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  1. Thanks for all the info, sounds like my wife and I have nothing to worry about. We book lowly interior rooms so balcony/suite/IV/etc problems mean nothing to us. We’re barely in the room long enough to sleep usually!
  2. I’m a loyal royal but just booked a apex cruise for 2021 because of a really good price and wanted to see what royal’s “premium” line was like since the price I got was comparable with Royal’s i figured Apex being a brand new ship was a slam dunk. Since I booked I’ve come across this forum and have noticed a trend of people being negative about the edge class but I haven’t seen concrete reasons why. I’ve sailed on Allure (Oasis), Grandeur (Vision) and Independence (Freedom) and have enjoyed all three with Royal. I enjoy the old smaller ships and the new modern ones.
  3. Leaving on a royal carribean cruise out of San Juan end of June this year. 1) what are the closest hotels to the port that royal carribean leaves out of? are there any that you can walk to the port from? 2) If there are no hotels that are that close to the port, and you have to take a taxi shuttle either way, what are some recommendations people have? preferably nothing too pricey (around $200 or less per night for 2 adults in 1 room)
  4. Leaving on a royal carribean cruise out of San Juan end of June this year. 1) what are the closest hotels to the port that royal carribean leaves out of? are there any that you can walk to the port from? 2) If there are no hotels that are that close to the port, and you have to take a taxi shuttle either way, what are some recommendations people have? preferably nothing too pricey (around $200 or less per night for 2 adults in 1 room)
  5. Some questions about Anthem & the deluxe drink package. 1) is the bionic bar included? 2) are those automatic wine dispensers in vintages included? 3) is anything at la patisserie included?
  6. I’m doing a cruise on Freedom in June 2020. When looking at the deck plans for the time period of the cruise it still lists Sabor & on air club and doesn’t have any of the “amplified” features. I was under the impression Freedom was being amplified early 2020 and would basically be a copy of Independence (which I just sailed on last month). The cruise planner even lets me reserve Sabor. Google searching hasn’t brought much fruit beyond a table from last year that outlined the amplified outline. Does anyone have any info on this? Thank you!
  7. Independence didn’t have any tapas at vintages. This would make me think it’s similar on liberty & freedom but can not confirm.
  8. In my research for my cruise next year I stumbled upon some 7N NE/Canada cruises on Brilliance our of Boston in sept/oct 2020. I’ve never done a NE cruise, and am possibly considering it over a Bahamas itinerary for something different. Couple questions: 1) on my last cruise out of Southampton I found the food lacking compared to my previous cruises out of Baltimore & Fort Lauderdale. My thoughts were maybe this was due to the departure port. Specifically I found a lack of good seafood options. Would a cruise out of Boston going north have menus that reflect that region? Will t
  9. I’ve always booked directly through RCCL for my cruises and I’m comfortable with the process. However, I’m planning on doing a family cruise (potentially 10+), and we being the ones with the cruise experience are spear heading this vacation. Obviously I don’t want it riding all on me so I’m likely going to use a TA. I’ve read that if you use a TA to book a RCCL cruise there are certain things you can’t do without the TA. What things that I normally handle on my own will the TA have to do? For example, can I still book excursions through the cruise planner, cancel and rebook drink p
  10. We’re possibly doing this itinerary mainly because of the departure port and the ships. We only plan to really get off the ship for coco cay. We’re a big fan of sea days. We might also take a family cruise out of San Juan to the southern Caribbean so that will fill our port needs. the prices for the dates we’re looking at for each ship are pretty similar for inside cabins. So it really just comes down to which ship. edit: also, flying down to Florida someday isn’t out of the question, it’s just we flew overseas this year and will be flying to San Juan next summer so we
  11. Looking to narrow down some choices for our cruise next year. We're looking at the same itinerary but different dates on different ships Itinerary: 7 night Orlando/Perfect Day/Nassau out of New Jersey. 1) Oasis (will be amplified) - Sept or Oct 2020 2) Anthem - March 2020 We've cruised 3 times: 1) 2014 on Allure - loved it, but memory isn't completely clear 2) 2018 on Grandeur - loved it 3) 2019 on Independence - had a good time, but had some issues with the ship, some over crowding (which we learned to handle as the cruise went on
  12. I’m from the US but will be leaving on a Mediterranean cruise leaving out of Southampton, England next month (Independence, RCCL). I have a few questions 1) What currency should I be tipping on board when I wish to tip extra in cash? (USD, euros, pounds?) 2) What currency is accepted in the casino? I know typically you’ve had to use cash so how does this work in this situation? 3) What are some of the earliest times people have been able to board on embarkation day?  4) I’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn in Southampton, can you walk from the ho
  13. I’m from the US but will be leaving on a Mediterranean cruise leaving out of Southampton, England next month (Independence - RCCL). I have a few questions 1) What currency should I be tipping on board when I wish to tip extra in cash? (USD, euros, pounds?) 2) What currency is accepted in the casino? I know typically you’ve had to use cash so how does this work in this situation? 3) What are some of the earliest times people have been able to board on embarkation day?  4) I’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn in Southampton, can you walk from the h
  14. I’m from the US but will be leaving on a Mediterranean cruise leaving out of Southampton, England next month (Independence). I have a few questions 1) What currency should I be tipping on board when I wish to tip extra in cash? (USD, euros, pounds?) 2) What currency is accepted in the casino? I know typically you’ve had to use cash so how does this work in this situation? 3) What are some of the earliest times people have been able to board on embarkation day? 4) I’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn in Southampton, can you walk from the holiday inn
  15. Thanks for all the advice! After looking at some things we've decided to just do Windsor instead just to keep things safer time wise.
  16. Thanks for all the advice! After looking at some things we've decided to just do Windsor instead just to keep things safer time wise.
  17. I'm going on a 14-d mediterranean cruise out of Southampton on June. Royal Caribbean offers a transfer to Heathrow + stonehendge tour at the end of my cruise in June. My international flight (to USA) leaves at 4:40pm. According to the RC rep I talked with the excursion timeline is "7:30am to arriving in Heathrow at 1:45pm". From what I gather it is recommended to be at Heathrow 3 hours prior to flight time for international flights. My thoughts are this might be too risky, what do others think? Alternatively does anyone have any suggestions for any companies that might provide a similar transf
  18. I'm going on a 14-d mediterranean cruise out of Southampton on June. Royal Caribbean offers a transfer to Heathrow + stonehendge tour at the end of my cruise in June. My international flight (to USA) leaves at 4:40pm. According to the RC rep I talked with the excursion timeline is "7:30am to arriving in Heathrow at 1:45pm". From what I gather it is recommended to be at Heathrow 3 hours prior to flight time for international flights. My thoughts are this might be too risky, what do others think? Alternatively does anyone have any suggestions for any companies that might provide a similar transf
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