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  1. Wow - we are nearly in the exact same situation! We are going on this same sail date, in a 2BR ATS, our first time in Star Class and first time on RCCL, with our DD5, getting a cabana at Coco Beach Club! I guess great minds think alike! Is Alan R your genie too? I'll see you onboard!
  2. My family is going on this as our first star class experience too! And first Royal cruise for that matter - talk about kicking it off in style! I've not read any SC trip reports yet since reopening so I'm curious to know how things have changed (whether Genies can do all the same things or will have more restrictions placed upon them, for example). We booked an aquatheater suite back when we lift/shifted thinking that if masks were still required, at least we'd have a lot of good shows from our balcony mask free. I am very curious to see how the protocols evolve in the next 90 days...
  3. I'm just going to throw this out there: It was only after reading @twangster trip reports that I decided to book a star class cruise with Royal (formerly went with DCL). I'm sure I'm not the only one either. For someone providing Royal with essentially free advertising resulting in who knows how much additional income, you'd think they might want to treat this person a little bit better in this situation. Don't they know who you are!!!
  4. I thought of that myself - but certainly they could increase the number of upsell options with room service like alcoholic drinks, specialty foods, brand name prepacked goodies, etc. Sort of like, after making your order, "do you want to add fries to that?" but "Do you want to add a kraken pina colava to that for only $xx more?"
  5. I agree that having more staff serve food from various food stations and preventing self-serve is the most likely direction they will go because this is cheap and easy to implement - however, there is still a problem with people crowding around each serving station or not being able to seat everyone in the WJ if the tables need to be spaced apart. (Granted, I know we can argue about whether social distancing is really possible on a cruise ship, but setting that aside...). Two options I have not heard discussed much are: 1) making room service free to everyone to encourage eating in one's own room / distancing 2) Mobile order. Disney uses this system to let people place an order and they get a message when it is ready to pick up, so people don't have to line up to pay, select food, etc. Royal already has an app for many ships and adding a mobile order option for the buffet would allow people to still have a wide variety of food choices and still be spontaneous about when they want to eat. Then the food could be plated for you and you would receive a message when the food is ready for pick up. This would require minimal investment in terms of programming/software update on the already existing app and work best for eliminating crowds. Thoughts?
  6. Speaking of prices, this post is makes me want to know: in general, which ships/ports have the most affordable star class? I know time of year matters and I assume older ships would be less, but anyone have a read on this?
  7. Yes, I saw that! We planned on trying to get to those so we will aim to be among the first to disembark, because I suspect it will be in high demand. Matt just posted a picture yesterday of the new Coco Cay map which clearly shows many more daybeds in the Coco Beach Club that are actually there (in the area where they currently have chairs/couches on the wooden boardwalk, multi-tier area). So I hope they plan to eventually add more, as the competition to get a daybed in the club is a bit stressful for an up-charge experience designed to be less stressful.
  8. Easy rule to remember about vegetables: if it grows below ground, it's high in sugar (that includes onions - mmm, caramelized onions...). If it casts a shadow and grows above ground (besides corn), it's low sugar and you can basically eat as much as you want.
  9. So a big part of my job is nutritional counseling for weight loss. Hard alcohol (like vodka, gin, and whiskey) contains zero carbs so drinking any of these straight is the best bet. (However, these are not low calories). That being said, if it were me, I'd follow an time-restricted feeding, intermittent fasting approach on the cruise where you limit eating/drinking to at least a 12 hour window, which includes the time you sleep. If you can limit it to 8 hours, such as drinking and eating between 11:00am - 7:00pm, even better. A low carb/keto diet works by limiting the amount of sugar we put in our liver so the body ends up burning more fat for energy. An intermittent fasting approach likewise works (and actually results in further reduction in waist circumference compared to keto/low carb diet - as well as a lot more other health benefits) in a similar way by increasing the amount of time we spend burning fat rather than relying on liver sugar reserves. Anyway, I wont bore you with the science on this...
  10. I understand that there are always going to be haters and personal opinion plays a large part in this, but again my understanding is that the main attraction was seeing the robots in action, no so much the drinks themselves. But good to know about the reviews - I'll be sure to look for those! And again, if anyone has any secret recipe you've concocted, or just a solid choice on the standard list, I'm all ears! Thanks folks!
  11. So I know the Bionic Bar doesn't get much love from repeat cruisers - my understanding from these forums is that it's a "one and done" type experience, largely because the drinks are not too good or too syrupy. That being said, I'd like to have a good time when I do check out this experience. So, if you could only order drinks from the bionic bar, what is the "best" cocktail or drink to go with here? (including, perhaps, one you've created on your own). Cheers!
  12. I think a great couples retreat in Cozumel is the Nachi Cocom Cozumel beach club. It's a quiet, all-inclusive but affordable, beach break. It's also an easy taxi ride from the ship so totally doable on your own.
  13. "the ROYAL you"...I see what you did there ?
  14. Turns out the new policy is to ban all travelers holding Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding its ships due to concerns over coronavirus...regardless of how long it has been since they were last in these regions. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/royal-caribbean-cruise-passengers-n-j-screened-coronavirus-4-taken-n1132266?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma
  15. My family with 4 yo daughter is in a similar situation. We too are a bunch of pale skin, shun the sun types that burn all too easily. Beach beds don't really provide as much shade as you might imagine, except when the sun is directly overhead. The thin fabric shades blow very easily in the breeze so it's something but not really shady. We ended up going with the new beach club because there looks to be a lot of comfortable seating that is very shaded (where you can order food, near the pool) but open to the outside breeze. Also it's a more calm environment in the pool. Finally, with the kids pricing for the club lower than adults, you may even save money compared to getting two beds. For us, there total price for the club admission was the same cost as one bed (around $200).
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