#61
Central Illinois
133,727 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by just hooked
Hi could you tell me if its ok to take an iPad mini as your camera on the tour
As that's all I travel with now

Thanks for your feedback
Should not be a problem.
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#63
New Zealand
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Joined Oct 2010
Unless something comes up, since I've got some OBC, I aim to go on this on the Radiance next month. $150 was it? From reading this most think it's good value.
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#64
Central Illinois
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Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by Haoie
Unless something comes up, since I've got some OBC, I aim to go on this on the Radiance next month. $150 was it? From reading this most think it's good value.
Yes, $150 per person.
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#65
Israel
1,681 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by Haoie
Unless something comes up, since I've got some OBC, I aim to go on this on the Radiance next month. $150 was it? From reading this most think it's good value.
It is indeed a very good value -- most interesting.
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#66
Houston, TX
276 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by just hooked
Hi could you tell me if its ok to take an iPad mini as your camera on the tour
As that's all I travel with now

Thanks for your feedback
Should be OK. Can only take pictures, no video. And no pictures of any security screening procedures before entering the engine control room or the bridge. Here is a link to ours from Mariner a few years ago so you know what to expect. https://www.flickr.com/photos/234282...57629462161034
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4/2014 - Allure of the Seas (7 Day Western Caribbean)
9/2014 - Brilliance of the Seas (7 Day Canada/New England)
4/2015 - Independence of the Seas (8 Day Eastern Caribbean)
9/2015 - Brilliance of the Seas (11 Day Canada/New England)
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10/2016 - Anthem of the Seas (9 Day Canada/New England)
3/2017 - Serenade of the Seas (11 Day Southern Caribbean)
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2/2018 - Vision of the Seas (5 Day Western Caribbean)
4/2018 - Liberty of the Seas (7 Day Western Caribbean)

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#67
Florida
2,201 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
I see $119 on my upcoming Oasis cruise. Looks like it's been discounted.
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#68
New Zealand
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Joined Oct 2010
OK I'll pitch in again - my recent Radiance AAT was somewhat disappointing for $150.

Barely 2.5 hours, no meeting with the captain, and didn't get to visit the theatre at all. I think they substituted in the laundry [or is that a regular location?]. And the only thing you get is the lanyard/pass.

I really would've liked a chance to chat with Captain Tyrm and a few extra photos.

But at least the rest of the tour was interesting enough.
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Pacific Pearl: May 18-27, 2015
Auckland, NZ
Mystery Island, Port Vila, Lifou, Noumea

Radiance of the Seas: Dec 3-16, 2016
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#69
Florida
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Joined Jul 2006
In looking closer it's $119 but says 2 hours. I wonder if something has been eliminated.
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#70
721 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
On our recent Mariner cruise, there were 2-for-1 deals advertised for the tour in the cruise compass the first two days of this 4-night cruise (sea day was scheduled on the final day). No idea how it went as we didn't sign up for it.


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#71
Tallahassee FL
13 Posts
Joined Nov 2016
One of the most enjoyable activities during our cruise on Allure the last week of November 2016. All the comments are correct so I will not repeat them. The only thing we were asked not to take pictures of were the various deck plans in I95 and elsewhere that showed the details of the crew areas; Explained it was for security purposes.

The engineering Control Room and Bridge portion of the tour was heavily escorted by ship security and we were "wanded" for metal before entering. Otherwise no issues on pictures, even I-95. Our tour guide was from the cruise Director staff but every station had an officer presenter.

Even though I am retired Navy and worked in shipyards, I found this a very worthwhile tour. DW enjoyed very much (her first cruise) and then I searched for the Freedom of the Seas new construction video on YouTube to show her when we got home -she got even more out of that having been on the tour.

The only thing I would have liked to see was the inside of a crew quarters; if just compare to current Navy berthing. The documentary had a very brief view of a tiered three bunks level. The guide stated most crew shared 2 man rooms with some individual rooms for senior crew. On way to bridge, we passed most of the officer staterooms; he noted they were individual and senior officers were large enough to have family join them.

Though we got backstage in the theater, I would have really enjoyed getting backstage of the Aqua-Theater also! :-(

One thing our tour guide did reveal... the Allure that week was on a Medical level 3 (of 5); he stated that meant there had been on average at least 6 new people during a 12 hour period coming to the Ships Doctor with gastrointestinal issues. When asked he said a level 2 would have been 10 new cases every 12 hours. We had a delay on boarding of a few hours due to intensive cleaning of the ship on turn-around day. When asked he stated it was the third week in a row of Level 3. As noted in other threads, the crew was always brushing down all bannisters and door handles with heavy disinfectant and offering sanitizing lotion from large bottles before entering almost all dining and when re-boarding the ship when in port.
#72
11 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Did you all bring your children on the tour? Is it the same cost? I'm considering taking my 9 and 10 yo since it's just the three of us on the cruise.
#73
257 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
We did it on the Oasis last year and felt it was worth the money. It was extremely interesting and informative and we took quite a few pictures.


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#74
308 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
I took the tour on IOS, and it was very good, Its al subjective I think, I found too much time was spent behind the scenes in the Theatre, but then again I guess other people loved this... The galley and i95 brilliant.. the only downside for me is that on booking it I didn't realise it was the same time as we sailed through the straight of gibraltar and I would have preferred to have spent that time on deck having a look!
#75
California
860 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by trapo
Did you all bring your children on the tour? Is it the same cost? I'm considering taking my 9 and 10 yo since it's just the three of us on the cruise.
We did not bring our kids when we went since it's so pricey. They would have enjoyed it, but everyone pays the same price.
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The Big Red Boat - June 1989
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Allure of the Seas - June 2014
Anthem of the Seas - May 2015
Liberty of the Seas (Caribbean) - February 2016
Explorer of the Seas (Alaska) - 2016
Radiance of the Seas (Australia/New Zealand) - November 2017
Ruby Princess - March 2018
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#76
uk
749 Posts
Joined May 2009
Personally not something I would take anyone younger than teens.
It was a great tour when we did it on Allure.
On ours bit too much time with the enthusiastic laundry master....yes they are big washing machines but they are still just big machines
I think the tour has changed a little now but here is a few photos of our trip on Allure.
http://www.modernlifeisgood.com/2016...r-allure-seas/
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Hello my name is David & I have just completed my video and photo tour of Jewel of the Seas. My Cruise Blog is called Modern Life Is Good where I blog about our Family Adventures.

I am currently adding additional articles on Jewel of the Seas. Final review and Cruise Compass still to add.
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