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Riversedge

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    Indian River, Michigan
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    travel, reading, watching football, exercising
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Southern Caribbean

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  1. On our last cruise we asked to have our frig emptied and it was. Everything disappeared. I wanted Diet Coke which wasn’t in the frig to begin with. I could leave a note requesting it but because it wasn’t a normal stocked item I had to pay when they brought it, not when I drank it. We had to go thru this scenario each time I wanted more delivered. It wasn’t a big deal, I just had to get used to doing it this way. (And not order more than I was sure I would drink). I did bring some on from the ports occasionally as well.
  2. I thought she said 81 people on that ship. We were discussing bar tips so I don't know if that's separate? You are correct that 81 does not sound like enough for all staff
  3. When we were recently on the Zuiderdam we dined with an officer. I asked her about tipping and how much the employees actually got from the daily tips. She explained that the automatic tips is divided by 81 people (on that ship...probably varies by size of ship). Not only that, but it is divided between all of the ships belonging to HAL. They are now doing it that way to make it fair to those working on certain ship itineraries that may have a lot of cruisers onboard who are coming from countries that don’t believe in tipping. While the amount of tips keeps going up and I don’t believe I should have to help HAL pay their employees thru tips I will never take them off because I’m only punishing those who work so hard. We always tip generously at the end of the cruise to those who provide us great service and they are allowed to keep that whole amount. You can see from the smiles on their faces that they really appreciate it.
  4. Scubacruiser, where was the picture taken of the Chilean glacier in post 614? Such beautiful pictures.
  5. The dining room is always too chilly for me. I bring a wrap.
  6. On our Voyage of the Vikings this summer it started while many people were still at dinner. It was really a non event. There was a second one later in the cruise and we didn’t even bother to go. Very loud music, crowded, and an excuse to sell drinks. Most people left after the first set. I wouldn’t even bother to pack something orange next time. They tried to sell orange items in the gift shop but hardly anyone bought anything and they were ugly. I’ve been to the white parties on Azamara. They were so much fun. No comparison.
  7. We LOVE Azamara. We have only been on the Quest twice and compare it to the Prinsendam which we loved. We went on the VOV thinking that the service and everything else would be better based on the price. Wrong. The staff on Azamara was so happy and it showed. They way HAL staff used to be. The food was good, it was more laid back, and the officers were very a noticeable part, participating in onboard cooking, mingling with the guests. The wine flowed freely and if wanted a drink at the pool you raised your finger and someone was there immediately. The average age of guests was younger and more active. It just fits us better and will be our choice for the future since we have become disenchanted with HAL.
  8. We flew into Quito in April. Beautiful airport and city. There were a couple protests around then but everything controlled and no worries. We spent two days there and walked several miles in the city. I don’t know if things are worse now as I’ve seen nothing on the news but I would love to go back there. We felt safe everywhere. I hope you can get out and see the city while you are there.
  9. Our check in time was listed as 1:30. We went at 11:30. We had to sit in the waiting room for a bit after checking in but everyone had to wait while they readied the ship. Just go when it’s convenient for you.
  10. On our recent Voyage of the Vikings we had them both in the dining room and the Lido. Sometimes an employee standing watch but not always.
  11. Can someone explain the value of a beverage card? Do people buy them in advance just so when they get on it isn’t part of their final onboard account? Is there something that makes it easier to use onboard rather than using your regular ship card?
  12. I honestly can’t imagine why anyone would do Club Orange. I wouldn’t use most of those things and I don’t need an orange card to label me as “special”. My friend was offered it for $10.00 per day on her cruise and she declined.
  13. But please come back and let us know!
  14. I think how many men wear jackets varies from cruise to cruise. On our Voyage of Vikings most men wore jackets on gala nights at fixed seating. Not required, but most did. Can’t speak for open seating because it was on a different deck.
  15. I’m enjoying your honest and well written review. We had fixed seating on our last cruise and it was a disaster. We usually feel fixed is much better but it sure wasn’t this time. The waiters have too many tables. We often didn’t get water refills and sat with dirty plates for a long time. No napkins in the lap and no serving women first and no simple chit chat. All gone as they are running around like crazy. By the time they asked if everything was ok the meal was done. Not that I’ve ever sent anything back but it’s nice to be asked if you need anything else. My local mom and pop restaurant does a better job.
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