Posted September 6th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Thanks Tamsocal!!! On my way to grab them now! I have jtl513's and will start building the page(s) today
forgot to send comments w/ the pics.....
The room was great. Clean & spotless. Exactly as described & pictured in the brochure. The room & verandah were actually more spacious than what we had imagined after reading the brocure (not sure why-- but w/ us traveling w/ the kids - I guess I might have still been imagining cramped quarters). We had 2 pak n plays at the foot of our bed and still lots of room to move around (we have also had 2 pak n plays in a 180 sf room and have been satisfied so we are easy to please from that standpoint). The 6 year old slept on the leather sofa-- we found that it was just as comfortable & easier from a space standpoint to have the steward make up his bed on top of the couch vs pulling out the sleeper sofa. We did rearrange some of the furniture w/ stewards approval to accomodate the twins and not smashing their heads on the glass coffee table or breaking the flower vase ( we have done this on probably every cruise-- one cruise in our 180 sf room the steward actually took away the coffee table).
TONS of storage-- We could have brought 4 more suitcases to fill all of the drawers & storage space-- honestly I think 50% of our storage space was not used and this includes one closet solely housing our double stroller and another w/ froggy their bathtub for the cruise ( 7051 didn't have a bathtub-- sorry no pics of the bathroom).
He had our steward empty our fridge so we could put water & milk cartons for the little ones inside
Great lighting, didn't use the hairdryer, comfortable chairs and bed. The room decor was great & well kept minus the cigarette burns to the carpet & furniture. Lots of hangers-- too many in fact w/ the laundry service we had to keep sending them back. Great to have the menus each day-- but with the sale advertisements and everything else-- I felt like we were at home receiving junk mail and wasting trees. Alarm clock., TV & DVD player worked great. Didn't bring an IPOD and never got around to hooking anything into the TV so no comment on able or not.
Location-- we loved it. easy access to aft elevators and also to back exit w/ stairs up to Lido deck. Little bit of a walk to Neptune lounge but we have been used to much larger ships so seemed like a shortwalk to us. I would definitely prefer SB aft vs SA forward-- as we were so conveniently close to the aft elevators for lido restaurant, main dining rooms, kings room, Club HAL, pool, sports deck, etc-- for us the majority of what occupied our time was in the aft-- we did go to the shows, spa & gym-- but still would have prefered aft fs forward.
We did have vibration noise briefly once-- this was resolved with DH placing some cotton balls behind one of the picture frames to prevent the clanking noise. Otherwise there was the normal ship vibration that we felt anywhere forward, aft or midship but not a nuissance to us.
No noise from chairs being moved on the deck above as others has posted- but this was alaska. However it was August and we did have exceptional weather and the roof was frequently open- but still no noise from above.
We did have trouble with our door not locking for 3 days and one other room maintanance issue- but these were resolved within an hour after advising the hotel manager (came back to our room twice to have it not locked).
Laundry service-- excellent haven't worn a pair of pressed pants for about 15 years and likely won't again until we cruise HAL. We sent laundry off every 24-48 hours and was always returned within 24hours. Same with drycleaning. They did lose a couple of articles of clothing but located them once I let them know description of what was missing- I had read posts before on keeping track of the items you send- otherwise I likely would have never known they were missing- I don't think it was intentional seeing as it was the 2nd socks to a pair, toddler clothing, etc.
Neptune service- excellent, Steward- excellent. They did forget our corsages on formal night but sent us a lovely bouquet of flowers instead.