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  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Very helpful as we'll be boarding in 22 days for a B2B! 🙂
  2. No, in fact our balcony is listed as 20 sq feet although on other Radiance class ships it's listed as 41... so not sure? But we're on the starboard side, not on the hump or aft.
  3. This will be our third (and fourth as it's a B2B) cruise on Serenade, so we're happy to be back on again. We got our cabin assignments last night.
  4. Super excited! This is the 2nd & 3rd time the upgrade fairy has paid us a visit. First time was on the Freedom back in 2016, from an oceanview room on the 2nd deck. 🙂
  5. We have a spacious balcony for the 2nd one on the 10th deck as well for the 2nd leg of our trip. Hoping it's not too hard to do the switch on turn-around day.
  6. Yes, I think it was originally supposed to be cruising down in Australia after the Alaska season is over, but my guess is that they're not ready for cruise ships down there perhaps. Guess they figured it would be an easy switch temporarily to go from Brilliance to Serenade until the Brilliance is ready to cruise again.
  7. That's what I thought, but just found it strange that it's listed one way as obstructed on Brilliance (and Jewel) and not on the Serenade (nor Radiance).
  8. Yes, both the 16th and 21st. We received notification of the switch last night around 7 p.m.
  9. Our cruise on the Brilliance just got switched to the Serenade. We were upgraded from an interior on deck 3 to a balcony on deck 7. I noticed when comparing deck 7 balconies, ones that are listed as obstructed on Brilliance are not marked that way on the Serenade. Just curious if lifeboats on Serenade don't obstruct the balcony views like they do on the Brilliance? Wondering if they changed the design a bit between the building of the two ships.
  10. I have a B2B on Brilliance starting 10/16. Made final payment last week. It will be what it will be... I'm thinking positive... I don't think it's possible for Royal to get all of the their ships up and running at once, and I'm sure they're doing it as fast as they can. We still have over 2 months... they have plenty of time to get their ducks in a row. Doesn't look like Brilliance's first cruise is scheduled until 9/4 anyway. My guess is by mid August (if not sooner), Royal will probably have another schedule out with more test dates scheduled for the rest of their ships. We were on the Freedom a few weeks ago and felt that Royal did an excellent job with everything. It's been a big learning experience for everyone. Looking forward to hopping on the Allure next month. She just got back from her test cruise, so hoping for good marks from the CDC.
  11. We lifted and shifted to the Odyssey '21 TA out of Rome before the cruise was canceled. Unfortunately this new itinerary doesn't include Alicante, so I'll have to save it for another trip. 😉
  12. Hi! Assuming our transatlantic cruise happens in November, DH and I are hoping to walk up to Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante. I know how to get to the lift (which we don't want to take), but I can't seem to find directions for the best/safest walking path up to the top. I know that there are a lot of stairs involved, but we're in our early 50s and in good physical health so would really like the opportunity to walk to the top. Would love to know what street or area to start in to make the climb. Thanks in advance for any info you might have!
  13. And if there are over 50 kids on board, they'll hire two children's cruise directors. They will even take your kids off the ship and do their own kids' excursions! (Cruised the week before Christmas in 1979 as a nine year old, and they actually did this!) (Oh, and another funny... I remember seeing our room attendant's name on a card and told my parents, "Jesus (I pronounced it Gee-zus) is our cabin steward!" Remember, I was 9 at the time and had no idea it was pronounced Hey-soos.)
  14. Can you actually do this? I know we can take a shuttle from the train station to Largo della Pace to catch yet another shuttle to the port. However, DH and I are in good health, like to walk, and will be packing light, so assuming the weather's good, we'd prefer to walk. I saw a video posted recently that shows you can walk from the train station to the Bramante parking area just inside the pier area beyond Fort Michelangelo. Does a shuttle stop there on its way from Largo della Pace to pick up other passengers, because I'm assuming there will be a point somewhere on the pier that we'll have to be transported to the ship by bus because of security in place. Basically the reason I'm asking this is to not have to deal with two different shuttle buses, and walking all the way from our hotel to Largo della Pace with our luggage (I know it's not that far) just to catch a shuttle that's going to backtrack and retrace half of the journey we just walked to get us to the port. Hope my question makes sense, and thanks for any info you might be able to provide! 🙂
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