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Chris Fish

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  1. Group lessons are usually a minimum of 4 and up to 8. The group lesson last about an hour and usually costs about $70.00 per person. If you only have three people that is no big deal as other cruisers will sign up separately. If only three show up for the lesson they may cancel the entire lesson. Doesn't matter if the group has different skill levels as the staff will teach your allotted time to your ability. I took a lesson on my last trip to help other learning riders fill a group lesson and when my time or rotation came up they just instructed me on different tricks and the others were focused more on the basics of riding. If you are doing the lesson just to gain more flowriding time, I would agree as stated before that it is expensive for the time you would gain.
  2. I found the pillow way to soft and asked if they had something a little firmer as I'm use to a memory foam pillow. The room attendant was came thru. I think he may have jammed two pillows in one pillow case but whatever he did worked and did the trick. Wasn't sure if they thought I was crazy when I asked but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
  3. We just got off the Allure a few weeks ago. So the Wipe out café was set up with a great Mexican spread almost every day. I think one day it was setup with hamburgers and hotdogs. We had the El Loco fresh a year ago on the Odyssey and I was disappointed as there didn't seem to have any real spice to the Mexican offerings. My wife thought it was due to an aging population that couldn't handle the spicy food. Well the Mexican food that was served at the Wipe out café on Allure had a reasonable spice to the food and was a good variety of offerings as well. They had chicken, steak, pork to put into a wrap. They had Quesadilla's, chips with chilli and cheese and a number of other things. An added bonus was that I'm a big Flowrider participant so having the Wipe Out Café right next to the sport area worked out well.
  4. I made a reservation once we boarded Odyssey and then I remembered that my sneakers were in my luggage so I wasn't able to take advantage of a free opening on the first day. So if you are thinking of taking advantage on embarkation day remember to wear you closed shoes.
  5. Cruising out of Port Canaveral next spring and was thinking of staying a number of days ahead of the cruise at a beach front or close beach access. Any suggestions?
  6. Yes, I would have made that move in a heartbeat.
  7. My wife and I do enjoy having the ships being full again as it does have more life and energy. Yes, sometimes the pools and other areas are crowded but the experience is more fulfilling.
  8. Rock formation on both sides of Chill island. Snorkel before 9:30 or 10 am to see anything. After that its pretty scarce.
  9. Sorry to hear about your situation. I'm a firm believer in travel insurance. It came in handy about 4 years ago. My wife had a complication after eye surgery and the doctor told us not to go on the ship. This was at midnight before we were due to fly out in the morning with my parents. All four of us were reimbursed fully because of the travelers insurance. We didn't purchase it due to the eye surgery, we just always did and boy did it pay off.
  10. Matt had a great, and timely article (going on Allure in near future) about some secrets on Allure the other day. It listed places to have lunch on embarkation day and it listed Johnny Rockets and Sabor among other complimentary spots. Are these two venues free for lunch on embarkation day? The other places on the list I do now are complimentary.
  11. The new fleet wide flowrider guidelines started in the beginning of September.
  12. Cru con is the previous company that I had used. I would never use them again. Terrible service, actually no response or it would take a month plus just to get a reply and then wouldn't even answer the original issue that we were trying to get addressed. Buyer beware!
  13. We used a local company that just did cruises. Unfortunately they really went down hill and once Covid hit they totally dropped the ball. We now use Sharla with MEI!!
  14. I would go to the sports desk by the flowrider the first day. The earlier in the cruise you can take the lesson the better. I think they usually host the lessons early morning or at night. Basically on times that the flowrider is not scheduled for general operation. I have never been able to sign up for a class before the cruise. It always shows a picture but never a place to sign up.
  15. They offer group lessons for up to 8 people. I believe it last an hour and I believe it cost around $70 per person. A private lesson is about $550.00 I think and you can have it for yourself or a few people. I think the lessons will be more available now that they are becoming more strict as to who can surf.
  16. Oasis class ships have two flowriders. One for boogie boards and the second is for advanced stand up surfing. Royal has new guidelines for stand up surfing. If you don't know how to surf they recommend a lesson. If you have done skateboarding, snowboarding or surfing they may allow you to try but will only give you a chance or two to see if you can load yourself and surf with some control. Otherwise its boogie boarding. The lines can be long at times. Depends on the ship. November may help especially if its not a popular time that kids are out of school. The lines could be 15 minutes to as much as an hour or more. The sessions again depending on the ship can last all day or two 2 to 3 hour sessions. The ships with one flowrider split different time slots for advanced surf and boogie board. Not sure about any advantage for Sky class. Best to look up an old cruise compass to see the typical schedules for the flowrider. Hang loose
  17. Wonder, Odyssey, and Freedom have the newer inflatable surfaces. I rode the Odyssey last October before it was "fixed". I will not book a ship with the new surface in the future. The design was suppose to make it "safer" but instead it prone to having your board bottom out and more likely to fall. Not safer, but in my opinion, the more you fall, the more chance for injury. Yes, my cruise vacations are based on the Flowrider. No flow, no go!
  18. We flew into MCO and with suggestions from people on this forum we stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. It's like 2 miles or less from the airport and the Inn has a shuttle from the airport to the Inn. I did spend a little bit more to have a private shuttle pick us up at the Fairfield and drive us to the port and then we took the shared shuttle from the port back to the airport when heading home at the end of our trip. The Inn was cost effective, had a great breakfast and a nice pool. The staff was very friendly and the place was clean. It had a nice pool as well. Denny's is right around the corner and there are many other restaurants and stores within walking distance. The shuttle service was Cruise control transport. Two nights at the Inn refundable rate was $320.00 and the shuttle both ways totaled $150.00 Again, advice I received from here.
  19. I noticed that the app on every page says "putting the finishing touches, check back later" But on the website, you can plan excursion and dinning and so on. One more example of Royals App not performing. I love the app when its actually works but more often than not it just frustrates me. I will say it again, If Royal wants more people to use the app, get the app to work properly.
  20. Go to Chill Island, 1st beach that has the rocks on both sides. Go early and you will see a variety of fish. It's not over the top snorkeling but it does the trick for right off shore. Didn't see much further out. They have a few man made concrete structures that sometimes have fish but the last time we went (April 2022) there was more around the rocks. By 10am or so it became quite busy. I bring my own gear.
  21. If you purchase a vroom streaming package or the key. Do they charge an 18% gratuity on top of the regular price? Do they only have one time within the week to do the rock climbing wall or the Flowrider?
  22. Purchased the plastic sleeves and I love them but strangely I think my wife misses doing the packing tape thing. Go figure and as stated above, I print everything and getting on the ship goes quick and smooth.
  23. Top 5 things I can't live without on a cruise 1. My wife and best friend 2. My hat and sunglasses, so I don't get burnt 3. Food, lots of it! 4. Flowrider, surfs up baby 5. Phone / camera to get great pics of my wife and me on the Flowrider
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