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About IzznOll17

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  1. We used UBER frequently on our recent pre cruise stay. We flew into MIA and used it to get to our FL beach hotel - so if the Miami Uber drivers are happy then i can't see a problem with the reverse fixture?
  2. A lot of factors, some present here and others not, mean this kind of thing is going to happen on a more regular basis i think! Rccl is actively targeting young people, albeit ones with families, so tie that in with several factors including 3/4 day cruises that are prime for hen/stag parties! The whole drink package debate now comes into play in a number of ways - price/getting monies worth, all adults need apply etc etc in my opinion will sometimes have passengers looking for alternative ways to get their booze - and a lounge is one of those ways! The staff will never get 'involved' with passengers for several reasons - they don't get paid enough/their manager should be doing it and they're tip/review driven, so getting on the wrong side of a passenger can cost them in numerous ways! On the Harmony recently they used the lounge and the attic for a lounge and had staff on the door as well as the concierge at her desk pretty much all of the time! The lounge is also controlled by a keycard door entry yet people still tried to get in - hence additional staff outside! They set rules about drinks/numbers/non sharing etc yet these are rarely enforced resulting in people taking advantage! I'll go one step further and throw the ' dress codes' subject into the mix too ... as there isn't one any more - it means people will have no qualms about going into a lounge dressed like a tramp! (Again on Lady H on 'formal' - don't make me laugh! - nights there was a no shorts blah blah blah rule in the lounge! Laughable rule that was never enforced as much as it wasn't in the MDR etc) There will always be people in the world who can't or won't comply! They earn their money, pay said money for their cruise and WILL conduct themselves as they feel fit! It's unfortunately the way that cruise ships are nowadays! Have your own fun Look afteryourselves and ignore the idiots!
  3. Just done a B2B (August/Sept) on Lady H and it would seem the drinks cards are soon to be a thing of the past! They offered one on day 5 of the 1st week and then only because they'd mistakenly advertised it in the cruise compass that day. They were obviously forced to honour this, but you could only get one from the Pool Bar, everywhere else we asked they either acted dumb or said they didn't have any to sell. We got told at the PB by a manager/officer that they were reluctant to sell them and when i asked if i could buy more than 1 (use into 2nd week) i was told they won't be available next week or anytime soon! As much as I'm not saying on other ships they're not or won't be made available - i wouldn't plan/budget on their availability!
  4. Very much so! But as most do, we booked again (Italy/Sicily/Malta and Greece) on the Jewel so the countdown clock is running! Have fun!
  5. Great review! .. i simply don't have the patience to sit down long enough to compose one ha ha It was lovely to meet n chat with you on the beach at Labadee! Best Wishes The Honeymooners
  6. Just done a B2B on her and found nothing of any issue that you can't find on any other ship of her class, or for that matter- any class! The pool decks are always going to be busy (there's seperate threads for chair hogs lol) so we just go a deck above and it's only a few steps to the pools - that said the pools themselves can get busy! Food wise, the MDR is always gonna change! Set dining from what i could see (50% of 1 of 3 floors) is in a minority, but on MTD i simply turned up on day 1, requested a table and sat at it each n every night! Food quality - same ol same ol (i personally can see a day when MDR's won't exist and your only inclusive choice will be the windjammer or you cough up for spec dining! Effectively as you do on most vacations - pay for whatever, whenever!) Shows had lines for those who hadn't pre booked, but always got in to see what they wanted to see due to size/capacity of venues Elevators - yeah, can be a pain at times! I think what happens is .. if someone selects 'up' it sends the next available one that's reached it's destination! That may not be the nearest one as it could be on deck 2 whereas after that point one finishes on deck 6 let's say! .. the latter one hasn't been told to stop at your floor so goes straight past - adds to the frustration, but yours turns up full! But because the system has sent one, you have to start all over!!! Winds me up no end! So if you're near the top and want to go down, select both - if an 'up' arrives, go up that floor then select your floor when it's empty! Works for me!!! Imho, Oasis class are the least congested ships of all classes due to their inherent size! You'll have fun .. even if it's just playing the elevator game ha ha
  7. I recognise you off the pictures! .. don't forget to mention the bungalow at labadee and the free moet champagne ha ha
  8. Just got off this weekend - 1 x free 24hr period or cash equivalent off a higher package (iirc $23) That's of course per diamond passenger!
  9. Don't forget the daily 'shooter' after dinner and milkshakes from Johnny Rockets! All included in the package! It's also handy if you like an extra shot of your chosen liquor in your chosen specialty coffee. I'm able to use a lounge when on a cruise, but aside from my 3 drinks in any/most bars i find that restricts my evening, so when a package is attached to the cruise I'll take advantage. I'm literally just back and didn't get one ( 1 reason being that my wife doesn't drink) but took advantage of a drink card - this was printed in error on the cruise compass and took a great deal of effort to get one! That tells me that their day is numbered and imho I believe that as the status pyramid wedge gets thicker and rises further (ie more people become D & D+) they'll simply do away with the lounges (which are generally small) and possibly add more drinks to your card - 5? I've noticed a massive change in financial tactics in the last few cruises - they're not too fussed about people who are seasoned cruisers too much, they are actively targeting young families! These type of threads will keep this forum alive till the day the seas dry up - simplify do what you want to do, you work for your money - spend it how you like!
  10. The latter worked for us 2yr ago! I'd been wanting to get there every time we were in at SM, and finally managed it! The minibus/taxi option will always give you the 'flexibility' option and as long as you're aware of travel time/sailaway then you'll be good! Personally speaking I would research arrival times beforehand as IMO it can be a little underwhelming with little aircraft arriving - that said I'm ex RAF and civilian military so I'm used to more than most as far as getting close to airliners go! Enjoy your day out!
  11. We're on Lady H this weekend and this is the exact reason why I haven't booked Jamie's so far .. Hopefully we'll get the same - numbers of B2B cruisers dependent of course
  12. Not sure if it helps your decision, but I personally find the Oasis class less cramped/crowded than any other ship! What I'm trying to say is, I guess they've built more deck space/things to do into the ships as they've got bigger and bigger to a point where the passenger loading is seemingly irrelevant? I've done a 17 nighter around NZ & Oz so not only am I envious, but that cruise itinerary sounds/looks amazing!
  13. I once told a table mate that we were booked on a ship and in a cabin that they used to film said 'virtual' balcony! She thought that was real quirky until i mentioned that it sounded ok, but in fact was a bit of a pain as i was forced to sign a waiver that i wouldn't go out onto our balcony in just my pants - or less!!! Ha ha ha
  14. Your cruise is the 2nd week of our honeymoon B2B on Lady H As far as 'extra' shows go, when you go onto your cruise planner on some of the shows there are multiple choices to see shows .. maybe that's what you mean!? Like i said, we're on a B2B so we've booked all shows already twice with the thinking that if we miss one for whatever reason, we can catch it the week after etc Another tactic we use is to personally thank the entertainment staff as with regards to the comedy shows and the like, they often let you know when they have space available on later shows I hope that helps you - but personally speaking, as i suspect you're similar - my life is governed by an alarm clock, shift cycle and planning of literally EVERYTHING to do with my day .. therefore we literally 'go with the flow' on board and take it as it comes! Hopefully we'll bump into each other as i served in the Royal Air Force as a firefighter in the late 80's .. Enjoy your cruise buddy
  15. What next? Dedicated life boats? I have never got this status chasing and looking down at fellow cruisers! I'll be glad when they remove the various lounges - and yes I'm fully entitled to enter them - in my experience some of the best passengers you can meet are the first timers who walk around ships in awe. We've all been there, and it's a truly magical time in our cruising history! Bon Voyage
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