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Everything posted by RCVoyager

  1. Agree 100%. I love cruising and always want friends or family to cruise with us. On a previous RCCL cruise, when I was the point man, there were only 2 aft balconies left and we needed 3. All 3 paid the same price, but my wife and I gave up the aft balcony and took one on the same floor right beside the 2 aft balconies (without discussing it with the other two couples). Seeing the looks on their faces and enjoying the conversation about their great balconies... especially when both parties realized what we had done for them, made any sense of missing out fade to a feeling of having really done a good thing. That was 2016, and they still talk about it. It was a small gesture that made an impact on the 6 people involved.
  2. That is a solid first post. Thanks for the info. I'll be in touch with Paradise Rentals.
  3. As always, I know I can come here for answers, and I appreciate that. We are interested in renting a car for the day in St. Thomas. I have confirmed that our ship docks at Havensight. Is there a car rental nearby that anyone knows of? I have searched Travelocity and Booking. Both only bring up airport rentals which is a good bit out of our way and would cost a good deal of time to pickup and drop off. Thanks.
  4. As with everything in the mainstream media, in my opinion, it has more to do with whomever supports their agenda than anything else.
  5. I want the family to get the closure they need, but I hope RCCL's attorneys match the effort of their's and that none of them see a penny from this.
  6. I guess I don't understand your point. RCCL is pushing back and doing so in a professional manner. They are defending their position, and while it should not have been done is a public manner, the original info was leaked in an attempt to pressure RCCL into buckling. What is not "squeaky clean" about the cruise line's response?
  7. I'm warm natured. I would plan on shorts, tshirts, and flip flops. My wife is cold natured. She would plan on jeans and something with sleeves... possibly layers she can remove. Someone else mentioned if you are out after sunset, for an hour or so, it can get cool pretty quickly.
  8. All the replys are correct. One way to know is to watch your ship on marinetraffic.com. It's a cool website.
  9. I don't think they are talking about ships home ported in San Juan (Freedom), just those stopping by for the day. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  10. Your ship will port on the South end of the most history packed concentrated area in the Western Hemisphere. There are two world class forts, the oldest churches in the west and a million other historic sites with in a 15 minute walk. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants, including a Senor Frogs right across the street from the dock. You can make San Juan a beach day, but there will likely be better beach days on your cruise. You can make it a tour day (Bacardi Distillery or the rain forest, ect), but with all you have right in front of you, there is no need. My recommendation is once you finish at Senor Frogs, walk directly West on the outside of the wall (it is a walled city, but the Eastern half of the wall has been removed). Once you curve around the wall you will see the city gate which is how the city was entered for centuries. Once inside the gate it's 2 blocks up the hill to an amazing Catholic Church (and by the way, I'm no fan of the Catholic religion, but this place is awesome). It's open all day long and contains the grave of Juan Ponce De Leon. Once out of the chuch head up the hill North and West until you see the El Morro. What a fort. Even my teenage daughters liked it. You can get ice cream and drinks about anywhere along the way. It's a nice day. Read up on it. OSJ is a great place. Find the sites you and your family want to see. It's all in a 7 square block area.
  11. Really cool pix. Thanks for sharing. CoCo Cay is not a big place.
  12. We actually agree. I think you make my point. I think it's crazy to have a full time ship in New York, but with 50,000,000 people within a 1 day drive, RCCL can fill a ship every week. It is not a purchase I would make. However, if given that trip, I would gladly take it in a heartbeat. So if anyone wants to pay for my wife and I to go on the Anthem in January, I can give you my email address. Kidding of course. Peace to you Ogalthorpe.
  13. Just checked Marinetraffic.com. It appears as though they just left NYC with Coco Cay as the destination.
  14. You are correct. The storm was in the South. However, you have to stay in the North, where it is cold, and you couldn't get South without going through it or waiting for it to pass before you go, which is what they decided to do. If you are in FL and there is a storm in the East and South, you can go West. If there is a storm in the Gulf, you can go East. If you are in the upper East coast, there is nowhere to go. Someone mentioned going North which you could do, but that's a bad back up plan in the Winter. Again, if given a free trip on the Anthem in January, I would gladly go, and not complain one bit. The thought of spending really hard earned money and ending up with what this week's travelers ended up with, it would be somewhat on me for choosing to sail from NYC in November or really October through April.
  15. marinetraffic.com is an excellent resource for this very answer.
  16. Well, I think we have our answer. I just checked marinetraffic.com. The ship is still in port. It was supposed to embark at 3:00 PM. No casino and no shops.
  17. If you happen to be in San Juan, the oldest church in the Western Hemisphere is just up the hill in Old San Juan, and it is a Catholic Church.
  18. Gotta agree on this. The jobs created to service the newly created area alone will be helpful to the economy. Even if people don't venture beyond the new area, food, drinks, local crafts and other stuff will be available and purchased.
  19. This is the part of Anthem out of NYC year round that simply doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. I guess when you have 50,000,000 people within a 1 day drive, you can always find 4 or 5 thousand to fill up a ship for the week, but it's only November and the weather is ruining vacations. I guess you can compare the cold weather in the Northeast to cruising in hurricane season in the SE Atlantic and the Caribbean. However, there are not always hurricanes in the Caribbean in September, and if there is, most of the time the cruise lines can work around them. A dome of cold weather in the NE is a given from November to March, and there is only 1 direction you can go to get out of it. You are pretty much guaranteed cold weather on the first day and the last day and hope that's all. If given a free trip on the Anthem in January, I would take it gladly. If making a choice with my hard earned money, I would fly to San Juan this time of year.
  20. Or, it you want, you can order both.
  21. So that would be before RCCL invested so many $ in Coco Cay. Makes sense these cruise lines want to protect their investment which makes the Mariner at Grand Turk this week scratch my head a little.
  22. I completely agree with your position on the subject. If your group (you mention "we") is all doing it, and it was a goal of the trip, it seems to me you have hit on the one way that it is productive to do it. My comment was based upon my experience where there was 4 of us (3 brothers and 1 best friend), and 1 did it. It turned out to be a drag on the group. Here is an example of how it would not work: for me to do it on a trip with my wife only or on a trip with my wife and children (21, 19, and 12). By the second day of my trip, their trip would be ruined, and I would have to drop out of the course to save it. I would want to save others from the same pitfall who don't think in advance just how involved the process is.
  23. I appreciate the effort here, but I would highly recommend not doing the course if you can avoid it. My friend did it some years ago on vacation. It dominates your vacation. The OP talks about it above. It was like he wasn't even with us. He was in class, in the pool, and had to study at night. If it's important to you and you have time do it at home before your vacation. Just my opinion, but it should be a real concern.
  24. I've never posted on a message board in my life. Only a nerd would do that. Oh shoot, I guess I'm busted by my rating. Just kidding. This is a great place for information about all of cruising... not just Royal Caribbean. I appreciate the atmosphere as well as the info.
  25. I did a little digging. The Mariner is scheduled to port there this week. However, it is a chartered cruise. RCCL must have been granted an exception for this ship this week, because it's the only ship not from the Carnival family I see porting there for the next several months. Interesting to say the least.
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