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NJsharon

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    Flemington, NJ
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    Animals, watching hockey, shopping, attending music concerts, and cruising!!!
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    Norwegian
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  1. Ooooh, thanks! Thank sounds wonderful!!! How did you manage that steal?! Was it a quick glitch in the system? lol I am taking a wild guess you are from Allentown? Not a long drive from me, I am in Flemington, NJ. Do you happen to be a fan of the group 'Straight No Chaser'?! I am a BIG fan & my favorite singer, Jerome, was born & raised in Allentown. lol Been to several of their concerts! Anyway, going off topic. lol
  2. Piggy back question, but is there any free food on Coco Cay, or no, and you have to eat on the ship or pay for food on the island? Just wondering as we normally sail with NCL & there is the free BBQ (all be it basic) on the island.
  3. Thanks so much Dragon, you really do rock! So Grandeur wouldn't have all of those activities each day, but it may have some of the activities like that each day in the 'compass'? Does the compass come to your cabin each day, under the door, or put on your bed at night time the previous evening by your cabin steward? Is there a separate paper compass just for the teens then, or it is all on one mater compass? Some of those things sound fun! I can see my girls enjoying them! Definitely will get my girls to go the first evening to the meet & mingle!
  4. That's good & that is totally fine. That way if people want to have more fun & be with the excitement, they can go out to the main pool. 🙂 Again, appreciate the information.
  5. Thank you! For Game Shows I had played the Price is Right on another cruise line, or things like that. Can't remember the other games, but game show type things in the theater venue, on stage. Good to hear about the Solarium. I wasn't as worried about the age. More so the behavior. I guess Royal cruise line may be different, but as it was summer vacation time, college is out, I was worried that the age limit allows college age 'kids' in there & they may be loud & drinking. If they have set rules though, then that is wonderful. Thinking my husband or myself may want to spend some time there just relaxing. So appreciate the information.
  6. Going on the Grandeur in July - just booked today!!!! I think most of these questions are pretty broad & relate to Royal in general though. Do they always do themed nights at one of the clubs on board the ship? How do you know before the cruise if they are going to do them & what they are? Like 80s night etc. Any examples of theme nights & yes, do they always do a theme night? Silly question, but does Royal do bingo on board? lol I like to waste my money on bingo. Yes I say that, as I have never won big on any of the cruises I have taken with other cruise lines, but I still love to play bingo!!! If so, how often do they have games? Is it paper or electronic boards? What kind of game shows do they have on the ship, and how often do they do those games? Trivia games... do they do those fairly often? What kind of trivia games, are there prizes, is it serious business or just for fun? Solarium is on the Grandeur correct? What time does that open in the morning & does it really get full very quickly? It says 16+ But do they keep the 18-21yr old 'kids' in check or not? Can you go early and 'reserve' a spot, then go grab breakfast, and come back, or do you have to be sitting on your seat at all times? What if you are alone, and want to wander off to a trivia session, then come back? I guess you'd have to give up your seat right? Yes, so many questions. They sound so silly, sorry. Buffet area. What free drinks does it have during the day for free? The soda machines that you can use if you buy the soda package with the special 'chip' cup. Are there many of those soda machines placed around the ship? 'Cafe Select Coffee Card' I think would included iced lattes? That is the only 'premium' coffee I drink really, but I do like to drink that every day. I was planning to just get the basic soda package for myself as I don't drink alcohol, but didn't think the 'Refreshment' package was worth it as I really am not into mocktails or juices. That being said, are the iced lattes a decent size? The card is good for 15, it also says 50% off individually purchased coffees. If I used the card on 15 iced lattes. Could I then get 50% off future iced lattes? Izumi, is that just a sushi restaurant, or is it hibachi too? If just sushi, can you order sushi to go, or is that just sit down? If it is sit down, can you just order one thing, or is it a set meal (appetizer, plus entree, and dessert)? Was confusing looking at dining options online. I know my 2 daughters love sushi, but don't want them spending a fortune there! lol Spa - there are no services, such as facials that a 15yr old could get done? It shows a 'fruity facial' & one for acne, but then says the minimum age is 18yrs old! SO MANY QUESTIONS... so sorry. But if anyone can answer just one or two of these that would be wonderful. Thank you!
  7. Thanks! Yes, love the idea of the deck 5 balcony! Also nice to hear one side is smoking & one is non-smoking. That's a really good idea & should make everyone happy! I had read someone else suggest to someone else to use the shower in the gym. Would that be the same shower as the spa? If not, can you use the shower at the spa, without having signed up for a spa service? Thank you though. We went ahead & booked the oceanview, & I think we will make it work. The room inside the cabin I don't think will be too much of a problem. The balcony, after hearing about the nice 5th deck, that should work out well. The shower/bathroom is small, but doesn't seem larger in the balcony, so that is just something we'll deal with, and maybe use the public shower if we need it. But I have a feeling we won't need to. Shhhhh, hubby is the one that likes to take his sweet ass time in the shower. lol So maybe I will kick him out to use the gym or spa shower. lol
  8. Not that it matters... but just to make others happy. Some were saying I said the oceanview cabin was comped & it didn't make sense, as I said it wasn't free etc. This is exactly what was typed in my message from my host from another site (I just checked & copied it here)... "RCCL will comp the first two adult guests on the reservation. Since we are going from a two-berth cabin to a four-berth cabin, the cruise fare for you and ***** will be an additional $$$ total for you both since booking a four-berth cabin is, in essence, an upgrade. The girls will pay a discounted rate to be added to the booking" This was regarding the OCEAN VIEW cabin. Hence it was comped, but it was not free folks. Sigh. Then, I was told this.... "Currently, a 3B balcony would be an additional $1232." I didn't think I need to post all that personal information on here. I was only asking for advice on if you think it is worth paying that extra $1200 for the balcony? Is it that much bigger in size, does the bathroom look the same inside, are they couches that turn into beds for the girls or pullmans etc. Wasn't asking for advice to break down my wording about the deal I got, or if I should book a 2nd cabin, or change to insides etc. This is so strange. First time I posted on Royal board, and have only ever been on Royal once before. wow.
  9. Oh gosh. I honestly didn't realize I had opened up such a huge can of worms just with the wording in my post. That wasn't even what I was intending for people to be looking at. I was just wanting advice on whether to book an oceanview on 2nd deck or balcony on 7th deck when balcony is $1200-$1300 more. Sigh. Seems it got waaaaaay off track. Okay, we are going to book an oceanview. Thanks for all the feedback though. Especially Dragon. 😉
  10. And this.... I could get an Oceanview on deck 2 at the back, for 2 people comped, plus taxes/fees. 3rd & 4th passengers in the same oceanview cabin are discounted. Comes out to $1350 including taxes/fees. So, if we go to a 2nd cabin, as I said before, the 2nd cabin is not comped at all. So we have taxes & fees on the first cabin & full price on the 2nd cabin. 2nd cabin would be a minimum of $2000 + taxes & fees. But probably more. Some people may be okay with their 14yr old children sleeping in a cabin on a cruise ship with 1000s of people alone, without supervision. Us, as their parents, we are not, that is simply just us though. If others are okay with it, that is fine, but just not us. Our girls are really great kids too, it is other folks in this world out there I don't always trust. The option of each of us sleeping in a cabin with a teen is not okay either. This is a vacation together for me & my husband, as well as our 2 girls. So rather than paying for a full priced extra cabin, I was just asking if it was worth it to pay an additional $1200/$1300 for a balcony rather than the oceanview we currently have reserved. Thanks to another cruiser that has been in both kinds of cabins & had twins of this kind of age, that helped a lot! 👍 So yes, thank you 'Dragon'! I am not sure why you were getting rude with me? That is wonderful you are on the Grandeur right now though! You should enjoy your cruise & not post rude sarcastic answers to my thread. Sigh.
  11. Oh really? Darn. Thank you then! Thanks also for the information about the teens activities. I wasn't sure if there was an actual physical teen club, that had scheduled events every day, as I only saw the kids clubs on board for up to 11yrs of age. My girls are a little shy, but with a bit of a shove, I think I could persuade them to go to the meet & mingle, and being they are different kinds of personalities, they will then hopefully exchange info with some other new friends or arrange to meet up again later. Appreciate it. I have so many questions. Only been on the one Royal Cruise before & that was a while back & with a large group of people, so I don't remember it too much, but I do remember we just did a bunch of activities together as a group & spent a lot of time, eating, drinking, and by the pool! So this is a very different cruise! Do they always do themed nights at one of the clubs on board the ship? How do you know before the cruise if they are going to do them & what they are? Like 80s night etc. Any examples of theme nights & yes, do they always do a theme night? Silly question, but does Royal do bingo on board? lol I like to waste my money on bingo. Yes I say that, as I have never won big on any of the cruises I have taken with other cruise lines, but I still love to play bingo!!! If so, how often do they have games? Is it paper or electronic boards? What kind of game shows do they have on the ship, and how often do they do those games? Trivia games... do they do those fairly often? What kind of trivia games, are there prizes, is it serious business or just for fun? Solarium is on the Grandeur correct? What time does that open in the morning & does it really get full very quickly? It says 16+ But do they keep the 18-21yr old 'kids' in check or not? Can you go early and 'reserve' a spot, then go grab breakfast, and come back, or do you have to be sitting on your seat at all times? What if you are alone, and want to wander off to a trivia session, then come back? I guess you'd have to give up your seat right? Yes, so many questions. They sound so silly, sorry. Buffet area. What free drinks does it have during the day for free? The soda machines that you can use if you buy the soda package with the special 'chip' cup. Are there many of those soda machines placed around the ship? Ummm, think that is all... for now!
  12. Well I said I would message you, then tried to message you, but says that I can't as that option is inabled. Not sure if that is just my settings of this board? I haven't been on the site for over a year, so some things have changed. Not sure if I need to change my settings or something, or they have done away with PMs? Or can I post my email address? Was just going to ask about activities, restaurants, and teen club on ship etc.
  13. Thank you! Not picking & choosing your reply as it goes with what we wanted to choose. But I am liking your reply a lot, as you are replying based on experience with both types of cabin, and experience with liking having a balcony (but not always having one!), and having twins!!!! Even better! Decision made, thank you! Going to message you too, hope that is okay. 🙂
  14. I didn't say anywhere that we are getting any cabin for free. Did I say that? If I did that is totally incorrect. I could get an Oceanview on deck 2 at the back, for 2 people comped, plus taxes/fees. 3rd & 4th passengers in the same oceanview cabin are discounted. Comes out to $1350 including taxes/fees. So definitely NOT FREE. Balcony category 3B, would be $1200 more, so total of around $2550 for 4 of us, on deck 7. If we book a 2nd cabin of any kind it would be full price, no discounts on that cabin.
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