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About robindina

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  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Interests
    Love to travel, exploring new restaurants and drinking great wine!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Ncl
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. Not booked yet, but will probably be enchantment of the seas out of Galveston to costa maya and Cozumel.... I get sea sick so learned that lower ocean views staterooms are better for me.
  2. Planning on going on our first Royal cruise this next year! We have been on Carnival and NCL, that being said what is a not miss on Royal? Favorite dish in the main dining room? Recommended show?
  3. So my hubby and I were looking at dates for our Anniversary and Royal has a cruise during that time as well as carnival. We have never been on Royal so I was wondering about how it compares to Carnival and Ncl. The things my hubby and I love about cruising is the food , nightly shows and relaxation. We don’t gamble or drink much. Coffee is a must so we will pay for the better coffee. I loved the chef demo and tea time on carnival. Loved the shows on Ncl. I liked the food on both ships in the main dining room. So really curious what you like best about Royal?
  4. The hubby and I have been on two cruises Ncl and Carnival! We loved both those cruises so now we are looking at Royal Caribbean. Who has been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean ? What are the differences? My favorite things on Carnival was tea time and the cooking demonstration. Anything like that on Royal Caribbean?
  5. We love snorkeling! Galveston is driving distance for us so Galveston it is.
  6. robindina


    The hubby and I love to go snorkeling, but we also prefer to be on our own and not with an excursion. We love money bar and sky reef in Cozumel so we are looking for something similar to that.
  7. For those of you who cruise from Galveston, What is your favorite itenary? We have only been on one carnival cruise and we went to Cozumel, which we loved and Progresso, which was not a good experience but we made the best of it. So we are looking for suggestions for the next cruise!
  8. Love the chef table. Everything was amazing!
  9. We just got back from the Valor. We went to Cozumel and Progresso. This was our first cruise with carnival. Second cruise total. We are now addicted so look forward to trying more. Cabin 2336 ocean view: The cabin was very spacious, I get motion sick so the lower cabin was a plus for me, especially the day of the storm. It was in a great location so will definitely get an ocean view again. Our room steward was ok, he sort of cleaned the room. He was friendly but very pushy about making sure we gave him a good score on the survey. We asked him for a second wine glass and he never brought it, so got one from the Alchemy bar. Dining room: We had anytime dining. We enjoyed most everything in the dining room. We ended up really liking a waitress so we asked for her section each night. The hubby is a fan of the chef salad and the melting cake. I didn’t care much for the creme brûlée. Barbara our waitress gave great suggestions each night. Lido deck: Loved the omelette station every morning . We had Guy’s burgers and a burrito from the blue iguana. The burger was great but the fries were too salty for me. Late night: Pizza pirate and the deli were both awesome and you can’t go wrong with swirls ice cream. Chef table: No words can describe this but simply amazing. 7 courses of foodie joy. Loved this and was a highlight of the trip. Tea time: I loved this and we made some new friends during this. The atmosphere was awesome and the little snacks were divine. Shows: We went to the Love& Marriage, Holiday Show, Welcome Aboard show,America Rocks and 2 of the over 18 comedy shows. All the shows were good and TJ is hilarious. We also went to a chef demonstration on the first sea day, which is a don’t miss. Great recipes to go home with. In Cozumel we went snorkeling at sky reef which was some amazing shore snorkeling, In Progresso we tried to enjoy a beach day, but we were harassed so much by vendors that we left and found the bar/restaurant Los Cocos and hung out there away from the pushy vendors. Overall enjoyed our cruise. We thought the Valor was decorated beautifully for Christmas and everyone was friendly.
  10. Which has the better snorkeling? food? The hubby wants to see corals, we can’t afford to do the boat tours so looking for a shore alternative.
  11. Thanks for sharing.... going on the Valor in 9 days
  12. I’m planning for a cruise in 2020. My brother wants a balcony room by himself. The hubby and I are fine with a ocean view. My mom will also need her own room., Before anyone says anything about just sharing a room...we have learned it is a requirement for our sanity to have our own rooms. Which cruise lines are better for the single cruiser? Affordable? Best Alaska experience?
  13. We did the 50 deposit just because I could book the early saver and have a bit longer to pay for it. We also did the insurance since we were booking so far in advance we wanted some protection if something happened.
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