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    Friendswood, TX
  • Interests
    Flying radio control toys
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Like RCCL ship layout but like Carnival entertainment
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Grand Cayman

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  1. I used it on Vista in Oct 2018 on basic internet package. Was able to do the video call too. Video quality was not great but it works w/o lagging.
  2. I liked Cats. Saw it 3 times one 1 sailing!!! Grease was...meh...very talented cast but...meh...
  3. When I was on HoS 3 weeks ago. freestyle were in pizza place, Mini Bites, and WJ. I've always read that soda can only goes to people who pay as opposed to drink package, however, my wife was able to get a can, unopened, at the hot dog place on Boardwalk.
  4. We were on the same week as this review. We did go into the hot tub in Solarium on the last day...just so we can say we used it eventhough it was very sunny and hot. The tub temperature wasn't too hot...just a little more than ambient so I guess they must have dialed down the temperature. It make the dip nice...almost swimming pool-like.
  5. Sorry for the few days gap. We got off Sunday and drove to visit relatives in Naples area for the next couple of days so plenty busy driving & chatting to fill our days. Disembarkation: We chose the self assist route. Slightly unorganized when we arrived on Deck 5 and saw a line that started somewhere in the main dining room. We found our way to the back of the line then later realized there was a line on the other side of the dining room. My wife decided to stay near the dining room entrance rather than drag her bag thru the crowd to the end of the line. At one point, she called me on the phone and said the other line is self-assist so I'm in the wrong line. That new line somehow got to start exiting before us. All the people in my line were self-assist too so there were misinformation floating around. Either way, once the lines started moving it was really quick. Custom and passport check seemed to be based on facial recognition camera so we never really stopped or talked to any agent...just walked off the ship and directly out of the terminal building. So kudos to the Port and RC on making the embarkation and disembarkation extremely smooth for handling 6400 passengers. Now crossing my fingers that RC and our home port of Galveston will finalize the deal and bring an Oasis class here. The new terminal that they talked about will likely have this latest technology and make embarkation/disembarkation a breeze.
  6. Catching up with day 4 in St Thomas... We took taxi to downtown for shopping. $4 each person one way. Arriving in downtown, we were greeted with tour sellers. One guy caught us with his sales pitch which was to avoid Megan's Bay as local prefer the beaches on east and south of island. Also the taxi from downtown to Megan's would be $8 each and $5 each to get in to that beach. I didnt research to verify his numbers. He (Jose's Tour) offered a scenic drive around the island then to a free beach, Secret Cove or something like that and ride back to ship where we'd then be asked to pay $25 each. My kids jumped at the idea of scenic drive which turned out to be to a high point overlooking the city and both cruise piers then to another vista overlooking Megan's Bay. Got a quick 2 minutes history lesson at each. We got 1.5 hours at the free beach. The locals dont like the water north side as it is Atlantic, cooler, and less clear. The south beaches we're carribean warm water which is supposed to be more clear. At least thats the sales pitch Jose gave us. We shopped in downtown for 1.5 hours before heading to the rendezvous point for the trip. The driver was Angel who is Jose's cousin and proclaimed to be the best looking driver on St Thomas. The drive along windy roads up and down the mountain was like a roler coaster ride. Well worth it in my opinion.
  7. I’ve done 2 NYE with RC on their bigger ships with a Royal Promenade. Nice party and balloon drop. Probably sardines like NYC Time Square kind of crowd. Great venue for NYE, don’t have to worry about getting back to room drunk...just a short elevator ride away.
  8. Stumbled upon 2 ducks in Central Park lunching before getting off ship
  9. Do you get the pin on the first cruise after you achieved the level? I'm on HoS now and should have turned Platinum after first night. If points dont add until a week after this cruise then I guess it'll be in my Stateroom on my next cruise. I'll likely make Carnival Platinum before RC Diamond...if only I stay with one company...
  10. I'm currently on Harmony for 7/21 thru 7/28. The Freestyle machine say cup is good thru 8/4. Based on that, I don't think they reprogram after every cruise. Any body has pantry at home filling up with these cups? Good problem to have 😉
  11. Day 4 Compass Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas was amazing last night. Took a volunteer from audience to incorporate and it was highly entertaining. Arriving in St Thomas around noon. Was going to take ferry to Honeymoon beach but family wants to walk downtown now. Oh well. This will be our 2nd time here. Last time was 1999 on my Honeymoon cruise on Celebrity. This time we've got 2 teenage offsprings along for the ride.
  12. I think the sharks were more afraid of all the people surrounding it. I was in knee high water and the shark was also in that depth. My son looked under and said one was a nurse and the other was more traditional gray but couldn’t tell what type. RC life guards were near by and didn’t seem concerned so must be normal sighting. Breakfast today was in MDR. Sat on the buffet side but asked waiter for eggs Benedict with no issue. Very nice and relaxing compared to Windjammer. Will do again. Speaking of Windjammer....everyone corralled thru hand washing sinks. 4 sinks on each of 2 entrance. Sad that people can’t take care of their sanitary way such that RC had to make this change and slow down entrance. Even with that, it wasn’t difficult to spot people not using tongs to grab food. Lunch in Solarium. Again relaxing compared to WJ. Formal night tonight so got dressed for pictures at 5pm. Got 3 photo scenes in by 5:30 and did that walk-in at MDR since our reservation was 6:45. We got table for 4 by 5:45. Done with dessert by 6:45. Not bad. Headliner show at 8:30 with ventriloquist.
  13. Looks like Cruise Compass uploaded jumbled some what. One page failed so re-uplink here.
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