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Hi Folks,

 

Live from the Radiance.

 

Embarkation was fairly smooth from around 11.30am.

 

Three ships all departed from Miami at the same time - Voyager of the Seas was one - not sure of the other (or even the cruise line at present) - will post a picture of them later...

 

The itinerary has changed though - due to stormy weather around Coco Cay, we are spending day 2 at sea, and day 3 will now be San Juan (must check out what to do there! - any tips very welcome)

 

Sad to say that the Concierge is rather rude - walking into the lounge first time, I was met with the stark words 'We are closed!!' - I assumed he was an attendant, and the concierge guy was not around (it was 20:45, with the Concierge being on duty until 21:00), but was a little shocked when he later informed me that he was the Concierge. As a first time cruiser with RCI, I expected a little better.

 

Still not to worry - we can relax at sea tomorrow and plan our day at San Juan (tips welcome ;) )

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In Puerto Rico you could visit the El Yunque Rainforest (very beautiful). You can visit the El Morro Fort area or just walk around. Walking to the left of the ports you will find "Paseo de La Princesa" that will take you for a nice walk plus you can find some shaved ice, souvenirs, crafts. Go to the Tourists station in the area if you just decide to stay in the area. Enjoy your change in itinerary. ;) If you go to the Schooner Bar find out who the bartenders are. Don't forget to try there the Chocolate Martini, the only place i ever tried it and regret no having more than one. Enjoy my Radiance, i really miss her. Don't forget to bring lots of beautiful pictures.

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Carnival Victory and Carnival Valor also left from Miami today. We leave two weeks from tomorrow on the Brilliance!

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Darin is a SUPER Captain. Very visable, not only because he is so TALL but because he is always around and always meeting and greeting the passengers. Plus you can understand his announcements as he speaks English with NO accent!

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I have yet to meet a friendly concierge in the RCCL concierge lounges on their ships.

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Apologies for the lack of updates - been trying to respond to various messages here and couldn't :(

 

Have excellent internet in the room - a couple of tips - you rent a short cable that goes from the modem port to a cat 5 connector in a hole next to the phone socket. Either bring a nice long cable - or swap the lead for the phone woith your modem cable and both will work fine - my phone cable is 10 times that of the modem cable.

 

There are wireless networks on board - these do not work all the time - but are unsecured - now of course you would not connect to one of these and steal thie internet - but they do exist ;)

 

My internet has been fine - and I have had constant radio in my cabin from the BBC in England via the Internet - with no issues.

 

Day 2 - we have had another change with a stop now scheduled in St Criox on Day 4 in the evening to refuel - however looking at the press release issues by St. Criox it apears to be scheduled. (but we were not told that)

 

The compass advices people to stay close to the ship and not to take valuables off the ship - clearly they do not trust the locals :(

 

Day 2 evening - got to our dinner table to find it occupied by a group of kids - they had changed everyone around, without telling us - we had to sit on our own on a table of 10.

 

Day 3 - was in San Juan - went to the Mall Las Americas ($12 cab ride) - nice large shopping arcade - with 3 floors of good quality shops.

 

Day 4 - now in St. Thomas - about 85 degrees (like yesterday) - partly cloudy but pleasant - followed here by Costa Atlantica from San Juan.

 

Thinking about having a hot stones massage tomorrow - is it worth it?

 

Will post more very soon.

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Thanks so much for your updates. I'm getting excited thinking about our cruise next year.

 

 

 

Do they have 3 card poker in the casino?

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Mall Las Americas, did they have a Coach store? How long a cab ride was it? Is it near Old San Juan? What I'm getting at, is it possible to walk to the mall as part of an Old San Juan walking tour? Thanks!

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Mall Las Americas, did they have a Coach store? How long a cab ride was it? Is it near Old San Juan? What I'm getting at, is it possible to walk to the mall as part of an Old San Juan walking tour? Thanks!

 

No, you can't you need a cab to get there. Canvey said that it was $12.00 I couldn't tell you about the Coach store but it's an awesome mall.

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When we were on the Radiance 2 weeks ago the concierge was Elpidio. We were not impressed at all with him.

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I heard Guisippe was promoted and transferred to the Voyager.(He was the best) We had the worst Concierge on the Navigator over Thanksgiving, Franswaw or something like that.

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We'll be on the Radiance in 24 more days. (Jan. 16). Am I correct in my interpertation - San Juan was instead of Coco Cay?

 

I knew about the St. Croix stop for refueling and that they were letting passengers off. I was told there was to be a street party or something of the like right at the dock. Did this happen????

 

I'm also curious....is the ship full do you know? This route does not seem to be particularly popular, I'm assuming because it doesn't have many stops. That's exactly what we want, but.......

 

Anyway, thanks for any info.

 

Marilyn

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We stopped and there was indeed a block party. Some very good deals to be had. The person we spoke to, was from Philly and said the island is one of the safest, The warnings were being used as polictical leverage for less taxes and the like. The people were as friendly as any other island, and not as pushy. Enjoy.. ricko1 :)

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Our cruise documents say there are 2 formal and one semi-formal nights. I thought they did away with semi-formal nights. Did your cruise have one?

We're going on the Radiance in Jan.

Also, when you got on board, were the rooms ready to go to or did you have to take your carry-ons with you?

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Last night we went to a Muder Mystery Evening in Portifino - 6 course meal - very nice food - and lots of wine & champagne to drink. Still nursing a hangover :p Would recommend it to anyone.

 

As a result we did not see St. Criox - but Private Dick (one of the performers) on our table informed us that the ship had been stopping there for months - but they always annouce it as a surprise as if it is unplanned - not sure why they do this.

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I heard Guisippe was promoted and transferred to the Voyager.(He was the best) We had the worst Concierge on the Navigator over Thanksgiving, Franswaw or something like that.

Thats good to hear. We fell in love with him. I remember when he was the cappacino man on the Radiance.

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Joyceyw, off the topic just for a moment. How did you get the wreath into your avatar? I recognize the wreath from "smiley central" but I cannot manage to get the symbols into my avatar!! Please, I need your help?? :confused:

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Hi, can you do one favor for me ~ find out the name of the Caribbean Band by the pool? It will be in the compasses. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

 

Caribbean Breeze. They were on the December 5th sailing. Might still be there in January.

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Joyceyw, off the topic just for a moment. How did you get the wreath into your avatar? I recognize the wreath from "smiley central" but I cannot manage to get the symbols into my avatar!! Please, I need your help?? :confused:
I'm not Joycecw, but I saw your post and decided to highjack your idea :D Hope you don't mind. Anyhow, assuming you're Windows, just right-click on the image (e.g. from the signature in one of your posts), select "Save picture as ..." and put it somewhere that you can find it. Then, at the top right corner of any Cruise Critics page, select Quick Links > Edit Avatar. On the Edit Avatar page, select "Use Custom Avatar" button, Browse to the image you SAVED, select it, then click "Save Changes". I hope that works for you.

 

Gil

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I'm not Joycecw, but I saw your post and decided to highjack your idea :D Hope you don't mind. Anyhow, assuming you're Windows, just right-click on the image (e.g. from the signature in one of your posts), select "Save picture as ..." and put it somewhere that you can find it. Then, at the top right corner of any Cruise Critics page, select Quick Links > Edit Avatar. On the Edit Avatar page, select "Use Custom Avatar" button, Browse to the image you SAVED, select it, then click "Save Changes". I hope that works for you.

 

Gil

Gil, I didn't see the above post. Thanks for helping out. I don't mind sharing the holiday spirit.

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Hi Gambler, just got back from Navigator last week and didn't see the conceirge more than once - the first 5 minutes was enough!!

 

I assume from your handle that you are "casino friendly"......if so, how do you find the casino program on Rccl? I always play backjack and always bet 50 bucks a shot for at least 15 hours on a one week cruise....but haven't had much "luck" with their program....any thoughts???

 

banker

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I have yet to meet a friendly concierge in the RCCL concierge lounges on their ships.

 

The regular Concierge on the Radiance is Wilie who is on vacation. He is fabulous. The Concierge who is replacing him is new at his positon as he is normally an Admin. on the ship. If he is rude, go to Guest Relations and speak to Ghada and tell her. It will change immediately. Also, we just returned from the Explorer and Martin the Concierge is fantastic as well.

 

Karen and Bob

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Hi Canvey,

could you tell me please if you can print and save to the disc, photos from the digital camera (Sony, using stick), at the Photo Shop. If yes, what is the charge per print ? Thank you, Dorota.

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I will try and check for you.

 

Currently sailing towards Miami with the Oosterdam on starboard and the Caribbean Princess on the port side.

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I did not read the previous posts, what shape is the Radiance in ie; carpets in the room , bedding etc....Sorry but my family is in the floor covering business and this is the first thing I look at. I was disappointed in the Voyager in 2003 it showed a lot of wear.

 

thanks Scoop

 

 

Granduer 97

Voyager 03

Radiance March 05

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To be honest I haven't noticed any real problems - got a smashed window behind the lifts on the bulge and one as you walk out onto the open part of Deck 12.

 

Kids program has been excellent.

 

About to disconnect as I need to return the modem lead.

 

Take care - and if anyone has any questions, I will try to answer them later in the week, whilst I am in Miami.

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I did not read the previous posts, what shape is the Radiance in ie; carpets in the room , bedding etc....Sorry but my family is in the floor covering business and this is the first thing I look at. I was disappointed in the Voyager in 2003 it showed a lot of wear.

 

thanks Scoop

 

 

Granduer 97

Voyager 03

Radiance March 05

 

Sailed on the Radiance a total of 76 days this year. She looks good but the mattress in our Owner's suite was absolutely awful! Nothing like the fabulous beds on the Ryndam and all of the HAL ships which have gone through the Signature of Excellence Program. Had a great mattress in our Owner's Suite on the Explorer in early December.

 

Karen and Bob

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Hi Canvey,

could you tell me please if you can print and save to the disc, photos from the digital camera (Sony, using stick), at the Photo Shop. If yes, what is the charge per print ? Thank you, Dorota.

 

If you give the photo shop your Memory Stick, they will make prints for you. Do not remember the exact cost but it was not bad.

 

Karen

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If you give the photo shop your Memory Stick, they will make prints for you. Do not remember the exact cost but it was not bad.

 

Karen

 

Karen: Yes, you can have a CD made up from your memory stick; however, we did this (ON the Radiance) last year, and when we got home there was NOTHING on our CD - all of our vacation pix gone! SO - be sure to have them show you that it actually copied (whether they think you're being silly of not - YOU stand more to lose than they do!)

 

I believe it was $18 or $20 to have them copied (down the tubes).

 

Carol

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Karen: Yes, you can have a CD made up from your memory stick; however, we did this (ON the Radiance) last year, and when we got home there was NOTHING on our CD - all of our vacation pix gone! SO - be sure to have them show you that it actually copied (whether they think you're being silly of not - YOU stand more to lose than they do!)

 

I believe it was $18 or $20 to have them copied (down the tubes).

 

Carol

 

Carol,

 

How awful. So sorryy to hear that your CD was blank. Did you check the memory stick that they should have returned to you to see if they actually downloaded your pictures. Someone else must have yours. We sail with out laptop now so we download our own photos and then continue to use the memory stick over again.

 

Karen

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