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  1. We booked the Encore for March 2022. Hopefully, this will all behind us by then. Right now I need something to look forward to.
  2. Fire and Ice was my favorite. Her Tina Turner song was spot on! Never missed any of their performances. Choir of Man was also great. Can't wait to see them again!
  3. Thank you, BirdTravels. Somehow I knew you would know the answer. I love reading all your cruise reviews!
  4. If anyone has stayed in a club balcony suite on the Encore, is there a tub or walk-in shower in the bathroom? I have mobility problems and it's hard for me to get in and out of a tub. Thank you in advance for replies.
  5. BirdTravels also has some excellent reviews. Very detailed and she posts lots of the ship's menues, which is very helpful.
  6. I'm not a pool person, so for me it's spending a few hours each day at the Thermal spa area, relaxing on the heated tile loungers and looking out at the ocean and enjoying the quiet and serenity.
  7. The Escape, hands down. Best entertainment, food, spa and staff. Sailed two years in a row on Escape and the second cruise I went to the bar and ironically the same bartender was there. He recognized me from the previous cruise and before I could tell him what I wanted he said to me, "would you like a Bushwacker?" How's that for memory!
  8. Was all set to book a cruise on the Joy until I discovered it didn't have a spa thermal suite. That's a deal breaker for me. Booked the Encore instead.
  9. There are towel stations. I asked for two towels. No problem.
  10. We were there the last week of February (2020). It was chilly and windy. We had Beach Club passes and really enjoyed just laying on a daybed by the pool and soaking up the sun. Highly recommend a Beach Club pass. They sell a limited amount and it's not wall to wall people. A meal was also included in the price of the Beach Club. Also, mostly adults, hardly any children.
  11. I forgot to add in my above post that when we sailed on the Pearl my daughter, who was in her late 40's at the time, felt like she was the youngest one on the ship. An exaggeration, of course, but there were very few young people on the Pearl. I think your teens would be very bored. Not much for them to do.
  12. I've sailed on the Pearl to Panama Canal. Nice ship, but older and a little worn. For your family, I suggest the Escape. Sailed the Escape three times and loved her. Your children would love the Escape. More for them to do.
  13. We were at Coco Cay the end of February and had Beach Club passes. Enjoyed it very much. Since they limited the number of people, it was not crowded at all, compared to the rest of Coco Cay. It included a meal that had choice of steak/lobster. I felt like I was on my own private island. Would definitely do the Beach Club again.
  14. I know the Encore is new, but for those who have sailed her, what did you like/dislike about the ship? We are looking at a 2022 Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Encore and would like to hear from anyone who has sailed on this ship. Thank you for your replies.
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