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  1. Thanks and glad you are enjoying my videos as that's why I posted them for people to hopefully enjoy! ? Formal nights were: (If I'm remembering them right. And I'd recommend you contact RCCL and ask them for what nights are formal as each trip differs on dates of formal nights.) 1. Cannes France (This was Cruise Day #2 of the Cruise which is titled #Day 10 of the videos) 2. Sea Day (This was Cruise Day #8 of the Cruise which is titled Day #17 & 18 of the videos) 3. I might have some cruise compasses saved but I'm on travel for work right now so it will be this weekend before I can look for those and let you know.
  2. I don't remember being offered the drink card. We never buy a drink package as we're not big drinkers and we carry on two bottles of wine ont to the ship to enjoy at dinner then buy drinks here and there but our bar tab is always less money than the drink package. I believe you can buy individual bottled water on the ship before you exit and have it added to your room. They usually have some available before you exit. Then we just bought some bottles on our way to places like Florence when our bus stopped at a convenience store and again there's usually vendors selling sealed cold bottle water. You'll want to get some Euros to take with you for things like bottle water and other less expensive purchases from vendors. For more expensive things use your credit card but check if your credit card charges foreign transaction fees or not so you are aware of that.
  3. In all the museums and churches, etc., we took in disposable water bottles that we bought in the towns and didn't have any problems. I didn't see many places to refill water bottles but there were plenty of vendors selling cold water in disposable water bottles outside on the streets.
  4. @tiny260 That's a great pic and fantastic the Italian women took care of your wife! ? The Italian people were very friendly when we visited too! I would like to go back to Italy again!
  5. Wow that is great you got to stay in a Grand suite. So far we've on'y stayed in inside rooms. At the time of the flooding we too were told that all the rooms were full but we weren't diamond members yet so that is good to know that they have a Diamond Concierge! Thanks for the tip! I need to read what all we get as Diamond members! Interestingly the day of the flooding since they woke me up at 4:00AM I went to the gym and worked out hard for 2 hours then walked around Santorini on the Marble reflecting the hot sun and all day I held a heavy tripod and camera gear in my hand and didn't drink enough water or get enough rest breaks. So that evening on the ship I literally passed out at our dinner table onto my wife's shoulder. I woke up in a few seconds but then went to ER where they checked my vitals and gave me an IV to re-hydrate my body. That's why I keep telling people to make sure to hydrate, take lots of rest breaks and wear sun cover if they are out in the sun sight seeing during hot months like July! ?
  6. Oh man I wish we had your great tour information when we toured Barcelona as that sounds WAY better than our hop on hop off big bus tour we took! Thanks for sharing! ?
  7. Sorry to hear your room flooded! Other than waking me up at 4:00AM it wasn't too bad as we were visiting Santorini that day so they had all the carpets ripped out of the flooded rooms and hallways by the time we got back from touring Santorini. They did have to run big fans to dry everything out for a couple of days which was a bit annoying but understandable and yes they gave us some future cruise credits which we used to go to the Bahamas so they made it right and it's understandable that things like this happen from time to time. ?
  8. Thanks DRLLP! Good to know that October is better as I'd like to take another European cruise in the future. Anybody out there go any other months on the Med cruise and want to share about how the weather was on your trip?
  9. mom2mybugs yes we stayed in an airbnb in Barcelona but I'm not sure I would stay there again as it was ok but a bit further out from downtown than I wanted to be. I can't remember the neighborhood it was in but it was a fairly decent neighborhood across the street for a nice big shopping mall. We did like the bus tour but it was very hot and streets were very crowded. The bus tour gives you an audio guide via ear buds but I prefer having a live human tour guide but I'm not sure if those are offered there or not but I would recommend you do some research or ask around as there might be an air conditioned bus tour option with a live tour guide in Barcelona. Check with RCCL as they might have that as a tour they will sell you. That would be ideal and my in laws did a tour like that in Malta which was much better than the open top bus tour with the recorded audio guide bus that we took in Malta. For Athens, Florence and Rome we took air condition bus tours arranged through RCCL and they were all great tours and very comfortable but know there will be a lot of walking in hot and humid weather but pace yourself, bring water bottles and you'll be fine as I've visited Illinois in the summer time and you get about the same type hot humidity in the summer. ? Our kids ages are 14yr old girl, 18yr old boy and 20yr old boy. They all did very well and it's nice on a ship as we let them do what they wanted on at sea days but we had one rule that they needed to be at our dinner table at 6:00PM so that we could all eat dinner together and they actually liked that. Let me know if you have any other questions as I'm glad to help out and it snowed today here in Portland Oregon (not as much as Illinois) but I'm ready for winter to be OVER and summer to be here!
  10. mom2mybugs thanks have a great time! Make sure you use lots of sunblock, drink lots of water and find some shade to take rest breaks. ?
  11. Hi it was Vision of the Seas. It was not a huge ship but big enough for us to enjoy it and not feel like there were too many people. ?
  12. Hi everyone, I'm a multiple time Royal Carribean (RCCL) cruiser here (we love RCCL) and I thought I'd share that I took my family of 7 (80 yr old in laws, wife and 3 teenagers) in July 2018 on a Mediterranean cruise with RCCL and it was a great cruise with only one problem that our three sleeping cabins got flooded one day at 4:00 am when a pipe burst in the hallway. However, RCCL gave us all a fair cruise credit for the inconvenience and overall we still had a great time. We drove from Portland Oregon to San Jose, CA flew to London England where we spent a couple days in London and then flew to Barcelona spent a couple days there then departed on RCCL ship and ours stops where Cannes, Florence, Rome, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Malta. RCCL ship and staff were fantastic with great customer service, nightly shows, tasty food and smooth sailing. Tip! In July much of the time and some of the places we toured it was hot in the 90s F (32c) and lots of walking in hot sun on marble tile so if you don't like hot weather go earlier in the year! We loved seeing all the history in the buildings and people we saw and met on this cruise. We think we could skip Malta Valletta as we didn't like it there as much as the other stops. I did make 12 vlogs of our entire trip if you are interested in seeing where we went and hearing more commentary. However, I don't know if it's allowed to post a link here to my Youtube channel so I'll just say you can go to Youtube search for RockstarBruski and click on the the cruise playlist, scroll down and look for the 2018 Europe Mediterranean family vacation vlog series of 12 videos. I included a pic of my whole family in front of the ship pose. So cheesy but so fun! Cheers and keep on cruising! ? RockstarBruski
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