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  1. You are right, they are forward cabins. At the very front of the ship. From the pictures I’ve seen not all of those cabins have the pole. But I don’t know which ones do and which ones don’t. Again I’d be going on the Spectrum, if that makes a difference.
  2. I was looking at cabins 11101, 11510, and such from decks 8-11 that are on the corners of the Aft of the Quantum class ships. These are oceanview cabins that appear to have a lot more space than even a regular balcony cabin. What can you tell me about them? Any downside? I heard some of them might have a pole going through the middle of the cabin. Don’t know which ship or deck this applies to. I am planning on booking one of these cabins for 3 people on the Spectrum of the Seas out of Shanghai to Japan.
  3. RCL was our first choice since we are most familiar with this line as diamond members. My next choice was Celebrity: not available for the Summer in Asia. Princess was similar and their itineraries are 15+ days, for which we cannot do as we all work. I have a feeling many retirees go on that line. NCL has terrible reviews. The rest are the higher tier line like Azamara which will be prohibited in price to 99% of the people in our group.
  4. Ive looked but they don’t sail to that area in the Summer. With kids, that’s the timeframe we must adhere to.
  5. Oh boy.... One of the reviews state: ”it took two hours thirty minutes to get on ship ,as people where jumping queues and removing barriers,we where literally pushed out of way,food was rubbish ,we eat off classic menu every night for eight days.windjammer was a no go area ,as chinese would again push you out of the way ,tables not cleared ,nowhere at all to sit.coughing up phlegm was a everyday scenario , with some even spitting on carpeted floors.”
  6. My husband and I have been on many, many cruises. We just came back a few months ago from our second Mediterranean cruise with relatives and friends (18 of us). This same group agreed on a cruise to Japan Summer 2021. The itinerary had not been released but I think is safe to assume it will be on the Spectrum. Which DH is excited about because it’s a new ship. However reading the reviews on the Spectrum and the Quantum, which was previously on this route, I am worried, very worried. DH and I have been to China and Thailand before and we loved it. Never an issue. We also stay at high end hotels and hire private guides to take us around. So I think we are prepared on what to expect. But the reviews are terrible! They most talk about the quality of the food and selection, rude and loud passengers and the unacceptable entertainment. Even the lack of announcements in English. I understand that this sailing is geared towards the Chinese market, which is fine. I am mostly concerned that it’s not just the usual two or three bad reviews but it’s 85% of the reviews are bad. I looked into escorted land tours but those pack 40 people in a group and we don’t like their hotel options. Not to mention we have 2 young teens that will be bored to death. Another reason why I thought this new ship would be great for them. Thoughts?
  7. I have and in fact I’ve seen it for even less than the ocean view windows. But I wonder if DH would be so annoyed with the obstruction that he might appreciate the extra space instead.
  8. The spacious ocean view is a little more but price is not an issue for us.
  9. I am strongly considering this sailing with my family, relatives and friends for Summer 2021. I’ve been to China before with DH and we loved it. Now want to go to Japan. I’ve read all the online reviews and they are very mixed. Hopefully by the time we go they’ve would worked out the kinks.
  10. Thanks Bob. I edited the original post. I meant to say 2 adults and a teen.
  11. Looking at the Anthem of the seas for 3 people (2 adults and a teen) what do you think would be best: an inside virtual balcony cabin or a corner spacious ocean view window (11110)?
  12. The JW is gorgeous. Highly recommend it
  13. I am thinking of booking a cruise from Shanghai to Kobe, Tokyo and Osaka. Which side of the ship would give me the best view? Will I be able to get nice views from the balcony? Assuming is worth it.
  14. I am looking at the configuration of cabins on deck 12 of the Quantum of the seas for cabins like 12231, 12631 or even 12681. I can see that they are interior cabins but on the deck plans they look much bigger than the standard cabins. Enlighten me please.
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