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  1. Multi part post because I can't sleep. Rain, lots of it, is called for our coco cay day as of right now. Pray to the sun gods for me!!! What an amazing day. The other 9 did a catamaran excursion. Me and the wife got the day to ourselves. We did the St Maarten bus tour. Very interesting but odd at the same time. St Maarten is hard to explain, beautiful and sad at the same time. The last hurricane did a number and parts of it seem too poor to rebound. There were also 6 ships docked so or was jamming everywhere. We were the biggest but a couple of these werent sm
    15 points
  2. So I am totally gonna stray from doing a daily report as honestly I am bored and lazy at this point. LOL Food was really good overall but El Loco Fresh is by far our cup of tea and give it 5 stars. We did not buy any meal package or buy any food. Playmakers looked really good as did Port Side BBQ. The other specialty dining locations we have zero interest in but if there was a quick service with a soda package ($20 meal daily at each and the soda package for say $15 pp) we would have done that well before the sit down specialty plans. Service at dinner overall was good, not D
    11 points
  3. Then off to Izumi Habichi. And oh my god. The food, the entertainment, and sake were all top notch. I was seriously blown away... and completely stuffed! I highly recommend Izumi! Best hibachi for the experience hands down. They let us do Sake Bombs but we had to drop them in, that was disappointing but I can understand the rule. Grandma was gracious enough to watch the kid for the night. So Off to rising tide, a few chocolate martinis for the wife and a few espresso martinis for me (no wonder I cant sleep) was a perfect night cap! We went back to the room for a
    10 points
  4. We decided to stop by Playmakers to visit with one of our absolute favorite people on this ship! If you’re cruising on Oasis don’t miss the opportunity to meet Djuro.
    8 points
  5. Fell asleep posting last night. Here is an insomniac view of harmony
    8 points
  6. For any non-resident looking at cruising out of Sydney there are some documentation requirements to consider. An eTA or Electronic Travel Authorization is required. Delta wouldn't check me in for the flight without proof of an Australian eTA so I'm glad I had a printed copy with me. I also have a separate eTA for New Zealand. I don't normally cruise with the eDocs booklet or things like hotel confirmation printed out but traveling internationally I've bought printed copies of everything in case immigration asks for them. Here is a copy an email recently received from Royal:
    7 points
  7. Cupcake Class. Our task was to make a frog. This is not the the first time in my life that I have failed The little cutie came in just as we were finishing so Kaitlyn invited her to join in the fun! Next up: The Escape Room. Seriously hope there’s no frogs involved.
    6 points
  8. Also in the wait at the podium camp.
    6 points
  9. Who would think it’s ok to push past the people who are obviously waiting to be seated ? As a dear friend of mine says, “You can’t fix stupid”.
    6 points
  10. Definitely in the “wait at the podium to be seated” camp.
    6 points
  11. We need to differentiate between Oasis class and Quantum class. On Oasis you need a full suite card to open the door to reach the host/hostess stand to check in. On Quantum class the host/hostess stand is outside of the CK. In both cases you should wait to be escorted to a seat. They know the waitstaff working with you and will place you accordingly. It is inappropriate to walk in and grab a seat at some table.
    6 points
  12. Day 4 (Day 2 of cruise) Sea Day So we are boring folk, we had coffee in the room and Scott ordered danish. Ordered for 7-7:30 and got the call at 6:30. Coffee was good and Scott was not impressed with the danish and said they were better on Disney, but the danish were eaten....so not sure what were not good. LOL El Loco Fresh opened at 8a so we are there, Scott enjoyed the breakfast burritos and my cold scrambled eggs were well cold. My only complaint about the food would be breakfast, you can't keep skillets of scrambled eggs warm and they are full skillets. Breakfast was never bus
    6 points
  13. The Apollo 18 Escape room is awesome! We enjoyed it much more than the Rubicon on Harmony.
    5 points
  14. AnnetteJackson

    TA Question

    Thank you so much for supporting Matt by using MEI-Travel to book your travel. Many people hate to get on the phone so we totally have many ways we can get that number from you. Some elect to Fax, some a quick phone call one time, and some clients will send part in an email and part in a text message. Its amazing as a person that LOVES to talk on the phone to see how many people avoid it like the plague. Our agents will also work with the client with what they are most comfortable with. And yes, once we have your card on file, we can ask you with the last 4 digits if its ok to use that ca
    5 points
  15. We were invited to CK by a friend who was Director of Hotels on Oasis. Even an Officer waits to be seated.
    5 points
  16. mac66

    Costal Kitchen Etiquette

    Waiting is good manners. Pushing past someone is rude.
    5 points
  17. Auqua80’s show last night was amazing. Don’t miss it. Once again the talent and athletic ability of these kids is stunning!
    4 points
  18. Day 3 - dinner at Wonderland Bottom line: I liked it, and I definitely would go back. I didn’t think that I’d be saying that, but maybe I’m more adventurous than I thought? I am a foodie, and I appreciate all of the work that goes into making the dishes so pretty. It reminded me of Victoria & Alberts at WDW, just less formal. V&A dabbles in molecular gastronomy, while Wonderland goes all out. Our waiter brought all of the appetizers and thoroughly explained each one as they arrived to the table. He recommended that we choose 3 to 4 entrees and share them family style. We chose 4:
    4 points
  19. The tall handsome guy in black is Marco the Production Manager in the main theater. He took us backstage and explained how he makes all the shows happen. I have great photos from the costume room, dressing room and the area with all of the props. I can’t share many of them due to copyright issues involving Cats. It was really interesting to hear him explain how things were done. I asked questions about what is in the open pit during One Sky....and are the cables that control the entertainers in the air are computer controlled? He provided very detailed and fun answers. The ladies didn’t hear
    4 points
  20. Great, so my father in law whose prone to mass hysteria called me this morning asking me to cancel my back2back cruise in March on the Brilliance and Harmony due to Coronavirus scare (two sailings which has nothing to do with China). My in laws were supposed to join us on the Brilliance on 3/2, and then we would go with friends on the Harmony on 3/8. He already said they're not gonna go and insist my family cancel too, actually went as far as to calling me out saying I'm not a responsible father to my kids if I still insist on going. I tried to calm his hysteria and said it's still too early t
    4 points
  21. I will sometimes do the same thing, for the same reasons when I am flying in the same day. There is nothing wrong with using the Royal shuttle service and I have done it too, for the same reason that you gave for using A2S. To be honest, up until very recently, the ride share services on PR were banned at the airport and very unreliable elsewhere. I think they have recently been permitted to service the airport and port but frankly, I would choose either the Royal shuttle or a taxi. Once you are on the island, you’re golden and the ship has a very late departure so there’s no hurry to get
    3 points
  22. PRebecca

    Help with RC Math

    it would appear the per person price is taken as an average per person after discounts applied, and $4340 is the price before discounts applied. If you look at the bottom what they're trying to charge you for is the $3044.82 which is what you expected within $1. Being new to RC I can tell you it starts getting a little easier to look at The good news is the price for your cruise is what you expected it to be ($3044) I also imagine a more experienced member will pipe up soon and make it all make better sense
    3 points
  23. WAAAYTOOO

    Costal Kitchen Etiquette

    ...especially when you see people already hanging out at the concierge desk. It should be obvious...but some people are just obtuse.
    3 points
  24. DJsMrs

    Costal Kitchen Etiquette

    Isn’t it basic common sense that when you go to a restaurant you wait to be seated? Short of a fast food place I can’t remember the last time I was at a “seat yourself” restaurant. Especially if you look around and see that menus aren’t on the table. It feels sometimes like people are so worried about not getting the best table or having to wait 2 or 3 minutes for something means they’ve been slighted in some way. Everyone needs to chill out. The world won’t end. The ship isn’t going to run out of food. Wait a couple minutes. Talk to some people. Enjoy the view. Take a brea
    3 points
  25. They won't be able to offer anything different from what you could book yourself online when it comes to pricing. You may get some OBC for the booking or they'll take the OBC offer off of the price of the cruise. You need to make sure you book early enough before they close the cruise to new bookings, so I would definitely go the first night of the cruise and get that worked out. You can always find the current NextCruise offer online at http://www.royalonboardsales.com/#seeoffer
    3 points
  26. The suite reserved area in the theater is on the balcony level, front rows in the center. For 270, I believe it is similar but can't confirm... we arrived too late for suite seating to be in effect. It involved the Schooner bar and losing track of time
    3 points
  27. Never tried to do this through NextCruise but MANY years ago we were on Radiance and were returning home to a horrific snow storm. Our flights had been cancelled and Dan and I thought about just staying on the ship for another go. We were somewhat surprised to find that they were not willing to give us any kind of discount or deal whatsoever to try and fill one of the last remaining inside cabins that were left for that following cruise. We passed on it and slogged home through the storm. If you are willing to pay the going rate for the room, I'm sure you could arrange it so long as you do
    3 points
  28. Day 4 - Puerto Rico We have a busy day planned. Arrival at port around 3PM. Gangway expected to open around 330PM. We’ll be headed to shore to walk around a bit. But before that, we’ll be having breakfast at CK, bumper cars at 11AM. Lunch at Johnny Rockets? Our son will be doing trapeze at 2PM and Flowrider at 230PM. Dinner tonight is at Izumi.
    3 points
  29. I suggest to wait around 10 days more. Few days ago they found that the virus can spread by people who do not show any signs yet . Once they found this fact the quarantine became tighten . Since the virus become active after 14 days from the infection we will know were we are going in about 10 to 14 days , if the numbers will still increase it will take some more few month but if the numbers of new infected people will start to go down it will indicate it's finally under control and the quarantine is effective
    3 points
  30. After the rockwall I had some time to kill before some of my good buddies flowrider rental. So I Took that time to relax in the Dimond club and enjoy the last sunset of the cruise. At 6:15pm It Was time for the last flowrider runs of the cruise. This was a private session that one of my fellow flowrider friend booked. After that awesome flowrider private session. It was time for dinner. Tonight's dinner was super good. I Did not take that many photos so here is a photo of desert. this is then "new" apple pie. I like this so much due to it having no raisins!! Well Guys t
    3 points
  31. I really like her. I feel that the formality that some folks mention is just mistaken professionalism. She will do what you ask, but seems reluctant to outright state her personal opinion - in favor of guest preferences. If you listen closely to her, she is spot on. So, we’ve been following her recommendations and having a great time. She’s really taken excellent care of us. It’s our first time in SC, so I wouldn’t know if it’s supposed to be any different than what we’ve experienced. But I also can’t imagine what else she could be doing.
    3 points
  32. MJO

    Repricing

    Good morning everybody, This is my first post here, but I've been reading this blog since I realized cruising with Royal Caribbean was a possibility in my life. My first Royal Caribbean cruise will be a 3 night on-board Navigator of the Seas, I'm super excited. I know that within the United States and Canada(i believe), there's the possibility of repricing your cruise if you find a better rate.. but I'm from a small beautiful country in Central America called Panama and I don't know if that will be an option for me. I did tried to book the cruise through a Travel Agent but
    2 points
  33. Another good news story. Cruised last August on Enchantment of the Seas out of Galveston. Our first stop was going to be Costa Maya where we had a beach excursion planned. When we got in the room we were welcomed by a RCCL notice warning us about the large amount of seaweed the beaches there were experiencing at that time. We were disappointed and decided we really didn't want to fight seaweed while we were on the beach so we sent to the Excursions desk and inquired about a refund. Immediately, the staff issued a credit to our account with no questions asked. Incredibly impressed wit
    2 points
  34. You should be able to find someone that speaks your language. I would defiantly call and not depend on email.
    2 points
  35. In the first month of 2020, there have been hostilities between Iran and the USA, Australia is on fire, Venice is underwater (though that might have been December), and China is sick. So the cartoon character is scared because there's 11 months left in the year.
    2 points
  36. 6 days until we leave, 8 days until the cruise! I started the laundry to be packed today. You know, the pile of "don't touch that once it comes out of the dryer" stuff that's going straight to our guest room bed for pre-pack staging. We're really going to try to pack less this time, but it's hard with as many days pre and post cruise as on the actual ship. I'm hoping this will be good practice for Alaska in 2022. Right now, we think we're going to take one small rolling suit case each for me, DD, and DS. DH will take his big 27" for his stuff plus any overflow from ours (my hair dryer!).
    2 points
  37. Kiki

    Favorite Cruise Moments

    I loved this little surprise on the Explorer of the Seas. What surprises or moments were your favorites?
    2 points
  38. Thank you so much @Neesa for following along! You guys will love the two stops at Coco Cay! I did that same cruise in October but I was on Navigator not mariner.
    2 points
  39. Looks like Oasis needs to be put on diet for a while - that tushy is getting rather robust And, I will be on her in about 35 days so I shall tell her then. Hope she is ok with a soft suggestion.
    2 points
  40. While we were in St Maarten, Oasis docked. Thought it was a cool comparison picture.
    2 points
  41. Sign into your account at royalcaribbean.com Click on the applicable cruise Go to the small banner at the top and choose "Order History" Under "Shore Excursions", click on "View Order Details" Go to the bottom left corner and click on "Cancel" Then follow the instructions to cancel all or part of the participants. Follow remaining instructions. If you used online OBC to purchase your excursion, it will be immediately credited back to your OBC account and will be available for use again, immediately. If you booked using your credit card, the funds will be cr
    2 points
  42. My fake alias no longer needs to put her fake traveling companion in? Excellent (poor Ken Adams, he'll never get to go anywhere again). Now if they'd just eliminate the nonsense of making you go all of the way to the end to see the refundable price and would let you see it before entering any names..... (I went in to try this on two different sailings and I still had to put in the 2nd guest ... boooo).
    2 points
  43. Lots of swaying on this cruise. Started feeling kinda nauseous. Of course it happened right in the middle of our lunch at Jamie's Italian. I stayed for the pics of dessert but didnt eat any of them. The waiter was great and wrapped up some brand new ones for us to take back. Attempting a nap with some dramamine. So far unsuccessful, but the nausea is going away.
    2 points
  44. As for people saying its no big deal and 300,00 ppl a year die from the flu...well there must be a reason why this particular outbreak is concerning? Building 2 hospitals in 2 weeks, thousands of ppl infected in a couple weeks with this strain....and it concentrated in one large area....all reasons to be concerned and not be so flippant about it... All fun and games till it happens to you or someone you know....
    2 points
  45. mom2mybugs

    Diamond Plus

    I agree with all the above!! and for the record, I do find that there are a few posters that I find consistently sarcastic and quite frequently negative. I’ve decided that I’m not going to really argue or change them! And I refuse to let them bring me down lol. I read what they say with a grain of salt, and move on to the next post!! Jane
    2 points
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