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The Big Booper

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  1. We were on Silly in December for the usual 7 night cruise instead of the abbreviated 3 nighter you had. Our 2nd time on the ship.


    The ship has Love and Marriage one night @ 10:30.


    There are several full bore production shows in the theater, somewhat avaunt garde, which should be looked at. Well done.


    The sushi place on deck 5 used to be a crepes restaurant for a $5 charge. I believe it is now an ala carte dining spot.


    As previously noted, on RCI the happy hour runs from 5:30 to 8:30 AND you don't have to be in the designated lounge as you do on =X=. 3 free drinks nightly are preloaded on your SeaPass card which can be used at most bars on the ship. But the SkyLounge on S ships offers great views that the enclosed lounges on RCI don't offer.


    RCI gives balcony discounts for D and D+, I don't know if =X= offers them.

  2. As others have said, the only reason this ship was transferred from Pullmantur (RCCL's Spanish subsidiary) back to the main US company was to service the Cuban market, where only a smaller ship could get into the harbor. The trend lately is that RCI has been missing deadlines on renovating or even finishing a new ship, look at the first couple of weeks sailing on Harmony or the month's delay on the Empress.


    This is on the head office in Miami.

  3. We were at Orient on Jan 21. off the Allure. The new stores are all complete, with wooden planking in front. There are several stairways down to the beach level from the raised store level. No sign that any of them have been leased out yet.

  4. Today dawned all foggy and overcast, I guess typical weather for the city. We had a combo tour booked thru the ship, Muir Woods and Sausalito. We chose the early trip to leave time to see the city in the afternoon after the bus left us off at the ship.


    The bus headed over the fabled Golden Gate Bridge and we were off.




    Eventually after winding thru the hilly roads we arrived at the Muir Woods, home of the large redwoods.




    We had 90 minutes to tour the facility on our own.


    These suckers are BIG!





  5. We then headed up to Deck 6, aft, to check out the area. Each of the 4 Radiance ships have a bit of customization.


    I say hello to the Guardian at the entrance




    The Inner Guards




    We had seen a group of people getting on in Vancouver all carrying musical instrument cases. The were a bunch of amateur and semi pro musicians who were giving a concert in the Safari lounge so we hung around for that.





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