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  1. Some people remove gratuities, just because they can, because it's the only tiny bit of power they've ever had in their lives 😂😂 And it's obvious who those people are because they come on every tipping thread, multiple times trying to justify themselves 😂😂
  2. You keep mentioning DCL. Yet you do realise they work to the same 1:25 ratio right? Only have a lot more kids in at one time and often go over that ratio so more chaos, more running and 100% of the time is free play.... Royal have their ratio and stick to it. Once its reached it's one out one in. So not understaffed. The first half an hour is free play so everyone can get checked in which is probably the crazy time you saw. Go back mid session and it would be way calmer than any Disney club... I've worked in both so can truthfully say this...
  3. Port days if all aboard comes after kids dinner time (5pm). Mainly because if parents are off the ship, what are you going to do with the kids checked into AO when they close at 5. All aboard 5 or earlier, then there may of may not be kids dinner (at least all the ships I've been on)...
  4. On vision class explorers and voyagers are always combined as they only have one room for them, and one for the aquanauts. So its 50 explorers and voyagers combined. Not 50 explorers and 50 vogagers.
  5. For the nursery, depends on the ship/kid counts. Some ships (usually the busy ones who will def have kids for dinner) have a different order pre-put in every day usually including, chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, fries, pizza, pasta, salad, yogurt, cookies, and then things that change every day like chicken tenders, hot dogs, quesadillas, and they'll ask what you want from that. Other ships (the quieter ones who may or may not get kids for dinner) will ask what you want/ give you a few options and order it once your kids there. The food comes from room service because it has to be on a time control plan, meaning it can only be out for a certain time and then it cannot be served to kids (another reason why they ask for pre packaged snacks and formula to not be ready mixed), so also check with the nursery as to when the food will be there as that can vary a little ship to ship too...
  6. It still sucks and shouldn't really happen but the more food being prepared, served, cleaned up is more of a chance to fail. Every cruise line does it. Hopefully from today it should be back to normal. If not, it wasnt a one off
  7. Yes it was a one off, USPH were onbaord yesterday doing their inspection. Apparently almost no food in the crew mess in the evening either according to a friend onboard.
  8. Most ships, parents of 3 years olds and kids with extra needs get a phone or a pager on a first come basis, as theres aren't enough for all the parents that want them. Some older ships only have a handful of pagers so wont even give them to 3 year olds and save them for kids with very specific needs. If your kid asks to leave they'll call the room/leave a message. If your kid is really upset they'll call guest service and find out where you last used your card and try and track you. If it's an emergency they'll call you over the PA. If you think your kids going to be upset or want to leave, you can call or check in at AO as many times as you like.
  9. Technically any age can be a self signer, not just those over ten. Also, you dont have to give self signer status when you sign up. You can do it at any time in the cruise, so why not wait a couple of days and see how they do. Get them to take you to and from the cabin and the club for example. Self signer status doesn't work when the ship is docked. Only when its moving, so usually sea days and evening sessions depending on sail away, if that makes any difference... When docked someone over 18 has to drop off and pick up. Just remember too, that in less than a year they would been in the teen club, which has no sign in or out and a lot of the activities happen all over the ship. So if you cruise regularly or plan to do so, self signer from AO could be a good introduction to the teen club freedom.
  10. Depending on numbers onbaord, most managers I've met would ask for a three hour session in the nursery first (the length of an AO session), maybe less, so the nursery staff can assess communication, concentration, skills and toileting first and then agree to the bump up or not. Even if bumped up, it's never a permanent guarantee. One accident or if they're unable to follow the session, and they're bumped back down.
  11. Why? You can still smoke on their ships. Just not in the parks.... Royal doesn't have parks...
  12. Of course that's one reason. But also, if youd just been injured and in pain and laying on the deck. Would you want videos of it all over the internet without your consent before you even made it to the next port? Maybe you would. But I know I wouldn't and I'm probably not the only one. Yes, we know now the guys knew each other, but you let one person film, you let everyone and more people gather and then you can't comfortably deal with the person that needs the help.
  13. Security are a part of the emergency medical response team. You'll see if there's ever one called, and you're trying to get on or off the ship, half of them will run to the call and gang way operations will slow. Their job is to clear the area and crowd control. Not assist medically. They security guy was just doing his job...
  14. Any time before 10... They can come and go as they please, but like you said, depends on capacity, but it's rare it's full. Just remember after 10pm there's a charge per (half) hour
  15. Sea day sessions 9-12 2-5 7-10 after 10pm till 2am a charge of $7 an hour. Potentially every day theres kids dinner 5-7 if you sign up on the day of. Kids go to the windjammer for pizza and fries. Might not be every day and almost definitely not the first day. AO is open for all port hours 9-5 or later if the port is later. If kids are in during a port day lunch they will go to the windjammer for pizza and fries.
  16. Ugh. I hope not. That's the reason I left Disney. It wasn't running a kids programme it was 11 hours a day hearding cats. Stopping younger kids running in the middle of ball games and getting hurt, so the older ones can play. Only every being able to entertain a small percentage of the group because older kids aren't interested in 'baby games' and the little ones dont understand the more active games... It will end up just being a free play programme...the kids a Disney were boring, they just wanted to play video games all day lol. My favourite part of AO is age appropriate groups with age appropriate activities. You really get to know the kids that way...
  17. For swim diapers, theres just one area, the baby splash area, right next to splash away bay. Yes theres a royal babies and tots compass (more just a page of information) if you dont see one in the terminal before you board you can pick one up at the nursery. The nursery is in same area as adventure ocean, if you can't find it some one in AO will direct you/answer the questions you have/ should have the compass there too (you'll only really need the nursery if you want to book hours or take out toys)...
  18. 1. Yes 3. Your child will only be allowed in the baby splash area as no swim diapers are allowed in the pool or splash away bay and kids have to be fully potty trained to use it. Times will probably vary between port days and sea days but the times will be on the daily compass. 4. There will be a nursery open play, probably every day in the teen centre from around 9-5. Stop by the nursery for a babies and tots compass for the week that will give you all the info for that. Open play, you have to stay with your kids. The nursery is drop off that you have to pay for. You can also check out bags of toys from the nursery if you dont want to pack a load. 5. Usually a small pack n play. 6. Yes tap water is safe. But you can also buy bottled water onboard if you dont want to carry it on. If you have a drinks package, bottled water is included in that.
  19. I know the slide rules from splash away bay (so assume other slides too as those ones are pretty tame): no loose items at all (shoes, sunglasses, jewelry, flotation devices, hats, go pros) are allowed down at all, holding or wearing. Now, if these rules get enforced is different, it's pretty tedious standing there in the sun watching everyone go down correctly, making sure they come out and then checking for (non obvious) loose items too, and some people have days that they dont really care so will let you get away with it or hold it as you go down....
  20. Yeah. Still highly doubt it was chops. You went on the biggest ship in the world. Not everyone is going to be healthy. The older generation is going to be more susceptible to catching anything going around. She just got unlucky. If it was cross contamination from chops it would have hit a lot sooner.
  21. So I guess in the 33 hours between chops and getting sick, your mother didn't touch or pick up anything, didn't go anywhere, didnt eat or drink anything, didnt talk to anyone, just stayed in her cabin in a state of hibernation? That's how your so certain it was chops that got her sick right! Sorry it happened. You're angry and annoyed that your vacation didnt go to plan and you want someone/something to blame....but I dont think its chops...
  22. Everyone always says contact the special needs department, but when it comes to adventure ocean, they cannot guarantee an age group move in advance, it is all down to the adventure ocean manager onboard. At 9, yes they will probably move down a group for additional needs, but it does still depend on numbers onboard, but once onboard you need to go to ao (you dont have to go right away, whenever your ready), they'll ask you till fill out an additional needs from along with the registration form. When you do drop off they'll give you a dect phone or pager so they can contact you immediately for any questions, concerns or issues. However, no age group move is ever guaranteed even with additional needs, although there is more understanding, however, if staff onboard feel kids will be better in their own age group, they'll move them back for the next session. You didn't say what time of year/ship, but theres a chance those age groups could be combined anyway. After working in both clubs (dcl and royal), even if your 9 year old can/can't be moved down, they will have much better supervision by staff that are able to communicate better to each other (staff to staff) on royal and you'll see the same staff (and kids) for the majority of sessions so everyone can build relationships and get a good understanding for each other (kids to kids, kids to staff and parents to staff). Disney theres so many staff and kids you rarely see the same kid/staff twice in a cruise lol Good luck, have a great cruise!
  23. Your room attendant should bring one. But you can often pick one up in the terminal before you even board or outside the teen venue before you're allowed in your cabin. It's usually just one teen compass for the whole cruise. Not one a day, sometime on longer cruises they'll be a second halfway through...
  24. Sorry you didn't get the answer you wanted. Thank you for proving your own point about smart arses... You are welcome to go to the 'other sites' if you so wish! I guess they give you the answers you want to hear? It was ok when you were telling people they were wrong but can't cope when some asks the same questions in reverse? 🤔 ok then... Not being a smart arse, just asking where you got your numbers from as I like all the details when people are complaining so strongly as you are/were (as things often get missed out or twisted to try and prove a point)...but if you know something isn't quite right I can see why you're getting so defensive... Good luck with your efforts...
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