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pete98

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About pete98

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    South Dakota
  • Interests
    Traveling (roadtrips, cruising, international), reading, sewing/crochet
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. How exciting!!! They are used to lots of newbies on board, and are very gracious with answering question. They will guide you through the embarktion routine. Our first European cruise on MSC was a dream! It's different than how we do things in the USA, but different isn't wrong! I can't remember who asked when boarding begins... In our experience, they begin boarding as soon as the previous passengers that are disembarking do so (our cruise had multiple boarding stops). We arrived at 9am to the port in Kiel, Germany, and were allowed to check our baggage, but were encouraged to explore the town until 11. We returned at 11 after a delightful couple hours of "touristing" and were in one of the first boarding groups. Other ports may be different. Bon Voyage!
  2. My husband and I love their escagot and ordered it with every meal. Even when it wasn't on the menu, our waiter was able to find some for us. We also enjoyed lamb, prime rib, and a few other dishes of things we don't have at home (or at least wouldn't think of). Our only disappointment is that the menu in the MDR keeps shrinking and the menu from ship to ship is nearly identical. Was the food 5 star every night? No. Did I love being served a 3 course meal I didn't have to prepare or clean up? ABSOLUTELY! Plus, our wait staff has always been very attentive, keeping our glasses full, getting to know us and our preferences. We fully enjoy the MDR experience. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Forums mobile app
  3. The first thing my family does is tour the ship from end to end while everyone else is at the buffet. It's almost like having the ship to yourself!!! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  4. We were on Fantasia last summer and found it delightful! We were seated at a table with other English speakers. We didn't have any difficulty with bottlenecks at meals, but we did not use the buffet at all. The ice cream area was often very busy and was the only place we really waited for any length of time. For what it is worth, we enjoyed the multicultural feel and meeting people from all over the world! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  5. Aye aye, Captain! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  6. I was blessed to be in the King's presence last December. Even if I was playing barmaid. It was a "once in a lifetime" I'm afraid. (Although, since then I graduated to Platinum!) Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  7. We booked last week while on board Liberty. 6 rooms for a party of 12 in July 2019 (25th or something around there). We've cruised Alaska prior on NCL and Norway on MSC. We enjoyed the cooler cruises. We brought our slippers and sweaters and drank our morning coffee on our balcony. It is truly amazing to be floating down the fjords and relaxing with a coffee on the balcony. We also set up our camera on the tripod and were able to take pictures without tripping over others. Absolutely stunning photos I have framed in my living room. 270 will offer great views and am looking forward to the North Star (I think that's what it's called???). Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  8. I rented a car in San Juan in December. I had hoped to visit the rain forest, but it was still closed. Thus, I only drove locally. The only problem we had was dropping part of our group off at the cruise port. No traffic control. 4 vehicles trying to get into 2 lanes, and we got rubbed. Fortunately, it buffed out, so no penalty. Many traffic lights were not functional in December. I would hope they are fixed now. Signs were down too, making it difficult to know where to go. GPS on my phone was very helpful. We didn't have any difficulty, but I was very careful. Stop signs are only suggestions to many. It was better than driving in Mexico! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  9. pete98

    Boarding

    Don't get there early- it's a zoo! There is no long term parking, so everyone getting on/off needs a ride. It took us an hour to leave the pier after dropping off part of our group. It's mass chaos with no traffic control. My rental car even got rubbed by another car. 2 should be a great time to show up! Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  10. We did it on foot. The forts, wall, and other things are really reachable in 20 minutes. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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