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  1. We were also on the Summit in September with our friend. The 3 of us were at a 4 top and I was so interested in our conversations I rarely noticed the people next to us except for one couple. They never spoke to even each other. Perhaps they were having too much fun listening to us. With the 3 of us were constantly gabbing, you could never get a word in anyway.
  2. 9164 here. Aft facing, handicap accessible. Just off September 8th. We have the very same cabin for June - Canada/New England. We had a narrow table (no drawers). All our plugs are right here with that giant-round mirror. Plugs and USB ports on the base of both bedside tables, we were rolling in charging potential.
  3. We are unique cruisers for sure. The cabin is probably the first priority. For Hubs - I created a monster when I grabbed that aft-Facing cabin on the Radiance around final payment for his first cruise. Hubs has not sailed in anything but aft-Facing and we are Diamond on Royal and Elite on Celebrity. Now, after my accident, a handicapped accessible cabin is important. I spend a great deal of time in the cabin because I tire easily. We spend time on our balcony at sea. We have the binoculars, cameras, spotting scope (in Alaska) all out there. I take at least 2 books, Hubs has his Kindle. I try to go to all lectures about the cruising area (not the shopping talks) and one silly thing each day - napkin folding, any Art lectures on Disney. Traveling on a scooter has given me freedom again but sometimes in crowds I find a few people are rude. Elevators are the worst. Though most people are quite gracious. Just a few sour apples can make me fearful. I was knocked off my scooter by a photographer’s swinging arm at embarkation. My favorite was no one on the ship realizing a woman in a wheelchair cannot walk up 4 decks of stairs to the promenade deck on the Radiance at Seward. We all know they could have accommodated me at the lower entrance. Its often easier to just stay away - back to our luscious balcony. Everyone has their own way to cruise. To disparage others “perfect cruise” is a little short sighted. Bottom line ...... i spend so much time in my cabin because of my health. That doesn’t mean I am not a happy cruiser! So ...... a movie can be a nice break.
  4. Hey Hal! Let’s see ....... answers. Inside and Outside Noise. Bermuda cruises are different. We steam down to paradise and then stay there for a few days. We were grateful to Dorian. In an attempt to stay out of the storm’s path, we picked up the pace and arrived 1 day early (an extra $148,000 in port service fees! Yikes!) It was warm at night and that aft bar area is protected from the breeze. Good gathering space. First day, little noise - no one had found it I believe. the following day at sea was glorious. Lou spent the better part of mid-day dead asleep on the balcony. Normal voices are muted, like white noise. Not much morning noise at all. You know people are talking nearby but you cannot pickup the exact conversation. UNTIL someone has too much to drink. Those voices sometime pierce the muted voices. Inside you don’t really hear the regular conversation at all .... the drunks you will hear —- but muted. When we were awake we often had the news on. Jim is a 40+ year employee of a network news program. The TV blocked most. ME? Again. I’m taking a medication which was doubled just before sailing. I slept to Bermuda .... sleeping through dinner once. Nothing bothered me from above. The biggest annoyance was when people dragged the chairs around. THAT noise was obvious in our cabin. It was occasionally during the day and when sounds died in the evening, you would hear them straightening the chairs for morning. Generally not real late. There wasn’t entertainment out there. Maybe 10 ish. Docked in Bermuda it was less of a problem. I suspect they found other places to raise a ruckus. Also, first night at sea upon our return we went about 100 miles out of our way to avoid 25’ Seas the Norwegian ship sailed into. We had a bumpy ride and not a whiff of noise from above. It is a problem but other advantages of the cabin outweighed it for us. Our balcony furniture: 2 New Tallback Deck Chairs with attached pillow-rolls which you can flop back if you do not want to use them. 2 New Full Lounge Chairs with the same attached floppy pillow. One small table - useless except for your drinks or binoculars. These loungers are Nap-Approved by Lou and Myself. I actually brought my terrier Vera Bradley throw - Driving vs Flying means you bring LOTS more. I slept out there 2 nights under my throw in Bermuda. Balcony Door Its a standard, heavy, sliding balcony door. I imagine it would be awkward from a wheelchair. There is a permanent metal ramp with non skid going in and out of the balcony door. The ramp is a comfortable angle. We found the scooter out on the balcony when we first arrived. Ramp into bathroom is basically the floor under the carpet. You do not see it walking into the cabin and stumble on it like a drunk the first time. Good for a laugh. You must remember the little Summit is a mature lady. She does not have automatic doors (door into cabin is 32” wide -comfortable-but heavy and a challenge to negotiate alone.) She has hand rails on one side of the toilet and shower only and just enough space between to back in a wheelchair. It is very comfortable for someone like me who is moderately ambulatory. I suspect you may miss the whistles and bells of a more modern accessible cabin if limitations are severe. You can always call Celebrity. Jim called a few times to find out what they offer after we arranged my scooter. We were going to request oxygen, for example but I decided to tough it out. Once onboard we discovered it was too late when I could have used it. We DID enjoy this cabin a great deal. It made my trip easier and you could not beat the view from the balcony. Jim DID like the convenience of being one deck below the buffet - eggs Benedict run for me in the morning, for example. Isnt 8164 an Accessible Cabin too? The extra deck between you and the bar on deck 10 might be a good thing if someone is a gentle sleeper. I believe it is Concierge instead of Aqua Class. That would be a big problem if someone has their heart set on dining in Blu. please ask away if you have more questions. 👍👍👍👍👍
  5. Hey Hal! Music and noise from above WAS an issue on the balcony, I cannot deny it. These sounds were seriously muffled inside. Also, the sound of chairs dragging from above were quite loud inside the cabin. Neither Of is were bothered sleeping and the noise didn’t drive us off our balcony but we WERE surprised. Comparable cabins on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class Ships (we have sailed all 4) were never noisy. Are you sensitive sleepers? Would you be troubled by loud drinkers at the bar above? There is so much which is GOOD about this cabin. It DOES make things so much easier if you travel with a wheelchair or scooter. i hope I could help. Ask away if you have more questions. Hug our cabin for us.😋
  6. Maybe your sailing is more full than ours. The last Bermuda sailing was not well booked I heard from various crew. Also, we wandered to Blu late in their dinner hours. im sorry to hear this was a problem. It WAS a restful experience for us.
  7. Hi! Im back. 😋 I’m going to talk about dining. Our experience was limited but our description of our experience would be ..... perfection. Because I slept so much and morning meds are tough to keep down, many of my breakfasts were in the cabin. (NOTE: I brought on 2 12 packs of diet ginger ale and a case of water. They were marked “medical necessity”. No one even looked at them. We put them on MY wheelchair and I rode in a Summit chair. We had carry on luggage on top.) jim would bring up to the room “made as you watched” Eggs Benny and a small bowl of fruit. (I love that man!). We are mostly grab and go kind of people. The Jammer/Oceanview Cafe (Jammer - can’t get the Royal Caribbean out of us) was perfect. Luscious carved meats, mashed pots and gravy for Jim’s. Jim is basically a meat and potatoes guy though he does eat salad now - and doesn’t die. There was a vast array of every kind of salad you can imagine for me. We were in heaven. The food was fresh, excellent variety of cuisines, changed daily, plenty of seating. Exceeded our expectations. i think its a little spread out. But then lines were easily managed. This is one area I worry about the light colors wearing well. You know, the back of the chairs where everyone grabs. Years of hands touching that spot. Will it begin to look shabby and it has heavy-heavy traffic. Dinner - we dined in Blu or Cosmopolitan. No specialty dining. i slept through dinner once (damn pills) and later ordered room service. Menu limited. Did not like the chicken noodle soup but the hamburger was safe for my upset tummy. They said 30-40 minute wait. No problem. We were enjoying our big balcony. Food arrived in 20 minutes. As many have commented, there isn’t really a great place to put the room service tray. The desk? Paleeeeeeeze. Put the other half on it and the balcony needs a big table we can all sit around and gab, write postcards or study your port excursion plans. We struggled with our dinner choices. As Aqua Class we had access to Blu but the first night we tried Cosmopolitan. Service was ...... so good it hurt! Rhandi (waiter) was especially special. He was happy, efficient and friendly. Everyone was terrific, honestly. Food - never a whisper of dissatisfaction. We went back the second night. Lou’s Coke was already on the table, Jim’s beer arrived as he was helping me with my chair and my iced tea and Dark ‘n Stormy (it was a Bermuda Cruise after all) were on the table before my napkin was gently placed in my lap. They made us feel special. We told them the next night we would try Blu. Apparently they did not expect us to return. Blu ..... Remember the moment in the movie Titanic when Jack and Rose are enjoying the raucous fun in steerage. The movie breaks and you are now in the stately quiet of the smoking/card room? THAT is the difference between the Cosmopolitan and Blu. Both restaurants are beautiful. Again in Blu, the chairs are white. How long will they look fresh and new. Dinner? Memorable with truly interesting choices. I had the grilled octopus salad. If you see this - TRY IT. Marvelous. Our wait staff were perfection-really.....very good. They even grabbed an escargot for me from the Main Dining Kitchen next door. The next night it was tough. Which restaurant? They both had cheesecake on the dessert menu so I was happy either way. (Cheesecake is a slice from heaven. It’s based on a NY Cheesecake but not Big and overwhelming.) We went back to Cosmopolitan. (We did have our last breakfast in Blu. It was a quiet restful way to end the cruise). There was a Worry with the AquaClass cabins added during her stay in the shipyard that Blu would suffer from crowding. There were plenty of open tables when we were there. Apparently it was a big deal for us to return from Blu. Rhandi got dessert soufflés For us from Blu and service jumped up - if that was possible. We Did have lunch in Cosmopolitan a couple of times - Lou’s favorite thing to do. Excellent. We were seated in the big high back chairs for lunch once. Clumsy to move into but very comfortable once you are seated. That was quite a ramble. Sorry about that.
  8. Keep it in mind for the future. Everyone should see Bermuda at least once in their lives. Problem is ..... if you see it once, you will want to return. Comparing it to its southern cousins in the Caribbean the first thing you notice is how CLEAN it is. No litter along the side of the road. Locals know a big part of their economy comes from the tourist business. They are sooooo friendly. If there is poverty, I never found it (in the 80’s and 90’s I was a yacht Captain and stopped here in the spring and fall). Ferries and busses run all the time and are an economical way to get around.
  9. Just off the Summit on the 8th. 😩 im a 5’1” wee lady with 3 surgeries on 2 legs after an accident. I no longer launch well into bed. i have noticed in our travels many hotels have higher beds now - they look more grand. i started traveling with a folding step. It’s wide enough for both feet but only 4” tall. I didn’t take it - thought the beds were lower. Checkout Amazon. Ill be taking it in 255 days when we return to the Summit for Canada/New England. 😁👍❤️
  10. In no particular order - 😉 My wonderful husband, Jim, is a Royal Caribbean - Radiance Class Man. Aft Facing Balcony Cabins only. I have tried to tempt him with sweet-Suite deals but if no aft facing I’m met with ........ silence. in January I called him in a panic at work. hANG UP, CALL CELEBRITY AND BOOK 9164. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. He asked questions, of course, but he finally booked it with our friend Lou along too. here is the good, bad and ugly. Good far exceeds the other. 9164 - Handicapped Accessible Aft Facing Aqua Class Cabin. During her refit this cabin changed to Aqua Class from Concierge and 2 pax instead of 3. Ypon entry you are drawn in by the soothing color palate - much more attractive than photographed. I DO wonder how all these light colors will last on a busy cruise ship. right now ..... She is stunning. Bathroom to the right. You can hold your daughters sweet 16 party in here. There are grab bars - good for rolling seas. Standard cruise toilet with much room next to it to squeeze in your wheelchair. Toilet to the left, shower chair to the right. Shower is a long rectangle, shower seat at opposite end from shower controls. (Shower seat is slippery - just sit on a hand towel). There are bottles of Shampoo, conditioner and body wash which I used - satisfactory. There is not much space for shower products YOU brought. Desalinated water leaves your hair soft and fluffy and skin soft too. Yummy! Sink with a few small shelves is open below to roll in a wheelchair and mirror angles down which is a nice touch. Sparse counter top - not much extra room. oh yes, even in a rolling sea the water magically stays in the shower .... without a sill. Bathroom - big 👍 Bed - We asked our cabin attendant for extra pillows. Hahahahaha! We got FOUR big fluffy pillows (total of 8 on the bed) and a long body pillow. At night there were pillows flying everywhere! Mattress comfortable. I like mine more soft - go figure. Im a 5’1” wee short lady with 3 surgeries between 2 legs after the accident. I no longer launch well. Next trip I’m taking a foldable 4” step to help me into bed. Fits in my large bag perfectly. 2 small bedside tables with a drawer and shelves. Lights attached to tables. Round shade is glary (is that a word?). We solved the problem by putting our hats on the globes. They must be LED’s because the globes were cool to the touch. LEAVE YOUR POWER STRIP AT HOME. You have power plugs at the desk and in lamps on each side of the bed. Next to the bed is a 1 1/2 person sofa. Something in that sofa. Every time I sat on it, I fell asleep. Other side of room. The half-desk gets it half-right. I was never in sink with it. Just make it a standard depth and deal with it. More plugs here, light switches, a few shelves. We were not comfortable leaving much on the shelves at sea. I roll around and things would be flying. Next time the guards a little higher, please. Thanks. Round mirror and light - beautiful. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a night-light level. Actually there are NO night lights in the cabin. We left the bathroom light on. Next time I’ll bring a night light. we moved the 2 chairs next to the desk. Scooter fit in here perfectly. Ok, I apologize. I don’t have much good to say about the cabinetry. Ready? Here goes. cabinetry Materials look inexpensive....and the ARE. Smoked glass front cabinets. WHY? Jim put his folded polo shirts in one side....already looked messy. Rather than me straightening them all week, he just used some of the abundance of drawers. Woefully little usable hanging space. I came with multiple sundresses. There was not enough room for my dresses and Jim’s dinner shirts. Unsatisfactory. Lots Of good drawers 😋 taking up hanging space😡. i got a hanging shoe organizer to get the shoes up off the floor. Absolutely no space for shoes. Finally ...... The doors were awful at sea; banging and creaking. We used my Marine Tape (created for outside use-doesn’t breakdown in the sun.). It’s removable. We taped the HECK out of these doors to keep them quiet. Balcony Gagunda Not quiet - noise from bar above can be troublesome if you are a light sleeper. Looks like the deck was replaced. It looks beautiful. Views - stunning i was not really well enough to get the most from this lovely ship and destination. My newest medication basically put me to sleep. I actually slept through dinner once. My review of the cabin may be more fussy than most but I spent a great deal of time there. I’m lucky it was such a nice cabin.
  11. We are back from our sailing to Bermuda. It was worth most (maybe not all) the melodrama a few months ago. Celebrity reservations gave away our Accessible cabin booked for 4 months. Had a General AQ cabin and our friend ... well he had NO cabin. (We had made our final payment). Going up the Celebrity food chain we finally found Mirai who realized Celebrity’s mistake and fixed things. we had a $400 shipboard credit Gratuities paid Classic beverage package Our friend was given an inside cabin for himself across from us and AQ privileges. ...and our file must have been flagged because every time we asked for something they fell over themselves to make it happen. nOTE: im in a wheelchair. I can walk but not far - freakish accident 10 years ago. I’m also on a new medication for another problem that makes me sleepy. I mean SLEEPY. So, to me our drive from Annapolis, MD, to Newark Airport took about 15 minutes. I slept and Jim listened to a book on CD. We have a Rule. We NEVER want to see the back end of our ship leaving port so we always spend the night before near the ship. Bayonne....sigh Somehow we accumulated many Holiday Inn points so we got 2 rooms at the Crown Plaza near Newark airport. I was not impressed. Facility was old and as hard as they tried, it wasn’t a terrific part of town so it just wasn’t frosty new. We met our friend when we arrived, had a bite, took a shower and I pretty much face-planted onto the bed. Following morning - We Are Going Cruising!!! This is our first cruise from Bayonne in many years (new terminal was under construction when we were there last.). I’m sorry if I’m repeating what you already know. Royal Caribbean has built a reasonably large boarding facility. It’s sparkling clean, very friendly staff, parking garage gives protection from snow. Drove to the ship. LOTS of construction so Jeepers (GPS) was very confused. Once we saw the ship we were OK. Arrived about 11:00 (glanced at my watch). Lou had RAVED about how they treated his Mom in her wheelchair when they cruised in Alaska in May. I sat down in my wheelchair and waited to launch! No one came. Lou tried pushing me but everyone said someone would be right there. About 20 minutes later (Jim has parked the car and was now back) a very nice management type pushed me through to the handicapped area. He said someone would be right there. DO YOUR CHECKIN PAPERWORK AHEAD. Wonderfully cheerful ladies showed up with tablets and if it took 2 minutes to actually checkin, I would be surprised. My lovely ladies rolled me over to some chairs where the 3 of us sat ...... until 2:50 pm. Finally. We were boarding. Oops. Shoreside pusher cannot Board the ship and I was stopped dead in my tracks trying to board. Waited a while - in the way of others - while they found a crewman to help. We arrived in our glorious cabin as they announced the Drill will begin in 15 minutes. no leisurely lunch in the dining room, no time to checkout our cabin, we had to leave RIGHT AWAY otherwise elevators would be filled and they rarely move for a scooter (waiting in our cabin) during an emergency drill. We successfully drilled and went outside to enjoy the little gift the Captain gave us. As many of you know, Bayonne is Below NY Harbor so we don’t actually pass Miss Liberty. It was a Chamber Of Commerce - Perfect afternoon and the Captain turned port went up and did a 180 beside Miss Liberty. She looked so grand in the afternoon sun. I can imagine my Grandparents looking up to see her as they arrived from Poland, this statue so welcoming. Off to pass under the bridge - horn blasting as we went under. We were off to Bermuda and suddenly all The Whoo-Haa Of boarding was forgotten. end of part 1
  12. Handicap Accessible - probably half again as big as neighboring cabins. Plenty of room for a scooter, wheelchair and supplies needed next to the bed. 5’1” lady - had a wee bit of a launch into the bed. I’ll be taking my foldable step on next Summit Sailing. Storage - good good size bed size tables desk a bit short in depth closet? Too small for hanging Garments. We took a hanging Shoe organizer - helpful lots of drawer space hated/didn’t use glass front Cabinets - who wants to look At our things stuffed in there Bathroom - wowza ramp up into bathroom part of The carpeted floor big shower - GREAT fold down Seat - use hand towel to not Slide can hold your daughter’s sweet 16 party in there Balcony? Good thing there are plenty of Seats. This will take your Breath away private except under panels Between balconies but our Neighbors were cool Needs a tall table to sit around And gab, write postcards, etc NOISE from bar just upstairs can Be annoying. If you are a light Sleeper, this cabin will be Troublesome- chairs dragging Permanent ramp in and out This Cabin was especially bouncy when we had a bit of sea. More so than the aft facing cabins on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class. More silly to stand but my horrible right knee was AWFUL the next day. Oh yes, one more note about cabinetry. We brought a roll of 3M blue tape. It’s tape for exterior marine use. It can be used outside in the sun and still be easily removed a week or more later. We brought it to tape up the Nautical Charts we always bring. in our 12-18 hours of bouncy seas we needed this tape for the cabinet door which were banging like crazy. We loved this cabin so much we booked it today for a Canada/New England trip.
  13. I hear you but ...... Bigger deposit = Final payment less. We got ...... $300 shipboard credit gratuities paid Classic beverage pkg paid Im OK with the deal we got. 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋
  14. Im with you on big ships but it’s a very personal decision. im Happy we hopped to Celebrity. We were looking at Holland America’s smaller ships. The spruced up Summit and our gagunda aft facing 9164 is perfect. enjoy your cruises! 👍😁 ❤️❤️❤️
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