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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Going to try Grandeur before she moves -- have some questions   
    Excellent!! We don't need a handicap room for DD, she is not confined to the wheelchair, it's for safety, & to get around more quickly (she has CP, but can walk, just slowly & has balance issues).  Don't need the roll in shower, a shower chair does fine, & the Jr Suite has the tub, which is better. For the Izumi entrance, even if there was a step or 2 at the end, we'd manage, but glad to see the ramp.  Also, with Hot Rocks, might get to actually eat there (instead of just doing the sushi class) -- DH doesn't care for sushi, & younger DD is gluten free, so Hot Rocks might be safer than Hibachi.  
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    MaryCS62 reacted to twangster in Going to try Grandeur before she moves -- have some questions   
    Some Grandeur pictures in this older trip blog from 2017.
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/6453-recap-grandeur-9-night-bermuda-bahamas-august-2017/
    Park Cafe has sandwiches, salads and pizza at times such as late night.  
    This picture of the VCL is taken from the starboard side ramp up to Izumi (port side has stairs to Izumi):

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    MaryCS62 reacted to Matt in Oh The Onion...   
    "Cruise Ship Sound System Reports Widespread Feeling Of Hot Hot Hot" ?
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from H1UBS in My Time Dining on Quantum - Drinks question   
    My time Dining is going to be in two of the 4 main dining rooms that Quantum has -- assuming it is the same as on Anthem
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from KristiZ in Why bring water?   
    You can bring on UNOPENED prepackaged food -- so a fresh jar of PB&J should be fine.  The mini fridge in your room isn't truly cold, but even though you are supposed to refrigerate opened jars of jelly, there's too much sugar in them to go bad if you keep them reasonably cool.   Bread might be a problem to bring on board, unless it's in a vacuum sealed package, but unless he's super picky about bread too, just bring some sandwich baggies on board & pick up bread at the windjammer (buffet restaurant).  Keep in mind that you cannot bring food OFF the ship unless it is still in sealed packaging (ie, no making him a PBJ & taking it off the ship with you).
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Rachelle in Favorite Drink To Order   
    My DH ordered a Blue Moon (beer) at Chops when we had Embarkation day lunch back in May of last year. Waiter misheard, brought him Bourbon -- he decided to try it, although he's not a bourbon drinker, then had to tell the waiter, "Nope, I want my Blue Moon".  Luckily, we had the drink package, so it didn't cost him anything to try...
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Mark B in Attire for specialty restuarants   
    Same as it is any other night -- we prefer go with smart casual for both -- long pants & a polo shirt or button down dress shirt, ( for men, dress or dressy slacks for women
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Personal reusable straws   
    We bought the silicone ones -- DD is disabled, & uses a straw cup normally -- in fact, we bring a few of her own cups (tervis type, with a straw hole) for sodas & other thin liquids like that, because it is safer for her to drink out of a covered cup.  When we get her mocktails, it is also easier for her to use a silicon or plastic straw, so we have a couple of extras that we bring around.  Of course, her wheelchair supports a few bags on the handles, so it's not that much of a hassle to bring the cups, straws, etc with us around the ship.  
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from SSprouse in Cancelling some passengers in a cabin and handicap accessible rooms   
    DD is handicapped -- CP, can walk, but uses a wheelchair on the cruise for safety & because she's not very fast ?. We request a shower chair for her, (it's a basic, small stool size one -- something like this --  https://www.amazon.com/HEALTHLINE-Adjustable-Non-Slip-Bathroom-Disabled/dp/B073VS8B4T/ref=sr_1_44?keywords=small+shower+stool+no+back&qid=1573312635&s=hpc&sr=1-44) because she is unsteady at the best of times, and if the ship is rocking at all, she will fall.  At least on Adventure, there are grab bars in the showers, which I myself need, and handheld shower heads.  I use a cane, myself, & use that to steady myself for getting in and out of the shower, for stability.
    Just ask your TA (or call Royal if you are booking yourself) & ask them to attach the request to your reservation. If it's not there when you get to your cabin, just ask your room steward to get it for you.  
    You probably wouldn't have any luck getting a handicap accessible cabin anyway -- they go very quickly, because people who do genuinely need them tend to book as soon as possible -- 1-2 years out.  Those, I believe, are roll in showers, for wheelchair users.
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    MaryCS62 reacted to YOLO in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    I for one would actually start gambling on cruise ships if the casinos were entirely smoke free.  So I wonder how many current gamblers would quit and how many new ones would start...
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from raahc in First time using magnetic hooks   
    Those look like the ones we bought.  We used them for hats, our lanyards (for seapass cards), small evening bag, & to hold our over-door shoe bag holder to the wall. I think we got at least 2 bags of those, plus the magnetic clip type https://www.amazon.ca/ACCO-Magnetic-Clips-2-Inch-5050571613/dp/B007Z7KTVQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=magnetic+clip&qid=1572896474&sr=8-6
    The clips were good for a few things too, but I mainly liked to use one to hold an old credit type card to put in the slot that keeps the lights on-- we just hung it right there, & popped the card in and out as we came in/left.  You can also clip your cruise compass on the wall for easy reference
    A lot of the walls are magnetic too, not just the ceiling, so there are many places to use them
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from whitsmom in First time using magnetic hooks   
    Those look like the ones we bought.  We used them for hats, our lanyards (for seapass cards), small evening bag, & to hold our over-door shoe bag holder to the wall. I think we got at least 2 bags of those, plus the magnetic clip type https://www.amazon.ca/ACCO-Magnetic-Clips-2-Inch-5050571613/dp/B007Z7KTVQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=magnetic+clip&qid=1572896474&sr=8-6
    The clips were good for a few things too, but I mainly liked to use one to hold an old credit type card to put in the slot that keeps the lights on-- we just hung it right there, & popped the card in and out as we came in/left.  You can also clip your cruise compass on the wall for easy reference
    A lot of the walls are magnetic too, not just the ceiling, so there are many places to use them
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    MaryCS62 reacted to Baked Alaska in Confused on what drinks I can bring   
    Or 4 Sundrop, 4 Royal Crown Cola, and 2 Cheerwine, and 2 grape Nehi (for Radar O'Reilly)
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from ChessE4 in Setting Seapass spend limits for kids   
    My DD's first cruise (she was just shy of 17) -- DH & I didn't want to give her "unlimited" spending privileges, so we did not assign a credit card to her account.  Instead, we put cash down (can't remember how much) & told her she was free to spend it, but when it was gone, that was it.  It freed her to buy a souvenir, order a mocktail (she only had the soda package), etc if we weren't around. You will be able to see what's spent on your TV in your room -- you can' check the onboard account daily.
     2 caveats with  using cash -- 1) I think you can overspend by a certain amount before they shut the account down completely, so keep that in mind --  but you can also add money to it throughout the cruise if you start with a small amount.
    2) On the last night, you have to go to Guest Services to close down the account & get any monies back, and there can be a long line for that.
     
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Brobbins246 in Your funniest cruise story   
    Our first cruise (honeymoon, over 30 years ago) the same day we went to Labadee was also formal night, and at that time that really did mean dressing up -- I wore a nice dress, hose, heels, etc, DH had his suit.  However, on Labadee, he DID NOT put on any sunscreen, and ended up with a terrible sunburn, especially on his lower legs.  I ended up having to put cold cloths on his legs and ankles just to bring the swelling down.  That night, he was in agony wearing his suit pants, so as soon as we were done with dinner, he went back to the room to put on "dress shorts", and wore those with his dress shirt, tie & suit jacket to the Midnight Chocolate buffet ?.
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    MaryCS62 reacted to ChessE4 in Traveling with Senior/ Need good mix of easy activites and adventurous stuff for me!   
    You go through the Cruise Planner, although it takes a little digging to find the link - I think the font is a light color or something.  The brochure is based on a particular cruise/sail date.
    Other than that, you can always search for cruises by port and then select a link for excursions.  That isn't the same thing, though.
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Dining @ Restaurants & Drinks Package combo   
    Just a caveat with Starbucks -- on O class ships, with a free standing Starbucks kiosk, you CANNOT use the DBP for coffees, etc.  Any other class ship, that serves Starbucks brand as their specialty coffee, you can use the DBP
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Kanelbulle in Dining @ Restaurants & Drinks Package combo   
    Just a caveat with Starbucks -- on O class ships, with a free standing Starbucks kiosk, you CANNOT use the DBP for coffees, etc.  Any other class ship, that serves Starbucks brand as their specialty coffee, you can use the DBP
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from IRMO12HD in The Key on sale on my cruise   
    I looked at my sailing next July, & it's $24.99/person/day = $1000 for the cruise. Really can't justify it, especially since one of our 4 won't use internet.  The only thing I would really like is the embarkation day lunch & the carry on bag drop off -- but I would be leary of handing over the things I put in carry on -- medications, jewelery, important papers. We were already getting 3 device Voom (don't need streaming) for $36/day (total $360), and I did notice it went down to $ 31.50/day, so I grabbed that savings.  Between that and the "oops" beverage package, we've saved quite a bit.
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Mmcrawford in Cruising with mobility issues (bathrooms)   
    DD is handicapped (Cerebral Palsy) & we use a wheelchair when we cruise because it is safer for her, & faster for us (she can walk, but has poor balance, so crowds are dangerous and is very slow). She is not very tall(5'1") so I can't speak to the height issue.  For safety's sake, we ask for a shower chair for the shower stall, this might help your wife so that she doesn't have to balance.  Also, while we didn't use this, there is also the option of a toilet seat riser, which is basically something that's about 6-8 inches high (I think, don't quote me on that) that sits on top of the seat & makes it easier for those who need extra leverage for sitting/standing from the toilet.  Just fill out the special needs form 
    https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/allaboutcruising/guestSpecialNeeds.do
    You can specify what things you might need.  
    Also, you don't mention which ship you are on, but find out if there are any family restrooms, in case she will need assistance while you are not in your cabin -- even using the handicap stall can be a challenge, even when you are just the one assisting the person who needs it.
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Neesa in Alternate places to eat   
    To be honest, you don't need a "party dress" -- I can't do dresses anymore (can't wear heels/hose), so I have dressy palazzo pants & nice blouses for "formal" nights -- but if you want to wear a sundress, or slacks & a nice blouse, you won't be out of place.  I also own a few maxi length sleeveless dresses that I just throw a shrug over -- takes up very little space, and jewelry dresses it up enough for me.  Go to formal night neatly dressed -- you'll be fine!
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from DebAtSea in Alternate places to eat   
    To be honest, you don't need a "party dress" -- I can't do dresses anymore (can't wear heels/hose), so I have dressy palazzo pants & nice blouses for "formal" nights -- but if you want to wear a sundress, or slacks & a nice blouse, you won't be out of place.  I also own a few maxi length sleeveless dresses that I just throw a shrug over -- takes up very little space, and jewelry dresses it up enough for me.  Go to formal night neatly dressed -- you'll be fine!
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from kittysoul in Cruising with mobility issues (bathrooms)   
    You will also find that most people will go out of their way to assist you (holding doors, letting you go first, etc) so just accept it with thanks, and pay it forward when you can. A few times, our last cruise, it was just the 2 of us going back to the cabin, and u also have mobility problems, and found that it was very difficult to open the cabin door enough to get her in -- it fit, but the doors are VERY heavy, the corridor is somewhat narrow, and it can be a challenge. A few times, I just asked people walking down our hallway to hold the door for me while I maneuvered her in.
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Cruising with mobility issues (bathrooms)   
    You will also find that most people will go out of their way to assist you (holding doors, letting you go first, etc) so just accept it with thanks, and pay it forward when you can. A few times, our last cruise, it was just the 2 of us going back to the cabin, and u also have mobility problems, and found that it was very difficult to open the cabin door enough to get her in -- it fit, but the doors are VERY heavy, the corridor is somewhat narrow, and it can be a challenge. A few times, I just asked people walking down our hallway to hold the door for me while I maneuvered her in.
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    MaryCS62 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Cruising with mobility issues (bathrooms)   
    DD is handicapped (Cerebral Palsy) & we use a wheelchair when we cruise because it is safer for her, & faster for us (she can walk, but has poor balance, so crowds are dangerous and is very slow). She is not very tall(5'1") so I can't speak to the height issue.  For safety's sake, we ask for a shower chair for the shower stall, this might help your wife so that she doesn't have to balance.  Also, while we didn't use this, there is also the option of a toilet seat riser, which is basically something that's about 6-8 inches high (I think, don't quote me on that) that sits on top of the seat & makes it easier for those who need extra leverage for sitting/standing from the toilet.  Just fill out the special needs form 
    https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/allaboutcruising/guestSpecialNeeds.do
    You can specify what things you might need.  
    Also, you don't mention which ship you are on, but find out if there are any family restrooms, in case she will need assistance while you are not in your cabin -- even using the handicap stall can be a challenge, even when you are just the one assisting the person who needs it.
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