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About Jimnbigd

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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Jimnbigd

    Diamond Lounge Coffee

    I sometimes add a packet of the hot chocolate to my coffee to make a sweet mocha, often with an extra shot (a push of the espresso button).
  2. I think your kids will enjoy Adventure Ocean. Sign up when you first board. Both parents should go so they each have sign-in and sign-out privileges. There is no extra charge for this, but the counselors appreciate tips -- -- -- maybe $10 to $20 on the last full day. You might even give the money to the kids and have them give it to one of the staff (with you watching of course). https://www.royalcaribbean.com/experience/cruises-for-kids-and-teens https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/28-family-cruises/ Liberty of the Seas kids pool and aqua park...
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    Diamond question

    I enjoy the cappuccino machine as much as the free drinks. I wonder if this ship has one in the diamond lounge.
  4. Jimnbigd

    Unconventional bedding

    In the cabin the double bed is really just two beds pushed together. You could ask for the beds to be together but separate single bedding on both rather than double-bed sheets. You could even have the beds apart if you want.
  5. The ice show has always been fantastic on my voyager and freedom class ships.
  6. My wife and I dress up, but we drive so it is convenient to take lots of clothes (luggage and garment bags). If we were flying I'm not sure I would pack a suit.
  7. To OP: Miami and Fort Lauderdale (Florida) will have the most options. Both cruise terminals are close to the airport. How long will you be in the USA? Can you say 2 weeks or more? Maybe sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida, and combine with Disney World. And don't rule out a Disney cruise -- You can combine Disney World and the cruise through Disney. No casinos on Disney though, if that matters -- And Disney cruises are more expensive. Universal Studios in Orlando is also very fun if you have the time. I think the kids program on RCI (Adventure Ocean) is better than Carnival (Camp Carnival). Of course Disney has the best kids program. If you go RCI (Royal Caribbean), I suggest voyager, freedom, or oasis class (with an ice rink). Also, decide if you want a pull out sofa bed or a pull down upper "pullman" bed for your 10-year-old. Don't wait too long too book, or you might find there are no 3-person cabins remaining. Oh-- If you want lots of ports, consider leaving from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  8. Jimnbigd

    Captains versus Formal Nights

    Usually the Captain's party is the first (or only) formal night, and has free champagne. I think it still has this -- or has RCI done away with the free champagne?
  9. In addition to the above, the freedom class has: Cantilevered hot tubs in the Solarium (deck 11 forward). No window views from the restrooms by the buffet. Flowrider (some voyager classes have this now). Same number and size of elevators, but more passengers, so longer waits for an elevator.
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    Mobility Scooters

    We've charged up my wife's scooter in the Viking Crown (on the Navigator and Liberty near the Diamond lounge entrance), but that's the only place outside the cabin we found that had a plug and the scooter would not block anyone.
  11. Jimnbigd

    Tv channels

    Cabin TV on RCI to me is poor, IMO. A given channel seams to loop the same shows all week, except for sports and news.
  12. Jimnbigd

    What is the longest cruise?

    My brother-in-law was in the Navy. Everyone on the ship had to sail the entirety for several months at a time. Does that count? :confused:
  13. Interesting. They turned the cigar lounge into the card room/library on this ship. I wonder if that is the plan for all voyager class (and maybe freedom class) ships?
  14. Jimnbigd

    MDR breakfast/lunch question

    No Sorrentos on Navigator (a voyager class ship), but Cafe Promenade on deck 5 should be open most all the time. I often prefer the desserts there better than the MDR. Oh...If you do go to the buffet, be sure to go all the way back. The front part is often Asian food; the back part contains lots of choices. I like the carved ham at breakfast. On port days for lunch, your free choices are the buffet and Cafe Promenade. The buffet won't be very crowded for lunch on sea days. Here are a couple of videos of lunch on the Voyager (similar to the Navigator):
  15. I don't know personally, but it should be a great location -- near the back elevators/stairs and no public areas above or below you. Elevators can be slow and full, so you might want to take the stairs to decks 11 and 5 (the two primary public area decks). When you board, the connecting door might be closed and locked -- Just tell your stateroom attendant if you want the door opened. I don't know if the balcony door can be opened between the cabins (or if you want to do so).