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SkaterJasp

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About SkaterJasp

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    San Diego, CA
  • Interests
    Cruises, skateboarding, flowboarding, snowboarding, traveling.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bahamas / Caribbean

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  1. I was saying that Carnival has 2 dining experiences that are better than Royal Caribbean but it doesn’t make Royal Caribbean worst than Carnival when it comes to overall dining experiences. Especially since Royal Caribbean does offer a more diverse selection of specialty dining options across the fleet.
  2. No matter how much I love Royal Caribbean... Carnival does have a better steak house and Chef’s Table experience... but that doesn’t mean Royal Caribbean is worse in any way. They’re simply different experiences.
  3. There will always be places more expensive and better than anything you will find at sea, regardless of cruise lines... but at the same time, there are examples of Royal Caribbean food being better than some of the top rated restaurants on land. It all comes down to personal taste and preference. The point was that Royal Caribbean can hold its own in fine dining but to expect it each and every single time is unreasonable out of a company that is trying to cater to the masses. You can find good / top quality food, even if you are willing to pay for it. Coastal Kitchen, at times, can be pretty boring and just ok... but there are also times where the experience is amazingly good.
  4. What exactly constitutes a food or meal as “5 star quality”? It is fairly relative and I’ve had food in 150 Central Park, Coastal Kitchen, and Golden Dining (Quantum Class Asia sailings)... that are on par or better than some of the top rated restaurants I’ve dined at in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. If “5 star quality” means something thats rated by critics as being good... Although not advertised, Royal Caribbean does offer a Michelin Star rated dining experience at DaDong Wonderland on ships with Wonderland departing China. The food and service is on par with the actual restaurant, DaDong, that earned that Michelin Star... but with out the price tag.
  5. That sounds about right. If you got say a D4 for $500... and right now a D4 is $700 and a D1 is $750... the upgrade charge would be $250, not $50... it’s based off the price you paid and the price it’s going for now. Now if say you paid $500 for your D4 and the D1 cabin for some reason drop to $450... they’ll move you at no charge, but they won’t refund or credit that difference. However, you can move to another D4 cabin at no charge.
  6. I think the only mass market / family cruise line that has really good food is Disney Cruise Line... however, Royal Caribbean does a really good job with the food. The food appeals to a broader audience without going all out comfort food all the time like Carnival nor does it try to provide a full fine dining experience. Instead, I find the menu to be a well balanced to catered to the diverse demographic of those onboard. You have to keep in mind, the majority of cruisers dine in the MDR during dinner and they need to cater to everyone onboard with a menu that have enough selection to satisfy us while not overwhelm the galley. I also noticed that Royal Caribbean likes to “dumb down” the menu so every cruisers can understand the menu... if you really look like the menu and study it, the name of each dish tends to be more descriptive when they could of easily made it sound more fancy by using just a word or two... ie: They could of easily say Chateaubriand Roasted Beef Tenderloin and no one would of known the difference... The one thing that Royal Caribbean does well outside the Caribbean and Europe is having dishes unique to that region the ship is in.. such as Kangaroo meat on Australia sailings and real authentic Chinese food on China sailings. The advantage of living in California is there are a ton of deals to fly to Asia and in some cases it’s cheaper for me to fly to Hong Kong and do a cruise than go to Florida. With that say, the differences when it comes to the food is night and day. Some of the best Chinese food, both formal and casual, I’ve had are on Royal Caribbean ships in Asia. When it comes to food, and everything else, Royal Caribbean doesn’t try to be something they’re not and seems to pride on consistency and on things they can deliver each and every single time.
  7. I can’t level up anymore from Pinnacle Club... so all I have to work for is getting closer to the next free cruise and more crystal blocks.
  8. It appears from this photo that all of these Jr Suite have the same opening. Photo
  9. Oh it’s been observed and talked about briefly on various trends but largely ignored since the ship sails mostly out of Asia. I stayed in 9322 multiple times on Spectrum. It is indeed standard room reclassified as Studio Balconies. There are no modifications to make them smaller or furnitures taken out to make them studios. The biggest reason is outside Asia there is no need for that many studio balconies and single travelers are willing to pay the single supplement for a larger room. Also you have to consider that every ship that had since been designed for Asia eventually end up sailing seasonally in other parts of the Pacific such as Australia. The ship may be designed for Asia, but it also needs to be flexible to use in other regions in the Pacific. Asia sailings, specifically departures out of China, have unique quirks and differences not found in other markets... the demographic and expectations is different and Royal does a very good job at catering to those differences and expectations. One good example that also ins’t talk about is how the NextCruise program in China is different. Than theres that whole other thing with the Gold and Silver level suites and perks offered... in addition, Diamond and above Crown and Anchor members have added, unpublished, perks on these sailings.
  10. Well you do get free internet and soda.
  11. I love the hot rock but it’s random as to what ships have them... the easiest way to tell is if Izumi is on the royal promenade / royal esplanade... it won’t have hot rock... if it’s up on Viking Crown, you’re more likely to see hot rocks. I haven’t seen hot rocks offered on ships where hibachi is offered. Fun fact: Monarch of the Seas used to had hot rock when it sailed out of California... long before Izumi was a thing. They had it forward of the windjammer in the “sushi and karaoke bar”... It was my first time trying hot rocks and it had a much wider selection such as lamb chops and several cuts of steaks. I still remember watching them pull the hot rock out of the oven and bring it to your table. I remembered being excited to see it rolled out to other ships, than was disappointed to see it was a smaller selection of stuff you get to cook on the hot rock... but it’s still fun. Was able to find a copy of the menu as proof Monarch had hot rocks.
  12. Enjoy all that the ship has to offer. Crossings goes by so quick.
  13. Just booked this cruise... It’s going to be my 10th Transatlantic Crossing... 2nd Transatlantic that isn’t a Royal Caribbean crossing.
  14. My previous 3 TransPacific been around $1300 one way for Premium Economy from LAX to SYD via TPE on China Airlines (Taiwanese Airline / part of SkyTeam). They have the same Premium Economy seats as Air France (hard shell seat so if the person in front reclines, it doesn’t recline into your space) The legroom and seat width was similar to a domestic first class seat.
  15. I’m just saying that in the concept art it looks too cramp with 2 pools. It looks really narrow. Even in the actual videos and photos from Navigator the pools look really narrow. It does look nice but extremely narrow of a pool. If you have people sitting on both side of the individual pool, there’s really not much room to swim in.
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