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  1. smokeybandit

    Hurricane Questions

    Funny, that's my condition on every cruise I sail on.
    19 points
  2. deep1

    Key? Yes...

    I would never have expected my response to having the Key. Normally something I wouldn't consider it popped up on my cruise planner for less than the Zoom Internet alone. Made no sense not to get it for my Oasis voyage. Arriving "Port Liberty" there were lines around the building. Dropped off my sweetie while I parked the car. Got to the garage that was already full and asked the attendant where I should go and that I had the key. He just said " Key? there's room in here". Walked back past thousands in line to my sweetie. Asked where "Key" goes. They escorted us past long lines to one roped off and nobody waiting. Right to and through security then to check in and escorted right to the ship with zero wait. Deck four MDR was waiting for us to set down our carry on bags and eat a really way good Chops lunch. Shows? Right in... treated royally. Anywhere we dropped the "Key" word we bypassed lines and were pampered, even the dinner lines... A special line at customer service even was open for suites, diamond and up and Key people. Getting off special breakfast of crab eggs benedict was had then walk past the crowds and fast tracked back to the car. I didn't ever think I'd like being pampered but I did and my Fiance' really loved every bit of it. I will splurge any time it gets available at reasonable rate...
    13 points
  3. SMOKEY0202

    website issue

    Wouldn't it be great when we can all finally log into Cruise Planner, the infamous Royal IT did the perfect surprise of another $18 drink package or something similar....
    12 points
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post. I have half a mind to delete this because it might be a little strong for a first post- LOL! The last time I cruised was on Explorer back in 2006. I recently booked my family on Allure going to Roatan and Mexico in March. It's a surprise and I'm excited to see my kids faces when we get dropped off at the cruise port and they see the ship for the first time. "Yep WE are going on THAT!" One thing I've noticed since 2006 is that things seem much more complicated with the add ons and tack on fees and complex reservations etc. It's kind of made me half crazy and anything, but relaxed. "Manage your cruise" What? Isn't that sort of what I'm paying you a whole lot of money for, Royal Carribean? When I last cruised my wife and I did one night at Portofinos which was a restaurant that used to be on the Explorer. The food was good I'm sure of that, but I don't even remember how it tasted these years later or what I ate. Here is what I do remember: the fun we had with our dinning room waiter and tablemates. We still laugh about them to this day! The cabin attendents making towel animals and the bartenders, and looking out at the ocean, the sailaway party and the New Yorkers saying "Heyyyy! it's the Verrazzano!!!" as we glided underneath the bridge on the start of our carribean adventure. As soon as I booked Allure, I was introduced the the Key program and dining packages which are not cheap! Forgive me for saying this but it seems like a rude bait and switch. A cruise should be about hospitality and abundance and the Key program introduces scarcity...that little fear that you know "they really are short on Flowrider time and show tickets and if you want your kids to be able to try it you need to give us $160 a day for 7 days..." Honestly, I'm not trying to be cynical, perhaps this is the way it is and I'm making a "rookie" mistake in this day and age, but I'm taking a different approach so tell me if you think this could still work. 1. We're going to eat in the MDR and have fun at dinner. We're going to eat at the Windjammer and try to find a nice table near a window and try food from around the world. 2. We're going to eat soft serve ice cream at 2 o'clock every single day! 3. We'll eat Sorrentos and the Park Deli. 4. We're going to look up at the stars at night and go for walks around the ship. Maybe watch a movie! 5. We're going to get up early and watch the sun come up over the ocean and whisper a quick prayer or two. 6. We're going go to the pools and shoot hoops in the middle of the carribean sea and play ping pong and do the flowrider and have mini golf tournaments everyday with prizes I'll be giving out. 7. We'll book some shows and hope we get seats. It'll be great if even one of my kids begins to love theather. 8. We're going to enjoy time together and walk up to the bow of the ship and stand on the helicopter pad. We're NOT going to have internet. 9. I'll buy my daughter some candy-- Ok there's 7 bucks, I can't say no! 10. We'll spend money doing excursions and see some Mayan ruins and enjoy being in another country and play on the beaches. I just want to be together with my family on an already great ship. Let me know if I've got this wrong. Thanks, T.
    10 points
  5. wordell1

    MEI Travel Opinion

    Keep in mind that TA's are making a very small commission on your cruise, and you are paying nothing since the commission comes directly from Royal. The TA needs to book a lot of cruises to make a living as a TA so they are dealing with many clients. If they are sending airfare reminders, that is just them being thorough. You are looking at it wrong if you are simply comparing the OBC's with a TA vs Royal, or another TA. The main reason you want a TA is to deal with issues that can come up. Covid taught us that cruises can get cancelled and dealing directly with Royal was difficult and time consuming. MEI will also save you money because they have a very good system that alerts the agents to price reductions. I have saved way more on my booked cruises through MEI that I would have gained by shopping for the lowest OBC. The reason to book with a TA is that you make your booking and then let them do the work.
    10 points
  6. Final sea day was pretty relaxing. Breakfast in the room again. Day was spent packing, lounging at the pool, some casino time and more snacks. The rest of the crew returned to Giovanni’s for dinner while I caught the final performance of Mama Mia. Went down to the boardwalk to say farewell to Lusi. Called it an early evening to get some rest before departure. Jay left some very thoughtful gifts for me on our last night. He had provided gifts to each of the others on their “celebration” day but saved mine for the last night. I’d share pictures but then everyone would expect a Rolex. Up the dreaded departure day to head home. Stacy and I had breakfast in the CK while the others prepared for departure. I dropped by Next Cruise to put a deposit on the “free” casino cruise as did Katie. We all said some tough goodbyes to Putu and Benjie before Jay showed up at 915 to escort us off. We were off the ship in minutes after saying farewell to the best Genie we’ve sailed with. Also said goodbye outside to MO5AIC although we ended up with two of them on the flight to Dallas. Uber to the airport, smooth check in and on time flights. While waiting for our departure I was bored so booked the same room, same ship for September 10, 2023. Had dinner in the Dallas airport where we received a video from Jay with him saying “I’m standing in front of the Aqua Theater where are you guys?”. Landed in Palm Springs at around 930pm and a short drive home to see the animals. All in all it was an awesome vacation. Next I’ll have some random, final thoughts and close this out. Thanks for following along!
    10 points
  7. Day 3 - Rhodes Got some few our sleeping (not enough for sure) and went to eat breakfast at the diamond club , the useal selection was there and it was nice to start the day in a quiet location. How quite well let's just say that beside the diamond concierge we were the only one there until now , oh maybe beside the loyalty ambassador that comes to visit from time to time. No wonder as only 12 diamonds and above are on the ship (and no any pinnacles). The cruise port is very close to the old city, only 5 minutes walk and you are in the main tourist attractions in the old city. As it was my first visit ever to this island (my spouse was there already) we took a RCL tour . Oh what a big mistake. The tour went to a hill with a nice view of the island and an old church to visit followed by old city walking tour. The tour was Ok and the guide was very good and gave allot of information about the island or at least that's what we guessed she did as it was very hard to listen. The tour was full with small kids who kept shouting and screaming in the bus. The tour was in English which small kids not yet practice too much so I guess they got board. Well lesson learned for next time , take a tour that includes alcohol , it will reduce the chance of too many small childrens. If you just want to tour the old city you can do it early by yourself. This guy also tried to inspect if we have some extra corn. The old city is very interesting with Meadville like building and forts , you can spend early few hours there although the city was very crowded (Jewell of the seas was also in port). To me some of the street looked like as they were par of the Lord of the ring -The two tower.
    9 points
  8. VACATION...STARTS...NOW!!! We are in Fort Lauderdale...and our luggage made it too! I'm so happy!! It was quite a journey getting here today... Kayla, coming from Jersey, didn't get her passport in time, and had sent her original birth certificate with her application, so she only had a copy. Friday at 4pm Est, she texts me and asks if she needed an original or if a copy was okay. I reached out to Royal to see if they make any exceptions, and the answer was a hard no without something original. There are combinations that they would take with a copy of the birth certificate, but none of them were things she had. Turns out that her mom had an original, but she lives three hours away from Kayla and Kayla was working a closing shift at work last night. She got off at 11pm and took the six-hour round trip to get the original birth certificate so she could come with us. Got back in time to finish packing, take an hour nap and head to the airport. Whew! Crisis 1 evaded! Crisis 2 came with picking up mom and her meds. When you get older, you end up needing to be on things for various reasons, and she is no exception. We got to her place and checked her meds. One of her meds ran out in the middle of the cruise (we had addressed the meds earlier in the week with the pharmacy, but the promise made to us did not pan out). We called the pharmacy and got her meds worked out - but that was a three hour delay. We FINALLY made it to the hotel last night and had to repack stuff to make it flight worthy. I was so afraid some or all of our luggage wasn't going to make it that I had myself tied up in knots over cross-packing. Turns out there was no issue with our luggage making it, so my extra efforts were not necessary, but we just didn't want to take a chance. I stayed up a little too late working on luggage stuff, and we finally climbed in bed at around 9pm Pst. We had to be on the 3am shuttle to the airport, so we were trying for about 5 hours of sleep. Well - I got maybe 3 hours - if I'm lucky; Kenzie and Tim slept like babies; but Mom and Cindy stayed up like little school girls chatting all night and they maybe got an hour or two. That turned out to be a bad thing on our second leg of flights. We all made it on time for the 3am shuttle with fresh lobby coffee in hand. We got to our gate with 90 minutes to spare and got to chill for a bit. Then Kenzie and I noticed that Starbucks right next to us was open, so we went and placed a mobile order. 20 minutes later, we asked about it and she went and pulled it off of her machine - really??? The entire line that wrapped around the store was done when we finally got ours. I swear we weren't mean to her! By the time we got our coffee, it was time to board and we made our way onto the plane - no drama there - just uncomfortable plane seats and faulty wifi. We got to watch the safety video like 10 times while they tried over and over to reset it. That was fun! Got to our layover spot to switch planes and made it with enough time to drink a bottle of water, down a protein bar, and make sure we all had our boarding passes ready. We got on the plane and it was like a sauna! We all instantly started sweating and wished we had more layers to shed. We shared some of the little Hershey Kisses gift bags with the flight attendants to show our appreciation for all they do, and started our flight. This time the wifi worked and we only watched the safety video once. About 30 minutes into the flight Mom started feeling off and within a minute, leaned forward with her head against the seat in front of her and passed out. I ran and got someone and they called for medical assistance. We got a physician, a raspatory therapist, and a nurse who responded. They took her blood pressure, checked her blood sugar, and her oxygen level. Blood sugar was fine, blood pressure was low, and her oxygen level was super low. They brought oxygen and put her on that for a bit until she started feeling a bit more normal. She ate a little, drank some orange juice, sipped on ginger ale, and then took a nap for a bit. When she woke up from her nap, she was still not all the way better, but the flight attendants brought her some food which brought her back to life. After eating, she felt waaaayyyy better and finally had her color and her big smile back. Dang! She gave us a scare! Made it to FLL late afternoon and Kayla was waiting for us at the gate because her flight landed before ours. It's so good to see her!! We got our luggage and hopped on the shuttle to our hotel. Kenzie and Kayla went to Publix to get some fried chicken for us (IMHO - the best fried chicken) and the rest of us jumped in the pool for a quick refresher. We learned that because of hurricane Ian we're losing our stop in Roatan Honduras. Kind of sad, but in the end, I don't mind an extra sea day. It gives us that much more time to relax in our suite. Tomorrow we sail! We're so excited!!!!
    9 points
  9. We like to sit with a cup of coffee and watch the t-shirt sale madness
    9 points
  10. Ryan79

    website issue

    Well this just throws a wrench in my day! Now what else am I going to do at work today without being able to second guess my booked excursions and dinner reservations??!!
    9 points
  11. Day 4 Santorini. Santorini is a lovely island but it's a quite busy one. It's always a tender port so we chose to take RCL to bypass the tender lines. The RC excursion which we choosed was Santorini island view but we got noticed it was cancelled and we got 15% discount to any other excursion. We took the Oia &Fira excursion which takes you first Oia follow by wine testing and ends in Fira. We figured due to the wine testing less chance to have many childrens. The only problem was the excursion meeting point 7:20 Am , night time. Royal wanted to send all the excursions on the first tenders. I was sent to bring some food from the WJ and we started our day. After 20 minutes waiting at the theater we went on the tender and got to the new port. A bus took us to Oia for few minutes of guided tour followed by 1.5 free time. We used the free time to take the required pictures and to eat some very good frozen Greek Yogurt. We went on the bus and continue to a local winery, lucky for us we were the first bus so the place was just for ourselves, it a lovely place with wonderful view of the bay. They gave use three wines to taste and some cheese, crackers, olives and tomatoes. It was only 11 am but I am sure it was 5 pm somewhere. We relaxed for an hour at the winery and went to the last stop Fira we're we got tickets to the cable car to go to the port so we could stay as much as we want before returning to the ship. We went to a local supermarket to buy some olive oil, wine and local sweets. We tour the village for a while before we decided to return back to the ship to beat the cable car line (or so we thought) As you see we weren't the only ship in the island. Making sure everyone knows who are the real local residents and already dressed for the official night (they did not heard it's dress your best) We went to the cable car line but it was just too crazy, it was very long and nearly moved, people that went to check estimated at least one hour. I hate lines, I hate lines that not seems to move but most I hate lines which many seems not to respect. We decided to walk down... We forgot one thing, sun screen. The way down is shared by people and donkeys which means it is full with mines and the steps are very slippery. It takes about 20 minutes to go down during I got reminders I have some mussels which are not that I use most of the time. I also felt sorry for the poor donkeys that beex to go up and down all day under the sun. Here is what my spouse called picture of three donkeys (she used other words but hey it's PG rated blog) Once down at the port we located the RC tender tent and we're so happy to use the cold water station they had there. Back at the ship first thing we done as to take a shower , most needed after our adventure and some close encounter with the trail partners. We went for some drink and food in the diamond club ,finally we saw two other people there, we are not the only one. Leaving Santorini at evening time is always good time to take sunset pictures We skipped dinner as we eat at the diamond lounge and went to see the Piano man production show followed by some recreational time in the next door smoke lounge (which some referring it as the casino) missing the non smoking golden room at wonder. At least we got a jackpot.
    8 points
  12. Embarkation Day (Day 1) Breakfast and coffee were just what we expected and then we finished getting all packed back up. It's crazy how much gets unpacked for one night in a hotel!! We all sat in the room for the last hour just tapping our toes waiting to leave. Cindy asked every five minutes if it was time to go yet. We were all so excited! I had confirmed 10:30am with Jay though, so I didn't want to get there too early. We took two XL Lyfts that showed up at the hotel just a minute apart. The two lifts ended up at ~$12 each plus tip, and for one person to use the shuttle from the hotel it would have been $15. Had we used the shuttle, I guarantee we would have lost our luggage to the over zealous porters as soon as the driver opened the door. Instead, Lyft was an excellent choice! I highly recommend it!! The two vehicles went through the security gate at the same time - which was good because I had already collected everyone's documents and Tim had them in his bag in car #1. Since they wanted to see everyone's ID, we sent our person over to his car and they checked everyone off. Loved passing everyone at the port to get to star class. Everyone knew not to even get out of the vehicle until we had a star class porter. He showed up with a cart, loaded it up, and we were on our way with an escort passed the incredibly long check-in line!!! We walked by them all and weaved in and out of groups as we made our way directly to the counter where it took about 5 minutes for us all to be on our way up to the suite waiting area. As we made it by the last group into the building, Tim threw his hands up with the rock and roll signals celebrating our front of the line pass. If there was ever a reason to book star class, this is it people!!! Jay was busy when we arrived so we found some comfy seats and the conversation that started Friday night at the hotel in Portland continued. Man, we can talk!! Okay - mostly Cindy, Kenzie, and Kayla, but we keep it going. We didn't pay attention to how long it took for Jay to arrive (because we were talking), but it wasn't long - maybe 10 minutes? He came over and we were instantly family. He got hugs from everyone and we chatted for a few minutes. He needed another 10 minutes before he would be ready for us, so we chatted a bit longer and he came back over and got us. We made our way onto the ship and Jay used the magic card to get us up to the 17th floor where he dropped us off in the Suite Lounge to await our room readiness. The girls went nuts over the magic card. So easily amused! We met Dr Booze (aka Sachin) in the Suite Lounge and when Cindy asked for Pims, he said he didn't have it there, but he knew it was at Blaze because he had served it last night there. We figured we'd go there later and get a drink. Nope! 10 minutes later, he arrived with Pims in hand and Cindy got her drink. Great way to start the trip! Jay arrived shortly after and took us to our suite that was all decorated for our different celebrations. We had a few snacks and cake number 1. Jay made sure we had macarons because Kenzie has a bakery that specializes in them. Nice touch! Our luggage (minus one bag) arrived shortly after we did and once we got a chance to ooh and aah over the suite, we started unpacking our 11 bags. Lunch arrived and all but Kayla had Caesar salads and shrimp cocktails from Chops. We also had a couple of sides of mac & cheese and tater tots. It was great! The girls and Cindy went back up to the suite lounge after they unpacked and got Cindy's Pims drink, and they stopped by and got pizza for Kayla. It was almost 2pm and we decided to go up to the Schooner bar for the 9/25 bday meet & greet. We met some great people and hung out until we realized at 3pm that we needed to go get checked in at our muster station by 3pm. We headed out and did that, then I went back to the room to finish unpacking while everyone explored a bit - hoping my bag was there. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Jay had to go track my bag down and found out it was in the naughty room. It was tagged with "Kettle" but there wasn't anything in the bag that was not allowed. We did bring our own hand soap pumps onboard because the bar soaps dry out our hands, so maybe that popped up on their scanner? They waited for Jay to arrive before they opened the bag and he said they were amazed by how organized it was. Nothing was "naughty", so he gathered the bag and brought it to me. We met Iman, our cabin attendant, and he is awesome! We walked through a few things we needed and when we came back from dinner, they were all handled. I finished the unpacking - after having to get more hangers (yes, with 12 bags, we used a ton of hangers), and made sure things were picked up for our turn-down while we were at dinner. While at dinner, Jay collected our drink order for our show tonight. Dinner: 150 Central Park - The bread!!!! The bread is a loaf of 6 chunks (seemingly) soaked in truffle butter - YUM!! I ate waaaay too much bread! Kenzie and Kayla didn't want any, so I helped them out. We had a mix of things - halibut, braised short rib (again, yum!), and the Lobster Thermidor, pumpkin bisque, and scallops. Kayla has a tough time with most food, so she asked to order off-menu and got the steak salad from Chops' lunch menu. For dessert we had a couple of the fried cheesecake (yum again), Kenzie got the peanut butter chocolate thing, and Kayla got strawberry ice cream. Ritikesh was our server, and a few of us had cappuccino with dessert. When Kenzie asked for vanilla for hers, he said he had some because he got it by accident earlier that day when he got the lemon liquor for the garden martini. So we all had vanilla cappuccinos. They were great. Oh - we had one of the famous garden martinis too! That is now Cindy's new favorite drink! It was cool that he made it tableside! Aqua Show: We watched it from our suite deck and that was a really cool thing! This is our first aqua-theater suite and watching the show from our balcony was the reason Tim wanted it! Bucket list item - check! After the show, everyone pooped out and migrated to their own spaces. The first day was a huge success! Side note about the room so I don't forget to tell you later: There are outlets behind each nightstand in the master bedroom!!!! I probably watched every video on the internet about our room and not one of them said anything about outlets behind the nightstands! Let me tell you that this made me VERY happy!! Okay - going to bed! Photo dump coming next...
    8 points
  13. constable145

    Liberty Sept 18-25

    Day 6 is upon us. Two more days at sea. So far this has been a great trip. Some observations : 1. After having the Ben and Jerry's manager say our diamond drink vouchers were good for milkshakes on Wednesday, we were told that they made an error Thursday. The loyalty ambassador confirmed this and it is due to the franchise contract they have with B&J's. Another example of RCI being consistently inconsistent but it didn't put a damper in our trek. 2. On the subject of the loyalty ambassador, Ruby is fabulous. We had this sailing booked in the window where you could get double-double points for a suite. We had to rebook it outside the window for booking. My TA instead of transferring the reservation to this sailing, he cancelled it and created a new booking. With a quick email to C&A, Ruby had the ship righted so that we all get 28 points. (getting my 8 y/o closer to Diamond status on her own instead of freeloading ;)) 3. Pub staff are some of the best I've ever encountered. Shine, Rui, Jayson are top of the charts. 4. Amit in the suite lounge is probably the best concierge I've ever had. 5. Food in the MDR has been good to very good. Beef tenderloin on the menu for the second time tonight - that pleases me. 6. The sports staff are amazing. My daughter is a thrill seeker but was a bit timid around the flowrider and understandably so. The sports staff were incredible. Lori loved it! She's since gone back again and they even had her doing tricks. It seems like Liberty may be one of the least talked about ships on this site probably due to the fact she sails out of Galveston and is overdue for a refresh... That being said there has to be some more questions so come at me!
    8 points
  14. Just returned from a cruise from Galveston on another cruise line that rhymes with "Barnival". Royal is better in every way. That is all.
    8 points
  15. jeffmw

    website issue

    Man you guys are tough! Sh*t happens! Apps and websites go down sometimes! It's okay! [Now, having said that, I have a sailing tomorrow and just got a Royal Up bid accepted, so if they don't get things back online soon so I can log in and see my new room, etc., I'll be leading the angry mob.]
    8 points
  16. It hit me wrong when I read it too. Stateroom attendant.
    8 points
  17. Good morning from I don’t know where. I’m so happy I have a balcony, I woke up and got a latte at Cafe Promenade and watched the sun rise. A little cool at the moment but just slightly. Oasis is in great shape. A little wear and tear in the furniture but overall great room. Haven’t tried the chairs yet but I’m not a crowded pool person so not important yet. I learned my friend can drink. I cannot keep up nor would I try but let’s say what’s ever I paid for drink package was worth it yesterday. Oof. MDR dinner. No complaints. My friend didn’t love her fried chicken but said it was fine. I got the battered seafood and I liked it. Service was good, loved our server. called it an early night and read in my room til sleep.
    7 points
  18. ONE MORE SLEEP! Fellow cruisers are losing their minds about the storms. I'm very aware of the weather on a daily basis and have lived through hurricanes...I get it. I knew when I booked a cruise during hurricane season this was a possibility. I don't freak out about these type of things, just get me on the ship. My only meh, which seems like it couldn't happen anyway is if they went north instead. No offense to Canada, I love Canada and went to school right near the NY/Can border. It's just not a cruise destination to me. I've also lived through many storms that DIDNT happen. Last year we were evacuated from Fire Island (small island off of Long Island) back home. We had some wind and rain. Nothing too crazy. We were evacuated and nothing happened. (for the record, we all knew the deal and while disappointed we know this is life) Finished up the last of my work for the week and did most of the packing last night. I overpacked. Nothing new. Today is packing for the pup who knows something's up and is more clingy than usual which is saying A LOT since she's stage 5 clingy on an average day. She stays with a close friend who spoils her more than I do. When she's there she's carried, hand fed people food (hate this - she loves fries because of this family and cries if i ever have them in the house) and sleeps on their pillows at night. Traveling with a friend from work and we've been hit a little. Two coworkers died this week. One always had health issues, the other a late cancer diagnosis, completely unexpected but both way before their time. My friend was very close to one and I had known the other since high school. It's a teeny tiny world - the one I grew up with is related to my traveling friend's boss, who was also mourning the loss of the other co worker who passed. If I made it confusing the world is small and there are more connections then just work connections. We'll be missing all services so we figured we'd do something from the ship. I'm not looking for condolences, I knew both but wasn't close to either, I'm just sad for both, especially since I know some of the families. It's bad enough to lose a loved one, it's horrible to lose them before their time. Tomorrow is the drive. I'll leave about an hour an a half early. Some people have gotten emails about us all being on board by 2:30 for "marine traffic". I don't care. I'll be there. I did all my planning so the rest is out of my hands. Got the Key a few weeks ago because it was less than VOOM. $16 or $17. Can't remember what I paid because the price went up each hour that day. It'll be worth it no matter what because of the price but we'll see if it's something I'd purchase in the future.
    7 points
  19. So you're saying the one lone hamster that turns the wheel needed a food and bathroom break?
    7 points
  20. This is RCL take 2 trying to call Hifa an home port. First they tried when C19 was still a major thing , it was at summer 2021 with Odyssey of the seas. We had two cruise booked on it but then it was cancelled, RCL changed the plans and we once again had to catch a flight to cruise from the US (back 2 back and one of them was on a star class so no complain ). This year they brought Rhapdody over and we gave it another try. The plans were simple , no need to worry about and flight being delayed nor to book hotels ,just board. Well plans are one thing and reality another. I had to fly for a business trip (yes they are also back) to handle some crises in one of our projects and fly back in , yes , less than a day before the cruise . At least it was not a long one over the Atlantic flight but short European one and I got to be there during historical times. Plans was to arrive home , do laundry, pack and get ready. Getting to Hifa port might be one of the easiest things to do as the port got a train stop adjust to it. Only issue is that due to maintenance the train is not working between Tell Aviv and Hifa at Fridays which is the embarking day. Since parking is very limited near the port I decide to take the car and park it near the first Hifa train stops (free parking near a football stadium) and catch a short ride to the port . That's what we did , 50 minutes drive , parking and walking with the suitcases to the train. As we arrive we just missed one of the train so we had to wait 15 minutes to catch another. We boarded the next train and waited, 5 minutes before it started I felt something is wrong , I got my suitcase but wait something is missing, yes my backpack with my passport. I left my spouse with the suitcases and went back to the car , let her wait for me at the port train station. Apparently some times it's good to miss the train , if we board the earlier train I would found it out only at port... So I found my backpack in the car , walked back to the train station and board the next train, at least my spouse got some new jokes to tell about me Embarkation process will come next.
    7 points
  21. 3 Days Until We Leave!! The luggage tags have been printed!! My drama tonight was figuring out why my printer only wanted to print in grayscale! I ended up having to uninstall my printer and all the drivers and start over! Tim asked if we really needed them tonight - um, YES!! It's on the schedule! He offered to go to Office Depot to print them tomorrow for me, but I couldn't stop troubleshooting until it was done. It's fixed, but I spent way too much time on it. Yes, I have an obsessive side. We've been watching Invest 98L in the Atlantic because it's modeled to go right up the path of our itinerary next week. A little sad that we could be rerouted because we know Mom and Aunt Cindy were looking forward to the ruins and dolphin encounter. However, it's a cruise and I'm sure the captain will make sure we have some sunshine, so it's not a bad thing. It's got our Facebook roll-call group all a flutter! I think I'd be happiest if we got rerouted to CocoCay as that is one of my favorite places, and I know Kenzie and Kayla would have a blast at the water park. If we end up there and the wind is right, I think it would be fun to go up in the balloon. Look at me planning it out already! Tonight is about to the end and that leaves us one more full day/evening before we need to pack up our final things (charged electronics, etc), head over and pack Mom, and then we all head to the hotel. I, unfortunately, have a long way to go with the packing because I've had a busy week. I need Genie Jay!!!
    7 points
  22. Here we go , finaly a cruise we do not catch a flight to nor hotel. 5 days cruise which starts at Hifa , Israel and stops at: 1. Limassol Cyprus. 2. Rhodes , Greece. 3. Santorini, Greece. And one sea day. Lots of locals and first 5ime cruiser which is always interesting to see the reaction. Will try to do some short love blogs as it's can be a different experience.
    6 points
  23. Day 2 - Sea Day! We had given Jay our coffee order and (silly us) asked for a delivery at 7am. What??? 7am is far too early for a wake up on vacation! Tomorrow, it will be 7:30am instead. Our coffee arrived as ordered, but there weren't any identifying markings on them so we were all tasting each others' coffees to figure out who they belonged to. Breakfast arrived at 8am as ordered except for one extra plate of 2 eggs and hash browns. One thing we had learned last year is that they take orders very literally. If you order 2 eggs, they think it's 2 orders of eggs. Not too bad for our first room service order. Jay stopped by after breakfast to go over our day and we chatted for a long while getting to know him. He's genuinely a really nice guy! By the way - if any of you are looking for info on gifts for Jay, he loves coffee! His drink of choice on the ship is a venti caramel latte with almond milk. We hung out in the room most of the morning and got to see the rehearsal for the aqua show. We're amazed at the talent the performers possess!! We finally ventured out a little after 11am so our cabin attendant could come in and put our room back together. We wandered down to Starbucks (to get Jay his favorite drink), and ended up at the wrong end of the Promenade because they had just started the parade. We went down to 4 to cut over to the other end but ended up at the entrance to the casino. When I walked off the elevator, it was like walking into a wall of smoke. I turned around and went back into the elevator and told the group I'd meet them down there. I ended up going up to deck 7 and walked down the stateroom hallway to the other elevators. The group never made it to Starbucks so I stopped and got his drink then met them at Izumi where I found them all melting from the temperature. It's so hot on this ship! I kept thinking it was just me, but I'm beginning to hear it from others also - so I'm not actually having one long hot flash! Thank God!! I've been running so hot that I've been reluctant to put makeup on because it would just melt off of my face. Jay had arranged lunch for us at Izumi sushi and while waiting for it to open at Noon, Mom was feeling a bit woozy again. After the incident on the plane, we immediately contacted Jay and he brought up a wheelchair for her. It turned out to be motion sickness, so Tim, Mom, and Cindy went back to the cabin to get her Dramamine and eat lunch there while she rested and recovered. After mom was feeling a bit better, Cindy joined Kenzie, Kayla, and I at the restaurant and she got caught up with the rest of us on the appetizers. We learned on Anthem that we loved the chicken karaage and the edamame! Of course we ordered those and gyoza dumplings, and we got a couple of the signature rolls to share at the table. We sent some food to the room also so Mom and Tim didn't miss out. Unfortunately, the room delivery wasn't delivered for a very long time (we ordered it at 12:30, and it showed up at 2:40pm. When we left at 1:45pm they said it was on the way. It must have made a few laps around the ship because by the time it arrived, it was inedible. Thankfully, Jay had ordered a feast of snacks for everyone so they munched on 6 orders of chicken wings,2 whole pizzas, 2 orders of quesadillas, 2 orders of tacos, 1 charcuterie plate, 1 order of nachos, 1 veggie tray, 1 order of chocolate strawberries, and a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Um...there are only 6 of us! So. Much. Food. We requested that tomorrow's snacks be a plate of berries and some cookies - only! Mom and Tim sat out on our next adventure while mom relaxed a bit. The other four of us met other star classers up on deck 12 and we got to do the Star Class bridge tour!!! Jay said that was only the second tour they had done for the star classers since the comeback, so they were making sure everyone was extra well behaved - they don't want to give them any reason to not continue that perk. The bridge is amazing!! I could easily live up there!! Just sayin. We went back to the room and kicked our feet up for a bit, then Cindy, Kenzie, and Kayla decided to go hide all the ducks they brought on the trip. They had a blast, and have even seen a few with people since hiding them. Tonight was "formal night" and we all decided not to take our formal too far, but instead only do a semi-formal / dressy night and just color coordinate. Our color tonight was blue. It was also Kenzie's birthday celebration. Dinner was at Samba Grille and the amount of food they provide you there is crazy! We all tried to pace ourselves through dinner, but each time the gauche came by with more new meat for us to try, Mom looked at us with a look of shock and dismay! She was a trooper and ate at least a bite of everything just to try it. Some of the side dishes that are served Mom tried and didn't like, but was going to eat it anyway since she took it. We told her it's okay not to eat something she didn't like. Such a hard concept for someone to grasp when they've spent their entire life not wasting food. I'm sure we'll have to continue to remind her. After dinner when we were all bloated, and I'm sure with food in our teeth from all the meat, it seemed like the right time to go have some pictures taken. I really don't know what I was thinking. We definitely need a better plan in the future. We made it through two photographers, and then were all melting from the temperature of the ship and the heat coming off the lamps. We called it good for the night and headed to our next thing. The headliner show tonight was on par with most headliner shows. It was good enough to keep us entertained, but it wasn't amazing. Jay reserved us great seats, and we'll have the same tomorrow night for Mamma Mia! We can't wait for that one!! The seats we have are six seats that are semi-private - which is really nice. We're in the front row of the mezzanine, which we totally prefer. I have to say that I love that Jay asked what our preference was. Kenzie and Kayla didn't join us for the show tonight, so there were two seats not used in our little private area. In the middle of the show, some woman climbed over the back of the end seat and barreled her way in front of us, not even apologizing for trampling our feet. I was left somewhat in shock over it but figured I'd save my complaining until after the show when we could all pile on together over the annoyance. Apparently, it's a thing because at the end of the show, three more women climbed over the back of the end seat and forced their way by us, annoyed that we weren't pushing our way into the crowd. The front woman was extremely rude to Cindy telling her that she needed to get out. Don't people excuse themselves anymore? Where did manners go? We came back to our room and it was like a sauna in here! I let Jay know and he was coming over anyway to drop off some things. He called maintenance along the way and when he got here, he started sweating! He called maintenance again and they asked him to check the doors to make sure they were closed. According to Jay (who has been on ships for years), they were closed. However, when maintenance arrived, he checked the sliding door in our room and the living room and he determined that it was the doors keeping our AC from not working. If Jay thought they were closed, how are people who don't live on a cruise ship supposed to tell if the door is closed or not?? While in the room, we had the maintenance guy pull a staple out of the carpet that Kenzie and Tim had caught their feet on. It was sticking up and was hard to find after it happened. Crazy! I'll share some thoughts on the ship and the cabin a bit later in my blog, but I can tell you that Allure is starting to show her age and could really use a facelift. Here are my pics from today. Sorry, I didn't get the food pics from Kenzie before she fell asleep. Also sorry that one of the pics of the compass is sideways.
    6 points
  24. If there's a better place for this review, feel free to pull it on over there. We sailed out of Galveston on the 18th for our first trip in almost three years (our last was November of 2019 on Explorer). We traveled with myself (45 YO Mom, two teen boys, 68 year old grandma, and 19 year old niece). We had room 8500 at the very front of the ship. We're only about 45 minutes from the port so we met up at my place around 9:30 to hit an 11 a.m. check in time. We took our COVID tests the day before (four of us did not take the COVID shots) and just used the pictures on our phone. Parking was easy, we used the Express lot right next to the port so it was a 60 second walk for me once I dropped everyone off at the drop off point. We had The Key so we carried our own luggage aboard and did not use any luggage lumpers (that's what my kid's summer camp calls them, so it's just what I think of now). The line was smooth and fast, probably 20 minutes in line, but I was surprised that there was no differentiation between classes as far as getting in line. We're Diamond, and we had The Key, so I thought for sure we'd be able to bypass some of the line, but no. It was only when we got to the top of the stairs after going through security that we saw any signage for Key guests. We didn't use it though since all of the lines were so short, there wasn't any point. My youngest realized he had his pocket knife in his pants right as we were going through security. I took it from him, let security know, and they said it was fine. It's not a large knife, probably a 2" blade or so, but he always carries it so he didn't think about it. Anyhow, it was no big deal, they handed it back to me and just told me not to take it off the ship into the ports, no problem. We showed our test pictures once, our vaccinated group member was not asked for her card, and that process was less than a minute long for the whole group. We got some great boarding pictures and then headed to the MDR for our lunch with other Key guests. It was delicious, just a fantastic meal all around, zero complaints. They took our luggage from us at the MDR, put wrist bands on our wrists, and tagged our bags, easy peasy. We left those tags on all week long so we had them this morning at 7:30 already ready to go when we walked off the ship the moment they announced self assist could go. We were given extra tags on Day 6, but we just left them in the room since we'd kept the first ones. The room was ready before our lunch was finished so we headed there and scoped it out. It was a nice room, a section with a bunk bed, a living room with a pull out couch, a small seating area near the closet and bathroom, and then a master bedroom. Plenty of space for the five of us, we never felt cramped and only had to scramble a little bit when we were rotating bathroom schedules. Our room attendant was Iwayan, he was great! He told us that we'd probably see a lot of people with his name all over the ship because in their culture the first born male is named Iwayan. He was right, there were quite a few Iwayans and it was neat to have that little bit of information. We ate dinner in the MDR every single night, but the kids only joined us once, which was fine for me. I did get a great picture of the three of us that night and they got the freedom of Fuel, Sorrentos, and the Windjammer the rest of the cruise. The MDR food was amazing. I only had two dishes in there that I thought were less that spectacular, the Chicken Parmesan (which was good, just not great) and the gnocchi at lunch one day. I would have sent the gnocchi back if I weren't me, but I am and I hate doing that, so I just pushed it around and then had some pizza later. Everything else though was awesome! We played BINGO three times out of four, did not win anything, boo'd everyone who stood up and shook it when they were down to one number, and clapped for the winners, except on the last day when we were told that we could boo the winners as well since we'd never see them again. We always got to BINGO an hour early to save a table, we'd play cards or dominoes while waiting for the BINGO cards to go on sale. If you want the big package (the electronic tablet thing) get there early, they sell out every time. We went to the folding towel class, that was so much fun. You didn't get to fold towels, but the guy running it (Michael) was so funny that it was basically like a comedy show. He also gave us a passcode to tell the BINGO people so we got an extra card at the next two games. We saw every single show except the adult comedy on the last night, I was just too tired. My niece went though and said it was hilarious! Alvin Wiliams was so funny! My boys went to the first show, which was family friendly, and while most of it went over the head of the youngest, the oldest laughed more than a few times. El Gaucho was the second show, a comedian, musician, etc. He was also hilarious. I highly recommend all of the shows if you can make it to them. Encore was the ice show, you do need to make reservations for that so be sure to do it in your phone when you get on board. I wasn't able to make any reservations at all on my phone, but my mom was able to so she took care of it. If you don't have a reservation you have to wait in line until all of the reservation people go through, then they let you in ten at a time. In the Air was also fantastic, I loved the way they made it look like the performers were under water, flying, etc. They all did a great job and I cannot say enough about the featured ballroom couple, just WOW! Saturday Night Fever had a glitch the first time we tried to see it, one of the props wasn't working and couldn't be moved off the stage so they rescheduled the show for the next day. It was great, well worth the 90 minutes, though I do see why some reviews mentioned that it could have been a little shorter. It felt a tad long after sitting through 50 minute shows all week, but still it was great. The ship itself is in good shape, very clean. The places that need refurbishing are the textiles, room furniture, etc. The carpets are stained in much of the ship, the curtains in the rooms feel very outdated, the carpet in the room was literally threadbare on at least 10% of the entire floor, just shiny patches of weaving where the carpet used to be. All of the tile, stone, etc. is still in great shape and the staff do a fantastic job of keeping everything clean. My kids loved the kids club, we hardly saw the oldest at all, and the youngest would pop in and out all day on sea days and when it was open on port days. They had a lot of activities for the kids, rock wall climbing, flow rider, mini golf, dodge ball, just tons of stuff. At one point it got commandeered for a "boomer party" (this is what my 15 year old called it), so they were bummed that they couldn't use the foosball table for that time frame, but I think that only happened once. My kids told me that almost every kid in Fuel was homeschooled, that was kind of cool. We've homeschooled since the start of their education, but most of the cruises we've been on were not homeschooled kids, so it was neat to see homeschooling being so much more prominent. He told me that most were prior public school kids that started homeschooling when COVID closed the schools and they just never went back. I don't know how many were on board this time around, but probably in the area of 15-20 that were constantly hanging around with my kids and all but a few were homeschoolers. The Windjammer food was great, very good selection and the tables weren't too hard to find. We'd walk around and find a table (people would flag you down if they were about to leave) and then one of us would sit while the others went and got food. The wait staff was excellent, always coming to refill drinks, clear your plates, etc. Sorrentos was also great and I ate second lunch in there many times. I didn't realize they had cold food in addition to pizza. The watermelon was super tasty, as were the marinated olives. We didn't do any specialty dining. We did visit Next Cruise to book a cruise out of Galveston for November of 2023 on board Harmony. We didn't make an appointment so it was about a ten minute wait, but that was no big deal. The shops on board were great, we bought a few things here and there, sunglasses, hats, a light jacket, stuff like that. The prices didn't seem crazy and the staff were very helpful. On the last night I needed more envelopes for extra tipping, they keep them in little holders on the counter at Guest Services so they're very easy to get to without waiting in line. We didn't do any excursions, just in case you were wondering why I didn't mention any. We did get off the boat in Grand Cayman, but we just walked around for a few minutes before heading back to the boat. We did ride the water slides! Tidal Wave was so much fun! The body slides were not for me, I don't know what the deal was but I could not lay down and make it down the slide. I had to sit up and push myself down, so I just rode the one time. Debarkation was also very easy. We carried our luggage down to four instead of trying to take an elevator and it was no more than five minutes from the time we left our room to the time we got off the ship, another five after that and we were in the car headed home. My mom had to stay back to pay $3 for some rum she'd purchased in Cozumel. It was a fantastic cruise, we would definitely go on Liberty again, and I hope they refurbish her soon because she's certainly earned it. The Bad: The internet was terrible, just awful. It was frustrating to have paid money for it. You could not stream, no way, they shouldn't even sell it for anything other than surfing. Update: My oldest son started running a fever last night. I tested him for COVID this morning, but that's not it, so it's something else. He says it doesn't matter, he had a great time and he'd do it again. It's like old times!
    6 points
  25. I know this is not the question, but I used both. The app is better for watching when it opens up and getting the first boarding time. The website is better for being able to see and type my information. The app is better for scanning my passport and taking my picture. The website is better for seeing everything at one time. The app is better for see that everything is checked off. So.... my answer is both
    6 points
  26. Sharla

    MEI Travel Opinion

    Not at all offended (and it can be easier for sure). But if you pay in full you won't be able to transfer it to the TA.
    6 points
  27. HeWhoWaits

    website issue

    Careful what you wish for - it might be $25 per drink rather than per day.
    6 points
  28. Boarded Anthem this morning for a 12-night cruise to Vigo, Lisbon, Lanzarote, Gran Canária, Tenerife, Funchal and La Coruña. I will be doing a full recap when we get back but will be happy to try and find the answers to any questions anyone might have as we go along.
    6 points
  29. tmp916

    website issue

    Well may when they come back up they will have that $19 a day drink package error
    6 points
  30. alamode123

    website issue

    Better the web site going down than a ship.
    6 points
  31. Embarkation: Short walk from the train station RCl put a tent for drop off luggage. That was a long line as only few people handled the luggage and one queue for all. Apparently this was a good time to check and ask questions as whoever was in a suit or bought the key could go directly to the front of the line and drop the luggage. Since we are sailing in JS we did just that and after 5 minutes we went to the next station. To so you need to go over a bridge (elevator available) the next station is a security check were they scan the hand luggage. Once this is done you go to another tend (with very good and needed AC) to do the check in following passport control. The next tent is the duity free and a station were they collect your passport (to get it back the day after). Once done you go out and take a shuttle to the ship , it's one minute ride. Sounds complicate but all in all from the minute we gave our luggage to the time we board it took maybe 10 - 15 minutes, not bad. Hifa port authority are in the process to build a new terminal which will make things easier, we will see.
    6 points
  32. WAAAYTOOO

    website issue

    This is what I live for !
    6 points
  33. I've had Bloody Mary's earlier than that. You can order them at the Windjammer bar, in the MDR if you're having breakfast there. They just don't open most of the regular bars until 10:30. Hey, the staff has to have SOME time to sleep!
    6 points
  34. Ok, so let me expound a bit on what I said in my last post. I have taken two cruises in my entire life. Cruise number one was on Adventure of The Seas in April, 2022. Cruise number two was with Carnival on The Breeze in September, 2022. Why Carnival? I listened to a friend. A friend in retrospect who obviously knows no better! LOL Both Adventure of The Seas and The Breeze are of a similar size and had very similar itineraries. So, I feel this is a very good apples-to-apples comparison. The Ships: Winner - Adventure of The Seas. My wife and I both found the interior of Adventure of The Seas to be far more beautiful and appealing than The Breeze. Also, we found getting around on AoTS to be easier and more intuitive. The Breeze felt blocky by comparison without any natural flow. Also, the promenade on AoTS is just much more appealing than the atrium on The Breeze. AoTS is like a nicely appointed high end hotel and The Breeze is like a Super 8 hotel. Food: I am breaking down the food in to categories: Buffet: Adventure of The Seas by a long mile. In almost every category, the Windjammer kicks tail over the Lido Marketplace buffet on The Breeze. I am not saying the food is perfect in the Windjammer, there are hits and misses for sure, but the food was just overall very bad on The Breeze buffet. Sodas: Royal for the win. Why? They have Coke products. Carnival has Pepsi. I am a Coke man. Pizza: Ok, The Breeze wins one. The Pizza Pirate on The Breeze was superior in my opinion than the pizza we ate at Cafe Promenade on AoTS. Overall Included Dining Options: The Breeze again. The included options on The Breeze include Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, Pizza Pirate, and Blue Iguana Cantina. In fact, the burgers from Guys, the pizza from Pizza Pirate and the tacos from Blue Iguana were very good. MDR: Adventure of The Seas. The dining rooms in AoTS are far more elegant and beautiful and feel more open. The food was a notch above as well when compared to The Breeze. Cabins: Tie. I found both cabins on the ships to be comparable. The Breeze may have had more usable storage as well, but lacked in decor. I slept great on both beds. (I like a very firm mattress). Staff: Adventure of The Seas. And really, this was close. We got great, friendly service on both ships, but the staff on The Breeze really bungled debarking for us. And that is another long story for later. Entertainment: Adventure of The Seas. The shows, the entertainers, the options, and the venues we found to be just a bit better on our RC ship. Not to say The Breeze didn’t have good entertainment, just not as good as on AoTS.
    6 points
  35. Agreed. "Cleaner" feels very disrespectful for their effort, workload, and kindness. Stateroom attendant.
    6 points
  36. constable145

    Liberty Sept 18-25

    Greetings from Jamaica! So far this trip is great. Amit the concierge is incredible. Spectacular bar service from the pub. Great MDR service. Yesterday we went to Seven Mile Beach. We rented a jetski and frollicked in the water for a few hours. Today we're pretty much staying on the ship. I dislike Falmouth. It's close to absolutely nothing. 3 nights left including 2 sea days. If you have any questions let me know.
    6 points
  37. SpeedNoodles

    ICON CLASS UPDATE

    Newest video just released:
    6 points
  38. Personally: just got notified about "guaranteed" room, and lo and behold - the room was an upgrade! It can happen.
    6 points
  39. From what I hear around this site, when it comes to a guaranteed room you should: be okay with the worst possible room in the category. It's not a sure thing that you will get it, but guarantee rooms are generally filled after all the self-picked room are gone. Meaning you get what other people probably didn't want. So if you have a balcony you may end up with an obstructed view balcony, or one on a lower deck, or one where there may be more noise/less privacy. You could end up all the to the front or back, having to walk longer distances. Or you could end up with a perfectly nice room with nothing at all wrong with it. If you can honestly be okay with potentially the "dregs" of the category, then do it. know you may not get your assignment until a week or two before the sail date so there may not be room or space to upgrade. I've seen countless threads posted here asking when they'll get their assigned room because the sail date is coming up and they still don't know. Basically, you are promised a room in whatever category you get for the price you paid. It's a little bit of a gamble but not one where you lose too much if you "lose".
    6 points
  40. Thanks. This eases my mind. We as well, don't usually disclose his diagnosis, but lines and loud noises are still a challenge. We are not looking for any privileges, but more-so not to incommodate other passengers. Again, Thanks
    6 points
  41. Trust me: don't chase whichever agent can get you the most credit. You want a really good agent who knows cruising. MEI Travel has such a good reputation here and it's for good reason: they know how to take care of their clients, especially when times are tough. I can't tell you how much time my MEI agent saved me!
    6 points
  42. One last thing I want to leave you with. The only real issue I had on the trip was I got real tired of hearing people complain. Our cruise has over 300 Pinnacle cruisers and the most of the rest was Diamond and Diamond plus. The ship had a couple of meetings with the staff warning them how picky the cruisers on this cruise were going to be. Most of the people on the cruise were great but there was enough that were not that you got tired of hearing it. I was told that the ship had to leave about 350 staff in Copenhagen because the USA would not give them a work visa. All the ships are short staffed to start with. All the staff was working their hardest to make a great cruise for us. I seen the glass half full and appreciate everything they did. Please, going forward do not be the glass half empty person and only see what you did not get on your cruise. Thank you for following, Mike
    6 points
  43. Yesterday was a great sea day. Park Ave salad and hot dog place for lunch. I suggest the German hotdog, my friend wasn’t loving the regular one but I was happy. Dinner was Giovanni’s. Friend didn’t realize what pork belly was so was surprised when it came out. . Besides that we were happy with our meals. Our waiter even found us limoncello to end the meal. He was a doll and that little touch was appreciated. He got a good tip. I’ve learned I can’t blame waking up early on my dog. Today it was 5:30. I gave up at 6 and got myself a coffee to watch the sunrise and read. Both mornings I’ve been doing a little jogging. Testing a knee injury from February. My friend and I are meet up mid morning. I’m quiet in the morning and she’s raring to go so we do our own thing in the mornings. Today is the casita. We’re stopping in Orlando. Made it til just now and rain. Not too worried. Hoping it’s a passing storm but you never know. we keep missing any shows because we’re exhausted by 10 and like later dinners. No complaints at all though, we both seem to be content.
    5 points
  44. Please speak to your physician or psychiatrist regarding your concerns. There are both medication and therapy options that are effective depending on the individual circumstances. Please do not mix medications with alcohol or any other substances. Sincerely, A physician
    5 points
  45. When my sailing was about 10 days away, the App showed all the activities and showtimes in the daily calendar. Even included each days "Drink of the Day".
    5 points
  46. Day 1 - Hifa. Most of the information regarding the embarkation I already described in the previous posts , all in all not too bad, I do hope they will finish building the new terminal. Once we board and done with the muster we went to the WJ , food is regular WJ food nothing to write home about. Looks like the WJ will be busy. We wanted to drink a coffee so we went to check the diamond club but 8t was closed or more likely our card did not open it. I think they did not prepared to have any diamonds from Hifa . We went to the concierge club in the 10th floor. It was open and no cards was required, coffee machine was working. Rooms were ready at 1:30 and the luggage arrived already. The JS suite is smaller than in the new ships but still allot of space for both of us. Tour at the ship, deck 5 outside deck is one of the best in the fleet , wide and open. Around 6 pm we left the port , always a nice view . The other side of the port is the military ship docking location , no pictures from that side , still planning quick return home This was the pilot ship , funny We watched the sell away while I heard our neighbors trying to convince the cabin attendant to put some blocking fence on the balcony so their kid will be safe I thought that that's why you have a door to the balcony but what I understand. Dinner was in the main dining room . It was very organized and fast for the first day. I took the cheese plate, antipasti plate and the rib eye . Always make me smile when they ask me how I want my steak cooked as no matter what I will ask it will always be well done (at least in the MDR) anyway , it was good. Post dinner we went to contribute some money playing in RCL, it was not that crowded but still tight as always. At 10pm we went to watch the welcome on board show. The cruise director was followed by an Hebrew spoken assistant who explained the show and next activities, it took around a minute. The main performer was a comedian juggler, he was funny and performed some nice juggling tricks. Tomorrow, Limassol.
    5 points
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