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  1. Same problem. Cannot sign into Royal or Celebrity webpages.
  2. The times we've been there yes. Seating around the pool area goes fast and folks seem to camp around the pool all day.
  3. The Captains Club event for higher tier levels (Elite and above) offers a limited drink menu during specific hours, so not really a benefit we even partake; hence, we always book drinks as part of an inclusive package, so not been an issue. We do like the complimentary laundry service on the 7 night or longer trips. With 2 people, each Diamond/Elite, you get a bag each after the 3rd night.
  4. I guess weather could influence such a decision, but we wouldn't know that until we're sailing. And they couldn't reschedule unless there is room on the island. Lots of demand from many ships and it can get very crowded. All such factors would need to be considered.
  5. We are in the peak of the season. Actually been a quiet year so far.
  6. Think they'll be released around December/Jan timeframe. Its frustrating, but with still some level of uncertainty on country requirements, understandable.
  7. IMO - I prefer Oasis class ships in the Caribbean. As we've experienced most of the off-shore island offerings, we make the ship the destination and Oasis class ships deliver. We sailed the Med on Symphony, and as we spent most of our waking hours touring, we couldn't enjoy the ship as much. We have a couple of bookings from Galveston on Oasis class ships, and I doubt we'll even get off the ship at the stops. If we want port intensive tours, we'll go to a smaller ship and line. [Analogy: If you're planning to tour desireable/historical land sites, do you need to stay in a 5-star hotel? Or if you're in a very nice resort (as your vacation focus), do you really plan tour the surrounding land sites? So we formed our opinion in if the focus is the shore destinations, ship amenities are the focus, and vice versa, if the shore offerings are the most attractive, the ship is our destination. Just a thought.]
  8. I've sailed Liberty a few times from Galveston, and the ship does sport a state of Texas theme as it has been home ported there. We'll have to wait and see if the new ships home ported take on the theme.
  9. We're just a bunch of old farts that run out of gas after dinner.....
  10. Its not a 1:1 comparison because there are no toys on Celebrity ships. Just pools, hot tubs, sports court, fitness center and spa. The dining opportunities match to a point. Edge class will the the greatest number of culinary opportunities.
  11. I remember Oasis of the Seas used to have a shipboard webcams. Anyone know if they will they ever be used again?
  12. and if you're not happy with what's on the menu, you can request a MDR menu and they'll give you something from that venue. They'll work hard for customer satisfaction.
  13. They'll just try to sail the ship out of the inclement weather. Now if there was a hurricane moving into port, you might see a cancellation.
  14. Birthing is part of the load, but they also have to accommodate "life raft" space for 9000+ - as well as all the other "hotel infrastructure" for that bump.
  15. I notice the "aging" more after being on one of the newer or more recently upgraded ships. Ah the smell of fresh deck primer
  16. https://www.dailywire.com/news/see-it-biggest-cruise-ship-ever-built-could-be-scuttled-before-it-ever-sails?utm_source=wnd&utm_medium=wnd&utm_campaign=syndicated Can't figure out who would invest in a $1.8B supership with no home. Its a 9,000 passenger super ship that's almost complete with no place to go but scrap!
  17. That's the kind of insight I was looking for. I have some neighbors claiming SL can beat the weather (which I have problems believing; given the operating band.)
  18. Yes, but SL satellites are in a lower orbit than legacy systems so wondering if its performance is noticably better. I have noticed diminished performance with existing systems in heavy rain. Curious if the lower orbit with larger constellation overcomes the precipitation issue. Of course, can only tell if we encounter heavy precipitation while using that system. Will be a "qualitative" observation only.
  19. The Royal app has become pretty useful which means I keep my phone with me. We always get the internet packages so we can continue connectivity with the family. I'm very curious to experience Star Link service first hand. My previous experience with other other home satellite internet providers was not impressive due to signal loss when there was precipitation. Granted the ships can move out of the weather, so that should make things better.
  20. There so are many variables/dimensions to compare. You have to find an apples to apples comparison. Need to pick similar ship classes, pick similar itineraries at same time of year, pick fares at the same cost basis (inside, outside, balcony etc) so you can evaluate the "value" contained within each dollar. Things can get skewed with loyalty levels because they offer different perks.
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