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We went back to the cabin n relaxed until 8:15 n decided to go to WJ for dinner. Tonight was a mongolian wok type and diy pasta. yummmm! i got bow tie with steak and red sauce and fiancé got bow tie with steak and alfredo. Neither had flavor. Dessert was great tho!

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The next day is Rhodes...where we had serious Game of Thrones vibes


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Having so much fun traveling along.  Your photos from Mykonos are beautiful - hopefully I can use them to convince my kids that an early walk to town is way to go!

 

What exactly did you have for lunch?  It looks great!  I'm looking forward to eating in all the ports so please share any favorites or specialties that are a must to try.  Wish RCL changed the menus to reflect each region of travel rather than having a standard fleet wide.  I understand there is more variation on Asian based cruises but offering a few entree's typical of local cuisine would be great.  Not surprised the food on the ship hasn't been too memorable.

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5 hours ago, singinalot said:

 


thank you!

we did not...though they were pushing for it big time. even advertised on the tables in the dining room


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I don't like the hard sell.  We do have plans for Chops on my husband's birthday.

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Having so much fun traveling along.  Your photos from Mykonos are beautiful - hopefully I can use them to convince my kids that an early walk to town is way to go!
 
What exactly did you have for lunch?  It looks great!  I'm looking forward to eating in all the ports so please share any favorites or specialties that are a must to try.  Wish RCL changed the menus to reflect each region of travel rather than having a standard fleet wide.  I understand there is more variation on Asian based cruises but offering a few entree's typical of local cuisine would be great.  Not surprised the food on the ship hasn't been too memorable.


we got gyros! we pretty much got that at every greek restaurant we went to.

I do hope you can convince your kids to walk it early! it’s such an easy walk and oh my gosh was it worth it!!!!


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I don't like the hard sell.  We do have plans for Chops on my husband's birthday.


yeah I’d say this was the worst it’s been...Nate said it’s almost like they were trying to make us buy a dining package


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Love the Mykonos photos and more kitties! I’d be in heaven there; we have 6 spoilt cats at home! I’m sure after the past season of Bachelorette that those windmills are getting a lot of attention. The Greek Islands are on our list but we have never sailed RCL. It seems like the food is disappointing; which I’m sorry to hear. Overall, do you like RCL? We did NCL on our last cruise and loved it, but the MDR food was not always great.


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Love the Mykonos photos and more kitties! I’d be in heaven there; we have 6 spoilt cats at home! I’m sure after the past season of Bachelorette that those windmills are getting a lot of attention. The Greek Islands are on our list but we have never sailed RCL. It seems like the food is disappointing; which I’m sorry to hear. Overall, do you like RCL? We did NCL on our last cruise and loved it, but the MDR food was not always great.


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we love Royal and don’t get me wrong...we didn’t go hungry...the food just wasn’t anything to write home about and most of the time was very bland and not surprising.


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Loving your review!!!   So fun to see that you linked my report.  Thank you for that and for taking the time to take us along on your adventures.  Your pictures are amazing!!  

 

Excited to to read more!!!

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Great review. We decided last year to do this exact cruise in 2021. Booking opens in a few weeks. 😂 Your review really helps with my planning.  I agree that your Mykonos photos are so amazing, glad you had a great time & hope your wedding is perfect!

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Loving your review!!!   So fun to see that you linked my report.  Thank you for that and for taking the time to take us along on your adventures.  Your pictures are amazing!!  
 
Excited to to read more!!!


Thank you so much! I’m about to start the Rhodes portion and I remember reading along on yours just as we were experiencing it in real life.


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Great review. We decided last year to do this exact cruise in 2021. Booking opens in a few weeks.  Your review really helps with my planning.  I agree that your Mykonos photos are so amazing, glad you had a great time & hope your wedding is perfect!


thank you! oh gosh the time will go so quickly for you and it’ll be here before you know it!!! let me know if you have any planning questions


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October 7 found us in Rhodes, another new port for us. Unlike Crete though I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It was hard to gage a feeling from photos I’d seen online. I also didn’t really realize just how big this walled old city actually is!

We once again awoke with the sunrise and had plans to be first off the ship. It had worked so well in Mykonos why not do it again?!

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breakfast looks familiar
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golden lighting!!!
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We were the first off the ship!

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There’s a little beach immediately when you walk out of the gates. There were 2 little fishermen out and I was captivated by their early morning peaceful work. I stopped to talk with one of them and he showed me his catch so far. 2 fish he said were called moomoorie.

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Nate being the navigator decided we would enter through the 3rd gate and make our way backwards.

someone thought he could scale the castle walls...ummmm hello your princess is down here
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It was here that I decided to change my name to Sansa
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can’t you see Cersei and the mountain standing here waiting somewhere??? or maybe the high sparrow?
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hmm let’s go this way
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wait til you see this very same spot later
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walking through the residential area we came upon this cute B&B. The owner was outside and talked to us for quite awhile.

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wait until you see pictures here later
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We decided to get outside the city walls. Nate googled area attractions and saw that there were caves in a 30 minute walk. Sure!! Let’s do it...I said.

This “bouquet” is genius
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we started walking...for what seemed like forever...uphill...

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eventually we made it to the “caves”....ummm....we walked up hill for this?
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This was literally it
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what now????


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another picture of the caves:
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We had seen the sign for the Acropolis of Rhodes so decided to make our way in that direction.

We were now out of the residential area and walking along the coast

We saw several taxis parked at this spot so we decided to walk up. Turns out it’s an amazing overlook
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We continued walking along the coast and fiancé says “here. take a video”....I should have known...little boy at heart gave my heart an attack....


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remember how empty this square was earlier???
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and this street?
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I wanted a restaurant that looked like locals frequented and we finally found one
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I checked my health app to see where we were at for the day...note that it was only 12:18pm
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this meal was excellent!!!!

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After walking around some more we decided to make our way in the direction of the ship and windmills

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I appreciate you sharing your lunch receipts, especially what you paid in Rome. Trying to budget is tricky.although  my main concern is bathrooms. I better start doing squats!

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https://www.gpsmycity.com/attractions/windmills-of-mandraki-34653.html

 

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We were back on the ship at 2:30 and changed into swimsuits so we’d stay out of our room...we knew if we hung out too long we’d fall asleep and then would have a hard time waking up the next morning. we sat in the solarium, Nate snacked, and then we found a quiet corner where Nate dozed in a chair while I read a bit. Around 7 we went back to the room to change for dinner in the WJ.

 

I went to guest services and left the form requesting 8:45 disembark in civi but the agent let me know we could walk off with our bags whenever we wanted before 9:30am.

 

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I appreciate you sharing your lunch receipts, especially what you paid in Rome. Trying to budget is tricky.although  my main concern is bathrooms. I better start doing squats!

absolutely!! budget is one of my biggest things when planning.

yes...the WCs...definitely tricky. we found that the restaurant bathrooms were always the best in terms of privacy/cleanliness, but nevertheless they are definitely not what we’re used to here.


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