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    vanelli56 got a reaction from Vancity Cruiser in Oasis of the Seas - what I wished I had known   
    Solarium and Solarium Bistro is your friend!
    The solarium is a great place to relax, and the bistro is highly underrated and usually under utilized for its meals. 
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from Neesa in What would you like to see?   
    Oh.... this may have to happen!!! As I am going with a group of guys who may or may not like to get into mischief.... typically good-natured mischief though. But yes.... If we come across any bridezillas... I will make sure to capture the meltdowns!!!! :-) 
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from Neesa in What would you like to see?   
    ***warning... I have been drinking tonight..... (cough, cough).... I mean... training for next week, so my typing may be a little off****
    🙂
    Ok folks... I am going to try my hand at filming and posting some video of my upcoming cruise on Harmony of the Seas. 
    We leave from Port Canaveral this sunday on Harmony for a week of fun in the sun. I love watching others vids on youtube and sites like these... so they have inspired me to try my luck at potentially making some sort of video myself. I have a few pet peeves regarding other vids I have watched... mainly the lack of STABILIZATION while filming. Nothing worst then watching someones review, and getting sea sick at home b/c they cant hold the camera still. With that.... when I plan to do something new, such as this.... i typically go a little overboard*. (*pun intended)  So in preparation I have invested in a few new toys.... including a gimbal and camera set up.
    But I digress.... I plan on just filming tons of footage, and then making a few different vids... perhaps a review of the ship... food, drinks, etc. But really, I would love to hear some other idea from the folks here. It seems there are tons of videos out there.... but what is something you would like to see? Is there something you have searched on youtube and just could not find a video for regarding cruising?
    I would love to make something new and different for everyone here. 
    Hopefully I can finally give back and help others... as they have helped me for previous cruises. 
    Post up what you would like to see!
    Thanks
    Gene-o 
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    vanelli56 reacted to DDemuth in What would you like to see?   
    … and so have I.  🤩  Your typing look fine, at least those parts which are in focus.  Please concentrate more on typing in focus so that the west of us,... I mean rest of us, can enjoy your post...  And you should see a doctor about that cough before you depart.  
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    vanelli56 reacted to TJ! in What would you like to see?   
    I was thinking of getting either a new phone or a camera for pictures and recordings too.
    I'm not too savvy when it comes to photography and was leaning more towards the new iphone 11 since im more familiar with all the functions on there.
    Not so much on the fancy cameras with weird symbols and what not haha.
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from PRebecca in What would you like to see?   
    Oh.... this may have to happen!!! As I am going with a group of guys who may or may not like to get into mischief.... typically good-natured mischief though. But yes.... If we come across any bridezillas... I will make sure to capture the meltdowns!!!! :-) 
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from Ala_Paul in WRINKLED CLOTHES- WHAT DO YOU DO?   
    Roll your clothes when packing if possible instead of folding...  and downy wrinkle release spray when you unpack.  Steam in bathroom can help some too. 
    You can make DIY wrinkle release spray too. It's basically watered down fabric softener.  Just google search and some instructions should pop up. 
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from WesKinetic in WRINKLED CLOTHES- WHAT DO YOU DO?   
    Roll your clothes when packing if possible instead of folding...  and downy wrinkle release spray when you unpack.  Steam in bathroom can help some too. 
    You can make DIY wrinkle release spray too. It's basically watered down fabric softener.  Just google search and some instructions should pop up. 
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    vanelli56 reacted to MelKaps in What would you like to see?   
    I have been vlogging my cruises since July 2017 (Youtube.com/Melkaps). People really enjoy our cruise ship and cabin tours. Another thing people like is to see what food is offered at the buffet. For my next cruise I will try to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, since I have only been able to catch lunch. Even though the food can change at the buffet, people want to know if there will be options for them.
    Another idea is to capture more of the daily activities. Not just the belly flop or quest, but examples include line dancing, napkin folding, and entertainment around the ship.
    Enjoy your cruise and good luck with the filming!
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from Kerry in What would you like to see?   
    Oh.... this may have to happen!!! As I am going with a group of guys who may or may not like to get into mischief.... typically good-natured mischief though. But yes.... If we come across any bridezillas... I will make sure to capture the meltdowns!!!! :-) 
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    vanelli56 reacted to Tim B. in What would you like to see?   
    That is truth there. Almost every cruise I have been on there is a bride in full bride garb waiting to get on the ship to get married. They normally look flustered and end up yelling at their bides maids. It's must see TV. So, if you see one of these situation please capture the tension as the group tries to get on the ship as well as all the Pinnacles and Suites members who are pushing forward to get on the ship too.  
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    vanelli56 reacted to Kerry in What would you like to see?   
    Can you crash a Royal Wedding and reception on board? 🤣 I swear there's a wedding on every single embarkation day at least, and there is just about zero resources for what it's like. "The first rule of Cruise Weddings is we don't talk about Cruise Weddings."
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    vanelli56 got a reaction from ellcee in What would you like to see?   
    ***warning... I have been drinking tonight..... (cough, cough).... I mean... training for next week, so my typing may be a little off****
    🙂
    Ok folks... I am going to try my hand at filming and posting some video of my upcoming cruise on Harmony of the Seas. 
    We leave from Port Canaveral this sunday on Harmony for a week of fun in the sun. I love watching others vids on youtube and sites like these... so they have inspired me to try my luck at potentially making some sort of video myself. I have a few pet peeves regarding other vids I have watched... mainly the lack of STABILIZATION while filming. Nothing worst then watching someones review, and getting sea sick at home b/c they cant hold the camera still. With that.... when I plan to do something new, such as this.... i typically go a little overboard*. (*pun intended)  So in preparation I have invested in a few new toys.... including a gimbal and camera set up.
    But I digress.... I plan on just filming tons of footage, and then making a few different vids... perhaps a review of the ship... food, drinks, etc. But really, I would love to hear some other idea from the folks here. It seems there are tons of videos out there.... but what is something you would like to see? Is there something you have searched on youtube and just could not find a video for regarding cruising?
    I would love to make something new and different for everyone here. 
    Hopefully I can finally give back and help others... as they have helped me for previous cruises. 
    Post up what you would like to see!
    Thanks
    Gene-o 
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    vanelli56 reacted to dodgestang in What would you like to see?   
    I for one can never get enough ship tours because everyone always captures something a little different.  Everyone also loves to see cabin videos.  People always want to see exactly what their cabin looks like....and unfortunately not enough people have done video tours yet so you end up just looking at 'similar' cabins.  My kids love doing HGTV style tours of the cabins when we cruise so I shoot and post for them.  But be warned....there are some mean people out there....if you post too much about the cool things you do/will do....you might get hate mail 😉 so thick skinned is needed...after all, it is the internet.
     
     
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    vanelli56 reacted to DandA in What would you like to see?   
    I'd like to see videos of the various bars/clubs, entertainment and dancing spots.
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    vanelli56 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in What would you like to see?   
    Good luck. Have a great time on Harmony.
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    vanelli56 reacted to Ala_Paul in Back from the Navigator!   
    So first off I wanted to say Thank You!! to everyone on this blog who helped to make this an amazing cruise for us. We returned yesterday from our 3-night Navigator sailing. We really did have a great time, and I was forearmed against so many mistakes/ wastes of time because of the advice from you great people! I did want to just let everyone know a couple of things we learned on this trip, some of which I've seen others ask about. 
    Izumi To-Go: On our Nassau port day, Izumi was open for lunch. We didn't get a reservation - were told they weren't really needed for lunch and that Jamie's would be open that day instead. BUT we were able to get Izumi to-go. I've seen folks ask about that and wanted to just share. It took about 20 minutes, and they gave us a bag filled with $65 worth of sushi and appetizers which we ate in the Viking Crown Lounge next door. They didn't seem bothered about it at all and we made sure to tip and say thank you to the waiter for helping.
    We had an Ultimate Dining Package and were determined to get the most out of it. It was purchased for $69/pp and never dipped lower. We ate Chops lunch embarkation day, Hooked Night 1, Izumi Night 2, and Chops Night 3. I really wanted to try Jamie's Italian and when we asked they said it would be open on our Nassau port day. It wasn't, Izumi was. But at least I'll have another restaurant to look forward to next time. I don't know how to go about confirming which specialty restaurant will be open on the Nassau port day, but that would be good information for someone to find out! 🙂
    Playmakers and others: On this Navigator sailing, RCCL charged then credited back our food purchased from Playmakers. Multiple people told us they would so I was ready to fight the charge if need be 😅They wouldn't do the same at The Bamboo Room. One of the people who told us about Playmakers also told us the package would work on Captain Jacks at CoCo Cay, though we didn't try that out. Also, they DID charge me for Johnny Rockets. I'm going to try calling and disputing this since everything said it was included, but we'll see how it goes.
    Slides: If you want to try the slides aboard ship, go early! We got there fairly early on the Nassau day but apparently not enough. The line, especially for The Blaster (tube slide) was not quick. Once I got to the top I realized the lifeguards were waiting to set people up/ talk to them/ go over safety rules until after the guards at the bottom gave them the all clear signal. As a former lifeguard at a water park, they could really speed that up if they just blocked the slide with their bodies and did it all while the previous riders were getting out. We went about halfway up the tower before hitting the line and it still was about a 25 minute wait. The other mat slide had a shorter line and went slightly quicker.
    CoCo Cay: I've been to Labadee but never to CoCo Cay. It was wonderful! They were still putting up a few new trees and the existing ones were a little burnt from Dorian but everything else was really top notch. We spent most of the day at Chill Island with a stop at Oasis Lagoon just to check it out. There were plenty of open loungers at the beach but not nearly as many at Oasis Lagoon. Really there were plenty but also a lot of seat saving. I was curious and may try this next time I'm going; there were a couple of cabanas at Chill Island open but ALL of the day beds were empty. Anyone have experience just going to the excursions desk and making an offer to them? They were asking $199 for day beds before our cruise and I would've happily paid $99 for the day. Just a thought.
    Well, thank you all again for your help and if you have any questions please let me know. Now I'm restarting my count down for our April sailing on Independence with the kids!
    ~ Paul 
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    vanelli56 reacted to ScottL in First Time Cruiser   
    Well, I'm definitely not a veteran cruise like a lot of others on this message board  but my wife and I just returned from a 7-night Eastern Caribbean on Allure of the Seas last night and it was wonderful!  This was only my 2nd cruise (first was a 5-Night on Carnival) so I'm still a newbie myself.
    The best advice I can give you is to ask questions on this message board and use this resource as much as possible.  The people here are so friendly and will answer almost anything...it really is so much more than just a message board;  Matt has built a wonderful community!
    As for Cruising advice, The first day is a long one.  Usually you have traveled in the night before (or the morning of, if you're brave!), you've got to get to the terminal, board the ship....then once you are on the ship it can be overwhelming for first-timers.  Your staterooms are usually not ready for a couple of hours so you're going to be walking around the ship with your carry-on bags, not having a clue what's going on.  Before the ship departs you have to attend a mandatory muster drill, then there are a slew of activities (sail away parties, dinner, shows, etc.).  The first day on a cruise can be very overwhelming and even stressful, but it is NOT indicative of the rest of the experience.  My advice would be to not plan anything for the first day...usually by the time the muster drill is over everyone is ready for dinner and a little relaxation.  Just take it all in, enjoy it and know that this will most likely be the busiest day of your cruise.  After that, you can put your brain in "cruise mode" and just enjoy everything!
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    vanelli56 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Proposal locations on Harmony   
    When I read this, the video in my head played a scene where you get down on one knee, flip open the box, the ring does a triple axle out of the box into the sand, never to be seen by other-than-crabs, again.
    <chills and shudder>
    😉😉😌
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    vanelli56 reacted to mark.s in Storms happen... then what?   
    So our 4 night Mariner Cruise was cancelled , however, Royal offered to move our reservation to Harmony. It was a shortened cruise( 3 night) .we took their offer and they gave us 2 night FCC( which has already arrived). Everything worked out. They gave us our same state room ( did the Royal Up for a OS). Our concierge , Mohamed, was awesome. We ate in  The Coastal Kitchen every night( daughters food allergies - just easier). Great substitute cruise..
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    vanelli56 reacted to devbak150 in Storms happen... then what?   
    We were scheduled to set sail on Mariner on Sept. 2-6th.  We were given and email that the trip would be shortened on Thursday 8/29.  They gave us the option to sail and have pro rated refund or for a full refund via future cruise credit.  We were traveling via air from Kansas (me driving from South Dakota to Kansas to meet my mother) and knew we were not going to be able to get flights into Florida on Sunday.  We got "vouchers" from Southwest for airfare.   We opted for FCC (future cruise credit).  So far it has went really well.  I had the credit send to my travel agent, my drink package and excursions were refunded to my cc on file 2 days later, just received the taxes and fees back to my cc on Friday.  I was also able to have the MyVegas credit redemption switched from the cancelled cruise to the new cruise. The only thing we are out is the fee for travel insurance on the first cruise, and have to pay for it again on the second cruise.  Not a big deal as, I understand you pay whether it is used or not and it is through a 3rd party. We have already re booked for December.  The only thing I need to re do is the drink package.  I need it to go on sale again, as they won't honor the price I purchased at for Sept. cruise. 
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    vanelli56 reacted to Pima1988 in Storms happen... then what?   
    We sailed on Anthem 2 yrs ago.  Our cruise was out of NJ to Bermuda in the end of Sept.  48 hrs prior they emailed us and said we now would be going to NE instead because of a hurricane.
    If we still chose to do the sailing they would give us 50% credit for the sailing + 250 OBC pp.  If we did not use all of the OBC while on the ship, the remaining balance would be credited back to our credit card on file within 7 business days after the sailing.
    We chose to cruise and they sailed 100% occupancy.  
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    vanelli56 reacted to AshleyDillo in Storms happen... then what?   
    I was affected by Dorian for my most recent cruise on Allure of the Seas.  We were originally scheduled to leave on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
    On Thursday, August 29, 2019 was when Royal made the announcement that they were going to extend the current cruise and that my cruise was going to be shortened to 4 days.  My departure date was now going to be Wednesday, September 4, 2019. 
    They offered those who were willing to still sail a FCC (Future Cruise Credit) equal to 3 days worth of what was paid for the cruise.  We would also get that same amount in the form of a refundable OBC if we chose to still sail.  If we chose to cancel we would get a FCC equal to what was paid for the cruise less port taxes and fees.  Port taxes and fees would be refunded to the form of payment.
    We were fortunate that the airlines and the hotels were waiving cancellation and change fees, so we ultimately didn't incur any additional expenses due to the delay.  We live in Florida and while we chose to fly for this cruise, it's only a 7 or so hour drive for us to Ft. Lauderdale if we had needed to do that.  We didn't make the final decision to go until Tuesday morning before the cruise was rescheduled to leave.
    In our case Royal made the right decision and stuck to that decision.  It may have seemed premature to delay the sailing but in these situations the cruise lines are at the mercy of the port.  Royal made the right call as the port did end up being closed on our original departure date and time.  
    The ship sailed with about 3,000 guests which is a very, very empty ship for an Oasis-class.  Nothing was crowded, no reservations needed for shows.  I'm glad that we made the decision to go even though there was a lot of nail-biting going into it and waiting to see what was going to happen.  For us it was the right decision and with the OBC and the FCC, the net effect was that we enjoyed 4 days in a Central Park balcony for about $400 for 2 people.
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    vanelli56 reacted to Wnbfrog in Storms happen... then what?   
    The Banner I made for our door. I need to modify it just a little. Lol

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    vanelli56 reacted to twangster in Storms happen... then what?   
    I was on a B2B.  Both cruises were altered.
    First email notice came that they were closing CocoCay so employees could take care families and prepare.  This email arrived 3 days before the 1st cruise departed.
    Two days before the cruise another email that indicated they were waiting to see how the two models, the American and European, which were in disagreement would develop before announcing our changed itinerary.
    Later that day they announced a sea day to replace the closed CocoCay with a one day FCC based on cruise fare paid.
    Another email with the revised itinerary and an intention to update us again at 6pm.  This email arrived before I boarded my flight to Miami.
    A short time later the update came with news of the 1st cruise being extended to 5 days.  This included notice that any pre-purchased packages would be extended at no cost - beverage, internet or unlimited dining.  The one day FCC for missing CocoCay remained if we cruised.  If we chose to cancel the FCC would be 100% of cruise fare, with taxes/port fees refunded along with any packages or excursions purchased.  
    Some in our group had to cancel due to work commitments. Eight of us boarded our flights to Miami.  
    A short time later another email for the 2nd cruise of my B2B arrived informing me of the shortening of that cruise.  If I stayed on the offer was a refund plus an FCC both or two days of cruise fare.   Any packages would be pro-rated for the 2 missing days and refunded.  if I chose to cancel I'd get 100% FCC, taxes/port fees refunded and any cruise planner purchases refunded.  The FCC would be provided by September 20th.  
    The night before boarding another email indicating Nassau would also be missed and replaced with Cozumel.  We immediately made reservations for Nachi Cocum.
    The next day we boarded normally.  At this point we were notified it was still extended but in addition to Cozumel,  Costa Maya was added as a port of call.
    Once on board I cancelled the 2nd leg after verifying details with my travel agent.  In my case I had used an FCC from a previous cruise to pay down the 2nd cruise.  I was assured that would be re-issued and the balance of cruise fare would be issued as a new FCC.  
    I stopped by NextCruise to inquire about a future cruise.  While there I was offered a deal to stay on for the shortened 2 day sailing after this one.   The deal was basically port fees and taxes per person.  For a balcony this was $199 for me as a solo.  For a suite guarantee it was $50 more or $249.  Suite would be a JS, GS or OS.  I chose the suite guarantee.  The next day I was given a GS.
    While on board the first cruise we were told we would receive 5 C&A points for the first cruise.  Normal suite and solo multipliers would apply.  Also while on board on the last day of the cruise our one day FCC for missing CocoCay was issued by email.    It was exactly what I expected.  
    In summary, for the first cruise they refunded my excursions for CocoCay and provided a one day FCC.  The cruise went from 3 days to 5 days at no cost.  Dining, deluxe beverage and Voom all extended at no cost.
    For the second cruise I'm getting it all refunded in the form of FCC.  I rebooked on board for less than 1/4 of the original price moving from a JS to GS.  CocoCay excursions for the 2nd cruise also refunded.  My original FCC that I used towards this booking has now been re-issued and applied to a different cruise.  On or before the 20th I am expecting the balance of the FCC offered for cruise 2.
    I shared a cabin for the 1st leg but was solo the 2nd leg.  Originally I was supposed to get 3 x 2 for being in a JS so 6 C&A points, plus 4 x 3 for being solo in a JS on the 2nd leg for a total of 18 C&A points.  Since I was "stuck" with my cabin mate longer on cruise 1 I ended up with 5 x 2 plus 2 x 3 for a total of 16 C&A points.
    During the first cruise on day 4 this note was delivered:

    I had prepaid gratuity but only 3 days worth so we went to guest services and added two more days to our accounts.  
    Normal gratuity was added to the 2nd cruise. 
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