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Royal Caribbean Cruisers -- How Are Things Where You Are? (was "Routine" ​ 😁 ​day in lockdown... how was yours?)


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47 minutes ago, Ourusualbeach said:

I saw a UPS ad on FB yesterday advertising shipping luggage with them and avoiding the airlines. 

We have shipped luggage via Fedex. They take it is as and attach tags on it directly or they can cover it with a carton made for luggage.

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30 minutes ago, Arzeena said:

I would say it was not my cup of tea either when I looked at pictures and videos. And it was DEFINITELY not my cup of tea after trying it. But you never know till you try it yourself. So I would not discourage anyone from trying it especially if they have a D+ offer to spare.

 

We tried it and liked it...both the food and the presentation.  We're adventurous eaters though.  That said, Wonderland is probably one and done for us.  Glad we did it, don't need to do it again.

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5 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

We tried it and liked it...both the food and the presentation.  We're adventurous eaters though.  That said, Wonderland is probably one and done for us.  Glad we did it, don't need to do it again.

My niece and her family totally loved Wonderland on very recent symphony cruise , it was there first cruise for most of them. We will try it November 2023 on harmony, haven’t yet sailed on a ship that offered that  . 

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Just now, George C said:

My niece and her family totally loved Wonderland on very recent symphony cruise , it was there first cruise for most of them. We will try it November 2023 on harmony, haven’t yet sailed on a ship that offered that  . 

 

The only negative MIGHT be whoever is playing the Mad Hatter role.  The guy that we had was even more over the top than Johnny Depp.  Mostly entertaining, but also a little creepy.

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12 hours ago, HBE4 said:

 

I don't disagree with this statement. It seems like for every really good pizza place, there is at least one not-so-good. I won't say bad as I don't think I've every had a bad slice. Except in High School where they tried to pass off a piece of cardboard with a hint of ketchup & some cheese-like material as pizza. 😉

 

Surprisingly, the "99 cent Fresh Pizza" slice joints are better than expect as long as you don't mind standing at a counter or eating it on the run. Which is what I usually would do as I race to get on the last train out of Grand Central.  They've been around for 10-15 years at least and just recently upped the price to a $1.25 a slice due to - what else -  inflation and supply chain issues. Haven't changed the name however.  They have handwritten sign by the register saying the price increase is "temporary".  haha. We'll see about that.

 

Pizza sold in BJ’s in LI prior to the pandemic tasted like cardboard with ketchup.I cannot recall the last time I boarded a train at Grand Center or ate pizza in that area.The majority of the years I worked in Manhattan were in the Union Square area where there were many bad pizza places.

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12 hours ago, George C said:

I have no idea of what pizza places you tried ,I can tell you n pizza places I have ever tried in Brooklyn are way better than rccl.  Most pizza in Dallas are way better than rccl and of course those in Italy are way better but you are not Italian and never been to Italy. 

I am not Italian but my Godfather was and he took me for pizza many times when I was young.
For 25 years I worked for a company where between 95 to 99 percent of the employees were Italian and over the years I went out with them on work days as well as weekends and very often for pizza.I have never been In Italy or Dallas but I have been to about 10 cities in Texas and the only city where I found great pizza was in Houston and the owners were from the Bronx.

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1 hour ago, Luckynana said:

Staten Island has the best pizzas and Italian food IMO,   SI has the best food Island wise

Joe and Pats is my favorite!  Deninos and Jimmie Max are up there also.  We do have some great Italian restaurants and recently two new ones opened.  

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48 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

We tried it and liked it...both the food and the presentation.  We're adventurous eaters though.  That said, Wonderland is probably one and done for us.  Glad we did it, don't need to do it again.

 

We will eat at Wonderland for the first time on Symphony this September. Looking forward to it as we have the UDP. My review will be on the UDP so I hope they do a good job for us.

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1 hour ago, Luckynana said:

Staten Island has the best pizzas and Italian food IMO,   SI has the best food Island wise

I have had a lot of SI pizza.I worked there in the summer of 1959 and when my kids were young we would often go to the SI zoo,Richmond Restoration and Clove Lake Park.Having pizza on those days was always included in our day.

My late brother in law used to drive often from Canarsie to an Italian restaurant in SI for dinner and frequently took me with him .I cannot recall the name.

Toby and I were members of a Senior Travel club from 2015 to 2019.

Many of the tours were conducted by a guy who had a radio show in NYC who discussed among other things the great NYC restaurants.Whenever we were on a tour led by him that was in NJ or SI he always took us to an Italian restaurant on Forest Ave.The food was always great there.

My 2 favorite Italian restaurants of all time are Rao’s in Manhattan and Buon Amici in White Plains.

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8 minutes ago, DaniDanielle said:

Joe and Pats is my favorite!  Deninos and Jimmie Max are up there also.  We do have some great Italian restaurants and recently two new ones opened.  

Joe and Pats which I previously posted about previously is a place that I have eaten in many times and never had anything bad there.

Back to Brooklyn,other favorites of mine were Lenny and John’s and Spumoni Gardens.

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17 hours ago, dani negreanu said:

 

Ours also "failed" the 1st test... "Le bébé est sourd" [your baby is deaf] the nurses told me.

 

And I, with the assurance of a first time mother, replied straight faced: "No way, my baby is perfect".

 

He passed the 2nd test with flying colors 😁

I have a book to recommend to you ,Dani.By The Grace of the Game by Dan Grunfeld.It is about his 96 year old grandmother who is a Holocaust survivor from Romania.My children bought the book for me because of my fathers close friend who was a survivor from Romania as I previously mentioned to you. I just began reading it this morning but it is very good so far.

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11 hours ago, BonTexasNY said:

Since you're probably familiar with the area, New City Pizza and Rocco's also in New City are the best for pizza IMHO.  Food, of course, is subjective but I can't see Sorrento's on a cruise ship ever coming close in texture and taste.

I have had great pizza in many places in North America.

 

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47 minutes ago, Sea Dog said:

 

We will eat at Wonderland for the first time on Symphony this September. Looking forward to it as we have the UDP. My review will be on the UDP so I hope they do a good job for us.

Looking forward to your review on UDP , I doubt I will sail rccl without it , loved it on allure.

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Just now, George C said:

Looking forward to your review on UDP , I doubt I will sail rccl without it , loved it on allure.

 

Yes I think I will love it Linda maybe not. Sure is not an adventurous eater. She said she is up for the challenge but she doesn't eat seafood so I will have to check about what she can eat.

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1 hour ago, Sea Dog said:

 

We will eat at Wonderland for the first time on Symphony this September. Looking forward to it as we have the UDP. My review will be on the UDP so I hope they do a good job for us.

We have done Wonderland a couple of times and it was a great experience when you don't know what is going to happen.

I'm sure you will enjoy it Greg but it is not like Chops Grill or Giovanni's where you would want to go every night.

Graham.

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13 minutes ago, Sea Dog said:

 

Yes I think I will love it Linda maybe not. Sure is not an adventurous eater. She said she is up for the challenge but she doesn't eat seafood so I will have to check about what she can eat.

If you have the app you can view Wonderland menu options.   There is a chicken, pork and beef short ribs option.   Eric really enjoyed their Wonton soup and the short ribs.  The forbidden apple desert is also delicious along with the World.

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2 hours ago, George C said:

My niece and her family totally loved Wonderland on very recent symphony cruise , it was there first cruise for most of them. We will try it November 2023 on harmony, haven’t yet sailed on a ship that offered that  . 

 

2 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

The only negative MIGHT be whoever is playing the Mad Hatter role.  The guy that we had was even more over the top than Johnny Depp.  Mostly entertaining, but also a little creepy.

We did Wonderland on Symphony last October and again on Harmony last January. We liked them both times but the Mad Hatter was not available on Harmony.   We enjoyed the Mad Hatter.   A lot of fun and yes a little creepy.   I loved the view we had on Harmony. 

Before the whole experience begins your waiter ask your preferences and what you don't like and then plans around that.  It has been a 2 and done for us but we will probably do it again sometime. 

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1 hour ago, George C said:

Looking forward to your review on UDP , I doubt I will sail rccl without it , loved it on allure.

We are trying the UDP for the 1st time this October on Allure.   I may of already asked before but did you try the Samba Grill?   

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4 minutes ago, Ozark_Kid said:

We are trying the UDP for the 1st time this October on Allure.   I may of already asked before but did you try the Samba Grill?   

I don’t recall hearing about that one, we did chops a few times , hibachi a couple times , Giovanni’s a couple times and 150cP., also Izumi. 
we loved the 40 percent off wine bottles under a hundred which is included with UDP , Giovanni’s had the best wine list.

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1 hour ago, grapau27 said:

We have done Wonderland a couple of times and it was a great experience when you don't know what is going to happen.

I'm sure you will enjoy it Greg but it is not like Chops Grill or Giovanni's where you would want to go every night.

Graham.

 

Yes Graham I think Wonderland is more of novelty. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts without changing out menu items. Most people I've talked to seem like it's something you need to experience once.

 

 

59 minutes ago, Sunshine3601 said:

If you have the app you can view Wonderland menu options.   There is a chicken, pork and beef short ribs option.   Eric really enjoyed their Wonton soup and the short ribs.  The forbidden apple desert is also delicious along with the World.

 

I had Linda look at the menu and she said there was things on there that she would like. I'll like everything. We've had the World before as dessert at the Chef's table and we are hooked. It's by far our favorite dessert of all time.

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13 hours ago, BonTexasNY said:

Since you're probably familiar with the area, New City Pizza and Rocco's also in New City are the best for pizza IMHO.  Food, of course, is subjective but I can't see Sorrento's on a cruise ship ever coming close in texture and taste.

 

New City Pizza has been around since the beginning of time.  Back when I was a mere child, my parents would go food shopping on Friday night at the Grand Union where the DeCicco's is now. Always got New City pizza after shopping as Mom was not going to make dinner that night. Pretty sure  it's changed owners a few times but kept the name & taste.

 

I've been to Rocco's a few times and it never disappointed me. Although I will admit, I've pretty low standards when it comes to pizza.  The one pizza place I never liked was Nicky's in Congers & Suffern. It was good  but it consistently gave me heartburn afterwards.  Dessert was always Tums or Rolaids afterwards.

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2 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

Today is my youngest granddaughters 14th. Birthday.We will be celebrating late this afternoon.

Happy 14th birthday to your youngest granddaughter Lenny.

 

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