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  1. We recently just did Baha Mar and Coco Cay. Baha Mar had better family/raft slides but Coco Cay had way better individual slides. Thrill Water park has a better wave pool but the lazy river at Baha Mar is super awesome. The biggest difference is food at Baha Mar is very very expensive where as its included at Coco Cay. Over all I give the edge to Thrill Water Park at Coco Cay but wow that lazy river is fun at Baha Mar!
  2. Yes, our cruise has been booked for quit some time. I don't think air2sea is a viable option. We aren't located near a central hub and our travel is already quite long picking the most direct flights. I have to imagine air2sea would send us on a milk run. Aside from that we use our credit card points to cover our flights. Great info about the events though! I should have thought to check for things like that!
  3. I've checked out the average drive time but I'm little worried about getting from Bayonne to LAG for noon flight. Does anyone have any recent experience with issues getting out of port area and to the airport. Will take an Uber or RCL shuttle if offered (sometimes they don't offer for flights earlier than a certain time. Any input is appreciated. Sailing this August.
  4. which ships do NOT have the free style machines?
  5. I was on the April 7-14 sailing and we skipped Mazatlan due to a fatal plane crash that happened the day before we arrived. I small cessna plane crashed in the water killing the pilot and small child. The plane was blocking the navigational channel. Google plane crash mazatlan to read about it.
  6. Looking for help on finding out if it is possible to get/acquire some the songs used in the production shows. They are clearly licensing music and mixing and mashing up their own songs or hiring performers to do covers but some songs are so good I would like them for my own listening pleasure. Does anyone know if Royal uses one particular company? I really, really enjoyed the slowed down version of "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson on Navigator iSkate show but it's not MJ singing. Aqua 80's had some great mash-ups as well. i've tried searching but can't come up with anything as of yet. Thanks in advance for any help!
  7. Would not be surprised if they axed this. While I'll admit I really enjoyed the experience and thought it was worth the money it was not with out its hiccups. I got all suited up and then had to change to a whole new suit after it didn't work. That was after staying up until 3 am to book the newly scheduled time slot. The very limited time slots sold out very quickly. I was lucky they added another one and that the staff told me it would go live at about midnight......which was a few hours later in reality but it did show up.
  8. Also noticed this on our recent 4 night/3 night back to back on Freedom. Specifically the three night weekend cruise. Consumption and possession is legal in Canada but my issue is more with people smoking on their balconies and having to smell it. I wish these activities could be moved to an area that did not impact others. If you wish to smoke cigarettes, weed, or scream at the top of your lungs a room located at an isolated location at the far end of the ship would suffice. Those who wish to partake would have a spot and those that do not would not have to be impacted.
  9. We were there last month......for what it is worth our cabana attendant told us they are planning on moving the crew/staff area further to the edge of the island and replacing the current crew/staff area where they live with a lazy river and adult only area. The adult area only has been confirmed. Everything else is to be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.
  10. But I have to purchase on board to do this correct? I haven't tried this approach before.
  11. First time doing back to back right away and there two things I am trying to sort out still. Doing a 3/4 on Indy. 1. My wife and I are both recently diamond. We've never done short cruises. All indication is we will both get one free 24 internet period for each sailing. So in theory 4 of our 7 days are covered. Is this correct? 2. Will we have to go re-enroll our kids in Adventure Ocean for the second leg of the cruise or can I take care of it day 1 for the whole cruise? In my brain I keep treating this as a 7 night holiday and have to remind myself it technically is not. I have completed both checks in and think everything else is covered except for the above items. Thanks for your answers!
  12. Love them all each for specific reasons. I can't wrong with any of them. Simply selected Radiance to give some love to a class I figured would be lower on the votes. Most recent cruise was on Serenade (first time on Radiance class) and loved the Exterior Windjammer area. Amazing!
  13. It's funny they still show those performances for the highlight reel of each ship on their website in light of how long ago they were discontinued. Granted, a filming budget to highlight Brilliance of the Seas probably isn't money well spent but it does seem a little misleading.
  14. We were recently on Grandeur out of Barbados (April) and Serenade out of Vancouver (May). This was our first time on Vision and Radiance class ships. Did we not see any of the Aerial acrobatics in the centrum because of the itineraries, staff shortages, low sailing number, maybe something else etc, etc, or do they simply not do those performances any longer?
  15. For what it is worth my first cruise at Diamond they had left both mine and my wife's diamond pins in our stateroom on day one and we both had all diamond benefits loaded onto our cards. I know she would have received benefits because of my status anyway but they left her pin and congratulatory card even though she needed three more nights to officially reach Diamond.
  16. The baby (swim Diaper) are was just okay. Better than Oasis but not as good as Indy. It had a couple rubber things to step on that would squirt water. Great ship but hard with a little one. Can't do bumper cars, North Star, Zone Zero with a little one. Amazing ship but my wife, 10, and 2 year old had to split up often. She did like the interactive art pieces in the Via. The splash pad for the toddlers out of diapers on all three ships were much more comparable but the Freedom class still has the best ones. As much as I really liked Odyssey if the sole decision making factor was ease of use with a 2 year old it would rank lower than Oasis or Independence. But it would also be very doable to have your little one go to adventure ocean while you hit North Star, IFly, Bumper Cars if that's your thing.
  17. Quick run down on highlights from our recent cruises with my 2.5 year old daughter. Aug 2021 independence - best splash away Bay even if still in diapers as it has a good slide for a 2 year old. Simpson Bay at St Martin is a very quick walk to water taxi and very short ride over to shallow entry calm waters in view of the ship. Dec 2021 Oasis - Very lacking baby splash area. All other amenities are awesome though (carousel about 8 million times). Coco Cay Splash Away bay and the wave pool are excellent choices! Jan 2022 Odyssey - Amazing ABC islands trip but they were long days. Our daughter did amazing but it could have been a nightmare too, we were lucky. Caves in Curacoa, Eagle beach in Aruba was very steep entry and lots of rolling waves. Climbed the rock formations. Not for everyone with a two year old! A couple of the trips we did Blue Lagoon in Nassau. Excellent excellent choice for little ones. Watch some videos and you'll see the very shallow waters. need to be careful as a current can come through though. Hope this helps! Enjoy.
  18. Imagine docking alongside another Royal Caribbean ship in Cozumel, Bahamas, or Perfect Day and thinking to yourself " I sure could go for some PortSide BBQ" or "I really wish I could try Mason Jar." "Sabor would be great right about now." Seeing as some restaurants are only available on a couple or possibly only one ship would anyone favour being permitted to board a sister ship while in port to be escorted to a pre-arranged restaurant reservation? Or is this a terrible, terrible idea in the making? I fully realize there would be logistical challenges but I'm envisioning it being ran similar to a resort for the day type thing. For a fee Royal would sell a number of spaces and escort people for lunch on and off the second ship during docked hours. It may be worth it to staff the restaurant during lunches and while in port if they were making some money off it. Certainly I'd love try some restaurants I might not otherwise get to in the near future but I also understand I wouldn't want some stowaway preventing me from getting a reservation on a ship I booked for sailing. Clearly, i'm going stir crazy waiting for my next cruise but would love any comments in favour or against this wild idea.
  19. I'm really at a loss at here. Did this guy actually get drunk and behave obnoxiously? Did he actually start a fight? If he did either of those things it's not okay but I'm sure it's more about him as a person and nothing to do with his appearance. This type of behaviour has been observed amongst all sorts. If he did neither of these things you instantly thought of I'd suggest you are the problem. I am the type of person that spends a lot of time in the gym to be healthy, compete in powerlifting, and to be in shape for my physically demanding career. Truth be told I could not reach a post it note in the middle of back. But I don't use steroids, I don't drink very much, and I don't fight people. I'm a loving father, husband, and a fan of cruising. While I'm way more interested in enjoying time with my family than what others think about me I find it "cringe-worthy" that there are people in the background being so judgemental about things that instantly pop into their minds. Your post has some validity about behavioural issues but you have seriously missed the mark by judging people based on their appearance or attributing an individuals poor behaviour to having a direct correlation to how they happen to look. One thing we can agree on is elevators that stop at every floor. Take care!
  20. I have only sailed Royal and don't really see a need to change at this point. With that said I have an interest in some other line's ships and I'd be curious about how they do things. Not entirely sure I could handle "wasting" the time and money if it didn't compare to what I know I'll get with Royal. Curious how many people are loyal to one brand compared to who just is content to cruise and will mix up lines.
  21. I was just on Odyssey and never saw a scale near North Star. I'm a muscular 240 at 5'10" and as such don't meet the requirements for I Fly which are under 230 if under 6 feet OR under 250 if 6 feet+. I asked if they would just turn up the van speed which I knew is possible. What I will say is that one instructor may have agreed to right until their supervisor/team lead came in. He provided me his card and told me to call and ask for him.......he'd let me know when the coast was clear. Also saw a very tall man weight over 250 go as well.
  22. Bonaire, Grand Cayman, and Labadee. Also would really like to hit one that went to Cartagena, Puerto Limo, and Colon.
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