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  1. Thanks! I think we are just going to visit the Magic Kingdom the Friday before we head to the port, we will be happy to just walk in Main St and then spend the day looking around. Taking one day out of the several visiting family in the area before headed to the port.
  2. Nice timing on this photo for me, just coming into the thread and will watch with enjoyment, we are coming down in a few weeks for Wonder, but my wife and I, just starting retirement are going to come early and do one day in the Magic Kingdom, we were there first in 1974 and then many times, but haven't been back since 2003. Can't wait to see it again.
  3. With regard to pricing, there are balcony discounts for the various levels, so giving them your Captain's club number should help. Is that what they call it? After 23 Royal Cruises, we may try X soon.
  4. I wondered about that while watching the sailaway last Sunday, Wonder was docked with her port side facing the terminal, so I saw the wings where empty when she sailed out.
  5. I don't remember if I asked in this thread at all, do they ever let the public out on the bow in this ship? Love being on the bow of the Voyager and Freedom class, but when Oasis Allure came out they only had Diamond events out there, but they quit that in 2016 when we finally made Diamond. Would love to go out there, not sure why.
  6. So much has happened in that 5 years, but I have been thinking about that Symphony cruise a lot with Wonder coming up.
  7. For what its worth, people on our May 26 sailing have had no luck with the app, everything is being done on the website.
  8. Have fun on Allure, still Gina's favorite ship.
  9. That seems reasonable, watching as I am about 50 days away now. I hope @DennysDad comes back and lets us know what happens.
  10. Its been awhile, having been on Freedom in 2008 and 2015, but there is usually activity in the CL until 1am or so, frequently saw Karaoke up there and other entertainment. I think the MDR opened at 6:30am, but that is probably old news.
  11. FWIW, I put in what i think is an extravagant bid on all the sky class suites. I'm thinking its not likely as this is on a holiday week and the ship seems pretty full. The only other time I did a Royal Up bid was on Mariner 2 years ago, but right after I bid on a JS, I found the price was next to nothing on an upgrade to SUITE GUARANTEE which netted me a JS cheaper than the min bid. For this cruise I purchased late and the prices have gone up, I could do other cruises for the price of just upgrading to a JS. Since this is our official retirement cruise, I did put in a bid on these suites. Would love to end up in a Crown Loft Suite. Friends had one on Allure in 2013 and we loved that cabin. Fingers crossed.
  12. Not 100% true. Sometimes it takes Royal years to find out a vendor has done this and then fire them "for the safety of our passengers"
  13. Our best experience was also in Cozumel, we were on one side of the pier on Navigator with balcony facing the pier and Freedom was on the other side. It was more than an hour after ALL ABOARD time and people were still casually strolling back. We would yell, "The ship is leaving" to the stragglers to get them to run. Soon the deck crew would pretend to pull up the gangway to get people to move faster. It was fun!
  14. Where we were on Mariner in 2022 they had a GRAB N GO section between the Windjammer and the pool deck that had burgers, hot dogs, salads, utensils and condiments that you could get quickly and avoid the WJ crowd. Has that expanded anywhere else?
  15. We had Elvis as an Activities director on Jewel before his first CD job. Seems personable and active. I do see a lot of his social media posts. He loves doing Zoomba in the Promenade!
  16. Allure use to have deck 12 use as a sun deck or watch the shows, but I think all of the rear facing decks are not high price cabins. I may check out open skating this time, not sure.
  17. 40 posts after the message has been answered, it continues, the real addiction is being a Keyboard Warrior! 🙂 I will only smoke on a ship when it becomes legal!
  18. Next questions are regarding the cups for the Coke Freestyle machines. Anyone have a picture of the current cups? This is pretty low on the importance scale, but I am curious. Next, Pre-covid the cups were in your room when you finally got there, but I think I remember from my 2 post shutdown cruises that you picked them up somewhere at a table either near the Windjammer or on the promenade on day 1. Has that changed? And a silly question that just happens because I am in cruise brain mode now. I've noticed when you get to use the cups, the machine generally tells you when the cups expire and it always seems to be 2 weeks. I've never done a B2B, so I am curious if someone buys it for a week and then doesn't get it for the 2nd week, does it still work? Save your moral outrage, I'm just wondering. Although we may try a B2B in the future when we are retired.
  19. Thanks Seth, I'm looking to see/find these myself.
  20. It's been 171 days since I started this thread and I have 65 more to go. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to my education/entertainment. @teera143 your videos were exceptional including the pre cruise ones in Spain. Thanks to @Ourusualbeach and @OCSC Mike for your many contributions. Time for my next question. My wife and I use the stairs a lot on cruises to keep our weight under control and we have always enjoyed the art in the stairwells, especially on the Oasis class. I bet I can find a dozen or so photos of Oasis class Stairwell Art. Anyone have any pictures from Wonder? Below is from Symphony (I think they want you to touch the art here)
  21. We have two routes, one via I77/I26/I95 through WV, VA, NC, SC and into Florida. The other route goes I71 to I75 into Florida, and sometimes I-10 over to I95 that goes through KY, TN, GA, and into Florida. The Eastern route is a few miles shorter, but Frequently the day before I'll look at weather and pick one or other. Its about a 14 hour drive. Frequently we stop on the way down in either Savannah GA, or Valosta GA (I-75) and then finish the last 4 hours or so the next day, but more often on the drive back we get right off the ship and into the car and usually home around 1-2am the next day. Most often I to the I-75 route home as the WVA turnpike is rough when you have already driven 10-12 hours and if the weather is back, its a tough last 200 miles.
  22. I'm betting it never made it onboard, hopefully it was a rookie that misspoke and it is waiting for you on return to port.
  23. Was that in Nassau and you ended up getting back on her in Fallmouth? I remember reading a story like that here years ago
  24. I love both ships and have been on both twice. If you have kids more to do on Allure, but we are empty nesters and usually pick an itinerary.
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