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  1. Look man, it's not an addiction. I can quit whenever I want to.
    6 points
  2. For me, it just ticks all the boxes for a great vacation trip. And it does it for less than I've seen it cost to go by air with a hotel stay. Visits to cities I can't otherwise see, with chances to experience their scenery / culture / etc It's only a day for each place, but that's enough to give me a sense of whether it's a place I actually liked visiting in the end, not just thinking "Man, I really want to see this place!"; and that's enough time to decide if I want to experience more (repeat cruise? land tour?) I get good to great food each night without paying extra
    4 points
  3. Wishing you the best through this weekend and beginning of next week. Stay safe, stay dry and enjoy that UHDP (unlimited home drink package)!
    3 points
  4. There’s nothing like driving into any port and you see that first glimpse of the ship. Gets me every time.
    3 points
  5. WAAAYTOOO

    Website Update ?

    Nobody does. It is supposed to be the % off the onboard price....but of course, nobody knows what the onboard price is ! It's an exercise in futility to try and figure out %'s. Best just to go with the bottom line and save yourself the frustration !
    3 points
  6. I am tortured every time I am on 95 and hit the high bridge going over the new river! I see Port Everglades with no smoke stacks! And it happens a lot because I am only 20 minutes from the Port!
    3 points
  7. Being out on the open sea....sunshine (usually), lots of dancing, truly being able to relax and not have to do any cooking or cleaning, meeting new friends, trying new foods, going to bed at night and waking up in a new place, never having to unpack, but seeing a new island or city every few days, great shows, feeling very pampered. ect. ect ect...
    3 points
  8. Ok, I miss cruises so much and it just hit me this morning how much, so I did a virtual drive from my house to Cape Liberty which is where we sail from. Went through every step on Google maps from house to Cape Liberty and then did a little Google maps look around the whole port. Even I did not realize just how much I was missing it. I mean it really hit me and got depressed especially seeing the port. Anybody else get depressed at no cruises that you did a virtual drive to the port?
    2 points
  9. This is where I took my moniker from, not the fact that they legalized weed (in Alaska). We had Baked Alaska on our SS Norway sailing at the Captain's table. Very memorable.
    2 points
  10. Best xiaolongbao (soup filled dumplings) - Asian Legend here in Toronto. I know Din Tai Fung has the pedigree, and I've never been able to make it over to the HK location with the Michelin Star, but the one I tried in the Arcadia, CA location wasn't as good. Best street tacos - 100% Taquito in Houston. Being that it's off the Southwest Freeway it's a little out of the way for anyone heading from IAH to Galveston, but the food has some great flavour, to the point where I don't even mind the cilantro (and I HATE cilantro). Best pho - Well, it WAS Lac Viet Bistro in Orlando. But they've
    2 points
  11. The only responsibility I have for 7 days is to make it back to the room under my own power, make it back to the ship on time and not be a head to anyone. I can eat and drink to my hearts content, I can choose to do it all or do nothing at all. It just doesn't get any better than that. I will also add that I am not a very social person on land but I find meeting new people and hanging out quite enjoyable on the ship.
    2 points
  12. It was a nothing burger in Fort Lauderdale. Passed abeam our city about 10am slowly moving N. We're about 3 miles from the coast and if we had 25 knots I'd be surprised. No power loss for us. Cruise ships in Port of Miami were asked to take to sea - a common approach for large vessels. Sea is safer (they just sail out of it's path) than port in a bad storm. There are two cruise ships docked at Port Everglades. Did not hear anything about them. This was a dress rehearsal for the rest of the Hurricane season in S. FL. It's very early. Chances of this region getting hit are pretty high throu
    2 points
  13. Dad2Cue

    Website Update ?

    Yeah, that's what I do. I have a statistics degree and their numbers and calculations never cease to amaze me. I have pointed out obvious errors that would result in me paying more. They just insist the price is what it is.
    2 points
  14. Dad2Cue

    Website Update ?

    I have seen numbers like that too. I have never been able to understand how their percentage discounts are calculated because they never seem accurate to me. Same can be said for prices on the cruise planner. I swear they just put any percentage discount because they think nobody will do the math. I usually price a cruise online and then call in to get the actual price. Sometimes it is the same but usually not. Recently I called in to reprice a cruse based on a price I saw online and it was $400 less than the online price showed. I wasn't going to complain. The biggest mystery t
    2 points
  15. At 90 minutes to Cape Liberty that would be a lot of clicking! However, it does make me sad thinking of my last actual drive there. It was a bunch of friends and we rented a shuttle that a friend got for such a great deal. All the girls were singing and drinking white claws lol ... Fun start to the vacation.
    2 points
  16. We spent 30 days on a Tahiti to Sydney b2b on the Journey earlier this year. We loved the experience! Very relaxed atmosphere, good food, fantastic service. We invested in one of the upgrade packages, with gave us a wider range of included wines & spirits, Internet and onboard credit. We’ll definitely include the brand again in our mix... especially given their “itineraries” focus. Ramdom observations: There’s a relaxed dress code overall, with simply a general conscious effort to “look nice”. Daytime: Capris, skorts, nice jeans (colder days), Bermuda & hiking shorts, skirts,
    2 points
  17. Just got back from my second Vegas trip... They have now banned smoking at table games.. Not only does everyone have to wear a mask but if you want to smoke you cant do it at a table game.. I hope Royal follows suit once they reopen..
    2 points
  18. rjac

    Corny Jokes

    How do you make a sweet 85 year old lady swear? Shout Bingo!
    2 points
  19. poached salmon ,served with spring vegetables.... served a la carte in a restaurant while staying in Aviemore Scotland ....never tasted better salmon before or after
    2 points
  20. For me, as a parent, it is truly the only time that I can get away and 100% relax and not do anything! That is what cruising represents to me. It is not just a vacation. It is more than that. In addition, I truly believe that cruising offers the best value for a vacation compared to other options.
    2 points
  21. I see cursing resuming much sooner.
    2 points
  22. I don't think the CDC has been unfair. When you take the politics out of the equation the science supports restricting many activities including cruising. The CDC does not have direct oversight over all of them, the CDC can only provide guidance for things controlled at the state level. If states don't follow the CDC guidance that's within the rights for states to choose to do so, right or wrong will be determined in the history books. The CDC does have the ability to influence cruise ships. While I wish this wasn't the case the CDC is right to prevent cruising at this time.
    2 points
  23. no they are not formal on dress code - some people are "country club attire" but that is the most dressed up I have seen. I have never packed more than a summer dress or two so its much more relaxed than I expected as well. really like it and the crew and staff
    2 points
  24. Anyone with experiences to share? Most curious about the different cabin levels and how to distill from the marketing. Thinking we'd like to try them out once the ocean opens up again.
    1 point
  25. sk8erguy1978

    Website Update ?

    What I'll to calculate the base price of a sale (let's use my current $61 as an example): 61 / .80 = $76.25. So the price before sale is $76.25. With that number you can calculate the other prices (which are not always what Royal puts up as price). 25% = 76.25 * .25 = 19.0625. 76.25 - 19.0625 = 57.1875 30% = 76.25 * .30 = 22.875. 76.25 - 22.875 = 53.375 Obviously I'm using actual and not "dollar" rounding either. The actual formula is something like .... Original price = sale / (1.00 - percentage off). That's where I get the 61/.80 above.
    1 point
  26. We are about 15 miles inland north of st Augustine. Hoping for a breezy day tomorrow. Our coast is going to get battered though.
    1 point
  27. Never thought that day would come. Used to live there when you could get the cheap prime rib at any of the casino hotels. Didn't gamble but ate out a lot.
    1 point
  28. Guinness stew at the actual Guinness Brewery in Ireland....I dream of this stew often Beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.......also Deanie's seafood because they had the best, freshest shrimp.
    1 point
  29. YES! Great choice! For me: Stroganoff Strudel from Ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia. Crispy Rice and drunken noodles from Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas. Peanut Butter Pie from Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster, PA. Sweet crepes from literally every street vendor in Paris.
    1 point
  30. You'll quit when you ready.
    1 point
  31. I think a great many of the blog posters on this site would recommend that the person (who cannot make it) just be a "no-show" rather than cancelling the third person prior to sailing. As @HeWhoWaits mentioned, if you cancel that person prior to sailing, the entire booking will be re-priced at prevailing rates, which usually means an increase in price (but not always). This is where a good travel agent is so important. He/she can evaluate both options and let you know which is the best way to go. Of course, you can do this on your own as well...but it can be a big hassle. The importan
    1 point
  32. We'd like them to bring back the traditional English Breakfast in the MDR. Mr Speednoodles really misses that.
    1 point
  33. IMO, the CDC absolutely IS part of the problem, and its not just in the arena of cruising. I work for an airline in the US that implemented (and still has) 60% seat caps on our airplanes to maintain "social distance." Within the past month, United and American dropped their 60% seatcap and will now sell their airplanes to 100% capacity. It took that announcement that they were returning to 100% capacity for Fauci to come out and say "I'm not sure thats a good idea." But, the CDC never issued a recommendation for the 60% seatcap restriction in the first place. Individual airlines were le
    1 point
  34. Freshly caught King Salmon in Sitka AK. Once I started having King Salmon, it makes the stuff you get in the lower 48 pretty lame. Same with fresh haddock.
    1 point
  35. I'll repeat pretty much what others have said it's a way to totally get away from work and problems, etc it's a way to have complete family time (no internet for us so we really just enjoy our time together) no cooking, cleaning and laundry (well ok...laundry will be waiting when we return but none to be done during the week) so much to do for all of us, adults and kids, between the amenities (swimming, mini golf, rock wall, waterslides, zipline, laser tag, sky pad, etc etc depending on the ship) and the organized activities (e.g. scavenger huts, trivia, dance classes,
    1 point
  36. And the same to @rjacfor a couple days early next week. We can use the rain in Winterville, so I assume New Bern can as well. We don't have concerns about surge flooding like you, though.
    1 point
  37. We enjoy seeing/visiting different places without having to unpack. For us, it offers such a diverse experience. The crew is phenomenal! I’ve yet to have a land based (in the US) vacation where the employees are all so courteous. It’s so nice to feel like you’re appreciated for coming. This particularly stands out when you first get off the ship and go to the airport. Now that’s a slap in the face right there! Lol
    1 point
  38. I like being pampered as much (or as little) as I am willing to pay for. I also like that my daughter loves Adventure Ocean so it gives me a break, and I can actually have a conversation with my husband without being interrupted 1000 times. I like that my extended family all enjoy cruising, so it's an easy, easy way for a large group to enjoy a vacation together with someone else doing the cooking, cleaning, etc. and not having to worry about where to stay, where to eat, how to get around.
    1 point
  39. I get away and 100% relax. I get away from my house, my job, politics, having to feed the animals, driving....yadayadayada... And one thing that has always stood out for me - the crew members treat me like I'm somebody, which is so rare these days. They are unfailingly courteous, friendly, and respectful - as I am to them. I've only been on 4 so far, but I'm as hooked as I can be - I would cruise right now at 11:30 on Friday night in the middle of a pandemic if I could. Just love it.
    1 point
  40. The CDC did publish requirements. Royal and most other lines ignored them or didn't follow them claiming ignorance. "Oops, we'll do it right next time" was Royal's response when busted. The CDC has been interacting with cruise lines this whole time. Just because it hasn't played out in the media on a daily basis for all of us to follow doesn't mean it hasn't been happening. One cruise line took time to read and follow the CDC requirements. They submitted a response to the CDC and they were approved to sail. That's one ship out of hundreds. Other cruise companies haven't trie
    1 point
  41. @crisgold52 You have been blessed to have the funds to do such traveling. Many have not been as blessed as those of us who can travel. I haven't done as much as I would like, but I have been to a few places. I see you went to big cities. Have you ever been to the little towns in places like the NC coast or parts of Louisiana? They have a culture and even language all their own. Big cities are all the same. Little towns, like where I live, are, or can be, a completely different experience. They are often dismissed, but are rich with history. I never said people shouldn't travel outside the US o
    1 point
  42. ellcee

    Adapting to the New Normal

    On it already.
    1 point
  43. I've found that their website highlights the ships pretty well as far as finding out what's available on each ship - just go to the website, and at the top (or in the menu bar, depending on if you are mobile or not, the desktop site offers a better experience, imo, even if it's the same information), and next to "find a cruise" click "ships". Find the ship that you're interested in learning about and then scroll down to "Things To Do". The Cruise Planners offer details, but I like to know which bars and restaurants, activities, etc, are on each ship and these offer a bit of detail. Wel
    1 point
  44. So .... does that mean the party in January is cancelled??
    1 point
  45. Ireland will be a great cruise
    1 point
  46. Wow, you're only on edge when Thanksgiving comes around? I've been on edge for at least 4 months now, and if we're still cooped up by Thanksgiving I'll be full-blown NUTS!! This dad joke brought to you by your friendly Chief Science Officer, a proud dad for going on 20 years now.
    1 point
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