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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
  16. @wstephensi and @mworkman OMG. And here it was just the time issue that worried me! So if the side eye, eye rolling, or the “mother look” can also be an issue well I am sunk because if there is anything a Belle can do it’s to let you know exactly what we think of you and everything else on the planet with just our eyes in half a second if someone is going to put me in a penalty box for “a look” then I definitely need to avoid CA (as should Mrs. @wstephensi ). Or maybe I should take my CA brother-in-law with me. My only question is something I think I may already know the answ
  17. Oh, great, I will go back and check that one! I don’t know much about the Ovation, I will look it up. We had already decided to use MEI this time around as we didn’t get to the last time mostly due to an email glitch on my side. I like Vancouver fine, although not the entry from the exhaust filled basement level parking deck, but that in and out with the passport in the airport and disembarking is just a giant pain no matter how you look at it (even with the passport app).
  18. Oh no It was such an amazing place in 1976. I was there at an academic camp at perhaps the oddest college in the world (Evergreen State in Olympia, WA). I loved everything about it - the people, the air, the flora and fauna, and the boys (I cannot lie). The tag end of the yippies (for those born recently that is not a spelling error) came through while I was there; they were unlike any of the people I had encountered to that point in my young life and I was mesmerized by the entire experience. Like so many other things from the past, maybe it is best just to leave that memory a memory.
  19. Thanks for the information everyone! The one thing that I didn’t think about was the moving hotel to hotel that Ashley mentioned, I can see how that would be kind of chaotic. Part of what we loved about our last cruise there is that I found this great hotel that had basically a nice 2 br 2 ba condo and we stayed 5 nights using that as a base and making some day trips. As much as we enjoyed Vancouver, and it was a blast, it was not a great deal of fun flying in and flying out bc of passport issues – and the access to the port was not the easiest. But all or most of the RCCL AK cruises hav
  20. So as we are a couple of weeks from the next cruise, I am getting the itch to get something nailed down for 2020 (even though we are also booked for Thanksgiving 2019, it is an illness ). The last time to AK was beyond amazing and maybe the best vacation of our lives, but then we were in the Haven on an NCL ship and had the most wonderful perks (like watching glacier chunks float by as I showered or the top deck viewing for the glacier in the inlet with warmed blankets while being served hot chocolate or coffee). We spent a week post cruise in Vancouver and it was also amazing. So it will be
  21. I never did before this year, but got one for the cruise we did with my sister in Jan, I have one for the Grandeur sailing at the end at the end of this month (it’s a ship’s wheel with our surname), and then I have one ready for the ‘19 Thanksgiving cruise with all our names and a happy birthday one for hubby. I had all of them made it at Etsy. But note that the first one that I got did not attach to the NCL Haven cabin door I am now prepared with command strips!
  22. A person can dream... for about 10 minutes
  23. To be sure of the details here ..... do you mean that you get points for the days you do the land portion (in addition to the cruise days) or that there is an extra point tacked into the entire trip (e.g., 3 pts per day in a suite). I would guess the former, but it wasn’t clear so I thought I would check to be sure! Always looking to maximize - NCL gives an extra point for some sailings, we got 3 pts per night in the Haven when we sailed to AK in June, but I have never seen one from RCCL where that was offered. @deep1 the topics here are all pretty hot, there are a lot of
  24. As @twangster explained so well, the ability of spouses to link accounts can be very valuable! I learned about the importance of this perk through a couple we met on a cruise. We sailed on the Allure and they invited us to share their Cabana (we had “met” the wife through a roll call and then in person during a cabin crawl). She is Diamond Plus snd is cruising at least monthly, but he hardly cruises. She retired, but he is still working and so she had started cruising alone and often (occasionally with a friend) in inside cabins. So she had really racked up points while he was home working to
  25. I’ve already said this in a recent tips thread I know, but we take a couple of plastic food prep containers with clear lids (the kind that can be thrown away before you leave). Room service is fine, but the items tend to be greasy and that isn’t what I want later in the evening. It’s not that I care about taking the dishes for the venue, but the food that I am taking is for a small snack for later and so the lid really matters because (1) the lid keeps the food from the kind of sliding / spIlling you would get if using a plate {important unless your cabin is somehow next to the buffet!)
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