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  1. I was told they will be applied to my cruise 2 weeks out.
  2. We tried it once thinking one last thing we could prepay and not worry about. We didn’t feel it was worth it. My husband is pretty big drinker and he will hammer them the first couple of days but then he slows down a lot. Plus all the port days you’re not even on ship. I tended to drink more than I normally would feeling like I needed to get my money’s worth which just made me really tired! We take Brita filter water bottles for water and 2 bottles of wine. Not fancy coffee drinks. Then buy drinks we want. It all depends what works for you.
  3. Be truthful and ask on board. If it’s a no then respect the rules. Don’t teach your child to cheat when rules don’t suit them.
  4. This drives me crazy! They always come as we are getting ready to eat.....or have a mouthful of food. Food comes out like warm at best they want us to stop and pose! Not to mention we stopped buying the over priced photos long ago!
  5. On our cruises 25 years ago luggage was always delivered inside the stateroom. Usually one piece would be placed on the bottom of bed. Then it was just left outside the cabin. On our last cruise all the luggage for our corridor was lined up by the elevators. Perhaps it was a staging area but we’d never seen that before. But I dare say it saved the workers some work as everyone was grabbing their bags and taking them with them.
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    Leaving on Divina in couple weeks out of Miami. Does any one know what time you can access staterooms? Since it’s a 3 day cruise thinking of just carrying on my luggage .... is that allowed! Thank you tried to search for answer to this but couldn’t find!
  7. I’ve smelt smoke drift over to my balcony on just about every cruise. I could never tell where it came from. It wasn’t strong and I’m not sensitive to it so it didn’t bother me. I know some smokers that say they always smoke on their balconies and have never had anything said to them.
  8. We were on Armonia in September they had one enclosed smoking room and I heard there was small section in casino but I never smelt smoke or saw anyone smoking. Never smelled smoke on deck either think it was just allowed on one side. Maybe there weren’t many smokers because other then the few in smoking room never saw or smelled!!
  9. We’ve been on over 20 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Carnival & Celebrity. We went on our first MSC cruise September 23rd and we loved it!! Matter of fact loved it so much we booked another MSC cruise for December! ..... plus they status matched our Diamond status from RC!!!
  10. I think the policy of teens not being left on board while their legal guardian is in port is a legal issue. Example; If your 15 year old falls and hurts himself on ship medical care can not be given with out consent from the legal guardian. Even Grandpa & Grandpa can not legally give permission. The younger child left in AO you have already signed permission for medical treatment if needed. Perhaps a solution would be to plan before leaving on cruise and get a Notarized permission form for the adult (Grandparents) that would be on board with the teen to have authorization. I’d bet money the policy probably stems from an earlier lawsuit where medical treated an unsupervised teen on board without parental permission!
  11. You just never know what can https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2016/04/27/stranded-mom-sobs-as-cruise-ship-sails-away-with-her-kids/amp/
  12. I never like to hear just one side of the story. There usually are three; yours, theirs and the truth. It always strikes me how all parents on this site claim their children are innocent and well behaved yet while on ship we’ve encountered many children onboard unsupervised that aren’t behaving. That being said I’m shocked any parent would allow their 10 year old daughter to board alone while they stayed in port in a foreign country! She should have not been allowed to board by security and kudos to the staff member who followed the rules for your child’s safety! #JMHO
  13. Looking at the pictures, hope they are older because it doesn’t look ready! We go in December curious to see it.
  14. One thing I found odd is at check in you do not give them your credit card. You have 48 hours once you board to go to a kiosk onboard and swipe your card. You can make purchases until you get it done. We did it as soon as we boarded there was no one in line and it was easy peasy!
  15. Hi Brillo, I am also Diamond on Royal. We also have tried Celebrity & about 6 Carnival cruises back in 90’s. We tried our first MSC in late September of this year. We got a great deal on a 7 day cruise onboard the Armonia which we thought was good time to try them. They also matched our Diamond to Gold. Their loyalty program does not give you as many goodies as Royal Caribbean but that isn’t important to us. We were happy with the cruise and service. It is a little different then Royal but not in bad way. Some things I liked better then Royal other things they feel short. However we have already booked our next cruise on Divina in December.
  16. I pin them on my beach bag. DH had a hat he’d put them on....unfortunately he lost the hat guess he’ll have to start over! 😆
  17. Sad! Grandeur is one of our favorites sailed her several times! I hate to see smaller ships going away being replaced by mega floating resorts! 😞
  18. Was just going to say that I’ve never heard of fields & selects........you’ve said all I need to know! Definitely bringing my own!
  19. Thanks! Not much on decaf so I’ll be bringing my own!
  20. I saw their desk!
  21. We just took first cruise as Gold.....had bowl of fruit & got an invitation to returning guest party....other then that.....nothing. I went to guest services and asked about other things I’d heard we got.....they say no that’s all you get fruit and invitation to party.
  22. I just got off Armonia on Monday. We had OV Fantastica cabin. We had early dinner in Macro Polo Restaurant @ 6 pm. First seating guests where suppose to go to the 900 pm show. Second seating to the 7:15 show.
  23. Under frequently asked questions on Royal Caribbean’s website it states pack all medications in your carry-on to avoid them being lost or stolen. The key programs lists dropping your carry-off bags to be delivered to stateroom. Any reasonable expectation would be they would be secure by RC. I was on MSC cruise last week. The morning we got off they offered you could drop off your carry-on bags until it was time to disembark. It was in movie theater, crew member stood in front of door, no one went in/out except him. It was very well done.
  24. 5 years ago, within 24 hours of exiting a cruise DH & I came down with Noro-virus. It was the worse 4 days. So now when we cruise I take the peroxide wipes for cabin and naturally take all the same precautions I’d use in any public space. Wash hands throughly, use tissue for door handles, avoid using handrails, etc. Last week we were sailing on another cruise line. Public areas had the hand sanitizers machine but crew never said a word to guests about using and most walked right by them. I was shocked at the amount of women in restrooms that never washed their hands or just barely ran them under water. Needless to say Got off ship at 0900 and was sick at 10 pm that night. Luckily not as bad as first time! I have heard there are new hand sanitizers that do help against Noro-virus Has anyone tried?
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