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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Rose City Cruiser in BRILLIANCE IS BRILLIANT   
    I just got home from a wonderful cruise of 5 days western on the Brilliance it was a solo and I had cabin 4587 a solo cabin which I was a little apprehensive when I booked but truthfully it was all a single cruiser needs. everything was in the perfect place it didn't bother me that there was no light or window to see out never gave it a second thought . The 2 1/2 hour drive was a pleasure and that's hard to say  after all it is I-4 .Smooth sailing till the fiasco of road work in O town arriving in Tampa was another story after the sign on I-4 telling you to get off here you are on your own through Ybor city you can see the ships but have a hard time getting to them after 5 turn arounds a police officer sitting on the side of the road began to remind me of an owl on a fence I swear he was laughing at me I spotted one of the private lots directly across from the ship maybe 2 blocks I had spoken to my TA about them and she said go for it after all they were 30.00 cheaper then at the ship and I was getting tired of being law enforcements enertainment I could almost hear benny hills music playing as I went past them.this lot is a family owned business the greeter said park there pointing to a great spot in the front he said lock it and keep your keys without warning he scooped up my luggage and put it in his very modern van and away we went 2 mins later I was tipping the porter and in less then 3 mins I was walking the plank onto the ship room key in hand and it wasn't 1045 yet I tried to get to 11 to the windjammer but the hoardes of hungry Vikings frightened me so I went to the park café and a couple fresh kemmelwerks  yea  no crowd the café is hidden and not easily spotted by the nubes I have not sailed this class before but I have a new love the schooner is huge I have never seen one this big great service fine piano the only minus is the casino smoke dominates everything it amazes me that these magnificent ships can be completely refurbed every 5 years new rooms put on new restaurants put in but they cant figure a way to vent the casino to the outside instead of the smell throughout the whole ship the crew on this ship are one of a kind I have been on a lot of royal cruises and never felt so genuinely welcome and appreciated I did not attend any shows frankly there not my thing I watched the movies nightly poolside and absolutely enjoyed the football games sunday and Thursday  this is more my speed and by the second night the kiddee mobs were in full swing and even that didn't bother me this cruise was spot on in every way except the food in windjammer breakfast  was outstanding eating on the outside dining area was a treat watching a new day begin then there was lunch pan after pan of slop pork chops so dry they were inedible same old mashed potatoes watery gravy two tables full of cheese and fruit which was very fresh the chicken wings yuck skin soft and slimey  BUT something new was added really good hand formed burgers cooked to perfection on fresh baked buns with every topping imaginable what an improvement and it was available lunch and dinner the entire cruise in a section called American now for the other big plus Brilliance has no sorrentos so I went to the park café once again pizza was created there and very well NOT one bit like the soggy crust under done saints awful cheese all new cheese sauce toppings and a great crispy crust is it new York or new jersey I think not but it is a pleasure to eat and worth waiting in line for I also noticed they no longer cook it on the pizza pans and sits there till they serve it which was why the crust was always soggy they now have racks in the serving area and the moment it comes out of the kitchen it goes right to the cooling rack obviously royal has people reading these blogs they are are improving and in a big way no longer the p poor school lunch room  of old and I sent corporate a thank-you for the improvements the fish they pile into those pans are seldom edible fish can not sit it dries quickly they made a salmon fillet encased in a puff pastry excellent but the five other fish dishes were awful I suggested that rather then offer a dry piece of meat like top round at the carving station when is the last time you saw a rib roast or tenderloin now they dropped to the cheapest piece of meat available it should be served immediately not left under a heat BUT seafood cooks super fast shrimp scallops salmon branzino can be cooked most all seafoods can be cooked to order very fast salmon a little butter minced garlic some shallots or lemmon grass bingo a fine meal I heard many seafood requests cod is a favorite oh well off the food this ship is an older royal masterpiece meticulously maintained combine it with the best crew I have run into yet and the attention to detail is obvious I recommend this to everyone its not the symphony the oasis and not even the freedom but if you want the true traditional cruise with PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES  try Brilliance you wont be disappointed CRUISE ON MY FRIENDS ps the red velvet cupcakes are for Sweety
     





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    henrysea13 got a reaction from JLMoran in BRILLIANCE IS BRILLIANT   
    I just got home from a wonderful cruise of 5 days western on the Brilliance it was a solo and I had cabin 4587 a solo cabin which I was a little apprehensive when I booked but truthfully it was all a single cruiser needs. everything was in the perfect place it didn't bother me that there was no light or window to see out never gave it a second thought . The 2 1/2 hour drive was a pleasure and that's hard to say  after all it is I-4 .Smooth sailing till the fiasco of road work in O town arriving in Tampa was another story after the sign on I-4 telling you to get off here you are on your own through Ybor city you can see the ships but have a hard time getting to them after 5 turn arounds a police officer sitting on the side of the road began to remind me of an owl on a fence I swear he was laughing at me I spotted one of the private lots directly across from the ship maybe 2 blocks I had spoken to my TA about them and she said go for it after all they were 30.00 cheaper then at the ship and I was getting tired of being law enforcements enertainment I could almost hear benny hills music playing as I went past them.this lot is a family owned business the greeter said park there pointing to a great spot in the front he said lock it and keep your keys without warning he scooped up my luggage and put it in his very modern van and away we went 2 mins later I was tipping the porter and in less then 3 mins I was walking the plank onto the ship room key in hand and it wasn't 1045 yet I tried to get to 11 to the windjammer but the hoardes of hungry Vikings frightened me so I went to the park café and a couple fresh kemmelwerks  yea  no crowd the café is hidden and not easily spotted by the nubes I have not sailed this class before but I have a new love the schooner is huge I have never seen one this big great service fine piano the only minus is the casino smoke dominates everything it amazes me that these magnificent ships can be completely refurbed every 5 years new rooms put on new restaurants put in but they cant figure a way to vent the casino to the outside instead of the smell throughout the whole ship the crew on this ship are one of a kind I have been on a lot of royal cruises and never felt so genuinely welcome and appreciated I did not attend any shows frankly there not my thing I watched the movies nightly poolside and absolutely enjoyed the football games sunday and Thursday  this is more my speed and by the second night the kiddee mobs were in full swing and even that didn't bother me this cruise was spot on in every way except the food in windjammer breakfast  was outstanding eating on the outside dining area was a treat watching a new day begin then there was lunch pan after pan of slop pork chops so dry they were inedible same old mashed potatoes watery gravy two tables full of cheese and fruit which was very fresh the chicken wings yuck skin soft and slimey  BUT something new was added really good hand formed burgers cooked to perfection on fresh baked buns with every topping imaginable what an improvement and it was available lunch and dinner the entire cruise in a section called American now for the other big plus Brilliance has no sorrentos so I went to the park café once again pizza was created there and very well NOT one bit like the soggy crust under done saints awful cheese all new cheese sauce toppings and a great crispy crust is it new York or new jersey I think not but it is a pleasure to eat and worth waiting in line for I also noticed they no longer cook it on the pizza pans and sits there till they serve it which was why the crust was always soggy they now have racks in the serving area and the moment it comes out of the kitchen it goes right to the cooling rack obviously royal has people reading these blogs they are are improving and in a big way no longer the p poor school lunch room  of old and I sent corporate a thank-you for the improvements the fish they pile into those pans are seldom edible fish can not sit it dries quickly they made a salmon fillet encased in a puff pastry excellent but the five other fish dishes were awful I suggested that rather then offer a dry piece of meat like top round at the carving station when is the last time you saw a rib roast or tenderloin now they dropped to the cheapest piece of meat available it should be served immediately not left under a heat BUT seafood cooks super fast shrimp scallops salmon branzino can be cooked most all seafoods can be cooked to order very fast salmon a little butter minced garlic some shallots or lemmon grass bingo a fine meal I heard many seafood requests cod is a favorite oh well off the food this ship is an older royal masterpiece meticulously maintained combine it with the best crew I have run into yet and the attention to detail is obvious I recommend this to everyone its not the symphony the oasis and not even the freedom but if you want the true traditional cruise with PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES  try Brilliance you wont be disappointed CRUISE ON MY FRIENDS ps the red velvet cupcakes are for Sweety
     





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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Ray in FOTS Speciality Dining   
    hands down giovannis my family found chops to have a steak that compares to ponderosa and slow and uninterested service from the waiters but Giovannis on FOTS left us with memories we will have forever
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    henrysea13 reacted to twangster in Recap - Enchantment OTS 3 Night Bahamas 9/21/18   
    Funny you mention Pinnacles.  The CL was full of them.  I may have been the only D+.  They were all regulars that the concierge knew well.  In once case a woman stays on the ship for weeks and her husband joins her for the weekends then goes to work during the week off ship.  I was the stranger in there.   That may have been a factor in her approach.  
    I don't think anyone in Miami is plotting to get rid of top tier but the cold truth is the ships are sailing full.  In the current economy they have lots of younger people and new cruisers booking up ships and making rookie mistakes paying in excess here and there - the ideal customer.  A savvy elite who only books shore excursions or dining packages with a discount compared to a new cruiser who books everything on board?  An elite who uses a balcony discount compared to a millennial who pays $300 more for the same cabin?   An elite you have to supply with free drinks during happy hour compared to a newbie who buys every drink at the bar.  Elites produce less revenue, plain and simple.  But there is a catch.  
    Only if the economy turns or the line of new cruisers dwindles will loyal customers become important again.  Until then we are a liability more than an asset - compared to the average guest on board.  Zero elites on board would be an ideal cruise manifest from a profit perspective.  Don't get me wrong, this isn't being said in angst or being bitter, I'm a business person, I get it.  This is business.  
    Changes are coming in the loyalty program.  On Mariner they took the bar out of the diamond lounge.  Two waiters take drink orders, leave, walk down the hall to a service bar in a pantry, fill their tray and return.  It takes 20-25 minutes to get a drink during peak while standing around because all chairs are occupied.  The removal of the bar wasn't a mistake.  It was done on purpose.  I bet the Mariner DL consumes 1/3 of the stock compared to some other similar ships.  Once those numbers appear on paper month after month,  DL bars across the fleet will soon be changing.  
    MSC Black isn't all that.  I did the status match.  You get a few things from it, but MSC's approach is simply lower prices for everyone and a few minor perks thrown to elites.  The products are different so you can't just compare them on paper.
    NCL has made indications it may bolster its loyalty program. It's vision is a little longer term compared to Royal.  Royal is basking in the sun right now, where NCL is preparing for the coming storm.  It's just a matter time.  Maybe not this year, maybe not next year, but its coming.
    Frank Del Rio, NCL CEO had this to say:
    “No one knows when a recession will come; you ought to start thinking about it. We’re starting to think about how to increase loyalty; make sure you stay close to your customers. Maximize repeaters. Emphasize value and not price. Prepare to reorganize your resources to fill the funnel. You can’t cut costs enough in a recession; you need to increase efficiencies and invest in new products and markets.”
    https://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Norwegian-CEO-Frank-del-Rio-Says-Its-Never-Too-Early-to-Prepare-for-a-Downturn
    Royal is okay not handling their non-pinnacles with white gloves.  That's working for now because bookings are up.  Once it turns though, folks like me will be shopping the field for bargains without loyalty to keep them on Royal.  That is what Royal doesn't understand but NCL does.  
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    henrysea13 reacted to 4ensic in Recap - Enchantment OTS 3 Night Bahamas 9/21/18   
    Loyalty is a currency that can be earned and spent.  It appears Royal spent a lot of their loyalty with Twangster's last cruise.
    Stuff happens beyond anyone's control, but the measure of any company is their response to it.  His own personal stench cruise was offensive and unhealthy, but the cruise line's response was a calculated choice, probably by someone hoping to save the cruise line a couple dollars in the short run.  And they did exactly that.  If nobody higher up cares, they reinforced that the employee acted in accordance with RCI expectations toward a frequent customer.  So noted.
    I'd been thinking about trying MSC only because they do a status match.  I'll think a bit harder.  There's a lot of competition and some lines are willing to, well, compete.
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Matt in Izumi Hot Rocks - gone from entire fleet?   
    brilliance still shows hot rocks on the menu
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Traveler in Symphony Of The Seas 23-30 Sep ,maybe a semi live blog   
    following
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Rimmit in Live Blog from Adventure of the Seas 8/31-9/7 Canada and New England Cruise   
    absolutely the finest work I have seen to date😊thankyou for the effort
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    henrysea13 reacted to Rimmit in Live Blog from Adventure of the Seas 8/31-9/7 Canada and New England Cruise   
    Not live any more, but this was our live blog of our Canada and New England Cruise.
    https://thesmallworldfamily.com/2018/08/31/canada-and-new-england-cruise-live-blog-day-1/
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    henrysea13 reacted to twangster in Radiance of the Seas, Alaska Southbound 8/31/18   
    Cruise Summary
    This is my 3rd Alaska cruise.  For me the question isn't if I'll do another Alaska cruise but when.  (Hint - I've already got a 2019 Alaska cruise booked)
    I scored a great last minute fare.  That doesn't always happen so book early, sit back and watch fares increase.  
    Depending on your interests there are ways to do Alaska ports relatively inexpensively.  Helicopters to glaciers are fantastic but expensive.    For American readers the fact that you are in America and cell phones work normally is a huge benefit to those who want to self explore.  Some ports have city buses and for those on a tight budget a little research before going can help you save a lot of money.  Car rentals for a family of four can be very economical and at a port like Skagway you can see a lot from a rental car (just bring your passports if you want to drive into Canada).  Uber and Lyft have arrived in Alaska!  (not all ports)
    I bought Voom on day 2 and saved an extra $20.  With my C&A discount that took the price down to $74.  On a port intensive cruise like where the ports are US ports you can easily get away without Voom (at least for US residents).  
    No drink package.  Prices for drinks (including Gratuity):
        Kraken and soda $8.26 (same for any common cocktail)
        Expresso Martini $14.16
        Total bar bill ~ $70.
    No specialty dining - all MDR or Windjammer. 
    Overall this was a fantastic cruise.  
     
    Common Alaska Cruise Questions
    One-way North/South or Seattle round trip? 
    Having done both this summer I feel I am qualified to tackle this question.  Both are an awesome experience.  Like comparing two Caribbean cruises they are different and there are pros and cons to each.  Some ports overlap and some ports or glaciers are unique . 
    The Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise in June was a Seattle round trip and it was incredible.  (For proof  read my live blog from that cruise here ).  
    Our time at Dawes Glacier from Seattle was incredible.  Seeing the ship in this narrow passage with steep canyon walls all around us while the ship slowly turned around at the glacier is a memory I will never forget.
    On Radiance watching Hubbard Glacier calving in front of my eyes and hearing it crack was incredible and a memory I will never forget.  Hubbard is much wider than Dawes.    
    One is not better than the other, they are different.  I'm very fortunate to have experienced both.  
    Having said that, I do feel that a one-way North/South cruise is a better overall Alaskan experience.  I love Icy Strat Point.  I love Ketchikan.  I love the Alaskan Railroad between Anchorage and Seward.  I like the extra ports and long days in each afforded by not having to turn around and return to where we came from.  That doesn't mean a Seattle based Alaskan cruise should be avoided as this is still a great way to experience Alaska (my 2019 booking is from Seattle).
    Isn't it harder to book plane tickets for a one-way cruise?  No.  Maybe it was some years ago but not really any more.  Last year I found it cheaper to book it as two one-way plane tickets.  This year it was the same booked as a multi-city trip or two one-way tickets.  Since you should be using a travel agent anyways, let them research and figure this out for you.  I was pleasantly surprised how affordable airfare was for this most recent cruise.  For non-Canucks, Canadian airports do charge a higher landing tax so if you can make it work, flying into Seattle and making the short journey to or from Vancouver by land or sea part of the experience should be considered. There is ferry service, trains and buses between the two.  Both are great cities to explore so if you can afford an extra day or two it may be worth looking into Seattle based flights instead of Vancouver.  (Hint, many Canadians who live close to a U.S. airport will drive across the border and fly from a U.S. airport for this reason).  
    Explorer or Radiance? 
    Neck and neck but I have to give the nod to Explorer.  In some areas I prefer Radiance and in some areas I prefer Explorer.  Having thought about that for a moment, maybe Radiance gets the nod.  I can't decide.  Ovation 2019 should be interesting.  4500+ guests versus 2,500 guests.   Explorer can accommodate 4,000 so will Ovation really be that much different?  Probably not.  I missed certain things present on Explorer while on Radiance but with a port intensive one-way cruise that really wasn't a big deal - I was there for Alaska, not the ship so much.  Unlike the Caribbean where I have cruised often, the ship isn't the destination.  With more sea time out of Seattle having more ship features works well (Flowrider, ice skating, etc).   
    Time of year?
    That's a tough one.  Seeing the Salmon spawning in the rivers was pretty special.  You won't likely see that in June. 
    As a photographer the longer days in June were a treat.  Many photographers will tell you the best time to take pictures is not in the middle of the day but during golden hour, that time just around sunset.  The long June days in Alaska have an extended golden hour.  There is something very special about enjoying 13 hours at a port, boarding the ship, having dinner, watching a show and then going out on deck at 10pm and seeing a spectacular mountain vista with a glowing sky and a sunset in June. 
    Here is an example from Juneau.
    June 2018 from Explorer looking at Radiance leaving Juneau

    September 2018 from Radiance looking back at Explorer at the same time of night and same ship positions.

    I definitely felt the shorter days in September.  Even finishing my hike in Skagway at 5pm the shadows from the sun in the forest cast long shadows that let me know it was time to head back.  In June I probably could have gone an extra hour or two.  
    In June there was more snow at elevation.  That only impacts your pictures and mountain photos always look better with snow on them (trust me, I live in Colorado).
    Here is an example from the train.  
    June 2017

    September 2018

    Both are nice photos but the snow really defines the peaks, cracks and crevices.  
    I think I give June the nod but feel very fortunate to have experienced both.  I wouldn't hesitate to cruise September again though.  I really should try July but that is peak season and as a bargain hunter I may not.  Okay, never say never - right.  
    I did this same itinerary day for day on Celebrity last year in June.  Here is my recap blog from that cruise in early June 2017 
    You decide what is best for you.
    MUST you have a balcony on an Alaskan cruise?
    No.  Both Explorer in June and Radiance in September were done from an interior cabin.  Look at my pictures from both.  Does it look like I missed out because I had no balcony to call my own?  Sure a balcony is great if you have the extra money.  Both of my Alaskan cruises in interior cabins combined cost me one Alaskan cruise with a balcony. 
    Alaska excursions are expensive.  Given the choice of incredible excursions from an interior cabin or cheap excursions with a balcony cabin I'd go interior cabin every time.  That person sitting next to me on the float plane/helicopter/dog sled/train just might have a balcony.  I'll be sitting a little higher though because of my fatter wallet.  Once off the ship for 13 hours what does that balcony do for you?  Nothing.  Sitting beside that person in the theater - is the show better for them?  Sitting in the dining room - is the food better for them?  No.  
    I had a balcony last year on the Millennium in Alaska and it was great, no question.  However nearly all of my memories and photos from 2017 were not from my balcony.  
    If you got it, spend it.  For the rest of us, do not put off an Alaskan cruise saving a few more years just for a balcony.  
    Balcony exception - Ovation has a higher balcony cabin ratio and the difference to upgrade to a balcony may be affordable for many people.  Time will tell if that holds true as sail dates book up.
    I hoped you enjoyed this experience with me and I thank you for following along.
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    henrysea13 reacted to twangster in Radiance of the Seas, Alaska Southbound 8/31/18   
    Day 5 - Dinner, Formal Night
    My Time Dining

    Vidalia Onion Tart

    Fish of the Day, more Salmon with a Butterflied Shrimp.

    Of course I had to have... Baked Alaska for desset.

    All very good.
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    henrysea13 reacted to twangster in Setsail Pass   
    I often don't check or print mine until about 20-30 days out. One less piece of paper to lose or forget where I put it. 
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Sweety in LIVEish, 5 Days on Majesty (09/03/2018 or 03/09/2018 better yet September 3, 2018)   
    this should be in all the windjammers fleetwide😍
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    henrysea13 reacted to CGTLH in LIVEish, 5 Days on Majesty (09/03/2018 or 03/09/2018 better yet September 3, 2018)   
    Great man once said, "I'll be back".
    In this case, end of September. I'll make sure to get some pictures.
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    henrysea13 reacted to Sweety in Very bad news for Sweety...   
    Noooooooo!!! I may cancelled all my cruises. What are you doing Royal? I was looking forward to my red velvet cheesecake on Anthem.
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    henrysea13 reacted to KathyC in Compass Deli Breakfast - Majesty   
    Majesty is just sooooo huge, it will take a long time to get everywhere! 
    😄 Just having some fun...
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    henrysea13 reacted to princevaliantus in Cruise Vacation without the Ship!   
    Just because it's All Inclusive doesn't make it a "cruise" as for it to be a "cruise" you need a "ship". It's just an All Inclusive hotel.😂
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    henrysea13 reacted to Blackash6 in Fishing Charters   
    I doubt fishing trips organised by the cruiseline would be on a scale that they would need to dedicate a particular cold storage space to. Also doubtful that guests would want fish shipped home (unless for trophy purposes) and even then, I`m sure a company of this size would have no trouble in organising it. I am aware of small cruise companies that have an organnised fishing itinerary where the guest keep one fish which is then cooked for them that evening. I think that the likes of RCI and other larger crusielines just haven`t thought it through or have had sufficent requests for the service. I still believe however, that if it were to become available, it would be very popular
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Fishing Charters   
    I for one love the idea I have questioned many times why no fishing charters in these beautiful ports as a young man sailing the Caribbean on my uncles 83 ft island hopper I never remember a time we did not have several trolling feathers dragging behind the ship we always had an ample supply of mahi fresh as can be and when in port plenty of snapper and grouper nothing beats fresh fish on the grill I think it is time to drop a suggestion in the box by guest services on my next cruise
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    henrysea13 reacted to Blackash6 in Fishing Charters   
    Having now done 7 cruises with RCI and now about to embark on an 8th, I have had this discussion with other guests on several occasions who are of the same opinion. As a keen sea angler, I am surprised that the cruise line have not tapped into this potential money maker. Sailing into many of the worlds top fishing destinations, the oportunity to fish some of these spots is being missed by RCI. There is not even the need to hire local charter boats. The ships own life boats would suffice. An initial spend of a few grand on fishing gear by RCI would probably pay for iteself after one cruise, plus the added bonus of fresh fish for the kitchens. I am positive that many guests would avail of this service. I know I would and it would even encourage me to book other cruises with RCI knowing that they provided this service. Maybe worth considering?
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    henrysea13 reacted to Sweety in When is your next cruise?   
    Just booked Marnier August 12, 2019. This means I have a B2B2B. Woohoo!!!!
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Sweety in When is your next cruise?   
    OCT 1  I am solo on the Brilliance for a 5 nighter celebrating the end of a long hot summer I don't cruise during the summer its just to hot for me a great deal of my life I worked in 50 degree temps and now my body just wont adjust to the summer extremes and I was lucky I scored one of the 3 solo cabins love to try new stuff NOV 24 off to the eastern for 8 nights on the Adventure I have never sailed this class have a pano on this one just love this category of rooms for me the pano is the only way to go😍 people say it is similar to the Freedom in size and amenities I have sailed all 3 in that class several times and love them so excited let the winter spring sailings 2018 2019 begin woot woot  bring on the escargot and crème brulee SAIL ON MY FRIENDS 😁
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    henrysea13 reacted to coneyraven in When is your next cruise?   
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    henrysea13 got a reaction from Suzy in Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms Deck 12 Independence of the Seas   
    I was in the pano room feb on the independence they are the best on the ship this is my second pano booking the first on freedom and in nov I have a pano on the adventure as far as I am concerned these are the best cabins on a ship I am a sightseer and the views are breathtaking I always used to get balcony rooms but didn't use the balcony much the heat is far to much for me and I would go to the Viking crown lounge for my daily sightseeing once you experience the views you will under stand I have several pictures I took from the windows but will have many more after November try them you will like them any questions I can try to answer please ask for me keep the hyper expensive suites I will be booking the beautiful fair priced panoramic views I mean cabins I so far am lucky I have never felt the need for all the perks that come with the suites but in all fairness I could not afford them anyway for now I will be happy just with a pano in steerage just a final note having dealt with royal for years now and having somewhat of an inside source I call a friend if you want to experience a pano at a reasonable rack rate do it soon as I feel deep inside royal is watching the acceptance from this new cruise novelty and I expect to see a substantial rate increase in this unique class of rooms and soon please  understand I have never experienced the suite or star class and never will if I could afford this ticket and my choice between 4 cruises a year or 1 big splash I will always pick 4 a year on average the level of service I receive in steerage is such a huge step up from what I experience in everyday life that I feel like the well worn movie line IM KING OF THE WORLD   sail on my friends and be kind to people you meet
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    henrysea13 reacted to Traveler in Rhapsody of the seas Greek Islands 25 Aug - 1-Sep , semi live blog   
    Athens
     

    from the bus
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