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    Bel Air, Maryland
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    cruising, snorkeling
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    Royal Caribbean, Carnival
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  1. Ive been on the Grandeur 4 times (just got back 2 weeks ago) and Ive done the pride 2x. We are thinking of booking on the Pride again next year just due to timing/itinerary options. If you have any specific questions Id be happy to help. Overall I would probably pick Grandeur over Pride, the service is top notch and everyone is SUUUUUPER friendly. My first cruise on the Pride I had some major problems wtih but I think it was a fluke because the second time it was fine.
  2. Im not sure what the actual rules are, but I can tell you that we didnt see any one using a floating mat in the pool. They have loungers built in you can lay in on the edge of the pool so your butt would be sitting in a couple inches of water but the rest of you would be out.
  3. I just got back from Coco cay and I can't speak for any other cabanas but Im not sure why anyone would book an Oasis Lagoon cabana in my personal opinion. There are TONS of chairs and umbrellas providing shade around the pool, the cabanas there are set back so they are not right on the water and just a heads up they have a DJ playing music (kind of loudly) from the bar area so its not super quiet. I thought Coco Cay was amazing! The beach cabanas may be worth it but I wouldnt recommend the pool ones
  4. I was on the Grandeur (docked at Coco cay that day) and we were all freaking out when we watched Harmony pull in because we had been told we were going to be the only ship there and no one mentioned any test docking! haha Glad it all worked well and (selfishly) glad harmony didnt actually dock for the day 🙂
  5. We went last week and there were TONS of umbrellas around the pool. To be honest we walked over to the beach for a quick swim but the pool was so amazing we went back and I can't remember if there were umbrellas on the beach or not. But there were tons and tons of chairs and umbrellas surrounding Oasis Lagoon and they are free
  6. I just did the balloon ride on May 8th. I debated for a long time if I wanted to book it when it was showing 31.99 in my cruise planner. When I finally went to book it right before my cruise the price went to 39.99. I decided not to do it then but my father booked it for us when we got on board the ship (39.99 price). Personally, I think it was worth the $40 and it was amazing views, but its something you will probably only do once and never do again. Flight time is a solid 10 min. The balloon can hold up to 30 people but there were only 8 of us on our turn. You are pretty much locked in
  7. @zooma Our original plan was to take a taxi to horseshoe bay on Sunday but that was before we realized our tour was going to stop at the beach on Saturday and the water was a little too chilly still to go all the way in. So the tour guide suggested we take the ferry so we did. The ferry was very nice, quick 20 min ride. We chose to go to Hamilton because the ferry doesnt run to St George's on Sundays and Hamilton was beautiful but everything was shut down since it was a Sunday (we did know that ahead of time but decided to go anyway) The shops there seem to be more "high end"/ boutique s
  8. @zooma I highly highly recommend this tour! She offers longer tours (approx 6 hours) but due to our time restrictions there and wanting to be back on before dinner, we booked just a 2 hour tour with her. She picked us up at 530 just outside the dockyard. She is the granddaughter of the last lighthouse keeper before it went electric so she was born and raised on the island and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. She is very passionate about Bermuda and knows extensive info about the history. She drove around as much of the island as possible and made several stops along the way for us to get out. We stop
  9. Looking for suggestions. My family and I (ages 28-83) will be docking at Kings Wharf on Saturday May 2 at 2 pm and leaving at 6 pm Sunday. The only thing we *know* we want to do is take a mini bus to Horseshoe beach one of the days. Unfortunately i am realizing now that our time limit there is going to make things tricky for anything else. After researching things to do, we were considering taking a ferry from kings wharf to hamilton. However the ferry schedule is slower on weekends and I don't think we will catch the 2:30 ferry Saturday and the next one isn't until 4:00. Aft
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