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  1. 4 points
    OK, this has been kind of bugging me and I just have to ask... Are your husband's initials "DJ", and you're his missus? Or is your husband a disk jockey and you're his missus? Or is he a DJ who's also got the initials DJ? Kind of hoping for at least the second one; we need more disc jockeys in this place. So far the only one I'm aware of is @Jaymac Radio. 😁
  2. 2 points
    trashman

    Lurkers Unite!

    Adventure of the seas, summer 2020
  3. 2 points
    DDaley

    Lurkers Unite!

    I love this thread! I was a lurker until I had a question I couldn't already find an answer to and never looked back. I am at 31 days til HAL (oops) to the Mexican Riviera 172 days till my first OA class, lovely amped Oasis and a whopping 439 days till Navigator with a double dip to Coco Cay where I will be going slide crazy! Having those two future RC cruises pleases me because I am finally back on watch-it-like-a-hawk cruise planner duty, HAL's Already Booked interface is trash! Hoping for Black Friday sales to book some drink packagessss!!! WOOooo
  4. 2 points
    I appreciate all the info. It's always good to hear people's experiences both positive and negative. I am under no misconceptions of how much time and effort is involved, and neither is my wife. 🙂 I'd be concerned if the whole course was short and simple. I have a childhood friend who is a rescue diver up here. He has been a great source of info for me and has made sure I know what a commitment the process is. He also goes to St Maarten a couple times a year to dive and is hoping I go with them in June to do some diving in areas he is familiar with. Getting certified is a bucket list thing for me. I missed a chance to get certified in 1991/1992 when I was in the service, and have regretted it for many, many years. Our cruise is 8 nights...Labadee, San Juan, St Thomas, St Maarten. I'll have time to relax. 🙂 I will read any and all experiences that people want to share.
  5. 2 points
    YOLO

    What's your favorite ship and why?

    I guess I could pull a Tom Brady and quote that "my favorite cruise ship is my next cruise ship". But if I have to answer I would say number 1 is Allure and number 2 is Anthem. The reason for my choices is that I remember having the most fun on those ships and both are amazing engineering marvels. (Besides I am old now and have a short memory)
  6. 2 points
    What's my favorite ship??? lol -- those that know me know the answer to that one, the soon to be, "Late Great Grandeur" ---- But I will say this, I haven't been on anything larger than Voyager Class (Navigator), but one of the features on any ship that I truly loved, was the Outdoor space of the Windjammer on Brilliance. The way you can enjoy a meal at the back of the ship is amazing. Now, I'll be on Freedom in March right after it's AMPing.... so we'll see if my opinion on a favorite changes.
  7. 2 points
    BigBrust

    Anthem Bahamas Review

    Food- I found the food to be good. The windjammer got a little stale for breakfast by the 7th day, but that is to be expected. The fresh squeezed OJ was great! We ate lunch in the windjammer most days, except the last sea day we ate in the main dining room (American icon) and found the menu to be a nice change from the windjammer. They also had a smaller buffet set up in the MDR at lunch. MDR for dinner was great. They had the staples of chicken, steak, etc every night, accompanied by a few different items every night. The turkey dinner was very good, as was the prime rib. the lobster was ok, not sure why people go ga ga over small lobster tails that are generally overcooked. Our server, Lina was awesome! Always gave us hints about the menu and the fish of the day. The girls liked plain dinner rolls, so Lina always had a plate of rolls for them to start dinner. My wife got a cheese plate before dinner every night after she ordered one the first night. These are the touches I like about traditional dining times
  8. 2 points
    One of my dilemmas as I thought about how to capture this day was where to go on the ship for the best pictures. I captured the timelapse on my GoPro while I waited on deck 10 forward for the morning approach and the first set of locks. However I didn't want to stay there the whole day guarding my GoPro. At the same time I really wanted a full transit timelapse so I cheated a little bit. Vision of the Seas has a TV channel dedicated to the forward facing bridge camera. It's channel 41 on the TV system. Hmmm. What if I used my other phone to capture a timelapse of channel 41? The full transit in 21 seconds.
  9. 2 points
    I forgot to mention the phone call the other day. My cabin phone rang and a woman from guest services introduced herself. They had noticed I was booked on Empress out of Miami when this cruise ends. They would be offering transportation from Vision in Ft. Lauderdale to Empress in Miami. Details would be forthcoming as we get closer to Ft. Lauderdale. This was unsolicited. I didn't mention my plans to anyone. I was planning on using a rideshare figuring I could take my time debarking and making my way to Miami. This is even better. #royalwow
  10. 1 point
    CrimsonCruiser

    Lurkers Unite!

    This may actually be my first post!
  11. 1 point
    Razerbkfan

    Parking New Orleans

    Looking for information/suggestions for parking at New Orleans cruise port. We’re driving in so are not planning a hotel stay. Full disclosure we’re going out on NCL but since we’re Emerald with RCL you have always been my go to for help. Just as a FYI we are trying NCL this cruise because we thought their 5 for free offer was going to be a savings. So far we’re not that impressed. By the time we actually booked, sorry we’re balcony snobs, the cost is pretty comparable to what we would have expected to pay all in with RCL. But at this point we thought why not g ahead and give them a try. I can offer a comparison review latter if anyone is interested. Thanks
  12. 1 point
    Kerry

    Vitality Fitness Classes

    We ran on the track on deck 5 - I GPS'd it for fun, I averaged 2:49/mile! The ship moved 10 miles across the ocean... Strava doesn't have to know it wasn't really me all that way!
  13. 1 point
    CruisinUpinLife

    What's your favorite ship and why?

    I've only been on Brilliance and Oasis so far in my memorable adult life. I would say Oasis was my favorite. This is because it was such a WOW when we got on and took the cruise. I didn't dislike our Brilliance trip as it was a great trip with my family. I still have some wonderful memories with my family on it but I wish we had done more research/been better prepared for our first cruise since the very early 90s (where I was too young to recall anything but dancing on the dance floors). However, it was obviously a wonderful enough experience that has me LOVING this mode of vacationing. We cannot wait to try out Freedom very soon! I know I want to try to do a ship of each class and find our favorite.
  14. 1 point
    Jason Suffolk

    Europe 2021 Deployments

    2021 Europe PDF Anthem http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Deployment/2021_2022/19070972_AN_Europe.pdf Harmony http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Deployment/2021_2022/19070972_HM_Europe.pdf Jewel http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Deployment/2021_2022/19070972_JW_Europe.pdf Rhapsody http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Deployment/2021_2022/19070972_RH_Europe.pdf Vision http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Deployment/2021_2022/19070972_VI_Europe.pdf
  15. 1 point
    Traveler

    What's your favorite ship and why?

    Any Oasis class because of all the options. Liberty as it was our first ship and I still remember the wow effect boarding to the promenade.
  16. 1 point
    BaikG

    bringing drinks onto ports

    They usually don’t check bags off the ship at ports so I guess you could bring drinks off but you would not be able to bring any leftover drinks back onboard. However, if it isn’t too expensive, just buy a couple drinks while at port. It will be more convenient and you can support the local economy in a small way.
  17. 1 point
    S.Marie

    Lurkers Unite!

    Yassssss!
  18. 1 point
    ChrisK2793

    Europe 2021 Deployments

    Harmony TA is 12 nights starting on April 4, 2021 according to below:
  19. 1 point
    KristiZ

    getting multiple drinks at one time?

    We do this all the time. As long as you have both SeaPasses you will not have a problem.
  20. 1 point
    Dan Curtis

    What's your favorite ship and why?

    Freedom is our favorite, maybe because of 4 cruises on it and we know our way around it, we also like the Majesty, it,was our first cruise and just cruised on it in September, it's so easy to navigate, my least favorite is the empress by far.
  21. 1 point
    USCG Teacher

    Adding someone to table

    Forgot to mention, another advantage to linking the reservations is it makes it easier to book specialty dining together as well if you're so inclined. Have a great cruise!
  22. 1 point
    Yes, sounds pretty consistent with other ships lately.
  23. 1 point
    TJ!

    Dimsum?

    when you win some you dim sum. *mic drop*
  24. 1 point
    YOLO

    What's your favorite ship and why?

    Agreed...
  25. 1 point
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-the-no-1-cruise-line-for-your-money-2019-11-12
  26. 1 point
    BigBrust

    Anthem Bahamas Review

    Just got off the Anthem of the Seas from our 11/2-11/9 trip for my daughter's Sweet 16 and our 20th Anniversary cruise. It was a great cruise, lots of fun, and a lot to discuss. i will start from the beginning. Embarkation Day- EASIEST embarkation we have had in 16 cruises. We got to the port around 10:00 am. By the time we got our bags out of the car, we were in the terminal at 10:15. We got right up to an agent who checked our set sail passes and passports. They had to retake my wife's picture, as well as my daughter's friends picture. The whole process took about 5 minutes. We were ushered to a seating area and told boarding would begin between 11-11:30. At 10:35, they made an announcement that boarding will begin, and we were on the ship by 11am. I went right to customer service to get an extra key made for our room and my daughter's room. That took about 5 minutes. I met the other 3 up in the Windjammer for lunch, and then we went off to explore the ship. It is HUGE! Well laid out and easy to navigate though. Our luggage was at our room at 1pm, so we went an unpacked and got ready for the Muster station meetings at 2:30. Our room, 11586, was a great room and great location mid ship. Our group met at Chops Steakhouse. The muster drill took all of about 20 minutes, very easy. We then went and booked the IFly for Friday afternoon. We took a nap and woke up in time to get ready for our 8pm dinner in Chic. We did classic dining time so that the 4 of us could have a meeting place every night and sit and enjoy dinner together. Sea Day- Our day at sea started out uneventful- the weather was starting to warm up as we got down toward the Carolina's. Then, we had to make a U-Turn for a Coast Guard Helicopter evacuation. We went an hour and half northwest toward shore to meet up with the helicopter. Apparently, someone fell from the 16th floor of the seaplex to the 15th floor and was in critical condition. The captain was pushing 25 knots, and the boat was rocking. The whole process took a couple of hours, but the rescue was successful. We started back south toward Port Canaveral and all was well. We enjoyed the day by the pool, walked through the promenade shops, etc. The kids spent most of the day at the teen club and wandering around the ship. I will continue later or tomorrow when I get more time!
  27. 1 point
    Based on other research I think I saw the type of excursion boat that would be used in the morning while we were at the Miraflores locks: The people on the top looked like they were getting to know each other on a personal basis. Combined with a distinct opportunity for rain and the modification that would cut the tour length in half while skipping Culebra Cut plus my full day transit experience fresh in my head I was okay with missing the excursion. If someone was doing a partial canal cruise and they wanted to see Culebra Cut this would be a great excursion.
  28. 1 point
    Zeashore

    Lurkers Unite!

    DH calls it my 'research' - my side hustle now that we are both retired.
  29. 1 point
    @RCVoyager While I may have a difference of opinion when we are done, I would have to say it depends on the circumstances. We intentionally did it on this cruise because we were NOT cruising with friends/family. So generally speaking, I would agree with that sentiment; it would be hard to enjoy this experience AND try to enjoy the company of fellow cruisers. We have also had to curtail our drinking (which you may not believe if you read our live blog). It really depends on the individual person and your personal goals too. If your goal is to eat, drink, see all the shows, lounge by the pool or relax the whole cruise, this may not be the best fit. But if you pick this with intention, you may have an amazingly positive experience. If we could go back and rebook and plan this better, we probably would have NOT selected the UDP, the spa all week access, or The Key. (I’ll give a better review when we are done) Getting our certification has been a goal of ours for almost 9 years. To FINALLY be able to get it done, AND scuba in some amazing ports, AND have the security of a 5 Star PADI dive shop with amazing instructors, for one low price, it really is something that SHOULD be considered. You just must do your due diligence to ensure this experience fits the circumstances.
  30. 1 point
    Finally into the Caribbean Sea. More ships at anchor waiting their turn. Our progress so far...
  31. 1 point
    Yet another tanker was locking opposite us as we moved forward. Finally back at sea level as we prepare to let go the cables from the locomotives another tanker is approaching heading South. They were pumping the Southbound ships through at this point.
  32. 1 point
    I wanted to see what it was like looking out my deck 3 cabin window as we descended. They were both pretty wet from the humidity but I managed to get some pictures working around the water droplets on the outside. Not bad for concrete work that is over a hundred years old in the Panama humidity.
  33. 1 point
    Pictures don't do it justice. I've taken a series of video clips that I plan to stitch together that will hopefully capture the day. Until I get that video put together here is a clip that should give you a better idea of what it's like to move between the lock chambers, how close the ship is to the walls of the lock and an up close look at the locomotives.
  34. 1 point
    Perfect, thank you!! 👍🏼👍🏼
  35. 1 point
    With that we were now up to the level of Gatun Lake. Moving around the ship I wanted to see how it looked from different areas around the ship. Looking back from where we came it was clear how the original locks were augmented with the Pacific access channel for the new locks to the right. In the case of the new locks there are still three steps but they are all done in one lock complex so they bypass Miraflores Lake. The Solarium roof was once again open. Next we pass under the Centennial Bridge.
  36. 1 point
    Add me to the list of people spending money after a Twangster live blog. The canal is now at the top of my future-cruise-scheduling list! Watching the locks looks so fun and interesting. Thank you!
  37. 1 point
    Indeed. Back in the day mules were used extensively along canals.
  38. 1 point
    The fact that those little engines are called mules doesn't surprise me in the least ..... considering canal boats from the 1800's were pulled by mules. Cumberland, MD, where I am, is the western terminus of the C & O Canal National Historic Park
  39. 1 point
    Here is a timelapse up to this point:
  40. 1 point
    Sail away was timed perfectly with the Costa Rica sunset. Lots of small boats out tonight. The flight of the Pelicans.
  41. 1 point
    Back to the tour base... "No swimming" - no problem, I'll gladly comply. Our two motorcoaches from the train were gathered to take in a few cultural dances of Costa Rica. Fresh local fruit was available as well as some free Costa Rica coffee to sample. Shopping is also available. Of course I bought some Costa Rica coffee from a small farm to take home. Back on the motorcoach we begin the drive back to the port and cross the river again to see... more crocodiles.
  42. 1 point
    The next stop was at a Jade factory. Jade and Guatemala has a long and storied history. The tectonic plates in this region make it a source of Jade. The visit here starts with a brief lecture on the history of Jade in the region and the use of Jade in ancient cultures. On the ride back down to the coast Fuego remains a prominent feature occasionally popping into view. You can see the scar from the 2018 pyroclastic flow. Back in Puerto Queztal here are some pictures from around the cruise port. Back to the ship...
  43. 1 point
    Absolutely gorgeous volcanoes.
  44. 1 point
    I will be, Probably won't be able until early next week.
  45. 1 point
    It's a ship. No different than sailing a modern cruise ship. No matter what ship you board the same stories are rumored. Same with hotels. How old is the oldest hotel you've stayed in? More than 20 years old year? See any ghosts? I tend to use one bed for stuff so that leaves one bed for snoozing. That was 1912. This ship, the Queen Mary sailed for the first time 24 years later and for over 30 years since did that same route weekly, week after week. In fact the crossing to Long Beach was sailing 1,000. One thousand sailings across the very same stretch of water. Her sister ship did the same. Two thousands crossings and no Titanic moment. Learning from that tragedy the QM had lifeboat and liferaft capacity for 8,000 with a typical guest count of just over 2,000. The Queen Mary is proof that human engineering does evolve. It learns from mistakes. Those same lessons make cruising as safe as it is today. For me it's a time capsule or time machine. A very rare opportunity to go back in history and see where this whole cruise industry evolved from. Fly in an airplane? Want to list airline disasters over the past 30 years? Didn't think so. Indeed. Mankind learned a very big lesson that day that humbled a lot of learned scholars from that time. We can all thank marine disasters such as Titanic for cruising to be as safe and casual as it is today. That's the takeaway - this beautiful old ship learned from previous disasters and was an incredibly safe means to travel.
  46. 1 point
    If you think of the Cabo marina as U shaped you basically have to walk all the way around the U clockwise to reach the resort and beach area. My walk was extended by a few stops for refreshments.
  47. 1 point
    Now I see where the Disney ships got their inspiration for their interior and exterior. Absolutely gorgeous. While not worth the many thousands more in cruise fare (I can say this after 3 cruises with them, 1 in concierge), they are beautiful ships.
  48. 1 point
    Day 3 - Dinner Dinner tonight in Chops the other half of my BOGO. The 16 oz. bone-in Ribeye cooked perfectly. As we waited for the tender boats to be recovered day turned to night and it was very special sitting by the window to take in the lights of Cabo. Finally dessert. Another great dinner experience.
  49. 0 points
    Tiffeven

    Allure Star Class Take Two

    I agree. We aren't big casino players, but enjoy playing the quarters machine and a few slots here and there. We almost always hit the casino the first night after dropping the kid's off at Adventure Ocean, so it is a little disappointing having to change our usual cruise traditions. Speaking of changes, I messaged Alan to see if there would be any changes with muster drill time and opening time of Adventure Ocean, and he informed us they would occur at the usual time. Right now, it seems the biggest changes will be not getting to watch sail away (2am is way past our bedtime) and the casino and shops opening.
  50. 0 points
    AshleyDillo

    Europe 2021 Deployments

    Does the fine print on the BOGO60 offer state it is only for non-refundable deposits? I have found the refundable price increases to be all over the place. Once when pricing for a solo the refundable deposit was more than the cruise price!
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