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  1. Day 2: Kotor, Montenegro Today was a day to sleep in a little bit after staying up so late last night. Everyone got ready and we headed to breakfast at WJ. All week we were impressed with the selection and quality of the breakfast, and we never left hungry. Last night the Cruise Compass said that tender tickets were going to be distributed starting at 9:30, but the cruise director announced 9:45 at the show. So I planned to get to the ticket distro early to try to get off the ship as soon as we could. I had arranged a private driver/guide for a tour of the local area, and wanted to get th
    4 points
  2. Day 5 - Sea Day Another beautiful day on a ship. We really spent today together as a family, and I totally took zero pictures... I’m updating this from my phone since I have no pics, and we are off to Nachi soon. We woke up and had Solarium Bistro for breakfast. It was serviceable. I do like that it is less crowded than Windjammer. After that, V went to AO, I went to the casino, and Abby went to run the track. We all got back together for lunch in the Windjammer. The food so far there has just been ok. Nothing to write home about. While we were there, one of the managers was making
    4 points
  3. Sorry to report folks but your eyes aren't playing tricks. Starting tomorrow I'll be coming to you somewhat live from on board the Symphony of the Seas. This has been a cruise with right around 620 days of waiting. Booked the night reports had started to leak out that Symphony booking had opened up. Little did I know at the time of booking it would be a very short wait to learn this sailing would be part of something much bigger, an official Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise. Itinerary is somewhat port heavy, but still has time to relax. Day 1 - Miami Day 2 - Sea Day D
    3 points
  4. Writing quickly as I'm about to pick up Soccer and Cutie early from school and head to the airport. We'll get in around dinner time and I plan on just using Uber Eats. If anyone has a suggestion for Uber Eats near FLL, I would love to have it! As of now, College Ski's flight out of the northeast is on time and I'm happy to see an earlier flight already departed from the airport. In 10 hours, we'll find out the fate of Mr Ski and Football Ski! Excursions Day 2 - Cruising and I scheduled the On the Roll Sushi class for myself, College and Football. It is at 11:30 so a perfec
    3 points
  5. A safe place to start with any camera you don't know is to use "Auto". On most Sony cameras there is a dial on the top right of the camera that rotates. One choice should be "Auto" in green. For low light situations the camera will automatically adjust the ISO but in extreme circumstances that will create a lot of noise or grain in pictures. The camera will try to remove some of this when it creates the JPEG file but sometimes you need to use software to further reduce the noise in low light photos. You'll have to experiment and try different settings. For action photography s
    3 points
  6. It really was a lot of fun, and something none of us will forget. I have a copy of the photo that was given to everyone who did it by the Barenaked Ladies. They were amazing hosts. Totally accessable and did more appearances than advertised. I also have an 8 X 10 portrait that was also a gift from the band. It is the 5 of them and the 4 of us in our travel party. Not only that, but that was the cruise were we discovered Gaelic Storm which has become the favorite band of virtually everyone in my family and many of our friends. Great music, an unmatched stage presenc
    3 points
  7. Day 11 FINALLY! This is the first day with nothing planned in the morning – well, tbh we’re skipping the final choir meeting. Instead, we’re having a pool morning. Breakfast was in the MDR as we had the time to do it. Then it was up the stairs and on the waterslides. Unfortunately I only did one waterslide – the blue one. That was enough to wreck my swimsuit & waterproof bag for my asthma inhaler. Lesson learned: don’t take the bag with you on a waterslide – in other words, don’t go on the waterslide as I wouldn’t risk going anywhere without the inhaler. At least I can report that hub
    3 points
  8. @RCVoyager Of course I googled- how could I not lol. The picture is hysterical. It’s such a large group that you really can’t see much but you can definitely tell. I think I would do this- but NOT be in the front lol.
    3 points
  9. Day 4 - Falmouth Not a whole lot to report today, and I didn't really take too many pictures. Today we were in port in Falmouth. We woke up a little later, and headed to Windjammer for breakfast. Unless I am missing a section of the restaurant, the Windjammer on Majesty is much bigger. Food was ok, nothing great to report. We miss having all of the assorted pastries to eat. Then it was up to AO for Virginia, and Abby and I headed off the ship. In Falmouth we mainly just walked around a little bit. We hit up a shop to get some coffee and Havana Club rum. I was going to get some cig
    3 points
  10. Yep, but fortunately the "auto" mode is generally a safe place to allow the camera to figure it out while you get used to it. As you use it more and learn it better you can start taking over and digging into the settings more. I consider the 'auto' mode to be "drink package compatible" meaning when you don't want to think about ISO and f-stop and shutter speed just put it in auto and enjoy your drink(s)!
    2 points
  11. I never miss a chance to talk about Gaelic Storm because I think the plastic world of today's entertainment is missing out on the absolute best. If you get a chance to spend 15 minutes check out the songs 'Damn Near Died in Killaloe' and 'Raised on Black and Tans'. Fans also love 'Don't Go For the One' and 'The Night I Punched Russell Crowe in the Head' which is billed as a true story. Here's another great story abut them. One night in Indy they did an all ages show (many of their shows are 21 and up). My friend's son was about 11 and LOVES Gaelic Storm. Pat saw us in the
    2 points
  12. PG Cruiser

    Solo dining

    Does this count as "duck lips"?
    2 points
  13. @twangster my goal is to be able to cruise as much as you some day. And maybe even be able to do some awesome blogs as well. I’m no photography buff, so I know my pictures won’t ever stack up, but hopefully I can provide great insight to others some day. Your blogs have been very knowledgeable and I learn something awesome about the ships and ports when reading them. Hopefully you know people truly appreciate that, and I hope to be able to provide that as well some day.
    2 points
  14. One of the coolest things I've done on a ship involves the bathrobes. January of 2007 on the Carnival Legend was Ships and Dips 1 which was the Barenaked Ladies Cruise. One morning an announcement came as an invitation to go to our staterooms, remove all clothing, put on the robe, and report to the Lido Deck. With robes on, 700 of us were staged for a photo. the band was there too. After about 10 minutes to set the whole thing up, we were told on the count of 3, drop the robes. You can still find the "Barenaked as Sea" photo on the internet. We were naked for about 5 seconds,
    2 points
  15. If any one has followed my posts on Voom you may have seen my 'Day 2 Voom Strategy' that involves waiting until day 2 to purchase Voom on board. Since the price for the 'full voyage' Voom plans drop with each day passing you can save money if you can wait a day or two. As I sit here on a 10 night cruise it has occurred to me the same strategy can be used with a drink package on longer sailings. I've often avoided drink packages on longer sailings due to: High cost of packages on longer sailings. More nights equate to higher package price. Drink fatigue. Fix or six (or
    1 point
  16. Day -2 - Pre-cruise As I looked out this morning, the weather in beautiful St. Louis, MO confirmed that it is indeed time for a cruise. Nothing like a dreary day with the first flurry of snow for the year covering the roof tops to remind you that it's been 364 days of dry dock, time to start the live-blog, and offer a miserable picture to test out how to insert them into the blog and have them sized correctly. Sailings We will being a pseudo-side to side on Oasis and Enchantment out of Port Canaveral. Oasis will be a 7-night Western Caribbean starting November 11 th
    1 point
  17. Any 5 are fine.... smaller is fine as sometimes the bigger ones struggle to stay on the tree. Thank you again for your help! Thanks for the offer!!!! My wife and I have a "vacation" tree with ornaments collected over the 29 years we've been married. Hope to add lots of ships over the coming years:-) I could still use a Radiance OTS ornament from our Alaska cruise in June if anyone is sailing on her.....
    1 point
  18. LOL - Yes, us too! We usually try to get an ornament on each sailing/trip we go on. Makes for some nice conversations with the family when we're putting the tree up! KJ1231 - Is that the type of ornament you'd like? Last time we were on Anthem I believe they had 2 or three sizes (I could be wrong). The picture I see from ebay looks like it's a smaller size. If so, that would be 5 of those - I'll see if they have different styles so they are not all the same. Is that ok?
    1 point
  19. Nope. Oasis Eastbound.
    1 point
  20. @RCVoyager, very sorry for your loss. And that was really classy of Gaelic Storm. So many performers wouldn’t interact or get so involved with the passengers, never mind remember them over the course of years.
    1 point
  21. Great family time where something for everyone. Variety of food Beautiful relaxing views of the water. Can't even out into words "that" feeling. Ton of activities from swimming to different amenities (eg slides, lasertag, mini golf, rock wall). Also fun organized actities in cruise compass. Amazing different shows each night Variety of food options. Also live having sir down every night with great friendly service. Different places to visit. Fun ship to explore.
    1 point
  22. They are capacity controlled. If X number of people buy the dining packages they remove some or all of them from sale. Basically they want to avoid overselling them. Imagine the uproar if people buy a dining package and then get on board only to be told they have to eat in the MDR because the specialty restaurants are full?
    1 point
  23. The UDP price does vary with cruise length but not for TA's that I've seen. It's basically $24 per night flat rate. On an 2019 TA I have booked the UDP is $336. It's a 14 night sailing so 14 x $24 = $336. Same ship on a regular Caribbean 7 night 2018 cruise the UDP is $168. 7 x $24 = $168.
    1 point
  24. Mathew Jones

    The Key

    Under the Internet and More Tab. Also splashed on the Front of the Cruise Planner after I log in.
    1 point
  25. If you are concerned about the website, you can always call Royal directly and have one their representatives do it for you. I have done this numerous times.
    1 point
  26. Lovetocruise2002

    Solo dining

    If you ever take one of those, you better post it! lol
    1 point
  27. I have to agree with you there! I do recall the filet at Giovanni's being superior. Hmm.....
    1 point
  28. tiny260

    Cruising 101

    We were just on Liberty this summer with our Grandson, and even though we didn't have to we paid for Voom and used Whatsapp so that my Grandson could talk with his Mom each night and video chatted with her a couple of nights. Otherwise I leave the below information for family. Emergency Contact Number, 1888-724-7447 Ship Name, Liberty OTS Reservation ID, xxxxxxx, under the name, ???? Room number, 1286
    1 point
  29. First and foremost unplug, unplug, unplug. We are the type that don’t want the internet package, we love the feeling of turning off our phones and no distractions from emails or searching the web. Just me and the wife and lots of fun.
    1 point
  30. LilLady

    Why do you cruise?

    We love to cruise for several reasons. 1. Top reason: Sea days and being surrounded by nothing but water. - where else can you find such spectacular views all day long from no matter where you are on the ship. 2. The ability to be totally unplugged. - We never get the internet packages. When we sail away from embarkation port, our phones go off. It gives us time to unwind, relax and really focus on each other. 3. The variety of activities - There is always something for everyone and unlike other vacation spots, no one feels like they have to do the "family" thing all the time.
    1 point
  31. The coffee cards are shareable and I'm sure you can buy more than one. However, there is an ongoing issue where some ships punch the card once per drink (any size) and others punch the card once per shot of espresso (1,2,3 punches for small, medium, large). The first method makes the coffee card a great deal (and this is the language the website uses). The second method means the coffee card can end up costing more than buying the individual drinks. If you buy ahead of time, print a copy of the website language so you can complain to guest services and get a refund if necessary!
    1 point
  32. This is just all kinds of awesome! Good luck to Football Ski and his team! And safe travels for College Ski!
    1 point
  33. Atlantix2000

    Cruising 101

    On days you are in port, you can probably find some free wifi somewhere. Some port towns offer municipal free wifi. A lot of restaurants on the islands also provide it to customers so pop in for a drink and call home. (Be sure to setup/enable wifi calling before leaving home.) My parents needed to reach me while I was on a cruise last year so they called Royal's main customer service number, provided our ship and room number, and were put through to Guest Services on board. We weren't in our room at the time so Guest Services left a message saying my parents had called and to stop by
    1 point
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  35. The Forgotten Thought – Drink Package One thing I meant to talk about in my final thoughts and totally forgot about was the whole drink package thing. Specifically, was it worth it? I had never meant to buy it, figuring a five night sailing with an overnight port day where I might not be drinking on the ship at all might not be the best conditions for the package. And when I first looked back on it after getting home, I thought that buying it just because of the $42/night sale price was a mistake. I was feeling massive pressure to drink more the last two nights because of the fact th
    1 point
  36. rjac

    Solo dining

    So, who at your table is going to say anything?
    1 point
  37. Day 3 After a nice sea day to start the journey, and get used to where everything is on Oasis, we docked in Labadee for the day. We woke up a little later, and headed to Johnny Rockets for breakfast. There was no wait, and we started eating after we were docked, so by the time we were done, it was easy to head down the stairs to the gangway, and go immediately off of the ship. Breakfast was very good, and I wish I could bring a cook home with me to show people how to properly cook over-easy eggs. As we were disembarking, Virginia saw her favorite teacher from AO, and had to give her a
    1 point
  38. ellcee

    Solo dining

    I just did my first solo cruise last month. I was asked quite a bit if I was alone and when I said yes the feedback was amazing. I had an older woman I met on an excursion that she didn't know but she was proud of me.. adorable. In general all of the women I spoke to had the same response, which I appreciated. Men seemed more surprised a woman would travel alone. No one but the staff said anything while I was eating about being solo - except for Chef's Table but that's a whole different experience. I loved dining alone. I had my Kindle. I enjoyed my food. I'm a people watcher so I tried t
    1 point
  39. Day 2 I'm realizing that I'm not all that great at remembering to take pictures... I'm also realizing that it would probably be easier with a real camera, as I have conditioned myself not to be on my phone much, so it's hard to remember to get it out to take pictures... Either way, today was our first sea day. I was concerned about having the 7:45 am Character Breakfast since we had a late night last night, however my body woke up at 6 am anyway. Also, we are deck 6 aft, and the breakfast was in Silk, so just one floor down. If you have young kids, it was definitely worth i
    1 point
  40. Day 1 Travel day was relatively uneventful. SWA is always very easy to deal with, plus we are TSA Pre-check, which is always better. TSA was a little delayed since a cat had attacked a woman just before we got to the airport, and there was apparently blood all over, so they had to move the regular line to the Pre-Check line. Luckily our daughter handled it well, and got a nifty Jr. Officer sticker, and who doesn’t love stickers? National Rent-A-Car was easy in Orlando. If you are an Emerald Club member, you just go to the garage and pick any car yo
    1 point
  41. No Pressure. Lol. Thank you. I feel like a new person. This is from our family pictures, separated by one year. Should have about another 50 lbs to go... Also, you know it's time for vacation when you get a text from school saying "Your daughter has been tormenting one of the boys at school today, and decided to pull her pants down and shake her butt and him." SMH.....
    1 point
  42. Matt

    2020 deployments

    Ovation to Alaska 2020 booked!
    1 point
  43. I'm out of dry dock! (already!!) Wife wanted to go back to Bermuda so much that we just booked a return visit -- October 19, 2019 on Anthem. Just a regular balcony room this time, but we got the one just two doors down from the JS we stayed in! It's kismet!!
    1 point
  44. I've got a note to research this as Matt and I were discussing this when the announcement came out. There have been plans for extensive work to be done in the harbor in Havana including dredging, new facilities, and the movement of some of the cargo and tanker operations to the other side of the harbor so that side where cruise ships dock now is completely used for passenger vessels. I don't know the status of this project to be honest. What I can tell you is that a year from now, Carnival Sunshine is set to call on Havana, and she is about 103k GT with a capacity of over 3k pax. That's mo
    1 point
  45. The motions hasn't been that bad actually. Like walking on a subway train.
    1 point
  46. Well the @twangster is very elusive and you will need to work harder to catch a rare picture opportunity of him , here is how : First, go to all the bars on the ship and order Kraken rum until the barman will tell you he don not have anymore. Be sure to buy one bottle for later , you will need it. Second collect some diet coke from the vending machine. Wait until 4 am a, leave the bottle of rum and the diet coke on the pool deck were it is visible from an excellent photo ops location, it might help if you will hang near the bottle a sign saying "the best Voom reception point on the s
    1 point
  47. Root Beer is way better in it's non diet form. Still tastes medicine-y but something I'll crave every few years.
    1 point
  48. Liberty of the Seas- 10/28/2018 Oasis of the Seas-11/11/2018 Liberty of the Seas-12/9/2018 and 12/16/2018 Oasis of the Seas-12/30/2018
    1 point
  49. I can think of one thing greater -- sitting outdoors, watching a flick, and having the sea breeze with a Sea Breeze!
    1 point
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