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  1. This is so true. We have been in tendering back where the tender hit the ship so hard, the window was knocked out. That being said, they did get everyone in safely, including one passenger in a wheelchair. But we had to wait until the tender moved up with the swell and jump onto the ship's platform (with help). The water in the bay can get really choppy. So it depends, I think if they let you off, they will do everything they can to get you back safely and likely it won't be an issue, but it's your comfort level and knowledge of what you need for your comfort.
  2. Thanks for the warning! I have noticed these off and on over the last few years and for a while ships weren't even stopping here. With this up, I think instead of going ashore independently, as we would be inclined, I will book a shore excursion through the ship. They keep a close eye in regards to passenger safety and will cancel anything that doesn't look safe.
  3. I know the snorkeling isn't as good as other parts of the world, but since we are going there anyway.... wondering if anyone has done the Marietas Island tour? It looked like it might be fun for other reasons, such as Whale and Dolphin watching, or even Manta rays? Has anyone done this recently that can weigh in?
  4. I don't mind meeting people elsewhere, but I really hate eating with people I don't know. This is my fear of club class. That I would pay sometimes thousands of dollars extra for the privilege not waiting hours to eat with just my party, only to be bombarded with unwanted small talk from the too close table next door. Please don't bother your neighbors. If they didn't want to be seated with others, odds are, they DON'T want to chat with you!
  5. I have really enjoyed the Royal (and her sister Regal) in Europe; but that was because these were colder weather cruises not needing much time outdoors, we went to ports that wouldn't be overwhelmed with a large ship, and it was port intensive. We tended to spend our evenings in the room resting. Alaskan ports do get a bit overwhelmed when too many large ships are in town, and Royal/Regal are very large. When all are on board, they are crowded. Very crowded. Royal has a dearth of outdoor space, IMO not nearly enough when many passengers want to be outdoors. I might book Alaska because it's cold and people will go indoors. I would NEVER book any ship in this class for the Caribbean. That being said, many people don't mind be shoulder to shoulder with other guests, constantly searching for seats and elbowing your way into the buffet. They enjoy and book these ships for warm weather relaxation cruises such as Caribbean. The Royal is a beautiful ship. It depends on what you want.
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