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  1. It depends on the port. I have a small umbrella in my suitcase similar to the one linked below. I wouldn't want to wear the plastic coat you mentioned but if I were going to somewhere cooler or rainy (Alaska, London, etc) I would pack a water resistant coat like below. https://www.amazon.com/YUI-Travel-Umbrella-Lightweight-Compact/dp/B07DTF7DY8/ref=sr_1_12?crid=3DIEKEFK2GIFF&keywords=small+umbrella+for+travel+mini&qid=1562768809&s=gateway&sprefix=small+umb%2Caps%2C226&sr=8-12 https://www.amazon.com/Lightweight-Raincoat-Waterproof-Packable-Rainwear/dp/B07PB9SKNM/ref=sr_1_3?crid=11IRKAL6N50IT&keywords=packable+rain+jacket+women&qid=1562768970&s=gateway&sprefix=packable+rain%2Caps%2C207&sr=8-3
  2. You may also want to look into Rome in Limo for a tour and transfer if you have time for some sightseeing in Rome. We used them for tours in three different Italian cities and really loved the service.
  3. As others have stated, I use mine less for space saving and more for organization. I travel a lot for work and can sometimes be in two or three hotels in a week. I don't like to unpack everything just for a night or two. I also don't trust the cleanliness of hotel room drawers. I have a cube for undergarments, and another for PJs and workout clothes. Dirty clothes go in a separate bag. These all tend to be small items that scatter easily or could be missed if a TSA person has to open your suitcase. I also am a fan of ziploc bags for a multitude of reasons. One it prevents items from leaking and secondly, the most common items TSA wants to inspect are toiletry or electronic items. I have my 3-1-1 clear baggie for liquids, another ziploc for non-liquid toiletries and another for all the miscellaneous electronic cords and bits. These ziplocs all get packed on top so that if they need to open my bag they can easily search and hopefully leave the rest undisturbed. Having things organized also speeds up any searches.
  4. I wouldn't want to carry a heavy leather bag during shore excursions. During my Med cruise I just popped my wristlet inside my lightweight beach tote. Both were super light and having my beach tote allowed me an easy place to store purchases, water bottles, sunglasses, etc.
  5. That hotel is the old "Shoney's Inn" and has been there forever! It has outdoor corridors which automatically disqualifies most hotels for me. I don't know that I would park my car there but as long as you keep all valuables out of view and lock your car it should be okay. There are a fair amount of apartments in the nearby area. If you are at the Best Western Plus, I think you have made a much better choice.
  6. The open bar is quite nice as most people drink the included beverages so there is none of the constant signings of slips. We were mostly drinking beer around the pool and there are still waiters. Since there are no slips to sign, I did bring a nice stack of $1 bills. Most people didn't tip and by just giving $1 tips the waiters were constantly dropping by asking us what we wanted, so we never had to make our way to the bar. A few tips will get you some awesome service.
  7. I use MyFitnessPal for tracking food. The food database is extensive. I did upgrade for the annual membership to gain a few additional features. I also purchased a Renpho bluetooth smart scale which tracks lots of cool features. I like the bluetooth aspect since I don't have to manually enter any data. Just step on and it tracks multiple metrics. You can see stats by week, month or year.
  8. Here is a photo of the sofa. You can also see it is pretty small.
  9. They split but it is still pretty "cozy" as you are barely separated. This was on the Spirit Sept 2015.
  10. Most people want early dining but I wouldn't discount late dining as an option. Early begins at 5:45pm which means you need to be back at your room pretty early to get the whole family ready. This could make things pretty rushed if returning from shore. You can always stop and get a late afternoon snack to tide everyone over. This would allow time to not rush back from shore. Also realize that if you have early dining you will be seeing all the shows in the later evening. Will your kids be alert for the show? You can always expedite kids dinner at late seating (or just have kids eat quick service and have dessert at the table) and send them to the kid's club so the parents can enjoy a more leisurely meal kid free.
  11. Look at cruise vlogs for your ship on YouTube. You may get ideas for things you want to do onboard.
  12. You could do a luxury line for less than that price and have a suite, all tips, beverages and fine dining included! Check out Seabourn cruises in the Med.
  13. I would definitely work on trying to get him to wear earphones before the trip. I am not sure if you are planning on driving or flying but if you start playing a movie on an ipad, even low, on a plane you will get lots of dirty looks as it is a quiet environment. You could also look for other small quiet things he can do at the table like playing with small toys, coloring, etc
  14. Port Canaveral is about 45 miles from the MCO airport. You may want to consider staying at a hotel closer to the port and then leaving yourself only a short commute on embarkation date. Also, some Uber drivers may cancel on you when they find that they are going that far.
  15. As someone said up thread there are better and worse times to be online. The worst is the time between returning from port and dinner time as everyone seems to be checking email/social media. If I know I need to be online I try to get up early or do it late in the evening when fewer people are online. The other thing to try is to bring your laptop to other parts of the ship and see if your speeds improve. Your room just may be in a poorly located portion of the ship. I am a consultant, so understand the need for the internet. I also have been known to pop into a local McDonald's or coffee shop near the port to download everything, respond to what is urgent and then just leave the rest for later. I will then compose responses to the less important and then try connecting at a slower time, such as late at night or early in the morning.
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