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  1. We have sailed out of NY 3 times, and yes, seas were rough, much rougher than any caribbean cruise.  2 of the sailings were to bermuda though, but the roughest sailing was from NY to Bahamas.  There wasn't any storm in particular, but it was the most movement we have felt on any cruise to the point we actually wanted off the boat.  Especially coming back.  That sailing was in Mid-Late april.  

  2. There are pools and a really great kids splash pad.  The kids clubs are phenomenal for kids also!  You wouldn't have to worry about her keeping busy, but it's harder as parents with little ones to get to do the things we want.  Our last trip was our first with our son, and we did miss all the shows, and things we normally do on an adult trip, like the casino.  But we still had a great time!  And it would be nice to have a grandparent there.

  3. 1 hour ago, Moltar said:

    The problem with Atlantis is exactly this, access to hotel grounds by non hotel guests.  The only time its enjoyable is the first hour the pool opens, then come the hotel guests, then come 2-4 cruise ships with guests as well as nearby hotels.  Who wants to wait 30-40 minutes per slide? who wants to wait online 15-20 minutes for a hot dog or chicken tenders.  It is mayhem at the Pools and especially the slides. When we stayed at Atlantis it really drove me nuts when the hordes of cruise passengers came over, I'm talking HORDES. Before that happens the pool area is pretty enjoyable. But again, thats for maybe the first hour, 2 at best.

     

    We loved it so much from our cruise excursion that we are staying for a week in May.  But, we are staying at The Cove.  They have their own pool, (2 of them actually) beach, etc. that you have to be a guest to access.  So, for anyone thinking of going to ATlantis and doesn't want to always battle day guests, this would be a great option I'm assuming. I guess we will see in May.   

  4. Boy that's expensive.  But I've been on many cruises now, and the day we spent at Atlantis in 2012 is probably my favorite day, on any cruise, ever.  So much so, that we are going back to stay at Atlantis for a week this coming may.  We did not go for a beach day, we went for the water park.  We spent most of our time riding around the "lazy river" (which is not a lazy river, it is rapids mixed with a lazy river that takes a very very long time just to ride through it once). And we could have spent all day on that thing, over and over.  It was so much fun.  They pull you around on your raft to different water slides, etc.  We did go in October, and the place was not that crowded.  If you have the money, do it.  The food was great, so were the drinks, the place was beautiful.  I could go on and on.

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  5. It's insane that they do this, but all cruise lines do it.  I've sailed with both Norwegian and Carnival and threads exactly like this one pop up on their boards.  So while in my opinion it's a completely unethical thing to do, changing lines probably wouldn't solve the problem.  It's also very rare.  I would be seriously upset though.  I would be even more angry if I had already booked a flight.  

  6. On 12/19/2019 at 8:36 PM, breezy_carol said:

    Mt husband and I went on a cruise this summer with son and DIL.  I guess that made us the in-laws.  I hope neither of them felt this way.  I don't think they did.  We tried very hard to give them space.

     

    We go on vacation and trips with my parents all the time.  There's always speedbumps but it doesn't make it any less fun.  I posted earlier about my mom trying to get meds through airport security that looks like marajuana.   We always have a good laugh about it afterwards.  The only time it's ever horrible to travel with relatives is when they are super negative.  But I'm sure your family had a great time with you!

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  7. 6 hours ago, kiddo76 said:

     

     

    My mom is one of "those people"  haha.  She has this medication she takes that she allegedly cannot live without.  (it's a natural herb for digestion. not necessary... but it is to her)  It looks EXACTLY like crushed up marajuana.  She puts it in a baggie in her luggage, and tries to pass the bag off on someone else to carry it through the airport security check.  Every time she gets stopped for this, she is pissed.  And we tell her every time she is going to get stopped, yet every time she continues to be surprised, and pissed.

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  8. 7 hours ago, taglovestocruise said:

    There seems to be no problem selling out the $2000+ per day over the water cabanas at Coco Cay.  The same people would not blink at $2.50 for a glass of ice tea. 

     I Disagree.  I'm staying in a 2 bedroom grand suite on the Symphony, the room was outrageously expensive.  And call me crazy but the $2.50 for iced tea bothers me more than the cost of the suite...  It's the principle.  Not to mention that there are only a couple of people on that ship willing to pay for those cabanas, or expensive suites for that matter.

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  9. 54 minutes ago, Tree_skier said:

    I'm glad for the option. I'm assuming DBP will work also so no charge for drinks either.  When you couple that with a UDP, which I would definitely purchase on an Oasis class ship, you've got a great addition to the lineup that isn't costing me a dime more.

     I'm not sure where you're thinking it "isn't costing you a dime more".  The UDP costs my family of three $600.  You're paying for that pulled pork.  But you're just pre-paying.

  10. The Carnival Horizon had a similar idea "Guy's Pig and Anchor" and there was an upcharge.  There wasn't a soul in there the entire cruise.  I understand paying for some specialty dining venus... but when you start charging extra for "cheaper" type foods like BBQ it is out of control.  I'm not paying an extra dime for a burger, or a taco on a cruise and I sure won't pay for a rib.  I'll pay for filet and lobster... but not pulled pork.

  11. So here is directly from my cruise planner:

     

    "Savor the savings with the Unlimited Dining Package! For one low price, you can enjoy multiple entrees and visit multiple specialty restaurants every night of your sailing. And as an added perk, this unlimited package also applies to lunch at specialty restaurants on sea days. Plus, enjoy a discount of 40% off bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles above $100 while dining in specialty restaurants.

     

     

    A courtesy reservation will be made for the first night of your cruise based on your preferred dining time. You will receive your courtesy reservation confirmation in your stateroom on the first day of your cruise. All additional reservations or changes to your courtesy reservation must be made once onboard at any specialty restaurant.

     

     

    For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you’ll receive a $35 food credit.*"

     

    So... for one thing it is not unlimited if they're going to give you a $35 food credit for a la carte pricing, and then cut you off.  And for another thing, It confuses me above where it states "multiple entrees and visit multiple specialty restaurants every night of your sailing".  I questioned whether that was saying in order to get multiple entrees, you have to visit multiple restaurants.

  12. I didn't read through the whole thread's responses.  But when I was reading on RCI's website about the UDP, It sounded to me like you could get Unlimited entrees....AS LONG AS they were at different restaurants.  Like you could go to Chops and Order an entree, and then later go to Jamie's and order and entree.  Almost like... who would have time to do this?  As a deterrant to do it at all.

     

    Because of the way it was worded on the website, I remember being confused.  I honestly though can't see how Royal could allow someone to sit down and order 3 filets for one person, every single night.  That wouldn't make sense to me either.  You'd be getting like 21 fillets plus sides, apps, and dessert for $200.  Having said that, I did think you would be allowed to order multiple apps.  I can't imagine someone leaving hungry if you were allowed to order multiple apps and sides.

  13. On 7/21/2019 at 8:08 PM, PlanetX said:


    The week before your sailing, you should receive an email from the suite concierge. Just reply and request your preferred dining times, and they will confirm prior to the sailing.  Probably best to make plans for whichever shows you want to attend prior to requesting CK reservations, though.

    I did not see any opportunity to make CK reservations via the Cruise Planner on our recent Harmony sailing, fwiw.

     

    On 7/21/2019 at 8:08 PM, PlanetX said:


    The week before your sailing, you should receive an email from the suite concierge. Just reply and request your preferred dining times, and they will confirm prior to the sailing.  Probably best to make plans for whichever shows you want to attend prior to requesting CK reservations, though.

    I did not see any opportunity to make CK reservations via the Cruise Planner on our recent Harmony sailing, fwiw.

     

    On 7/21/2019 at 8:17 PM, PaulS said:

    Thanks for the information. I’ll be looking for the email from the concierge.

     

    Our cruise is Oct. 2020 and I was able to make coastal kitchen reservations for each night on the cruise planner online already.  very strange!

  14. 15 hours ago, John&LaLa said:

     

    Yes, thats what I was referring  to. Thanks. 

     

    I thought I did photos of the dishes as well. Must have been mistaken.  

     

    Thank you, these are the same menus that seem to be on the app for current 7 night sailings in CK.  The menus look interesting for sure... my husband and I are adventurous eaters.  The MDR menus look better than CK, only if the dishes were better quality.  But there is something that looks pretty good each night in CK... the pasta dishes sound the best. We'll try it out and if we dont like it we will probably end up eating the specialty dining.  Thanks!

  15. We are cruising in suites for our next cruise, and looking into the Coastal Kitchen it seemed by many past reviews that there are only 2-3 different dinner menus throughout a 7 night cruise at coastal kitchen.  Yet when I look on the app, for 7 night Symphony cruises, the menu at coastal kitchen doesn't seem to repeat at all.  It looks as though there are 7 different menus.  Can someone clarify?  thanks!

  16. 4 hours ago, HotRod3 said:

    I know that most of my Drink Package purchases are made right from in the pool on my previous 19 cruises.  I have had the waitstaff take my seapass or wow band from me right in the pool and then hand me the beer in the pool.  This is one of my favorite ways to spend my time on a cruise.  It is too bad that a few people that have possibly  drank irresponsibly in the pools and  ruined this for us the responsible cruisers.

     

    I don't think it's about someone getting too drunk, but I believe the rule is in place because you cannot see broken glass in a pool, so you're not allowed to usually have wine glasses or anything of the sort near the water.  My suspicion is that the rule was misinterpreted by the video poster, and someone was turned down ordering a drink that came in a GLASS cup.  I could be wrong, but I would bet this is the case.  No drinks at all by the pool is ridiculous.

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  17. Thanks everyone for all of your replies.  There are a ton of cabins on the ship that hold at least 3, so that's why it's strange.  when I look at the deck plans, the rooms with sofabeds have a triangle on them, and there are TONS of them, almost half the rooms on some decks.  And the sailings before and after both have tons of these rooms open.  So that's why I'm extremely confused, and when I looked a few weeks ago, we basically had the pick of the entire ship.  So something strange is going on.  And I also wouldn't think October would be prime time for family cruising.

  18. 3 minutes ago, taglovestocruise said:

    As of right now 14166 is open for three, no cabins for 4. Lots of balconys for two. Might look at a balcony for 2 with a across the hall interior for the kids. Sometimes  a balcony and a interior are the same or cheaper then a balcony for 4.

     

    I believe that cabin doesn't show up on the RCI website because it's a handicap cabin, which I wouldn't want to take anyway.  (I saw one available on a different website that was handicap) Some of the kids are young, so booking two cabins would split the parents up, its just not ideal.  There are some junior suites left so that is an option.  But it was just concerning even if they don't end up booking, why this is happening.  There is also very limited availability with specialty dining, and it's a year and a half away.  I'm just wondering if a huge group booked the ship.

  19. 1 minute ago, Ourusualbeach said:

    You can book an Oceanview guarantee balcony.  

     

    I'm not seeing where I can book a guarantee balcony... but We are definitely not into booking guarantee cabins.  But I guess i'm more just asking if anyone else thinks this is strange.  That far out, not being able to choose one oceanview balcony on the entire ship all of a sudden.  

  20. We are sailing on the Symphony of the Seas, Oct 17 2020.  This is a LONG way away, yet there are NO outside balcony rooms left for 3-4 people.  There are central park or boardwalk balconies left, yet not one outside balcony on the ship.  We booked a few months ago (we are checking for other family members) and there were almost zero cabins booked last month, and tons of availability.  The sailing before and after also have almost all of these cabins still available.  

     

    This scares me, that some huge group booked up the entire ship.  I have looked to see if there is some sort of event going on and I cannot find anything.  Does anyone else find this odd?  It looks like there are tons of rooms on the ship that can fit more than 2 people, and it's a year and a half away.  All booked.

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