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  1. I was at HMC last week on a Carnival Cruise and they still used the island tenders. I would imagine HAL would be doing the same... But why not call and ask the Access and Compliance desk ahead of time and see what info they have?
  2. It all just showed back up for me as well. Decided to go unlimited as it will be a better value. But appreciate the help most of you provided. Was nice to know I wasn't alone with it acting weird 🙂
  3. Looking online and Chops and Izumi aren't showing as options to book ahead of time. Jamie's Italian does so I know things have been loaded in. Does this mean they're totally sold out already? Or do I have to get Unlimited to get access to them? Would unlimited even have access to them if they aren't showing? I know we're all climbing the walls to get back onboard but it would be really surprising if most specialty dining is 100% booked solid before the cruise. Any thoughts?
  4. Thanks everyone! We've decided on Mariner and a lot of the feedback you provided helped with that decision.
  5. Trying to decide which ship to go with on this upcoming cruise we're planning. Your advice, especially if you're familiar with both ships as they currently sit post-amplify would be great. Both are departing on the exact date we would need - 9/13/21 and end the same day and both happen to go to Nassau and CocoCay so that part is a draw. We've only been on one Royal cruise before and that was Liberty out of Galveston a few years ago. In all honesty it was alright but I read they had to skip out on a lot of what they planned to do with the ship just prior in a drydock and the company we had wasn't great so that likely influenced the opinion. This is just a quick getaway for the 2 of us about as close to my 40th bday (October 5th) as work schedules will allow. Here's what I am debating: Mariner: A couple hours closer to home About $20 less in tolls More recently amplified (though because of covid I think both have had about the same number of cruises since amplification so moot point?) The Bamboo Room (not on Freedom) Has Playmakers (but way smaller and part of the Promenade instead of it's own entire zone) Has Jamie's Italian Has the Escape Room Freedom: A couple hours further from home Additional $20 in tolls Only been on Royal once and was on this same ship class Lime and Coconut (not on Mariner) Playmakers is HUGE compared to Mariner Has R Bar (we liked it on Liberty) Has El Loco Fresh Has Giovanni's Italian Kitchen (I think this is a different name from what Liberty had? Is it different?) These things don't matter: Which water slides or who has the trampoline skypad thing (we're both big boys and Royal has already declared we're too fat for such things) We're gold so no need for Diamond lounge We're likely doing basic inside or basic balcony so we don't need a suite lounge We gamble but not to a ridiculous amount so what the casinos have isn't a huge deal "This ship is bigger, it'll feel more crowded" - Neither ship will be at capacity so no biggie 🙂 The promo I found has both of these within a few dollars of the exact same price Please help! I appreciate your input!
  6. Such a shame and this happens far too often. I know this isn't a HAL tour but they just need to stop offering the ability to do this $%#@ tour at all in Ketchikan... far too many lives lost, these included... so sad 😢
  7. Found this link on the HAL website with a quick compare chart across the fleet. file://usflnas1/Home$/559897/Downloads/HAL_Ships_at_a_Glance_Chart.pdf Comparing Ryndam to sisters Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam a couple things stand out: No De Librije popup (dont in the PG 1 or 2 nights each cruise) Instead of the Fuji Wonder Shop for photos, there is just "Photo Shop" BLEND by Chateau Ste Michelle will not be onboard Another thread someone was wondering if it will be a "Crow's Nest" or an "EXC" and the chart shows EXC. So there's at least one space with something new coming and that's the space BLEND previously took up. It will be around the corner from the Ocean Bar and Pinnacle/Sel de Mer and directly adjacent to Club Orange (and it DOES show Club Ornage will be carried forward to Ryndam)
  8. Fortress of the Bear is helping to lead that charge.
  9. First time we went was this tour. The Sea Otter Quest is also incredible. We easily saw over 1000 animals between numerous whales and puffins, other wild birds, eagles and a "raft" of easily over 500 otters. Then to have the raptor center and Fortress of the Bear AND it was a perfectly clear blue sky in Sitka which isn't too common...
  10. We go there every single time we're on an Alaska cruise that goes to Sitka. The work they do is extraordinary and they give these amazing creatures a second chance as Alaska law says if they are wandering through town they can be killed. They've made big changes to the grounds over the last few years that we are eager to see the next time Alaska is calling to us. While it may be a bit cliche, we found being there to be inspirational and life changing. Definitely go when you are there. I hope you find it as incredible as we have on numerous occasions!
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