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  1. I did. I posted a review elsewhere but I cut-n-pasted it here: It is, if you love party cruises! The entire staff is extremely professional, funny, engaging and just a lot of fun to be around. There are two staffs - the Margaritaville staff, which is like the cruise director/activities managers on Royal and then the crew of the catamaran. There is basically 4 parts: - snorkeling. No booze is served before snorkeling which is why it might be optional depending if the passengers are into snorkeling or partying. It's the first hour of which 40 minutes is dedicated to the snorkeling. It was pretty good, not great. But better than expected. The catarmarn staff handles this portion of the tour. - Once the snorkeling is over, the music is cranked up, the booze starts flowing. The Margaritaville staff will then try to get people dancing. This part is about an 30 minutes. - beach break is next. You are provided a lounge chair, umbrella, a place to buy lunch and more drinks. The Margaritaville staff is with you and will try to engage people in scavenger hunt, dance contest and of course, drinking games. This part is a little over an hour, maybe 90 minutes. - back on the boat, more free drinks, more music, more dancing. Think line dancing or limbo dancing. - The final part is heading over to the Margaitaville Restaurant. At this point, some people elect to go their own way or you can follow the Margaritaville staff to the swim up bar for......you guessed it...more music and dancing. Once its over, the ship is a short walk away. I loved it and I'm 55 years old. There was a wide range of ages and nobody was obnoxiously drunk, just a fun buzz. The only downside is the only free drinks were on the catamaran itself, you have to pay for food and bevy's at the beach and at the restaurant. Would I do it again? Probably. I like to think I'm still 21. 😄
  2. That's all of them. The itineraries are a bit.......underwhelming. But the ship is the destination!
  3. It's a cool, unique way to try out 2 ships on 1 cruise. Except for the lack of luggage and toiletries. But than again, it's only for one night. It's like roughing it on cruise ship. 😀
  4. Is that when it's scheduled to be AMP'd up? I would think so, no reason not to. It's already on the schedule. Otherwise it might be a few more years as they already have several other ships scheduled for AMPing into 2021 (I think)
  5. It is, if you love party cruises! The entire staff is extremely professional, funny, engaging and just a lot of fun to be around. There are two staffs - the Margaritaville staff, which is like the cruise director/activities managers on Royal and then the crew of the catamaran. There is basically 4 parts: - snorkeling. No booze is served before snorkeling which is why it might be optional depending if the passengers are into snorkeling or partying. It's the first hour of which 40 minutes is dedicated to the snorkeling. It was pretty good, not great. But better than expected. The catarmarn staff handles this portion of the tour. - Once the snorkeling is over, the music is cranked up, the booze starts flowing. The Margaritaville staff will then try to get people dancing. This part is about an 30 minutes. - beach break is next. You are provided a lounge chair, umbrella, a place to buy lunch and more drinks. The Margaritaville staff is with you and will try to engage people in scavenger hunt, dance contest and of course, drinking games. This part is a little over an hour, maybe 90 minutes. - back on the boat, more free drinks, more music, more dancing. Think line dancing or limbo dancing. - The final part is heading over to the Margaitaville Restaurant. At this point, some people elect to go their own way or you can follow the Margaritaville staff to the swim up bar for......you guessed it...more music and dancing. Once its over, the ship is a short walk away. I loved it and I'm 55 years old. There was a wide range of ages and nobody was obnoxiously drunk, just a fun buzz. The only downside is the only free drinks were on the catamaran itself, you have to pay for food and bevy's at the beach and at the restaurant. Would I do it again? Probably. I like to think I'm still 21.
  6. You can usually get one of the Chops steaks in the MDR for about $15-$17. Well worth it once per cruise, even if you are not getting the Chops "ambiance".
  7. Good/Bad/Indifferent Analogy/whatever......that is one tasty looking pizza
  8. I guess I never really thought about it like that before. That is why I keep coming back to CC forums. It can change my perspective on things.
  9. Agreed. When people say they are being hounded for upsells, I always picture the beaches of Jamaica where someone always wants to braid your hair or sell you pot. I've never found the upsells on Royal to be pushy and always polite.
  10. Specialty restaurants are not really that special anymore. I remember when they were packed each night, now often times they seem to be at 50-70% capacity. As others have said, increasing the price and decreasing the size on the menu and quality of food is a triple whammy. I always said I would do Chops at $25/pp (the price when I first tried it) but would not touch it at $42/pp (the price it was on my Nov 2018 cruise). Now I'm not sure I would even do it for anything above $20/pp. Hopefully those that are being hounded by upsells can use that to their advantage.
  11. Agreed. Love St. Thomas but the only thing I do in SJ is get off the ship to stretch the legs a bit and get some exercise.
  12. Noted. Sorry, I did not read all of the itinerary changes. Certainly, some are more impacted than others. My pizza post above yours was meant for the sailings that has a hour or 2 cut off the port time.....which is really more time on the ship, enjoying free food and entertainment. Getting more bang for the buck!! In your case - and in others where a full St. Thomas day was replaced by a 1/2 day in San Juan - you are truly losing out. Getting on the ship at 8:00 pm is like losing an entire day.
  13. True....but...the azipod issue seems to pop-up more frequently these days. If there is a certain component that was expected to last 5 years and it is increasingly failing every 3 1/2 - 4 years, Royal may want to build in some more scheduled maintenance time into their schedules.
  14. The length of the cruise is still the same so you are getting the whole pizza. Some of the port stops are cut short which means some of the slices have skimpy meatball toppings...or no toppings. If they cut the length of the cruise from 7 days to 5 days while requiring you to pay for 7 days, than your missing 2 slice analogy is correct. I could go for some Sorrento's pizza right now.🍕
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