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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from monorailmedic in Serenade vs. Silhouette   
    Thanks for all the comments, guys. I booked the Celebrity cruise and got an immediate cabin upgrade as my C&A points were carried over after I spoke to a gracious Celebrity CSR on another matter. Looking for ward to a new adventure! 
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from RestingBird in Serenade vs. Silhouette   
    Thanks for all the comments, guys. I booked the Celebrity cruise and got an immediate cabin upgrade as my C&A points were carried over after I spoke to a gracious Celebrity CSR on another matter. Looking for ward to a new adventure! 
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Boston Babe in Serenade vs. Silhouette   
    Thanks for all the comments, guys. I booked the Celebrity cruise and got an immediate cabin upgrade as my C&A points were carried over after I spoke to a gracious Celebrity CSR on another matter. Looking for ward to a new adventure! 
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in Big Congrats (a few days early) to KLAConQueso!   
    Congrats, Kayla, enjoy your honeymoon cruise(s)! We just celebrated our 50th anniversary in August so you have something to shoot for! Best to you and hubby2B !
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from EmersonNZ in Passports   
    I agree, we always get the books for that very reason and almost all of our vacations are cruises. Also if you are a AAA or CAA member, you can get your photos at the local office and they know EXACTLY what the State Dept. requires!
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    eaglesfaninfl reacted to KLA in Kayla   
    Hey guys, 
    Sorry for being MIA... it's truly been the most difficult thing I've ever experienced. He was 24 years old and has a daughter... just isn't fair. Funeral services were yesterday and the funeral director said they've never seen something like it - soooo many people came by to show their love for Samuel.
    Thank you guys so much for all the messages of support... I'll be back once things start settling back in to a new normal. 
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in Cruise planner problems!?   
    We renewed our passports this past June and had them in less than two weeks without requesting expediting, just normal processing.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in SetSail Pass / Check-in question   
    When you check in, tell them you want to use a different card and they will do the switch for you. I've done this twice after Bank of America changed my account numbers due to "security breaches" at vendors. Will not be a problem as long as you have your set sail pass.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Candocruises in Another "included" perk being removed......   
    Ordered room service breakfast once and never again. Showed up 1 1/2 hours after the requested time (we had given up waiting, gone to and gotten back from the WJ) and I sent it back. No tip, no nothing. Another indication of the continuing, ongoing deterioration of RCL's quality and commitment to customer service
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from FManke in First timers   
    These are all very valid questions and concerns, similar to what my wife and I experienced deciding on out first cruise. We sat down with an experienced travel agent and went through everything with her. A good TA with a reputable company can guide you through all the ins and outs so you can enjoy, rather than fear, the experience!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Skid in First timers   
    These are all very valid questions and concerns, similar to what my wife and I experienced deciding on out first cruise. We sat down with an experienced travel agent and went through everything with her. A good TA with a reputable company can guide you through all the ins and outs so you can enjoy, rather than fear, the experience!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from dejagatkins in What is the best holiday to spend on a Royal Caribbean cruise?   
    I have never had a luggage problem with Southwest (don't bring up American, tho!). What you and your hubby can do is each pack half a suitcase with a complete complement (shoes, underwear, shorts, tops, etc.) then switch suitcases and pack the remainder of what you are taking on the cruise in the other suitcase. If one gets lost, you still have a reasonable wardrobe of clothing to wear!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from dejagatkins in Reading on a cruise.   
    I enjoy taking my Kindle on board as someone else has said, it is a WHOLE lot lighter and easier to tote around than books, especially hardbacks. I also like using the Schooner bar tables near windows as a relaxing place to read (assuming Trivia, etc. is not going on) plus libations are easy to get to!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Jerel in Reading on a cruise.   
    I enjoy taking my Kindle on board as someone else has said, it is a WHOLE lot lighter and easier to tote around than books, especially hardbacks. I also like using the Schooner bar tables near windows as a relaxing place to read (assuming Trivia, etc. is not going on) plus libations are easy to get to!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Matt in Snorkel Park or Horseshoe Bay?   
    Horseshoe Bay is much better than Snorkle Park. You can get a jitney bus for $7 just off the ship that will take you directly to the entrance of Horseshoe Beach, where you can rent umbrellas, lounges, etc. and purchase refreshments. Snorkle Park is closer but a 10-15 min. ride gets you to one of the most beautiful beaches in the WORLD!! I took our teenaged granddaughters there this past summer and they loved it. The water is pristine, the sand is inviting and there are caves to explore. Can't address the snorkeling, but I saw snorkelers in the water. You will not be disappointed at Horseshoe Beach.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from CruisingKat(Kathy) in Pillow Question.   
    Both of our granddaughters requested and quickly received extra pillows this past August on Grandeur. Just ask the cabin attendant
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in Pillow Question.   
    Both of our granddaughters requested and quickly received extra pillows this past August on Grandeur. Just ask the cabin attendant
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in When is your next cruise?   
    Thanks, Doc!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from michelle in Grandeur to Bermuda August 13-18   
    My wife and I cruised to Bermuda with our two oldest granddaughters (almost 17 and 14) on the Grandeur last week. We normally cruise out of Florida in the winter but planned this cruise for when the girls would be on summer vacation. The Baltimore cruise terminal is incredibly easy to get to, and out of, as the exit (#55) is immediately south of the Baltimore Tunnel on I-95 and the parking entrance is literally just a few feet from the exit. We parked the car and were through embarkation and in the Windjammer within 45 minutes. Rooms were ready exactly at 1PM and the bags were there when were allowed into our rooms. Even though the two reservations had to have one adult and one child in each stateroom (since the girls are under 18), the attendant had one room made up with a king size bed and the other with separate twin beds. The rooms were connecting and  adequate  for two; some rooms on our deck had fold down beds so a family of four could share one cabin but I looked in one while it was being made up one morning and it was very crowded and looked uncomfortable (tight and one small bathroom for four people. The beds and mattresses were quite comfortable. The cabin started out a little stuffy (there was an “excessive heat warning†in Baltimore that day), but with the A/C cranked to the max, all was fine by dinner.
     
    We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, the food was good buffet but the venue may be a little small for the capacity. One morning the Captain made an announcement around 8 AM over the loudspeaker explaining why we had stopped to recon a floating barge adrift and notify the USCG. This woke everybody up at pretty much the same time so everybody went to breakfast at once and a mob scene ensued. At a few other times it seemed crowded also but not to that extent. We have previously sailed on Grandeur’s sister ship, Vision, and don’t recall experiencing that feeling. The waitstaff was attentive, checking on refills and clearing as well as helping people find available tables.
     
    Our dinners were MyTime scheduled in the MDR and were a highlight of the trip. The waitstaff couldn’t do enough for us and our granddaughters. The food was very good and extra entrees/appetizers/drinks/desserts were there promptly, often without our asking! In fact, throughout the ship, the entire crew was the most pleasant and accommodating of all the RCL ships on which we have sailed.
    We only attended one show, a Broadway song and dance review, and it was very entertaining. We have never before cruised with children/teens before but we were quite pleased with the Teen Club activities and so were the girls, who enjoyed them every night. They also really enjoyed the pool and the rock climbing wall. The entertainment in the R-Bar, The Real Time Band (cover dance band) and the Harmony Duo (piano and violin) were excellent.
     
    If there were negatives (and there always are!), one we knew going in, it is that two half days is not enough time to spend in Bermuda. My wife and I have vacationed there six or seven times over the years, so there is little we haven’t seen but for those without that experience, it is unfortunately a short overnight stay. RCL used to also run a seven day cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore but that ceased last year. Too bad, really.
     
    Occasionally, the A/C in the elevators wouldn’t be fully functional but that was sporadic.
     
    All in all, a great trip!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Jerel in Grandeur to Bermuda August 13-18   
    My wife and I cruised to Bermuda with our two oldest granddaughters (almost 17 and 14) on the Grandeur last week. We normally cruise out of Florida in the winter but planned this cruise for when the girls would be on summer vacation. The Baltimore cruise terminal is incredibly easy to get to, and out of, as the exit (#55) is immediately south of the Baltimore Tunnel on I-95 and the parking entrance is literally just a few feet from the exit. We parked the car and were through embarkation and in the Windjammer within 45 minutes. Rooms were ready exactly at 1PM and the bags were there when were allowed into our rooms. Even though the two reservations had to have one adult and one child in each stateroom (since the girls are under 18), the attendant had one room made up with a king size bed and the other with separate twin beds. The rooms were connecting and  adequate  for two; some rooms on our deck had fold down beds so a family of four could share one cabin but I looked in one while it was being made up one morning and it was very crowded and looked uncomfortable (tight and one small bathroom for four people. The beds and mattresses were quite comfortable. The cabin started out a little stuffy (there was an “excessive heat warning†in Baltimore that day), but with the A/C cranked to the max, all was fine by dinner.
     
    We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, the food was good buffet but the venue may be a little small for the capacity. One morning the Captain made an announcement around 8 AM over the loudspeaker explaining why we had stopped to recon a floating barge adrift and notify the USCG. This woke everybody up at pretty much the same time so everybody went to breakfast at once and a mob scene ensued. At a few other times it seemed crowded also but not to that extent. We have previously sailed on Grandeur’s sister ship, Vision, and don’t recall experiencing that feeling. The waitstaff was attentive, checking on refills and clearing as well as helping people find available tables.
     
    Our dinners were MyTime scheduled in the MDR and were a highlight of the trip. The waitstaff couldn’t do enough for us and our granddaughters. The food was very good and extra entrees/appetizers/drinks/desserts were there promptly, often without our asking! In fact, throughout the ship, the entire crew was the most pleasant and accommodating of all the RCL ships on which we have sailed.
    We only attended one show, a Broadway song and dance review, and it was very entertaining. We have never before cruised with children/teens before but we were quite pleased with the Teen Club activities and so were the girls, who enjoyed them every night. They also really enjoyed the pool and the rock climbing wall. The entertainment in the R-Bar, The Real Time Band (cover dance band) and the Harmony Duo (piano and violin) were excellent.
     
    If there were negatives (and there always are!), one we knew going in, it is that two half days is not enough time to spend in Bermuda. My wife and I have vacationed there six or seven times over the years, so there is little we haven’t seen but for those without that experience, it is unfortunately a short overnight stay. RCL used to also run a seven day cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore but that ceased last year. Too bad, really.
     
    Occasionally, the A/C in the elevators wouldn’t be fully functional but that was sporadic.
     
    All in all, a great trip!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from bcarney in Grandeur to Bermuda August 13-18   
    My wife and I cruised to Bermuda with our two oldest granddaughters (almost 17 and 14) on the Grandeur last week. We normally cruise out of Florida in the winter but planned this cruise for when the girls would be on summer vacation. The Baltimore cruise terminal is incredibly easy to get to, and out of, as the exit (#55) is immediately south of the Baltimore Tunnel on I-95 and the parking entrance is literally just a few feet from the exit. We parked the car and were through embarkation and in the Windjammer within 45 minutes. Rooms were ready exactly at 1PM and the bags were there when were allowed into our rooms. Even though the two reservations had to have one adult and one child in each stateroom (since the girls are under 18), the attendant had one room made up with a king size bed and the other with separate twin beds. The rooms were connecting and  adequate  for two; some rooms on our deck had fold down beds so a family of four could share one cabin but I looked in one while it was being made up one morning and it was very crowded and looked uncomfortable (tight and one small bathroom for four people. The beds and mattresses were quite comfortable. The cabin started out a little stuffy (there was an “excessive heat warning†in Baltimore that day), but with the A/C cranked to the max, all was fine by dinner.
     
    We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer, the food was good buffet but the venue may be a little small for the capacity. One morning the Captain made an announcement around 8 AM over the loudspeaker explaining why we had stopped to recon a floating barge adrift and notify the USCG. This woke everybody up at pretty much the same time so everybody went to breakfast at once and a mob scene ensued. At a few other times it seemed crowded also but not to that extent. We have previously sailed on Grandeur’s sister ship, Vision, and don’t recall experiencing that feeling. The waitstaff was attentive, checking on refills and clearing as well as helping people find available tables.
     
    Our dinners were MyTime scheduled in the MDR and were a highlight of the trip. The waitstaff couldn’t do enough for us and our granddaughters. The food was very good and extra entrees/appetizers/drinks/desserts were there promptly, often without our asking! In fact, throughout the ship, the entire crew was the most pleasant and accommodating of all the RCL ships on which we have sailed.
    We only attended one show, a Broadway song and dance review, and it was very entertaining. We have never before cruised with children/teens before but we were quite pleased with the Teen Club activities and so were the girls, who enjoyed them every night. They also really enjoyed the pool and the rock climbing wall. The entertainment in the R-Bar, The Real Time Band (cover dance band) and the Harmony Duo (piano and violin) were excellent.
     
    If there were negatives (and there always are!), one we knew going in, it is that two half days is not enough time to spend in Bermuda. My wife and I have vacationed there six or seven times over the years, so there is little we haven’t seen but for those without that experience, it is unfortunately a short overnight stay. RCL used to also run a seven day cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore but that ceased last year. Too bad, really.
     
    Occasionally, the A/C in the elevators wouldn’t be fully functional but that was sporadic.
     
    All in all, a great trip!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from gina_e123 in Vision leaving the fleet?   
    I agree, PRC...we love the Radiance class and will sail on Brilliance for the third time this Thanksgiving. In February, we sail on her sister ship, Serenade on a southern Caribbean itinerary. For us, Radiance class is the perfect size!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from coneyraven in Motion Sickness Wrist Bands   
    My wife has suffered with motion sickness since she was a little girl (throwing up on trains, riding in a car, etc.) A friend told her about these wristbands a while back and she swears by them. Whether it's a placebo or not, it works for her and she has no trouble cruising. I do agree about being as close to midship as possible and with the bands she has no problem with the horizon while at sea.
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from Matt in Baltimore sailing   
    Thanks for the help and suggestions, guys!!
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    eaglesfaninfl got a reaction from DocLC in JoCo   
    Thanks, Doc! Clearly a group that is waaay past my time (although I did recognize Wil Wheaton!).
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