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  1. or order 2 Ubers. You can get the blow-up car seats - just used them for the 1st time and they were invaluable ($35/Amazon). Go to the FL Departures board for more help. BTW - From Marriott Biscayne Bay to port - we used Larry's Limo for 5 adults, 1 child & 8 large luggage & numerous carry-ons. Total cost was $187. Excellent service. Will definitely use them again.
  2. Boleros has nightly Latin Music, Royal Promenade had a live band early evenings (rock & roll w/ oldies mixed in). Dazzles has a live band (same one from Royal Promenade) and there is the JAZZ CLUB on deck 4 which has live music. Don't forget during the day and sometimes early evening there is live music on deck. (Symphony 10/2 sailing)
  3. don't recall seeing it on Symphony (10/2)
  4. Last week on Symphony - cabin corridors were blocked off until just after 2 pm (when cabins opened). You will need to lug it around the ship (we arrived at 1pm and went to eat lunch & began utilizing our drink package until the cabins opened and then deposited carry ons in the cabin. Our regular luggage didn't arrive until 4pm ish).
  5. The only alcoholic drink I've seen on a room service menu is Mimosa at breakfast.
  6. Sorry - wasn't looking for shuttles - just Uber or Taxi. Saw plenty of "MIA Airport Buses" & Private Company Shuttles but really didn't notice any rental car shuttles.
  7. on 10/9/21 we walked off (Self Assist) Symphony at 7:10 (Gangway opened around 7:05am). Breezed thru Customs (now electronic facial recognition system) and was in a taxi by 7:20 and at the Miami Airport at 7:45am. BUT, Miami Airport was PACKED - (MSC Ship also). Took us over 30 minutes in line to do self-check-in, another 20 minutes to self-check bags then 45 minutes to go thru security. We didn't get to our gate until after 9am. We were very LUCKY to be able to walk extremely fast, have a taxi driver who thought he was in the Indy 500 and knew exactly where to go to get us to the right check in area. It also helped that we had Priority Departure (at 7 am or when gangway opened). Do not recommend trying to get to the airport too early unless you are a seasoned traveler and can carry own luggage and speed walk.
  8. We contacted the Special Needs Department (also distilled water) and it was waiting for us when we got to our cabin. Did you contact Special Needs or just RCI Customer Service?
  9. We were in a CLS last week on Symphony (Sky Class)....no Free On Demand Movies for us. I also believe it is a Star Class Suite.
  10. We did max bids last week (Symphony) for 3 Star Class Suites ....were in Sky Class Suites. Did not win.
  11. "Dress Your Best" night (aka formerly Formal Night) on an Anthem 5 night sailing is Night 2. We only had 1 Formal Night on all 5 Night Sailings. . On our Formal Nights last week on Symphony - you saw everything from Gowns to Shorts. Most people dressed up a little more than usual. It was nice seeing all the families that were having ships photos taken - all coordinate their attire. We did have 2 formal nights on Symphony (7 Night sailing), most dressed up the 1st night and few the 2d night.
  12. Symphony of the Seas (10/2) Arrival at pier (12:45pm arrival, check-in scheduled for 1:30pm . Went to suites arrival sign and were literally inside and finished check-in within 10 minutes and was onboard the ship immediately. IT helped that we had requisite paperwork in hand (negative COVID test, proof of full vaccination, passport & set sail pass) and just breezed through 3 check points, received our “purple “The Royal Comeback” wrist band” and literally walked onto the ship. Grandson had to have mandated COVID testing at boarding, so he (w/ his parents - also in Suite Cabin) had a separate line to check-in so he could be tested. They had to wait in separate area until his test results were completed (took over an hour). Cabins opened at 2pm, luggage delivered at 3pm.
  13. Just received above in an email. My unofficial guess is that it would be "first come first serve" when signing up for the test 24 hours in advance as they only have a limited number of slots for testing. I know that I would rather get the Authorized home proctored testing before traveling all the way to the port and be tested. I would be devastated if I was standing there w/ bags in hand waiting to get on the ship and they said "sorry". I would also be devastated at home, but at least I wouldn't need to quarantine before flying back home with family in tow.
  14. We are in a Crown Loft and I was able to bid on all higher level suites - both the Royal Loft and the Ultimate Family Suite were a minimum of $1750 (x2 = $3500), maximum bid was $10K for both of these suites. NOT HAPPENING for us, but I am sure there is someone who would want and be in the financial situation to bid on them. I did bid on the Villa Suites & ATS 2 BR - $500 minimum ($1000 total). I figured if I won the bid then I would be reimbursed the cost of the Deluxe Beverage Pkg (3 people - $1485) so I would be ahead of my original cost by $485. Believe my bid is too low, but nothing ventured nothing gained!
  15. I'm also trying to understand the process......if I had to guess (and trust me I'm probably incorrect) the process would be the "actual price paid for current cabin" and then some mysterious formula that would generate the minimum bid for an upgrade? That way if I paid $100 for my cabin my minimum upgrade would be $500 whereas someone who originally paid $200 for a cabin then their minimum upgrade bid would be $400??? Someone posted on the Royal Up thread that it looked that the Royal Upgrade was only 1 level up. No idea how they came to that conclusion? I'm positive there are others on this site who could enlighten us. (Also, don't know about others but it seems I'm checking my Royal Up bids and cabins remaining in possible upgrades several times a day - especially as it gets closer to our sail date.)
  16. I LOVE the chilled fruit soups - especially the banana! The Prime Rib is amazing. Don't get me started on deserts!!
  17. sailing 10/2, tags were available 9/22
  18. Capt_BJ: WOW thank you!!! Will pass it along to him. Have a feeling he will take public transportation - he is the adventurous type.
  19. Would his final stop be "Brickell"? (have never done public transportation in Miami - always used Uber or Taxi). Thank you!
  20. Adventurous adult son is thinking at it may be faster for him to take Public Transit from MIA airport to our hotel (he arrives at airport 5:30 on a Friday evening) versus taking an Uber. He will only have a carry-on bag & small back pack. Can anyone recommend "yes" or "heck no"? If "yes" can someone give me a clue as to what he public transit he would take from airport? Thank you so much!!//Maria
  21. Paid $9K for Crown Loft (3 people - Symphony 10/2/21) 16 months out. I never had a price drop but have seen the price climb. Believe current price is right around $14K. I know there are plenty of Crown Loft available at this time. My rule of thumb is for a cruise & cabin that I want - "book it when you see it and hope for price drops along the way"
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