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  1. @gabeb848 the public spoke! https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/world/europe/boaty-mcboatface-what-you-get-when-you-let-the-internet-decide.html
  2. Hi @CruisingOz Grandeur booking next February has Voom packages available and they are listed most days. However I have noticed that some days they are not shown but back again next day. Managed to get a good deal last month for the 14 day trip for 2 devices with streaming for about 30% less than it is showing today so def worth checking daily.
  3. Our 3 x B2B out of Sydney in 2018 was on Ovation and she was amazing. The first 10 days were around New Zealand and the last 14 were to Singapore via Brisbane/Darwin/Kuala Lumpur - and both were fantastic. However, the middle part bolted into the 27 day trip was a 3 day 'taster cruise' which took us just off the coast of Australia. I think the same people from @CruisingOz's Carnival experience were on for those 3 days as it was not an enjoyable atmosphere! Finding people passed out in the elevators, people confined to cabins for being drunk and disorderly and having to tip-toe around vomit in numerous places was a little off-putting!! With hindsight we should have got off at Sydney with some hand luggage and spent 3 days enjoying the amazing city and local beaches!! So for the topic of the thread, would not avoid the ship but would avoid the actual 'trip'!
  4. Hi all. Maybe I cannot see it, but is there Park Cafe on Grandeur and if so where??! https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/cruise-ships/grandeur-of-the-seas/things-to-do/park-cafe Looked on the deck plans and it is either well hidden or I have looked right at it and ignored it!! Thanks
  5. Only been on 3 ships to date with 3 different companies - Ovation for 3 B2B cruises, Azura with P&O from Barbados and Musica with MSC as part of a package that included the Rio Carnival. Although I also did a 2 day marketing conference on P&O Oriana many years ago so could count that too I guess! All of the ships were great in their own way, and each cruise memorable, but I would not rush back to MSC purely due to the lack of customer service shown by the 'senior' staff and the lack of care they showed when I had an issue with the drinks packages we had pre-purchased months before they changed their package names. Absolutely no complaints about RCI or P&O, which is why I was excited to get booked on Grandeur next Feb. Even if not as modern as Ovation, it sounds like most people on here have glowing opinions of her!
  6. Dining packages are now listed so grabbed a 5 night one.... drinks packages are considerably more expensive than this time last week!
  7. Hi @Chmusar who did you use here in UK?
  8. Link is now working ? - slightly different itinerary from the 20th Feb sailing. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/booking/landing?shipCode=GR&packageCode=GR14D014&sailDate=2022-01-09&startDate=2022-01-09 NB this is the UK link...
  9. Hello. Looks like another of the 14 day cruise from Barbados is being added for 9th January although link is not working at the moment.
  10. Storage space clearly defined as his and hers (or whatever is most appropriate) with PIN or fingerprint access so I can actually have some storage space for my stuff!!
  11. @Matt @WAAAYTOOO @twangster and anybody else who is an expert on these matters - I have pre-paid the gratuities on my booking for next February and when I just added the refreshments package it also added a gratuity charge. Just wondered if that was normal as cannot remember that from my previous RCI trip a few years back? Thanks.
  12. Hi all from a cold and wet Wales, UK. Long time no post from me, so belated Happy New Years, and I hope everybody is doing ok in these rather unusual times. Our 3 back to backs on Ovation in 2018 gave us the cruising bug, but the ships and trips most suitable for us in 2019 and 2020 were on 'other' cruise lines (boo!) purely due to the itineraries. Please forgive us! Great news is we will be on this 14 day Grandeur trip next February so be prepared for some stupid questions! Totally gutted I only booked the outside cabin and not the balcony as when I went back a day later to change they were all gone!! Quite a few excursions are already listed so will be googling reviews/suggestions in the coming days. Stay safe.
  13. Hi @Sabrinaklai Our 'real plan' is take on the 6 bottles we are allowed and then purchase the odd bottle whenever required. Or a beer or short etc. She is not a big big drinker so can't justify the deluxe package (and me having to prove I don't drink too!) so we are both doing refreshment packages. Based on the pics Twangster posted there are not enough days in the year to try every soft drink option! Annoying thing is we can take on 2 bottles for a 3 day cruise as well as 2 for the 10 and 14 day ones! I am not sure she can make them last 10 or 14 days!! Maybe I need to find a couple or family who are getting on same time without wine and get them to be my wine mule!!
  14. Maybe she should just stop drinking!!! Solves everything!!! (Don't tell her I said that!)
  15. Every cruiser should be able to take @twangster with them in their carry on.....it should be mandatory especially for 1st timers like me!! I do like your Plan 2!! Now that is thinking outside the box!!
  16. 3 B2B cruises, 2 people, 1 non-drinker - so been giving this some thought! And all of this planning for my wife who likes a nice red wine and nothing in it for me as the token teetotal person on the ship! Maybe I am risking walking the plank?! Plan 1 = we go on together with the 6 bottles in total, they take 4 off us and give us 2 per cruise (i.e. stick to the 'the rules') Plan 2= we go with plan 1 BUT on the change over days we try to take another 2 on with us when we get back on the ship hoping somehow too busy to check we already have 2 in store for us - do they have itemised records of what we brought on 10 days earlier? @twangster @Matt @Sabrinaklai you may know?! Plan 3 = If plan 2 works we try the same again 3 days later when getting on for the 3rd and final leg of the 27 day adventure - by now my wife should be sleeping like a baby every night! Plan 4 = we split up on embarkation carrying 6 bottles each (2 per cruise) hoping they don't notice!!! Hmmmmm somehow think not!
  17. Maybe I am missing something here and as a teetotal person I am obviously no expert on wine BUT if a bottle is a screw-top how can corkage be charged?!! Not a cork in sight!
  18. Very happy if the Dr is now on board Ovation ahead of my March cruise.... good work @twangster
  19. [email protected] Tell him or her it is a good time to quit!!! Can't find the article I saw before (so may have dreamt it!) but I THINK an area back of deck 5 starboard, similar on deck 15 or 16? Saw this in CC https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2567297 but that is not overly helpful. @F1guynz is the man in the know for Ovation!! Cheers PS Policy is http://bookings.royalcaribbean.co.uk/customersupport/faq/details.do?pagename=frequently_asked_questions&faqId=3101&faqSubjectId=335&wuc=GBR
  20. 55 Ovation 58 Ovation 61 Ovation I don't like change!
  21. My Ovation cruise is about 60 days but only thing showing is Pixels!!! Hoping they add more and not just wait until we are on board...
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