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  1. Karens of the world unite! Take back our name and wear it with pride. Karen RB
  2. Was at Maya Chan Dec 11th. Seaweed was piled up over 2 ft high on beach and stunk. Smelled like rotten eggs. It wasn't enough to make you gag but was pretty unpleasant. Wanted to also mention the drinks were really watered down that day. I've been to Maya Chan before and that wasn't the case. When you ordered something, the bartender didn't make them in front of you. He went into a back room and almost instantly appeared with the drink. Obviously they were pre-mixed. I totally stopped ordering drinks when he served me a pina colada that tasted like soap. Gave up and switche
  3. We'll be renting a car for the day at Alamo in the Miami Airport. When I did this a few years ago there was a free Alamo shuttle that ran between the airport and the port. Is this still available? If not, do we have to go to the main terminal and then take the train to the car rental place or can we got dropped off directly at the rental area? Thanks, Karen
  4. Forgot to mention I never had any issues with the ship's internet (except for the cost). I bought premium access so I could listen to music on Sirius.
  5. Think I picked up something on the ship the last day. Started to feel awful on the flight home. Just now coming up for air. Here's some thoughts on the recent 5 day Breakaway Cruise out of Port of Miami (Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and two sea days). Arrived at the port around 10:30am and got boarding group 1. Positioned myself to wait by the escalator up to the gangway. (Vibe runners know where this is going.) There were around 30 people in the Priority Area that they boarded at 11:30am. I was on the ship shortly after this and had a Vibe pass in hand 10 min later. Passes were
  6. Considering booking a last-minute cruise the week before Thanksgiving on the Breakaway out of Miami. For those of you who've cruised this week, is the demographic usually kid heavy? I thought I read a post one time that it was but it seems to me like Thanksgiving week would have more since they wouldn't have to miss as much school. Not kid-averse, I just get enough whining and crying at work. (Pediatric RN) Karen
  7. Cabins 11092 through 11098 are available. Starboard, below Garden Cafe eating area, not prep area.
  8. We're cruising the first week of December. It's a four day cruise with 2 sea days so Splash Academy may get a lot of use but we'll be out of the cabin most of the day. Mostly concerned with noise after midnight.
  9. The price of MA mini suites on our Pearl cruise dropped to below what we paid for our balcony cabin. The choice of cabins left were either below the pool deck, video arcade, Garden Buffet or Splash Academy. I upgraded to the one cabin left below Splash Academy but now I'm second guessing myself. Anyone have any experience/thoughts on which location on Pearl class ships is better? I'm up early and my travel partner can sleep through a bomb blast. We do spend a lot of time on the balcony in early evening. thanks Karen
  10. Thanks for the ideas. 17th St sounds like the best spot. Originally, was looking for something around Dania area since we're cruising out of Miami but there wasn't anything open nearby that late on a Sunday.
  11. Our FLL flight arrives at 10:30pm on a Sunday. We're looking for somewhere to stay that has something to do nearby. Wouldn't say no to a brew pub. Any ideas? Karen
  12. Just got off the Brilliance on Thursday. The smoke in the casino was so bad I wouldn't even walk through it just to get somewhere. Another thing to be aware of, smoking is allowed on the starboard side of the pool deck and at the Sky Bar. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 below the smoking section and I frequently smelled smoke while out there. There was no one smoking on nearby balconies. Guess the wind was carrying the smoke over the side of the ship then down from the smoking sections.
  13. Returning to RCCL after several years cheating on them with NCL. Do they have embarkation day luggage storage like NCL does so we can stash our roll ons until the rooms open? We're going on Brilliance, if that matters. Karen
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