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The Facts: June 12 '05 sailing/ Eastern carb./ Cabins E1-connecting Deck 8
Main seating, Dining Room DaGamma
PRE-CRUISE: 2 nights @ Eden Roc. Older hotel, nothing near by for activites, Good pool and beach, Arcade is a joke! Great workout room.
EMBARKATION: Arrived 11:35, started boarding the masses @12;15, we were on board by 12:30. Did Doc's online AND printed them out. RCL rep took the Print out = speeds up the process!! Definately do this. Cookies & Lemonaide available for the first hour or so (they were not replenished)
LUGGAGE ARRIVAL: in our cabin by 5:30, cutting it close for a 6:00 main seating. We wore our bathing suits to terminal, spent out time at the pool = very nice, not alot of people yet.
CABINS: for anyone considering what type of arrangement with kids...connecting cabins is FABULOUS. Plenty of room, 2 bathrooms are essential! Balcony was nice but we could have done without it. The big negative here is the condition of the carpet. The stains are very heavy. Hopefully it will be replaced during dry dock. (But nothing to wine over) With 3 in a room, the shoe rack over the door is a god send. Luggage under the bed can be used for dirty clothes. Both our showers flooded the bathroom floor. The attendent was not surprised and did fix it but it started again the last day.
DINING ROOM: Table of 10 at window. Taner (from Turkey)was wonderful, endlessly patient when people showed up an hour late - every nite (not us). Note~ window table is great for main seating as sun goes down. By late seating its pitch black and you'll see nothing. Food was good! Listen to your waiter's suggestions.
CRUISE DIRECTOR: Clo is the best I've ever had the privledge to encounter. She was SO FUNNY. She looked like it was the first time she'd done this. Very personable, even when trying to have a private drink on the promenade.
PORTOFINO"S: Very good service, food was considerably better. Dress is smart casual. So worth the extra charge. Make res. early!
DRINKS: waiters everywhere to get you something. Aprox. $6 for a drink of the day in RCL glass. #3.75 for a corona. Kir Royale was 7 or 8 (yikes!)
T.V.: Reception was not always in good working order. Could turn on or off by itself (twilight zone-ish) 2 movies a day would play for free. Also movies to purchase. CNN TNT CBS stuff to name of few.
PHOTOS: On formal nites, 3 stations on Decks 3/4/5 with different backgrounds (portrait, night scene, titanic stairs) so find the one you like. Other nights, white backgrounds infront of Studio B for casual pictures.
SHOPS: not a great selection = booze, cosmetics/purfumes, RCL stuff, jewelry, limited resortwear. They do sell pasmeena's (s.p.) for $10.00 In all colors and good quality, a great buy for one who needs a wrap!
ENTERTAINMENT: THIS WAS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF ALL FOR US! The parade was cute but the shows were some of the best we've seen (including Vegas). The comedians could make you pee in your pants, the dancers needed a little help but the sets and choreography was great! The songs that were picked to perfection for anyone 25-70. The jazz bands were perfect for listening/dancing. The Temptations-like group was wonderful.
The Love & Marriage Game was very cute (again Clo was the key to its success).
PORTS OF CAL~~~
San Juan: 100 degrees that day! Toured El Morro. Shopped at Coach factory store. Kids couldn't wait to get back to ship(go figure).
St. Martin: Went to Orient Beach (Bikini Beach) Taxi was $5 per person. Vans that easily fit 12+. Best beach of the trip. Jet Skis/Water Tamp./parasailing, Live band, hair braiding. Use dog bones to feed fish - it works really well, my kids were screaming w/ delight. Nudey beach down the way, worth checking out for some giggles. Easy to get Taxi back to ship.
St. Thomas: Sapphire Beach on our own. $9 per person each way. Taxi holds 15+ Easy to get one back to ship. Hotel on beach w/ store & resturant. Jetskis, parasailing. $10 for raft for the day.
NASSAU: Another HOT day! Did Dolphin Encounter with RCL. WELL WORTH THE $$$ Note~ take a water camera with you so you can keep it w/you during the encounter. Very small lockers available at no fee. Snack shop there also. VHS available for $48.00 SO CUTE!
Will do a 2nd section for the Ocean Adventure reivew. But any questions please let me know. Also I kept all the compasses so if you have specific questions you can ask.
Let me know what you guys think..... Kelly