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  1. Hi All! Just a few questions for Oasis Unlimited Dining. If you are going for lunch, do you need to make reservations? Can you get food (appetizers, entrees, dessert) to go? If you can get to-go options, how does that work? Thank you!
  2. Hi All! I’ve done some searching but haven’t really been able to turn up too much information on the room that we booked for our October Oasis cruise. We are in an interior room with a promenade view. At first I thought promenade view would mean a view of the Royal Promenade but when I looked on the deck plan it’s actually a boardwalk balcony view which is fine. It’s all the way in the back. We booked it as we definitely liked the price and it was the last one in that category. Some rooms seem to have just a round window while others have a little seating area in this type of room. Also trying to figure out what the view might be. Anyone been in this room lately? Will be happy with anything but just a little curious. Thanks all!
  3. The one I'm looking at on Explorer (one of our favorite ships and being "amplified" in May) is nine nights. Our son will be 13 and actually aged out of Adventure Ocean last year and was in the "teen" club this year. It was spotty at best - not because of Royal but because lack of participation on the few teens who were there. Our son still had fun with a few kids who would meet in the "Living Room" and play games for short periods. My niece who will be five would be with us as well so she'd be interested in the kids' club. I think my husband would like saving a few vacation days by combining with a holiday. Not sure how everyone will feel about it yet. I'm not convinced myself yet lol. We are fine with kids on board though. Thanks!
  4. Hi All! I never considered going on a cruise for Thanksgiving but we usually cruise sometime in October and haven't been overly thrilled with the choices for next year. We just got back from Symphony and it was fantastic but the seven days can feel really rushed. Even one extra day can help. We LOVED Coco Cay. Didn't have time to do everything even though we didn't pay for any extras like the waterpark. It was a little hectic with getting back on the ship Friday evening and having to have our bags outside our door by 10:00 PM that night. Our dinners in the MDR weren't over until after 10:00 because we had late seating so that meant at 5:00 PM when we got back onboard, we had about three hours to shower and totally pack up the room. Anything that went to dinner with us that night had to go into our carryon as well. Really enjoy the last day being a sea day much more. All that being said, I'd repeat the cruise that we just came back on in a heartbeat and would be totally happy. As I look for next year, I expanded the search into November and an 11/20/20 on Explorer looks kind of nice. Haven't approached the family about it yet to see what they think, but just trying to gather info first. I did a search and saw a few things on here like they serve turkey (I'd hope so!) and Christmas decorations go up the next day which I hadn't thought about but would be awesome. Doing a Google search about Thanksgiving cruises took me to a list on Carnival's page that said they put the big Thanksgiving Day parade on their big screen. That's been a tradition in our house since my sister and I were kids and we still do it now. Has anyone seen that option on Royal? Any extra info that you know or if you've been on one, please give a few details. Thank you!!
  5. Love reading your review! We will be sailing on Symphony as well on Oct. 12th! IF you have time and it's not to much of an imposition, if you could take a shot of Table #300 in the MDR, I'd really appreciate it. I've been in contact with RCL Dining with a request and they just emailed me with that as our assigned table number. I'm just curious about where it is. No problem if you can't find the time. Have a great trip and I look forward to reading more! Thanks!
  6. Is Boleros the only place to purchase them on Symphony? Thanks!
  7. Thanks everyone! Looks like most of you said it was made up but one of had the experience of it staying. I think I’ll just tip extra and make sure they put it up every day because it sounds crowded with it being down. Thank you!!
  8. Hi All! I've been reading some posts from people who like us, have a third person in the room. We have a Boardwalk Balcony on Symphony. It seems like everyone says that they turn the couch into a bed the first night and leave it that way. Is it in the way that way? Do you miss having the couch (I'm more worried about space than not having the couch)? Do they do this for the comfort of the third person thinking that they might want to take a nap during the day or is it to save time for the stateroom attendant. I know that my son won't be napping during the day so we wouldn't need it made up but is it a big pain for them to remake it into a bed every night? I don't want to cause a lot more work for anyone. I just want to make sure that we will have room. Thanks for any feedback from those who have experienced this.
  9. Haha!! Love it. Do they have Isaly's chipped/chopped ham in the Windjammer? I'm putting a folding chair in my favorite spot so no one takes it! Seriously though, I'm enjoying your review!
  10. Hello fellow Pittsburgher! Loving your review and photos! 80 days to go for us! Any special tips from one yinzer to another haha?! We live less than 10 minutes from Kennywood. Can't wait to read the rest!
  11. If it was booked before you boarded, were you able to sign up for this ahead of time online? I know my son would love to do this. Thanks!
  12. Hi All, We have a cruise booked on Symphony in October and it seems like every time I log into the cruise planner, there's another change in the Specialty Dining. Has anyone else had that happen? I'm sure they are trying to push their new unlimited package but first they eliminated the BOGO for the first two nights (which was a much higher price than the last two times we've done it). Then they added a three night package which I am really considering doing as we are celebrating two birthdays while we are on board and definitely want to try Wonderland again. We ate there on Anthem OTS and it was a really fun experience. A few days ago it was $89pp for the three nights and now it's $99 and they put a banner on it saying that it's on sale now. I really dislike the fact that we have to pay up front for two children in our group as one will be 100% free because she's four and my son will only be charged 50% as he's 11. While no one likes to spend $200 that they don't have to, the bigger pain is that it will require a visit to Guest Services where I'll have to show them a copy in writing stating that they need to refund $150 to me and it might take more than one trip there. Since we don't sail until October, I don't know if I should expect more changes or higher pricing. Just wondering what the pricing is for the three night package on other sailings. I guess if I book now at $99 but it goes back to $89 we can cancel and rebook, correct? There's also a Chops + 1 but that price is pretty high too - $75 I believe. I know this is first world problems and no one is forcing me to book specialty dining. Just looking into options and opinions. Thanks all!
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