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  1. Random responses based on our Spring Break ‘19 multi-generational family cruise. Alchemy Bar is where you want to be with Cheers. On Glory, they had three types of bourbon - Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, and _____ (Hopefully, someone can fill in the blank with that third similar quality bourbon). If someone steps up to an Alchemy Bar bartender looking for cheap stuff, they send them to the casino bar. Not all bars are created equal; different brands available. Don’t settle for the cheap stuff, when you can take your Cheers card to the next bar for what you actually want to drink. In the dining room, you MUST tell your server what brand you want.
  2. I am positive that some will think I’m crazy, but I have no interest at all in anything related to the casino. As a matter of fact, I hate that the design of the Conquest Class ships forces you to walk in that smoke-infested area. I like looking at the art pieces, but I’m not attending an art auction. I’m also not attending a spa tour, but will, happily, wander through on my own. Basically, if you are trying to sell me something that is overpriced or I don’t need, you won’t see me there.
  3. It can sell out, so if you know you want to go, just book it right as you get on the ship. We cruised over a popular Spring Break week, and they added a third Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast on our second port day. We attended the late seating on our last Sea Day, and the lady checking people in told us there was a waiting list of people hoping to get in.
  4. I hate Tito’s. It gives me a headache. When I was drinking vodka drinks on the ship, I always requested Grey Goose or Belvedere. One if the previous posters had it right . . . Try them ALL.
  5. I have not had the chance to stop and write reviews, but plan on tackling that before the end of this month. I know how much I appreciate people taking the time to share their experiences, and I would like to return that favor.
  6. We just got off Glory today, and I know that I saw Tito’s at the bar near the pizza place on Lido.
  7. We JUST struggled with this on Thursday. We knew we would be tipping, but couldn’t really decide on the amount until the actual private tour excursion occurred. The range in our heads was anywhere from $2 per person to $10 per person. We wound up giving closer to $11 per person, since we weren’t going to dig change out of the tip jar.
  8. I am not trying to convince you to buy the Cheers package, I just want to share what my experience was this past week. I am NOT a heavy drinker, but when I drink, I prefer them “fancy” and only with the higher quality alcohol. I also tend to not finish a drink, and then later decide I want a different flavor. With Cheers, I could just move on to a different drink and not worry that I spent $10+ on the wasted cocktails. Here’s what I ordered yesterday (last Sea Day) under Cheers (this does not mean that I finished them all). All vodka drinks were either Grey Goose or Belvedere - Hot Chai Tea Irish Coffee Bottled Water Honest T bottle - half lemonade/half tea Chocolate Lovers Iced Coffee (it might have had some other name) Perrier can Blue Moon Martini Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini Martini Seduction Bottled Water Sugar Free Rockstar Blue Moon Martini Whimsy Scarlett Martini Martini Seduction Perrier can We barely sat at The Alchemy Bar on our last day, as it was CRAZY crowded. Also, we were busy checking out the photo gallery and packing. On most days, I would have purchased four drinks from Alchemy Bar, grabbed a few bottled waters/Perrier cans, and, at least, one beverage from either the Cremes Bar or Coffee Bar. I got my money’s worth through Cheers. Even on hot port days, when a cool Frappe was the first thing my husband and I would pick up on our way to our cabin.
  9. We just got back today, and I’m already missing our time at The Alchemy Bar. 🙂 My husband and I could walk up and order each other’s drinks with no problem. But, we tipped well, and our favorite bartender new our names no matter where she saw us on the ship. The barista at Cremes Bar learned my name quickly, too, and even looked up my husband’s folio number (without me asking), when I realized I had forgotten to grab his card.
  10. We went to Paradise Beach (pay as you go option), and everyone LOVED it. I requested to sit on the beach, but we still needed to be near the pool, so they sat us two rows from the back under beautiful palm trees. The service was fantastic from Roger and Christian. We tried all sorts of delicious food, and some had alcoholic drinks. I have no idea if we spent as much as the AI option would have cost or not, because I didn’t see our final tab.
  11. We were VERY pleased with our private tour through Lawson’s Yucatan Excursions. Raul was our guide and Martin was our driver to Uxmal and Choco-Story. I can’t say enough good things about how well they worked with accommodating our group of nine - ages 8 through 82.
  12. We wound up booking with Lawson’s, and I am REALLY hoping it works out the way it is planned. There are a total of 9 of us, who will be traveling to Uxmal. That ruins visit will be at my parents’ pace. After that, we will be visiting the nearby chocolate museum, so the kids in the group have some fun, too. 🙂
  13. I love dinner AND breakfast in the MDR. Having someone else wait on me, prepare my food, and clean the dishes is part of what I enjoy about eating out. I hate eating at buffets at home, so I sure don’t want to eat at buffets on vacation. It’s been years, but we have tried NCL once, and we actually enjoyed the flexibility of different sit down venues. But we still stayed away from buffets as much as possible.
  14. Mulate’s - We have never been, and I just stumbled across it on a list of live music venues with kids. I looked at their website, including their menu, and it seems like a it might be a perfect fit for us the night before our cruise. Will we feel rushed to hurry up, eat, and clear the table, or is it the type of restaurant where we can take our time and enjoy the show? Our kids are late teens, so they won’t have any problem sitting still (or might even get up and dance).
  15. If anyone out there has pros/cons they are willing to share on Lawson’s Original Yucatan Adventures at the Progreso port, will you please message me. Thank you so much!
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