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  1. I've use an online TA for about 8 years. They give me extra perks and OBC.
  2. We were on the POA the first week of December and most were up. They were in the process of adding more.
  3. Yes, you will be able to book all your restaurant reservations at the one location.
  4. Honestly, we had no time to find secret areas on the ship. It was so port intensive and with early mornings, we were in bed earlier than usual
  5. In our experience, we've always had good success booking dinner reservations immediately upon boarding. We usually arrive early and are among the first to board. If you want to book shows, it is better to do that first and then dinner. But those should be your first two stops upon boarding. On the Breakaway last year, they were booking dinner reservation in Headliners on embarkation day. We've done this with groups as large as nine and got reservations that we were happy with. Have a great cruise!
  6. The staff will try to direct you to the buffet. Don't be fooled into thinking that's the only place open! It's a madhouse up there. Much quieter at either Taste or O'Sheehan's.
  7. West Bay beach. You have to take a taxi about 20-30 mins to get there. There is a public beach area that is free or there are lots of beach clubs or resorts that do day passes. My DH LOVES to snorkel and this is his favorite spot. Depending on the area of the beach you chose, you may have to walk up or down the beach to get to the really good snorkeling area.
  8. I haven't been on the Bliss so I can't speak to all the restaurants, but Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Teppanyaki should all work for both seafood and meat eaters. My choice for romantic dinner would be Le Bistro, but I don't have experience with Ocean Blue.
  9. It would be helpful to know what ship you are on, as I could be more specific with recommendations. I know many people reserve their dining ahead of time, but we've never had issues booking as soon as we board, even for up to nine people. Restaurant reservations is always our first stop. Most the restaurants have both meat and fish options. Personally, I would get the extra dining package. The food is definitely a step up from the MDRs. The romantic dinner really depends on the ship. Bottled water isn't included in the drink package.
  10. As I said it is worth it in "value" if you prefer higher end whiskey or wine. Really value is subjective to each person. But if you prefer high end wine or scotch, it is very worth it rather than paying for it as you go. As you can see from a previous poster who did the math for you. If you are fine with the drinks closer to the $15 or below price, stick to the regular package or, if you do not drink, do not do any package. Really it comes down to doing the math for what you like to drink. There is no one answer for everyone as everyone's preference is different, which is the beauty of many options.
  11. As the previous post highlights it comes down to if you like higher end whiskey or wine. If you do and drink a couple drinks a day it easily pays for itself as our math lesson in the previous post shows. I had the premium plus on the Epic and yes I drank double shots of Johnnie Walker blue in the evenings. In another thread someone said that was $50 per shot. You add a couple coffees and a couple bottles of water and you are well over a $100 per day in value.
  12. Those port arrival times are not enforced. That being said, 10-10:30am is a great time to arrive to get on board early.
  13. We've had groups as large as nine and always booked restaurant reservations immediately upon boarding. Even with large groups, we've never had an issue getting reservations. We do make it a priority to board early. It is recommended with large groups to have reservations for the main dining rooms, too. If you don't, you'll be split up or have to wait.
  14. We've never had a problem booking all our dining reservations immediately upon boarding, even with groups as large as nine. Two weeks ago, on POA, their was a restaurant reservations rep in the suite waiting area so we were able to make our reservations even before boarding.
  15. Approximately 16 by 22 inches. It is a paper bag, so care is needed not to rip the bag. But that being said, you can fit a lot in it by rolling the clothes tightly. I’ve also heard of people reinforcing the bags with packing tape. And again, be sure to itemize on the form provided.
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