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    Everson, WA
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    Cruising, sitting in our oceanfront condo, family.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess and Royal
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  1. We were on the January 5, 2020 Nieuw Statendam cruise and loved the Billboard on Board. Both guys were great on the piano and good singers. They often got the crowd into what they were playing and singing. It was the fourth week they had been together. We also loved the quintet on Lincoln Stage. We got off the Nieuw Statendam and got on the Adventure of the Seas. They had more "shows" in the theater and a really great guy in the piano bar. We thought different ship would be a different venue and different menu. Loved both ships. Guess we have never had a bad one in thirty cruises. Must depend on your attitude.
  2. We were on the Nieuw Statendam a month ago. Ice cream was available in the buffet each day. They had chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry as well as the flavor of the day. Soft serve was also available there. It was all very delicious.
  3. We did the Panama on the Coral Princess two years ago, ocean to ocean. It was probably our best cruise out of 27. I could be mistaken but the Caribbean Princess will take the new canal not the historic one. A Panamax ship has a 106 foot beam for the old canal and the New Panamax allows a 168 foot beam in the new canal. The beam on the Caribbean Princess is 118 feet. Unless you have already done the historic canal, I would stick with the Zuiderdam. We have been on the Zuiderdam as well and it is a great ship. We will be on the Nieuw Statendam in 35 days in Eastern Caribbean. It is too bad that they do not tell you which canal each ship is taking. You just have to check out the beam.
  4. Does anyone know at what terminal the Adventure of the Seas usually docks in Port Everglades?
  5. We are taking two cruises (B2B on different ships) in January out of Port Everglades. Wondering how everyone gets from Holland America (Nieuw Statendam) to Royal Caribbean (Adventure of the Seas). Assuming there are taxi's or shuttles. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
  6. Maybe a slightly different subject, but does the main dining room menu have a few appetizers, main dishes ( steak, chicken, salmon) that are available every night as do most other lines?
  7. A week ago we were on the Eclipse in a cabin on deck ten just below 1657. Our room was very quiet. Looks like there are cabins above this room as well, usually meaning quiet above. When walking toward the aft from the rear elevators, it was much noisier about half way back. A side benefit with a room that far back is the extra exercise you get from a longer walk. Remember the general statement: "food in back & entertainment in front". So you are stairs or an elevator ride away from the buffet or the dining rooms. You will love the Eclipse. Have fun.
  8. We just got off the Eclipse last Sunday after a wonderful week of cruising to Alaska. We live in the State of Washington, about a 75 minute drive from our house, through Canadian Customs, and parking in the lower levels at Canada Place. They took our luggage, then an elevator ride up and we were on our way through check in and customs. I think we might have waited 5 minutes, then onto the ship by 11:00. One of the most absolutely pain-less embarkations we have ever done in 25 cruises. Lunch in the Ocean View, along with visiting with a few people on this ever so friendly cruise, and our room was ready. The entire cruise was GREAT. The water was smooth the entire trip. My favorite part was the three hours at the Hubbard Glacier. The Captain got within a half mile, although the glacier is so huge, it seemed like we could almost touch it. The entertainment was quite good overall. Singers and Dancers did several shows that were all very good. A couple nights of comedians were so-so, Two highlight entertainment features were the A cappella group from Vox Audio, and the Not Really the Three Tenors. Both were fabulous!!!!We enjoy meeting new people each night at dinner, so we choose Select dining. Excellent service by Juan and his assistant. Food was also excellent, with a great variety on each and every menu. We had breakfast in the Ocean View Buffet and this was also a great experience.Overall, one of our very best cruises. We got off at each port but honestly we just enjoy the ship anymore. Although we were an hour late getting to Vancouver, disembarkation was just as easy as getting on the ship.
  9. Looks like you go to San Diego during your nine days. We did a relocation this spring and I really enjoyed the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum there. I spent three hours and could have easily spent another three or more. There are lots of WWII and later planes and helicopters, either on the flight deck or on the hanger deck. Many more exhibits and places on the ship to see. It is an easy walk from where your ship will dock. It is equipped with an elevator, but to see some of the best parts, you must be able to navigate stairs (which are somewhere between a ladder and stairs.) With your ticket in, you get a speaker which tells you about different places when you are there. Ticket prices at the booth are $23 adult, $20 senior, and $10 veteran. We are on the Eclipse in a couple of weeks to Alaska. Enjoy your cruise.
  10. We were on the Ruby a couple of weeks ago and heard Michael. He was informative, at times funny, and so easy to listen too. He has a lot of knowledge on Alaska--especially its animals. You will enjoy him.
  11. We have been on several classes of RCCL ships. All have had a steak on the selections available every night as did Princess until this cruise. Just for the record, we have never been on a cruise (27) that we didn't just love. Agree on the lobster. Usually on the menu the second formal night.
  12. We were on the same 5 day cruise from LA to Vancouver. It took us a while to adjust from being on the RCCL's Symphony (a month ago) to the Ruby. Not really fair to compare the ships because of the size and the age, but it was quite a come down. Even though the Symphony had 6000+ on board, it seemed much less crowded than the Ruby. Princess has always been our go to cruise line and the extra benefits are nice. Entertainment in the theater and different places on the Ruby was very good. Officers on the Symphony, including the captain, were around the ship all the time. On the Ruby, they were invisible. We did the Panama on the Coral Princess a year ago and the menus have changed a lot. We did not see a steak on the menu all week unless you paid the extra $19. The food in the MDR was good, just did not have the finer entrees. Symphony had a 10 oz steaks available every night as well as a lobster night. We had a wonderful time on the Ruby, meeting lots of wonderful people and we did enjoy the food and the entertainment. No doubt, we will do Princess again soon.
  13. Like I said, Princess is our favorite cruise line but not with four teenage kids.
  14. Princess is the favorite cruise line for my wife and myself. However, for our kids and grand kids, (14, 16, 17, 18) we chose RCCl. We just got off the Symphony of the Seas on April 6 th with each one of us having a great time. So much for all of them to do whether it be laser tag, water slides, rock climbing, ice skating, surfing, zip lines, or escape rooms. If our grands would have been younger, I probably would have chosen Disney. Two years ago we did Royal's Liberty of the Seas with them all with equal fun. Food, entertainment, and activities were all good. But we will be back on our favorite, Princess, in a couple of weeks on the Ruby.
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