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About ouse456

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Interests
    retired, running (formerly longer distances, but now shorter
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Not much experience, but Holland America and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    just about any port that I haven't yet visited

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  1. I'm looking for cruises where there is an option of either biking or cruising parts of the journey. Do these options exist?
  2. In the context of Majesty of the Seas or other Royal ships, what is a compass?
  3. I've been on Grandeur and Rhapsody of the Seas. I'm wondering how they are similar and dissimilar to Majesty.
  4. That is the difficult thing. I try to look on the page on Vacations to Go it see when a ship is last renovated to determine whether to do more checking. ......and probably you can't rely on the ship deck plans as they may not update them speedily.
  5. I've been trolling the internet for current info about free s/steam on Empress of the Seas. It is not on the list compiled on another CCritic forum. Can't tell by the deck plans. Has anyone cruised on her lately?
  6. Has anyone noticed if the Mariner of the Seas locker room sauna and steam has gone the way of Navigator of the Seas? I noticed on VTO that it was last refurbished in 2018. One of my frustrations with internet information that it is not always clear the dates when sites provide the information and since free s/s offerings are becoming downgraded or disappearing altogether, I'm hesitant to commit before being certain.
  7. From what I see by studying the deck plans of Royal Caribbean and Carnival and Celebrity and by paying attention to comments made by fellow bloggers, one can no longer make assumptions about locker room sauna and steam that we formerly made. Royal Caribbean has been removing free sauna and steam from its mid-sized ships. In the past, Carnival could be relied upon to have free steam/sauna, but some of its ships now have sauna only. Celebrity has been down-grading its once generous saunas and seems not to have included them in its newest ship.. For me, this is a disappointing trend and affects my decisions about which cruises I choose. Holland America seems consistent about having free sauna, even on its new ships. Princess hasn't removed them from the ships that I've looked at. I hope those companies continue to see the advantage of having them.
  8. It appears that the Carnival Splendor does not have both free sauna and steam rooms in the locker area, but a single sex sauna only. Can someone who has been on the Splendor describe the men's locker room/sauna? Thanks
  9. I've heard rumored that local residents (Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, etc) have access to very inexpensive last minute deals to fill up ships that are close to sailing. Is this true? If so, how are they informed.
  10. My experience with pies on the cruise ships/cruise lines on which I have traveled is that the pies tend to have stodgy, thick crusts.
  11. Celebrity Millennium men's locker room has a large sauna with big window, no free steam, at least 6 showers and plenty of lockers. Key at spa desk
  12. Emerald Princess has free steam-large and free sauna-medium both in the men's locker room. 4 showers, plenty of self programming lockers
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