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  1. I forgot something in that last update. Our younger daughter (aka the artist, whose work I’ve shown in earlier live blogs) got her acceptance notice for the summer Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion program that she applied for nearly a year ago! Assuming she’s able to get vaccinated in time and nothing else comes along to muck things up, she’ll be spending 4 weeks with a host family in Kyoto from mid-July through mid-August. This is a huge deal for her. She’s been self-studying Japanese for almost a year now, and has been saving money from her part-time job to help pay for it
    10 points
  2. My pattern from past operations seems to be holding. I need the pain meds like clockwork for some period of time, and after that it’s like some switch has flipped and I more or less don’t need them at all, except to sleep for another couple of nights. Today, only 3 days post surgery, that switch has already flipped. My last pain meds were at 6:30 AM and I haven’t needed anything since then. If I hold to pattern I’ll just need something for sleep tonight and maybe tomorrow, and then I’ll probably be done beyond taking Advil. And why the heck is there suddenly a page about the merit
    10 points
  3. agree! The excitement of receiving the genie questionnaire, the first genie email, finding out who your genie will be, and then live genie communications is one of the best experiences IMO. It was so fun to share my genie in this forum and get some early genie intel! It really is the best feeling.
    4 points
  4. T - 10 days to boarding. The anticipation is building everyday. Does the days seem longer all of a sudden? Initial packing has started, pulling suitcases out of musty stores after being neglected for so long. Feels surreal that I’m actually packing for a trip of any sort. Luggage tags printed and at the ready.
    4 points
  5. What happened to that suggestion
    4 points
  6. SPS

    Oasis Class Ship Names

    I STILL WANT BMcBFOTS!!!
    4 points
  7. This is the best advice you will get. Star Class, by its very definition, is designed to be a personalized experience. While the overall "rules" are fairly consistent, the specific amenities do tend to vary by ship and even among Genies on the same ship. A very good example of this is that some ships allowed Starbucks to be delivered to the suites and some do not. Whether this is a Genie-thing or a ship-thing isn't readily apparent to me. I've never asked for this service so I don't know the particulars. On the other hand, it never hurts to learn from others what THEIR experience was a
    4 points
  8. Glad you're feeling better! Good to hear you're off pain meds quickly. That's what happens when you leave us unattended. LOL
    3 points
  9. Great topic. I just signed into the Blog, but have been reading for the past week. I booked my first cruise on Royal Caribbean and booked the GLS on Anthem. Thanks to @WAAAYTOOO, we changed from a corner to middle GLS on deck 10. I have lots of time to anticipate and learn from everyone…we don’t sail until Oct 2023. We have 4 other cruises booked before then on other lines, 3 on NCL in the Haven and one on Celebrity. Thanks again to everyone for sharing info. The planning and anticipation of our first Star Class cruise will be fun but excruciating!
    3 points
  10. I submitted Hochberg of the Seas as a suggestion but I never heard back.
    3 points
  11. Matt

    Cabin Crawl tips

    I miss the good old days when the only people who got sick on cabin crawls was from too many tequila shots!
    3 points
  12. Star Class is a fantastic experience. My advice is not to invest too much into what others say, but to let your Genie do their thing. Everyone's experience is different and by trying to make it into someone else's experience, disappointment will usually follow. Most Genies are fantastic. There is no way at this point to predict or even know who will be on Oasis. With covid, all the genies have gone home and sadly, some have even left Royal to do other things. Also keep in mind, that while the overall benefits of Star are the same across the fleet, there are many variances by ship
    3 points
  13. True, that was dedicated as mine and I put the boys in main floor closet. Which was fine because I also had them share main floor bathroom LOL True. The upstairs balcony came in handy with our HVAC issues. We propped it open when sleeping when temps hit high 80s. I was thankful we had it. LOL
    2 points
  14. Posted at the same time. We seem to do that a lot. Too funny
    2 points
  15. It’s a personal preference but some prefer the middle GLS due to the layout and larger size. We preferred a corner GLS 10320 on Anthem last year because our son wanted the 2 side balconies and there were only 3 of us, so it wasn’t a big deal. And we were totally fine with the split main floor bathroom. Nothing wrong with either; just good intel to help with decision making.
    2 points
  16. While you get the 3 balconies with the corner ones, you lose a lot of square footage inside. It's 696 sq. ft. for the corner ones, compared to 840 sq. ft. for the center ones on Deck 10. If it's just two people, it doesn't really matter, but when I travel with my teenage girls, we'll take all the extra square footage we can get!
    2 points
  17. Come to think of it, the price was slightly higher (tax and port charges were higher) than the previous booking. I'll have to call them and have them adjust it. I agree with you 100% that I will not find a cheaper rate and if anything, supply, pent up demand and the possibility of running less than capacity may actually drive prices significantly up. We got the same cabin location and almost identical itinerary. June 2022 seems so far away... might have to also book something sooner!
    2 points
  18. Such a database would violate so many pieces of the HIPAA regulations.
    2 points
  19. I did the same !! On the Honolulu-Vancouver leg of our Australia/NZ/HI/CAN cruise-about (Quantum), we are doing SC for the last leg. I originally booked deck 8 but then remembered the noise from 270...so I changed to deck 10. We are now in 10724. The only SC left on that sailing is a corner GLS. Glad we got ours in time before the good ones were gone !
    2 points
  20. Solar heated... by the sun.
    2 points
  21. 2 points
  22. How exciting her dreams are coming to fruition.... I hope she can get vaccinated prior to going as the Olympics are on at this time and I imagine there will be a great influx of people from all over the world ...My son is being recruited by a video game developer in Germany so he may be off on his adventure soon too..... unfortunately we in Australia have not had a vaccine roll out yet so I have got my fingers crossed he can get one before he has to go....It is very hard for the young ones to plan and get ahead in these times it is nice (for a change) to hear a good story
    2 points
  23. I'm not sure if anyone has looked at hotels yet but the Hilton Grand Vacations at the Crane is a BEAUTIFUL property and is a steal for around $270 a night IMO
    2 points
  24. castle25

    Oasis Class Ship Names

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boaty_McBoatface
    2 points
  25. And also my lunch break at work. Passes too fast before slowing down again.
    2 points
  26. Room 1718, Oasis of the Seas, June 18, 2021!
    2 points
  27. I'm not sure I should disclose my L&S experience with my Alaska cruise on Quantum. Originally, it was very straight forward and done quickly. The price protection was done but taxes and fees increased by $150. Best I could tell, it seemed correct. There was a FCC involved that tends to obscure the actual cruise price. About a week later someone posted information that involved some glitch that resulted in the price protection to be incorrect. When I looked at my remaining balance, it was approximately $300 more. I had to call again to get the $300 removed. The first response w
    2 points
  28. Well shoot. Who knew Joe would flip like a switch this soon? I thought we had at least another day of robovac talk left in this thread. Do you know how hard it is to talk about robovacs on a cruise forum? It rarely seems to fit the conversation. Glad you are feeling better Joe.
    2 points
  29. I suspect they changed their mind when you asked for a permanent cabin as your “licensing fee”
    2 points
  30. Yes, the days will drag by until you get on the ship and then they mysteriously convert to the speed of light. So envious !
    2 points
  31. Somewhere around a decade ago on a Carnival ship from San Juan they offered embarkations in Barbados as well as San Juan on that itinerary. I remember seeing victims guests do their muster as we returned feeling little pain from the Jolly Roger in Barbados. P&O has used Barbados as a home port as well. Barbados has a long history in this role. Warehouses are in close proximity to one side of the cruise ship harbor so resupply isn't a challenge. I can see the appeal for Royal to move a ship the size of Grandeur with no other clear place to move her. Barbados could prove to
    2 points
  32. I did a lift and shift this morning for our New England / Canada cruise for late September. The new requirements were for the same ship. However, the ship has been changed for that cruise. When I called, everything went very smooth. Changing ship was not an issue. Even the hold time was short, less than 5 minutes.
    2 points
  33. There are other gifts to buy a bot other than tools? And Joe's blog has officially been hijacked to Robot Vacuum of the Seas blog
    2 points
  34. melmar02

    Cabin Crawl tips

    Am I the only one who had a love hate relationship with the idea of a cabin crawl? On one hand, I would love to see some of the suites we haven't stayed in, but on the other, I hate the idea of strangers in my own cabin. I think it would feel like having my house on the market too...I would want it to be neat and clean, but I know the kids and DH would care less. One of them might even offer to show everyone our dirty clothes hamper in the closet.
    2 points
  35. Just like pets, if you let the kids name the robo vac you potentially wind up with a lame name. Ours is called Sweepy...and he isn't very smart.
    2 points
  36. WAAAYTOOO

    Cabin Crawl tips

    OOOHHHHH.....one of my favorite things !! Let me first say that, as @Lovetocruise2002often mentions, all Genies are not equal...or at least, they each have different gifts and strengths. Much of the success of your Cabin Crawl will be dependent upon your Genie's party skills. Having said that, I will also make one more disclosure and it is tied in with the one above. I have read accounts, over the past couple of years, where the Genie has balked at organizing a large Cabin Crawl and has suggested to their SC pax that in order to arrange such a soiree, there would be a per-person ch
    2 points
  37. Oh sure. Star Class on the first cruise. Genie mode engaged. On my first cruise Jeanie was this annoying lady at our table in the MDR. On second thought maybe that was my ex-wife.
    2 points
  38. Getting home and dropping my bag onto the floor, tearing my mask off and slumping into a seat after an exhausting day at work, I thought to myself "I really need a vacation" That's really the catalyst of what got me booking a cruise in the first place. For all intents and purposes, this would basically be my first cruise. I know I went on one when I was a really young kid, but all I remember from it was the inside of the cabin. Having not left Singapore in over a year and a half, I was getting stir crazy on this little island. I needed to get away from all of it, and low and beho
    2 points
  39. At least we didn’t start talking about pizza! Lol
    1 point
  40. With the kicker being (as I understand it) "that the cruise lines can access" it.
    1 point
  41. twangster

    Noodle Shop Quantum

    As it turns out there is someone boarding Quantum in a few weeks https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/22156-across-the-seas-through-the-stars-actually-a-cruise-live-blog-quantum-1-march/
    1 point
  42. The only time 'suite pecking' order comes into play is on show seat preferences....and in those case...for instance if you say "I want to see this show, on this night, in these seats"....the Genie will rather diplomatically say "this other night might be better"......this is one of the reasons the first thing you get is a calendar when you get on board. They look at all your planned excursions and tried to schedule things for you 'around' other Genies and other star guests so that they minimize overlap (allowing them to focus on you at the time) and to not have competition. The one and o
    1 point
  43. Only while he is loopy on pain meds. (maybe he won't notice) Memory upgrade. A faster CPU. A new OS like bot 2.0.
    1 point
  44. One thing to realize about cancelling and rebooking at a lower price is between the time you cancel and rebook they may sell out. We met a couple on our last cruise that lost their cabana doing that. There are limited cabanas and there could be 5000 passengers on that day. In essence if there are only 2 left, including the one you cancelled and 2 people book before you can rebook you are SOL. No cabana for you. What you should do is book the lower price under the name of someone in your cabin, I.e. your spouse/partner. Than go back and cancel the one under your name. This way you are
    1 point
  45. Regardless of if you organize a crawl, if you end up wanting to show your cabin to a group you can have the Genie help arrange snacks. When we showed our GLS during a cabin crawl we had asked for the Genie to coordinate ordering some finger foods. We were told that it would be difficult to arrange specialty restaurant snacks (this was on Anthem) so we picked things off of the room service menu. We also on our end did a walk-up to-go order at Izumi shortly before the crawl to have some more appetizers. We had our fridge fully stocked with a variety of beer and sodas and offered them to the
    1 point
  46. What a day! We got an early start on the day, waking up at 6:45 so we could be at the mountain by 8. We rolled in right on time and there was already a giant line for private lessons. My daughter claimed she didn’t need lessons and so I decided to call her bluff and took her out for a few runs. Her first run down might have set a land speed record, but she definitely has the upright stance down. I could see her issue was forming the right “pizza” shape with her skis, and I had bought before the trip clips for the front of the skis to keep them together with
    1 point
  47. First contact with Genie With the date of the cruise approaching, and by that I mean 1 month before sailing, I was antsy to get my first email from my genie. So, I waited with bated breath, always hoping that the next new mail I got would be the one from the genie. I swear I felt like a high school teen awaiting a text from my crush. Yeah, if you haven't figured it out by now, I was a little bit too excited for this cruise. Lol Then the day came. 5 Feb. That was the day I finally got my email and the name of my would be Genie. None other than Elizabeth (Eli) Wong. Now, I don't really
    1 point
  48. Who's going? Mum, Dad, Sis and myself. Decided to treat the family after a rough year. Plus my dad's retiring and thought it a good way to celebrate. Pre-cruise stay I live 20 minutes from the terminal so...my house? Itinerary 3 night ocean getaway. It's a cruise to nowhere so basically no port of calls. Sea day, all day, everyday Cabin Owner's Loft Suite 8720 Booking and Pre-cruise prep Originally, I was booked in a sky loft suite and as the days passed, I learned a fair deal more about Star class. Thinking that it's som
    1 point
  49. If the answer to any of the first three questions is yes, then the answer to the 4th for me is yes.
    1 point
  50. I for one see no fun in being on a cruise and having to wear a mask ...even if it were for just 50% of the time!! So my answer to your question is no cruising for me until masks are no longer necessary accessories. For right now...limitations and restrictions would absolutely kill the fun of a leisurely cruise and I will refuse to take part! Perhaps my April 2022 cruise will turn into yet another "No Go" ! Only time will tell...
    1 point
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