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  1. Did I make the right decision? We were on Symphony this last March and booked Vision next year because of the itinerary. It goes to Barbados, st Lucia, Antigua, tortola and Punta Cana.. We mostly did it because of the last two ports. As far as I know, royal rarely goes to either of those ports which is why we're paying more for this cruise than we paid for symphony. We were able to get corner js 8088 as well. Is it the right decision? Thoughts! 

  2. Hi all. My wife and I attended the welcome back thing for platinum and above for the first time last week. We've always just skipped it on previous cruises. The top cruiser on our cruise had I believe 2,000 nights at sea. That got me to thinking what is the highest you've heard of? We're slightly behind with a little under 100 but we're also still in our late 20's. Lol 

  3. 2 hours ago, JenGang said:

    We just had 8588 in February.  It was a nice room and the large balcony was great.  Just be aware that not very much of the balcony is covered so no real escape from the sun. Also because of the lack of cover, make sure you close your curtains during the day or your room will end up feeling like an oven.  

    Good point! 

  4. Hi all. We just got back from Symphony a few days ago and while on board we booked Vision of the Seas for next year out of Puerto Rico. We're going from their biggest and best to one of their oldest and smallest. The reason we did it because of the itinerary. This cruise stops in Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Tortola and Punta Cana. The last two we're very excited about because as far as I know during the March time frame this is the only ship with those two islands. Because it's in such high demand, we're paying more than we paid for Symphony which is tough for me. 


    We grabbed corner aft junior suite 8088. Does anyone have recent pictures or experience with this room? It appears to be one of the most hard to get. The JS was only like $600 total more for the two of us than a balcony. Tell me what I'll love! We did Rhapsody two years ago and service wise it was awesome but definitely lacked excitement in some areas. 

  5. 44 minutes ago, nelblu said:


    I was on the Feb. 2 cruise, arrived at 11:30AM at terminal and even with my wife needing help of a wheel chair to get her on board, we were at CP Café by 12:15PM.  Really pretty fast and even faster disembarking.  Mentioned in one of my post that it took no more than 15 seconds to clear Customs as they were using Facial Recognition Technology.

    The facial recognition sped it up so much 

  6. 21 minutes ago, Cel_cruise said:

    Thanks for the review! We are onboard in 35 days!

    I have been on 2 other cruises with MTD and my experience is what you were expecting - same wait staff every night. Some nights we did opt to wait a few minutes though to achieve that and one night they asked us to come a little earlier so that we could stay in their section. I wonder if on a ship the size of symphony if it’s harder to do that? Or maybe they prioritized meeting your reservation time to ensure it was met (6:30 is sort of a tricky time - early diners are not out of the area yet so they need to find a table that stayed open for the first hour for you).

    We have a group of 8 and switched to Traditional Early Seating for this cruise - which isn’t my favorite because the meals take forever - but we will have the same waitstaff!

    One question - did you do the escape room? If so - when did you reserve it?

    Also - what time did you board? How long did it take?

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    We didn't do the escape room. We got out of our Uber at around 10:45 and were in the Windjammer around 11:10. Super fast! 

  7. 44 minutes ago, jerseyjjs said:



    Was this the first time you opted for My time dining?  That's part of the trade off of getting to dine in the MDR whenever you feel.  It's unlikely you'll get the same table/waiting staff more than once.


    That's the odd part. We've done my time dining every year and this was the first we weren't able to get the same waitor 

  8. Hi all! Just waiting to get off the ship after a wonderful week doing the eastern Caribbean route. I thought I would post the good and bad and see if anyone has questions. The last sea day and today I've felt pretty crappy so I'm ready to be home. 


    We went to Blue Lagoon in Nassau, a local excursion to a local beach and snorkel in st Thomas at Hull Bay, and we did a dune buggy excursion in st Kitts. 


    The good: the ship is gorgeous! Everything from the colors to layout is wonderful. We loved Hooked. I loved the fact that all the public bathrooms have a motion sensor to open the doors. The art about all the urinals made me laugh. 


    We had the deluxe drink package and definitely got our monies worth. It covered everything up to $13 and also included cans of soda whenever we wanted. We never got our freestyle cups in our room but we never bothered to attempt to get one either. 


    We only did the comedy show, ice show and aqua show and skipped the Broadway shows. The comedians were hilarious. 


    The ship never once felt crowded and the stowaway piano guy was fun too.


    The bad. The main dining room experience was by far the worst we've ever experienced in our roughly 9 Royal Caribbean cruises. We had a group of 5 and I made reservations before the cruise for 6:30 every night. First night was fine, 2nd night we tried to get the same waitor and they said there was no tables to they moved us; fine. Next night we loved our waitress and so next night we requested her and nope, can't do it so we got put with a new waitress and they were terrible. We ended up getting a different waitor every night of the cruise even though our reservation was the same time every night. Just felt odd and never had that before. The restaurant manager who checks us in every night was always rude and seemed like they had to search for a table for us every night. We ended up just doing the Windjammer the final night to avoid it all. 


    The food in the dining room was average at best as well. The options were slim and I felt some of them were cheesy. 


    Royal charging $2 for popcorn I thought was tacky as well. 


    Overall, it was a good cruise but wouldn't consider it great. Now I'm ready to get home and sleep in my own bed and not the mattress that felt like a board in our cabin! 


    Questions? Just ask! 



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