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  1. Thank you! Is it just old and small, or also shabby/ in poor condition?
  2. Hi all, We've cruised Carnival and RC but today I see a GREAT fare on MSC Armonia. The price is so, so good. What do I need to know about MSC? Am I missing a major detail? No food or something???
  3. Hi, We finished an 8-night exotic Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Conquest last month. We had a great time and LOVED our ports. This was our 5th cruise - 4 on Carnival and 1 on RC. I am not dissatisfied with Carnival, but I do think next time I want to try a different line. We are a family of 4 - two boys ages 14 and 4. Looking for recommendations for a line/ particular boat: Things we really liked about Carnival: Carnival is priced great, gotta love that - that said we will pay more - but probably not Disney prices Excellent staff/service We enjoy those comedy shows and outdoor movies I might be wrong but cabin sizes might have been a smidge better on Carnival than RC? Up til now, we have had all 4 of us in one cabin. (Might change) Things we weren't so into: We love pool time, but our ship had so much loud, nonstop music on Lido, DH and I felt we had headaches at the end of the day (and not from booze!) Also, I can live without another hairy chest contest or twerking. ;) That said, wish Carnival still had live music on Lido Shows so far on Carnival were really so-so. We've been on 1 RC cruise and I don't know if its fair to base everything on that, but it seemed higher quality Most Carnival ships are kind of loud décor wise, however not a deal breaker for us Edited to add: Oh, and we have no use for casinos and tried to avoid Deck 5 because of all the smoking yuckiness. Can this be avoided? Thanks!
  4. We're just off the Conquest. Overall great trip, but I looked through buffet several days for lunch and usually came up pretty not into the offerings. Did Guys/ deli/ BBQ instead. So even so it didn't appeal, there are still options!
  5. BTW, I did have the wrong email address (duh!!! and Thanks!!!) We're all set - looking forward to this!
  6. I'm not a casino person, so I can't comment. I wouldn't be surprised to hear Serenity Deck was busy but that's because it is in the most awesome aft location. Absolutely great location for serenity
  7. The food is fun, we're looking forward to this later in the month!
  8. I emailed them 5-6 days ago, still no response, so I guess I will try resending..... We are looking at the full day tour for our fam, which includes a 14 yo boy and a 4.5 yo boy. For those of you who've done that tour, you think my younger guy can take it?
  9. Yikes. We are flying in late the night before cruise and this is what popped up for cheap on Hotwire. (I went in knowing I might get this hotel on HW and did it anyway due to price.) Hope its not total disaster!
  10. What's typically the earliest appointment time at Port Everglades? (if not FTTF)
  11. Did you go on your trip yet? Curious to get a wine review! My husband works for a wine company and I'm afraid I've been spoiled.....
  12. How was Tortola? We're going to Kitts on Conquest in April but still not decided what to do.
  13. Thank you very much - I saw pics of the HFLM and thought my kids might enjoy the pool and seeing all those boats, but I've never been there and the advice that the beach really is (duh) so much nicer is what I needed to hear. Booked the Sonesta. Thanks.
  14. Hi - Looking for thoughts on these two hotels. We're doing two nights post cruise. I'm traveling with husband and two sons, ages 14 and 4. I'm a beach person, but the boys really are much more pool people. Both hotels are in our price point, although Sonesta is a bit more expensive. Seems like Hilton has a better pool, but Sonesta is closer to beach and maybe a bit spiffier? Any thoughts?
  15. Hi, I'm American, my husband is Dutch. We'll be in SXM in April with our two kids, 4 and 14. Looking for suggestions of what to do, with bonus points that give nod to the Dutch culture on the island. Excited to see if he'll get any nice Dutch snacks from back home... .Thanks!
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