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  1. It certainly didn’t ruin our cruise. I got to see my sons, eat lots of good food I didn’t have to cook, enjoyed the sun, all good. It made us realize that star class isn’t worth it to us. We none of us drink much so the drink package was a waste for us (or a great profit for RC). We’ll stick to other suites.
  2. It has been 2 years so I don’t remember her name. We were on Oasis. The one thing I remember is that we had dinner planned on the balcony to watch the aqua show. It poured down rain and the show was cancelled. We called her to see what options we had for dinner. Immediately she said everything was completely booked. We ended up walking in to the solarium bistro hoping they could fit us in. They weren’t busy at all. I felt like she really didn’t care about us or was too busy with the more demanding people. There were a couple of minor miscommunication issues, but nothing major. We were pretty low maintenance, didn’t ask for shows or anything special. Once a year we cruise with our 2 adult sons. The purpose is seeing each other since we don’t live close.
  3. We had 4 adults in an Aqua Theatre suite a couple of years ago. We tipped $400 for the week. Our genie was good, but not great. I also added some to the room steward, he was the best we have ever had. Enjoy the experience!
  4. We have our first river cruise scheduled for next fall. I have a few questions. Tips for local tour guides and bus drivers are included based on what I have read. Is there a stated amount for ship staff like what they have on an ocean cruise? Is it typically paid in cash or can it be charged? What is customary for the program director? Anyone else we should be sure to take care of? How expensive is it to do laundry on the ship? I can’t fit 17 days of clothes in a suitcase. How are the pillows. I almost always take my own, but no room this time. I am sure I’ll have more questions as time gets closer. Thanks!
  5. We did Princess in Alaska last summer. I missed the royal promenade, the atrium was small. It was difficult to get decent coffee. But, I thought the specialty restaurants were much better and about half the price of Royal. We were in a suite and had breakfast in Sabatinnis each day. Service and food were great there. I still prefer Royal, but am willing to try other lines. We even have a Carnival cruise planned on the new Panorama. Haven’t been on carnival for decades!
  6. This is exciting, we board the 31st for our first Celebrity cruise. We’re diamond plus on RC, so get elite status on Celebrity. I’m really interested in your LCG dinner tonight since I booked it for our first night too.
  7. ATG

    Booking onboard

    Wow thanks! That answers all my questions.
  8. I tried to search for the answer, but couldn’t find it. What are the benefits for booking onboard? We will be sailing late next month. We have found a cruise we want to book for summer 2021. I can’t decide whether to book now using our big box travel agent or wait until we are onboard and book. We would then move the booking to our travel agent. Any information on what the benefits are would be helpful. Thanks!
  9. We were on harmony in October and there were LOTS of school age children. Many people said they had year round school and this was their fall break.
  10. I saved about $50 on internet for my May Liberty cruise. The UDP didn’t change.
  11. I expected to see the Brilliance Tampa sailings released this week. I would like to book January 2022.
  12. If you want to see what it’s like drop by sometime, I’ll be happy to give you a tour.
  13. It had better not show available since I’ll be in it that week!! I booked it online at a big box site. It was slightly less than $9000 for four of us.
  14. We would love to do a west coast cruise since we have family out there. If one of the ships is repositioning and has one, when would it be announced? It doesn’t fall in any of the categories shown above.
  15. I look forward to hearing about it since we have that cabin in May.
  16. We were sky (in a grand suite) and ours were blue. I didn’t realize there was a significance to the color. But I saw blue, yellow and white.
  17. I liked the WOW band on sea days. I didn’t have to wonder where to put the card, I have found the printing can come off if you get in the hot tubs. Remember that they aren’t usable to get on or off the ship, you must use the card even at Coco Cay.
  18. But it looks like the one right across from it is now out. And they have one of them tied up with the piano player. I am not sure that’s a great idea, it was loud! Cruise has been really wonderful, great weather and lots of friendly people.
  19. Cruise has been great. I don’t think we have ever had calmer seas, almost no rocking. Food in Solarium Bistro has been quite good. We found that about 30 minutes before they close breakfast they put out some wonderful caramel rolls. I’m a baker and these are GOOD! Park Cafe is good as usual. Roast beef seems less fatty than I remember. We haven’t been in Windjammer or done any specialty restaurants. Ship is fairly crowded. LOTS of kids. Elevator waits are longer than expected. All of the staff have been friendly and helpful. Grease was fun. Columbus was so campy it was hilarious. The aqua show was...... different. Very techno and lots of strobe lights. I didn’t like it as much as the Oasis one. We missed the ice show.
  20. I noticed this for the first time at Grease this week. The couple in front of us both had their cell phone cameras out. Luckily, they only took a few pictures but they weren’t being inconspicuous. They were holding them out at arm’s length.
  21. Yes, one aft elevator is not working. we spoke to a family at muster drill. They were from the northeast somewhere. Their schools have a year round schedule with 4 breaks of 3 weeks and this is one of the weeks. It does seem more crowded than Oasis did last January. Long lines of people waiting to get into windjammer. I wonder if they realize there are other places to eat? Solarium Bistro has not been crowded.
  22. I’m on Harmony right now and I just got up and looked in the closet and no life jackets.
  23. Arrived at port about 10:30. Check in was quick and easy. We boarded and were sitting in the Suite Lounge on 17 at 11:00. So much for delayed boarding.
  24. I agree, definitely not the end of the world. But I am a planner and not knowing drives me crazy. But my DH reminds me you cannot be driven where you already are. After 45 years I guess he knows.
  25. I just got it also. Does check-in from noon to 3:00 mean just check-in with boarding later or does it mean boarding then? I’m trying to figure out whether to eat lunch in Cocoa or wait.
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