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  1. bagadonitz

    Freedom of the Seas - No Worries!!

    I was on FOS Jan 27th to Feb 3rd. I echo this review. The service was fantastic as was the service all around. Ship was showing her age but not distractingly so. Only small gripe was poorly stocked bars which seemed to not be able to keep supplies for certain drinks (but I always managed to not leave empty handed). This was my 5th cruise with RC. I didn't have The Key but for that terminal, if I had paid for it, I would have looked for my money back. The keys were with the pinnacles, followed by the emeralds, diamond+, etc. but after about the first 15 people or so went through after they opened the door, it was a circus and basically everyone just went on. I thought they did a terrible job of that, bordering on dangerous. It was much better coming off. I didn't see how the key worked for coming off but if it helped me avoid the long customs line I would probably do it next time. "I just returned from our 7 day cruise (ABC) on FOS" Dumb question I'm sure, but what does ABC mean in this context?
  2. I agree, I love RC but that is unacceptable as you have narrated it. I would take my NRD back and take my money elsewhere. That said, as a last effort, if you are going on an Oasis Class (Boardwalk so I assume yes) ask if there are any Ultra Spacious OV w/Lg Balcony available. A little more room and potential for privacy in one room with a balcony as well and still close to boardwalk. 7730 & 7330 I think off the top of my head. There are a couple of others in the same class but I'd take one of those first.
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    Perfect Day in Coco Cay

    The swimming pig excursion is a short boat ride away in the North Berry Islands, a little south and east of Coco Cay.
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    Perfect Day in Coco Cay

    I would also not that in the Cruise Planner there is a separate heading for "Perfect Day". That's where the pig swim is showing up for me at least.
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    Perfect Day in Coco Cay

    I'm booked on a May 10th, 2020 Harmony sailing (Perfect Day on May 11th, 2020) and so far there is very little available in the Cruise Planner as an extra. Parasail and Swimming Pigs tours.
  6. Hi, I put deposits on some voyages yesterday but I have not received one confirmation email. They are all showing up in my upcoming cruises page I just prefer an email for my own organization. Is this a thing now that they no longer send these emails confirming the payment and then another with the guest invoice attached? Or is it a batch thing that just hasn't happened yet?
  7. How can you go drinking all day if you don't start first thing in the morning? When you get that last drink at 3-4 am you need to get some beers for the state room fridge such that when you wake up at 7 am you can have 2-3 beers right off the bat before you get to the windjammer for the double bloody mary.
  8. bagadonitz

    Ship Time vs St.Kitts time

    Are you on the 27th Freedom sailing (28th to St. Kitts)? Did your husband book this? I'm on the that sailing and have the same questions. If you have already figured out the answers it would be great if you could share it. Particularly if the course will allow non playing spouse to accompany without paying a green free (and without playing of course). If you have made any other discoveries about golf on this itinerary that you could share that would be great as well. Happy sailing!
  9. bagadonitz

    RCCL Ship Time vs island Time and Golf

    Are you on the 27th Freedom sailing (28th to St. Kitts)? Did your husband book this? I'm on the that sailing and have the same questions. If you have already figured out the answers it would be great if you could share it. Particularly if the course will allow non playing spouse to accompany without paying a green free (and without playing of course). If you have made any other discoveries about golf on this itinerary that you could share that would be great as well. Happy sailing!
  10. bagadonitz

    fire onboard Insignia

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. My hope for humanity is buoyed by this thread. It seems you people who were on this sailing are realists and have given a sensible evaluation of this. I was delighted to read about Dr.S. It is people like these that make the world go around amid the complaining and hand wringing of often negative people. As a first responder myself I can tell you that some of these events can stick with you for years and pop up at the strangest of times to haunt you. Particularly when the victims are acquaintances. A support network is vital and I hope any crew members who were involved get the opportunity to avail of that support. We are in our late 30's and have twice cruised with our children in the past 14 months on Oasis and Allure OTS. I shudder to think of the disaster that could happen if this were to happen at sea on a ship with that level of passenger and crew load. I'm confident in RCI and their procedures but when you have that many people and a real emergency panicked masses could quickly take over. I think in the future I will be taking more time to evaluate my cabin choice and its proximity to muster stations when booking these vacations.
  11. We traveled last year in an Oasis D1 on the hump with our 12 year old and 10 year old. The cabin was uncomfortably small and the room service was slow so half the day was spent negotiating around the sleeper sofa. We try not to spend too much time in the cabin so didn't complain. I think it would be too crowded with a third child.
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    Sonic Charters St. Thomas

    We are doing it next week with some other people we met on our roll call. The other person has been handling the reservations but I'm satisfied with how the arrangements are going. The operator does not pick you up but does have a recommended person who will pick you up and the boat will keep in contact with the driver such that he is awaiting when you return to the marina. I'll post my thoughts upon our return.
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    Explorer of the Seas

    I was on the Explorer in 2006. Out of Miami.
  14. bagadonitz

    Bernards Tours Spam E-mail - Beware

    Every gal in Constantinople lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople. So if you've a date in Constantinople she'll be waiting in Istanbul.
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