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  1. I know Allure, Adventure, Explorer and Liberty are all supposed to get upgrades but those have been postponed indefinitely, any ideas if any of the Quantum class ships will be upgraded eventually? I'm aware they're very different in terms of having not having water slides, royal promenade etc  was just thinking if there were any features they could add etc. I'm also aware that the Quantum class ships are still relatively new compared to all the ships that have received upgrades so it could be a while 🤷‍♂️

  2. If you need an extension cord or a power outlet of some kind, I'm pretty sure you can just ask your room steward for one, they're happy to give you one (Unless that's changed, haven't been on a Royal Cruise in a couple of years), I asked for one on my last Royal Cruise and the room steward one had one ready for me when I got back to my room, unless you need your own for whatever reason.

  3. The last few cruises I've been on, we've tipped every single staff member we interacted with except one - maybe that person was having a bad day or something had happened, but he just wasn't very friendly or polite to anyone, and he had gotten our order mixed up a few times! Gratuities going up isn't surprising to me, especially in this day and age where COVID19 is still very much a problem and not just the cruising industry, but every industry is having trouble attracting workers. 

  4. 5 hours ago, luv2sail said:

    Just off Ovation and we were able to do North Star free in Seattle. I know you had to pay when cruising Endicott Arm.  You are only able to schedule one free ride per person.

    It must have changed sometime after 2017 then, because my mum was able to get two free rides during the sailing, albeit, one of them was because there was noone queueing - so not sure if that counts tbh

  5. Titan(ic) of the Seas

    Medusa of the Seas

    Aphrodite of the Seas

    Defender of the Seas

    Illustrous of the Seas

    Athena of the Seas

    Keeper of the Seas

    Enchantment of the Seas 2

    Poseidon of the Seas

    Zeus of the Seas

    Of the seas of the seas

    Royal of the Seas

    Caribbean of the Seas

    Hype of the Seas

    Jester of the Seas

    Majesty of the Seas (2.0)

  6. Excellent write up and pretty much almost how I remember Ovation when I sailed on her back in 2017....(there was one incident during one of the shows though that completely ruined the cruise for me though)

    Back then you had to book for the NorthStar, not sure if that's still the case now....also, it was free back then

    I'm not really much of a pool person (something about being self conscious about my body) so the pools being filled with teenagers didn't really bother me.

    But also...Ovation is only 6 years old, Ruby Princess is almost 14 years old, so she's bound to show some wear and tear at some point...🤣🤣 

  7. 10 hours ago, twangster said:

    It was never announced officially but in the days of Lelepa which also suffered a pandemic induced delay and with more ports moving towards Oasis capable the writing was on the wall that Oasis would be coming down under.  No date or ship was officially announced.   

    I have spoken to Lazslo, Royal's head botanist who installs all the Central Parks about Australia.  First of all they can't re-home plants between ships or to land.  Once a plant comes on board the only way it leaves is through the incinerator.  That applies in all regions.  He lives in Florida now and guests from Florida ask him all the time if they can take any of the plants home when they replace items in Central Park.  No plant comes off the ship.  Ever.   

    While the US and Europe are not as strict as Australia there are agricultural laws in all regions. Millions of dollars go into Central Park plants.  Ripping it bare is literally burning up millions.  A few years ago Lazslo once stated Australia will never see Oasis class because of Central Park.  Since he made that statement in 2018 I've kept it in the back of my head knowing that there is a concept of Oasis class down under brewing in Miami.

    When Wonder debuted in March I was eager to investigate Central Park.  I was curious to see if they had any issues with the plant selections for China now that the ship was actually in America.  I also wanted to see if Central Park used live plants or fake ones on the premise of a concept or wish that Wonder may have been built with a goal of eventually splitting time in Australia.  Lazslo was of course there in Wonder's Central Park in March.  The Central Park I saw was the Central Park installed for China he told me.  All of the plants were acceptable to the USDA (our federal agricultural regulator) but not all of the plants would survive in the North American climate.  He was working on the plan to replace plants as they died off in the Florida heat, replacing them with species that are known to handle the Med and Florida better. 

    So for now the issues related to Central Park down under remain unsettled.  It's not just when the ship initially arrives down under, it's an issue every time the ship re-enters Australia week after week, cruise after cruise.   Cruise ships don't get a free pass from Australia's very strict agricultural regulations.  On every cruise there is the potential that Central Park has picked up a pest on that cruise at some other port and could be introducing that pest to Australia.  Oasis class may be the only ships in the world that have such a large volume of live plants and outdoors so it is a unique situation.  Time will tell how they handle this.  

    He also told me that every time an Oasis class ship does a turn around at a US home port a USDA inspector comes on board.  Every time.  So while not as strict as Australia, it's taken very seriously here as well.  

    Hmm interesting, thanks for the insight.

    How likely is it that RCI deviate yet again with Utopia and don't install Central Park (or at least the plants)? So that she's suitable for cruising in Australia? 🤣😛 I'm guessing probably like a 1% chance

  8. Fortune of the Seas

    Magic of the Seas

    Serene of the Seas

    Pacific of the Seas

    Fascination of the Seas

    Luminous of the Seas

    Breakaway of the Seas

    Getaway of the Seas

    Escape of the Seas

    Encore of the Seas

    Miracle of the Seas

    Conquest of the Seas

    Glory of the Seas

    Valor of the Seas

    Liberty of-oh wait this one exists already

    Freedom of-oh wait this one also exists

    Dream of the Seas

    Breeze of the Seas

    Vista of the Seas

    Horizon of the Seas

    Panorama of the Seas

    Mardi Gras of the Seas


  9. 13 hours ago, AspiringCruisePlanner said:

    I love the sound of this, but the definition of a nova doesn't seem desirable in the context of a cruise ship. 😂

    "a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months."

    I mean.... Royal did trademark this one recently.... so 😛


  10. 13 hours ago, twangster said:

    They were plans for Oasis class down under but the pandemic has paused that.  

    I'm still trying to figure out how they plan to deal with the very strict agricultural laws down under.  Central Park has thousands of live plants and many different species.  It's still not clear to me how they plan to deal with that in Australia.  Maybe Utopia won't have live plants in Central Park.  Time will tell.   

    Wait?! Was this actually confirmed like RCI were going to send an Oasis-class ship down here?! If so - do we know when and which? (I'm guessing it'd probably have been Oasis or Allure, since we're probably not good enough for Harmony, Symphony or Wonder, by that, I mean our cruising industry isn't as big as the US (obviously) and there's only so many destinations that Royal ships go to sailing out of Sydney😛 ) Maybe they'll go into drydock to remove all the live plants and rehome them to another Oasis class ship and use fake ones? Or maybe like you said, Utopia won't have live plants and it'll be designed specifically for the Aussie market! Would love that.... then I'd be able to sail on her every week....

    As long as we also get one of the Icon class ships..... I'll be a happy camper.

  11. Honestly, y'all American peeps are so lucky, you get almost every Oasis-class ship.... meanwhile all we get are Quantum-class and Voyager-class ships (which I mean don't get me wrong, they're great but it's like)... come on RCI! Send us Oasis... or even Allure (tbh, I don't even care if she doesn't get her Amplification, I just want to experience an Oasis class ship and I think her not having her amplification is what stands her out apart from the other Oasis-class ships)...or you know... I'll even take Harmony, I doubt they'd ever send us Symphony or Wonder though... but who knows, maybe when Utopia is out they will send an Oasis-class down our way.


  12. I've only been on Ovation... so I guess Ovation? 😇 When we sailed on her back in 2017.. she was still pretty new.... I think her, Quantum and Anthem were the =4th largest ships in the world? Only behind Oasis, Allure and Harmony and I remember discussing with the people I was cruising with that Symphony would be out soon...

    (We don't get many non-Quantum/Voyager class ships down here in Australia!)

    We have Quantum of the Seas in Brisbane and Ovation of the Seas in Sydney for the 2022-2023 sailing season...

    We're scheduled to get Enchantment for the 2023-2024 season though...

  13. 5 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

    I don't think there is a list of refurbished cabins. I believe they do this during drydock and amplification. I don't know if Oasis will have been drydocked or amplified by next spring.

    If you mean Oasis receiving another amplification - maybe not likely anytime soon - especially seeing as how Allure still hasn't gotten her FIRST 😛, a drydock for refurbishments? Maybe 

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