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Lisa - yes the drive is about 5.5 depending on your stops, traffic, part of town etc. I'm surprised they have only committed to NOLA for one season - maybe they will move another ship there. Who knows.
Thank you Dylan for starting the New Version. Although I think the old one is still alive........for now.
firefighter - your mission is to come back and post all sorts of intel on Mariner. Your cruise will be the only one I can get info on since we are on the 11/27 sailing. Since half the fun of planning is hearing all about who/what/when on board, I'm going to be dancing around in anticipation when the 11/11 sailing returns. We've been on Mariner but I'm curious as to what the entertainment will be and if they will still do the jambalaya cookoff and chili cookoff. I hope that RCI realizes how important it has become to all of the regular Texas cruisers to see the effort Voyager and Rhapsody made to the local "flavor".
Dylan, thanks for starting the new thread. Wonder when and if the old one will go POOF.
We turn platinum after one day on the Mariner in Jan. We'll probably book another cruise on board for 2013. With all the new ships sailing out of Galveston, maybe the rates will be more competitive. I would hate to get used to Mariner and then have RCI place her halfway around the world like they did with Rhapsody.
I heard it here first. I'd be happy to try Mariner since I've already been on Voyager I wonder if this is the first ship that size to go to Australia?
the travel agent industry article I read said that it is the largest ship ewver to be based in Australia
Originally Posted by TxBubba
I read it was being deployed to China. So I guess it is only going to do one winter in New Orleans then?
I am anxious to get on Mariner in March!
it goes to China from Europe and then goes to Australia from China. Legend will stay in Asia as well.
Originally Posted by Texas Teen
Not surprised and very glad to see Voyager in Australia. Fares are VERY high in Australia. Radiance and Rhapsody have the highest fares of any ship in the fleet this upcoming winter. Glad they are pulling Voyager out of Europe for Asia in the summer, too. Looks like they finally realized fares are too low to keep Voyager in Venice! ($399 for some 7 nighters) Now if only they could pull out another low performing ship or two from Europe for the Caribbean in the summer, with one sailing from Galveston.
boy don't I know about the high fares in Australioa. we are booked on the transpacific from Sydney to Honolulu next April.
The article stated that RCI will still have 12 ships in Europe, so some ship will apparently replace VY in Europe!
I am hoping that all of the new activity with different cruise lines in Galveston will get RCI off high center and get them to give us back a full time ship. I'm hoping, but not holding my breath. I wonder which--Rhapsody or RAdiance or either, will leave Australia.
Thanks for starting this Dylan.
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Firefighter - your mission is to come back and post all sorts of intel on Mariner. Your cruise will be the only one I can get info on since we are on the 11/27 sailing. Since half the fun of planning is hearing all about who/what/when on board, I'm going to be dancing around in anticipation when the 11/11 sailing returns. We've been on Mariner but I'm curious as to what the entertainment will be and if they will still do the jambalaya cookoff and chili cookoff. I hope that RCI realizes how important it has become to all of the regular Texas cruisers to see the effort Voyager and Rhapsody made to the local "flavor".
Jambalaya & Chili...sounds great!! I'll be sure to report. Hopefully they'll do something special to commerorate their first cruise from Texas!!! They're sure to love us Texans, huh?!!
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I watched them do the food on the pool deck but never stood in line to eat any. Fraid to. After the dismal effort on Voyager with the quesadillas! I could give them some good TexMex recipes! Firefighter, try to get them to take out the sugar in their bisquit recipe, will you? They need some Texicanizing also
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