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  1. Is there a ferry from the cruise port to Atlantis? Also, is the beach pass worth it? I would do this through the cruise line however they don't offer a beach pass at Atlantis for some reason.
  2. Glad to hear it is an easy walk to the city. Our cruise stops here on a Sunday in March, will most places be open or does the city shut down on a Sunday?
  3. We are thinking of a winter trip on Grandeur of the Seas. We like smaller ships and would just drive to Baltimore on the day of departure so no having to deal with airlines so Grandeur of the Seas in February seems like a reasonable getaway. However, I do have some questions for those who have sailed on her at this time of year out of Baltimore. 1. I have read that there is an indoor pool available. At this time of the year is the water in the pool over 75 degrees and is it open. 2. How bad does the ocean get, I am thinking about saving a few dollars and getting a guaranteed stateroom which might put me in front of the boat where it might rock a bit more than my usual choice of mid ships to slightly aft. 3. Anything I should know about a winter sail on Grandeur. Have only sailed in warm weather and the only other RCL ships I and/or my wife have been on were Empress (a little old but we liked it) and Anthem (too large).
  4. It is currently $48 + grat. on a trip I am booked on
  5. Again, no flames please, more annoyance than anything else. 1. I like slightly smaller ships. 2. If I remember correctly some decks are not through so you have to up across and then down again. 3. Some of the cabins at the back are subject to mechanical vibration at times.
  6. I sailed on her a couple of years ago and she was a fine ship. As was said before you get negative reviews about everything. It is a lot about personal perception and specific problems. I tend to look at the shear number of negative reviews compared to the whole and will sometimes look at how many reviews that person has written. There are a couple of things that annoy me about the Crown (nothing that would stop me from sailing on her again) that might not bother anyone else or might have someone really upset. As was said before you can go on a cruise and love it and read a review by another person who trashes it and wonder if you were both really on the same cruise.
  7. At the moment the price on Grand Princess is about 20% less than Coral for the same itinerary (Whittier to Vancouver) and same room class that I would book. I am thinking that Coral is probably a little nicer however is it worth 20%???
  8. We wanted to dine with another couple we tried to do it on cruise planner (we had their res #) and it would not let us. We have my time and can put in individual dinner reservations. Called Royal Caribbean and they said we need to link reservations. Any idea what this all means? This is our first time cruising with another couple.
  9. Also, the soda can option. Is this like the water bottle option where they deliver the cans to the stateroom or is this like a coffee card where you can get the cans at any bar/restaurant up to the six cans?
  10. On the soda package what is the breakeven point between the package and buying individual sodas? We only drink one or 2 sodas a day, trying to cut down. We usually pre-buy water bottles.
  11. It was an August cruise to Bermuda and the suit did look a lot like a pair of shorts.
  12. I did try saying no extra salt a few times however it did not seem to make a difference.
  13. Not every dish was over salted. However it happened enough times that I noticed. The only time it really annoyed me was when they served DOVER SOLE A LA MEUNIERE. I happen to love that dish, and they did a nice presentation of deboning it at the table, however it was overwhelmed by salt. Other times I would just try something else. I am wondering if anybody noticed the GDR on Insignia being extra noisy. It might have just been an off night where the large table next to us was extra loud or I was wondering if they put too many hard surfaces in the room so that it reflects too much sound.
  14. For a Miami departure we would stay on Miami Beach. Best off looking at the Florida board. This question has been asked many many times before.
  15. I have cruised Cunard (QM2) and Oceania (Insignia). Very different cruise styles of course. However, I enjoyed both. On the QM2 I enjoyed wearing a Tuxedo on formal night and enjoyed not having to have even a jacket on Oceania Insignia. Actually got away with a bathing suite at the Insignia buffet for dinner one night. Don't yell, even asked the Maître D' before I chose a table It is really a personal preference thing. You should see the tirades on the Cunard board when long time cruisers think they are trying to dumb down the dress code.
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