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  1. (Sigh) Fine, I hereby grant the OP a Full Refund, (minus the 99.7% refund fee), plus a free hot water voucher good toward a future cruise (Not valid for Alaskan cruises)
  2. Like @KathyC said, this is just an RCCL fan board, so we can't actually help with the issue. If you're still on board, how about using the showers in the fitness center?
  3. Can only get one drink at a time with the drink package. If he's buying a round he will have to pay for the total. I think once he has to sign the first receipt and gets sticker shock at the price, that might reign him in.
  4. Right? I'd rather spend that money toward another cruise. Then I can relax in a deck chair and be the thing collecting dust!
  5. The time listed on your email is just a suggestion. They are NOT strictly adhered to. Show up as early as you'd like, check-in, get on board and start enjoying your vacation and exploring the ship! We showed up for Freedom this past January at around 10:30-11:00 a.m. This early arrival let us drop off luggage, check-in, and get on board in under 20 minutes!
  6. We went to the Southern Caribbean last January. While it was the COLDEST week of the year back home (Michigan, sub zero temps), the weather from San Juan, PR to Barbados and back was PERFECT! Sunny and in the 80's (or more) all week long! Beach time and snorkeling excursions were more than comfortable. Cooler but comfortable outside in the evenings to go out on the decks to stargaze and enjoy the sound of the waves. We're going southern Caribbean again this January!
  7. Yes, the farewell is done in both the early and late seating.
  8. I've never seen these things come up in the cruise planner. I've only seen liquor tastings appear on the current day's Cruise Compass while on board. In 2017, I was able to attend a complimentary scotch tasting in the liquor store on board. You had to be there on time. Once the tasting commenced, the doors were locked and no further attendees were granted access. When else am I going to be able to taste six varieties of Johnnie Walker at no cost?
  9. Last year my wife started packing for our January 27th Southern Caribbean cruise in October. (90+ days in advance) She decided that instead of putting away her summer clothes for the winter, (like she usually does) why not put them in the suitcase she's taking on our cruise.
  10. Oh, I wish I had mentioned them on my posting! We saw them this past January on Freedom. I didn't think I would enjoy them very much, I WAS WRONG!
  11. @JustmeCindy Welcome! My wife has a gluten allergy, and I've posted here several time about just how helpful RCCL and it's staff are to accommodating food allergies and special dietary needs. I will link below. I think/hope you'll be quite pleased!
  12. A country/rock band called Savannah Jack performed on our Rhapsody cruise back in 2017. FANTASTIC! Fiddle player on Devil Went Down to Georgia would certainly make Charlie Daniels nervous to follow him! A very young group of guys that play 50's/60's rock called Rookie that performed on Grandeur in 2018. Again, FANTASTIC! I got a chance to shake the guitar player's hand after the show and told him his solo work on Johnny B. Goode would make Chuck Berry proud. Both are known to perform on Royal ships regularly.
  13. This happens a lot, doesn't it? The usual pattern of events, from what I've seen, is Join > Vent > Disappear. Sorry to the OP that RC didn't meet expectations, but, as @Ray said, you should've found and come to this blog sooner. We're all looking to advise fellow cruisers.
  14. Try the "Splenda Naturals Stevia" in the green and white packaging. No bitterness, no aftertaste.
  15. @JLMoran Did you mean to say no Stevia? I've seen Splenda everywhere.
  16. We sailing during the week of Thanksgiving on Navigator in 2009. (Ended on Thanksgiving day, so I can't speak to any special dining) One pleasant surprise was seeing that, overnight, the Royal Promenade was suddenly decorated for Christmas complete with a very large Christmas tree on Wednesday.
  17. In addition to ironing before you leave, take a travel size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Release, too. It works pretty well.
  18. I've seen Blue (Equal), Pink (S&L), and Yellow (Splenda) at the Café Latte-tudes and Café Promenades, but, I don't recall seeing any Stevia. I'm glad you asked this, I've recently switched to Stevia and need to remember to bring some, too!
  19. Like, @CGTLH said, the cups come in different colors/patterns. Out of pure happenstance, my wife and I have been given two different cups each time we cruise. With six people, though, you probably will be looking at some duplicates. I think you are on the right track, though. Just bring some labels, stickers, a sharpie, etc. to differentiate.
  20. My comments made it into the video. I feel like such a celebrity! (No autographs or paparazzi, please!)
  21. Saw this news on twitter and you were the first person I thought of. My sincerest condolences.
  22. @Butterfli I'm not so sure this will be allowed on board. These work by using a chemical reaction between the water and the quicklime in the pouch possibly creating excessive heat and possibly irritating fumes.
  23. Navy vet? I'll try not to hold that against you! (Army vet here.) The plastic sleeve tag holders with the steel cable everyone is mentioning are great. Durable, re-useable, and easy to attach without the need for staples or tape.
  24. It should be. I'm not sure of the exact length of my cord, but, it has a good deal of length (10 ft. maybe). It's enough to reach from the plug located at the vanity to the nightstand.
  25. I've put mine in a checked bag to board each time with no issues. DO NOT bring your own extension cord, however. That can result in a naughty room visit, so I am told. Fill out the special needs form: https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/allaboutcruising/guestSpecialNeeds.do (or send an email to special_needs@rccl.com ) Below is a screenshot of the area you need to fill out. FYI: Be prepared to have a LARGE extension cord provided. The cord I was given was a heavy gauge cord at least 50 feet in length! 😆 Although I filled out the customer needs form for one cruise, the supplies needed were not in our room yet. A quick conversation with our stateroom attendant had a gallon of distilled water and an extension cord delivered during our dinner service.
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