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  1. While I see your point, that's not at all an example of bait and switch. Royal advertises that you get free drinks in the lounge. You got free drinks in the lounge. Believing or assuming you should also get free drinks anywhere else is on you.
    8 points
  2. You all get on a scale and know?! No thank you. Ignorance is Bliss until i split my fat pants....
    7 points
  3. Oooo, yes! Saw this today! My wife also wants to find Rover! We can't tell Bella and Jake or they'll want to know why they can't come with us to meet their cousin! You opened the door with the Golden puppy pic! LOL! Our Bella and Jake "recovering" on New Year's Day at our friend's house! Jake cuddling with our friend, Jenn (sleeping under the blanket)! Bella (11.5 years old) on the left and Jake (6 years old) on the right.
    7 points
  4. I forgot to mention, that Hubby never made it into the WJ all cruise! Not even once. He was too preoccupied by the FlowRider
    6 points
  5. you have to do the tiktok trend; warm it in your hands for a few seconds, stab a row of holes in it with your fork, and then squeeze out like ribbons from there!
    5 points
  6. If only Matt would allow use of the RCLBlog private jet to take everyone to Southampton.
    5 points
  7. 7 days to go. The two bags did not work out . I was so close too; it is this darn Chicago weather. I realized that I would have a coat, boots, and other cold weather accoutrements. And these items need to be packed and stored, so three bags it is. I also forgot with two hotel stays; I need my "I can only get in Chicago" snacks as well . I have given up on the RUB for Mariner as the suites have been sold out for a while. Surprisingly none of the shows on Wonder appear to be sold out. Which could mean that most of the pax are new and don't know to pre-book. The same for Allure, other than the Comedy show, everything is still available to book. There is supposed to be a winter storm this week and when we leave it will be single digits, So I am excited for almost 3 whole weeks of warm weather. We hit PDCC on all three sailings, but that is a good casino day, so I probably won't venture off. I have a ton of errands to complete this week and I am trying a new salon for my pedicure, so wish me luck. My fur baby knows something is up and has been sleeping around me every chance she gets; she is going to my grandmothers in a couple of days.
    5 points
  8. If any of you solo travelers ever need to drag someone along to help reduce the cost I’m happy to tag along. Heck I don’t even need to sleep in the room. Cruise on an oasis class and I can just sleep in Central Park on a bench. Make it seem even more like a real park with a homeless guy camping out
    5 points
  9. It looks like you enter the Hideaway from Thrill Island on Deck 16. Here is a screen shot from one of the "Making" videos.
    5 points
  10. Bad news @GregD. Hubby just took a look at the Visa charges this afternoon and said we are never booking the NYE tables again! Now cabanas and NYE are on the "no" list. However, I am not one to give up so easily lol. To be continued...
    5 points
  11. A quick word about the complimentary parka. This worked quite well for me. It is a two part design with an inner bubble style jacket that zips into the red waterproof outer shell. I didn't keep mine zippered into the shell, I simply put on the shell over the jacket. Sizing for me was perfect. I am typically a large ski jacket and this large fit well. I generally wore a long sleeve t-shirt and the Silversea parka on all excursions and I was never cold. The shell did a great job. Despite being splashed often on zodiac rides I was never wet inside.
    5 points
  12. Sorry this is a few days late... January 2024 7 - BrianB (Anthem) 12 - Snotarni (Allure) 13 - accio7 (Symphony) 19 - Snotarni (Allure) 21 - Monic.TW (Wonder) 27 - Big Tule (Brilliance) 27 - The Fox (Voyager) 27 - lovetocruise2002 (Icon Inaugural; Unofficial GC) 27 - SpeedNoodles (Icon Inaugural; Unofficial GC) And many more on the Icon Inaugural that did not add their name to the list! 28 - SPS (Harmony) 29 - ScottB (Liberty) If you would like to be included in this list in the future, please add your information to the following thread. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/17-when-is-your-next-cruise/ PSA: If you do not include all your info (ship, sail date, year), it will not be added.
    4 points
  13. Omg! I did not find out until dinner on that last night that he joined the “Best of the best” competition! I heard that you were there too. They introduced him as the guy who saw “Charlie” (another FlowRider guy) more than his own wife on that sailing!
    4 points
  14. 4 points
  15. Back when I started cruising, hubby was a Colonel in the Army, and treated the cruise as a mission. His mission was to make sure “my ass” didn’t knock over table lamps on my way off the ship. We always walked up and down the stairs, even up to the 15th floor from level three. Never gained weight, heck….I left the cruise feeling like I had done lunges continuously. Then he retired and was a director at Lockheed Martin. Ten floors up stairs was my limit. Maintained weight. Years later, hubby still runs every morning, but to the human eye it’s more of a jog. His ankles, from years of jumping out of an airplane, makes a funny cracking sound, even when he walks, He no longer “pushes” me more than a few floors of stair taking. He does continue to “roll his eyes” when I push the elevator button to go up, but he jumps in fast right behind me. The last cruise I gained three pounds. I call it “elevator” weight. This coming up cruise I’ll be happy with a three pound weight gain. I will say after years and years of gambling on cruises I have really strong hands, fingers in particular. I can sit 12 hours straight continuously hitting a button. All that exercise has left me with long thin fingers.
    4 points
  16. Vancouver has pre-clearance, so you won't need to go through customs again once you land in the USA.
    4 points
  17. Picture credit: Loyal to Royal group on Facebook
    3 points
  18. I’m shocked ! I tell you….SHOCKED ! This can’t be true !
    3 points
  19. You may not be too late. When my Dad became ill in early December, we scrambled to purchase insurance for our next 3 cruises that final payment was already in for. It was not too late. We bought our insurance through Allianz and they said the better way to do it is after final payment. As far as cost, it is going to depend on how much you want to insure and your age. But call them. We literally bought insurance for Odyssey two weeks before sailing.
    3 points
  20. "Excuse me, there's a snail in my soup. "
    3 points
  21. We always eat in the MDR but never get dessert. We like to get in and get out. Last cruise the waiter whipped out his guitar just before we were going to leave. We felt bad so we stuck around for his bit (which wasn't overly good), but come on. And I agree with the others, get rid of the dining room shows. There are other shows on the ship. Though I'd still find it amusing to see twangster get a sling shot attack by a dropped escargot snail from someone's napkin.
    3 points
  22. Why would anyone book it as a solo then? Just book a 2nd person and have them no show. Or are they figuring out a way around that as well?
    3 points
  23. Re: Solo pricing I noticed this in in November. I booked the Ascent with my brother. But in late November my mother wanted to come. A solo cabin for her was $800 more than what it was costing for the two of us. I booked a concierge cabin for 3 and it was only $554 more than her solo. I normally travel solo, so I was hoping Celebrity would have better pricing, but it looks like I might be sticking with Royal as I am closer to getting the 340 single supplement.
    3 points
  24. Aw, our four-legged peeps always know what's up. That or they just love suitcases. Either way!
    2 points
  25. My impression is that it varies by cruise/ship. I have seen some report being able to have dinner in CK every night and others having far less success.
    2 points
  26. Voyager class size, give or take a few GT, seems ideal. Small enough to go some more restricted places, big enough to still feature the bells and whistles.
    2 points
  27. i'm so glad you made it through this ride!! it was definitely the most eventful sailing we've ever had -- i will be happy if we don't have a single ALPHA ALPHA ALPHA on this next one i am very grateful for our community here, and everyone's patience and support with me as everything unfolded. couldn't have done it without you all!
    2 points
  28. I would be very surprised if anything is announced about another class while the iron is still hot with Icon class.
    2 points
  29. That's crazy. There were tons of newbies on Wonder in June (like half the ship) and not many D and above but stuff still sold out well before the cruise IIRC.
    2 points
  30. During this exhibition I also dislike the folks that insist on waving their napkins in the air flinging whatever morsels of food from dinner are on them to all the neighboring tables. Please don't.
    2 points
  31. Doesn't he know he is married to the YOLO Book it Queen? You may have to send him back to steerage. In all seriousness though, thank you for sharing your trip with all of us. It looks like you all had an amazing time even though we forced you into the WJ. I'm glad your trip home was somewhat uneventful. Can't wait to sail with you guys again in 357 days, even if Hubby is still being Scrooge. I like this idea!!
    2 points
  32. I am just now catching up on this blog and so excited. And I'm with you, Allure was my favorite ship until Symphony. Symphony is special. So classy, so amazing. Such great memories traveling the Mediterranean with my son on that ship. I hope you have a great cruise!
    2 points
  33. As well as the two mentioned above, my Symphony sailing next month lists a moet&chandon champagne tasting experience. They are not showing on my others, which are farther ahead.
    2 points
  34. APM

    Bionic Bar

    Sadly, we lost the Champagne Bar venue to accommodate most of these bionic bars.champagne bars had some of the most talented mixologists onboard. Don’t strive to be Carnival!
    2 points
  35. Included..it's calling your liquor brand. You can do that with any drink you order..you don't have to go with the house brand.
    2 points
  36. Solo cruising has been a HOT topic this last week. I have sailed Celebrity many times solo and now with this new philosophy of charging excessively is really churning with many people across the board because of their excuse saying it's supplement fee for what 2 people would spend onboard. Even did a mock booking with Royal as solo and rate was at least $475 higher than double occupancy. It's really disappointing to say the least because it's putting a stigma against Solo travelers. I know Facebook has blown up to CEO of both Celebrity and Royal over this craziness. Reality is what gets spent on a cruise solo or as couple in a stateroom goes both ways. Some people don't spend an extra dime once onboard nor tip any crew members so how their realization is losing money from solo traveling alone makes no sense. It's gonna make people look at other cruise lines who welcome Solo travelers I can't wait til board Celebrity in few weeks to speak to concierge about it and hear their response.
    2 points
  37. Va4fam

    Bucket list cruises

    Northern Europe/Norway, Panama Canal, and Japan are on our bucket list. But being able to travel with loved ones every year is the best reward.
    2 points
  38. are we twins? Cause those are the exact places I would be!
    2 points
  39. Daytime is on a lounger by the pool in the solarium. Evening is Viking crown lounge. Night is the schooner bar (but I love to the casino bar for my martinis and then come back as schooner bars just aren’t as good)
    2 points
  40. Yes, Our upcoming cruise next month has them listed under the beverage package section!
    2 points
  41. Many Canadian airports have US Customs ahead of the US-bound boarding area, so once your flight lands you're typically in a domestic terminal with no need to go through Customs again. So if you're flying, say, Vancouver to St. Louis and going through Chicago you will not need to add extra time to clear customs in Chicago. HOWEVER going to the Canadian airport you will need to build in time to clear both security and customs before getting to your plane. If you give details I will try to answer further, as I have flown in and out of most large Canadian airports.
    2 points
  42. Dreams do come true so surely Sabrina will have her wish granted from the cruise genie As rates continue to increase across the board with cuts in services and now even more than normal for Solo travelers that has been rambling across the Internet, it definitely could change ways in cruising or even with which cruise lines some of us sail. Fact is we are all always sailing by reading everyone's Live Blog and that is rewarding for each person to take the time on their cruise to bring us all along in for their venture. One big family...
    2 points
  43. You’ve got to get a new card that all cruise charges go on and hubby doesn’t have access to
    2 points
  44. Music Hall bar on a Quantum ship.
    2 points
  45. This one, and anything kid related is all yours! And @Matt. When this teacher goes on vacation, she steers clear of anything kid related. It's like not being able to leave work. Who would want that? lol
    2 points
  46. I'm on it. I will represent the mods for this new crew member. He looks amazing, despite the extremely cliche of a name (come on, be at least a LITTLE creative). I'm a tad surprised they didn't get a breed that was a little less sheddy, but you can't beat the friendly nature of the breed.
    2 points
  47. We are booked on this sailing. I was keeping it a quiet for a friend, but let it slip today. I was going to set up an elaborate meet up with her genie involved but its even more exciting to be able to talk pre cruise. It's our first inaugural! Hope to meet some of the great posters on here.
    2 points
  48. Beautiful views of Patagonia this morning. So many glaciers.
    2 points
  49. I think that is everything. If I left anything out, please ask. It was great meeting @WannaCruise and @recogneyes this week! I always love to meet others in this blog community. We should be sailing with @recogneyes again in March, so that is good, Hubby will have more company at the FlowRider! Next up for us if all goes well is the Icon inaugural! That one will just be Hubby and I. As for blogging, I sure those of us on it can do something joint Thank you all for following along with us this week and for the well wishes for my Dad.
    2 points
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