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Thanks for the welcome. The last 3 years we have been sailing CCL. We jumped ship in December 2017 looking for better casino offers. So far we have sailed Rhapsody, Empress, and this week was the second time with the Independence of the Seas. We have 3 more RCL cruises booked for 2019 so far.

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Hi everyone, my name is Abi and we‘re going on our first cruise on Indy from 15-20April... so excited, can’t wait!!!

We‘re flying to FLL from Germany so it’s a long haul for us, but I’m sure it’s gonna be worthwhile 🙂

Thanks for a great site and all the invaluable tips! Absolutely awesome!!

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4 hours ago, SAgirl76 said:

Hi everyone, my name is Abi and we‘re going on our first cruise on Indy from 15-20April... so excited, can’t wait!!!

We‘re flying to FLL from Germany so it’s a long haul for us, but I’m sure it’s gonna be worthwhile 🙂

Thanks for a great site and all the invaluable tips! Absolutely awesome!!

Welcome, Abi !

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My husband and I love to cruise, and play video poker. We live in Grand Cayman where we own and operate a business on the waterfront called Simply Weddings. We were formerly retired, but we got bored and started this great business. I love meeting people from all over the world, therefore cruising is a good fit for me. We have played all over, including many trips to Las Vegas, but as we get older we dont want to do too many long haul trips. I just want to learn all I can about cruising on RCL so I hope you will be patient with me while I am still green.

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53 minutes ago, Joy said:

I was really excited to find this blog, quite by accident, and look forward tolearning a lot about cruising on RCL.

Oh you might learn more than you bargained for...you might learn that we are a bunch of cruise enablers and this is a front for cruiseaholics anonymous 😆

Just kidding. This community is great!

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Hey yall

I'm Jason, I'm married to an angel named Melody and we have 2 girls (11 & 6) and 1 boy (2).  My kids are starting to make cruising requests already, I think I'm creating monsters. We live in Washington state about 45 minutes south of Seattle. If I lived closer to the Caribbean I would cruise more, there is only so many times you can cruise Alaska or Victoria/Vancouver. I've started hanging around this site more and more in the last few months as I become more and more addicted to RCL cruises. I might even be addicted to the idea of the possibility of perhaps cruising. I've successfully binged about 200 podcasts and look forward to cruising with some of you all someday on a group cruise. I also finally pulled to trigger on becoming an Insider as Matt surely deserves the support! 

God Bless and Happy Cruising

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19 minutes ago, JasonL said:

Hey yall

I'm Jason, I'm married to an angel named Melody and we have 2 girls (11 & 6) and 1 boy (2).  My kids are starting to make cruising requests already, I think I'm creating monsters. We live in Washington state about 45 minutes south of Seattle. If I lived closer to the Caribbean I would cruise more, there is only so many times you can cruise Alaska or Victoria/Vancouver. I've started hanging around this site more and more in the last few months as I become more and more addicted to RCL cruises. I might even be addicted to the idea of the possibility of perhaps cruising. I've successfully binged about 200 podcasts and look forward to cruising with some of you all someday on a group cruise. I also finally pulled to trigger on becoming an Insider as Matt surely deserves the support! 

God Bless and Happy Cruising

Hey JasonL, I feel your pain by not being close to cruise ports that go to the caribbean. We are going on our first ever cruise in Feb, flying to San Juan from TN, doing a southern caribbean cruise on Freedom OTS. Plane tickets certainly aren't cheap, I guess if we had a family of 5 as you do, it would be put on the back burner. Save & plan to make it happen!!

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10 hours ago, krwillia said:

How was it?   Last minute thoughts on adventures or cool eats at port?

The cruise was wonderful.  Great holiday cruise.

We didn't eat in any of the ports so no info there.  Sorry.

On Antigua we did the Catamaran Cruise with Lobster Lunch.  It was very good and I highly recommend this excursion. They took us to 2 beautiful beaches and the lobster lunch was really good.  Some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited.

On St. Kitts we did the Scenic Railway.  I will have to concur with Matt on this one.  It was a "meh".  The history of the railroad was interesting and there were some beautiful views but it was WAAAYTOOO long.  ...AND it didn't help that we got totally drenched immediately before boarding so I was cold and uncomfortable the entire time.  I'm glad we did it.  I had been thinking about doing this excursion for a long time and now it's done.  I can mark it off my list and won't worry about it anymore.

On St Maarten we did the Phillipsburg by Trolley Train (there is a theme to the excursions if you can't already tell).  I enjoyed this one.  They dropped us off at a local straw market and for the first time in YEARS, I did some shopping.  When Royal lost our luggage in Galveston last year, Dan lost many of his favorite Caribbean shirts so we took the opportunity to replace many of them in St. Maarten.  The vendors seemed to really appreciate our patronage.  One sweet lady just gave me a big, long hug.  It was a good decision to stop.

On St. Lucia we also did a trolley train.  This one I won't recommend.  It took you through the uninteresting and crowded streets of town and b/c of the design of the diesel "engine", all we did was inhale diesel fumes the whole time.  It took us to a beach but I was just ready to go back to the ship.  I didn't care for this excursion at all.

We did not get off the ship in St. Croix but on a previous visit we did a tour of the rum factory which was well worth it.

I mentioned in another thread that we had the Ultimate Dining Package on this cruise and 12 days is WAAAYTOOO long for an ultimate dining package on a ship that just has 3 specialty restaurants.  Since we had 8 sea days, we had 21 meals to eat at specialty restaurants and though I love Giovanni's, Izumi and Chops, I was DONE with eating at any of them by about day 7 (but we continued to eat at them anyway !).  We did have a stroke of good luck regarding the dining package though.  I had purchased the package when it was first offered at $288PP.  Almost immediately, it fell to $216PP so I cancelled the first reservations I had made and rebought at the lower rate.  On about day 9 of our 12 day cruise, the manager of Chops (who had seen us about 300 time since the cruise started...as we ate every breakfast there (suites breakfast) and many lunches and dinners) told us that we had purchased 4 dining packages so he had cancelled 2 of them.  I told him that I thought he was mistaken...and explained about having purchased, cancelled and rebought....but he insisted so I thanked him and we finished our cruise with all of the remaining specialty restaurant meals.  When I got home, I checked my credit card account and just as I thought, the only charges for specialty dining packages had been the first 2, which were correctly cancelled and refunded and the second 2, which had subsequently ALSO been cancelled and refunded (by him).  So basically, we had 21 delightful specialty dining meals for free !  Not expecting that to ever happen again !!

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Hello! 

I don't know if I've ever introduced myself. 

My name is Bridgette and I am based out of Central Florida. 

I went on three cruises when I was in high school, but once college happened timings got difficult. My previous three cruises were on CCL and NCL. 

My NCL cruise I was spoiled, inaugural sailing, pent house suite, private butler. The works. 

I convinced my boyfriend last year to go on his first cruise and have now gotten him hooked, SUCCESS! We went on a 3-night Mariner sailing to the Bahamas and loved every second minus getting off. 

I simultaneously booked an 8-night cruise this October when booked our last cruise, and we are EXTREMELY excited for it. 

In my free time, I enjoy the Theme Parks, Photography and Videography. I'm also into reading and working out (partially so I can fit into my cruise clothes, lol). 

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

 

I will be cruising on Oasis of the Seas, 7-night western Caribbean, leaving March 17.  This will be my 2nd ever cruise.  I'm part of the 20th anniversary Club Scrap group.  I've been visiting this blog and watching Matt's videos on YouTube for a while now.  I've gotten so much good information and I'm taking Matt's advice and trying to, perhaps, connect with people ahead of time.  I'll be busy with workshops the 1st two days at sea, but the rest of the time is mine.  I'm bringing a non-scrapbooking friend as my roomie.  This will be her first cruise.  We're both so excited!!!

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I’ve been following for a long time, but finally came out of lurk mode and registered.

 

I’m Katrina and my husband Eric and I have recently fallen in love with cruising (and Royal Caribbean). Our first cruise with Royal was this past June on Allure with our two tween boys. We followed that up with an Oasis cruise last month without the boys and currently have 2 more cruises booked. (1 with the boys, 1 without)

Thank you for all the great info and tips. Thanks to this blog I have booked Maya Chan for our Brilliance cruise in December and we couldn’t be more excited!

 

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