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    Royal Caribbean

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  1. Two questions: Do they have low-weight dumbbells? (5 pounders in particular) Do they have exercise balls to use in the gym- the kind you sit on to do core exercises, etc. TIA for any info you can provide!
  2. Thank you! Downloaded it and checked it out! Great app... can't wait to use it on the ship!
  3. Hi! First time on Celebrity coming up, and I'm trying to find Celebrity's version of the "Cruise Compass"... I think it's called "Celebrity Today"? Going on the western Caribbean route on the Equinox, and I'm having a hard time finding anything recent. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction? Just trying to get a feel for what kinds of activities might be offered on the ship. TIA!
  4. Sounds like us! We are usually fairly loyal to Royal but have cruised Princess twice, HAL once, and Carnival (twice for me). Chose Celebrity for our August cruise because prices on Royal were outrageous. This is a family cruise with the two of us, our college-aged DD, my parents, and my brother. We ended up booking 3 side by side by side Veranda rooms. I'm hoping that the balcony dividers can be opened up between the rooms so we can walk from one to the other. Trying to find some Celebrity Dailies from 2019 for the Equinox but am having a hard time finding something recent. From ones I've seen from 2018, it looks like they do offer a lot of venues with live music, so I hope that hasn't changed. It looks like a beautiful ship, and I'm looking forward to the itinerary- Western Caribbean including Key West (haven't been there since I was two!), so I'm really excited about that stop. We're diamond on Royal, so elite on Celebrity I guess. I need to do a little research to see exactly what that means.
  5. We are going on our shortest one (6 nights) on Sunday. We're not flying, so feel like it would be worth it. For me to factor in flying, it has to be at least a 7-day cruise. Longest one I've done was a 24-night (two 12 nights back-to-back). It was awesome, but I felt like I needed a vacation from our vacation as it was a very port-intensive trip (Eastern and Western Med for my parents' 50th anniversary). I could have stayed on longer, but I was getting a bit tired of the food... 😉
  6. Head waiter would make cherries jubilee table-side. Waiters would come out with Baked Alaska actually aflame on their heads. Streamers at sail away Huge midnight buffets every night! One of my favorite memories was making ice cream sundaes on deck with my dad in the afternoon and sitting and listening to the steel drum band by the poolside. 2 children's cruise directors were actually hired for the week before Christmas sailing on the Song of Norway back in Dec. of 1979. There were over 50 kids on board which was a lot back then! The children's cruise directors actually took us kids on tours of the islands... without our parents!!! I was 9 years old on that cruise, and I got hooked. Unfortunately next cruise wasn't for 5 more years and then finally back on RCI 18 years after that...
  7. We stayed at Country Inn and Suites when we were in Galveston in January. Literally right next door is Beerfoot Brewery and Blvd. Seafood restaurant. Highly recommend both places. https://www.beerfootbrewery.com http://blvdseafood.com
  8. Yes! I was 14 years old and went with my parents on the Tropicale right before Christmas. Didn't get DH hooked on cruising until our 8th anniversary back in '02 and took him on RCI's Explorer of the Seas. Since then, we've only done one other non-RCI cruise where we picked the ship (Princess back in 2012). My parents have taken us on HAL and another Princess cruise as well. So, this will be our first time "deviating" on our own in almost 7 years. Looking forward to trying one of the smaller ships and a different line. We're back on RCI in November on the Rhapsody (one of their older smaller ships), so this will give us a good taste for the "small ship" cruising. Definitely looking forward to the Serenity area and like the fact that it's open and at the back of the ship with an AWESOME view! Many of RCI's adult-only solariums are enclosed and seem to get stuffy over time. This cruise is one just for pure relaxation... we had a yucky few months after Hurricane Florence rolled through town and are glad to finally have all of that behind us. Now we just need some time to unwind. 🙂
  9. The aft locations on ships are my favorite! I've never had an aft cabin before, but I sure do like finding spots on the ship to watch the wake and take pictures!
  10. Yes! I think it's called the Alchemy Bar! Just saw a photo that one of my friends took on a cruise earlier this year. Looks like a pretty place! She took a really nice photo with her husband there. I've been watching a vlog by Josh Hocum (evidently a frequent Carnival cruiser) who went on the Ecstasy earlier this year. I've seen many things in his videos of the ship that I'm looking forward to!
  11. Sailing on Ecstasy out of Charleston in 10 days. Booked the cruise since it was a good deal and it's only a 5 hour drive to the port. What are some things I should make sure not to miss on the ship? Not really into specialty dining. We do enjoy nightly entertainment (live music, production shows in the theater, etc.). Any activities not to miss? Any neat spots for pictures of the two of us or cool views of the ship and venues? Any insider tips would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
  12. Tropicale is the only other Carnival ship I've been on. December of 1984. I was 14 at the time and there were lots of teens on board, and I had a great time. My brother was 19 at the time and was at that awkward stage where he was too old for the teen club but not old enough to hang out at the bars. :p
  13. I second the pirate museum! Took our daughter there 14 years ago... her first cruise at age 4. We walked there. Also went to Queen's Staircase and a fort with cannons that had a nice view of the ships in port.
  14. 1979 on RCI's Song of Norway. The ship had been cut in half and lengthened the year before. I was 9, my brother was 14, and there were over 50 (yes, 50!) kids on the ship (week before Christmas), so they hired 2 children's cruise directors who actually took us OFF THE SHIP on our own tours of the islands (Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico). Could you imagine them doing that nowadays?!?! One of my favorite memories was building ice cream sundaes with my dad every afternoon and eating them on the pool deck while listening to the steel drum band. EVERYONE dressed up for dinner, cherries jubilee served table side and lit on fire by Maitre'd, waiters walking through dining room with flaming Baked Alaska, midnight buffets every night. Passengers were given a list of passenger names, addresses, etc. Dang- privacy laws sure have changed. ;p
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