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  1. Serenade - 8/28/19 Navigator - 11/1/19 Navigator - 11/4/19 Symphony - 11/9/19 Symphony - 11/16/19
  2. Probably most importantly as Matt pointed out is that Johnny Rocket's is convenient on the pool deck. On Voyager and Freedom class ships they were not located in the most frequented area. This exposure and accessibility will greatly increase JR sales.
  3. If it is the bridge that goes over the inlet that the tenders use, it could mean that the pier opening is about to happen. We can only hope. We were on the Mariner in January and Captain Toni said that completion was supposed to be in March, but he was not real optimistic.
  4. Cruised on Symphony end of January out of Miami, Terminal A and Luggage Valet was not available.
  5. Highly recommend that you explore the entire ship on your arrival and see how many options are available for you to enjoy. One week is not a lot of time to enjoy all of the ship. The ship is so large you have to spend several hours to check everything out.
  6. You may more disappointed to find out that Sabor's has been replaced with Hooked on the Navigator. However we recently ate at Hooked on the Symphony and it was a great addition to the Specialty Restaurants. The New England Clam Chowder as well as the Halibut was outstanding! Maybe some good news is that they added a El Loco Fresh on the pool deck for some quick Mexican favorites. It was also very good on the Symphony.
  7. At the time we were on the Harmony, October 2016 - it was free. Recent cruises on the Mariner and Symphony, both had an escape room which was $19.99 per person. It was a great experience. Whether or not for $20 would be your decision.
  8. We will be stopping at CocoCay later this week and if we are able to be tendered in we will see where they are on at present time. We have only ever made it in once out of four times due to conditions. Hopefully we will be successful.
  9. We are taking the Radiance this September from Honolulu to Sydney. It is a eighteen night Transpacific and when we dock in Sydney we have reservations to stay at the Rendezvous Hotel in the Rocks area. We have several excursions booked while we are in Sydney including an all day trip (Blue Mountain & Wildlife with Cruise - 10 hours) to the Blue Mountains which is by AAT Kings Day Tours. Other excursions booked are Australian Wildlife 4WD Tour from Sydney by Boutique Tours and a Sunset Dinner Cruise (Captain Cook Cruise). We are then going to Cairns and after several days end up in Melbourne before returning home. As for the B2B disembarking, we have found that many ports vary their handling of this process. Having never been to Australia, we are not sure how and what customs require. Normally you would probably meet in a lounge and they will walk everyone together to customs and board the ship with your new seapass card. We have sometimes had Custom Agents come on board to review documents. There is usually a private lunch for people doing B2B sailings (provided there is a large group). The lunch would be one of the perks for doing a B2B and also the privilege to access your stateroom anytime during the day. After we return we can let you know about the hotel and excursions we did or any other "must sees". Hope this may help. Welcome to the Blog.
  10. Please add: Oasis of the Seas - February 3, 2019 Jewel of the Seas - March 29, 2019 Jewel of the Seas - April 12, 2019
  11. Definitely Brilliance. Love the Radiance class ships. Very nice ship to do the transatlantic.
  12. Tulum has the ruins that are right above the water. Extremely picturesque view.
  13. That was a very insightful video that touched on so many of the numerous features and options that Royal Caribbean has to offer. Nicely done and I enjoyed it very much. By the way we have never encountered the wine corkage fee while enjoying our brought onboard bottles.
  14. Upcoming additional cruises: November 18, 2018 - Adventure of the Seas November 24, 2018 - Adventure of the Seas
  15. We have sailed with Margot van Erck twice. Once on the Legend and last June on the Radiance. She is very nice and extremely high energy. She was a CD staff member on the Legend and AM on the Radiance with Steve Davis. We are sailing tomorrow on Freedom for 8 days and according to your list we will see her onboard.
  16. This is just another true value of using a good TA when booking your cruises. They can take care of these details.
  17. Agreed. For some a long way to travel for the disappointment, especially if they had booked any kind of post cruise excursions from another provider.
  18. Very tough to do, as they all have their persona. 1. Allure 2. Oasis 3. Harmony 4. Anthem 5. Independence 6. Freedom 7. Liberty 8. Serenade 9. Radiance 10. Navigator 11. Jewel 12. Brilliance 13. Adventure 14. Explorer 15. Enchantment 16. Vision 17. Grandeur 18. Rhapsody 19. Majesty 20. Legend
  19. Have not seen or heard anything about this. Will be on Freedom on April 14th and guess we will find out then. Doesn't seem likely to me but you never know.
  20. Radiance of the Seas - September 17, 2018 Mariner of the Seas - January 11, 2019 Mariner of the Seas - January 14, 2019 Symphony of the Seas - January 19,2019 Symphony of the Seas - January 26 ,2019
  21. Johnny Rockets only offers complimentary breakfast on the Oasis class ships. Oasis, Allure and Harmony for sure and I would imagine that Symphony will be the same. Never saw breakfast offered at Johnny Rockets on the Freedom class ships or the Voyager class ships.
  22. We booked tour #1 also, but for February 28th while on the Oasis. This will be our first time to use Bernard's Tours, but have heard many good things. Hopefully will be a good way to see some of the recovery efforts and boost the local economy.
  23. The addition of Izumi with the Hibachi feature will be very nice. Would have been nice to add a Park Café to the Solarium.
  24. Upcoming cruises Oasis of the Seas - February 18 , 2018 Oasis of the Seas - February 25, 2018 Freedom of the Seas - April 14, 2018 Navigator of the Seas - April 22, 2018
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