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wrp96

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    Little Rock, Arkansas
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    travel, singing, playing piano, reading
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    Royal Caribbean
  1. Some people changed for dinner. Some didn't. I usually did because it was hot when we were there and I didn't like feeling sweaty, but I don't think that will be an issue in November.
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    Arkansas Cruiser's

    It was my 2nd river cruise, both with AmaWaterways, and I absolutely loved it. The level of service and attention to detail was amazing. I loved the opportunity to explore small little towns on and near the river. Also the fact that my active friends could go biking and hiking without me feeling I was left out or them feeling like they were being held back by me. We did a lot of wine and penguin tours. In fact, almost every stop was either wine or penguins, because that was the basic reason we did the cruise. If you are stopping in Uruguay or Ushaihua, I can recommend booking tours through EcoUruguay. The company is actually based in Hartford, CT (a friend has actually been to their offices) and they will personalize tours for you.
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    Arkansas Cruiser's

    Friends did the Amazing Race last month in Cozumel and loved it.
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    Arkansas Cruiser's

    I just got back from a Rhine river cruise last week. And I’m trying out Carnival next month to Cuba.
  5. Sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home from Zurich after a fantastic Rhine cruise and post cruise in Switzerland on AmaKristina. I’m a gentle walker and there were times I had my own tours and they still offered them. On the post cruise, the extra excursions were worth it. And the hotels were wonderful. For my post cruise transfers, our post cruise guide literally met my car and helped me through check in all the way to security. I will try to post more when I get home, if anyone has any questions.
  6. Re: adapters. There are USB ports by the bed and European plugs. They do have a few adapters available at reception to borrow if you don’t have one. With the USB plugs I haven’t needed to pull out my own adapters.
  7. So haven’t seen binoculars for use onboard but they do have umbrellas, walking sticks, canes with seats, Nordic sticks, etc for use on tours. One comment about the AMA app. Precruise I really wondered how useful it would be but it’s especially nice because your daily cruiser is in it (they upload it while you are at dinner the night before) and you can see on a map exactly where you are on the journey. I’m currently having a fantastic time on AmaKristina on the Rhine. The chef is making me my own lunch tomorrow because he is from Indonesia and I raved about a dish from his country. They truly take care of you onboard and want to make your time special.
  8. So haven’t seen binoculars for use onboard but they do have umbrellas, walking sticks, canes with seats, Nordic sticks, etc for use on tours. One comment about the AMA app. Precruise I really wondered how useful it would be but it’s especially nice because your daily cruiser is in it (they upload it while you are at dinner the night before) and you can see on a map exactly where you are on the journey. I’m currently having a fantastic time on AmaKristina on the Rhine. The chef is making me my own lunch tomorrow because he is from Indonesia and I raved about a dish from his country. They truly take care of you onboard and want to make your time special.
  9. I’m onboard right now and haven’t seen any but I’ll look tomorrow just to maje sure.
  10. I typically pack everything in my suitcase in giant ziploc bags. It keeps stuff from getting wet - from rain, broken liquor bottles, open toiletries etc. Plus it helps organize the suitcase. And, as I fly to port, it means that if TSA has to search my bag they can easily see everything and don't have to touch my stuff.
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    Upgrade to handicap unit?

    If you booked a guarantee, then you get what you get unfortunately. If you booked oceanview guarantee, and are still in at least an oceanview, then you wouldn't really have cause to complain about the "upgrade." An oceanview on deck 10 would be a 6N right at the very front of the ship. The deck 3 cabin is a 1N, and closer to the elevator (so faster access to other floors), plus it is bigger (due to being handicap accessible), so there are some advantages for this cabin over one on deck 10. Now, if you booked the specific cabin on deck 10, and truly are unhappy about the upgrade, then your TA should be pushing to get your original cabin back.
  12. We did it twice on my first river cruise, which was only one week. I was with a group, and when we boarded they had arranged for our group to do chef's table that first night to make sure we had a chance to do it together without pushing out anyone else that wanted to do it during the cruise. Then we actually did it again later in the cruise with various people we had made friends with. The food was wonderful and the windows gave a beautiful setting for the meal.
  13. I'm guessing this was a "Everyone pay me, and then I'll pay the cruiseline myself" kind of deal so no credit card protections. I know for my senior class trip, we held rummage sales etc, to raise the money which went into a pool to cover the trip.
  14. We like to announce the floors as we stop at each one: "Housewares, Shoes, Menswear, etc"
  15. Along similar lines, we had running jokes going with our wait staff one cruise. Things like spelling things out in pepper on the table after they walked away (we cleaned it up ourselves), etc. Our favorite though was the last formal night, after our waiter took our orders, we cleared everything off the table (putting it in our laps), and reset the table with plastic plates, cups, utensils, etc that we had borrowed from the Windjammer. Our assistant waiter came back first and doubled over with laughter. Our headwaiter then saw it and doubled over with laughter. Other waiters and assistant waiters delayed their departure from the station near us to see our waiter's reaction. He walked up with a full tray, did a double take, and kept walking to the station. And then doubled over with laughter. Another cruise we had a large group of us, with some in traditional dining and some in My Time. The traditional folks had a table in the center of the bottom of the dining room, and our tables happened to overlook theirs. So we, along with our awesome waitstaff (who gave us some suggestions on what to do), had fun. One night, we sent down a plate of broccoli for a person at the table we knew doesn't eat vegetables (don't worry someone else at the table ate it). As this was a Canada/New England cruise, in one of the last ports we bought a stuffed lobster toy, and then our waiters delivered it down to their table on a silver platter under a dome. The entire dining room was trying to figure out what was going on with this big production coming down the stairs into the middle of the dining room.
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