Some items to bring to everyone's attention:
You now get towels in your cabin to use at the pool. They leave you a note stating if you don't turn them in, you will be charged the $20 per towel. Screws you if someone gets ticked off if you have been away from your seat too long and moves it. I know one day my husband went to lunch and take a walk, one girl came up and was totally ticked off that she couldn't have his chair. Sorry, but we had 10 of us all sitting together and his was the only empty one. . Next time I'll give him a timer not to be gone too long!! We would like to say thanks the to people who kept an eye on our chairs while we went to our TA's thank you reception for an hour. We were all sure we would come back to our chairs being gone. Since it was later in the day, guess nobody wanted them! I guess I might just bring my own beach towel next cruise!
Buying booze the 1st night:
We were on the Voyager 2 yrs ago and you could purchase your bottles the first night (any night infact) and pay a 1 time corkage fee for as many bottles that you bought (rest of the week it was a per bottle charge). That has stopped, they now deliver it to you saturday morning. No big deal to us, we did bring a little bottle with us and only ended up having a couple drinks from it anyways. My son did buy a bottle on one of the islands and was expecting to have it taken when he boarded but they never did. Again, no big deal since it was for a buddy of his back home.
We had the time of our life. Sure there was the virus you had to be careful about, but we were not going to let it dampen our vacation. I sure if one of us had come down with it,it would have. But we were lucky I guess. I know I woke up monday morning not feeling good at all and couldn't eat all day, but I'm sure that might have had something to do with the fun time we had sunday night! Food was good to us, again, we don't do 5 star so, it was good enough for us! Entertainment, we enjoyed all the shows we went to. The Quest...what happens on the Explorer stays on the Explorer as we said in our group....good thing!! But we do have some interesting video and pictures!!! Service, no complaints from us! Wish I could get someone to make my bed everyday, pick up the bathroom and put a napkin on my lap everytime I sat down at a table at home!!! Hey, you can wish at least!! As for the ship, sure there was some wear and tear, but if you had 3000 people passing each week at your house, what do you expect it to look like? I noticed crews painting, cleaning and repairing things all week.
This was a perfect trip for us and wish we going again!! Looks like I will have to settle for a weekend on the Majesty in Dec!!
Any questions, feel free to ask! To all of you that we met while sailing, we enjoyed your company!!
Forgot to add, thanks to whoever had our cabin before us. They left us their unused C&An coupons, which we left all of our leftovers for those coming in after us!!
Imagination 1997 western caribbean
Destiny 1999 easthern caribbean
Destiny 2001 southern caribbean
Fasination 2002 surprise 10 yr anniversary trip!
Voyager of the Seas 2004 western caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006 eastern caribbean
Majesty of the Seas 2006 Bahama's trip
Week in St Thomas with Hubby for our anniversay!
Adventure of the Seas 2008 southern caribbean
A week on St John's 2009 with a bunch of crazy friends!
Majesty of the Seas December 2009 to the Bahama's with Russ & Terry
Freedom of the Seas 2010 eastern caribbean It's 5 o'clock somewhere III
Key West November 2010 Greg's 60th Brithday!
Monarch of the Seas January 2011 to the Bahama's with Russ & Terry for our 19th anniversary
Key West November 2011 Greg's Birthday
Serenade of the Seas 2012 southern caribbean It's 5 o'clock somewhere IV
Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean It's 5 o'clock somewhere V-Russ & Terry's Anniversary
Majesty of the Seas Jan 2013 Surprise Anniversary cruise with hubby!
Girls weekend cruise to the Bahamas on NCL Sky Jan 2014
11 wonderful days in St Maarten with our best friends April 2014
Adventure of the Seas Dec 2014-It's 5 o'clock Somewhere VI
Voyager of the Sea Jan 2017-25th wedding anniversary trip to Australia and cruise to Fiji!