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How would you estimate the dress attire on this cruise?

I've read reports that Europe based cruises tend to be somewhat more formal compared to Caribbean cruises where the dress code has slackened off quite a bit over the years.  

Does that remain a valid observation or has attire become less formal for this cruise?

Any observations on guest demographics?  Many Americans or mostly Europeans?

Great live blog!  

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Day 2 – Kotor , Montenegro

Port arrival was schedule for2 PM (original 1 PM) which allowed us to sleep as much as we want , not that we used it too much , after all it’s a new ship for us. Breakfast was in the WJ, nothing different from other ships beside the egg station which you have a person that get your order and gives you a number, once your eggs are ready he announce the number, I think it is very good approach which reduce the lines dramatically. After touring the ship and relaxing at the solarium we had quick lunch at WJ and went up deck 9 to take some pictures while arriving Kotor. Kotor bay is very impressive, surrounded by dramatic mountains. I did some attempts to periscope but I think the quality due to the speed of internet dose not done justice with this wonderful landscape. Here are some picture of the bay and Kotor.

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 We booked RC excretion during one of the 30% sells so we did our way to the theater. Kotor is a tendering port so I do suggest to book something from RC to avoid the lines although the tender time is very short (around 5 minutes). We went first up on the mountains to have a very nice view of the bay (and over Rhapsody) the way up is being done on a very narrow road and can be quite scary .Another stop was at a local restaurant that served some tapas create out of something that looked and taste like Parma ham, we eat it with some local honey wine. Next stop was the old city of Kotor, due to the missing hour (which the Venetian port authority stalled from us) we had only short time to tour this lovely old small city (we got 25% off the tour price because of it) I wish we had more time has we love to get lost in the streets of such cities , something which you can not do when your last tendering leaves in 45 minutes. Next time we will just go to the city.

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Back to the ship and WJ for dinner , we got back only around 8 PM while our MDR time was 6 PM , at the WJ they had Suflaki station which came with Pita bread and typical salads, to one of them they called Hummus , I am sorry but crashing some chickpea with garlic is not making Hummus  its just mashed chickpea with garlic 🙂, if anyone wants I can give a good  Hummus recipe  .

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We went up to deck 10 to see the ship leaving Kotor :

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We saw several activities and called it for the day as the tour to Corfu was schedule to 9:15 and the ship was changing its clock to one hour earlier.

Some observation   – no snacks on the ship (at least on day 2 ) after midnight , the park cafe was closed and beside room service no other alternative , I do miss the promenade cafe and its small sandwiches you can eat in the middle of the night,

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

How would you estimate the dress attire on this cruise?

I've read reports that Europe based cruises tend to be somewhat more formal compared to Caribbean cruises where the dress code has slackened off quite a bit over the years.  

Does that remain a valid observation or has attire become less formal for this cruise?

Any observations on guest demographics?  Many Americans or mostly Europeans?

Great live blog!  

First of all thanks, 

Regarding the dress attire until now I could not see much different from cruises we took in the Caribbean, maybe more dress shirts at evenings , I will see today as today is the first formal night.

I do not have the exact demography numbers  but it seems to me that there are many from the US on this cruise , many from the UK and lot of Italians , maybe in the top tier event they will give the numbers again or in one of the morning shows.

 

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15 minutes ago, Traveler said:

we got back only around 8 PM while our MDR time was 6 PM , at the WJ they had Suflaki station which came with Pita bread and typical salads, to one of them they called Hummus , I am sorry but crashing some chickpea with garlic is not making Hummus  its just mashed chickpea with garlic 🙂, if anyone wants I can give a good  Hummus recipe  .

Haha, I love the idea of offering this.  Not all of their creations are home runs, but A for effort!

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Loving the pictures and blog, @Traveler! I've been eyeing the Adriatic and Greece as a future destination, and I agree with @Lovetocruise2002, I'm going to have to find a way to the Mediterranean before I visit Alaska, liking the cold less and less as I get older be damned!

Only tough choice now is whether to do Med or Norwegian itinerary first. Both are European but boy are they different experiences!

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17 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Loving the pictures and blog, @Traveler! I've been eyeing the Adriatic and Greece as a future destination, and I agree with @Lovetocruise2002, I'm going to have to find a way to the Mediterranean before I visit Alaska, liking the cold less and less as I get older be damned!

Only tough choice now is whether to do Med or Norwegian itinerary first. Both are European but boy are they different experiences!

Until now we did only the Med from Barcelona and now this one, never the Norwegian route although it's on our list. One is all about history and culture (Med from Barcelona) the Norwegian is more sceneric views/nature. The Greece is a combination. So hard to decide , maybe you should plan back to back Med/Greece and then Norway😄

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7 hours ago, twangster said:

How would you estimate the dress attire on this cruise

So , at the dining room I tried to look around , the mix looked more and less the same as any Caribbean cruise , almost no Tuxidos, many with dress shirt without tie and some with T shirt .

Dress (all kind) for the women 

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On 8/25/2018 at 9:09 AM, twangster said:

You should be able to tap into the middle of the screen close to the top and type

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Hi travler

i see you have been Periscoping, but have not been able to catch you live yet, I will keep trying. 

The #rcperiscopers is the RC Cruise Periscopers Group I Created, and Run with my Friend, and Fellow Admin, @KcJarvis. If you happen to have a Facebook account, check us out. You can search Royal Caribbean Periscopers on Facebook, or just type our Direct link into your Browser, Rcperiscopers.live.

i Post a Monthly Cruise Periscope list here on RC Blog, as well as our Group on Facebook, and Cruise Critic, to help Periscopers to get followers and Promote live Streaming from our Cruises, with Periscope.

I am @CruisingKat on Periscope. 

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Screenshot_20180828-070532_Speedtest-270x555.jpg.27d9bf77daddae573eff071792159e3a.jpgSpeed test at 7 am , I have contacted 2 tests one after another (5 minutes different) as you can see it's not that stable. On the first test the connection was via Houston , the second test was through Greece were the upload speed dropped dramatically.

Actually the upload speed now is so bad I am failing to upload the first picture

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Day 3 – Corfu.

We planned to come to Corfu around 9:30 AM and leave  until 2:30 PM , it was ok beside the fact that we got a message the evening before that the clock is being shifted one hour forward which means we are there at 8:30 pre morning. I have change my clock before going to sleep by canceling the network time automatic update just to wake up and figure the clock is back to the network time which means we had to rush to the WJ and get organize quickly to our tour. This time we took a tour which brought us to one of the small villages , got to a nice viewing spot  on the bay (sound familiar right …) and tour old Corfu,

 

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again not enough time to tour it as much as we wanted since we needed to be rushed back to the ship. I only blame myself for taking tow tours which are almost the same, well I am learning.

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We came back to the port were they have a nice small duty free shop that had the best prices for food product, we bought a box of Greek delight (its like Turkish delight but just saying it can start a war so lets avoid it). Quick run to WJ and some peer running watch. As we waked up at the middle of the night (7:30 pre AM) we were very tired so went to sleep for few hours before get organized to the first official night. For this night we were chosen again the MDR , again food and service was excellent (even the orange duck although maybe I had to listen to @Lovetocruise2002 and get something else). The table was full ,all the people from the first night arrived although two people came quite late the waiters successfully handled it. This time we brought a bottle of wine with us which we bought at Italy , the wine was very good and we finished it between both of us. Since everyone else also brought their own bottle (guess who told them its possible to do it) the question of should we share the wine with other did not raised , but I wonder what is the typical  ethic when you seat at a big table and bring your own wine , should you offer to share ? what do you think?

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. After dinner we went to the Casino, how it went you saw yesterday but I can say we were very happy 😊. To make sure we will stay happy we ran away from the Casino and went to see the evening production which was ball room fever, it was ok , I mean , I did not had the urge to run away at the middle of the show and my spouse liked it as she love to dance (mainly salsa).

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That was a nice ending to a long day.   

 

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3 minutes ago, Traveler said:

For this night we were chosen again the MDR , again food and service was excellent (even the orange duck although maybe I had to listen to @Lovetocruise2002 and get something else).

Funny you mentioned this, I just read another post on FB that the orange duck was the best thing ever!  Food is indeed subjective.

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I think o

11 minutes ago, Traveler said:

and bring your own wine , should you offer to share ? what do you think?

I think this is one of those "no need to share times". If you want to, go for for it but it doesn't cross the bad manners line. You can only bring in 2 bottles...that's not a lot to share over a cruise length of time. Enjoy every drop!

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