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  1. Good to know. That would be helpful. Thank you!
  2. Is there any advantage to buying a beverage card, other than having your drinks prepaid? I’m just trying to decide whether or not it makes sense for us to buy one. It would require carrying around two cards (key card and beverage card) instead of just the key card. Am I missing an obvious (or not so obvious) benefit to having one?
  3. I booked a room at Embassy Suites just last week for post-cruise. When finalizing my reservation, I was presented with a few upgrade options, one of which was early check-in (I believe it was stated to be 9 am - noon). If a room is available for early check-in , I will be charged an additional $25. If not, there will be no charge.
  4. If money is no object, you can rent a cabana and then get the butler service add-on which includes unlimited drinks (probably with some restrictions). I am unaware of any other one-day drink package.
  5. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing, as I didn’t know.
  6. NCL’s M/S Starward In 1986. We were really stretching our pennies to take our first cruise. If I recall correctly, it was $1200 including air and pre-cruise hotel. That was for an inside cabin in the belly of the ship. Lol. We even had to take the stairs to get down the final flight to our deck, because the elevator didn’t go down that far (at least in that location?). I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t work these days! It seemed like we were in the basement. Yet, we always remember that cruise with fondness.
  7. I’m looking for recent reviews of the Hacienda Tayutic shore excursion. HAL has several reviews, but the newest was about a year and a half ago. Has anyone been there recently? Did you feel that the content was worth the 4-hour round trip bus ride? Yes, I realize that “worth” is very subjective. I’m just interested in personal opinions.
  8. I wasn’t able to print my docs from my iPad either. I guess now I know why! 😕
  9. I see you already got your answer, but for further assurance, I just ran across this on HAL’s FAQ: Q — I have opted for a guarantee stateroom. When will my Express Docs show a stateroom number? A — Guarantee staterooms may be assigned at any time prior to travel and up until embarkation day. Express Docs will show a stateroom number if it has been assigned but will otherwise show \"To be assigned\". If you have printed your Express Docs prior to the stateroom assignment, you may wish to check back prior to departure to see if a stateroom has been assigned. Otherwise, there will be staff available at the pier to advise you of your stateroom number as you fill out your luggage tags.
  10. Was the robe new, or used (i.e. from rotating inventory)? It doesn’t help to solve the mystery, I’m just curious. We actually ordered HAL monogrammed robes many years ago and love them. They are so soft and warm, but relatively light-weight.
  11. Thank you all for your suggestions. I will probably end up taking the safest route and booking two nights.
  12. I have the same question! Anyone???
  13. We did a back-to-back Mexican Riviera cruise several years ago during a hurricane. The first week, one of the ports (Puerto Vallarta?) was cancelled in order to outrun the hurricane. It wasn't replaced with another port, so they refunded our port charges for that port (don't expect anything else -- just a small refund for the port charges, not any compensation for actually missing the port, as some people seem to feel entitled to). The second week, we had just started heading back south toward Mexico and the captain made an announcement that we were turning around and sailing northbound. Instead of the Mexican Riviera itinerary, we visited San Francisco, San Diego and Catalina (?). We actually enjoyed that week more than the first, but some passengers were extremely unhappy. Some passengers were from California and not interested in those ports, and some had flown clear across the world for a once-in-a-lifetime Mexican Riviera cruise. I could certainly empathize with them, but I'm not sure what they expected the captain to do. You just have to be prepared to enjoy the cruise, no matter where you end up. The captain will do his best to keep passengers safe in any weather. Last year, we sailed in the Caribbean during Hurricane Irma. That itinerary was COMPLETELY changed. They adjusted the port charges and credited our onboard account for the difference. Even though we were in the general vicinity of the hurricane that completely devastated many of the islands, we had smooth sailing the entire time. Enjoy your cruise!
  14. I'm really looking for personal experiences. Sometimes that says a lot more than what an agent might tell you over the phone. ;)
  15. We will be arriving at MIA around 8:00 a.m. the day prior to our cruise. This is obviously long before the standard check-in time, but we will be exhausted after flying all night. Just wondering if anyone has been successful with any of the Miami hotels allowing you to check in THAT early (if a room is available). Did you experience one that was especially accommodating, or conversely, unwavering in their 3 - 4 p.m. check-in time? Your experience will help me make a decision on where to book. I am considering all options -- maybe even booking 2 nights if absolutely necessary.
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