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  1. No, but we were not there first thing in the morning but somewhere closer to 1pm. I have also experienced the long lines in SJ before so I would assume that is normal at this port.
  2. My pleasure :) Just as an FYI, I will probably stop following this thread in a week or so... if I get questions after that, my apologies, I likely wont see them :)
  3. Overall I though that the ship showed some age but that the crew and ship were overall quite good, better than the last RC cruise we took. The food was better too in the main dining room and our server, Elmer, was great (assistant server was pretty forgettable, sadly)…. I HIGHLY recommend the lamb shank, it was delicious! The guests were a bit of a strange mix. Generally sailing out of PR it is about 60% Americans, 25% Puerto Ricans (yes, I know they are American but they have a very distinct/different culture) and 15% non-Americans. I would say that the ratio was about like normal but the PR contingent all seemed to know each other or have booked together. I surmise that by the fact that most of them were wearing identical yellow T-shirts the first day and large groups (50-60 people) were hanging out together clearly as an insular group. No real impact except that I felt that such a large group both caused some belligerent behavior (jerks are empowered if they have a group) and didn't allow as much mingling as normal. I know I am spending a lot of time writing about this but it didn't bother me at all, it was just different than what I normally see. Seemed like fewer young families and fewer retired adults than normal. The ABC islands were, for the most part, forgettable. Pretty and touristy with some decent beaches but not particularly special. -Aruba didn't seem to have much of anything except beaches. -Bonaire had excellent snorkeling and I also recommend taking a 20$ tour of the island from the locals. You will save $25 a person by jut going off the boat and looking pretty much right in front of you and they are all safe and pretty much the same (Salt Flats were interesting). Definitely try out some of the higher quality cadushy liquor. The "The Cadushy Distillery" is a nice tour and had good product! -Curacao didn't seem to have much. We did a "caves and city" tour which was fine but not special IMO. The caves were pretty lackluster although the guides tried hard to make it interesting. -St. Maarten is pretty familiar to most of us and has a bit of everything. We went to the Toppers Ruhm distillery tour which was interesting (and fun to try out crazy flavors that are small batch). Entertainment was pretty decent. Not a lot of choice (one comedian a night but not every night, some limited "game shows") but the production shows were good. The singers/dancers were particularly good and the "Once Upon A Time" music show was excellent. My biggest complaint was that the activities director was... well.. bad. Everytime he came on stage it felt very forced and he took away energy from the room. They also did strange things at night like showing the same movies multiple nights on deck. ----------------------------------- So after that mish-mosh of a review, anyone have any questions? I did not bring the cruise compasses with me, sorry, didn't think about it.
  4. I read that Royal Caribbean ships have theme nights where guests dress up and maybe the food/settings/entertainment is themed as well: Theme nights are offered onboard Royal Caribbean Cruises of four nights or longer. Because these events vary by ship and itinerary, dates and times will not be available until you board the ship and this can be found in the Cruise Compass. Some common themes we may offer include Black and White Night, 50's/60's/70's/80's, Country Western, Masquerade Ball, Toga Parties. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/aus/en/faq/questions/What-will-the-theme-nights-be Also Clarea.. do you work for Cruise Critic? You are so helpful and know so much I am always amazed. You are like the Cruise fairy that floats around and dispenses knowledge! :P
  5. Good evening, thanks as always! Anyone know what the theme for Freedom of the Seas departing 10/21 will be? South Caribbean. Thanks!
  6. Thanks as always for the help! Normally we go through a travel agent but this time we didn't (long story) and the TA sends us everything we need. I think that all I need is my Sail Away pass and my passport to board, am I correct? Thanks! No one else needs to answer, but thanks all :)
  7. I got to bid but my bid minimum was the same as if I had just bought the upgraded category.
  8. Thanks all :) I was on Adventure before and I swear I don't remember the Café Promenade just the place with pizza (Sorrentos per rhuntington3 ). I must have drank more than I thought! :P
  9. Thank you.. I thought they just had pizza and snacks.. I will have to look closer!
  10. I probably missed it last time I cruised, but the only place I found to get a cappuccino or something was at dinner. Is there another spot that I can't find or didn't realize? :p Thanks!
  11. Leaveitallbehind, thank you very much that was super helpful. My advantages/disadvantages were purely guesses so I am glad to have real information to correct it. Thanks!
  12. Sadly I think you are right. I LOVE my job and I love to work.. I probably average 55 hours a week but 70 hours isn't unheard of and I am happy with it :)
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