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  1. Not trying to hijack this thread, but I have a free cruise booked thru Club Royale (one of several really) on Dec.9th on the Mariner. One of the holiday perks is a "hosted gift exchange", but we have no other info on this. Anyone else have this perk or know anything about it? 🎅 TIA Lori
  2. Good afternoon all. We are considering a cruise to Alaska next year. What itinerary would you choose? Cruise from Vancouver- north & returning from Seward; Seward- south returning; from Vancouver; RT from Seattle; Seattle-north returning from Vancouver; or Vancouver-north returning from Seward. Or would you pick by ship: Radiance OTS, Serenade OTS or Ovation OTS? Thanks for any info or opinions. Lori
  3. I am assuming this is a port stop. What are your travel plans to and from the parks? If the ship docks at 1:00, figure a 1/2 hour to debark and then transport. Driving time is about 1 hour, but if you are planning to rent a car, it will be quite a time getting the car, and you will need to plan time to return the rental. If you plan to take RCCL transfers to the park, they usually wait for the bus to fill. So all in all you might have from 2:30-3:00 (at the earliest) until about 8:00 pm (at the latest) in the parks. I've done it, but with 9:00 am arrival with a 10 pm departure using RCCL transfers. A fun day for sure, but I personally would be watching the time all afternoon so as not to miss the ship departure. Good luck whatever you choose.
  4. I'd choose the itinerary with Bonaire. We rented a golf cart and drove all over the island. We loved it, especially the donkey sanctuary and the beaches. With the golf cart we could spend as much time as we wanted wherever we stopped.
  5. We are traveling to FLL in September to cruise on the Allure of the Seas. In the past we have had both good and bad experiences at various hotels, but have not cruised from FLL in the recent past. Do you have any recommendations for us? We are 4 adults, no children and arriving about 6:30 pm the night before our cruise, so a safe, clean and reasonable hotel with easy access to dining. Thanks for any assistance.
  6. We have just been informed that our time in San Juan, PR will be shortened to 7:00 am to 1:00 PM. Any suggestions for touring? We are all Sr.citizens ages 60-93, with 2 on medical scooters. TIA
  7. I never knew that Junior Suite passengers could dine at Coastal Kitchen. What ships have this restaurant? We are booked on 3 more cruises this year (went on the Majesty to Havana in January), all in Junior Suites. Would like to try Coastal Kitchen, if available, on at least one of our future cruises. Thanks for any help. Lori
  8. We are on the Brilliance OTS in April. We return April 29 and then will spend a few days in St. Pete Beach. We need to get a rental car for 3 days. Any info on rental cars near the port with return to the airport or transfers to the airport to get a rental car there would be helpful. TIA, Lori
  9. Thanks for the quick reply. We decided on the Allure specifically for Mama Mia! Thanks again.
  10. We are trying to decide on a cruise for September or October 2019, and would like to know what ships have Broadway at Sea. We can be very flexible about where the ship goes and what weeks to travel. TIA for any help.
  11. It looks like the RCCL website has been update with plans & maps depicting what's in store for a "Perfect Day at Coco Cay". Looks amazing, now hope it will be all open and accessible for our cruises in 2019. Lori
  12. We are looking to stop at Coco Cay on the Mariner of the Seas in November or December 2019. On the RCCl website it touts "A Perfect Day at Coco Cay" and I was looking for more info on the available activities etc. We have been to Coco Cay many times, but not since any new construction etc. Does anyone have any info for us, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lori
  13. What we've noticed over numerous cruises is that some players do think it's a blood sport. Because the trivia questions are mostly the same from ship to ship and cruise to cruise, some go as far as bringing the list from a previous cruise(s) and rarely miss more than 1 answer. Questions may be in a slightly different order, or the staff member running the trivia may substitute a lesser used trivia question. We go to have fun and don't care about the prizes, so we go as often as we can.
  14. I called CR earlier this week to get a quote for a "casino rate" on the Grandeur for next summer. What they quoted me was exactly the same as the price on the website. I do have a cruise booked for January 2019 as a freebie from the casino, so maybe that has something to do with the rate quote for next summer.
  15. We are booked into the Springhill Suites in Dania Beach for our pre-cruise night. Anyone have any personal experience with this property? We've stayed elsewhere in the past, but after a terrible stay earlier this year, we're making a switch. Lori :)
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