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  1. No--so maybe talk to her about it ahead of time. But I also think the closer they get to 18, the less they click with the majority of the kids there so she may not have been all that happier if the cruise was 2 weeks before her birthday. They do sometimes have an 18-21 Club gathering each day at a different spot--place for "kids" in those age groups to meet up. But she may be at the younger end of that as well. Depending on when you travel, she may be just as happy to have time to relax and be on her own--kids that age lead such hectic school lives!
  2. I would think the only week that "could" have more kids is if it's during the week of the MLK holiday Monday. We loved Symphony--best cruise in years! They also have Hooked which we found to be one of our favorites. They have a bar in the middle where you can order happy hour apps or just a drink.
  3. What space is being removed for the cabins? Is it the lower level of Solarium that was right against the windows?
  4. And you just log into your cruise planner and sales will be there if offered? There isn't another place to look, correct?
  5. For warm weather itineraries, I would definitely do Freedom over the Quantum class. I haven't been on Freedom class yet but am looking into it. If you're someone who likes to be outside and by pools, really take a look at the deck plans for Quantum. Unless they really change things for Odyssey, there just isn't as much outdoor space. The Seaplex is huge and takes up a ton of outdoor space. Same with the indoor pool--and again, unless things change with Odyssey, they do not use the retractable roofs. But my mom loved Anthem in the Caribbean bc she felt like it was too hot on pool decks, so she'd hang out in Solarium for a bit, then go shower and change and spend the rest of the day in 270 reading and watching the ocean--so it just depends on what you like.
  6. I would not want to do Quantum class from Florida. I do not really like this class (have been on Anthem 3x) but I think the one thing going in its favor is the indoor space for colder itineraries. The outdoor space felt much more crowded and I really missed the pool set up as well as the Boardwalk/Central Park areas on Oasis Class. The Promenade area at night also felt so crowded. The Solarium felt a lot smaller and was crazy crowded all three times we went. I'd do Anthem again if it had a unique itinerary because we are within driving distance of the port, but I didn't love the ship and would not want to do it on an itinerary where you'd want to be outside most of the time. Now, if you're someone who doesn't like the heat and the sun, there are lots of places to be inside and see the ocean, so I guess it just depends on what you like on a warm weather cruise.
  7. On Symphony this summer I saw a very small "purse" type dog with owners walking around and getting ready to relax on loungers by the cantilevered hot tubs. I admit I was thinking snarky thoughts! A couple of days later, I saw the same couple again on loungers, woman was napping, and the little purse type dog was laying right next to her, looking very alert and not making any noise--was not also enjoying a nap. I felt guilty about my snarky thoughts a few days earlier! It would never have occurred to me that a tiny fluffy dog would be a service animal, but seeing it be so alert and quiet while the owner was napping, reminded me to not be so judgmental!
  8. Just be sure you know what is a charge in that market as well. Seem to remember that iFly is a charge--not sure about activities in the seaplex or North Star. Also, it's one thing for adults to manage expectations and go in with eyes open, but it can be harder for kids while on vacation especially. Just be sure they are OK with what may be different as well
  9. Would this new Card Room have the view with the windows or would it be walled in due to the rooms on either side? Just seems strange that they would let a 2 story room with a view be turned into a Card Room?
  10. You have to be under 18 to participate in any teen clubs on RCCL so switching ships won't help with that. Many sailings have a meet up almost every day for the 18-21 crowd--some sailings I have seen it more often in the compass than others. We will be in the same situation next summer as well. Sometimes depending on how busy the "kid" is though, spending a week reading, relaxing, eating whatever they want, etc is enough. One tip I heard though is that at that age it is a good idea to get them at least the soda package. This way, they can go into the clubs at night and order something from the bar while they listen to bands, karaoke, etc.
  11. Deck 12 seems to have the 3 rooms right above the "Card Room"--wonder if it will be changed?
  12. Is this the only change in deck plans you've noticed? You think it will be 2 floors? Sort of reminds me a bit of the library area on Anthem. I keep wondering about the library they have slated into a space in Central Park--maybe that will change as well since I think on Symphony there is a card room but no library.
  13. Out of curiosity, about how much would it cost for an insurance plan that would recoup your flights, incidentals, and cruise fare given that the cruise isn't cancelled? About what percentage of the cruise cost? Would this be covered by RCCL standard insurance or is this only covered by using outside coverage?
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