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    cruises, swimming, walking, my grandchildren
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  1. I always have to fly, but I also try to take enough to have choices for my clothes on the cruise. I always have two suitcases - one large and one medium. People who want to take just a carry on size suitcase can do just that - each to his own.
  2. Sometimes a cruise sponsored excursion is late, so the other late people get a break. My husband had a dive in Belize and when he had not returned by the sail away time, I went to the dive shop and asked if the excursion was back. They said it was not back. I went back to the cabin to wait and not too long after that, I noticed the ship was moving. Fortunately, my husband arrived at our cabin soon after the ship sailed. He said they actually drove them down the pier to the ramp to board, they were so late. We missed the early dinner time we were scheduled for and ate in the Windjammer.
  3. We always tip and our luggage comes when it comes. We usually bring a carry on with us with clothes for dinner. I think pulling the carry-on around until 1:00 helps the luggage to arrive earlier. Last cruise on the Allure our daughter passed what looked like their luggage further up the hallway by cabin doors and then saw ours, too. She knocked on our door and I went back with her to move the luggage to her cabin and to ours. Our cabin numbers were correct on the tags. There was no luggage left at our end of the hallway, which was the furthest to the stern. It was probably 3:00 when we found it and we might have passed the luggage later on the way to the muster drill, but we would have stupidly just opened the door and looked for it outside the door until we passed it.
  4. We were on the Allure on the June 2, 2019 sailing. St. Thomas was changed to San Juan long after we booked. With the small distance between these islands, we could not understand why, but the ship was going to San Juan anyway. We stayed on the ship and enjoyed the mostly empty ship. My daughter and family did a San Juan Old and New excursion and had a great time. She wants to return to San Juan for a vacation. I cannot address the problem with others having been there so many times before, but my daughter made the best of it and still had a fun day. I had wanted to go to St. Thomas like many who have posted but just dealt with what we got and still enjoyed our cruise. We are not mad at the cruise line.
  5. I was on the Allure for a June 2 cruise this year. I was also surprised at how many people dressed up for the formal night. I did not see many tuxes, but did see suits quite a bit, and then shirts and ties and so on. Based on what I read on these boards, I expected to see much more casual clothes on the formal night. I am not sure what we read here on how casual everyone is reflects what is on all ships on all dates. I actually bought a long dress for this cruise and did not feel at all like the only one dressed up. Wear what you will enjoy wearing.
  6. I went to several Meet and Mingles and the cruise line provided a lot more food (cheese, fruit and pastries) than needed for the people who showed up. At each of them, attendance was low even though the thread had been active. The low attendance might be why the cruise line will stop supporting this. Also, most people talk to people they came with. None of them were really mixers.
  7. We put our bags out the night before and they were all there in the terminal when we got there, so we were lucky. When boarding the Allure, later in the day, my daughter was walking down the hallway and noticed luggage that looked like theirs was at wrong doors. She looked closer and it was their luggage. She also saw ours and let us know. I found our luggage up the hall about 7 doorways. We both had cabins to the end of the hallway and we think the cabin attendant or whoever brings the luggage just left it in the general area of our cabins - it was on the correct side of the elevator! We got our luggage earlier than we would have, I guess.
  8. I just got off the Allure on June 9. I walked through Central Park most days and looked at the plants as I walked by. I never saw a duck, so this is not so prevalent yet. Central Park would be a fun place to hide them. This seems like harmless fun to me, but I can see how it could really get out of hand as it gains popularity. There is a limit for everything, I guess.
  9. One good thing about the new containers is the handle. You won't drop it as often. It is much easier to carry and take along with you.
  10. We had already received an e-mail telling us St. Thomas had been replaced by San Juan, with a 2:00 p.m. departure, for our June 2 cruise on the Allure. Today we got this e-mail: "Due to changes necessary, we have cancelled some of your selections for your upcoming cruise. These cancellations are based on one of the following scenarios: There has been a change to your cruise itinerary or one of the ports visited required for certain selections to be cancelled from your reservation; There has been a change to the arrival and/or departure time for a specific port that required for certain selections to be cancelled from your reservation; The item you reserved or purchased is no longer available; The date of birth of one of the guests has been changed making the purchase no longer valid. Special Note: Dear Guest, Were looking forward to welcoming you aboard Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. As you prepare for this exciting vacation, we need to inform you that there has been a change to your itinerary. Due to a technical matter with one of the ships three propulsion pods, well be reducing our speed. As a result, weve had to make an adjustment to our itinerary. Weve done everything possible to maximize your time at each destination and we are confident your cruise will be amazing. Below, please find the itinerary change. Itinerary Change/Dates: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Voyages: May 12, 2019, June 2, 2019, June 23, 2019, July 14, 2019, August 4, 2019, August 25, 2019, September 15, 2019 and October 6, 2019 The port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas has been replaced with San Juan, Puerto Rico and the call time is 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. All tours calling the port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on these dates have been cancelled and new tours are available for you to select in San Juan Puerto Rico. Weve already updated your itinerary and refunded your form of payment. The only thing left for you to do is to contact us to select another tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a safe and joyous journey. Should you have any questions or concerns, please visit: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/shoreExcursions.do or call us at (800) 398-8919 to ensure space on your new excursion. Thank you" We would have preferred St. Thomas as a port, but the cruise contract gives them the right to change the route. My husband commented today that we should plan to just relax and enjoy our vacation on the Allure. We cannot easily change the date, so we will stay with our original plans and also plan to visit San Juan. We have been there several times and may just stay on the ship and enjoy the almost empty ship. I cannot get worked up about this change of port.
  11. We are on the Allure for the June 2 sailing. We got e-mails this week advising us they would be reducing speed due to an problem with one of the three propulsion pods. We were supposed to visit St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Nassau. They took away St. Thomas and now we go to San Juan from St. Kitts. We leave there at 2:00 p.m. to start for Nassau. In Nassau, they have moved back our arrival an hour. I read a review where someone said the 2 screens in the Water Theater were both broken. I hope this is not the case when we are on board, but what can we do anyway? I plan to have a good time on this cruise!
  12. My husband is a diver and has come across age limits depending on the port. He could not dive in Aruba because the operator had a 65 year old age limit. Other ports do not have age limits, except to be old enough. You have to look at the excursion to know. Mostly he is still able to dive. I don't think Royal is setting the age limit.
  13. How fast customs is can be a factor as well on getting to a 10:35 flight. It might work out fine if you can get off the ship early and get through customs easily.
  14. How are disembarkation times assigned? On other cruise lines they do it by flight time. My brother was told by corporate that they disembark by deck, which makes it seem like lots of people could miss their flights. I think my brother got lots of bad information from corporate on embarking and disembarking, but I decided to ask experienced Princess cruisers how disembarkation times are assigned. Thank you for clarifying this for me.
  15. I am on Princess for the first time and I did buy the Soda and more package on the web. I guess I will find out if this works out or not. I do plan to have the proof that I bought it readily available when I board. I guess it works for some people, maybe I will be lucky!
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