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  1. I realize we are all not cruising right now and many things may change once cruising resumes, but I have a question regarding the age at which kids can self checkout of Adventure Ocean on the Oasis (based on pre-COVID cruising). Our entire family is cruising on the Oasis in October of 2021. We are curious at what age kids can check themselves out of the new concept AO (with parental approval of course) on the Oasis? Our two granddaughters will be 6 and 9 at the time that we cruise. Our daughter wants to understand if there are changes to the self checkout ages are in the newly designed AO as compared to the previous AO. We are aware of the fact that Adventure Ocean on the Oasis is different than other ships due to the Amplification. We are also aware that on the other ships Aquanauts, Explorers and Voyagers ranged from ages 6 -11 and that with the new AO 12 year olds are included. Does this change introduce a change to the self checkout policy? Thanks in Advance and Can't wait to cruise again! -Rebecca
  2. Poll: What would you like to read next on CC? A full photo review? or Another Covid19 thread? I haven't posted a review for one full year since last year's epic Ovation/Alaska sailing, and wasn't planning to review this Adventure sailing from last fall. I had a great time reliving the memories of the Alaska sailing on the current "Ovation - One Year Ago Today" thread, so..... Better late than never! Who's in? Sept 16 - Quebec City, Quebec Sept 17 - Quebec City, Quebec Sept 18 - at sea Sept 19 - Charlottetown, P.E.I. Sept 20 - Sydney, Nova Scotia Sept 21 - Halifax, Nova Scotia Sept 22 - Portland, Maine Sept 23 - Portland, Maine Sept 24 - Saint John, New Brunswick Sept 25 - Boston, Mass Sept 26 - at sea Sept 27 - Bayonne (w/2 full days post cruise in NYC)
  3. Has anyone heard any news on if Adventure Ocean will be open when cruising starts. My kids will be devastated if AO isn’t open and I could see Royal not announcing it.
  4. Hello all, I am new to the forum! We are taking our first cruise on Harmony of the Seas in Sept 2019. We are so excited!! We are bringing our 3 and 4 year olds both of them have autism. They are not toilet trained. Do you know if Adventure Ocean will make an exception? Can they still go in the infant pool or Splashaway bay wearing a swim diaper? Any cruise tips and advice on traveling with children of special needs would be so helpful and greatly appreciated! Also, this being our first cruise as a family, any tips you can offer on HOS would be very helpful for us well. Thank you Cruisers!!
  5. We will be stopping in Falmouth on our cruise the week of April 1. We are trying to decide between the Family Thrill Seekers And Adventure Falls excursion or staying on the ship (Oasis) and enjoying the hopefully less crowded pool and Flowrider. Anyone been on this excursion and have any opinions on which would be the better choice? This is our first cruise. Thank you! (I posted this in the ports of call forum as well, but I find I get very few replies on that forum so I posted here, too.) We have two kids ages 13 and 11.
  6. My family and I just returned from a great cruise on the Radiance of the Seas! Our group consisted of 2 adults in mid 50’s, 2 teenagers, and 1 adult in early 30’s. Overall the trip was fantastic, had a few hiccups but I would do it again! This is my first cruise review and I want to include the things that I look for in a cruise review or have a hard time finding answers to online. Sorry I do not have any menus or compasses. Canada Place Cruise Port We arrived via taxi at the cruise port at 10am. We dropped our luggage off with the porter within 10 ft of being dropped off by a taxi. Then shown through the port where to check in and get our seapass. There was a small line, about a 5-10 minute wait. After receiving our seapass, we walked through security and then to customs, again a small wait, which took about 10-15 mins. We were then seated to wait for boarding the ship by 10:30 ish. There were maybe 200 people in line before us. Unfortunately, they did not start boarding people until Noonish. We heard from others, a few people from the previous cruise got off the ship sick and as a precaution, had to do extra cleaning. We boarded the ship, headed to the windjammer and ate before the crowds got there, then checked out the ship. Rooms We had two interior rooms: 2013 & 2027. Had no issue with noise, even though we were on the second floor. You tend to run into more crew and “ship items” but I’m guessing it’s because we share the floor with them. On the 2nd floor you can only access guest rooms with the aft elevators and stairs, which was kinda annoying. Room had enough space for three and didn’t feel cramped. Enough drawers and shelves for clothes. We brought a 3 USB outlet plug for all our electronics and didn’t have an issue. The room shows it’s age, but it was always clean and our attendant was great! Ship Radiance of the Seas is definitely showing her age. There is rust here and there, things that should be painted, and some of the windows either need to be cleaned or they are stained. It’s clean and overall well maintained, but if you are expecting something like the newer ships, you’d be disappointed. Personally, I had no issues, knowing it’s an older ship. Dining We did not eat at any speciality restaurants. Breakfast we tried the main dining room once. NEVER AGAIN! The service was horrible and the food was cold and it took forever! Not worth it! The rest of the time we had breakfast at the windjammer. It was the same food everyday, but it was good. Lunch was also at the windjammer, with a little bit more variety by the day, but typical buffet food. Dinner was My Time Dining and was great! I made reservations for the same time everyday before the cruise. We had the same waiters and table, so it was just like traditional dining. Our waiters Harish and Jun, were excellent! The food was pretty good. My favorites were the french onion soup, eggplant parmesan, and molten lava cake. Also all the bread and pastries were amazing!! Entertainment The magician and Eagles tribute band were great. The comedian and Royal’s two original shows were okay. The singing and dancing in the original shows were great, but to me the shows themselves didn’t make sense. The band Beta 4 is amazing!! A must listen to and they play in multiple locations on the ship.We enjoyed going to the different trivia events during the day. The activites crew was great! Weather Alaska weather was all over the place. It misted/rained most of the day in Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Juneau with the temps in the low to mid 50s. In Skagway, it was mostly cloudy and very windy. Hubbard Glacier was the best weather day with bright sun and temps were probably upper 40’s by the glacier with a little wind. I wore a t-shirt, sweater, and jeans and I was comfortable as I went in and outside to view the glacier. On our Land tour, the weather was much warmer. Anchorage was low 70s and sunny. Talkeetna was in the 80s and sunny. Denali was in the low 70s and partly cloudy, did have a little bit of rain here and there in Denali, but never lasted long. Ports/Land Tour Ketchikan: Lumberjack show and Totem Trolley Tour- The show was fun to watch, the trolley guide was knowledgeable and the totem park was nice, but time was short with only a 20 min visit. Got off a Creek street and walked around. There was alot of construction going on, so it was hard to navigate the streets. Icy Strait Point: No Excursions. We walked along the rocky shores and through a short walking trail in the woods. Also stopped by the museum and shops. TIP: The tide is very low in the mornings so it allows you to view much of the shore. Highly suggest walking the rocky shore in the morning. By late afternoon, the tide was high and you really couldn’t walk the shore. Juneau: Whale watching and Wildlife Quest Tour. Saw some whales, sea lions, eagles. It was an okay tour. The guides were knowledgeable, but I was expecting more. Walked around town, ate lunch at the Alaskan Crepe Escape, which was awesome. It was pouring rain for most of the afternoon, so we did not get to ride the tram like we wanted. Skagway: White Pass Railroad tour. My favorite tour of the whole trip. Train goes up the mountain and the views are amazing. Highly recommend! Seward/Anchorage: Talkeetna: Mahay’s Jet boat Tour. The guides had great information about the land, water, animals, plants, and life in the area. I nice relaxing tour. Our hotel also had a fantastic view of Mt. Denali. Denali: Natural History Tour. This bus trip took us about 30 miles into Denali national park. Didn’t see many animals and could not see Mt Denali. It was about 4 hrs, which was long enough for us. Two of our stops were cut short due to rain. Husky Homestead Tour. This was my second favorite tour of the whole trip. We learned all about Husky’s and their life and training for the Iditarod. Jeff King, four time Iditarod winner who owns it, also spoke with us. They let us pet and hold the puppies as well. All the speakers were knowledgeable and it was an overall wonderful experience. Highly recommend! Tips/FYI Bring a light rain coat with hood, don’t bring an umbrella. The coat doesn’t need to be big and bulky, just light weight and water resistant. You can wear a sweater under it and feel warm enough. Also great for windy days in port or on ship. Layers, Layers, Layers! Starquest lounge on the 13th floor is the best place for indoor views and a great uncrowded place to view the glacier. Only found this place the last two days on the ship and I love it! Looking for a quieter place to view the majestic mountains indoors during the cruise? This is the place. There is also outdoor space, which is why I think it’s the perfect place for viewing the glaciers! Magnetic hooks for your state room. These were so helpful to hold up the daily compass, hats, coats, sweaters, lanyards. First time using them based on a suggestion on this board and it was very helpful. Want to see Mt. Denali? Go to Talkeetna, not Denali National Park. While Denali park is beautiful, we never saw the mountain and were actually quite far from it on our tour. (other tours do get a little closer). We stayed at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and had wonderful, close views (30 miles away). We also were really lucky and had a clear night and morning, and are now part of the 30% club that got to view full Mt. Denali, without haze or clouds in the way
  7. I was planning to write this report when I got home to West Palm Beach, but our flight from LAX has been delayed almost 2 hours, so I have some time on my hands. On a side note, LAX has got to be the worst airport I have ever - what a dump! So, to start my review I need to go back a ways. We moved to FL in 2016 from VA, and one day my wife found this flyer in the mail - it was for a travel show. She suggested that I go, and I did. At the time, we were really looking at a 10-day partial PC Christmas cruise on NCL Jade for 2018. We already had our Navigator Christmas Cruise for 2017 booked, and were already looking for the following year. Well the TA hosting the show and the RCI rep at the show made a strong case for looking at Alaska as our next adventure. So my wife and I talked it over, and we decided to go to Alaska for summer 2018. We knew that if we traveled completely across the country that we had to include a land tour too. After looking at all the options, we selected the Family Tundra Express 9B because it sounded to most kid-friendly as we would be bringing our 8 y/o son. Now, I know that many like to DIY their land portion, and I appreciate the reasons for choosing this option - but I am lazy and too busy to do the research necessary to plan out a DIY trip [emoji6]. Booking with RCI was just too easy, and in terms of cost, the land tour and cruise was under the magic budget number I set, so I was fine with costs. TIP: Book early. I booked our cruise the day they opened the bookings, and I never saw a lower price for our cabin category (GS) or the land tour/cruise price. Note: One additional thing I learned, because we booked our land tour through RCI, we got cruise credits for each night of our land tour, and because we were in a suite, we got 6 C&A points for the land portion. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. In the words of the old John Denver song – “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go”! I’m not quite standing outside the door yet though since we don’t set off until tomorrow afternoon. Last year, about this time, I participated in a joint live review of Navigator OTS 9-night ABC itinerary with @Rogueperson. I enjoyed the experience and thought I would give it a go myself this year on the Adventure of the Seas 8-night Eastern Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise. So, to get things started with some introductory background... We (myself and DH Fernando) will be flying from our local airport – Faro, in the Algarve, which is mainland Portugal’s southernmost province – to Lisbon, where we will overnight at the Star Inn Lisbon Airport Hotel. We have stayed here twice before. It is less than a five-minute walk from the terminal and offers a very decent included breakfast. I would definitely recommend it as a good option if you just need a room for the night in Lisbon before an early flight. While this overnight is not strictly essential, it does mean we avoid the dreaded 3 am start to catch the 6 am feeder flight, which would then be followed by a 4-hour layover in Lisbon. Not a great start to a holiday and guaranteed to have us arriving in Miami utterly exhausted. On this particular occasion it will also give us the chance to go and see the Portuguese version of the musical Chicago, which is showing in Lisbon at the moment. Our flight to Miami International departs from Lisbon at 10.35 on Thursday morning, arriving stateside at 2.55 pm. We are flying on TAP, the Portuguese flag-carrier, who are operating the flight with one of their very new Airbus Neo aircraft, so that will be an interesting change from the much older and very tired airbuses they previously used for this route. On arrival we will try to Uber or Lyft to the Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn in Fort Lauderdale for a two-night pre-cruise stay. We have stayed here before too and find it to be a pleasant and reasonably-priced option within walking distance of just about everything you could need, as well as offering a very decent included breakfast. Yes, there’s a pattern here. We do prefer included breakfasts! We are hoping that the weather will cooperate and we will be able to spend the day on Friday riding the water taxi. Saturday the 23rd is Cruise Day. We are aiming to board at about 1 pm, just as the cabins open up. The morning will probably be spent relaxing by the hotel pool. For us, the hotel stay is part of our overall holiday and we prefer the comfort and convenience of boarding later, so we don’t feel that we are missing out by not getting to the port earlier. Our ports of call on the 8-night cruise are Labadee, San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas and St Maarten. We have booked one excursion through the ship – the 5-star island tour in St Thomas – and will be doing our own thing in the other three ports. We have also booked the 3-night speciality dining package so will be looking to eat twice in Giovanni’s and once in Chops. No Izumi for us as we don’t like sushi and Adventure does not have the hot rocks option. At the end of the cruise we will book an excursion with airport drop-off; we just haven’t decided which one yet. Again, the convenience is the deal-breaker for us. I will try and post at least once a day, including pics of the daily compass and menus, and I will be very happy to try and find the answer to any questions while we are on board, so feel free to ask. Oh, and one last very important note to close on for this evening… This will be our very first cruise as Diamond C&A members. Uber-excited would be an understatement.
  9. It turns out I did both Libety and Jewel before. In 2012, so hazy, liberty I liked and Jewel I took a long time friend who went to bed every night and read her book and we missed every show. I booked a jurior suite because I wanted her to like cruising. The last day we did explore the ship and then sat out on the balcony reading books and talking. I'm looking at perhaps booking adventure OTS next april. I dont remember having been on it before, but then my memory of past cruises is dim to hazy and the majority of my past cruises are so old they have fallen off my rcl acct to review names. I love the promenade area on newer ship, I guess adventure doesnt have one. I never had a cruise I didnt enjoy watching the wake and the ocean and taking it all in, but dont remember this ship at all. If anyone has been on it, please refresh my memory. Actually right now I could book a b2b on it, but hesitant, the 2nd shorter leg has fewer cabins I'm looking at to choose from. Obviously I dont know what to expect from pricing, if it's even smart to book a 2nd cruise, or some say prices will drop like a rock. Wait. The fact I didnt remember what i paid for my cancelled liberty cruise tells you i pay then forget about it. But i am a planner. I like things planned out in my life. Any help or direction? I am kinda looking at next year but worrying they wouldnt drop the doctors note which will be a pain in the butt to get.
  10. Just received this email for my May 15, 2020 cruise: ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS Dear Guest, As global regulations and port restrictions continue to change amid this health situation, we are all facing, we know you’ve probably been wondering about the status of your upcoming Adventure of the Seas May 15th, 2020 sailing. The Canadian government implemented a new travel restriction on cruise ships carrying more than 500 people, which unfortunately means, we can no longer sail there. While we know this is disappointing, we must respect each country’s decision to evaluate cruise ship and guest entry, but we know many of our guests are eager to go on vacation or need a vacation at this point, no matter where. As a result, we’ll now sail to Kings Wharf, Bermuda – keeping in mind that the ship itself is quite the destination! We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change, but we’re more than confident you’ll have an excellent time with us. Below, please find our revised itinerary. Given the situation and the change of itinerary, below are some options we’ve prepared for you. Option 1: If you choose to sail, we’ll provide you with a credit to spend onboard! $250 USD for Interior, Ocean View, and Balcony staterooms | $450 USD for Suites. This credit is refundable and can be used anywhere onboard. Any unused amounts will be refunded back to your credit card on file about 3 - 5 business days after the sailing ends. Any pre-paid Royal Caribbean International shore excursions for the original ports of call will be refunded back to your original form of payment in the next few days. Then, feel free to browse all the exciting shore excursion options for your revised sailing in Cruise Planner! Option 2: If you want to sail with us a little later, we’ll provide you with a 125% Future Cruise Credit to come back and sail with us by December 31, 2021. This amount will be based on your total cruise fare paid. And, we’re giving you a little extra, knowing that this is such a unique circumstance. We will automatically issue you your Future Cruise Credit by Saturday, May 30th, 2020 via email. So, there’s nothing for you to do! Taxes & fees, Cruise Planner items, and any RoyalUp upgrades will be automatically refunded. You can expect to see these in 30 days after you submit your request. If you purchased refundable air or hotel accommodations through Royal Caribbean, they will be automatically refunded to you. If you booked non-refundable air through Royal Caribbean or booked on your own, please contact the service provider directly for your options with them. Please note: If you opted into the Cruise with Confidence 100% Future Cruise Credit for this sailing, you do not qualify for this offer. And, if you used a Cruise with Confidence certificate on this sailing, you’ll receive a new Future Cruise Certificate for 125% of your total cruise fare value paid, including the value of your original certificate. If you were impacted by our global suspension (sailings through May 11th, 2020), and paid additional monetary funds on your current booking, you’ll receive two 125% Future Cruise Credits: one for the original booking and another equal to 125% of any monies paid towards cruise fare on this reservation. You are able to opt in to refund one or both via the process below. Option 3: If you choose to cancel for a full refund, we’ll be sad to see you go! We’ll process a full refund of any paid portion of your cruise fare to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposit. If you purchased refundable air or hotel accommodations through Royal Caribbean, they will be automatically refunded to you. If you booked non-refundable air through Royal Caribbean or booked on your own, please contact the service provider directly for your options with them. You can expect to receive your refund 30 days after you submit your request. Please note: If you used a Cruise with Confidence certificate on this sailing, and you request a refund instead, we’ll refund any NEW funds paid above the certificate amount, and we’ll reinstate your original Cruise with Confidence certificate. It’s important to us that you find the best vacation option and we want to give you as much time as possible to decide on what best fits your needs. To avoid waiting on the phone, we ask you to please click here and we’ll get the process started for you right away! Please advise us of your decision by April 13th, 2020 to ensure we process your request prior to your sailing. Lastly, your health, safety, and well-being continue to be our highest priority. Over the last few weeks and months, we’ve implemented new, temporary safety precautions that include health screening protocols on embarkation day for our entire fleet. As the situation around COVID-19 is ever-changing, we ask that you visit our COVID-19 Health Protocols page to find our most up-to-date policy. Should these change prior to your sailing, we will email you and your Travel Advisor directly. Click here to learn about our safety precautions, and what we’re doing to keep you safe onboard and in the ports we visit. If you have any questions, please contact your Travel Advisor immediately or contact us at: 1-800-754-500 in Australia 0344 493 4005 in the U.K. 1-800-256-6649 in the U.S. or Canada All other countries, please visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contactus for your local Royal Caribbean International office phone number. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this situation. We look forward to seeing you onboard very soon! Sincerely,
  11. Just watched the Adventure of the Seas leave Port Everglades, crew on Lido deck seemed to be enjoying it. https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/
  12. we are traveling on oasis in may and have a 5 year old a 16 month old. was wondering how everything work for adventure times etc.
  13. Just got back home today from a six-day western cruise on the Adventure. There were six of us cruising together, who are veteran cruisers, but this was our first AOS cruise. I won't be mentioning any shows or meals in the MDR as we didn't do any of that. Our days were packed full with our scheduled port stops and we just didn't feel like getting dressed up or being anywhere at any specific time in the evening. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Sleep Inn in Dania Beach, which was approximately ten minutes by cab. The hotel was clean and typical for a Sleep Inn, with the exception of poor water pressure in the shower. The pool was well-maintained, and we purchased some adult beverages at the stores nearby and sat out by the pool until dinner. We took an Uber to The Quarterdeck restaurant, on the Dania Beach pier, which was a great location. Unfortunately it was way too windy to eat outside on the actual deck, but we had a great view of the ocean from our table inside. The menu there is American, heavy on seafood, and they offer sushi as well. Hubby and I shared lobster fritters, spinach dip and chicken tenders and returned to the hotel stuffed.
  14. What time do they open the whirlpools in the morning on the Adventure? I am a very early riser and enjoy the quiet with much less activity in the early hours. Thanks, XRAY
  15. Anyone sailed on the Adventure of the Seas and Summit. Did not like the Summit's food, sailed her in June of 2019. Is Adventure of the Seas Better? Planning on sailing to Canada/New England this May. There both older ships, hoping Adventure is Way better than the Summit.
  16. Anyone familiar with this event put on by Expedia Cruise Centers? My wife is out of town but wanting me to attend one close by. Is this just a sales event? Do they offer specials I can’t get online? I’m asking because I really don’t want to go lol. Says it from 6:30-8:30, I don’t want to listen to 2 hours worth of sales pitch unless it’s very worthwhile. Or is it just a drop in kind of thing? Thanks! David
  17. We have a group formed on Facebook for an upcoming cruise with Adventure of the Seas. Several are asking if there are any "theme" nights for dinner. In the past it's usually been a Caribbean / tropical night on every cruise. One person had heard we will have a 70's night as well. Is this a dinner theme night or a 70's party after dinner?
  18. It appears that Adventure of the Seas left yesterday (2/23) from terminal 29, but returns on Saturday (2/29) to terminal 18 and then departs on a 8 night Southern cruise from terminal 18? Is this common to move from terminal to terminal? We leave on AOS 3/8, but have no idea from which terminal. https://pevvesseltraffic.broward.org/webx/
  19. Sailing on the Adventure this July. Any info you can share about the ship that will add to the enjoyment of this family cruise?
  20. Does the ship have daycare available during the cruise for 2 year olds. Interested in care for a few hours each day, thanks
  21. Has anyone stayed in Room 7250 on Adventure of the Seas? If so how much noise is there?
  22. Has anyone stayed in Adventure of The Seas Grand Suites before? Looking for some specific info on that regarding suite perks.
  23. We have a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old. We're going on the Oasia OTS next month. Our 3.5 year old is not potty trained but we saw on Royal's website that they say for the 3-5 year old group, kids need to be potty trained to participate. Does anyone know if this a steadfast rule and we won't be able to drop our 3.5 year old off at the AO programs? Also, do you know if we can leave our 3.5 year old with our 1 year old group if we can't at the 3-5 year old group since he is not potty trained? Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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