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  1. 9 points
    Ill start by saying Labadee was outstanding and the only downside was that I wished we spent more time there. We disembarked around 8:45am and headed towards Columbus Cove and ended up speeding most of our time in that area. Our zipline was at 10:30 which snuck up on us rather quickly. Words can't describe how great of a ride the zipline was, as many of you I am sure you are aware of. Our next adventure was the aqua park at 1pm with the kids. I knew it was going to be a lot of work and that part didn't disappoint, myself and my kids loved playing on this and I know my wife loved seeing me make a fool of myself and fall off multiple times. 😁 So by the time we got done with the aqua park it was about 2 pm with the coast and market still to try and get done. We headed to the coaster and waited about a half hour or so and by the time we got off it was about 3:10pm, needless to say my wife wasn't thrilled it cut into her shopping time. My first time on one of these mountain coasters and loved it, thrilling ride with a spectacular view. We did manage to get in a little time for shopping before we got back on the ship so I avoided an upset wife lol. Back on the boat we decided on eating at Johnny Rockets and was a hit all around and with the best part being able to eat outside so our kids could blow off some more steam in that little net play area next to it. So that concludes my little summary of today. Enjoy some more photos I took today.
  2. 6 points
    Sunken dreams

    Adventure of the Seas 5/18/18

    Day 4 - Coco Cay This was my first visit to Coco Cay. My wife and son headed off to the theater for their parasailing excursion while I took the regular tender to wait for them to finish. There were very few people on the tenders this early so I was able to walk right on. After a short wait to allow a few more people on, we headed over to the island. The new pier construction is well underway and will make access so much faster. We unloaded and after a short wait the tender with the first excursion group pulled in. Amazing enough, I had beat them by at least five or ten minutes! Sadly the parasailing was canceled due to weather, the wind won again. My wife grabbed a lounge chair and my son and I went to pick up the snorkeling equipment. The water was about the perfect temperature but the wind was kicking up waves so the deeper sections were closed to snorkeling. We headed out to the floating platforms and took in the underwater sights. In addition to the standard sunken boat and plane, we were lucky enough to see some nice schools of fish and quite a few sea slugs. When we had our fill of swimming and drank plenty of sea water we decided to head back to the ship for some spa time, lunch at the Windjammer and then an afternoon nap. Dinner in the main dining room was great as usual and service was excellent. Our waiters brought extra appetizers and desserts “just in case” again and were sure to ask my son if he needed any more food. He is a skinny nineteen year old, but I never thought he looked under fed. The ice show for the evening was “Cool Art, Hot Ice”. The doors opened at 7:30 for the 8pm show but by the time we got there at 7:15 there was already a huge crowd waiting for a seat. We were lucky to get good seats, but the seats filled up fast. The show was as good as I expected, and it’s easy to see why this is such a popular event on board. I still find it amazing these performers can put on a show while the boat is moving. Next up, Nassau Bahamas.
  3. 5 points
    mworkman

    Anthem - Man Jumps Off Ship

    Enough of this PC crap....if you agree with it or not, move on! Don't tell me what i should find funny/sad/disrespectful or offensive and i won't tell you!
  4. 3 points
    Yikes, I've got 8 cruises in hurricane season. Okay 1 is in Alaska so it's probably safe.
  5. 3 points
    I think Carnival Legend has more in line with what your looking for. 😬 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5402887/Cruise-hell-passengers-blame-large-Italian-family.html
  6. 2 points
    WAAAYTOOO

    Land vacation=Crazy Talk!

    ...remind me to never go on a land cruise with you ! LOL
  7. 2 points
    monctonguy

    Favorite Sail Away Spot

    Anywhere on the top/pool deck......its the highest views and you can easily go from one side of the ship to the other. Of course its fun to enjoying a few drinks and usually the sail away party they have going on out there as well.
  8. 2 points
    I wanted my glass block on Symphony so I was avoiding any more cruises, but then I said "YOLO", so I booked enough cruises to still get my glass block on Symphony (plus one on Empress). You know you cruise too much when...
  9. 2 points
    by the looks of it one person didnt quite understand the " lean forward and touch the other person routine" 🙂
  10. 2 points
    Todd W

    Newbie Concerns

    not one of your questions but from one parent to another... our boys loved their first cruise. they were 12 & 14 at the time and had a blast. we gave them quite a bit of responsibility to be on their own but it came with conditions that had to be followed or they lost the ability to be on their own and were going to be attached to our hip after that. We gave them watches and had set check in times every couple hours or so. We made sure they knew where they could find us or if we weren't sure where we would be, they had to pop into our room and leave a sticky note on the mirror to let us know where we could find them. I was nervous at first but they did surprisingly great!!
  11. 2 points
    Boston Babe

    Captain Kate! Equinox

    I know, she's an incredible lady! Hoping she's on board in January!
  12. 2 points
    Lovetocruise2002

    It's Official!!

    I love it!! Got nothing for myself...go ahead, be my guest....but I am probably going to regret it...
  13. 2 points
    twangster

    It's Official!!

    Ok Sabrina, you are up next! Oh @Matt ! Don't leave @Lovetocruise2002 out in the cold, we all know she doesn't like the cold.
  14. 2 points
    Awesome photos! May I use some of them on our Instagram account?
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    KWofPerth

    Unauthorised dining time switch

    I had to email somebody from a different department (Guest Relations) in the end, as I was getting nowhere with the Reservations person I was dealing with. I forwarded all correspondence, explained the situation and within a week I had received an apology, admission of error and had my MDR dining time placed back to 6pm, as originally booked. It was quite the ordeal. Takeaway lessons: 1. Use a TA 2. See point 1. 3. When an error has been made, complain, complain, complain and do not take No for an answer if you know you are in the right. 4. See point 1 again.
  17. 2 points
    craig403

    Land vacation=Crazy Talk!

    As @Matt said, think about Costa Rica. We have been to costa Rica 5 times on land trips to different parts of the country. Love the country and the people. If you want all inclusive try the Riu hotel in the Guanacaste region. If you want open end travel, look at "All Around Costa Rica" travel guides. Want to see pictures? Come see us in Allen. 🙂
  18. 2 points
    RBRSKI

    Day Pass at San Juan Hotels

    So I have an update with my experience with Resort for the Day in San Juan. We took a short by expensive cab ride from the port to the Marriott (hint:use uber or lyft much cheaper, took uber to airport from hotel only 8 bucks vs 20 for cab). Check in at the front desk was efficient and the staff was very friendly. We were Issued two wrist bands and two 20 vouchers for lunch. Since the weather was crappy, we decided to stay by the pool, good thing, because during our 5 hours there, we had about 7 down pours, oh well, can't control mother nature. We had access to lounge chairs and towels either at the pool or beach. We had lunch pool side and food was great, only had to pay 5 additional dollars. Would I recommend, Yes.
  19. 2 points
    AND your wife, too !!
  20. 2 points
    Get yelled at by my wife for not doing what she wanted to do as soon as we got on the ship ?? ;)
  21. 2 points
    Skid

    Anthem - Man Jumps Off Ship

    Some of the comments here belong on the "other" board. Some things should just plain not be joked about. Do not want to hear how I should lighten up or get a sense of humor---"it's not me, it's you".
  22. 1 point
    JLMoran

    It's Official!!

    @Matt heard my pleas, and now it's official... 😅
  23. 1 point
    Sunken dreams

    Adventure of the Seas 5/18/18

    I don’t normally do any reviews, but a few days in I have seen enough to make me change my wicked ways. I will try to keep it short as possible. Pre-cruise: We stayed in the Embassy Suites Newark Airport in Elizabeth, NJ. Nice enough hotel. About what I would expect for $200 a night, well up until they charged my credit card for a damage deposit nightly. Never have seen a hotel that has a card on file actually charge it for a damage deposit without damage to the room. 😕. Interesting start. Always wanted to visit New York City, but especially after 9/11. I was sleeping after a night shift when my wife came woke me up and we watched the surreal images on TV that changed travel forever. We of course took the train to the World Trade Center and spent time at the memorial pools. Very humbling to be on that sacred ground where so many died that day. Next we walked to Battery Park to catch the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Glad we went, got to climb to the top of the pedestal. I wish I had bought tickets early enough to climb to the crown. Being the Brave souls we are we walked from Battery Park to the Empire State Building I learned and saw a lot on that walk. Mostly I learned that in New York traffic lights are merely suggestions for cars but barely hints for pedestrians. I grew up in Los Angeles and LA has nothing on crazy compared to New York City. Secondly I learned that New Yorkers know where they are going at all times and any slight hesitation to try to figure out your way will get you yelled at like you just made them miss the last train out. So very different from the absolute politeness back in my city in Washington State. The Empire State Building was epic but I am doubtful it was worth the money for the ride to the top. I guess it is a once in a lifetime thing. Train ride back to the hotel we hopped the wrong train and were deep in the suburbs before the first stop. An hour later we boarded the right one thanks to an incredibly helpful woman who went out of her way to help the most touristy tourists ever. Next stop, boarding.
  24. 1 point
    tiny260

    Favorite Sail Away Spot

    On Voyager and Freedom class I like the Heli pad, on Oasis class (Harmony and Allure) there are small wing bridges that extend out over the pilot station, otherwise any place up on the top deck.
  25. 1 point
    The "whole season" forecasts I've seen are predicting an above-average season, but less active than last year. Hopefully we'll be spared anything major. The Caribbean needs a break after Irma & Maria.
  26. 1 point
    May and June hurricanes making landfall are super rare, but the early weather systems can still scramble a ship's itinerary. I'm living dangerously and haven't bought insurance for my October cruise this year, but I'm thinking about it more and more if I can still get it.
  27. 1 point
    @Lovetocruise2002..I used to be with Telus and did the travel packs...it was pricey before the "roam like home options".......but now I am with PC Mobile....half the price of the big 3...and it uses their towers... When I travel I don't "buy" anything....rates are so cheap in the US...last trip down it was about $8 for 3 days of usage......and I texted and used data and phone calls etc......I did use WIFI whenever I could of course...but it was cheaper in the long run. I would check Telus website and see what their pay per use is...for very little usage it maybe cheaper than a travel pack!
  28. 1 point
    I have no clue, I thought I copies his quote! LMAO!!
  29. 1 point
    I find this works wonders. 🙂
  30. 1 point
    coneyraven

    Pray for my school

    I couldn't agree more ...... plus, it seems criminals are not afraid of prison any longer ..... 3 Hots & a Cot, Free Cable, Free Internet, Free College Education, Free Medical Care the list goes on and on..... make prison a punishment, not a stay at a resort. - of course, this is just my opinion from the outside looking in .....
  31. 1 point
    If you are referring to the Refreshment package (Royal Refreshment), this includes the specialty coffees (no Starbucks on the Oasis class but you can get the specialty coffees at non starbucks locations e.g. Cafe Promenade, Park Cafe, etc...) and teas, freshly squeezed juices, bottled water (I got the Evian large bottle on Labadee, Haiti) and everything else in the Soda package. Do not pay for the extra bottled water to be delivered to your room.
  32. 1 point
    Lovetocruise2002

    It's Official!!

    Bot Extraordinaire...that encompasses all areas since he knows all! 😆 or...Master Bot lol
  33. 1 point
    ABFrenchie

    Land vacation=Crazy Talk!

    I've stayed at the Excellence El Carmen in DR and have some friends who have stayed at other properties (specifically, Playa Mujeres and Riviera Maya). We all had great things to say about the Excellence brand. I would go back in a heartbeat if I didn't have cruise vacations planned for the next two years! Adults only, great variety of food options (this is one of the things I like about cruising), great pools and service. We had a swim up suite. The room was fantastic, we had a hot tub in our room. The spa was incredible. Before your treatment, you spend about 45 minutes doing hydrotherapy, using steam, sauna, cold water, thalassotherapy pools, etc. We then had a salt scrub, soak in a tub, and hour long massage. After your treatment, you're led to this room with beds that sway gently and you drink champagne for as long as you'd like. The treatment was only $250USD total and it lasted about 3 hours, so a great price. Just thinking about it makes me want to cancel a cruise and go back... The only downside I saw to El Carmen was that it didn't have much of a beach area. I prefer relaxing by a pool so it wasn't a deal breaker for me. The only other all inclusive I have to compare it to is Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos. I would take Excellence over Beaches any day.
  34. 1 point
    Was on Rhapsody in Feb. Had the regular drink package which allowed soda, water,fresh o.j. and specialty coffees. Sometimes we got Evian with no hassle and sometimes they said it was a chargeable item. We stocked up with water every time we ordered anything to drink all cruise. The extra water comes in handy. Our previous cruise the ship had Starbucks but other premium coffees were no charge. Any thing is much better than M.D.R. coffee. YUCK Cowboy coffee is way better than M.D.R. coffee.
  35. 1 point
    Boston Babe

    Land vacation=Crazy Talk!

    Now, don't be snappin on Delaware!!! I live here, it has beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, no longer pay NJ/NY taxes (like $14K down to $1700) and no Sales tax. I'm a great billboard for DE aren't I!! LOL, however, I think somehow @Wilson has someplace more exotic in mind. Try Beaches in Turks and Caicos, some of the most beautiful water you will see!
  36. 1 point
    whitsmom

    Drink Package Question - Bottled Water

    I would do the same thing.
  37. 1 point
    Matt

    Drink Package Question - Bottled Water

    Yes it does. It's a typical plastic bottle of water (8oz, I think) and typically an off brand of water. I think it depends on the ship and which supplier they use. You can absolutely ask for a bottle of water just like you would order a soda or cocktail. In fact, they often allow you to order a cocktail and a bottle of water at the same time. Great strategy to start stockpiling water in your stateroom. Yes, the delxue beverage package includes specialty coffee (lattes, espresso, etc) from a place like Cafe Promenade or a specialty restaurant.
  38. 1 point
    rjac

    Harmony of the Seas, Somewhat Live 5/19 -5/26

    Actually, they're from the waitstaff in the MDR.
  39. 1 point
    God almighty, those are some seriously cut / ripped individuals! Please tell me they were performers and not just a random sampling of guests doing a Zumba class! If the latter, I'm going to be even more reluctant to board an Oasis-class ship; my self-esteem couldn't handle being surrounded by so much physical fit-ness! 😱😅
  40. 1 point
    Sunken dreams

    Adventure of the Seas 5/18/18

    He is. The bonine took care of the sea sickness. It honestly wasn’t as bad as we west coasters think. I really enjoyed walking the city. The architecture is beautiful, the city is much cleaner than I thought it would be (based on Los Angeles). A few rude people are to be expected. The traffic and jaywalking blew me away. I have to say though, the walkers have it down to an art. I didn’t see a single car v pedestrian.
  41. 1 point
    Sunken dreams

    Adventure of the Seas 5/18/18

    Day 2-Sea Day The weather remains windy with some sprinkles. Starting to get worried about the activities later in the cruise. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. Breakfast in the Wind Jammer was what I would expect. I like Royal’s buffet fat better than Carnival ‘s so I am not normally disappointed. After breakfast we did the stairs and top track workout to burn some of those calories off. With the wind blowing so hard it was very difficult to walk outside. After giving up we said our hellos to every room attendant on decks 5-10. Not as fun as walking outside but sometimes you have to sacrifice. Lunch I the Windjammer. Same as expected. Dinner tonight was formal night. I stopped wearing suits almost 30 years ago, ties almost 20 years ago and it is very rare to talk me into a dress shirt and slacks. My wife took pity on me and we went to the Windjammer.  We cought the 8:30 headliner show “Invitation to Dance”. I had seen this production once before (in the Independence I think) but it was still good to watch. I am really liking the orchestra.  Out on my balcony for a half hour before my wife drags me in and tells me to go to sleep 💤  Tomorrow, Cape Canaveral
  42. 1 point
    Sunken dreams

    Adventure of the Seas 5/18/18

    Day 1 Boarding we took a Lyft from the hotel to the cruise port. $33 wasn’t bad and since it was my first time using Lyft I learned a lot. Definitely recommend Lyft if you need the lift to the port. Choose your ride carefully. A smaller car would never have fit three plus our luggage. Check in went great. We have a Jr suite for the first time so we got to take advantage of the suite seating area (nicer padded chairs my tailbone liked) and were some of the first to board. Great! Right up until we got to the boat and their new system couldn’t read our set sail pass. 20-30 suite guests standing in the wind and light sprinkles while they worked on the problem. They finally gave up and manually entered us to get the line moving. I think it got fixed later though because the flow of people on board grew pretty fast. In keeping with the theme of overspending I had pre-booked Chops Grill for lunch. As always the food there was great. Unfortunately they seemed to know nothing about the set sail passes being used until you could pick up your cards at the stateroom after 1pm. We had to explain to the waiter the process, something Royal should have sufficiently trained on before the first guests arrived. So far it looks like it got straightened out. Keeping my fingers crossed.  After lunch we went to our room. It was not quite yet ready but our bags were already delivered! My wife unpacked while I hit guest services because my internet code had not been delivered. The guy at the internet table graciously helped me and it was time for the drill. The safety drill went fast despite as many people showing up late as possible. Shortly after we were sailing out of the harbor. Next up, finding some Bonine for my very motion sick 19 year old son who can’t show he is getting sick until too late. Now when we go to pay we find out our set sailpasses have not been activated to pay for stuff. Since it’s my card on file I know it’s all set up. Back to guest services to activate all three cards for the family. I am really beginning to suspect the manual entry they did to get me on the ship didn’t save me any time. Booked an additional cruise through NextCruise even though the benefit seems almost non existent. Had dinner in the MDR. It was ok, not my favorite. Waiters were excellent and made sure we had plenty. The short Welcome Aboard show was a small peak at theweeks entertainment. Looks like it should be fun. Then, either because I am starting to feel old or because I am just boring it was off to bed.
  43. 1 point
    WAAAYTOOO

    BOGO 2 Night Dining Package?

    I don't blame you. We did Samba on our Allure cruise in April and we were so disappointed. It had previously been such a fun experience and this time it was just - meh. I completely agree with you. It should be made clear which restaurants qualify for the BOGO (or any package, for that matter) when you purchase it. I have heard that on some ships, Wonderland is not included in the dining packages. I can't say that is a BAD thing, as I loathed Wonderland but some enjoy it very much or at least want to try it just to find out, once they board, that dining at Wonderland is not an option with the package. They need to be CLEAR about what is included and what is excluded.
  44. 1 point
    jce2

    Favorite spot not near a pool

    Strangely enough, Deck 4 chairs by the shuffleboard court! While our wives were off at cupcake class, my son and I just sat there, shared a drink and talked life. Most relaxing moment of the trip (even though neither of us cared for the drink (Dublin Ice Tea)
  45. 1 point
    Matt

    Royal Caribbean trademarks Cerebro

    File this under "Strange yet intriguing." Royal Caribbean has filed a trademark for something it calls "Cerebro". It's something it refers to in the trademark as "Providing business intelligence services." "Data mining; Data warehousing; Design of information graphics and data visualization materials" I really have no idea if this is anything you or I will ultimately care about, but it sounds cool. Fellow geeks will know "Cerebro" is the name of Doctor X's mutant finding computer from X-Men.
  46. 1 point
    Yes, I have been there many times. I love the Amalfi coast. It is so incredibly beautiful. Believe it or not, I actually do NOT like Italian pizza (they do not know what American pepperoni is....)...but I love the cappuccino. I can't wait to get some local mozzarella de bufalo. It is so salty and delicious. YUMMMM ! This will likely be my last biz trip to Italy. All of the sites that I go to will be completed after this. Only Bahrain and Australia left.
  47. 1 point
    Skid

    Anthem - Man Jumps Off Ship

    It is not about beating a dead horse or about being politically correct. It's about human beings showing some respect and sympathy for parents who lost a child under tragic circumstances. It is baffling to me how some people don't get that. If it's supposed to be a family here on RCBlog, I guess I've been disowned by some. Oh well.
  48. 1 point
    Ray

    Anthem - Man Jumps Off Ship

    Maybe he had the pizza
  49. 1 point
    I have a small spray bottle that goes into my 3-1-1 bag (you are flying are you not?) that I fill from the big bottle. It holds enough for more than a week for us.
  50. 1 point
    One of the packing hacks I've always used is to pack your suit in a bag it might come from the cleaners in, I have even gone to my local cleaners and asked for extra bags, I put the coat in one bag and the pants in another bag and then just folded them and pressed them out on the very top layer of the suite case. Somehow or another the plastic bag helps keep most of the wrinkles out. I know this might not help in your case, but I'm like @Digmenow my suite case has a built in garment hanger in the cover, so I put my hanging stuff in the lid (With the plastic sack).
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