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I started listening to the podcast this week so decided to jump on over here.  I have cruised twice, but was hooked by the end of the 2nd night.  My wife has taken a RC cruise once before, I will get the opportunity Dec 2020 On the Oasis of the Seas. My wife, daughter, mother-in-law, and myself will be on the cruise.  I have sailed on Disney and NCL.  I wasn't impressed by what was available on Disney, but I really enjoyed the Escape with NCL.  The only drawback was a few service issues where the staff were less than pleasant.  But, that wouldn't ruin a vacation for me.  I am super excited to take this trip even thought we have over 640 days left.  I have been researching everything I can about the ship and tips from the pros.  I really hope to take a cruise every couple of years.  I want to see more of this world and I am finding cruising is a great way to do it.  Yes I might only get 1 day in a port, but there are plenty of options to choose from.  I have heard nothing but good stuff about the community here and I look forward to being a part of ti. 

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Welcome @DublinFC I hope you have a great time on your cruise.  I think you will really be wowed by Oasis and find that Royal offers a great value for everything you get including the service and amenities on the ships.  Maybe you will find yourself cruising every year instead of every couple of years after your cruise.

 

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3 hours ago, Jedi Jason said:

Welcome @DublinFC I hope you have a great time on your cruise.  I think you will really be wowed by Oasis and find that Royal offers a great value for everything you get including the service and amenities on the ships.  Maybe you will find yourself cruising every year instead of every couple of years after your cruise.

 

@Jedi Jason I would prefer to cruise every year, but I also vacation to Ireland often to visit family so I think splitting time between the two is what is most likely going to happen.  However, I have been using the current available sailings to gauge what might be available for us in 2021 and 2022.  I know changes are made on routes, especially with the next Oasis ships coming out, but I figure it doesn't hurt to look.

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@Jedi Jason I would prefer to cruise every year, but I also vacation to Ireland often to visit family so I think splitting time between the two is what is most likely going to happen.  However, I have been using the current available sailings to gauge what might be available for us in 2021 and 2022.  I know changes are made on routes, especially with the next Oasis ships coming out, but I figure it doesn't hurt to look.

It never hurts to look.  I understand how making time for both family vacations and cruising can be challenging unless you can get them to go on a cruise with you.  😀

I have the advantage of living in central Florida and having multiple cruise ports within a short drive and don't have the added expense of flying or needing the extra day for travel.  So, short cruises are another option for some of us.

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@Jedi Jason I would melt if I lived in Florida, I am here in Ohio and I love winter.  I am often called crazy, but i don't mind.  However, if I lived closer to a cruise port I would take the 3 and 4 night cruises as well.  I can imagine they are nice getaways to sooth the soul.  My first cruise was a 4 day DCL adventure that left me wanting more.  My wife and I agree if we are taking a cruise we are going for 7 days minimum.  Even then I was still thinking more time would be preferred. 

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Hello all, My name is Alex(25) from Terre Haute, Indiana. My wife, Jaimee(25) and I are going on our first Royal Caribbean cruise in August on Mariner. This is her first time cruising. I have cruised before but only on Carnival, I won't get into details but I wasn't exactly impressed. I've really heard nothing but good things about RCCL and we are excited for our trip.

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Hello all,

My name is Marvin, and I have lived in Homer, Alaska for 36+ years.  Married to my wife, Julieanne, with three kids (21, 18, 16).  I've been "lurking" on this blog for a couple of years, and finally decided to officially join and make a few posts here and there!  I've already learned so much from the wisdom and experience of others on here; especially @Matt, @WAAAYTOOO, and @twangster (unbelievably great pictures, by the way!), along with many others.

My wife and I went on our first cruise on Holland America - Maasdam with two other couples we knew in January 2015 (10 days, FLL to Barbados - southern/eastern loop).   We instantly became addicted to cruising, and decided that more cruising was most definitely in our future!

Next cruise was with the full family (5) and in-laws (2) (3 inside rooms).  We did Freedom of the Seas - May 2015 (western loop).  Loved the much larger ship, compared to the HAL Maasdam!

We then did a large family reunion cruise on Oasis of the Seas - May 2017.  My family (5), my brother & family (4), sister-in-law & family (3), and in-laws (2) were in 6 adjoining boardwalk balcony rooms (Deck 12 clear to the end, last 6 rooms).  This was awesome, as we were able to open up the balcony dividers between all 6 rooms.  It was great watching the aqua shows from the balcony.

We next have planned another cruise on Harmony of the Seas - May 2019.  My family (5), my brother & family (4), and in-laws (2) will be in 5 adjoining boardwalk balcony rooms, just like we had on Oasis (Deck 12 clear to the end, last 5 rooms).  We are very much looking forward to that!!!  We are supposed to be going to CocoCay this cruise.  I'm expecting the pier to be done, but am VERY nervous about whether the waterpark and other activities will be open.  We sail May 26th, so will be anxiously watching what others are saying on this board as the time gets closer.

Next year (June 2020), my wife & I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary, and have a B2B planned (just the two of us) on Freedom of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It will be an eastern loop followed by a southern loop (to the ABC's).  Same balcony room (on the bulge) both segments.  We are really excited for this!!!

I booked my June 2020 cruise with Michelle @ MEI, (and highly recommend her!).  I read about the many great experiences others have had with MEI from reading about them on this board, and decided to give them a try.

I do look forward to continued learning from others and sharing my experiences, too!  I have nothing but complements to @Matt on this absolutely wonderful blog!!!

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Hi,

Ken here from Newfoundland Canada going to be doing my first cruise on a cruise ship this summer with Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas.  Not my first choice of ship for my first cruise experience but it was the ports of call that was of more interest.  Will have to experience the newer ships on my next cruise!

Living on the 16th largest Island in the world I have spent a lot of time sailing and boating so this will be a new experience for me on a boat with a couple thousand people.  Over the years of traveling within North America and Europe and seeing the cruise ships they never really appealed to me.  Now that many of my friends have gone and we have similar travel tastes I am going give it a shot.  I am sure I will enjoy it and will be booking again.

This blog and Matt's live blogs on YouTube helped me to choose Royal Caribbean as my preferred choice of cruise line.

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