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  1. Just curious. The UK website shows all available cabins while the US one does not. Just wondering why does Royal show all cabins on one but not the other. Is it some sort of Government regulation in the UK. I know I used the UK site to see what was open before calling to make my booking. Just seems strange that Royal would try and hide open cabins on one site when the information is available on another if they were trying to hide it for competition reasons. Anybody have any insight. Thanks
  2. I think a B2B might not be for me. I realize the ports would be different which would be nice and not having to pack and unpack to go on a different ship would also be nice. However, I think by day 3 or 4 of the second leg I would probably be saying ok I need something a little different now.
  3. I was thinking about doing a Freedom cruise out of San Juan. I have never done this class of ship as I have only been on Oasis class of ships (which I really enjoy). However I am interested in going to the other islands that Oasis class does not go like St. Lucia and Barbados. My main question is what type of chairs are on the balcony staterooms. In the pictures posted here some of the pictures show what appears to be an older style chair with straps that does not recline or have an adjustable back on it. Some other pictures show a newer style chair that does have an adjustable back. My parents had gone on Oasis several years ago and said they had that older style chair and found it uncomfortable. However I have had the newer style on both Harmony and Symphony and loved it and found it very relaxing. So did Freedom get new chairs and replace the old ones or is it only certain cabins like suites that have these chairs. If the ship leaves at 8pm what time can you actually board. Can you still board early like around 11am or noon like I did on Oasis class that had a 4 or 5pm sail away. Overall what was everyone's experience with Freedom (mind you I will be coming from an Oasis class which I loved things like Central Park and the Boardwalk which I know Freedom does not have). Thanks
  4. I recently got back from a cruise on Symphony (which I really enjoyed) and was intrigued by doing a B2B. I had a question or two about the experience for people who have done it. I would like the idea of staying in the same cabin and not having to pack and unpack and then continue on another cruise. My concern would be is there enough things to do and eat. For example on Symphony we saw the Ice Skating (1977), Flight, and The Aqua show (HIRO). I did enjoy all 3 but not sure I would want to see them all again so soon as in the next week. If I did another cruise a year from now on Symphony I would see the shows again but 2 times in 2 weeks not sure about that. Plus we ate at all the free places, Park Café, The Doghouse, Sorrento's, Windjammer, and Solarium Bistro. However by day 7 we were a little tired of pizza, sausages, and buffets even though we enjoyed all of it. So I guess my question is for the people who have done B2B how do you handle things like entertainment and food without getting bored and trying to change things up for week 2.
  5. I am a huge fan of chicken wings and have a couple of questions. Has anybody had the Caribbean jerk wings from room service and if so were they any good in terms of flavor and taste. I would like to try something different other than the normal flavors. How are the wings in playmakers in terms of taste and flavor. Is it worth the cost or are they your typical average wings with the standard hot, mild, bbq sauces.
  6. With the various recent posts/questions about formal nights I would just like to see what other cruisers experience is. I have a upcoming cruise on Symphony. Our group is thinking about doing the Solarium Bistro on Formal night as an alternative. I realize that in the main dining room not everyone dresses up and we could still eat there if we wanted. However the question is in the Solarium would that also be formal "suggested" attire. If it will be "formal" in both main dining room and solarium then we might just stick with the buffet. If formal is only in the main dining room and the Solarium is more business casual or nice shirt and pants we would give the solarium a try. Anybody cruise Symphony (or even Harmony) recently and would care to share their observations Thanks
  7. I will be on my 2nd cruise next year and am obviously inexperienced at these options. Thanks in advance for the answers What nights are formal nights I want to say there are 2 of them? If I do a reservation in the Solarium Bistro on formal night will it be formal in there as well or is that just main dining room? I am not a fan of getting all dressed up while on vacation and while I do not plan to wear shorts and T Shirt to Dinner I also do not want a suit. When doing My Time dining it seems like I have to make each reservation separate and then checkout and start over. Is there not a easy way to make say 4 or 5 nights at the same time. I would like to just make them all for the same time each day but cannot figure out how to do that. Looks like 1 day at a time.
  8. I agree with giving them cash. Let them decide what they need or want. The other point I have not seen mentioned is how are they supposed to get all these "gifts" home. After they finish their rotation and need to board a flight to go home, how much spare room in their suitcases do they have for these "gifts" and if they need to check an extra bag or their bag is now overweight how much will the airlines now charge them to take all these "gifts" home. It is like at Christmas time do you want some ugly sweater that your aunt put thought into or would you rather have a generic Visa gift card to go get what you actually want. Of course we tell Aunt so and so what a great sweater but in reality it goes in the back of the closet never to be seen again.
  9. I always see the endless threads about the various drink package prices and what is a good deal or not and it got me thinking. What would be a great price or what is the lowest someone has got a outside balcony (Ocean View) on a Oasis Class ship. For this thread I would like to exclude Symphony since its brand new and am looking for cruises out of Florida not Europe. I figure all my fellow cruise critic members probably scan Royal's website daily looking for deals and was just curious as to if I saw a xxx price for a outside balcony I should jump on it. I know it will vary from time of year (spring break, Christmas, etc..) but just wanted to know how low has anybody seen for these cabins. Also I am not looking for discounts if you get a Diamond discount or some other discount I am just curious to the standard rate anybody has found. Thanks
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