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  1. The Arctic Circle would be a good sailing for any type of cabin. It is port intense enough not to miss a balcony terribly. The 12 day Itinerary was Amsterdam, Molde, Tromso, Honningsvag, Alesund, Flaam, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Amsterdam. Had a great time at every stop and can't recommend it enough, it was a bucket list for us. Especially the top of the world, Nord Kapp (North Cape) at the Honningsvag stop.
  2. What sailing are you interested in? Some of the more port intensive sailings are almost as enjoyable with an inside or ocean view cabin. We do like the balcony cabins on the transatlantic crossings(several sea days). Wife Cathy generally gets together with others on the ships roll call from Cruise Critic and books excursions, saves money compared to ships tours. Picture is aft balcony 9260 a few weeks ago on Jewel OTS at the dock in Amsterdam.
  3. Just did 24 days(2 x 12 day B2B) Norway Arctic Circle and Iceland/Ireland June/July. Ship is showing some age here and there, but overall is still a nice place to spend time. It is NOT a floating amusement park, but that's why we like Radiance/Vision class ships. Even Voyager class to an extent. Dining room was a bit cramped as they were trying to eliminate using the upper dining deck. Both fixed and "My Time" were on deck 4. Was not a fan. WiFi was slow a lot of the time even with surf/stream pkg. Did both Giovanni's and Chop's. Both were very good as usual. Good service throughout, but language barriers popped up time to time as new staff were trying their best. This was our first cruises since the start of covid, was good to be back after 2 years Any specific questions? Would be glad to answer...................
  4. $15 at Wally World, leave it with the cabin attendant at the end.....repeat. Done for about the last 20 sailings RCI, Princess, MSC. Pack it in one of our carry on bags.
  5. Yeah, an extra drink daily(5) and free bag of laundry is still there. 2 days of free internet per D+ member, and a few other things. We booked this sailing a while back and are flying into Rome a couple days early.
  6. Someone above mentioned that Royal has it's ships catered more towards "family" sailing. I agree that the kids being vaccinated has everything to do with protocols. We have found a way with T/A's and some other sailings to have a more adult experience. We just cancelled two more sailings for January now that Royal extended their mandates through March, have only a few more booked through 2022. Will wait and see, haven't had a mask on in over 6 months, still won't pay to wear one.
  7. I am German......but I don't see how that matters one way or the other. Twangster, I don't expect the cruise line to "accommodate" me if I arrive early because of a flight schedule, but to be looked at in the light you project is overbearing.
  8. Wow, you sound like the Gestapo..............We might do like most are doing now, AVOID SAILING! Too much BS from start to finish for a lot of money. If you like all this as it is right now though, good for you....enjoy. If somebody has to wait, so what? You might need to try something else to do yourself for a while, way too uptight.
  9. Have to agree with you here. We fly to all sorts of different ports for boarding cruises and arrive at as many different times. I try sometimes to book flights that arrive sometime around noon, but it usually does not work out that way. Problem is, if you book a flight for noon to one pm or so, and there is any kind of delay, you risk not making it in time. Ideally I would normally like to arrive at the dock about 2 pm and avoid the rush. That's cutting it close to boarding time if your flight is delayed for any reason. Sometimes that certain flight that gets you there at that special time is a pile of money MORE. Sorry twangster, I will be that guy. I can't see the added chores and expense of finding bag storage for a couple hours in Orlando, FLL, Newark, Tampa, Galveston, etc., etc. I will try though ! Could fly in a day early, lets add another couple hundred for room and meals. Flight could be more or less?
  10. No, the real disappointment is the whole mask thing after that much money. I don't think they can survive long on these passenger numbers with what it costs to sail the ship. Bookings, bookings, bookings........................
  11. Will NOT try for a last minute out of Galveston like I had hoped. Have 2 booked for January out of Galveston, will cancel those if this silliness is still going on. Good luck RCI, but I hear the road calling................
  12. Radiance OTS 2003, roundtrip from Vancouver(Alaska).
  13. I think it's more about the "these people" versus "those people" and the segregation/ nose in the air mentality. Who and to a greater degree "how" all the policing will be done? Elevators????????...Dining Rooms??????? This does not sound like a good way to drop thousands of dollars....I don't need a cruise that bad.
  14. I don't get the "used to it" part. Why would I pay thousands for someone to make me wear a mask. Quit doing that a long time ago and won't start again for a cruise that costs a lot of money. Hopefully you all enjoy your sailings..............
  15. We've been doing exactly this for a long time down here. Won't spend money in a place that requires a mask, there were and are to many places that don't.
  16. Will not go if mask is required. Had covid in Nov., vacinated this past month, now a negative test also required......see the pattern developing here? Ever hear of the donkey/stick/carrot ?
  17. 4 so far in 2022, cancelled all 6 for 2021....if they sail in 21, might try a last minute out of Galveston or a T/A if possible.
  18. Agree with twangster on this one. It has nothing to do with "environmental" concerns in Key West......locals who hate crowds! Even in Venice, it is the locals who hate the crowds. Had local students as tour guides a couple times there who stated this without reservation. Ships wake is a joke compared to the Vaporetto, Alilaguna, and thousand water taxis going down the grand canal and secondary canals.
  19. Agree with this. The mask police wandering around the ship sounds like a ball, as well as the elevator police. Sounds like a prison.
  20. I don't have these restrictions here at home in my area. Why on earth would I pay RCL or anybody to watch me and what I do like the gestapo...........
  21. And that would be fine. I don't need cruising to define my life, I USE IT for enjoyment. When it is not enjoyable, move on.
  22. Not a chance. I don't wear one here, why would I pay lots of money to wear one? Y'all enjoy yourselves.
  23. As stated above....pricing. That's what got us to try MSC on the Divina. Nice aft balcony for half the price of the same aft balcony on the Navigator (both ships out of Miami for a New Years sailing). Enjoyed the ship very much. We then tried a YC cabin on the Seaside when it came to Miami. That is a different ball game. RCI came out later with the classes of suite cabins on bigger ships, but the pricing was too high for us. If you want to give it a try, get a YC interior cabin(yes, they do have them) and see if you like it, that's what we did. Then see if you want a YC balcony suite vs. an RCI Sky or similar. We have sailed in Grand suites and Junior suites, we wanted to try the YC "experience". At about $190 a day PP + tax, it was very nice, and on their newest ship. We have a YC booked for a 7 day Mediterranean sailing on the Seaside in the late fall 2021. Price is about the same, just under $200 a day PP + tax. With a different port every day, I won't miss the balcony. RCI wants $250 a day PP just for a lead in balcony on a Med sailing. We still sail with RCI mostly, but without wearing blinders.......... And, YES, YC is a ship within a ship..........
  24. Only one problem we had with 9658. One day about 8AM DW says" Oh no, the toilet won't flush!"..........Press the button...nothing. Let it sit a few minutes, press, nothing. Call maintenance, they came pretty soon and told us it might be a while. Problem is the access door out in the hallway for servicing plumbing is not in the hall for this cabin. It is inside the Grand Suite next door and they couldn't wake up those suite guests. It got fixed, later. Great cabin otherwise. Pics are as we boarded behind the Movenpick hotel, Amsterdam, Holland.
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