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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from ANGELA ROMAN in Anthem RoyalUP Bid Successful   
    Not surprising to me, Waaay...we've done the Tgiving cruise for the last 4 or 5 years and it is always full. Signs in the port and on board "No upgrades available." We always book at least 18 mos. out to make sure we can get what we want!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from whenismynextcruise in Cruising to Bermuda   
    Hi, all! We are considering a cruise this summer out of Bayonne on Empress of the Seas to Bermuda (two nights in Bermuda, porting in both Hamilton and King George, where we have vacationed many times and love being there). However, we are a somewhat leery of such an older and smaller ship. Usually we sail on Brilliance out of Tampa (or larger ships out of Miami or FLL), so we are looking for advice and counsel on a such a (smaller than Vision class) ship, if anyone has sailed on Empress recently (i.e. is there a walk-in shower, etc.).  We would really appreciate your thoughts and comments as we will be celebrating our respective 75th bdays and over 50 years of married life together!

    We are also considering a Celebrity cruise to  Newport and Bermuda on board the Celebrity Summit, any comments on that would also be most appreciated.

    Thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions.

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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Boston Babe in Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Incredible New Sailings out of Port Tampa Bay   
    Good news for me anyway. Tampa does encounter fog problems occasionally, generally in January and February…I don’t recall one last winter, but they have occurred in the past. Since the height of the Skyway bridge limits RCL cruise ship size to Radiance and Vision classes, it is not surprising that RCL’s Celebrity line is refurbishing older Celebrity ships to service this market (and maybe Baltimore and others) that cannot handle the mega-ships/floating amusement parks RCL seems so bent on turning out. Living so close by (roughly 45-50 mins. condo to cabin), I am looking forward to this addition. Our first Celebrity cruise is next July from Seattle to AK and back, so we should get a taste of what is in store for us then!

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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Incredible New Sailings out of Port Tampa Bay   
    Good news for me anyway. Tampa does encounter fog problems occasionally, generally in January and February…I don’t recall one last winter, but they have occurred in the past. Since the height of the Skyway bridge limits RCL cruise ship size to Radiance and Vision classes, it is not surprising that RCL’s Celebrity line is refurbishing older Celebrity ships to service this market (and maybe Baltimore and others) that cannot handle the mega-ships/floating amusement parks RCL seems so bent on turning out. Living so close by (roughly 45-50 mins. condo to cabin), I am looking forward to this addition. Our first Celebrity cruise is next July from Seattle to AK and back, so we should get a taste of what is in store for us then!

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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from JLMoran in Canada cruise   
    Just got back from Canada cruise on Adventure two weeks ago. Weather was fine for sightseeing...could feel a little motion (just a little rolling) the first night out of Bayonne and the last night back. Nothing to be concerned about, have a great trip!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from monctonguy in Adventure to Canada 7/20-7/26/19   
    No thanks! The prices on board are bad enough! Lol!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from ChessE4 in Adventure to Canada 7/20-7/26/19   
    My wife and I just returned from a 6 day cruise on Adventure, out of Bayonne to Bar Harbor, ME and St. John and Halifax in Canada. It was only our second summer cruise, the first being on Lady G to Bermuda a few years ago. I mention that because the crew on Adventure reminded us of the Grandeur’s crew; they were genuinely happy, pleasant and went out of their way to make our trip as pleasant as it could be.

    As an example, Canada has a regulation that ships in port can only have one bar per deck open until the ship sails away. The second port we visited in Canada (Halifax) had a sailaway time of 6 PM, well into the cocktail hour.  When we arrived at the Champagne Bar for our pre-dinner libation, it was closed as we were still in port. Without batting an eye, our waiter took our order, walked through the Promenade to the Pub, got our drinks and brought them back to where we were sitting in the Champagne Bar! Andrei, Nino and Jorgi were excellent barstaff and very personable and pleasant

    The embarkation was as smooth as can be, parking is right next to the Terminal and we were on board very quickly. Unfortunately, only my wife’s bag was delivered to our cabin; when mine finally showed up, the plastic sleeve containing the luggage tag had been removed, Interestingly, the metal ring that holds the sleeve onto the luggage was intact but the sleeve was gone. Later, there were signs around the ship stating there were some delays in luggage handling but no explanation. I noticed several other bags on our deck that also had a hand-written luggage tag as mine did, so it was not an isolated occurrence.

    Muster was at 2:30 PM for a 3 PM sailing and it must have set a record for the shortest muster ever! We were back in our cabin at 2:43!! Probably, the 100 degree temps outside were a factor.

    We had MTD all week and, except for one evening it went smoothly. The food ranged from very good to excellent, and the wine steward was attentive. Our servers, Joyal and Ying were also very pleasant and efficient and made our dining a pleasure. I should add that John in the WJ at breakfast would always come by our table to get me a glass of fresh OJ each morning and bring my wife her tea.

    As for entertainment, a group of four called Company Men put on an entertaining show doing songs from the last six decades. An RCL production “Can’t Stop the Rock” was just OK, the funniest part was the singer imitating Annette Funicello was about five months pregnant!

    A couple, Kyle and Mistie Knight, did an illusionist performance that was very entertaining.

    Disembarkation was quick and easy, we were scheduled for 7:40 AM, and were off the ship and in our car heading south on the NJ Turnpike by 8:03!

    Now, for a (very) few negatives:

    The comedian, Basile, wasn’t very funny. I left the show halfway through.

    On most other RCL ships, the Schooner Bar is a relaxing piano/solo guitar bar. On Adventure, the pianist was playing either an electronic keyboard or amplified piano at full volume. Now I like rock ‘n roll as much as anybody, but I don’t need to have it blasted at me.

    Parts of the exterior need repainting, our balcony floor looked awful. Paint splatters and paintdrops all over the floor and the railings need to be refinished. There were some kind of stains on the overhead bulkhead in our cabin, could have been sticky tape residue or something similar. Neither affected our enjoyment of our trip but it wasn’t something I expected to see on an RCL cruise.

    For the first time, we felt crowded on this cruise. Yes, it’s a larger ship on a summer cruise with two sea days and cool, rainy weather on the port days so most everybody was inside instead of being at the pool, but this would fall into a First World Problems category so I’ll say no more and be glad we had such a wonderful experience overall!

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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Adventure to Canada 7/20-7/26/19   
    When it happened to us last week, I immediately thought of your previous comment which I had read and remembered. My guess it was some ILU job action although I don't know that for a fact. As an aside, right next to the RCL luggage tag was an ID tag with my last name and cell number. That was untouched and remained on the bag.  Gotta love NYC!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from June_B in LIVE - "Back on Brilliance, baby!" Brilliance of the Seas February 14-18, 2019   
    We are also on this cruise next November. Having cruised over Thanksgiving the last three years on Brilliance, I know you will enjoy the ship. Unfortunately, the Christmas decorations generally don't go up until the Friday after turkey day, so we probably miss out on that.
    Also the the Tampa-Miami trip is not too bad until you pass FLL, and that last part down 95 is pretty awful...but, you are headed for another cruise, so you have that workin' for ya!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from coneyraven in For Fun - Do you Repeat Ships?   
    I think you will really enjoy that class of ship, not too big but big enough to keep adults occupied and interested. Aft of the WJ, there is a fairly large open-air seating which is perfect for breakfast or a morning coffee or lunch or just about anything. Lots of glass, you can see water from almost any inside location, and the Schooner Bar is perfectly located for a drink and a view. The crew is really friendly and helpful. We've done Thanksgiving aboard her for the last three years and have a fourth planned for 2019. Enjoy your Trip!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from coneyraven in For Fun - Do you Repeat Ships?   
    Same for us, Poo-bah. We sail frequently on Brilliance as we live across the Bay from Tampa. Can't beat the convenience, out of our condo, up the Interstate and on board in an hour!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from FlowBro Ty in Thought I'd Share This Neat Timeline !!   
    That surprised me also...maybe somebody at RCL discovered the Chesapeake and Tampa Bay bridges around 1998!!  😁
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Thought I'd Share This Neat Timeline !!   
    That surprised me also...maybe somebody at RCL discovered the Chesapeake and Tampa Bay bridges around 1998!!  😁
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Brenda Landry in Sea sick April Cruise?   
    My wife swears by the sea bands and has never had a problem.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from VolFanInGa in Sea sick April Cruise?   
    My wife swears by the sea bands and has never had a problem.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in LIVE - "Back on Brilliance, baby!" Brilliance of the Seas February 14-18, 2019   
    We are also on this cruise next November. Having cruised over Thanksgiving the last three years on Brilliance, I know you will enjoy the ship. Unfortunately, the Christmas decorations generally don't go up until the Friday after turkey day, so we probably miss out on that.
    Also the the Tampa-Miami trip is not too bad until you pass FLL, and that last part down 95 is pretty awful...but, you are headed for another cruise, so you have that workin' for ya!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Horseshoe Bay ???   
    Also, the shuttles are right there as you exit the ship and drop you off right at the entrance at the beach. No worries about getting to the bus stop, getting on the right bus, etc. When your day is done and you are all in your wet sandy swimsuits with your wet sandy towels and flip flops, the shuttles are waiting right outside the entrance and drop you off right at your ship! Easy peasy!! Out teen granddaughters asked why every beach wasn't like this!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from CruisinUngs in Happy Sailings   
    On Brilliance, November 22!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Expressman in Happy Sailings   
    On Brilliance, November 22!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Sweety in Second cruise booked! Brilliance of the Seas, 12/29/18   
    Completely agree on the Brilliance and the sailaway, especially under the Sunshine Skyway. However, sailing in December, it will be dark, the Skyway lights are fun but Edgmont Key is probably impossible to see at that time of night.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from craig403 in Radiance Class or Vision Class   
    +1 for Brilliance...Vision class is fine but Radiance class ships do not have the Centrum noise/casino smoke problem (sailed on both)...and the ocean view from almost anywhere on board the Radiance class is fantastic!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from coneyraven in Brilliance of the Seas ???   
    Cruised to Bermuda two summers ago with our granddaughters on Lady G...agree completely, going under those bridges is also a lot of fun!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from accio7 in Brilliance of the Seas ???   
    Love the Brilliance and sailing out of Tampa and going under the Sunshine Skyway bridge, a fantastic start to the cruise (apx. 2 hours after leaving the dock). Wholeheartedly agree with the previous poster about the valet parking also, well worth it IMHO for the convenience factor alone!
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    eaglesfaninfl reacted to Ray in New Website for Royal - Bugs!   
    think those that programmed website have all been indulging in the  deluxe drinks package 
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from HwyFuzz in TV in cabin   
    Except for realtime TV (i.e., sports, etc.), why would you want to watch TV on a CRUISE??? I enjoy "The Big Bang Theory" in German as much as anyone but, come on!!! (tongue firmly in cheek!)
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