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You scan your passport, take a headshot, verify the information, choose your port/airport, terminal, date. When re-entering the US, you answer customs questions and have the ability to bypass the regular lines.

 

"Eligible travelers can download theMobile Passport*app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. ... Travelers then bring their*passport*and mobile*device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States." Aug 18, 2017

 

It is not available at all airports, and Port Everglades is the only cruise port that has it.

 

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I've used the Mobile Passport app several times. Works great so long as your arrival airport/port accepts it. Many of the bigger airports accept it now but some don't yet (e.g. Cincinnati :(). The only cruise port that currently takes it is Port Everglages. Details here.

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I've used the Mobile Passport app several times. Works great so long as your arrival airport/port accepts it. Many of the bigger airports accept it now but some don't yet (e.g. Cincinnati :(). The only cruise port that currently takes it is Port Everglages. Details here.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

 

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Sail in 20 days, vacation starts in 19 days, and I only work 14 more days in 2017!!!!!!!!!!!! ;p

 

I hope this Monday is starting as it should for all of you. I am not having such a wonderful start, I remembered the coffee :D and forgot my phone :o. The lovely and talented DH is going to see if he can get it to me.

 

So, since I can't lounge about reading about purses vs waist packs on the Forums app, I suppose I can get some work done today. :confused:

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Good morning!

 

17 days until my vacation begins. 18 days until we sail.

 

 

They are passing quickly with my graduate courses wrapping up (one assignment left!!), crunch time at work and preparing for a family Christmas gathering when we return. 🎄

 

Wine carry ons will be a sparkling and a Riesling. The CVP IS sending a wine gift that will probably be a typical Chardonnay or Cabernet. Not our favorite.

 

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This is a first cruise on Freedom, our fifth cruise, and all have been with RCI.

 

 

Enjoy my favorite ship. I'll look forward to seeing her again. Now to catch up.

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Enjoy my favorite ship. I'll look forward to seeing her again. Now to catch up.

 

Thank you, Bill. Maybe one day we can be on the same cruise! This one, then the 8-night Adventure in January 2019. Not sure if I will get a Majesty squeezed in over 2018.

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After today, I only work 10 more days this year! I work two more Fridays. Conveying to all who rely on me at work that they need to get anything special in by next week has been less than successful.

 

Today, it is officially 15 days until my vacation starts and 16 days until we board the Freedom.

 

The only port that I'm not 100% sure on what I want to do is Cozumel. I'd like to see the blow hole, the wild side, have lunch and drinks near the water, and see some wildlife, but I would also like to do a little shopping. Someone I work with recommended Sky Reef as a great place to snorkel, but I think this may be the one port we do not snorkel at.

 

I hope you have a great weekend.

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You mentioned in a previous post that you did the galley tour in the past. Do you have to pay for that?

On Majesty, it was in combination with a champagne brunch, and we paid $25 per person.

 

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Vacation brain takes over at work when you’re excited about a trip, doesn’t it? Hang tight just a little longer....

 

 

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Just got off the Freedom today after a wonderful 8 night sailing. Ship is in terriffic shape. I was very anxious to report back to you regarding your Deck 7 cabin location. We were in 7340, Starboard side Center hump. LOVED this cabin. Great size, unobstructed view front and back. Very quiet. Extremely convenient to everything. You made an excellent choice!!!:D:D:D:D:D.

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Just got off the Freedom today after a wonderful 8 night sailing. Ship is in terriffic shape. I was very anxious to report back to you regarding your Deck 7 cabin location. We were in 7340, Starboard side Center hump. LOVED this cabin. Great size, unobstructed view front and back. Very quiet. Extremely convenient to everything. You made an excellent choice!!!:D:D:D:D:D.

 

You made my day! Thanks for the information.

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I am now in the single digits for work days left in 2017. So much left to do, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to travel with my bosses blessing.

 

I'm now to the point of determining how much cash we need for our two excursions that we could not prepay. I'm not used to carrying much cash at all, so it's a little odd for me.

 

Our “Stingray, Coral Gardens, & Star Fish Snorkel " excursion is $45pp, paid in cash on the ship. $90 total.

Our driver for the day in Cozumel is $132 for four hours, and we've already prepaid a deposit, so will need to pay in cash at the end of the day, $70.

 

I know this seems minor or trivial, but I don't want to be the person that doesn't have enough cash on me for these two planned excursions, or to not have enough tip money on me. It's all about the planning, to save me from embarrassment or having to rush last minute.

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Because so many posters wonder if the Refreshment package is worth the sale price of $18pp per day, I will have a list and tally on the sea days of how many beverages I get and drink, and how much they would add up to separately from a package.

 

A typical day:

 

Specialty coffee

Freshly squeezed orange juice (split with DH, since it's too much for me alone)

Bottle of water back to the room

Soda or sparkling water

Soda at lunch

Coffee for the afternoon

Sparkling water at dinner

Cappuccino with dessert

Soda or water before retiring to the cabin

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Doing the same cruise January 14th. Is that shore excursion in Costa Maya sponsored by RCCL or did you book directly? Thank you in advance to any info. The upgrade Fairy visited us for this cruise. Going from Promenade to JS.

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We also were upgraded (self-requested) from a balcony on deck 7 to a JS hump on 9.

 

I went independent for all of the excursions. I'm not a big fan of the ship sponsored excursions, but I made sure all of our plans get us back to the port in plenty of time for sail away time.

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♪♪♫

On the first day of cruising, my CVP gave to me...

A bottle of wine and some O...B....C...

♪♫

 

We'll see if I can keep this up.

 

12 days until we sail! After much consideration, we settled on Catfish Dewey's for dinner the night before the cruise. I love seafood, and am looking forward to trying stone crab. Stone crab claws are harvested from the live crab, who regrows another one.

 

And last night, I tried on all the clothes I've purchased for this trip. Only one pair of shorts is a bit snug, the others fit. They will be washed and packed this weekend.

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Balconies and suites are both showing as sold out for this sailing, with one oceanview on deck 12, and one inside guarantee available.

 

For true availability, I always use the UK Royal Caribbean site.

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Balconies and suites are both showing as sold out for this sailing, with one oceanview on deck 12, and one inside guarantee available.

 

For true availability, I always use the UK Royal Caribbean site.

 

I saw people talking about the UK site before, but I never checked it out until just now. The differences are interesting. After using the US site for so long it took me a while to navigate this one. I didn't expect there to be quite so many differences in the general layout. It looks nice though and was easy to work with. I wonder if the UK site has as many glitches as the US one seems to get.

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I saw people talking about the UK site before, but I never checked it out until just now. The differences are interesting. After using the US site for so long it took me a while to navigate this one. I didn't expect there to be quite so many differences in the general layout. It looks nice though and was easy to work with. I wonder if the UK site has as many glitches as the US one seems to get.

 

I'm sure it has it's share. But it shows more available staterooms than the US site, so it is what I check when I'm trying to find a specific stateroom for a cruise. It's how I found the JS we're booked in. I like having options. :)

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Will be on this same itinerary on the 2/25 sailing, looking forward to your review.

 

 

 

We will be on the 2/25 sailing with you!

 

 

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🎶On the 2nd day of cruising,

Crown and Anchor gave to me a suite, with no more money.... 🔔

 

Thursday, I will notify our card issuers that we will be traveling. All of them have made it simple to do so on their web pages or through the bank app.

 

I've already notified the US government through the Smart Traveler Program. Link

https://step.state.gov/STEPMobile/Default.aspx

What was interesting, to me, is that each consulate has sent warning about the hurricanes that impacted the respective areas.

 

Thanks for following.

 

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🎶 On the third day of cruising, EBay gave to me...

Full face snorkel masks so I can see

Under the sea 🔔

 

Last night, my mother in law asked if my son was dropping DH and I off at the cruise port. I reminded her that it's a 3+ hour drive each way to FLL.

 

How many ships will be in port with us?

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Four in Grand Cayman on Tuesday.

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Three in Costa Maya on Wednesday

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8 in Cozumel!!! [emoji33]

 

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♪♫ On the fourth day of cruising, cruise planner gave to me...

A discount on the refreshment package, with specialty coffeeee... ♪♫

 

Today marks a special occasion, that where I get to return all my textbooks from this semester (as well as my son's). I'm also packing, and getting ready for a party on Sunday.

 

That brings me to this. We moved in May, we did extensive repairs on our home, but that has not been happening in the last 6-8 weeks. Why do we need painting supplies, stud finders, and drywall tools around the house? Why can't it stay in the tool closet or garage?

 

Are the cats making repairs while we sleep? Hmm...

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I'm so sorry to hear about the crew member who is missing off the Vision of the Seas in high winds and seas. It's the dangerous side to cruising the seas. :(

 

Safe travels to all during the winds and cold weather.

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Fun thing to do in Cozumel is rent a moped. Right across from the pier, reasonably priced and easy to drive. My wife and I did that last year in January. Stopped at beaches and Chankanaab. Made a circle tour of the island. Highly recommend.

 

 

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I have very vivid dreams on occasion. This morning, I dreamt that it was time to disembark from the cruise. I could not remember a thing about it, about the excursions, junior suite, etc. Then I woke up and was relieved that the cruise hasn't happened yet!

 

Today is a little party at my house, looking forward to good food with great friends.

 

It was 38F when I woke up this morning. Very cold for us in Central Florida!

 

I hope you are having a wonderful day and staying warm.

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Thank you for reading!

 

Today is the last Monday I work in 2017.

 

36F here at the house. Grateful for a warm house, heated seats in my car, and to not be working outside. ❄

 

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Tonight, the packing begins in earnest.

 

I just received a Zika warning from Royal Caribbean for the areas we are visiting.

The CDC has issued a travel notice regarding the Zika virus in select countries. For the latest details, please visit the link below:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

 

While it is not a concern for DH and I due to the effect it can have on pregnancies, there are concerns about effects Zika may have on adult brain tissue. https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2016-08-18-zika-may-affect-adult-brain-cells.aspx

 

I have purchased travel size insect repellent for our trip, and will use it in Costa Maya and Cozumel.

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Here we are, two days before travel, one more day of work, and all the packing left to do.

 

DH and I plan to leave Orlando by 10 AM Saturday, to drive to Fort Lauderdale, and see some sights before checking into our hotel that evening. We have dinner reservations at Catfish Dewey's. If we have energy, we'll take the water taxi in the evening. We've both been to Fort Lauderdale, but never together, so I hope we have a great time.

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