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  1. Dinner was very good. I had the garlicky shrimp and Dan had the seafood linguine. I was surprised that he chose the pasta dish as we had both eaten pasta for lunch at the B2B luncheon and Dan is not much of a pasta guy. But he did, and he said it was very good. I absolutely love their olive bread and you could tell that it had just come out of the oven. Oh, Lordy ! We both won a bit in the casino. We broke even on Dancing Drums and then played a bit of UTH and both cashed out ahead. I suppose my purple drawers we “red enough” to bring me a little luck ! Sea day tomorrow. We’re on our way to Puerto Plata, DR where we will be snorkeling with the sea lions and the sharks !
    9 points
  2. Now I have to buy purple underwear. Prime is getting expensive.
    8 points
  3. Any other Prime or above casino folks just order a drink from every roaming waiter that walks by to up the chances of actually receiving said drink and then ends up accidentally double fisting or is it just me?
    7 points
  4. It was the Macarena. Didn't want to leave you hanging.
    6 points
  5. We have been on 80+ cruises with Royal Caribbean and we have never ever gone to a L&M game OR a Quest. Just not something we enjoy.
    5 points
  6. There were these two ladies a couple tables down from me who were alllllll about it. Everyone else scurried away.
    5 points
  7. For me…once you’ve been to a few of them…you feel as though you’ve seen them all! Almost always same or very similar questions. Just not entertaining enough to sit through.
    4 points
  8. Oscar has been killing it with the mini menagerie.. Matches the theme of the little choking hazard I found yesterday..remote for scale. And got my B2B letter!
    3 points
  9. Proof I got off the ship today! Then got right back on My first visit to Grand Turk... I guess it's convenient to have the beach *right* there at the pier, but you have to want to do the beach. There's also a pool at Margaritaville. They offered some tour the island and snorkel trips and rum tasting excursions but I didn't venture out of the port area so I couldn't tell you what the rest of the place is like. The water was very pretty and you could see lots of colorful fish by the pier and an occasional ray swim by. I'd imagine snorkeling here would be decent. This was a replacement stop for Labadee which does not have Effy, Harley Davidson, Ron Jon, or Pirhana Joe's so it's up to you to decide if it's a worthy substitution.
    3 points
  10. For us, it depends who the cruise director is. That is how we decide if we are going to attend or not. If it's a high energy, funny, CD, we try our best to go. Much like The Quest, IMO, the CD makes or breaks that show. However, our last two sailings, we have skipped (even one with Ricky Matthews who we love), because of the times that others have mentioned above. They keep doing the show at 2:30pm now and that does not work as well for us.
    3 points
  11. OMG, I hate the dancing and singing. And it's always the macarena, where they insist on crowd participation and my service begins to suffer.
    3 points
  12. I think this room does sleep additional guests….it seems like the couch would fold out although I haven’t tried it to see. I think you might be right about the noise….i have already heard a few grumblings in the hallway. One thing I will say about the PV room, it was QUIET ! We’ve stayed in this cabin category before and while the location is not my favorite, I do like the space and the view. This particular room is located on the port side and has a totally unobstructed view and of course, has the floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of the cabins in this category look out over the bow and IMO the view is much diminished by views of the ship’s structure and hardware such as antennae and comm towers, etc. Dan has gone for his daily sauna (which is now VERY convenient). I took a bit of a nap but it was really more of a “rest”. I never actually fell asleep. I’m not used to all the light !
    3 points
  13. Sorry Turnaround went so poorly. Hopefully dinner and your new view make up for it. BTW, I stay in the real dungeons... you had a window!
    3 points
  14. Back onboard for the last leg. This is a 9 night cruise with the exact same itinerary as leg #1, 2 weeks ago. TAD was kind of a mess although it didn’t really impact us much. More of a problem for new cruisers boarding and, of course, for the crew. Apparently, the number of folks with “Account issues” was enormous, which caused a 2+ hour delay in boarding of new guests. When I passed by GS ~8AM, the line stretched all the way to the entrance of the MDR. I should have sensed, then, that this was going to cause issues. Apparently, it did. Finally, some time around 11:45, they began the B2B parade. Everything went smoothly once we got started and the B2B luncheon, which was supposed to start at 11:30, got underway at around noon. Presumably, general boarding began shortly after that. As was the case with leg #1, our Loyalty gifts were incorrect. On leg #1, we got a bottle of St Michelle “champagne” rather than the Chandon “champagne” that we have chosen. On this leg, the champagne was again wrong, as well as missing Cokes and missing water. We strolled down to the Loyalty Ambassadors desk and she, I’m sure, will rectify everything. We had to change cabins on this leg and we are now in a panoramic OV cabin on deck 12. These are the “newer” rooms created when they downsized the spa. It’s much bigger than our Promenade View dungeon and the sunshine and view are an extremely welcome change. I’m not as fond of the location of this new room but I’m glad to be here. We’re pulling away from the dock right now (4:45) so the last adventure has begun ! Dinner tonite at Giovanni’s (first of our BOGOs) at 7:00.
    3 points
  15. I used the Facebook group's slot pull as an excuse to take a break from my work and leave my room. But I got there too late and they had already started so I played a little video poker instead and I'm up $25 for the cruise and have 28 casino points despite not wearing red undergarments Since it was 2:30 and I have 5:30 early seating in MDR, of course I went to the WJ before it closes at 3:00. They had shrimp pad thai...burger bun for reference.
    3 points
  16. Like Grand Turk. It's very peaceful.
    2 points
  17. I agree. Oasis class ships offer more activities compared to Voyager class ships. However, in my own opinion, Adventure is more akin to what cruising use to be. By this I mean, enjoying the pools while at sea, having a great meal, and of course, enjoying the ports the ship visits. I think this will lead to a more laid back environment, which I am really looking forward to..... and to have a few Gin and Tonics.
    2 points
  18. Theres a bunch of different kinds of these cruises, but I been on all 11 of the Rock Legends Cruises. They are charity run so they seem to attract more of the big names on each cruise. I don't go for the cruise amenities. I go because the aging big names are performing 3 to 20 feet in front of me. That is a thousand plus dollar ticket to any shows on land. And theres over 20 bands per cruise. And if that is not enough, I run my video cameras in their face with 300x zoom. I can count their nose hairs if I want. On land you go thru metal detectors and no video cameras allowed. Only cell phones get a pass any more and those are only now getting better. Then you get meet and greet on elevators and toilets and buffet lines. It's like the legends are just like us. They get pestered abit, but it's not like what happened to the Beatles 50 years ago. So I dont book balconies and opt for a port hole room, since Im not in the room much. I played golf on only one of the 11 cruises and only because a lady asked me really nice to join her there. I rarely do the formal dinning because its small portions and way too slow. I heap it on at the Buffet and wolf it down as I look over the schedule for the rest of the days bands. It's almost impossible to see ALL of the bands so Im always running around to all the venues to see as many as possible. To get up to the front rows you have to wait for over an hour and even longer. 2 hour waits for the theater. I rarely watch at the theator. The Deck stage and the Studio stage is standing room in front of the stage. So that is where I mostly go. It's loud, but they perform right in front of you. It's so amazing. Sammy Hagar pouring his rum into my drink mug. Same with Rick Springfield. They both partnered to make their own rum brand after Sammy sold his Tequila brand. The access to this kind of rock and roll is matched by no other venue. I am so tired when its over in 5 days, but then I play with pics and videos all the rest of the year, and I am floored by what I did. Some people complain about service compared to regular cruises. But Im glad staff stays out of my way. On the first cruise staff came out and sold drinks at the theator all thru the shows. That has never happened again. Fabulous. Room service is as friendly as any other cruise and I leave them a tip. Rock Legends Cruise 2025 will be different. The woman that created this cruise passed away. A young lady has replaced her, and she seems too young for the job. I have not bought an advance ticket and may finally miss a Rock Legends Cruise. They started booking bands much too late and I think most big names have their schedules already finalized. But it has been 11 fabulous cruises. I stand all day every day, but there is plenty of seating for those that sit until everybody has to stand, hah.
    2 points
  19. It is quite feasible to do on your own. Only difference with ship excursion is those groups get on tenders 1st. Every time we go, night before we get a tender ticket for non ship excursion. We have gotten off ship in no time and explored on our own. There will be many tender boats operating. Public transportation is very easy to use there.
    2 points
  20. Interesting question. Traditionally L & M was featured in the main theater at night during the latter part of cruise. Seems like last 2 cruises I've been on they scheduled it for 2:30 pm in the theater. We usually attend but did not because.......2:30 pm is prime pool, solarium, or nap time. At least for us.
    2 points
  21. Facebook could care less about fakes or even active frauds/scams. Only bots check, humans are rarely involved. Sad, but no humans will likely ever know any of these issues ever existed (doubt they would care if they did). Truly maddening at times.
    2 points
  22. Despite dining solo..I can't manage to make it out of the MDR before they start the singing and dancing. Coming 15 mins early doesn't help anything..ughhhh. I didn't even order an entree this time!
    2 points
  23. Maybe on Sunday since that's the next Sea Day and I don't have to work, so won't feel guilty for having fun.
    2 points
  24. As a SPED teacher, I will be buying the shirt and doing the walk.
    2 points
  25. A quick hop on our favourite ship
    1 point
  26. The full ship charters are usually booked through outside companies. The charters I have done have all been on NCL through Sixthman. Royal has a list of some here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/plan-a-cruise/themed-cruises
    1 point
  27. Hey! So 1. Shops are closed on may 17th, but some restaurants and gas stations are open. All cities/towns have 1-3 parades (one for kids only, schools etc, one for everyone. As well as local parades in the villages. I do not know Haugesund too well, but I will see if I can find their program and translate it. I would def reccommend catching a parade,you will get to see the wobderful national costume "bunad" many cities have funfairs and games and activities too. Food: kids in Norway have the tradition of eating as many hot dogs and ice creams as they can. So thats for the kids. For adults salmon with potatoes for dinner and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert is the traditional thing.. Also waffels, always eat waffels, if you can get them with ice cream and strawberries even better! And I just checked their webpage, no program is ready yet, but it will be published here soon: https://www.haugesund.kommune.no/17-mai/nasjonaldagen/17-mai-time-for-time.10817.aspx Then you can just copy paste it into Google translate Hope that helps
    1 point
  28. I must have done something goofy because I’m 10:30 and my husband is 11. we are going to be there at 1015 42 days!!!!
    1 point
  29. For Victoria, we decided just to take the shuttle into the city and hit up the Parliament and Royal BC museum. Lunch at The Flying Otter and checking out Chinatown/ Fan Tan Alley. Am I disappointed that we are missing Sitka? Yes. But we still have 3 ports with great things planned. Just hoping that the weather is decent, I really don't want to use the puffer jacket I am bringing!
    1 point
  30. AshleyDillo

    Single Supplemental

    Not all sailings qualify and DP340 isn't combinable with everything...just to make it even more confusing
    1 point
  31. @LILBEAN55 Nope! Don't concern yourself. Of course every sailing is so subjective but while I miss the Aqua Theater Shows and there is no Broadway type shows.... she is nice. Older yes, smaller yes, but still plenty to do. I have only sailed her once before but I have her booked again in August and I'm happy to do it. All the hype will always be focused on the new ships (alot more $$) As a Voyager class she still has ice shows which are fun as well as additional entertainment in the theater. I really enjoy my Oasis class sailings but Adventure has lots of beautiful and fun things of her own. As with every ship the food is hit or miss but I find that across the fleet. This itinerary is wonderful, I'm sure you will have a great time. Go to the Cruise Compass section on this website and click Adventure, you can see from past sailings how packed your days can be. Enjoy and of course it us what you make it. Go in knowing you are going to have a great vacation, I'm sure you will!
    1 point
  32. Boy, what a difference in this cruise and the last 2. Waaay more folks in the Crown Lounge on this leg. Dan and I had to sit out in the VC area while I drink my coffee. It’s a zoo inside. Same thing with breakfast this morning in Giovanni’s. Waaay more people in there and the service was very slow. On the past 2 cruises we were in and out in no time. The TTE will be this morning at 10:00 (which is typical rather than the 5PM nonsense of the past 2 cruises) and then the Cheers lunch at noon. Our Loyalty gifts are still dicked up. They brought our water but we’re still missing my Cokes and our Chandon. What a PITA. The LA doesn’t go to her desk until 4:00 today so I guess it’ll have to wait until then. I’m sure she’s tied up with the TTE and Cheers stuff this morning. Seas are nice and smooth, thank goodness. Our new dwelling location can suffer greatly with ocean motion so I’m grateful that it’s calm.
    1 point
  33. As mentioned above, the combo of having seen it enough times and the 2:30pm start time is why we haven't been going.
    1 point
  34. Regular Balcony - deck 14 (ocean view)
    1 point
  35. 1 point
  36. Another reason I feel it's becoming unpopular is because quite often they will now keep both couples on stage sitting back to back, whereas they used to take one set off the stage while the questions were being asked
    1 point
  37. Virginiae is fantastic! https://www.ristorantevirginiae.it/en/menu/
    1 point
  38. We had a short one for the Wonder 3/31 sailing. Basic questions.
    1 point
  39. I was over the bow and right under the captain's bridge on Mariner, it was very hard to take naps during the day. I believe it was room number 1821 or 1812. It was a view of the antenna and other hardware. But the sun from the floor-to-ceiling windows were breathtaking. I just found it odd at the time that it slept 4. Hopefully dinner is/was great tonight.
    1 point
  40. My great nephews are going to eat all the chicken, fish and shrimp. They are 11-15 years old. They eat like football players already.
    1 point
  41. I had to check out Fish & Ships again for quality control. This room is handy for running up/down one flight and grabbing some..or some soft serve..or hitting up WJ for a to-go plate. The chicken fingers were different this time. The fish they were frying fresh in small batches. It tasted less bland this time too..maybe because it was fresh. Of course I had dinner 3 hours later. I'm at a 2-top in a row of other 2-tops so I have neighbors to pretend to ignore. No great people watching to share. Now I'm in WJ for second dinner I needed vegetables because the MDR doesn't know what those are. They are frying donuts up fresh tonight... Those mugs are labeled as sugar donut with chocolate milk..because everyone likes their milk to sit under a heat lamp.
    1 point
  42. Last night DH asked if we wanted a to go to a specialty restaurant one night. We checked MDR menus and decided to reserve 150 Central Park on night 5. He's calling it our third formal night. Right now the night 5 MDR menu is not listed in the app, but the current sailing shows the Taste of Asia. I also went ahead and booked flowrider lessons for me and the kids. There is an indoor flowrider about 45 minutes to an hour away from us at a community center's pool, and we have been to go a handful of times since our fall cruise. DD is almost able to self load for surfing, and once she's in the current, she can stay up for quite a while. DS has gotten really good at boogie boarding and has learned a few tricks that I don't think areRoyal Caribbean approved (there's a YouTube video out there by one of Royal's sports staff explaining what they will and won't allow. I'll see if I can find it again). DS says he wants to try stand up again. I really like the lessons because the wait time between runs is minimal.
    1 point
  43. I feel that we were very fortunate as we have always homeschooled, and the shut down barely registered for us. We just stopped sports and moved piano and scouts to Zoom calls. School went on like normal for us. I can only imagine how hard it was for everyone - kids, parents, and teachers - to be thrown into that without any sort of transition time or process to rely on. We have really enjoyed Paradise Beach in the past and are looking forward to enjoying it again. I'll be sure to get lots of photos that day.
    1 point
  44. 1 point
  45. Snagged an 11am check in early this morning! We're getting close!!
    1 point
  46. When I hit the enter button checking in online, I found myself somehow transported to the deck of the ICON! Scared the heck outta me! I quickly hit the back button and was relieved to be back home in my easy chair. My sailing wasn't for another two weeks! YMMV Then again, it could have been a dream.
    1 point
  47. Just wanted to add the following.. Password change did resolve issues with accessing the cruise planner/website. Uninstalling/ reinstalling resolved the "Accept Terms & Conditions loop" on the App (android phone). Happy to have everything sorted before we fly to Miami this weekend.
    1 point
  48. Oh boy! Cruise ship scavenger hunt!
    1 point
  49. Here are a couple of articles written by Jenna on Matt’s staff: https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/alaska-cruise-packing-list https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2023/06/22/i-packed-my-alaska-cruise-carry-suitcase-heres-what-i-packed-and-how-you-can-do-it-too … and one from Royal Caribbean”s website: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/blog/how-to-pack-for-your-alaska-cruise/
    1 point
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