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  1. The evening activities weren't toned down at all. We did go to all the shows (I think I fell sleep during Effectors because I don't remember it), enjoyed the Music Hall and the Schooner Bar even though we were wiped out. Most nights we were back in the cabin around 11 because we knew we needed to be up early. If funds allow I would spend more for business class or premium economy (we were on United) for the comfort and little extras. Mary
  2. My sister and I did our 1st European cruise out of Civitavecchia this past September for my 60th birthday. We did the 8 day Odyssey of the Seas Greek cruise. We flew into Rome 2 days before cruise departure. I reserved private car service with Bob's Limo https://www.romelimousines.com/ from the airport to the hotel (70 Euro per car), the hotel to the cruise port (135 Euro per car) and from the cruise port back to the airport (135 Euro per car). I made the reservations and prepaid about a month before the cruise so I didn't have to worry about it. We stayed at the Marriott Le Meridien (I used my Bonvoy points so I'm not sure what the room cost was). I enjoyed the hotel. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The hotel itself was very clean and had a somewhat modern decor. We were really there to sleep so no complaints. The hotel was about 6 blocks from the Vatican, 6 blocks from the Spanish steps all walkable for us. The only time we took a taxi was from the hotel to the Coluseum after spending 7 hours doing a Vatican tour (I was getting tired). On the ship we had My Time Dining. We didn't make any reservations but usually went between 7-7:30 waited maybe 10 minutes at the most on line. We did reserve Teppanyaki on day 2 (sea day for my birthday) otherwise we were too tired and didn't think we would appreciate the specialty restaurants on this cruise. We had RCCL excursions booked for all the ports and 4 of the 5 ports we had to meet around 7:15 every morning in the theater and we were off the ship for at least 7-8 hours. We had 2 sea days. Day 1 we were resting from our Rome adventures and Day 8 where we didn't do much of anything because we were so exhausted. Our flight home was at 1:00PM I had arranged for the car service to pick us up at the port at 8:00AM. I think we got to the airport by 9:00. The airport was a zoo and the lines for regular check in were very long and a lot of unhappy people. We had premier access so our line was short and we were checked in within 10 minutes and on our way to duty free shopping. A European cruise is so much different from a Caribbean cruise. There is a lot of planning that needs to be done ahead of time but that makes the vacation so much more stress free when you are there.
  3. I was lucky and able to get into the cruise planner about an hour ago and purchased it there.
  4. I cancelled my original refreshment package and repurchased it at the $19.99/day price on the App for my Dec 18th cruise. Also used Amex and it's showing pending. Received emails from Royal for the refund and repurchase. I was able to purchase Voom Surf Stream online a few minutes ago foe $13.99. The site said there was a problem but Amex was charged and Royal sent me a confirm email.
  5. Looking at the app under Dining then Main Dining room you can pull up each nights menus. Looks like day 6 which would be Friday 11/25 is lobster night. Formal night is usually day 2 which is Monday 11/21. Hope this helps
  6. This showed up in my cruise planner today for my Anthem cruise Dec 18th
  7. I was just able to book Spectra's Cabaret on my 12/18/22 Anthem sailing. So glad I saw this topic. I really wish that they would open up reservations for IFly and North Star too. Thanks all.
  8. My sister ordered the chocolate birthday cake online for my birthday cruise on Odyssey in September. It was in my cabin day 1 of the cruise (my birthday was day 2). It was the best chocolate cake. It was so moist and fudgy so good. I was eating a little bit every afternoon and late night. Unfortunately our cabin steward took the cake away the morning of day 4. I was so upset!
  9. Scooters (mopeds) aren't the safest anymore on the Bermuda roads. I have been going to Bermuda since the late 70's and started riding the mopeds (now scooters) back then. I love riding them but didn't feel as safe when I was riding one in 2019. My friends that have lived in Bermuda forever even told me to be careful. In 2021 & 2022 I have rented the Twizy which is a 2 person electric vehicle and I love them. This is the link to the website that rents them but you MUST reserve them online before you even get to Bermuda https://www.currentvehicles.com/. Also remember that they drive on the left.
  10. Thank you for including us on your Alaska Adventure! You did an outstanding job on the blog!
  11. Don't freak out Bermudians are very friendly and helpful. As soon as you get of the ship there should be signs for the Horseshoe Bay shuttles (or you can ask anyone right there). The shuttle takes you right to the beach entrance and costs $7.00 per person each way and I think is cash only (US dollars are used in Bermuda). Once you get to Horseshoe Bay they have chair & umbrella rentals (not sure of the price and it might be cash only too) if you want or just bring your pool towels from the ship. There are also concession stands for food and drink (i would bring cash not sure if they credit cards) and also bathrooms to change out of your wet things. Just a friendly reminder that before you head back to the shuttle make sure that your bathing suits and/or clothing are dry and that your items are not covered in sand.
  12. I went on the Anthem of the Seas Holiday cruise this past Christmas solo. There were a lot of families which made it fun. Christmas morning they had a visit with Santa in Two70 for the kids. The majority of the families were all wearing matching Xmas pj's on Xmas morning. I think they did caroling but I missed it. I did decorate my cabin & cabin door. Also wore my reindeer antlers and slippers. Xmas eve they had a special show in the theater which was really good.. I really had a great time and would do it again.
  13. just did the same on my laptop and it's working now
  14. The JR on Anthem had the adult milk shakes when I was on in December. I had a few vanilla with Malibu rum shakes yum.
  15. White screen here in Bucks County PA. Tried laptop, office PC, iphone all white screen
  16. Hi I am booked on this cruise with my sister to celebrate my 60th (OMG) birthday. Greece has been on both of our bucket lists and we had originally booked an August 2020 Rhapsody of the Seas cruise out of Venice but we all know what happened with that one. We are spending 2 days before the cruise in Rome which neither of us have been to so looking forward to that too. Haven't booked an excursions yet but hope to do so soon. Starting to get a little excited about this cruise!
  17. When going to Bermuda there is no need to do any excursions through the cruise line. All the local businesses (at Dockyard), taxi, tour guides and water sport companies know the cruise schedules. The Island Tour Centre is a main excursion company located at Dockyard (cruise terminal). This is the website: https://www.islandtourcentre.com/. Another company is BDA Watersports: https://bdawatersports.com/
  18. Plenty of Walgreens do the rapid NAAT testing in Bucks Co, Montgomery Co, Mercer Co NJ. Here is the link https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ban=covidtesting_LP_why_schedule
  19. I have never done a sunset cruise but I have used Island Tour Centre (located right at Dockyard) for other activities. This is the website: https://www.islandtourcentre.com/.
  20. My sister was a no show on our Sept. 2021 Oasis cruise and I received the 32 points. I only told RCCL when checking in at the port that my sister will not be coming. RCCL automatically gave me the points after the cruise. I never asked about the points before the cruise. I figured that if I didn't get the points I would email them and dispute it.
  21. If you don't hear back from RCCL you can put a dispute in with your credit card company for just the "towel charge" amount of the folio (reason item not purchased). Let the credit card company know that you have reached out to RCCL customer service and the charge hasn't been resolved.
  22. I was in cabin 12629 on Oasis back in Sept. 2021. Loved the large balcony.
  23. I have only started cruising solo about 4 years ago and I LOVE it. I have done 3 solo cruises on RCCL, 1 on Celebrity and 2 resort vacations. My last was on Oasis this past September and I am sailing solo on Anthem for this Christmas. What I like about solo vacations is that you can do whatever you want when you want and no arguments (unless you argue with yourself) . It's easy to get a seat at the theater and at the pool. The first night in the MDR can feel a little awkward but with the right waitstaff you will do fine. I enjoyed eating in the MDR solo because the waitstaff seem to pay special attention to us solo cruisers (at least I feel that way). Also there is no one at my table to judge me or comment if I want 2 desserts every night. I did have a few invites to join others at dinner because they felt sad that I was eating alone. I thanked them and told them that I enjoy my own company. I am also one that always carries my e-reader with me when I eat (I do it at home too). I can't wait 10 days until my solo Anthem cruise for the holidays. First holiday cruise sailing solo but I have my Christmas decor for my cabin & door and my reindeer slippers & antlers.
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