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JMG

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    Pennsylvania
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    Pets,Fitness, Travel, Corvettes
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    RCCL
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    Whichever one I am sailing from!

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  1. As noted previously, we were on the 8/22 cruise that docked early in Baltimore on Friday 8/30 due to the propulsion problem. Totally agree...I seriously doubt that the Captain would have left the Balt dock if they had any idea that the problem was not fixed. Agree...the possibility of heading into a hurricane path with potential engine problems would be a concern for the Captain. Agree...People in Florida are being advised to evacuate and RCI personnel are not only dealing with GOTS mechanical problems but also Passengers, crew, employees, and ships that could be at risk due to the Hurricane. I realize that being on a 30 minute cruise is a disappointment that none of us want to consider. It is difficult to sort out emotions of what is/has happened to you versus what is going on in the rest of the cruising world. Many purchase travel insurance for the additional costs that might crop up as a result of a situation of this nature. The pre cruise emails are basically computer driven...we got them as well even though we had already made the purchase. Emails concerning specific problems have to be addressed at a different level. Yes, they have your email...but...it will take time for RCI to recover from not only this mechanical problem but also, the impact of this hurricane.
  2. I can appreciate your feelings about a 30 minute cruise. We were watching the Ship Tracking to see if GOTS left the dock on time since we knew of the propulsion problem. We were happy to see the ship leave but, as we all know, the ship made a short run and turned back to the dock. At first we thought perhaps it was a medical emergency but when the ship did not leave the dock after an hour...well...we figured it had to be the propulsion problem. Quite possibly you have not heard anything from RCI yet because, if employees are at their desks in Miami, they most likely have their hands full with the ships that are in the path of the hurricane. Many are evacuating the Florida coast area. Hotels, resorts, and attractions are closing. It may take a little time for you to hear from RCI. I know we were thankful that we did not cruise out of Florida. While we would have had flights reserved...the airports could be packed with people trying to get out of town. Inbound flights could be cancelled which would make outbound flights cancelled. We were caught in that situation several years ago. Had to rent a car and drive to Orlando to get a flight home.
  3. There are many reasons why people choose to cruise on Lady G. Itinerary can be one of those reasons. Yes, lots of ships in Florida but that also means long travel to the pier. Many people can drive to the Baltimore port in a few hours. It can be a large savings for families to drive instead of fly. Baltimore has to be one of the friendliest ports we have cruised from. It is located right off of I-95. Arriving at the port, you drive right up to the ship and baggage is unloaded. If is not that traffic jam that happens at many of the ports. From that location, you drive up to the cashier and pay for the parking, park the car, and then head into the terminal. We arrived at the pier by 10:30 and boarding had already started. We quickly cleared security, checked in and proceeded right up the gangway and were on board by 11 am. The crew on the Grandeur are another reason to cruise on the Grandeur. Amazing crew!
  4. We were on the 8/22 sailing. The propulsion problems started sometime Wed. You could feel the ship vibrating. In the Crown Lounge the vibrations caused the chandelier parts to strike against each other making a noise. Thursday they announced that we would be arriving back at Balt dock Friday eve. They hoped to be able to make necessary repairs before the next sailing. When we got into the bay, the ship really rolled side to side. Never experienced that before. Going over the Bay Bridge Tunnel in the daylight was also Very different. Normally the sky is dark both leaving the Bay and re entering the Bay. As promised we got back to the pier in Baltimore by 10pm Friday night. We could not leave the ship until Sat morning. We were very fortunate on this cruise! We left Balt on 8/22 but had to return later that evening. medical evacuation of 2 passengers. Lady G did not go all the way back to the dock. A small vessel met the ship and transferred the passengers to the pier and waiting ambulances. The ship then took off full speed ahead to make up the lost time and get us to our first port on time. We were on time to all of the port destinations. We spent a beautiful day at Coco Cay. RCI then closed the island and evacuated the staff that resides on the island. Arriving early into Balt did mean that the casino, shops and photo gallery had to be closed by noon on Friday. This was a small inconvenience for us. Very sorry for all the passengers that had their cruise cancelled. Refunds and future cruise credits are nice compensation but it still does not cover the disappointment of a cancelled cruise and for some, it does not replace time taken off from work. The Captain needs to make decisions for the safety of the passengers, ship, and crew.
  5. What is the depth of the pool in the Solarium in on the Adventure Of The Seas?
  6. Why has it been so difficult to locate a roll call for the 3/28 sailing of the Grandeur OTS? I am not alone...many have posted messages noting the same frustration. I tried to find a roll call many months ago and Nothing showed. So...I went to FB. There was a roll call. Having been a member of CC for something like 19 years...I really prefer the comfort of CC. Last week I tried again to find a roll call. Nothing showed but I keep clicking on "cannot find your roll call"...and after going around the "barn" several times...I located a Roll Call that was started in Dec 2017. So...Why was it so difficult to find this roll call?
  7. We got off the Jewel on Sunday - Port of Miami. Express Departures were tentatively scheduled for 7:30am. AT 7:30, the dock workers were all standing around waiting for word to start offloading luggage, etc. The express departures and luggage offloading did not begin until 8:15am. Things moved rather quickly from that point. We were scheduled to depart 8:15...got off ship at 9am. Grabbed a taxi. When we got to the Miami airport both pre check and the regular Security lines were long. Lines moved quickly, it took us 20 minutes to clear security. Our flight was not until 1pm so we knew we had plenty of time to make it to our flight. We enjoyed a nice lunch and then went to the gate. You never know when/where there might be delays. Allowing yourself time eliminates a lot of stress.
  8. I was asked about cell phone service on this itinerary...Balt - Charleston - Port Canaveral - Miami - Nassau - Balt. Does regular cell phone service work when the ship travels the East Coast? I tend to think that you need the use of the ship cell tower since the ship does not "hug" the coast enough for land cell towers to reach the phones.
  9. We did not need to get vaccinations. I did take the precaution of carrying and using Insect spray as an attempt to avoid bug bites.
  10. Just off the Jewel OTS out of Miami. Yes, lots of people wore shorts to the MDR. We were on the Anthem OTS in December sailing out of Bayonne. Did not see anyone wear shorts to the MDR. This may have been because of the time of year/cooler weather. I can accept shorts in the MDR with a nice shirt/top. Seated, no one notices the shorts. But wearing a Tee shirt? My concern is that some people go ashore and perspire. They come back on ship and go directly to the MDR in the same clothing. After all, they are on vacation and if they have an aroma, everyone has to accept that scent throughout their dinner.
  11. What is the current fee for parking at the Port of Baltimore? Thank You!
  12. Had Brochure prices and if you did not book within 6 months of sailing...the prices went up! Steamers at sail away Formal nights WERE Formal Everything was all inclusive! Shows were geared to the Early and Late inning times...6pm and 8pm. Shows were singers, magicians, comedians, what ever they could find that would entertain? people for 1 hour! the Buffet was not open for dinner! The had a Baked Alaska Parade and Cherries Jubilee prepared table side Chocolates on pillows every night They did not have Dogs on board Horse races and other games in the pool area Had evening buffets...the chocolate buffet being the most amazing one! Tour of the ship did not cost extra $$$. On one line we got an honest to goodness tour of the Engine Room! Amazing memory! No Balconies! More recently...Diamonds In December! That did not last long! Had to go to a TA because online reservations were not "invented" NO private Islands! Shooters after dinner! ....BUT still...we find it to be a great vacation regardless of how things have changed over the years. Some changes have been terrific...others...have been to increase cash flow from our wallet to their bank account! So..what else is new?!
  13. I just read in 2 different places that D+ perks are being reduced. It has always been that D+ were allowed in the Concierge Lounge BUT...they are now creating Suite Lounges and D+ are not eligible for this lounge. SO, are D+ now being excluded from the existing Concierge Lounges? We typically find the D Lounges to be full and often overflowing, so the option to go to the Concierge Lounge was always nice. This is not a deal breaker for us but will help us plan for our December Cruise. Thanks!
  14. Thanks!! It is never something that you want to happen. But... it seems to happen a lot more often than it did in past years! While on board the NOTS 1/2018, we booked the NOTS for Jan 2019. We then found out that the ship was going into dry dock. RCI price protected us and offered us OBC for the inconvenience. They offered a few cruises in that same time frame. Turns out that we were able to book the same itinerary on the JOTS for approximately the same date...at a lower price and we got OBC added to that! So...it worked out in our favor for that cruise. Sometimes, a plan that is disrupted can turn out to be better than what we had originally planned!
  15. This is just an example of what I experienced. I was on a charter and it was announced prior to disembarkation that the group chartered the ship for 3/21/2019. I came home and found a Roll Call for that date - NOTS. I posted a heads up for those booked on the cruise. One response to my comment was from someone whose TA told them that charters are done 2 years in advance and there was no way the ship had been chartered for that date. On 6/26/18 the charter group started selling staterooms. It was mid July before the first CC member posted that they were notified by RCI that the ship had indeed been chartered. Yes, some posters on that board may have thought I was spreading a rumor..but..the truth finally emerged.
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