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  1. I took a lightweight camping hammock on the allure last year and took plenty on naps in it. The issue will be your height. the width of the balconies are only about 10 feet wide and that leaves you with the hammock pretty high off of the deck so entering and exiting becomes a challenge. (especially after a couple of cocktails). or it you make the hammock lower it is not very comfortable for anyone very tall. I am only 5'6" so it worked out OK. In fact I used it more as a swing type seat then a hammock. Bottom line is yes you could easily sleep outside in it and not worry about getting locked out unless someone purposely locked you out so be nice to your cabin mate...
  2. Just booked this hotel for our May Cruise! Thinking that the embarkation is probably going to change allowing for more on board cleaning before boarding. Is there anything to do around the hotel for a couple of hours in the morning before heading to the port? We normally love to have breakfast then head on down to the ship but thinking that might not be an option we are looking for ideas??
  3. I would gladly wheel all my luggage not just my Carry-on, push my car, schedule a colonoscopy, or just about anything else just to be cruising.👍 That is a great point if boarding is pushed back to early afternoon, then the cabins should be available upon boarding.
  4. Happy Sunday CC Boards..... We are booked in a Junior Suite aboard the Symphony and we are Diamond Members. Upon embarkation is there any place we can either drop our carry-on luggage off or can we run it to the cabin then get out of every ones way to start our much needed vacation? We are the family that loves to be onboard as early as possible. I realize things might be different once cruising starts again but was wondering if this was at least possible pre COVID?
  5. We cancelled and re-booked so many cruises this year we had enough credit to get a mini-suite on this trip and its already paid for so that is a nice positive. Luckily we have a great travel agent that navigated through the hoops to make it all happen. Been looking at cabin prices and they are much higher then when we booked but I am periodically checking. At this point I would sleep on a deck chair or the anchor to be able to cruise again!!
  6. OK Gang I am over the COVID crap looking forward to our Symphony Sailing in 262 days, 6288 hours, 377,280 minutes or 22,636,800 seconds not that I am counting or anything...LOL I currently have the soda package and photo package saved in our cruise planner but have not purchased the items yet. I noticed that things keep going on sale lower then previously noted and my cart is getting adjusted for the lower prices. Does this also work when the prices go back up?? Meaning should I just pull the trigger and pay for the items now then cancel and re-book if they go lower or just let it go thinking my current cart price is locked in at the current price in the event the prices start to increase like I am sure they will as soon as cruising starts again. I have a feeling I know the answer but wanted someone's experience to let me know.
  7. I have a bit of experience with this. Up front I am going to say Back to back might be different. We booked and had 3 cruises cancelled and finally gave up and booked for next May. I have an amazing travel agent and she was a pit bull dealing with Royal. Several of the customer service people could not use common sense in that all I wanted was to get 125% of the actual cash I spent nothing more. It was complicated due to all the different cruises and FCC used. Another issue that came into play was the fact that the original cruise we booked was a kids cruise free trip however, the second trip was not. The way that it works is the FCC is broken down per person so the fact that the original cruise showed we paid nothing, other than port fees, for my son there was no credit. However, for the second cruise that was not the case and the hang up was getting them to understand we paid money for the second trip for my son. Therefore we were due FCC for him. We finally got it figured it out thanks to my calm but demanding travel agent. If you don't know, all the port taxes and fees are never part of the FCC and they are refunded back to you via the same m method you paid for them. Bottom line is I recommend figuring out exactly what was paid and keeping track of everything. I hope this explains what we went through. Again we did not book back to backs but had several cruises with FCC and were not allowed to stack anything. Happy Cruising....
  8. OK since 2020 is out after being cancelled 3 times. We have booked the symphony for 2021. Can anyone tell me the minimum height requirements for both the water slides and the abyss?
  9. thanks for all the feedback. As we get closer I still might end up pulling the trigger on the Suite
  10. cb at sea.... I am really looking forward to the extra space and for essentially the same price we would be paying for a smaller cabin next month. I was drawn to pulling the trigger on the suite for about $1500 more but without being able to open the door next to the bed e ought to hear the ocean and not my office phones I couldn't really justify the price.
  11. We just took our FCC for the Harmony Cruise that was canceled and re-booked on the Symphony. We were able to get a Junior Suite for the amount of FCC we got from our Cat 1C cabin that was cancelled so that was nice. My question is are any of the Junior suites configured so the the bed is closer to the balcony vs having the couch closer to the Balcony?? Follow up question we are thinking about paying a bit more and switching from the Junior Suite to the Grand 1 Bedroom Suite and was wondering if there is a door from the bedroom to the balcony or is the only way to the balcony from the sitting area?
  12. Thanks for the Drive by Capt BJ! I was thinking that it might be new and with the restrictions either no guests yet or not enough to review. I look forward to writing a review In 87 days when I am in one of these Hotels, not sleeping being excited to cruise the next day!!!!
  13. Anybody have any experience with this hotel? Travel Advisor has no reviews so iI was wondering if the location was real new or perhaps a recent name change?? Trying to choose between Radisson Resort at the Port, Country Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn or the Home2Suites.
  14. Thanks Capt_BJ exactly what we were looking for. Was thinking we might be able to walk to dinner and uber home or try one of your suggestions. All that is left now is that the country comes out of lock down in time for us to go!
  15. Couple of things what is the WOW bands that I have heard about? Are they available on the Harmony?
  16. We Started out on Princess in May, got cancelled, we moved to the Symphony in May, was cancelled, moved back to Princess for June 20, cancelled, now booked on the Harmony in August. If this one is cancelled we are calling it a year and will be booking for next year. Like you I am completely over reading everyone's "opinions" on what is best for mankind and the cruising industry. If I have to sit poolside in a mask I'm in. Might be tough to explain the crazy tan lines but oh well!! LOL We were on the Allure last last year and I remember going to the Pursers Office towards the end of the cruise and asking about the Diamond benefit and remember being upset about missing out but can't remember the details. LOL
  17. I am a Diamond level status and I thought I received some free internet time but can't remember. Anyway to get the best pricing, should we buy a package pre-sailing or wait till we board?
  18. Hoping to make the Aug cruise after being cancelled 3 times.... Last time we cruised out of Port Canaveral we stayed near the airport because we arrived close to midnight so just wanted a bed. This time we are arriving late afternoon the day prior. Looking at hotels near the port and it seems that the best deal I can find is for the Radisson Resort at the Port. Does anyone have any experience with the property or can you shed some light. Not looking for much other than a clean room and someplace for dinner. We were actually looking at Grills or fish lips . I would assume either a shuttle or quick uber ride could get us there or is it possible to walk?? Thanks for your help
  19. We just got canceled so thank you for all the good advice but it won't be needed now...... 😞
  20. We are stopping in San Juan and St Thomas. I have snorkeled at St Thomas and might again. I was just looking for additional options. Thanks for the chill Island advice.
  21. Can anyone tell us the best option for snorkeling between the two ports? We have our own snorkel gear so we don't necessarily need an excursion.
  22. The Intercontental is over $400/night and the YVE is $185 which was the main reason I was looking at the YVE. I can live with the small rooms we are going to be in a cabin for the whole week so what's 1 more night LOL. Just want to make sure it is safe and clean the rest is fine we were planning on using Uber/Lyft to get to and from the airport and the cruise port so shuttle/breakfast etc not that big of a deal.
  23. We are getting in Friday afternoon for a Sat departure. May 9 well fingers crossed anyway. Looking at a couple of hotel options. 1) Novotel Miami Brickell 2)YVE Hotel Miami 3)Hyatt Regency Miami YVE is across the street from Bayside market which is where we were thinking about going for dinner so leaning that way. Looking for any personal experience or recommendations please.
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