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  1. About the only place you can enjoy one on the ship is the designated smoking area on the pool deck. Don't expect any high-end cigars in any of the shops near the docks in Nassau. But you can make your way up to Graycliff and tour their facility and purchase some from there.
  2. I searched the roll call forum and did not find this cruise, so wanted to start a thread for those of us that will be on this sailing. It will be my wife and I, along with my mother and her friend. We'll be traveling from South Carolina and cant wait to see the beauty that Alaska has to offer. Been on a few cruises, but never to Alaska....and anytime its brought up, everyone raves about the stunning scenery. Feel free to introduce yourselves and lets keep our fingers crossed that this sailing will go without any issues. Also, if you have been before please feel free to give any thoughts or suggestions about lodging/transportation in Seattle, along with any recommendations for things to do or see in the ports. Would love to hear some first hand info from RCB forum members. Thanks, Gene-o-vanelli
  3. It looks like my wife and I might be on this sailing too... waiting on our confirmation about using our FCC's on this sailing, and cabin selection.
  4. Not trying to start a vax / anti-vax debate.... but in all my reading I still have not found a coherent response to the question: If you are vaccinated, why do you feel 'at risk' around un-vaccinated? I completely understand the argument that an un-vaxxed person can spread it to another un-vaxxed person, etc... but given the guidance RCL just issued about segregating the groups for certain events and dining, that just seems a little bit overboard. (look... I made a pun!) ?
  5. GMA says 'chaos'... everyone remotely interested in the cruising world looking for said chaos...
  6. ^^^^THIS^^^^^ If you are fully vaccinated on a cruise, why would you worry about the people around you and if they have or have not vaccinated? I totally understand the optics of how the media is going to spin it as soon as one person tests positive on a cruise. I am just wondering how it will look if they report an outbreak on a fully vaccinated cruise.... vs. an outbreak on a mixed cruise with both vax and unvaxxed. I know either way the media will spin it to make it sound bad... but I think that the public would start to question things a lot more if there were positive cases reported on a vaxxed only cruise.
  7. I use the walmart vs. target analogy all the time to describe the difference between the two cruise lines. i.e... you can get the same goods and or services from either... but the service, facilities, and the customer base is slightly different... along with the price to reflect that. I've done 3 Carnival cruises and 4 RCL cruises.... and given the choice I would pick RCL every time. But also... would I not go on a carnival cruise with friends and family just because it was 'Carnival'?? not at all... I'd pack my bag just the same, no matter what cruise line... its still a cruise and you will still have fun. But, overall.... on RCL it seems everything is just a little bit better.... the food, the service, your ship mates, etc.... but just like everything else... your mileage may vary from ship to ship and company to company. I'd be willing to bet, once the Carnival Mardi Gras starts sailing.... there will be quite a few RCL members giving her a test drive. (I know I want to check her out.)
  8. We were supposed to be on this one.... but opted to lift and shift to 2022. Fingers crossed for you and hope that she is able to sail.
  9. You might have a slightly better chance in August.... ours was early July. Either way... fingers crossed for all cruising to start up sooner rather then later.
  10. Well.... Alaska is off the table for us... we thought about holding out to the bitter end and hope that there was still a chance for AK to be a go.... but there was just too many signs saying it most likely wont happen... even with all the pressure on the CDC. Also... what kind of cruise would it really be with all the potential restrictions and rules etc. So we bit the bullet and have lifted ours to 2022. The countdown is on again.... for the 3rd time.
  11. Agreed with the above statements.... we've been twice to Coco Cay and the layout is so well done that you never feel overly crowded. We haven't gone to the water park, and have heard mixed things about the crowds there, which really leads me to believe that the water park crowds can vary greatly depending on the time year, the ship, the make up of the passengers, etc. Such as, if its summer vacation with a ship full of families, prob going to be a little more crowded than in the middle of winter with schools in session. But also.... time of day can vary greatly.... I think @Matt did a review or video a while back about that. (I think it was matt anyway). But I remember them saying that it seemed that after lunch, the lines at the water park were non-existent as everyone wants to go ASAP as soon as the ship docks... and then after lunch people start to get tired or start to go back to the ship, etc. Also, welcome to the board!
  12. Both are awesome.... you cant go wrong with either choice. If you haven't been on either one, you wont be disappointed. Personally, I'm a sucker for getting the most bang for my buck... so if it was me, I would go with the cheaper of the two options as you will basically be getting the same experience with both ships in general. Plus then you can use that savings for another cruise or as fun money while on the cruise. ? But, as mentioned before... take into account all in costs as well... such as transportation to and from the port. That could sway your decision depending on your location. Enjoy and keep your fingers crossed for cruising to get started again soon.
  13. I like the change of pace from the usual placement and size. While I think they could of done something more creative and possibly keep some of the classic elements... it seems RCL doesn't move to far from the norm, too fast.... despite them being trail blazers in mega ships. Go figure?
  14. We've started tossing around the idea of flying up and spending a week exploring ourselves.
  15. So Royal is expecting to have an 'update' tomorrow, the 12th, regarding the Canada situation.... one would hope and wish they would just go ahead and give everyone on effected cruises the same options to cancel, refund, credit, and/or L&S just as if the cruises were officially cancelled. But I have a feeling the update is going to be just more hot air about how they are reviewing all options and will keep us up to date with more info in the future.... blah blah blah. Been emailing our TA about L&S already..... told her that if they do officially cancel... here's the option for L&S we'd like to move to. But we'll see what Royal has to say about it tomorrow.
  16. Now, we'll still prob. have to wait weeks and weeks for RCL to respond with cancellations.
  17. Most likely the same thing her friend is thinking.... except her friend looks way more excited! LOL
  18. Bloody Mary for 1st breakfast Irish Coffee for 2nd breakfast VRB (vodka redbull) for the lull Long island iced tea for 1st lunch pina colada for 2nd lunch (water... lots of water) Coconut mojito lava flow for the down time Wine with first dinner beer with 2nd dinner ask bartender to surprise me before entertainment (water.... lots of water.... and more water) old fashioned gatorade sleep.... shower... repeat. CHEERS! ?
  19. I can pack my bags and be at Port Canaveral in about 5 hours... lets do this! ?
  20. Pro Tip: if you are on an Oasis class ship that also has a Wonderland restaurant (i.e. Harmony OTS) .... they have a Bar above the dining area that you can get drinks from without actually having to go and dine at wonderland. Our bartender knew what he was doing!!!! We had the UDP and made it a point to go see him almost every night! Made us some of the best drinks on and off menu!! A definite hidden gem of a place to get drinks. Also.... Wonderland was a very neat experience too! (if you are into new and different things) But if you are the kind of person that gets Chicken tenders and fries, everywhere you go... best not waste your money on the dinner. Otherwise, well worth it and cant wait to go again!
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