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  1. I never book excursions in Freeport. I had no plans to do so for this cruise. Just reporting what I saw that related to the topic.
  2. I'm on the 10/6 Pride. I know they have excursions listed for Freeport.
  3. Wow, I've never seen the booking option for getting a bathroom with an ocean view. How cool would that be?
  4. I thought I was rather restrained! It might be an amenity that someone else may be looking for; like a public service announcement.
  5. I'm looking forward to it on my Pride 10/6 cruise. It gives the prostate a tingle while dining!
  6. Destiny, Victory, and Triumph - for the obvious reason.
  7. This is the method I use for excess OBC. 5% but easy to do.
  8. If you stay on the ship at HMC, other than Seaday brunch isn't that the same as a sea day?
  9. Quite a comment. Grandeur is a great ship. It is well kept with a great crew. It accommodates those who want a more traditional cruise experience. It allows for enjoying the sea while sailing rather than a resort/hotel experience. It is a drive to port for many, and Baltimore is the easiest port for embarkation I have ever experienced. I've sailed Quantum class, Freedom class, Mariner class, the first three Oasis class, and Vision class. I've enjoyed them all. But when I want to feel like being in touch with sailing, I look to Grandeur - the ship I sail most. And I am far from alone. Every time I sail her, it's like a reunion with previous cruisers. It is a drive to port for many, and Baltimore is the easiest port for embarkation I have ever experienced. The 12 day Caribbean itineraries are great. Oh, I'm sorry - I forgot I was told not to say it. All ships encounter mechanical problems. Enjoy your Florida cruises; I'm sure there are no problems on those like a hurricane hitting their home ports.
  10. I was on that cruise, also. I was hoping for an additional "free" day ๐Ÿ™‚, but as you know, we got back on time easily.
  11. Changing in mid-stream is common for RCCI and they could care less. Remember when you booked a cruise and it was stated that room service was free - until it wasn't when it came time to cruise? The website still said complementary room service, not just breakfast, well after the change was made. The RCCI site advertised the aerial show in the Centrum as the WOW factor experience on Grandeur though it hadn't been operational for three years. They do it all the time and they do not assume responsibility.
  12. Jamie! A real sweetie on her first week of her first assignment.
  13. Three Pride cruises (4th coming up soon!). Noticeable aft vibration each time. I think of it as free "Magic Fingers" bedding.
  14. I had posted this on a thread in the past, but it applies here, also. My first few cruises on Grandeur out of Baltimore, Paul Rutter was the cruise director. I like his style - involved but laid back. Considering average age on Grandeur 12-days, he ran a good Quest. I went twice. The second time, he was on the South Pacific lounge stage as the crowd was arriving. Just before starting the event for everyone to see and hear, he called out a gentleman who came with a stuffed shopping bag. His words were, "Care to show us what's in your bag?" The guy squirmed and was not pleased. Paul pushed it in a very calm, friendly-like voice; "I really think you should show us what is in the bag." You could see the anger building in the passenger. Paul still wouldn't let it go. "You wouldn't have happened to bring items to give you an advantage in the game" (or words very similar to that). Again he asked, "Are you going to show us?" The lounge was standing room only for the event, and everyone was focused on this. The man said, "No." I can't recall what was said next, but the guy left. Paul had my admiration for that.
  15. The sea was angry that day, my friend, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli. Fish - mamal - whatever. What, is it a Titleist? Affirmative nod. A hole in one!
  16. I've gone to the Solarium Bistro on my three Anthem cruises. Available seating and decent and varied choices.
  17. In August, 2008, we booked a 7 day, Alaska inside passage cruise on Golden Princess. We got a mini-suite with large balcony for under $1,099 per person. A steal. It wasn't only the cruise industry that was hit by the downturn. We flew from BWI to Seattle (Jet Blue non-stop there; Delta one-stop return) for $188 round trip per person, tax, tag, and freight.
  18. Walking around Key West while in port on Freedom. Heading down Elizabeth St. to get my frozen Key Lime pie on a stick at Kermit's and lo and behold! Guy Fieri doing a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at Garbo's food truck.
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