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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 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.



  4. 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!

  5. 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.





  6. 17 minutes ago, dominicr said:

    haha yeah if you have it then I hope it doesn’t show available.  I’m pretty happy with the panoramic suite since we have a 4 year old and 1 year old and the wife wants to avoid having a balcony but I also wouldn’t mind putting some of the rooms we booked together to save a few dollars if that makes sense.  

    you did answer my question there for cost though.  If it’s roughly 9k for 4 people then it can’t be a crazy amount more for doubling up the rooms with couples instead of singles.  

    If you want to see what it’s like drop by sometime, I’ll be happy to give you a tour.

  7. 9 hours ago, dominicr said:

    thanks.  It’s not showing available for the May 17 cruise so I guess it’s already booked.  I will keep that in mind for future cruises though.  Appreciate it.  

    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.

  8. 2 hours ago, Ren1216 said:

    Sounds like you've had a good time overall.  It's reassuring to hear you've booked another sailing on Harmony.  And so many will be pleased to hear the aft elevator is finally fixed!

    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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

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