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  1. ...and, I just got a text informing me that boarding has been pushed back from 11:30 to 12:30.
  2. @FlowBro Ty Hey Ty! Thanks so much for posting this recap. We're sailing on the Oasis this Sunday (12/09/2018) on the same itinerary. I haven't been active on this site for quite a while due to other responsibilities so this was a great way to get up to speed on what to expect next week. If you or @Twangster Fan would be so kind, could you expand on the boarding time? I saw that you mentioned the Coast Guard inspection holding things up but had that not happened, was noon the earliest you could board? We like to get to the boat a little early and were hoping for an 11-ish or even ea
  3. Funny that I just caught up with this thread and saw this as I was on the phone today with supervisor Megan (after upgrading from talking with CSA Tim) from RCI to ask exactly that. I was told that when the conversion took place, ALL previously completed cruises were changed from 1 point per cruise to 7 points. They had determined that the average cruise length was 7 nights. You were then assigned 'bonus points' based on the number of cruises you had completed. Our two cruises netted us ONE additional bonus point. The problem with the 7 points per cruise calculation is that people who
  4. I was reading the comments from the OP's link and realized there's always something new you need to pack in your luggage!
  5. Indeed! I just knew that it was an RC ship based in Baltimore. I didn't realize that there was a ship prior to Grandeur. Thanks for the info!
  6. Since we were swindled out of one of our C&A points when RC went from counting cruises by single points to counting by total cruise nights (currently sitting at 22 points for some inexplicable reason ), we'll be one point shy of Platinum after our December sailing on the Oasis. I was thinking that one of the short jaunts on the Grandeur to Bermuda would be a perfect lower cost way to bump out of Gold a bit earlier than we could otherwise afford. Our first trip on Grandeur, back before they stretched her, was memorable in that when the luggage arrived at the stateroom, we discovered
  7. Be careful with steaming a wool suit. Inexperience may result in the permanent loss of proper pant leg creasing as well as severe pucker damage to the coat if the canvassing is fused (very common) instead of stitched (more expensive garments).
  8. We spent a couple of years gifting each other with various pieces of Briggs and Riley luggage. The larger pieces came with removable mini garment bags that fit into the lids of the suitcases. That was over 10 years ago. Now they build the garment bag into the suitcase. Not cheap but it comes with a lifetime guarantee against ANY damage, just pay the shipping to return it to the manufacturer. I used that guarantee before our cruise earlier this month when a corner of the suitcase blew out on a previous trip . I discovered it a couple of months before the cruise date. They turned it aroun
  9. Here in 'The Land of Pleasant Living', we have no problem with height restrictions!
  10. Reviving an old thread here. Excluding suite guests and Pinnacle types, complimentary breakfast locations on OOTS include: MDR Windjammer Johnny Rockets Wipeout Cafe Park Cafe Sorrento's (technically not breakfast but ...) Room Service Did I miss any? Also, does the Solarium Cafe become a fee venue at night?
  11. This is how you find me on a Sea Day. Starboard in the Windjammer, in this instance.
  12. 20 minutes to The Quest on the Jewel. It's formal night but I've been in shorts and a long sleeve polo since after dinner. Sparse crowd in the Safari Club but people are trickling in. Edit: Aaaand, the second show just let out. The joint is filling up nicely! Nearly packed now. Second edit: Wow!
  13. Just to close this out, the pack and play, though smaller than he's used to, was large enough for him to move around. We pulled the sofa forward and put the crib between it and the wall. The cabin steward congratulated our layout, saying that despite his recommendation to do it like that, most folks ignore him and put the crib in front of the sofa, rendering it unusable for seating. The room darkening curtains attached to the ceiling with small, strong magnets from Amazon and clipped to the wall with (barely sufficient strength) dollar store magnetic clips, create a tiny bedroom for the little
  14. There are two Freestyle machines on the Jewel of the Seas. They are located on the starboard side of the Windjammer, all the way aft. Rare was the time they both worked but we always got our refills (as long as the Windjammer was open). Come to think of it, the two soft ice cream machines were on the port side of the Windjammer and only one worked the entire cruise as well. The ice cream line was usually long but it moved quickly.
  15. Haven't had much opportunity to follow many threads. Here's our superior balcony stateroom 9536 on the Jewel of the Seas out of San Juan on March 4th. The extra length and width is making our son in law jealous as their cabin just ahead of the forward elevators is shorter and narrower. Heh, even the safe is larger!
  16. No Sorrento's on the Jewel of the Seas but a late night pizza and bistro in the Solarium yielded a fairly edible offering. Here's the veggie pizza. The lady gave me the whole pizza at my request (albeit grudgingly) on my tray that I brought from home.
  17. I skipped the Red Velvet cake (not a huge fan) but scored last night and tonight in the MDR with the savory bites! Chalton, our waiter, managed to scrounge some but the supply, as you can see, is dwindling. Back to the topic, our cabin door pic as well.
  18. We're sitting in the Jewel's Windjammer right now, waiting for them to open the cabins so we can do the same. No honey stung chicken though 
  19. After much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth, the decision was to reserve the first night's meal only and eat at Chops. The rest of the trip will be in the MDR. Question. If I booked Chops through the Cruiser Planner and specified time and date, do I still need to drop in after boarding or am I all set for a delicious steak (or three!) on night 1?
  20. The website for Blackbeard's Castle says they are closed until later this year due to the hurricane. I had planned to swim in one of the pools.
  21. Unless something like a major holiday takes place during a 7 night cruise of course, then Formal Nights take place on Days 2 and 6, usually? I ask because we're still considering the BOGO and that means Formal Night in the specialty restaurant if it's really on Day 2.
  22. Agreed, @melski94 . I only included the RC excursion because it mirrored what we'd do if we didn't do Le Galion. I came across one Le Galion review from this month that only said "utter devastation" but I lost the link to it or I'd have posted it here. Orient Beach reviews from Jan and Feb '18 are mostly positive in that the many commercial enterprises are not back yet so the beach is cleaner and more primitive, more like 20 years ago but there are SOME amenities. Based on whatever information we can gather by then, I think it will be a game time call for us when we step off the Jewel
  23. Hey Matt, I read the blog and it sounds very interesting but I'm not sure it's right for a first time visit. Would you mind comparing that experience with the Great Beach excursion offered by RC? We will be 4 adults, (one who greatly prefers shallow, calm water) and a 2 year old boy who loves to splash. The prospect of the town, right off of Great Beach is interesting vs. the equally enticing prospect of visiting a remote, locally preferred beach. The RCI excursion is $29 pp. Thanks!
  24. If we're ever on the same cruise, I am SO cutting in front of you guys in the Windjammer!
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