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  1. Starting to feel like I'm slummin' it in a JS... on the corner...
    3 points
  2. Day 8 Disembarkation day The day everyone dreads. Not as much this time for me as I was ready to get home and get back to my own bed. Having a departure tag of 33 we knew we’d be called around 8:40, so we got up at 6:45 and got everyone dressed. Addie and I walked down to Park Cafe to pick up a quick breakfast. As I mentioned yesterday, this is normally the day we order in breakfast as it’s nice to have to head down to a packed buffet for breakfast. Luckily, Park Cafe is nearby, but it was busier than we had seen it any point in the week. As the tables were full we walked it ba
    3 points
  3. mworkman

    Navigator Check In

    Anthem does have the picture upload option.
    2 points
  4. Mathew Jones

    The Key

    From what I can tell, the shorter the sailing the more valuable that The Key is. If I was on a 3 or four night sailing then The Key is a no brainer purchase. But as the number of nights goes up The Key loses a little bit of its value. I think that anything over a 7 nights would not be worth buying The Key.
    2 points
  5. Matt

    No Gracias Sign??

    Personally, I would not consider that kind of an option. To be honest, I think it's border-line rude. A simple "no thank you", combined with not making eye contact goes a long way. You can practice in New York City!
    2 points
  6. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I don't think which side of the ship your room is on matters. Ever.
    2 points
  7. That'll buff right out
    2 points
  8. KathyC

    Dumb question

    Using MEI will get you a travel agent with an abundance of knowledge of RCCL and will help you in every way they can. They also price check your sailing every time there is a sale, and will get you a lower price if one is available with out you even having to ask. We've used Brock and he's awesome. We met him personally when sailing on a Royal Caribbean group Cruise. Here's his contact info: https://mei-travel.com/about-us/team/brockt If you do a search, you'll find the names of many happy customers of Michelle & Sharla (just to name a couple.)
    2 points
  9. In Costa Maya we docked next a small shipe from Regent of the seas (Seven seas Voyager) As I understands that suppose to be a luxury cruise ship. I could not to notice the dents on the side of the ship Looks like they had an issue and someone went to the CEO and told him " let's not activate the insurance so our fee won't get up. I will take some of my guys and with hammers plus several packages of Bondo we will fix it"
    2 points
  10. Rushed a bit to finish aforementioned breakfast, but I managed to meet up with Mr. Grey of Thenford Grey Tours for my Grand Island Tour of St. Kitts. Mr. Grey was our guide of our group of 20 and he was very funny, very knowledgeable, with a passion for his home country and meeting visitors. He pointed several historical landmarks en route to our first destination, Romney Manor. Quiet day in port with just Adventure and another ship from a luxury line tendered in the distance.
    2 points
  11. I wrapped up Day Five with a show by ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, Holiday Harmonies on the Promenade with some of the RC singers, and the Dancing under the Stars party on the pool deck.
    2 points
  12. Dinner again in the MDR was excellent, with a performance of O Sole Mio by the waitstaff during dessert
    2 points
  13. Waivers sound like you're signing away all rights due to the risk but they really only cover your own actions and stupidity. Any accident due to equipment malfunction or incompetence by the zip line staff and the waiver won't save the company from a lawsuit. (I've talked about this with the staff at my rock climbing gym. Their insurance is very expensive because they know the waivers are pretty weak.) I don't see how Royal Caribbean is at any fault though. You'd have to be pretty dense to believe RCI was running the zip line. I assume they are only getting sued because they have deep
    2 points
  14. Outstanding! Thanks so much for that information! We realize we may have to Uber to a couple places, but if we can find dining and shopping within walking distance, that’s a huge bonus!
    1 point
  15. Pooch

    Dimond Longe On Majesty

    We found this event disappointing. Hors d’ouerves tasteless & skimpy. Staff less than friendly and cruisers pretty snooty. We attended the first night for about 30 minutes & never went back.
    1 point
  16. tdcackler

    Navigator Check In

    Thanks everyone! As a newcomer to RC, I'm trying to catch up on what's a feature and what's not on the different class of ships. I just didn't want to miss something. Very much looking forward to our sail on the new Navigator.
    1 point
  17. We did a cruise out of Galveston in December 2017 that stopped at Progreso. We did an excursion thru RCL that included a stop at Mayapan Mayan Ruins for several hours and then swimming/tubing in a Cenote (Underground sinkhole/cave). Mayapan is called 'Little Chichen Itza' and was only 45-60m drive from the ship. You can climb on these ruins and the tour guides did a great job explaining significance of each building type and overall Mayan History. Wasn't crowded at all.. Might consider this as an alternative... (one day I'll finish my write-up on this
    1 point
  18. When you reprice a cruise you are basically rebooking. You will lose whatever booking promotion (those coming from Royal Caribbean) you got with the original booking BUT you will be eligible for any booking promotions association with the new pricing. So yes, you will lose your RCCL-generated booking promotions (OBC, etc.) but if there are any promos going on when you rebook, you would be eligible for them.
    1 point
  19. WAAAYTOOO

    Navigator Check In

    We were on NAV over Thanksgiving and they did not have the early photo scan option then...my guess is they still don't have that feature for NAV. I think that option is just getting started on the largest ships. It may or may not ever make it down to the Voyager Class. Royal Caribbean does not pre-scan passports anywhere, that I am aware of. They will scan you PP when you get to the port. Enjoy Navigator. She's a great ship !
    1 point
  20. mworkman

    Navigator Check In

    Pictures weren't an option for our sailing in late Nov. this year.
    1 point
  21. As someone who is anticipating his first, RC cruise in a couple of months, thanks for writing these up! Helped me to see the differences between some of the lines.
    1 point
  22. There is a new development called “Dania Pointe” located just East of I-95 and Sterling Road (see pics). I went by there the other day and noticed a couple new hotels that look like construction is just about complete. There is also offerings from Hilton (Hampton and garden inn) and I believe a Fairfield that have been located at that intersection for awhile. If your on a budget you should look into staying in this area as it is most likely far less expensive then Fort Lauderdale 17th street and it offers many dining options within walking distance. You are no more then 15 minutes away from th
    1 point
  23. Thanks @CGTLH For The Info
    1 point
  24. I think this is the correct answer. They made a special point of saying "total of 18 decks" so it makes me think they were including non-pax decks. I thought there was more than 1. Guess not.
    1 point
  25. Think not, but you still can use the three drinks nightly (per person) in the various lounges. Comment: nice little ship! Great crew!!
    1 point
  26. Based on what RC CEO Michael Bayley said during President's Cruise, I think Quantum 5 is coming to USA.
    1 point
  27. ya.. I've looked at a bunch- but the waterpark at Playa Mia is what tips the scale.. that's my 5 year old's jam.
    1 point
  28. You will need to enter your Full Name/e-mail address when you redeem your reward. The name does not have to match the name provided to Facebook.
    1 point
  29. Im not sure what they call it these days but we did a Transatlantic on Serenade (or Jewel....can’t remember which) a number of years ago and we had one of the big family rooms on the very front of the ship. It was really nice. There is a small, separate second bedroom but just 1 bathroom. Big picture windows looking out over the bow. It was a great cabin for a TA.
    1 point
  30. Baked Alaska

    Who broke it?

    IT had to run to the pet store to get more hamsters for the wheel. . . .
    1 point
  31. @LandstromCruise , the form that @mworkman , provided is the same form I used this summer for my Grandson, he was 11 at the time and also had his passport. You have to have some document giving permission for the minor to travel with you, otherwise they cannot board the ship. Mine was signed by both parents and notarized (No custody issues). When you get to check in, go ahead and have a copy made for the agent, just saves time with them having to leave and go make a copy. One mistake I made was that I thought the notarized copy was for them and the copy copy was for me, it was the other w
    1 point
  32. @FlowBro Ty Just keep in mind that with this particular category (1K), they layout will vary depending on the location/deck. From what I have seen, at least on the Voyager class ships, some of them look like a Junior suite with the bunks in the walk in closet area. Some have a totally different layout where there is separation between the master bedroom and the living area and the bunk area. You will have to look into which decks have which layout. This might apply to the Radiance class too.
    1 point
  33. Make sure you have their proof of medical insurance and insurance card.
    1 point
  34. We’re booked ! Owners Suite this time. Yippee !! It’s been a while since we joined a blog group cruise. It will be nice to see everyone again.
    1 point
  35. KLA

    Holiday cruise surprise?

    Anyone else hiding a cruise under the Christmas tree this year? Any fun delivery methods? I'm getting ready to book one for mid next year as a surprise for my husband since I've traveled so much for work and it's nice having things like that on the horizon to look forward to since it looks like the travel pattern will be continuing. I have a small cruise figurine that I'm wrapping in a box with the cruise booking confirmation.. and that wrapping that box in a bigger box... and then wrapping THAT box in a bigger box... and then putting THAT box in a bag.
    1 point
  36. It is now Day Six, a.k.a I grabbed a quick breakfast at Cafe Promenade before heading off the ship to St. Kitts.
    1 point
  37. Welcome party in Costa Maya
    1 point
  38. Day 4 Cozumel : Regular breakfast in WJ , it was quite empty and off we go to the port. Near our ship we had Celbrety Edge , we were so close we could see what people order for in room breakfast As we did not any special plans we be just took a taxi to down town and started to walk around drank a margarita and tryed to avoid the over pushy store people (one even called us and ask if " want to see his junk ?" , at least he was pointing his store and not something else. Soon it was time for lunch. We got some recommendation from this site for few options and we ch
    1 point
  39. rjac

    St. Kitts/Nevis & St. Thomas

    Do the "Secret Sands Beach Getaway" in ST. Thomas. Fantastic beach, great water and a nice grass covered sand bar about 50' off shore. Excellent for snorkeling, turtles, tropical fish and shallow (about 10'. Best part is the fellow "in charge" of the lounge chairs. His name is Kareem and he will provide you with a chair, drinks (rum punch, cold beer, soda, water) snacks and snorkeling gear. He is also a very good photographer with your smart phone. No charge for anything he provides for you, all he asks for is an appropriate tip. We've been to that beach twice and will definitely go back in th
    1 point
  40. I then headed up the ramp to the upper level with sentry boxes, more amazing views, and the lighthouse which was rebuilt in 1908.
    1 point
  41. Day 3 - Sea Day We woke up much too early for sea day , again I had to join some meetings at the morning. Post the meetings we went to eat something small as we schedule Sushi class. This time the cruise team did not done really good job in coordinating the activities , between 10 am to 11 am we had : The C&A welcome back party, the meet and mingle meeting and cruise port talk , Anyway , I took the numbers C&A numbers from the TV recording , total 2780 C&As , 1521 Gold , 526 Platinum , 212 Emerald , 322 Diamond , 164 D+ , 37 pinnacles 2 cruisers were with 1700 point
    1 point
  42. JLMoran

    News Flash

    Ummm.... NOPE!!
    1 point
  43. mworkman

    News Flash

    The One, The Only....Oasis Class Denier is now actively looking at the Oasis for sailing out of New Jersey...That is all!! @JLMoran
    1 point
  44. Took the stairs up to explore parts of ship which I missed yesterday and apparently woke up one of the ladies staying in an interior on Deck Seven (sorry! I just wanted to see your room ). I also found Henry Stretched on a couch in Blue Moon, waiting for our Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle to start at 10:30. It is extremely relaxing being at sea
    1 point
  45. How confident are we that the person in question isn't @Big Dawg Ron?
    1 point
  46. Yes this person “Balsam” seems like a real piece of work. It’s really easy to sit behind a keyboard and bully defenseless older folks when there are no repercussions.
    1 point
  47. MDR Dinner Night 1: Mushroom Soup: Delicious! French Onion Soup: Caesar Salad: Spaghetti Bolognese: Kids Chicken Nuggets: Fish & Seafood Mash: this was quite good, but a bit cold. Prime Rib: Hubby said this was not good as it was quite dry. Warm Hazelnut Chocolate cake: Key Lime Pie: Overall impressed with the food in the MDR tonight. Service with Jonathan was outstanding. That was a nice surprise! We put in a request to be seated at his table every night. We'll see how it go
    1 point
  48. constable145

    Cozumel beach day

    I meant figuratively.. Meaning there is no reason I a single parent can't travel with his kid. We had a big family vacation planned and now our family dynamic has changed. I already have the letter ready to go. I just meant there's no reason why my kid and I can't cruise together. Just like my wife and her can go if they wan't. I'm well aware of the legalities but it was a figurative expression, not literal.
    1 point
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