes and deflating..:-(( This would be the option if the stateroom does not have a sofa/pull out, but we worry there would not be enough room. Do all categories of staterooms have dividing curtains? That is really necessary for their privacy and so she can sleep easily. So only a balcony or mini-suite should be booked? Grandpa thinks that a choice of a mini-suite would be the best option and then getting rails for the couch/bed. Thank you all so much in advance. I want to hear all of your suggestions. We are trying to keep the cost reasonable but also to make sure that "Eva" is going to sleep okay, too.
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