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  1. Doesn’t seem a lot different from Golden Coral to me (or Ryan’s, or ...). We go if we are forced, only. But the sugar-free lemon cookies are worth a quick run through
  2. Good info! There are also some good prices on Oasis for fall - we paid a good bit less than usual for the crown loft on Oasis for November (too many cruises reserved lately so I don’t want to mislead by not being accurate on the price - seems like low 4’s. EDIT - I knew that I should not rely on my memory with 4 cruises in the hopper - I checked and the crown loft (sea view balcony) with taxes/fees was just under 3k each (2 of us booked). Pretty “suite” deal
  3. I had offers last year that I had no time to take, but there has been nothing during this crisis (and that has been a bit surprising). We’ve got so many booked through the fall and spring that I don’t think I would have any time for any free cruises (same thing that happened to us last year when we had more cruise opportunities than time to go). On the positive side, I did get to finally use some of those MyVEGAS points for OBC’s!
  4. There is a bed and breakfast that we love, we look forward to sailing out the MD port because we will be staying there - Rachael’s Dowry. I get so weary of all the corporate hotel chains that look alike these day, this is an amazing change with very personalized service. It’s practically next door to the stadium in a beautiful and historical neighborhood, it is close to the casino and everything else downtown, and the inn keeper Linda is friendly and gracious. We stayed with her the first time on a trip where a conveyor belt breakdown in Atlanta caused quite a delay in four pieces of ou
  5. Sometimes it is tough to find anything other than a certain kind of tour in a port - like snorkeling1, snorkeling2, etc. We like variety but it is hard to find sometimes. And for whatever reason RCL does a pretty lack luster job at given more than the most barebones, vague info on any of their offerings. That means I often lean toward 3rd petty tour operators to get more info and some reviews.
  6. Lovely! I had not really considered combining the two but it might be a nice way to spend a long day. One thing I have wondered about is that every time I look at the Tortola beaches they seems to have much stronger surf than the waters of St. Thomas (although I can’t say why that would be the case); not as strong as Hawaii but rougher water. Is that the case?
  7. We lost two cruises to this pandemic and had enough $ in FCC we were anxious to book. We found a nice repositioning cruise in April 2021 and then yesterday an Eastern Caribbean for 10/31. But I don’t want to end up with 3 beach days (I am fair, plus that is a lot of repetition). For the beach day we would like a lack of crowds if possible, clear and warm water, and relatively painless access (distance wise and otherwise). The competition for beach vs. non-beach is between: 1. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - 8am - 5pm - in the past I had decided on Linguist beach on our
  8. Hey you . I have never understood why non-cruisers are often so negative about cruising. The comments I saw online in various places like YouTube vlogs you would have thought cruise lines were possibly spies for N. Korea and everyone who worked for one should be hung. It was truly ridiculous. I am just not sure about it’s origin.
  9. Just wanted to stop back by to say that I appreciate the warmth and welcome many of you have offered since I found the wonderful resource last year. I also appreciate the information shared and hope that I occasionally added to that wealth of knowledge. @SpeedNoodles , my twin, I surely hope to see you he day on the high seas. Happy sailing to you all
  10. My point was, partly, that the same could have been said about @BB1 (his count showed 5 and he had posted 4 on that one thread) but you had welcomed him. And many people here make complaints with support. I don’t know either of them, but the intensity from the responses seemed far stranger to me than the commentary from the OP. But it surely isn’t a surprise the OP wouldn’t have returned. It was simply unclear to me how one was superior to the other or whether it was just the fact that I was the one who posed the question that was the real problem. But then it’s clear I am not viewed as wor
  11. Thanks, that’s great information! I really wish it was available on our upcoming Grandeur and Adventure cruises, it is so nice not to have to deal with luggage until you reach your home airport (although it does require some creativity to figure out how to get through the last morning of the cruise with only the amount of liquid allowed in a carry on )
  12. I have never had any quarrel with you and don’t know of any quarrel that you have with me, so I only wish to clarify - are you saying that anyone who has any negative comment or opinion about anything related to Royal should go elsewhere (cruise line and board wise)? I had really thought all honest, genuine opinions of those who sail once or often on RCCL were allowed and welcomed here. I do so hope that is the case, after all there are complaints in this thread and many others and often from very loyal Royal cruisers - either way, I definitely want to know if it’s not. I believe that
  13. That is true, NCL’s benefits for the equal loyalty level are really a great deal better in my opinion. Hubby and I recently been having an ongoing conversation about whether we should stick with our decision to remain primarily with RCCL. And loyalty rewards are definitely a part of the calculation (as are associated lines, typical cruise perks, variety of routes, etc.). And honestly this Key issue is becoming a part of the calculation since we like the suites (but why is long-winded and another issue). We have two cruises currently booked with RCCL for 2019 and we really like rccl, but our c
  14. To be honest, I agree with @Pima1988 that it could very easily become a problem. There are people who take a cruise to drink and party, but there are as many who hope for some peace. The Bungalows are very close together, I can’t imagine music would not be heard by neighbors unless it is extremely low (and who takes a speaker who is intending to play it that low?). And while I could go talk to someone who was interrupting our day (not an inexpensive one I might add), it would not make my vacation better that I had to deal with that (especially since too many adults become defensive or even an
  15. A. It’s a vacation.... me do the cleaning?! Heck, I don’t do major versions of “housekeeping”in my own home, def not going to do it on a break. B. If I made to eat any meal at WJ then I will find a new way to vacation; to me most of the food is exactly like the food found in the chain buffet restaurants (refer to the postings from @Fuzzywuzzy @Pima1988 and @WAAAYTOOO for additional details on this). Once when cruising with my husband and my sister, they both decided that they needed a nap late in the afternoon The short version of the end of the story is that we were so late
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