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    Royal Caribbean and Norwegian
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    Labadee and Southern Caribbean

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  1. Hi @cruisequeen4ever! I did not do a blog for the Namibia trip. I flew alone to visit my family and parents who live there. I took plenty of pictures, of course! Here are just a few highlights... beautiful country!!! ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Definitely bucket list worthy! Interesting fact... Swakopmund is the town where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie rang in the new Millennium ๐Ÿ˜
  2. Hi, red-dragon! We just walked to the tour bus area right next to the Sheraton. They have a whole line of tour buses that seem to be from the same company, waiting for people who get off the ship. So, you donโ€™t have to book in advance. I donโ€™t have the name of the tour company, but I think it is best just to walk to them anyway. That way you can join a tour or change your mind. ๐Ÿ™‚ When you exit the port, walk to the right side of the Sheraton. It is very close.
  3. In our experience, booking very early pays off - if you travel with 3. Price drops are more common for shorter cruises, but 3-person cabins often sell out... For my fellow geeks... here are my spreadsheets and charts of prices on Royal over the past 2 years - all balconies for 3. If the dates end prior to sail date, it means they were sold out. (Green dots represent our price paid) As you can see, the only time we paid more by booking early was for a 4-day Brilliance cruise.
  4. Unfortunately, I think I missed that one.
  5. Yes, only breakfast is free. They have very good orange juice and we enjoy the breakfast sandwiches they offer. It is a set menu. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you book a Boardwalk balcony, you get a free JR lunch for 4. We had that once. Otherwise, you pay a flat fee for lunch. Donโ€™t know what the current cost is, but it was around $8 per person.
  6. For this Crown and Anchor event, yes you are able to attend. This one was open to all levels of Crown and Anchor Society. In fact, Harmony allowed all guests to attend. It was also posted in the cruise compass. There was a separate special Top Tier event for the higher levels of C&A. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your cruise!
  7. It depends on the type of cabin you book. If it is unique and only a few exist on the ship, you can not do a price check when they sell out. We typically book a boardwalk balcony or an oceanview balcony. They all have category codes. So, you can just mock book a room in the same category. So, look on the deckplans to see what category you have, and compare a room with the same category/color code. See a sample deckplan below: Also, I agree that it may be time for a new โ€œover the doorโ€ organizer. The hanger will not work for the bathroom, unless you hook it over the towel hook. ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. You are welcome! I hope this cruise experience is more than worth your 9-year wait! ๐Ÿ™‚ Solarium Bistro is open and free for breakfast and lunch, without reservations. Selection is pretty limited for breakfast and lunch, but still a good option. I will have to check, but I think they are only open for lunch on sea days... it will be on your cruise compass. It is also FREE for dinner, you just need reservations. We did not book the Solarium Bistro online on our previous cruise. We just made the reservations when we got on the ship. EDIT to confirm: Solarium Bistro is not open for lunch on port days:
  9. ๐Ÿ™‚Hope they joined our roll call! We are doing a cabin crawl. So, that will be at least something new to share in my review.
  10. I just do a mock booking on the RC website. It has been a bit more of a hassle lately, as you have to type in your info to get the refundable rate. I have used the cruise fish website to let me know about price drops, but they donโ€™t track prices for 3 passengers. So, I always have to do the mock booking anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. Based upon your information, definitely Oasis! It is ideal to go on Oasis to ports you have been to. Stay on the ship in port, and enjoy all it has to offer. It is our favorite class of ship. I agree that you should look into Explorer also! However, it still does not come close to Oasis, and if you can swing the back to back on Oasis, you will have a very happy life ๐Ÿ˜
  12. We used it when it first came out, and it was GREAT! Now, it is not commonly used, there is no longer a dedicated line for the passengers who use the app, and the hassle of needing to enter your info last minute without paying the $14.99 make this app obsolete for us. Deleted it.
  13. I have not seen a childrenโ€™s menu in the bistro, but I can check for you in November. ๐Ÿ™‚
  14. Happy to help a fellow JAX cruiser! We will be on again in November. I hope to do another semi-live review, although I will have to be creative to come up with new material. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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