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  1. There was no "YC bypass" when we disembarked the Meraviglia on the 20th. The butler escorting our group left us as we entered the terminal building with instructions to go down the escalator (about a 10 minute line) and then go to the YC luggage room. We entered the large holding luggage holding area and told the attendant that we were looking for 'gold' (YC luggage color code) and she told us to proceed to the next room (the last room before the CBP checkpoint. We found our luggage and got back in line and were out on the sidewalk about 7 minutes later.
  2. Karaoke on one or two evenings is specifically for tryouts for Voice of the Ocean. Once chosen, the contestants rehearse two songs (and pick one for the finals) with the music director, a pianist, a guitarist and 2 production singers and then have a dress rehearsal with the full band (including horns). The contest is held in the ship's theater - often full - with the entire band and 3 judges. We were very impressed with the quality of the contestants and two out of three of the judges (one a guest singer) and (I have it on good authority) the entire process was great fun.
  3. I would ask this question - actually break it down into individual questions - on the specific threads for each island on the Caribbean Ports of Call board: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/456-caribbean/
  4. This was our exact experience last Sunday. And while there was signage for Global Entry we were told the lane wasn't open. Added: Disembarkation was stopped at least once (before we disembarked around 9:15) with the explanation that CBP insisted no one else exit the ship until the lines cleared up. It was about a 15 minute delay before they resumed disembarkation.
  5. Last Saturday there was a 3 stall portable potty building (1 stall designated men, 1 designated women, 1 designated unisex) set up across the path from the beach in addition to the single bathroom in the restaurant. Each enclosure had a sink, the toilets flushed by a foot operated pedal, and it was (as far as portable potties go) a nice setup.
  6. Telling us your dates will help us make recommendations since prices vary by the season. The Dalmar and The Element near Las Olas Blvd opened about this time last year. Two Hilton properties (Tru and Home2Suites) are due to open in June but Hilton isn't taking reservations yet. Hopefully BlueHerons will chime in; she's a wealth of info about new hotel (and restaurant) openings in Fort Lauderdale.
  7. We had a specialty restaurant reservation gifted by our TA on our Alaska 2018 cruise on the Ruby Princess for our family group of 6 adults and 1 toddler (luckily a very well behaved and adventuresome eater). We all loved it with the exception of the uncomfortable chairs noted in another post. We're going on another family cruise this summer on the Caribbean Princess and the first thing everyone asked was "can we go to Share?" They were disappointed to hear that there is no Share on the Caribbean Princess but we are looking forward to Sabatinis instead.
  8. According to the thread cited above, MSC changed the matching algorithm in October 2018.
  9. Exactly what we experienced last week. Do be prepared to wait for a table if not in line when the restaurant opens. They will also ask couples to share tables for four and you'll receive attitude if you say no (at least that was our experience). In my opinion there are not sufficient tables to serve a full YC in two hours, especially when some passengers just want to sit in the shade and nurse their drinks/food. We enjoyed the food (IIRC we had ceviche and octopus salad to start; fish taco or sandwich and carne asada for entrees; and creme caramel that was really flan for dessert) but some people might have an issue with the size of the plates (more tapas sized than regular sized).
  10. OP - if you haven't already, you might want to post on the Royal Caribbean board: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/51-royal-caribbean-international/
  11. We have only one cruise on the Caribbean Princess and that was the British Isles in 2013. We are looking forward to our second in June. On that BI cruise (and never on any other of the 25+ Princess cruises we've been on), all the production shows were on a 3 times per night schedule (around 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30) that worked out perfectly both from a timing and crowd perspective. I wonder why they don't do that anymore?
  12. I can second the recommendation for the The National; our son's wedding was held there. I will warn you that the rooms in most of the hotel (built in 1939) are small by today's standards if you have more than two people. The more recent cabana rooms and suites are much larger.
  13. On a related topic - has anyone ever requested that the medallion be mailed to a different address? I just realized that our June Caribbean Princess cruise will be our first medallion cruise and we will be departing from our summer home not our home of record. I'll pose the same question to my TA.
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