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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. Can you bring soda 12 pack cans back with you from a port and take it with you to the room?
  2. Yay for the improvement. I don't drink alcohol so virgin drinks is a great addition. That said, I only turned Platinum after last cruise so still have a long ways to go ☹️
  3. Thanks for that info. Will likely pack light then and skip MDR on formal night. I'm sailing out on 24Jan...hoping for no impact to trip but skipping Progresso is no big deal to us.
  4. Piggy-backing on this thread...I'm sailing on EOS on Jan 24...5 nights. Is there formal night on a short cruise of 5 nights? Along that line, is free lobster on the menu? Just considering my packing options of bringing nicer attire or not for dining room. thanks,
  5. Be very careful with smart phone even if in airplane mode but wifi active, I've had the iphone time changed thru wifi several times while on shore and no longer what I thought it was. Need to look into what the poster said about turning off time change...
  6. 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.
  7. I liked Cats. Saw it 3 times one 1 sailing!!! Grease was...meh...very talented cast but...meh...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Stumbled upon 2 ducks in Central Park lunching before getting off ship
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