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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Floski in Mattress Experiences   
    I'd settle for a mattress that stops me feeling the supporting "frame" underneath it!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from RestingBird in Mattress Experiences   
    I'd settle for a mattress that stops me feeling the supporting "frame" underneath it!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Xobertlab in Mattress Experiences   
    Hi All
     
    I find myself in turmoil and hope you can all help me out. We recently cruised on the Radiance and almost left the ship after the first night because the bed was SO bad! Firm would not begin to describe it. On top of this my wife has a bad back.
     
    When I was talking to management. Somebody in charge of Laundry. He explained that I should expect a harder (older) bed on a ship of this age. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. After a lot of arguments they were able to improve the situation but it was still the worse bed I've ever slept on and I've done a lot of camping.
     
    My question is. What experience do other people have on RCCL ships? Our first cruise was on Allure and that was one of the best beds I've slept on. We even looked at trying to buy one of those mattresses! They don't ship to Australia. http://www.royalcaribbeanbeddingcollection.com
     
    I was planning a Christmas cruise on Voyager but thats older ship then the Radiance. Can anyone tell me what the beds are like on the Voyager??
     
    Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to follow Master Matt's advice about booking my next cruise but unfortunately in Australia we only have older RCCL ships.
     
    Thanks
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Wliampl in Mattress Experiences   
    Hi All
     
    I find myself in turmoil and hope you can all help me out. We recently cruised on the Radiance and almost left the ship after the first night because the bed was SO bad! Firm would not begin to describe it. On top of this my wife has a bad back.
     
    When I was talking to management. Somebody in charge of Laundry. He explained that I should expect a harder (older) bed on a ship of this age. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. After a lot of arguments they were able to improve the situation but it was still the worse bed I've ever slept on and I've done a lot of camping.
     
    My question is. What experience do other people have on RCCL ships? Our first cruise was on Allure and that was one of the best beds I've slept on. We even looked at trying to buy one of those mattresses! They don't ship to Australia. http://www.royalcaribbeanbeddingcollection.com
     
    I was planning a Christmas cruise on Voyager but thats older ship then the Radiance. Can anyone tell me what the beds are like on the Voyager??
     
    Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to follow Master Matt's advice about booking my next cruise but unfortunately in Australia we only have older RCCL ships.
     
    Thanks
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from MylesDots in Mattress Experiences   
    Hi All
     
    I find myself in turmoil and hope you can all help me out. We recently cruised on the Radiance and almost left the ship after the first night because the bed was SO bad! Firm would not begin to describe it. On top of this my wife has a bad back.
     
    When I was talking to management. Somebody in charge of Laundry. He explained that I should expect a harder (older) bed on a ship of this age. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. After a lot of arguments they were able to improve the situation but it was still the worse bed I've ever slept on and I've done a lot of camping.
     
    My question is. What experience do other people have on RCCL ships? Our first cruise was on Allure and that was one of the best beds I've slept on. We even looked at trying to buy one of those mattresses! They don't ship to Australia. http://www.royalcaribbeanbeddingcollection.com
     
    I was planning a Christmas cruise on Voyager but thats older ship then the Radiance. Can anyone tell me what the beds are like on the Voyager??
     
    Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to follow Master Matt's advice about booking my next cruise but unfortunately in Australia we only have older RCCL ships.
     
    Thanks
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to Melbae9 in Mattress Experiences   
    On my Anthem cruise in October, our mattresses were so hard, it was almost unbearable. Our Navigator cruise in February had a pretty hard mattress as well, but we were in one of the new rooms on deck 12. I never had these problems on our first few cruises. 
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to LadyInJax in Mattress Experiences   
    Hi. Everyone. I realize this blog is old, but I am responding for anyone who would like to travel on one of these ships soon.  I have been on the below ships within the past 7 months.
     
    Freedom of the Seas (twice) - comfy bed in both our interior and balcony rooms
    Brilliance of the Seas - hard bed
    Enchantment of the Seas - hard bed
    Vision of the Seas - REALLY hard bed
     
    Freedom offers the most comfortable bedding of them all.  The other ships had beds that were hard as rocks!  My husband likes firm mattresses, but even he said they are too hard. Vision was so bad that we had over half a dozen extra pillows brought to our room, and we lined them up under the mattress pad.  I suggest that if you do go on one of these cruises, buy a portable foam mattress pad.  I got the Simmons Siesta Memory Foam Roll-up Bed recently, and I am going to bring it on my next cruise on the Oasis. I pray Oasis is better, but I am not taking any chances from now on.
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to Extra petite in Royal Wedding on Oasis Class   
    Oh wow! I had no idea the podcasts were there. I will get listening! :)
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Extra petite in Royal Wedding on Oasis Class   
    Only the best podcast ever! You have to listen to every ep if you've never cruised before!
    https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/royal-caribbean-blog-podcast/id685427740?mt=2
     
    That's the Australian link but it should work for you! Enjoy!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Matt in Royal Wedding on Oasis Class   
    Only the best podcast ever! You have to listen to every ep if you've never cruised before!
    https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/royal-caribbean-blog-podcast/id685427740?mt=2
     
    That's the Australian link but it should work for you! Enjoy!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Extra petite in Royal Wedding on Oasis Class   
    Congratulations Extra Petite!
    We had two hours of photography but he spent more time with us then that. Probably helped we were on a ship that didn't get a lot of weddings. There was only 4 of us (guess you call that a REALLY small group). We were also able to split the photos into two days which meant we all had to get dressed up twice but it allowed us to do outside shots on a beautiful day. 
     
    Our photographer was pretty good at what he did. He was very nice! I wouldn't call him a professional and some shots were disappointing, but others were great! Honestly, I could imagine some would be less experienced but I suspect the bigger ships that have A LOT more weddings would also have more experienced photographers. 
     
    My advice would be. Don't be afraid to speak up if you want a different location (they were very accommodating for us). Take the time of day into consideration (I even thought about the direction the ship was facing) and make sure he's taking the pictures at the highest resolution he can.
     
    Matt, perhaps Extra Petite could come on the show after the wedding?
     
    Good luck!
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to Extra petite in Royal Wedding on Oasis Class   
    Hi, is anyone able to offer advice on photography packages? I am getting married next month on oasis and not sure whether to upgrade the photography package. We are a small party, under 15 of us. Will one hour be enough for photos? I would like group shots after the ceremony and I would like photos in the different neighbourhoods of ship. Did you like your photos? I've read that they can be hit or miss. Any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Matt in Not a teen but not an "adult" either   
    Thanks for your replies everyone! I was hoping someone might've had someone or heard of someone who was able to go into the teen club as I feel she would be more comfortable in there (she's the oldest of all her friends).. Anyway I'll certainly ask when we get on-board. As Matt says "Worse they can do is say no!"
     
    Thanks again!
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Matt in Does Explorer have a thermal suite?   
    So it looks like its only the Radiance, Oasis and Quantum class ships that have thermal suites. I'm a little surprised and disappointed. 
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to jticarruthers in Dynamic Dining cancelled for the rest of the fleet   
    I started a little self conscious but over time have come to realize that its not a big deal. I actually find I am more active on a cruise than I am at home (pool, shore excursions, stairs, walking around the ship vs. desk job) so I really don't "blimp out" on the cruise. Not saying you should order two of everything, but an extra appetizer or entrée is not a big deal.
     
    As our waiter would say in response to every request on our last cruise "why not?"
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to Matt in Does Explorer have a thermal suite?   
    FWIW, they dont have a thermal suite on Freedom class.  It is on Oasis and Quantum class, however.
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from rekkie in Australian Travel Agent Needed!   
    Might do that Rekkie thanks! Do you have anyone specific you deal with?
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from rekkie in Australian Travel Agent Needed!   
    Thanks for your advice Matt but thats what lead me to ask the question.. Apparently customer service for TA in Australia is non-existent.
     
    I have to admit it isn't much fun trying to deal with RCCL over the phone here either. The VOIP lines they use sound like your trying to talk through two tin cans and some string!
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to rekkie in Australian Travel Agent Needed!   
    Book Ovation via ozcruising.com.au they have $100 deposits and give a small OBC as well.. The catch is they want a full payment by May 2016, however if you pay a little more in the deposit that is extended to October 2016
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to michelle in Opening Days for 2016-2017 Deployments   
    Hi All
     
    Sometimes the best days to book cruises are on the first few days the line
    opens them for booking - think Alaska is one of these for sure.  AS with all
    things they are subject to change.
     
    So here is the opening days you can book cruises with RCI for future dates
    Week of March 9th    - Summer/Fall Caribbean 2016 and Northeast and Canada
    Week of March 15th -  Europe and Alaska 2016
    Week of March 30th -  Winter Caribbean 2017 and Northeast
    Week of April 13th   -   Exotics and Australia
     
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from DocLC in Today I ...   
    We've cruised in Asia and Australia and everything is charged in US$. As far as what's a better deal, I think it depends if your credit card company charges an exchange fee. Mine doesn't, so it's always a better deal. The best way to go is to pay with US$ cash. If you have to use credit card some exchange services (in Australia) lets you buy foreign currancy on your credit card (no it's not considered a cash advance).
    Luke.
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Matt in Should I just book?   
    Hi Guys
     
    Like everybody I really want to book our next cruise! Only thing is we have a lot of personal obstacles which will mean we may not be able to go.
     
    So, should I just book anyway? What are the limitations to changing the booking later and how soon before the cruise can I change it without penalties?
     
    Also, we don't know if both our children will be able to cruise with us, if it's only one of them she will share a cabin with us. What would happen to the booking for the second cabin? Can we simply alter the booking so she's in our cabin or will we loose the deposit made on the second cabin?
     
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
     
    Luke
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Matt in Superior balcony room   
    Same! Currently looking for videos on Freedom after listening to your podcast made after its dry-dock!  :)
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    AussieCoasterKing reacted to bobroo in Superior balcony room   
    Check out YouTube to see if anyone has posted a video of your room. Search by ship name and room number. That way you can get a glimpse of what your room, or one that is close by; looks like.
     
    Susie and I always post videos of our room. We go through a lot of trouble to select our rooms and assume there are others that do the same.
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    AussieCoasterKing got a reaction from Perryhouse in Superior balcony room   
    If you have your cabin number you can even look it up on the Internet to ensure your happy with it. You will find a lot of information on locations to avoid on every ship. My must is to have cabins above and below us. This ensures noise is kept to a minimum.
     
    Welcome to cruising! Hopefully you find it as enjoyable as the rest of us!
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