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Russ Lomas

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    London, Ontario
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    Flowriding, scuba, skiing
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    Southern Caribbean

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  1. Thanks for your opinions on the Adventure. We sail on her for the first time in March, so all of your info is helpful. I agree with many of the things you say about RCCL in general. I agree one thing that is very poor on RCCL is the hours they close down the Windjammer fully. Other cruise lines at least keep one side open while they change over the other side. We found it very frustrating that no food venues were open other than Cafe Promenade in the morning between 10:00 and 11 am and again from 4 til 6 pm. Everybody wishes the ice cream machines were open a bit longer, especially in the evening if you are walking by after a show or a dip in the hot tub. A comment about the MTD hours made available. This was explained to us once and it makes sense why you could not get a seating between 6 and 7:30. They still aim to do two seatings at each table in MTD each night. If a table was kept empty from 5:00 til 6:30 so you could have it at 6:30 and then eat til 8:30, then it is too late to use the table after that for another seating. They aim to have a table used early for 2 hours, clean it for half an hour and then reseat some others at that table for a later sitting. Diners who really want those 6 til 7:30 times can always stand in line and get a seat when one becomes available. Wait times may be quite long though. Personally, we take the 5:45 time with the same servers every night in MTD. We have talked to them and they have told us that they would hold our table until 6:20 each evening, so if we were half an hour late showing up, that would be fine with them. We do tell the waiters the night before that we expect to be a bit late arriving the next day and they gladly hold our table for us. It is all about the relationship you build with your wait team.
  2. Not sure if your wife likes the beach or not, but the Coki Dive Centre would be perfect if you like the beach. The dives you do are shore dives there right off the beach, so you simply walk into the water and swim the reef, coming right back to those waiting for you on land. Coki is not my favourite beach in the Caribbean, but lots of people head there just to lay on the beach and swim with all the fish there. There is also an attraction there I have not done called Coral World Ocean Park. Below are shots taken on the beach and also on the bottom.
  3. I'm a certified diver and had my 15 year old and 10 year old daughters get certified on our cruise this past March, so I now have dive buddies to go with. I have had 12 family members try Discover Scuba, though not through the ship's excursions, on various cruises. Not everybody got down. Sea condition and nervousness prevented some of them from diving. Nine of the 12 did the dive and loved it and have since dove again. Neither St. Maarten, nor Puerto Rico are known for their scuba diving. I have not dove in either of those ports before. I do not know what other ports you are stopping in, but if you go to St. Thomas, I would recommend trying Coki Dive Centre for a Discover Scuba option.
  4. It really depends what you want to do. Do some research before you sail for doing your own excursions and you are likely to find very highly rated tours at much better prices. If you are interested in seeing a good portion of the islands, I highly recommend Cosol Tours in St. Lucia and Bernard's Tours in St. Maarten if you have not been to those islands. If you are beach people, Carlisle is a short cab ride (or 30 minute walk) from the ship in Barbados.
  5. We had one before they reclassified them as suites. Absolutely loved the cabin. I never have issues with motion on ships and did not in this cabin either. I did feel the movement a little a couple of times but it did not bother me. A few in my family who are not so lucky in these manners said they felt the movement more in the cabin but not to the point that they felt ill at all. What we did notice a few windy nights is you can get some wind noise being up front and so high on the ship where the wind hits some of the apparatus (horns, lights, etc.) outside the cabin. We have booked a panoramic cabin at the front corner of the ship for our next cruise in March again. Absolutely loved it and I am sure you will as well.
  6. Thanks for the review. We sail on the Adventure in March and are looking forward to it. You may not have seen the link I will post below regarding Vegan options in the MDR. But take solace in your experience with the issues you had about vegan options in the MDR. Maybe YOU were the ones who finally made the following decision for RCCL. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/4313/
  7. If you have enjoyed your servers the first evening, you can always request the same table with the same servers for the remainder of the cruise. We have done this every cruise except one because it is nice to have the same servers. They get to know you, what you like, what you do not like. They will bring you or offer you what you may normally eat or drink without you having to ask for it. We also talk to the head waiter when he comes by on that first night usually and make special requests (for things not on the menu like cold soups) and he ensures that those requests are met every night after the first evening. The service and guest/crew relationships are one of the key factors in enjoying the MDR. The one time we were not happy with our servers we simply sat in a different section of the MDR the second night and were happy with those servers, so we requested that same table the remainder of the cruise. My Time Dining is the best in our opinion. We consistently have great service this way.
  8. As others have correctly responded (entire wave surface is open without a divider and you get to choose if you want to do stand up or ride boogie board). Additional info though - you decide when you get to the front of the line each time which activity you would like to do. However, to do try stand up, you must have a different band on your wrist (you used to get this by just signing a different waiver, however, it has been reported the past few months that you must "pass a boogie board test" before they will permit you to have a stand up band now - even if you have been riding stand up for a decade).
  9. We had what is now considered the Panoramic Oceanview Suite prior to it being reclassified as a suite. It was wonderful, both spacious and incredible views. You will enjoy it.
  10. Bailey's Banana Coconut (done RCCL style). https://www.shugarysweets.com/bbc-drink/
  11. There are websites where you can pay $1 for the website to monitor the pricing on a cruise for you. A friend of mine has used it and got a price drop that way. I personally just check daily myself. Only takes a few minutes of my time. I do not know for the websites that monitor price drops how often they check, if they email you right away or not, or even if they are capable of knowing discounts that apply to you (senior, military, kids sail free events, etc)
  12. As mentioned by Ourusualbeach, there are rooms from what I have seen on the Oasis class ships that hold 5. We have not been in one of them but I was curious how crowded they would be given the space of the cabin RCCL lists. We have a family of 6 and have traveled several times with RCCL in a single cabin. They do offer family cabins that hold six people. There are different variations on these cabins. They have interior, interior with a promenade view, oceanview, and panoramic oceanview (which are now classed as suites - we sailed in one of these before RCCL changed it into a suite designation). We have been in all of the types I listed above, except the basic interior family cabin. We find them very spacious and great for a family who wants to all be in the same cabin. To get pricing for any cabin for 5 or more people, you need to contact RCCL directly or have your travel agent do it. Their website does not permit booking a family cabin for more than 4 guests and does not show the total price for 4 or more guests in a single cabin. Another option we have done is put the children in a cabin beside our cabin (this give the advantage of having an extra bathroom, more privacy, and even more floorspace, though not as nice and open as the family cabins). Prices can sometimes be cheaper for 2 cabins than one of the family cabins depending on the particular cruise.
  13. We chose Oasis for our March 2021 cruise. The price was far better than Symphony and Harmony and the week we can travel (March 14th), we liked the western ports far more than those offered that week on the Allure (Eastern ports). We are excited to see the AMPing of the Oasis since we sailed her about 6 or 7 years ago. We also hope they ditch Cats, but if not, we will just skip the show and do something else.
  14. I feel sorry for all those in your situation. Only issue I see with grandfathering clause (which the government likely would not permit anyways) for those who paid could be that if the ship has 50% paid in full and 50% not, that means RCCL would have to run the ship half empty, which they obviously would not do.
  15. Must be distortion on the camera because the 2 photos were taken the same day in the same cabin. Taken with a GoPro or my Tokina 11-16 mm lens on a cropped sensor but put through a filter (guess it did not correct the distortion in that case but I never noticed in the past) Well because if you photograph it with a non-wide angle lens it looks like a regular interior cabin due to the limited field of view. The wide angle may distort in some areas but it really captures how spacious the cabin feels, not like a standard lens, which does not do the cabin justice. Felt a bit of motion there one night but did not bother me one bit. As mentioned, we did hears some wind noises 2 of the evenings when winds were strong.
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