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  1. They normally have plenty of cooked shrimp on the buffet in the salad bar area to make a shrimp cocktail. We love the buffet on Royal class ships, the dinner buffets are excellent on the nights where you just want a very casual quick self serve dinner. I don’t remember a Bavaria night. Bread pudding and vanilla sauce is in the Patisserie area.
  2. We are booking a cruise on the Mariner and are wondering if there is a Ben and Jerry’s suite on this ship? I have searched and I just see this suite listed for Freedom class. If so so what is the cabin number? Thank you!
  3. This is such a great itinerary, did it last year on the Royal Princess. I’m watching The Open now and remembering our fantastic private tour out of Belfast that visited Giants Causeway and various other scenic places and views of Royal Portrush golf course. So so much to see, we plan to do the same cruise again in a couple of years. Ours only had embarkation in Southampton and LaHavre, but very few seemed to utilize that port for embarkation. Sounds like adding a third point of embarkation was not a good idea.
  4. Great review! We did the British Isles cruise last year and loved every minute of it. So much to see in all of the ports, we said we would like to do the cruise again in a year or two.
  5. Just to let you know that pre arranged car service or Uber or Lyft will most likely be less expensive than a cab. If cab gets stuck in traffic, not that there are any traffic snags in NYC, lol, the meter runs. The other options are a fixed price you know in advance, regardless of traffic
  6. We did car service with an advance reservation From midtown Manhattan when we cruised out of Brooklyn. We used Carmel Limo, very competitively priced and reliable. We are cruising out of Brooklyn again in October, arriving at LaGuardia and plan to do the same.
  7. Hope your weather is good. Our mutual friend Sungirl did a Facebook live yesterday from her Alaska cruise on Carnival and they were at Tracy Arm and it was clear and beautiful.
  8. Great review Diver! It caught my attention, we did British Isles last year on the Royal and it is such a fabulous itinerary. So much to see, we could easily do it again and see entirely different and wonderful sights.
  9. We did a British Isles cruise in/out of Southampton last year and there were definitely no kettles in the cabins.
  10. We were on BI cruise last June and there were continuous shuttles but there was a charge.
  11. Sounds like a lovely relaxing trip. And with the heat and lack of rain we are experiencing now in NC, a cool weather vacation sounds divine!!
  12. No free bottled water as you exit ship. Some excursions provide a beverage but I never count on it and always bring along a bottle. Love the water package, we usually order two for a 7-10 day cruise. I’ve never had a bad tasting water either
  13. Just read a news story this morning that the Taquan pilot said he had descended and maneuvered to show his passengers a waterfall, then saw a flash of light on the right side which was the other plane. So tragic.
  14. I agree that you don’t have enough time to do anything other than a drive by of the major sights in London, not worth it. We did a BI cruise last year and embarked from London, hired private vehicle for transfer from London to Southampton and it is quite a distance, I seem to remember around 2 hours. Enjoy a more leisurely day somewhere close and save London for when you can stay at least several days!
  15. Thank you so much! One more question if I may, is Anytime working out ok? My only cruises where I was not pleased with Anytime were both on the Coral, Presumably because they have only two dining rooms. I encouraged my friend to do late traditional, but the actual times are later than what they signed up for. It was the same story on the Royal earlier this year. enjoy the rest of your cruise!
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