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  1. Our experience is that there will be a lot of children on the Thanksgiving cruise. That's based on one Thanksgiving cruise though, not several.
  2. No snorkeling?? We're not there yet. Our break from tradition was something we always did on the way to the cruise port. Since all but one our cruises left from Florida -a 12 to 13 hour drive- we would drive down, leaving 2 days before the cruise. The trip would start after my husband got home from work, around 6:30 pm. Dh would drive because night driving knocks me out. We would stop late that night at a motel, exhausted and crabby, and get up the next day about 7:00 am, in a not much better state of mind, to finish the drive to our pre-cruise hotel, arriving early afternoon. Then one day, about a month before an upcoming cruise, I came up with a different plan. I proposed that instead of splitting the drive between a night leg and a morning leg, we get up at 4:30 in the morning the day before the cruise and drive straight through. This way we would be pretty much be driving during daylight hours in which case I could help more with the driving, we wouldn't be exhausted, and we wouldn't need to rent a motel. This game-changer became our new tradition. That being said, for various reasons we're actually not driving this time, we're flying.
  3. As soon as I saw 4-day CA to Ensenada, I had a feeling about where this review was going. Are you saying you had no idea that short cruises tend to be rowdier?
  4. That's good to know. I'm waiting until I have my August statement before I email it in. I don't want to be bothered with FAX or snail mail if possible.
  5. I hadn't actually done the math. Nope, dh and I definitely aren't going to drink almost a 1000 dollars worth of anything.
  6. Not that I would want to do this with more than one suitcase, but the cheapest way is public transportation. https://www.cruzely.com/the-cheapest-way-from-the-airports-to-the-port-of-miami-just-2-25-per-person/
  7. Wow, choices! Thanks. Maybe one for lunch and one for dinner. 😉
  8. Barring a flight delay, we should reach the Residence Inn at Coconut Grove around the tail-end of lunch time the day before our cruise. If we want to have a good seafood meal on the waterfront, where would you suggest we go? What if we decide on Cuban cuisine instead? Any suggestions?
  9. It looks like you all had fun doing the shoot. Thank you for sharing your pictures and your experience.
  10. If you don't mind my asking for more information, what was amazing about your experience?
  11. I would like to hear either your experience or advice about the professional photo sessions on the Horizon. I'm entertaining the idea of a booking a photo session during our upcoming 30th anniversary cruise on the Horizon. I have reservation about it because Dh and I have had our picture taken as a couple formally a few times over the past years, on land and once at sea, but the proofs weren't so great so we never went through with the purchase. Having our photo taken was an awkward experience, and even though we tried to look relaxed and happy, it always showed in the photos that we weren't. Thanks in advance.
  12. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2030....You remember that time we were all supposed to go on a cruise together and GG "The Know It All" got left behind.....
  13. Fortunately these people were not our regular dinner tablemates. I think it would have gotten awkward fast. When our kids were 4, 6 and 9 we took our first cruise. At the embarkment lunch, we were escorted to a table that already sat a an attractive, nicely tanned, expensively dressed family of 3 -older man, much younger wife and cute little girl of about 4 years old. The man immediately greeted us. Very nice manners. Soon, we were all socializing except for the wife. She was stony-faced and only spoke a few words to the little girl. I figured she had a headache or something. Maybe she and the husband had words before we got there. No eye contact between the parents. The man mostly boasted about his real estate business but was interesting to listen to. As the meal went on, his little girl lost interest in eating her chicken nuggets and french fries and started playing with them. Her mom told her to stop playing with her food or she wasn't going to be allowed any dessert. The girl didn't stop. She continued dancing her chicken nuggets around her plate and onto the table. The mom more loudly threatened something else (don't remember). The girl put the nuggets down but she started fingerpainting her plate with the ketchup that was on it. Mom was really ticked now. She hissed a threat at girl who was completely ignoring her, and barked at the husband -who appeared to deep in conversation with my husband and pretending to be not at all aware of the mother-daughter conflict-"Do something with her!" With dead eyes, he flicked a look at his wife and calmly said, "You started it," and immediately went back to talking to my husband about real estate.
  14. Following. I didn't know about the Luggage Lounge. I'm glad you brought this up. The replies are very helpful, but I'm heading to Yelp to learn more.
  15. We're cruising on the Horizon in early November, 2019. FTTF opened up almost exactly 9 months before. I don't know exactly when it sold out - I stopped checking after 2 weeks- but I do know it didn't sell out as quickly as the people in our FB group thought it would.
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