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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Hi there Sorcerer Tim. Glad you are still enjoying your star class suites. Hope to cruise with you and your wife again. Sticking to the big ships with royal suite class or have you gone and sailed on the smaller non royal suite ships?
  2. Have sailed on Serenade the past couple of years in Jan/Feb for 30+ days. Will be on her again for the third time this coming Jan. It is an older ship, but the crew and passengers keep us coming back. Would not bring our son onboard for 3 weeks as he would be bored (confirmed that as he was bored on sister ship Radiance after 2 days). The ship is older, but maintaned rather well. She has elegance and reminds me of what cruise ships of old were about. More about all the awesome views of the sea from almost everywhere and not about all the bells a whistles like the larger ships. Met so many nice cruisers every cruise on Serenade, it has a feeling of family as we return year after year. Will be cruising with some couples that we have met and cruised with 2 years ago on Serenade. Met quiet a few people that stay on her for 4+ months at a time during the winter. What about the reviews has been a turn off about Serenade? You are correct that we love to people watch and love those aft facing CLS (others will disagree). I like the deeper balconies (but we dont spend that much time out there). I would just stay home and watch the ocean from my lanai if I wanted to see water. Here is a pic I took right now.
  3. Hi there Mafig. We will be sailing on Seaside from June 13-27 2020 in almost the same cabin as last year. What plans do you two have for that time? We met a great couple with a son our age on Radiance last month. They live in Jacksonville and we wanted to do another cruise together. Well they wanted to get to D on Royal and the subject of cruising with Royal to gain status came up. I mentioned that we started with Royal and enjoy what Royal offers. Status came as a byproduct of enjoying our cruises and we did not chase levels. After looking at the insane pricing for summer 2020 on Oasis class, they decided to try Seaside in YC. Sailing Oasis class I have seen my fair share of P's that get catered to at the detriment of suite guests. Another P that sails in suites and I have that discussion often of our observations. It is not like that on every sailing as there are some very nice P's that are low key and friendly. Then you have the other bunch tries to make CK and the SL their private club. Well hope to cruise with you two again. Will be on Serenade from Jan 10-31 of you would like to join us. The Jan 20-31 cruise has a great itinerary with an overnight in Aruba and stop in Colon.
  4. The walk from curbside to the lounge is about 1/6 the walk from luggage drop off to boarding at Canada Place. Canada Place was the longest walk to embark a ship that I have ever done. Go through garage and up elevator, then walk around the building and then into the building to check in, then back out and around the building down the escalator through another part of that level to process immigration and you are still not done.
  5. Couple months ago the deposit was $398 for each week of our b2b cruise Seaside YC June 2020. MSC wouldn't let us move our cruises already booked on board seaside last year. We had to get our deposit refunded and then pay$398 per week deposit instead.
  6. I suggest you give as much luggage to porters as possible. There is a pretty good walk to get on ship. You check in on the lower level. Walk to elevators and go up a level to check in. Goto checkin the walk back where you came from then outside the building. Go back down a level to clear customs. Then wait in an area to board ship. Also there was no c&a area for the different levels to board. Port personnel boarded on a first come first on principle. That was my experience on Radiance on our July 12 sailing out of Vancouver.
  7. I did not post or ask what stateroom you were in. You posted that there was one inside YC room left. Here is what you posted that brought about my question.
  8. Thanks, that is what I recall also. I am wondering as this was posted
  9. I didn't think Davina had inside Yacht Club rooms. What is their booking category?
  10. Allure had helipad sail away and Oasis had the suite lounge reception with officers. Or it was the other way around.
  11. Just my luck. Will be on Liberty for 14 nights in Oct. Was hoping to try the limited lunch menu and how it compares to CK on the Oasis class. Heres hoping they go back to a limited menu for lunch by Oct.
  12. That seems like the same upcharge items from 2018. I am happy with the I cluded drinks and don't need to upgrade to premium plus. I drink New Amsterdam Vodka from Royal so the included Grey Goose is fine for me. What about the crepes and milk shakes from Venchi? With regards to the Nov changes, I wondered why my TA said MSC would not move the deposit over to new dates. I had to get. A refund of our on board bookings and leave a new deposit. So lost out on $200 OBC per cruise because of that and I take it a slightly less All Inclusive drink package? What is the difference between the pre Nov drink package and the post Nov drink package? Thanks
  13. Yes no muster drill for b2b cruisers, even if you are not in the same cabin.
  14. Watch out it is very addicting! We mainly cruise Royal and after our first b2b 4 years ago, we our now hooked. 7 days just gets us started into the vacation mode. Sailed Seaside July 2018 b2b and our next cruise this coming June will be b2b as 7 days is just not enough.
  15. We had Lezzle for two weeks July 2018. He adopted our son like his brother. My son messages him every so often. He said that he will be on Seaside till Dec as he just started his new contract a month or two ago. It is important for my son to have him as our butler this coming June.
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