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  1. I was actually surprised last year when Rhapsody had opened the roof of their solarium in port one day. I think it was too warm (almost like a greenhouse) so they opened it up to keep it cooler.
  2. That right there should get Royal's attention. Giving out customer's information to some random party is a severe data breach and could lead to a major financial loss in the cleanup. However it would take the right party to get to a high enough level at Royal to make a difference. Unfortunately I don't think Royal will care until lawyers get involved. So if anyone gets an email will my info on it, let me know - I've got some lawyers in the family.
  3. There is a luggage site that sells "Connected Luggage Tags" (I got one a couple years ago that had the Trip Advisor logo on it). It's pretty nice as you register the tag to your account and then you can turn on or off any of your contact info. So if you have your bag with you, you can have all of your contact info turned off - nobody will get your information. But the moment you loose your bag, you can go into the app and turn on email, phone number, address, etc and each part is individually controlled. Then a person who finds your bag only has access to what you enable. And the tag has three methods of sharing the info - the QR code for quick scanning, the ever popular web address (unique to each tag), and an embedded NFC chip. I think it's a pretty slick setup - now I just need to remember to update my info as I moved not long ago.
  4. Just recently back from Cuba on Empress and had a great time. Yes we prefer Voyager / Freedom class ships but it's mostly about the destination for us. While the ship is small, it is amazingly quick to get around as you don't have as far to walk. 🙂 We did hear that the main reason for the smaller ships is that they are not allowed to overhang the end of the dock in Havana. Empress is the only ship in Royal's fleet that is short enough to do so. They were only allowed to sail Majesty in after the restrictions were relaxed a bit. Majesty now sticks out a few meters from the end of the dock. Beyond the length, I'm not sure how a larger ship would even fit width wise at the dock in Havana. It felt really tight getting Empress into port.
  5. Once on board they did say that the pier was damaged (and while not saying it outright, it was most likely from Empress). The Cuban government was set to do the repairs but has not been able to accomplish the task. The pier was supposed to be repaired late 2018, but it sounds like it is not going to happen. I believe Royal is still trying to urge the Cuban government to do the repairs but I have no insight as to where that process is. I think it is too early to tell if you will get all three stops in November, but if you are 120 days out from your sail date and the pier still isn't repaired, I would not expect to stop in Santiago. Would I still recommend the cruise - as long as you know what to expect, then yes. Tendering in Cienfuegos was less than ideal. I really hate using ship excursions as I know they are just charging a mark-up for the same private tour. But in this case, you do loose a bunch of time if you don't use the ship excursion due to priority tendering. And for the time in Cienfuegos, pick between Trinidad or Cienfuegos as I don't think there is really enough time to do both (although we did stop for lunch for an hour, if you skip that you might be able to squeeze both in). As long as your cruise has a good overnight in Havana, I think it is still worth going. We wanted to do our private tour Friday morning, Tropicana Friday night, and then a bike tour Saturday morning. We ended up cancelling the bike tour and moving our private tour to that time slot.
  6. Apparently I didn't set my links correctly. Let me try again with the pics: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/fur3iVtNDL7Ko1VS4SjEIuPZKVq8R8ScY8RnR2KUbYW https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/vmeCdyiuLTONjHBQbq3LBnwTmtC7htXMMd5MYtSlF49
  7. Last bit of knowledge in case you are on the taller side. The bathrooms are exactly 6'6" high. I know this because I am 6'6" tall. Even being in the cabin itself only adds another 2 inches. I don't know if this is the case on all of deck 6 or if this is the case on all decks. I do know they are trying to cram more people on board and if they can pick up a few inches here and there, they might be able to cram in another whole deck of passengers.
  8. For an outside view, here is a vid of the Quantum (but this is missing the midsize life boat). It would be in the blank space between the little speed boat and the life boat. The two oval windows in that section are 6654 and 6658. Also, here is a full video of 6658:
  9. We stayed in 6654. It is not near the smoking section, that is quite a bit farther aft. Yes there is only a chair but there is so much more room to move around. We were over the mid sized life boat, not one of the big ones. The view at 6658 is a little more restrictive if you are looking aft as you will start to see one of the larger life boats. The balcony is amazingly large.
  10. If this is the same itinerary we did, North bound from Vancouver to Seward, you go through Customs when you board the ship in Vancouver and there is no Customs check when you disembark in Seward. For us it was a "thanks for sailing with us", BONG, "oh look it's our bags", and we were outside the terminal. For us, it probably took 10 minutes tops from when our group number was called. It was the easiest and quickest disembarkation we have ever done. Now because we did the evening train and wanted to explore Seward a bit, we were in no rush to leave and we took our time. But as there is no Customs check bottleneck, the slowest point would be scanning your seapass card as you leave the ship.
  11. Rewind

    Twizy Rental info

    The Twizys are only rented at two hotels (at least as of Nov 2018). One is on the south side of the island and you would need to find a bus route or taxi to get there. The other is in Hamilton which has a ferry the runs from the Dockyard to Hamilton about once an hour. The ferry is only a few dollars and the location in Hamilton where it docks is just a couple blocks away from the Twizy rental spot. It is an easy enough walk, no real hills to worry about, and there are sidewalks the entire time. I thought I saw another company that is getting into the 4 wheel rental business but don't know too much about them.
  12. Majesty will have a second pool on the deck, a larger Viking Crown area, and I think a small sports court. That's about all the extra that you get. I would really make it about the port stops. If one has an overnight in Havana, take that itinerary over the other and go see a show. I will also add that the Boleros on Empress looks almost brand new (at least as of a few weeks ago), and the only smoking locations I saw on the entire ship were aft of deck 6 (outside behind Boleros) and one side of the pool deck. No inside smoking anywhere.
  13. Yes, the overnight in Havana is the way to go. We made the best out of Cozumel by going to Tulum, but we would have preferred any port other than Cozumel. Part of that is we were already making plans for a family reunion cruise next year (out of Texas) and of course one of the port stops is Cozumel; that will make our 4th time there. We would much rather have a Bahama stop as my wife has not been there.
  14. I saw a video a couple years ago where a teen who didn't want to carry the cup around, smashed open the bottom and took the rfid chip out. He taped the chip to the back of his sea-pass card and could then place his sea-pass on the reader under any cup and get a drink.
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