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4 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

We only do OV cabins. We had balconies twice and one of us did not care for that . 

Actually, our first cruise was an inside cabin with upper and lower berths. 
We thought it was the most marvelous cruise anyone could have. 
However, once you move to the next category, it’s hard to go back. Once we had our first balcony, for sure we weren’t going back…or rather I wasn’t. 
I absolutely love being able to look out and see the ocean, and even better, to sit outside with my Kindle and soak it all up. 
If I could only cruise if I had an OV or an interior, I’d still love it. 
My only suite was on QM2, and that will never happen again!

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It was a perfect day here Minneapolis. About 80° F and very little breeze. We had our picnic by a nearby lake. Saw an eagle soar for a while and then grab something for his lunch. Very cool.

We then went for a small drive and a walk around a different lake. Saw an egret and a heron. They both had perfect poses for perfect photos. However I left the camera at home.

Leaves are starting to turn. It won't be a great color show this year. The trees are too stressed with not enough water.

 

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20 minutes ago, fairweather said:

 

 

Those who have not taken precautions to help protect their fellow passengers can test negative at embarkation and watch the ship leave without them. 

 

Wearing masks and socially distancing for a few days before going to port, after getting a vaccine, should do enough to guarantee a positive test by the cruise line at embarkation.

I think you have both of those backwards.

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2 hours ago, Luckynana said:

Question:  after buying the alcoholic beverage package for your cruise, how can you find out the going price when they are having a "sale"on it.  When I try to look up the price, it just tells me I've already purchased it.🤷‍♀️

Just click on the photo of the package and it will show the price you purchased. :classic_smile:

EDIT: If you are on the "new" planner as we are, it appears that you have to click on Reserved, and then Order History, then Order details. One click only gives you total price paid. Thank you RC (NOT) :classic_rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, jagsfan said:

Actually, our first cruise was an inside cabin with upper and lower berths. 
We thought it was the most marvelous cruise anyone could have. 
However, once you move to the next category, it’s hard to go back. Once we had our first balcony, for sure we weren’t going back…or rather I wasn’t. 
I absolutely love being able to look out and see the ocean, and even better, to sit outside with my Kindle and soak it all up. 
If I could only cruise if I had an OV or an interior, I’d still love it. 
My only suite was on QM2, and that will never happen again!

We had those bunk beds once on Norway in the 1980’s , we book nothing but suites for about the last decade , we only cruise twice a year but fly first and go in suites . 

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We've just back from a few days away in the Cotswolds . Beautiful scenery and cute villages but I'm really a sea/river person. My happy place is by the sea so we came back via Bournemouth and had a beautiful few hours walking the promanarde to Poole and then a late lunch in our favourite dog friendly cafe 

 

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4 minutes ago, sgmn said:

We've just back from a few days away in the Cotswolds . Beautiful scenery and cute villages but I'm really a sea/river person. My happy place is by the sea so we came back via Bournemouth and had a beautiful few hours walking the promanarde to Poole and then a late lunch in our favourite dog friendly cafe 

 

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Gorgeous pics.

 

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12 hours ago, Luckynana said:

Glad you got home safely,  I enjoyed your pictures and posts,  Bob!

Greg, it really is wonderful when you can just drive to the Ports.  We're at the top of Alligator Alley, so it doesn't take long to drive to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Ports.  Cape Liberty in NJ is only and hour, hour and a half for us.

Graham, lunch pictures look great, as does Pauline, but....where's the fish and chips??  

Absolutely!  7 days is a short cruise for me, as well!

Jim makes what we call "Bert's Chicken".  Our dear friend Bert used to bake chicken cutlets with mayo parmagiana cheese and bread crumbs.  It originated on the Hellman's mayonnaise jar.  It's a big hit around here.  It's sooo good!

I wish I could remember how I used to make mahi mahi with mayonnaise years ago when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you.

Traditional  English Sunday lunch yesterday.

Graham.

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1 hour ago, dani negreanu said:

 

We have very fond memories from this area 🙏

 

It seems you were lucky with wonderful weather.

 

We were, very lucky, sun bathing weather in Bournemouth.  Weather's definitely more Autumnal this week, though.  More rain/showers and temperatures of around 15-17c

It's been a busy few weeks, looking forward to chilling more at home, tidying up the garden and back to eating more healthy meals .

 

Just finished watching a new mini series on TV called Vigil, highly recommend if it finds its way across the pond 

 

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt11846996/

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I've got a few thoughts on our Allure cruise.  Bottom line, I'd give it a B+.  Good, but not great.  Rather than have one long run-on post, I'll break it up.  First, a few more Covid thoughts.

 

There were a few things on the ship done for Covid reasons where I might be able to follow the logic for doing it, but ultimately didn't make much sense.  There were several vaccinated only areas on the ship where you didn't need to wear a mask.  These areas, like the Schooner Bar, the Pub, Boleros and others, were partially blocked so that there were controlled ways in and out...probably so that a crew member could monitor that only vaxxed passengers (with white wrist bands last week) could enter.  The spiral staircase from the RP to the casino was blocked, as was the back staircase from the running track on 5 up to the gym on 6.  However, we walked into several of these vaxxed only areas with no one checking passengers.  Why block off some of the entrances if you're not going to control access?  

 

All shows made big announcements at the start about needing to leave space between parties for social distancing, and that people should wait until their section was called at the end of the show so that social distancing could be observed will leaving.  Other than an Aqua Theater show that was an "Everyone" show rather than a "Vaccinated" show, this never happened.  Mama Mia and the Ventriloquist (who we greatly enjoyed...very funny and talented) were packed tightly with no open seats, and everyone left at once.  We didn't even see the Cruise Director (Marc "Bing Bong") on stage at the end of Mama Mia.  Again, rules in place but weren't followed.

 

Masks were mostly worn where they were supposed to be worn.  There were a few passengers who didn't do so and I didn't see anyone get challenged on the ship.  People WERE regularly challenged on both St. Maarten and St. Thomas if not wearing a mask in a store or a taxi.  I don't mind wearing a mask for a few minutes to get from point A to point B.  It didn't detract from my cruise experience.  I had become so used to not wearing a mask at home though that I kept forgetting to put it on...a minor annoyance.

 

Personally, I was OK with relaxing the rules a bit. I didn't mind sitting next to a vaxxed person at a show without wearing a mask.  It felt strange though that they made a big show of the rules but didn't follow through with enforcement.  Nothing new there I guess.  I'd like to say that this is Royal's way of slowly easing back to a more "normal" cruise environment, but I think that would be giving them too much credit.

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5 hours ago, sgmn said:

We've just back from a few days away in the Cotswolds . Beautiful scenery and cute villages but I'm really a sea/river person. My happy place is by the sea so we came back via Bournemouth and had a beautiful few hours walking the promanarde to Poole and then a late lunch in our favourite dog friendly cafe 

 

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Beautiful photos.  The village looks lovely and peaceful.  I'm with you, I love being outdoors but enjoy the sea most of all.

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The suite experience this time was just meh.  No suite check in and no suite walkoff.  As I said before, neither were really necessary.  We did hear from a couple of people that there was a long line to get into the terminal if you arrived around 12:30.  One couple was mad because they waited until their assigned time and felt that many others did not, resulting in them waiting much longer than they should have.  We almost walked right on at 11:30.

 

Coastal Kitchen was a big disappointment.  Breakfast was mostly good but not so for lunch and dinner.  There were several nights where I looked at the dinner menu and nothing jumped out at me.  I settled for something knowing that I could always get a snack later if needed.  We planned to eat at CK every night but ended up booking Izumi and Giovanni's for dinner on days 5 and 6.  Izumi (sushi, not hibachi) was great.  Giovanni's was just OK...maybe.  More on that in another thread.  We also had a bad reservation time at 6:00.  When we arrived, the 5:00 and 5:30 people were still eating and the only place to sit was in the middle section with no view, and one person literally facing a wall.  As someone said earlier, the view is the best part of CK, and we usually didn't have one.

 

The Suite Lounge was good for happy hour.  We could always find a place to sit and service was good...sometimes a little too good.  There were 2, sometimes 3, waiters taking drink orders.  We would regular put in an order with one waiter only to have the other waiter ask us for our order 30 seconds later.  Same thing would happen in CK.  The last morning for breakfast, Micheline had to tell 3 different people within a span of less than 60 seconds, that she did not want any more coffee.  It all felt a little uncoordinated...like they don't have their rhythm down yet.

 

Dexter, the suite concierge, was very friendly and mostly helpful.  He did book specialty dining for us for 2 nights when the app said that there were no good times left.  Both restaurants however were half empty, so I'm not sure why there was nothing available on the app.  When making the specialty dining reservations, Dexter said that he would cancel our CK reservation for those nights.  For both of those nights, we had a message on our cabin phone from CK saying that they see that we have reservations at 2 places that night and asked us to call back and confirm that we want to cancel CK.  Something got lost in the shuffle between Dexter and the CK staff.

 

Our great TA got us a $667 OBC a couple of weeks before the cruise.  It was available in our cruise planner but we decided to wait until we got onboard to decide what to do with it.  We already had internet from the suite, were not going to but the drink package, and were not using any Royal excursions.  After 2 days, the OBC had not been posted (I know that it takes a day or 2) and I asked Dexter to look into it.  He passed my concern on to Guest Services, who left a message a few hours later that the OBC was a mistake and I would not be receiving it.  Dexter couldn't do anything because this was coming from Miami.  Fortunately, my TA (same TA that some of you know and love) went to bat and after about 1.5 hours on the phone with Royal, got them to issue the OBC.

 

We had invitations left in our room for a "virtual" back stage tour in the Amber theater.  I'm not exactly sure what that means.  We guessed that we'd be sitting in the theater while someone used a camera backstage and the video was projected on a big screen.  We passed.  Nothing else related to meeting or eating with any officers (which I think is normally a C&A thing rather than a suite thing...unless you are Star??).  No reserved areas in any theaters for suites. We were supposed to have early access to shows (45 minutes before curtain) to choose the seats that we wanted but all shows seemed to be allowing in all guests at the same time.

 

The Crown Loft Suite was great. We love having 2 bathrooms and the upstairs shower is much nicer than a standard bathroom or even a JS tub.  We are still OK with climbing stairs, but I can see us not wanting to do that before long.  The balcony is very deep with 2 comfortable lounge chairs.  We spent quite a bit of time reading on the balcony during sea days.  It's very easy to get to the SL or CK from the cabin, and we took advantage of the free beer and wine from 11-11 many times to enjoy a drink in our cabin.  I'm still not sure if we are supposed to take the 11-11 drinks out of the SL, but there were no signs and no one ever said anything.  

 

At the end of the cruise, we actually discussed whether or not the CLS was worth it.   We could get a JS and buy both the drink package and the ultimate dining package for less money.  We could have our own happy hour whenever we wanted and eat better food whenever we wanted.  We would miss the large cabin with 2 baths and the large balcony.  We have a GS on Harmony next spring (thanks again to @molly361 for the Majesty L&S idea!) and will see if that idea still makes sense when hopefully the suite experience is more normal.

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I think someone hit the switch this weekend and put us into fall weather.  Happy the humidity is gone but hate that summer is basically over.  

Weatherman says we will continue to have several nice sunny days with mild breeze in the 70s, today will be the hottest at 81.  

I do enjoy having windows open with a nice breeze.  

Going to head to Sherwin William's at lunch break today and pick up swatches for shore house.   We will head back to LBI next week for painting the interior ourselves.  

Eric was sad we didnt get on our Oasis cruise yesterday, which surprised me since he was the one that said he didnt want to go. 

Have a Great Monday everyone🥰

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16 hours ago, jagsfan said:

I love 12 day cruises. With 7, I feel like I’m just starting to remember where I put everything, and it’s time to pack again. 
Our  last cruise was a 27 day Princess in 2019. It was fantastic, but wore Dick out.  He said he was done with anything longer than 7. Hence our 7 day March 2020/21/22. I hope 22!
Now he says he will do one under 14 days…drive to port. Royal is not accommodating us…best I could do was an Allure 8 day. 
Vision has an itinerary that would give me maximum days, but what I like about Royal is the Aqua Theater and ice show. 
That eliminates Vision. 

 

Luckily both Bucky and I love the longer cruises.  And we have our share of B2Bs plus built up again.  Sooo many were cancelled the last couple of years, including the bucket list Aussie, Tasmania, NZ, South Pacific, TP to Hawaii we had scheduled for earlier this year.  😞   Have it rebooked for 2023, as I did not want to take a chance on 2022.  

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5 hours ago, sgmn said:

We've just back from a few days away in the Cotswolds . Beautiful scenery and cute villages but I'm really a sea/river person. My happy place is by the sea so we came back via Bournemouth and had a beautiful few hours walking the promanarde to Poole and then a late lunch in our favourite dog friendly cafe 

 

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Beautiful photos.

Even the sand is lovely against that blue sky.
I love the cozy English village look in the bottom one. 

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6 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

The suite experience this time was just meh.  No suite check in and no suite walkoff.  As I said before, neither were really necessary.  We did hear from a couple of people that there was a long line to get into the terminal if you arrived around 12:30.  One couple was mad because they waited until their assigned time and felt that many others did not, resulting in them waiting much longer than they should have.  We almost walked right on at 11:30.

 

Coastal Kitchen was a big disappointment.  Breakfast was mostly good but not so for lunch and dinner.  There were several nights where I looked at the dinner menu and nothing jumped out at me.  I settled for something knowing that I could always get a snack later if needed.  We planned to eat at CK every night but ended up booking Izumi and Giovanni's for dinner on days 5 and 6.  Izumi (sushi, not hibachi) was great.  Giovanni's was just OK...maybe.  More on that in another thread.  We also had a bad reservation time at 6:00.  When we arrived, the 5:00 and 5:30 people were still eating and the only place to sit was in the middle section with no view, and one person literally facing a wall.  As someone said earlier, the view is the best part of CK, and we usually didn't have one.

 

The Suite Lounge was good for happy hour.  We could always find a place to sit and service was good...sometimes a little too good.  There were 2, sometimes 3, waiters taking drink orders.  We would regular put in an order with one waiter only to have the other waiter ask us for our order 30 seconds later.  Same thing would happen in CK.  The last morning for breakfast, Micheline had to tell 3 different people within a span of less than 60 seconds, that she did not want any more coffee.  It all felt a little uncoordinated...like they don't have their rhythm down yet.

 

Dexter, the suite concierge, was very friendly and mostly helpful.  He did book specialty dining for us for 2 nights when the app said that there were no good times left.  Both restaurants however were half empty, so I'm not sure why there was nothing available on the app.  When making the specialty dining reservations, Dexter said that he would cancel our CK reservation for those nights.  For both of those nights, we had a message on our cabin phone from CK saying that they see that we have reservations at 2 places that night and asked us to call back and confirm that we want to cancel CK.  Something got lost in the shuffle between Dexter and the CK staff.

 

Our great TA got us a $667 OBC a couple of weeks before the cruise.  It was available in our cruise planner but we decided to wait until we got onboard to decide what to do with it.  We already had internet from the suite, were not going to but the drink package, and were not using any Royal excursions.  After 2 days, the OBC had not been posted (I know that it takes a day or 2) and I asked Dexter to look into it.  He passed my concern on to Guest Services, who left a message a few hours later that the OBC was a mistake and I would not be receiving it.  Dexter couldn't do anything because this was coming from Miami.  Fortunately, my TA (same TA that some of you know and love) went to bat and after about 1.5 hours on the phone with Royal, got them to issue the OBC.

 

We had invitations left in our room for a "virtual" back stage tour in the Amber theater.  I'm not exactly sure what that means.  We guessed that we'd be sitting in the theater while someone used a camera backstage and the video was projected on a big screen.  We passed.  Nothing else related to meeting or eating with any officers (which I think is normally a C&A thing rather than a suite thing...unless you are Star??).  No reserved areas in any theaters for suites. We were supposed to have early access to shows (45 minutes before curtain) to choose the seats that we wanted but all shows seemed to be allowing in all guests at the same time.

 

The Crown Loft Suite was great. We love having 2 bathrooms and the upstairs shower is much nicer than a standard bathroom or even a JS tub.  We are still OK with climbing stairs, but I can see us not wanting to do that before long.  The balcony is very deep with 2 comfortable lounge chairs.  We spent quite a bit of time reading on the balcony during sea days.  It's very easy to get to the SL or CK from the cabin, and we took advantage of the free beer and wine from 11-11 many times to enjoy a drink in our cabin.  I'm still not sure if we are supposed to take the 11-11 drinks out of the SL, but there were no signs and no one ever said anything.  

 

At the end of the cruise, we actually discussed whether or not the CLS was worth it.   We could get a JS and buy both the drink package and the ultimate dining package for less money.  We could have our own happy hour whenever we wanted and eat better food whenever we wanted.  We would miss the large cabin with 2 baths and the large balcony.  We have a GS on Harmony next spring (thanks again to @molly361 for the Majesty L&S idea!) and will see if that idea still makes sense when hopefully the suite experience is more normal.

You're welcome.  Can you still get complimentary beer and wine all day in CK?  Our first L and S is January and the excitement for an OS from when I first booked has seemed to have waned .  Maybe things will be better by then.  It's on the Harmony have another one next May

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13 hours ago, Luckynana said:

Question:  after buying the alcoholic beverage package for your cruise, how can you find out the going price when they are having a "sale"on it.  When I try to look up the price, it just tells me I've already purchased it.🤷‍♀️

Watch out for posts alerting the Beverage Pkg Sale on Cruise Critic.😉😁. That's how I check.

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13 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

  Fortunately, my TA (same TA that some of you know and love) went to bat and after about 1.5 hours on the phone with Royal, got them to issue the OBC.

 

 

He's the best. Thanks for your observations on CK and the CLS.

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14 hours ago, Sunshine3601 said:

If you do make it you want to put toothpicks, usually 2 each, to hold together.

And I spread grey poupon dijon mustard on inside before I put in slices of swiss and ham, then roll up, toothpick to hold, then lightly brown then simmer in gravy for about hour makes it so tender.

 

Thanks!  Will have to try that!  I like the way you make it...which does remind me of Chix Cordon Bleu, but without the annoying breading.  🙂 

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