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Beyond The Sea 03

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About Beyond The Sea 03

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  • Location
    Australia
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe
  1. We cruised recently from Australia & were very pleasantly surprised that there is no smoking in the casino. It seems that the ships comply with the laws of the countries they depart from. There were still a couple of outdoor smoking zones, one of which was annoyingly near the pool & beside the soft serve machine, near the entrance to the Windjammer. But at least I felt comfortable walking through the casino All of our other cruises left from Europe or UK, where they allowed smoking in the casino. On Independence it definitely penetrated from the casino to the promenade. Apparently cruises leaving from Asia allow smoking in many more areas. The staff should not have to work in such conditions.
  2. You're very welcome :) I'm sorry but I don't know about the range of beer or rum. You could try asking on the RCI forum I hope you have a fantastic cruise!
  3. http://www4.snapfish.com.au/snapfishau/fe/l=en_AU/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11789059018/a=14938839018_14938839018/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/s_c=0/s_otsc=SHR/s_otsi=SALBlink/s_ev20=OTSC%7CSHR%7COTSI%7CSALBlink/s_se=SHR#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A11789059018%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D
  4. The only negatives with service that I experienced were on the first day (difficulty getting off ship, & mixed up MDR seating), & slow service in Izumi.I don't think anyone in our group had any problems. Our in-laws thought that their cabin steward, Patrick was awesome.
  5. The NZ cruise should be fantastic. While I enjoyed our 2 days in Fiji, I think that a cruise just to NZ would be better. You would have less sea days, & see more scenery. I'd love to sail up the Milford Sound one day. Enjoy!
  6. Thanks Greg, Our children & their cousins & friends had a fantastic cruise. RCI cater really well for teenagers. They have rock climbing, flow rider, iceskating, sports court, mini golf...I really like that there is a 1am curfew for under 18s (they sometimes stayed later, esp NYE, but it gives a message that its time to think about bed). Under 18s aren't allowed in the nightclub at night, which I also like. The windjammer was very busy. It was OK to find a seat for 1 or 2 people, but often very hard or impossible for a bigger group. We were a large group, so would often go to the MDR for breakfast or lunch if we wanted to sit together. The MDR has one level for buffet, & one for a la carte for breakfast & lunch. You can also take away your plate of food from the Windjammer & eat by the pool. I saw some people take plates to eat in the Schooner bar, where they could find seats together. Our cruise was at absolute peak season, & I think that they were at full capacity. I imagine March wouldn't be quite as busy. Enjoy your cruise!
  7. Taking the cable car in Wellington, & harbour side http://www4.snapfish.com/snapfish/fe/l=en_US/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11816537018/s_c=0/s_mvm=NAP/s_se=FDR#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A11816537018%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D I would like to give praise to the delightful couple ( I don't remember their names) who taught the dance classes on our cruise. We took our first ever dancing lessons- Salsa, Mambo & Cha-Cha, & really enjoyed it & thought that they were fantastic teachers.
  8. Tauranga & tour to Rotorua http://www4.snapfish.com/snapfish/fe/l=en_US/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11790241018/a=14938839018_14938839018/s_c=0/s_mvm=NAP/s_ru=FALSE/s_se=FDR#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A%2211791194018%22%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D
  9. Auckland- segway tour of pretty Devonport The ship docks right by the ferry terminal in the centre of Auckland. http://www4.snapfish.com/snapfish/fe/l=en_US/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11790241018/a=14938839018_14938839018/s_c=0/s_mvm=NAP/s_ru=FALSE/s_se=FDR#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A%2211790947018%22%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D
  10. snorkelling tour to Bird Island from Suva http://www4.snapfish.com/snapfish/fe/l=en_US/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11790241018/a=14938839018_14938839018/s_c=0/s_mvm=NAP/s_ru=FALSE/s_se=FDR#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A11790241018%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D
  11. http://www4.snapfish.com.au/snapfishau/fe/l=en_AU/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11790241018/a=14938839018_14938839018/s_c=0/s_mvm=NAP/s_otsc=SHR/s_otsi=SALBlink/s_ev20=AU_GoogleAU_2007/s_se=FDR/s_cmpg=AU_GoogleAU_2007#state=%7B%22pl%22%3A%7B%22uc%22%3A2%2C%22aid%22%3A11790241018%2C%22vp%22%3A%22g%22%2C%22sb%22%3A5%7D%2C%22ovm%22%3A%7B%22v%22%3A%22s%22%7D%7D Bird Island snorkelling tour from Suva
  12. zip-lining tour from Lautoka http://www4.snapfish.com.au/snapfishau/fe/l=en_AU/p/Organizer/AlbumID=11789170018/a=14938839018_149388390
  13. http://www4.snapfish.com.au/snapfishau/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=11789059018/a=14938839018_14938839018/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/ a few more photos
  14. If anyone gets a chance to see Mario, Queen Of The Circus, please do. That was our last night's entertainment in the theatre, & he was hilarious. I won't tell you about the performance because you'll enjoy it more that way. :D The show ended with Chris Brown, cruise director, doing a respectable rendition of "I Still Call Australia Home". We attended the last game show, hosted by Eliot. We have all become Eliot fans. We remember him from Indy. Maybe we need to stalk him, & follow him to whichever ship he works on. We felt sad saying goodbye to our MDR waiters, Lorwin & Anthony, & our cabin steward, Diogo, who have all been excellent. Disembarkation went smoothly. Didn't need to show our passports, just gave the customs officer the yellow customs form & we were gone. I will attempt to load photos in the next few days :)
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