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RCVoyager

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  1. Hey Tiny. I'm always interested in what happened to the old ships I have been on, and I look at cruise history in the profile of other posters on the forum. The old NCL Seaward is alive and well and still serving her owners. She is now the SuperStar Libra sailing for Star Cruises. Pretty cool.
  2. It sounds like a repositioning cruise. They are generally in April and October as the ships reposition seasonally. We did one a few years ago on Carnival. They are generally a good value, and we did note a few things not timed out perfectly by the cruise line... I think due to the fact they don't do these cruises every week. We would do one again in a second it the opportunity arose.
  3. I never miss a chance to talk about Gaelic Storm because I think the plastic world of today's entertainment is missing out on the absolute best. If you get a chance to spend 15 minutes check out the songs 'Damn Near Died in Killaloe' and 'Raised on Black and Tans'. Fans also love 'Don't Go For the One' and 'The Night I Punched Russell Crowe in the Head' which is billed as a true story. Here's another great story abut them. One night in Indy they did an all ages show (many of their shows are 21 and up). My friend's son was about 11 and LOVES Gaelic Storm. Pat saw us in the crowd and saw the boy with his 'Designated Driver' shirt on. Pat called the boy up onto the stage and had him play the symbol in the song 'What's the Rumpus' which has a heavy symbol. By the end of the song, Pat had Michael running across the stage jumping in the air and coming down hard on the symbol. The kid will never forget it. Additonally after every show, they come out and do a meet great until every fan has gone. No other band would dare do such a thing. That's Gaelic Storm.
  4. It really was a lot of fun, and something none of us will forget. I have a copy of the photo that was given to everyone who did it by the Barenaked Ladies. They were amazing hosts. Totally accessable and did more appearances than advertised. I also have an 8 X 10 portrait that was also a gift from the band. It is the 5 of them and the 4 of us in our travel party. Not only that, but that was the cruise were we discovered Gaelic Storm which has become the favorite band of virtually everyone in my family and many of our friends. Great music, an unmatched stage presence, so entertaining, and the most fan friendly band you will ever meet. A couple of years later my brother became ill with ALS. The last time he saw Gaelic Storm he had a cane. Patrick, one of the two front men, asked him about it. He was visibly shaken as he had gotten to know us. We lost my brother 5 years ago, and Pat still asks me about him and his family every time I see the band. Even dedicated a song to him last Spring in Indy.
  5. One of the coolest things I've done on a ship involves the bathrobes. January of 2007 on the Carnival Legend was Ships and Dips 1 which was the Barenaked Ladies Cruise. One morning an announcement came as an invitation to go to our staterooms, remove all clothing, put on the robe, and report to the Lido Deck. With robes on, 700 of us were staged for a photo. the band was there too. After about 10 minutes to set the whole thing up, we were told on the count of 3, drop the robes. You can still find the "Barenaked as Sea" photo on the internet. We were naked for about 5 seconds, and now 700 people I will never see again were part of one of the coolest things ever. You can check it out.
  6. If you love beer, you must check out 'The Beer Song' by Gaelic Storm.
  7. Thanks Pete. This is helpful. I'm interested in anyone's else's informed input
  8. Thanks Waaytoo. I hadn't thought about the Ritz. We'll be going 4 days early for our cruise, so it may be a little too spendy. However, I'm going to take a good look at it. I'm interested in opinions on both hotels... particularly my original question about room type.
  9. Has anyone stayed here? Thinking of treating the wife on our trip next year. So, here's the question: Which is better (King Heritage or King Tower City View). Is one newer or more updated than the other? Are the views that much better in one rather than the other? These are the things that impress the lady of my house. Thanks.
  10. I haven't been there for a few years, but we really liked Grenada, and as mentioned is easy and safe to walk around. They are very pro American which is good in my opinion.
  11. Any thought as to why RCCL doesn't visit Grand Turk? Is there any known movement toward stopping there? My wife wants to go, and I want to take her. I would rather book RCCL than Carnvial, but my hand may be forced in this situation.
  12. St. Croix has become one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. It's mostly because there is a fantastic beach right off the ship. If you bring a baggie, you can fill it with sea glass, some of it very old, on that beach and in the water there. Additionally, Fort Frederic, some shopping, and some dining are all right there. No need for any kind of transportation.
  13. Gaelic Storm. Best band on the planet that many have not heard of. Lots of drinking songs. Give em a go. You won't regret it.
  14. Let me first say that I'm glad we have some environmental rules that we didn't have in the early decades of the industrial revolution. We should not have the Cuyahoga River on fire. We should not have industrial sites abandoned with highly contaminated soil left behind. We should not have smog blocking the sun in our cities. We should be able to breathe the air, drink the water, and walk around without having to dodge huge piles of waste and trash. We should have sanitary sewers to separate sewage from runoff. There should be regulation on the use of fertilizers. If, as a society, we want to encourage walking or bike riding rather than driving a car, that would be great. However, things have gone way too far. We have politicians and activists flying from city to city on private jets to tell us to not drive our cars. We have gone from paper to plastic back to paper bags at the store. We have low emission electric cars that plug into a wall to charge a car when there is no reliable source of electricity that is renewable. We have mass transit forced down our throats for hundreds of millions of dollars that no one rides (Cincinnati is an example). The Holy Grail is the Climate Change movement...which is the biggest redistribution of wealth in history, and even if man did have an effect on the climate, it is minuscule. If anyone thinks they will rid the world of plastic straws and then leave us alone they are wrong. It's not just cruises either. It's everything we choose to do (right down to the number of children we have). There is too much money in it for these people. At some point we have to tell them to get bent. This is it. Save the straws. Just make sure you put them in a trash can when you are done with them.
  15. There are paper based straws. Seems that would be the way to go.
  16. Actually, I'm not planning to book the Spirit. I try to keep an eye on the roughly 140+- ships from the major cruise lines (RCCL, Carnival, Celebrity, NCL, HAL, MSC, Costa, & Princess) with an interest on the ships that I've been on. I went onto carnivalaustralia's website. The have multiple brands available on that site. Some are outside of the big 8 brands listed above, and some are ships from the group above. With a quick look, only the Spirit appears to be taken off it's company's website, but still sailing under the same name. Interesting to me... probably not anyone else.
  17. Thanks for all the insight. I was unaware there was a Carnival Australia website. Seems that would not be great for business. It should be available on the main website.
  18. I realize this is a RCCL blog. But most here have experience with Royal's competition. I am interested in what ultimately happens to ships on which I have sailed... including the Spirit. I can no longer find it on Carnival's website. I find vague news stories that she now operates from Australia. However, there is no mention of her on Carnival's website. Anyone here know what has happened to her and what her future holds? Thanks.
  19. If you're leaving from San Juan and you plan to be in your room as your cruise begins, you will want to be on the starboard side. The views of El Morrow as you leave the harbor are awesome.
  20. As a staunch conservative, and a big time supporter of President Trump, I can say without reservation, I don't care about anyone's sex, creed, religion, color or any other subject of division. I think a higher percentage of conservatives think that way than most people realize. Nice people are nice people regardless of the aforementioned categories. Intolerant people are intolerant regardless of the aforementioned categories. Go on the cruise, have fun, hold a door open for little old ladies, say hello, thank you, and you're welcome. You'll be fine. Interestingly, for my 50th birthday, my wife took me on the Adventure of the Seas from San Juan. The morning we boarded, there were two women boarding the ship the same time we were. They were elderly and minority. They were also struggling a bit with the ramps in San Juan that are a little long if you have trouble walking. My wife carried their bags and I had one on each arm as we conquered the ramps. My wife and I had a sense of satisfaction that we helped two fellow human beings who were in need. The ladies loved it so much they had a photo taken with them. We looked for them on board, but never saw them again. That is the human spirit of giving and receiving. Doesn't matter about all the divisive stuff.
  21. If you rely on the MDR for most meals, you will want to skip NCL. It's like going to Bob Evans or Applebees every night.
  22. I know I'm a Geography nerd, but Invest 90L is not in the Caribbean as TMobile suggests. It is in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a lot like advertisments for Caribbean cruises to the Bahamas. The Bahamas are in the Atlantic Ocean.
  23. The 8:30 departure out of San Juan is fantastic. As mentioned, the muster drill is a 4 or 4:15. You can do a 6 or 6:30 dinner and still be on deck or your own balcony for the 8:30 departure. It's best to be somewhere on the starboard side of the ship. There is a great view of El Morro as you leave the harbor. It's so close you feel like you could reach out to touch it.
  24. That is correct. The Royal dock (Panamerican Pier) is within site of Old San Juan and the normal cruise docks (across the channel). It is about a 10 minute cab ride when there is little traffic. Probably a good bit more with ship traffic. I'd still make the investment in time to see Old San Juan if you have time. There isn't really anything near the Royal docks except a Sheraton. It's not called the "Nothing to Do Sheraton" by the locals for nothing.
  25. Speaking of Grand Cayman, a little Barefoot Man never hurts. Check him out.
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