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  1. When I took my first cruise on Vision in March 2015, I could not have predicted that I would be sailing her again so quickly as my 7th cruise and my 3rd one this year!!! While I think this is the last hurrah for a while (we have rhapsody scheduled for next spring break, but the family wants some land trips to disney and london and my credit cards are screaming in agony lol), it is going to be an amazing trip. The set-up: 2 years ago ish, we started looking at Europe Itineraries. We were getting ready to turn 50 and had wanted to do Europe forever, but Disney kept getting in the way A
    10 points
  2. No love for me. Deluxe bev pkg is still only $52 with BOGO50 / 25% off. C’mon Royal!! Where’s that intern with another $18 sale for all 2019 sailings?!?
    5 points
  3. I’m hoping not. I feel like there will be a fair number of brits and Americans on any royal ship. Plus the fact most Europeans learn english. She speaks some Spanish. Of course I’m sure she wouldn’t mind practicing her Spanish or learning Catalon if some cute 16 year old boy from Barcelona we’re on the ship! Jane
    4 points
  4. It's a unique experience if I'm doing something you haven't done!!!! I still want you to adopt me lol! Jane
    4 points
  5. Going through some pics this morning and realized that some never made it in.
    4 points
  6. If it is walking all over the ship in robes we call them Yetis. We had a good laugh on the Symphony TA by doing a whole Yeti bar crawl. PHOTO CREDIT: TWANGSTER
    4 points
  7. Let's talk about crew. Harmony is no longer the newest or largest ship in the fleet, however, I would say that she has now evolved from that role into a ship with a big heart. General vibe is great and that is mainly down to a great crew. Marc Walker was CD for Week 1 and Dennis Charles was CD for Week 2. Marc is probably my new favourite CD now that Abe Hughes has left. Absolutely hilarious at L&M and great joie de vivre that really helped the atmosphere on the ship. I actually liked Dennis more than I thought I would - he still has plenty of energy and did a decent job hosting,
    4 points
  8. Got me!!!!. As my kids would say, don't I feel sheepish?!!!!
    4 points
  9. First post cruise workout done. What happened to the saying - "calories don't count"?
    3 points
  10. I don't know who is right and who is wrong. If the windows couldn't open, it wouldn't have happened. If grandpa hadn't put the little girl on the railing, it wouldn't have happened. I one thing I do know is that no amount of money will bring that little girl back or fill the endless whole in the hearts of that family. There are no winners in this. Not RC. Not the family. No one. It was 10yrs ago yesterday that friends of ours lost their 18m old daughter, who died in her sleep. Not a day has gone by in all that time that they don't think about her and the what ifs. Th
    3 points
  11. I love this thread ... maybe more than I should, lol.
    3 points
  12. FManke

    How long is too long?

    I saw an article online where Viking Ocean Cruises offers a cruise sailing for 245 days, visiting 113 ports, in 59 countries. Too much? Would you consider it if time and money was not an obstacle? I would. My wife says she wouldn't want to be away from family that long. Might have to try my first solo cruise!
    3 points
  13. They were planning real skydiving but the Jones Act and PVSA wouldn’t let them disembark passengers early.
    3 points
  14. FManke

    Jr Suite Tub ?

    I heard that cabin was a....wait for it....wait for it a dump! Thank you! Goodnight! Try the veal and don't forget to tip your servers.
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. "No privilege" is mostly used for children so they can't purchase things on their own. (This avoids things like $200/day at the arcade, 15 sodas a day at $4 each , etc). Their SeaPass card is then only an ID and a door key.
    2 points
  17. WAAAYTOOO

    Boarding Time?

    Once you get on board, a nice place to wait for your room to be ready is up in the Suites Lounge (Deck 17). You will have lots of room to store your carry-on bags so they won’t be in yours or anyone else’s way. The views from up there are incredible and there will be lovely treats for you while you wait ! Get there as early as you like. As Ashley said, the Suites waiting Lounge at Terminal A is beautiful and you will be among the very first to board.
    2 points
  18. We're doing a 7 night western med next May as a graduation present for our oldest - may be the last vacation all four of us take together. Our youngest will graduate in May 2021 and who know what will happen with jobs, grad school, etc so we want to do this one right. Will be following along and taking notes! We sail round trip from Barcelona too. Common ports will be La Spezia & Civitvecchia.
    2 points
  19. If the people in the Grand also purchased the Key then it is basically redundant of the features with the Suite. I would cancel and get my money back. For the Junior Suite the Key is beneficial.
    2 points
  20. I was worried about this for a 9-night Explorer sailing out of Civitavecchia for next August! Now that it'll be amped by then maybe there'll be TOO much to do!? Also I hope the Europeans don't judge us for the water slides! Big garish number comes sailing into Santorini marring the pristine coastline, haha
    2 points
  21. 1. Is there any real difference between the Suite Lounge and the Diamond Lounge? The diamond lounge is smaller and will be very crowded during the Diamond happy hour period each evening. The suite lounge will also be popular during happy hour for the free drinks. However, since you all have the DX drink package I would avoid both lounges during happy hour. You have access to better drink choices compared to the well drinks and table wines offered during happy hour. Outside of happy hour, the two lounges are not substantially different other than different decor. 2. Will me and m
    2 points
  22. AshleyDillo

    Boarding Time?

    The embarkation times for US sailings are not enforced by Royal. You can get to the terminal as soon as it opens and get on board once boarding begins. Usually there's no issue with getting to the terminal around 10:30am and being on the ship by 11:00am. Since you are in a suite you will be among the first set of passengers to board if you are already waiting in the terminal when boarding begins. Port of Miami has a nice waiting area for Suite passengers, so it would be a comfortable wait if you do decide to go early and the ship hasn't been cleared for boarding yet. Tons of people bo
    2 points
  23. I am so excited for you!!! I can't wait to go on the trip vicariously through you! By the way, where was your son in Germany? Mine just returned in May from a year abroad there. He did an internship in Braunschweig last summer and then spent the school year in Bremen. We were lucky enough to visit him twice: first we took the entire family on a cruise (the first one on Royal and third one overall) and loved it. We sailed out of Southhampton and went to Hamburg, Oslo and Bruges. We went back and did a land trip in March. After that, I told my husband that we will do something warm next
    2 points
  24. Wow! Jane...this sounds like an amazing trip! We did a 12 night itinerary similar to this one on Brilliance back in 2005. It was one of my favourite cruises ever! Very port intensive but the memories and pictures that we have from that trip are so precious. Soak it all up! I've been wanting to do an itinerary like this again, but that is not in the 10 year plan at the moment. Probably when my girls are older like yours. I'll be following for sure! This made me laugh out loud! I was so happy to come home after 11 nights from NYC/Anthem GC just to get "my space" back! I get it!
    2 points
  25. Following, bucket list cruise for me so will learn at your expense :)
    2 points
  26. Yes! Don't worry - will post ASAP.
    2 points
  27. Excursion also follow supply and demand practices. The last time excursions went on sale I grabbed a dozen or so across a handful of cruises. Many of those were booked at rock bottom prices. They went back up in price after that sale until this sale came along. In some cases maybe I was the only person who had booked excursions in New Zealand 7 months from now. Some came down in price and I saved even more. in other cases it's possible other guests also jumped in during the last sale. If an excursion is half booked they aren't going to deeply discount it this far out. It went on
    2 points
  28. @Fuzzywuzzythank you for your service!
    2 points
  29. Hello? Photo credit?
    2 points
  30. Going to be there in Sept. so I will give it a try. Thanks I didn`t know. Living in Tenn. we don`t have those sophisticated products here.
    2 points
  31. Thank you. Entertaining as always. Wished that my spring break was two weeks earlier.
    2 points
  32. Andrew72681

    Jr Suite Tub ?

    I don’t disagree with your sentiment about hotel bath tubs, but don’t think it has to do with being a women. A gross tub is gross no matter the gender.
    2 points
  33. Never going to happen. I don’t even show up in my scopes.
    2 points
  34. Allen2

    How long is too long?

    Would consider length! We did 54 days/17 countries including some countries that one would now not dare to go to. It is easy to keep in touch, and electronic bill pay helps. The biggie is your home/apartment. If apartment dweller, perhaps could put furniture in storage and have about 3/4 of a year with no rent, insurance, utilities to help offset cost. Did meet someone who said living on ship competitive with high-end assisted living facility.
    2 points
  35. 34 days... But hey, who's counting?
    2 points
  36. Watched? You gotta crash in! Or is that something that just Brandon & I do?
    2 points
  37. Funny you say this. Every other podcast I listen to, I have to turn the speed up to 1.1x in Overcast or it sounds too slow. Not RCBlog podcast! I had to put him back at 1x or it was too hard to follow!
    2 points
  38. Hey Ken! I did not even realize that you are on the message boards! Thanks for reading the live blog Totally agree! One day @Michael Vitale, his wife, a few others, and I were in the Diamond Lounge watching @Matt do FB live. Even when sailing with him, we tune in. Totally devoted lol.
    2 points
  39. Great live blog @Lovetocruise2002. It was fun to read all 18 pages of this live blog post being on this cruise. Not meaning to hijack, but a few of my random thoughts. It was fantastic meeting everyone on the Group Cruise. One of my favorite cruises so far...by far having 80+ other groupies to hang with was fun. As has been mentioned about eating in the Two70 Cafe is a hidden gem...the Solarium Bistro is another great place to avoid big crowds. One funny moment was on day 2 or 3 I was eating dinner up there, and I get a notification on my phone of @Matt doing a live peris
    2 points
  40. OK, I know I made the most recent posting on this thread, and I certainly wasn't thinking about the family when I wrote it last night. I don't regret anything snarky I say about the attorney, but I just got a huge reminder about what this family is going through. The family is from a town literally 10 minutes south of where I live (I've known that since the event happened), but I just read the obituary. The memorial service took place this afternoon with visitation until this evening. Apparently Chloe was a preemie, given her low birth weight and early medical scares, which I can relate to
    2 points
  41. Walking around in robes or just in general?
    2 points
  42. Just what I want to fly... a "glitch" flight.
    2 points
  43. Yeah us scots get everywhere lol i mean 9 of the signatures on the declaration of independence are Scottish and 34 presidents have ancestral roots to scotland And of course probably the most famous rock band from Oz (ACDC) had the Young brothers from Kirriemuir
    2 points
  44. Only on select "glitch" flights.
    2 points
  45. FINAL THOUGHTS: Well, what a trip this was. Probably one of the longest that we've taken (18 days in total). I enjoyed every minute (almost) of it. From Orlando to the Harmony to New York. Plenty to talk about in due course, but the first question I will answer is: Would you sail Harmony again? Yes!, Harmony is a great ship with a pretty awesome crew and a great lineup of shows. I've enjoyed consistently returning to her. However, I don't think that I would do another B2B on her. I feel that doing 2 weeks on a ship that isn't new to you can get a tad stale by the end. I don
    2 points
  46. I suspect the intern is triple checking everything, potentially at their new job somewhere else.
    2 points
  47. Overkill is one of my favorite songs, ever. Had no idea he was born in Scotland though, I had to look it up! Glad you had a good cruise, Joe!
    2 points
  48. They have a really pricey option out there already that includes everything..it's called Star Class
    2 points
  49. I'm less worried about seeing someone in sandals than I am about seeing someone in "Nope, I don't own a mirror" skimpy pajamas. The only cruise that we have been on was another cruise line(Carni---) and there was a verrry large and confident woman rocking her extra small Winnie the pooh shorts and crop top jammies walking through the buffet.
    2 points
  50. I agree with your list 100%, I would just ad that I would also get off at all the southern Caribbean ports as to me they are all fantastic and top anything on the list above.
    2 points
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