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  1. I'm hoping to do a Greece cruise in October 2021 for my honeymoon. Do we have an idea of which ship might be sailing from Rome (not Venice) to Santorini, Athens, and Mykonos? I am very curious even though I know the itineraries will be announced later this year.
  2. I think 1 con would be overcrowding of diamond lounges. They are already crowded to begin with and it would just get worse. Also, they would probably limit the free drinks during happy hour even more.
  3. I love your positive outlook when embarking on a cruise. Isn't is a great feeling when you first see your cruise as you arrive to the port? It always makes me extra excited. Looking forward to the rest of your recap.
  4. I have a friend who was the head of merchandising/shops on Disney Cruise Line. She said comments ended up being filtered to each department. She would reward her crew with a day off if they were specifically recognized for going above and beyond. Not sure if it works the same on Royal where comments are filtered to respective departments.
  5. Cruise #23: Harmony of the Seas, October 13. Almost a month out!
  6. Don't miss the muster drill. Don't miss Quest. Don't miss out on the cruise compass. Make sure to check what activities are being offered every day.
  7. I have almost always eaten dinner in the MDR. Maybe one night here or there at specialty. However, we are starting to explore the specialty dining options more since we are tired of the same menus in the MDR across the fleet. Last cruise we did the BOGO package and next month we booked the 3 night package. Especially with the larger ships, there are so many more options. Once in a blue moon we will even eat in the Windjammer due to shore excursions ending late.
  8. I have been cruising since I was very young. Adventure Ocean has always been my favorite kids program (as opposed to Carnival, Celebrity, and Holland America). Back then, we did arts and crafts, sports, scavenger hunts, watched movies, and played games. I never wanted to leave and I still have so much Adventure Ocean swag that I won. I even enjoyed the teens program on Royal Caribbean, too. You will receive an Adventure Ocean cruise compass every night in your cabin for your kids' age group for the day's activities.
  9. Two years ago on Allure, we were extended from 7 days to 10 days due to Hurricane Irma. They offered half off beverages on the extra days as well as half off specialty dining. They waived the dress codes at all the dining venues. They gave everyone free 30 minutes of internet access to contact home. You could also visit the conference room center to use the phone. I also think laundry was offered at a discount as well.
  10. I was on Allure of the Seas 2 years ago during Hurricane Irma. Our cruise was extended 3 days. Many people who had to get home got off at Jamaica, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. The next cruise after us was cut down to 4 days and was doing an overnight at Nassau. They were offering us the option to extend the 4 days for only a few hundred dollars since I assume people cancelled and they wanted to fill the cabins. We would have extended, but we had to return to work. I vlogged our entire cruise experience and provided updates along the way. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv_r2fFN5ypo4mccFqkBKKhAjDi_BQFw4
  11. Whenever taking cruises during hurricane season, you have to prepare for the possibility of itinerary changes. Two years ago during Hurricane Irma, my cruise was extended 3 days and the ports were constantly changing. We ended up stopping at Cozumel twice.
  12. This is super helpful! The menus look accurate especially on the formal nights. Now I can definitely pick and choose which dates to eat at specialty dining, as long as the reservations are available to suit my schedule.
  13. Yes, your child can order off the adult menu and you can order off the kids menu.
  14. Thanks for the answer. I was just curious. Maybe we will bump into each other on the cruise. I'll be walking around with a GoPro vlogging. 😊
  15. Hi! I am sailing on Harmony of the Seas on October 13 and I was wondering if there will be any Fall decorations around the ship? I sailed on Adventure of the Seas in early December 2018 and they were already decked out for the holidays. This is my first fall cruise and I was hoping to see at least some pumpkins or displays. I know the Halloween decorations will only be out for Halloween. Thanks!
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