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  1. April 10, 2005. Explorer of the Seas out of Miami. Ports were Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We actually had people miss the ship in Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Since this was our first cruise we thought that this was probably the norm. April 12 was our 25th anniversary and it would be the first time we would be on vacation without our children. I was worried that we would sit across from each other on the first night in the dining room and have almost nothing to say to each other that didn't revolve around the kids and I found out later she had the same fear. Turned out our fears were unfounded and it was a great cruise. It was even better than we could have hoped for. We will be on the Jewel OTS TA in April for our 39th.
  2. I was on the Vision TA Aug 2018 cruise that started in Copenhagen. The bus was almost full. Wonderful experience but a lot more strenuous than I expected.
  3. Would it show up on your completed cruise listing.
  4. My daughter and my SIL just got back from the Anthem cruise that stopped at Coco Cay and they said it was a mess. She has been there before and was a little disappointed in how it looks now. She still had a great cruise though.
  5. In the future, if you are able to, I would strongly recommend that you fly in the day before especially living in an area that can still have crazy weather that time of the year. That way, in case of a storm, you have some time to figure out a backup plan. Right now you have very little wiggle room for problems such as delayed takeoff/landing etc. I hope everything works out for you and you will enjoy the Allure.
  6. Great post. Add another zero as to where the CD places on my list.
  7. We have done trans-Atlantics on each of these class of ships. Sounds like you have to make a decision, are you going for the ship or the ports. If you are going for the ship then the Oasis would be my first choice then the Independence. If it is the ports then the Serenade would be my first choice. BTW. We have approximately 12 TA's and we have found that the smaller ships are less bouncy in poor weather. Most of the ships in the fleet have a draft around 26-28 feet and we have hit some inclement weather on about 4 of our TA's where the ship moved quite a bit. It was on the Vision and the Radiance class ships that handled it better. This is just my observation and others may disagree. It really depends on the wind, height of the waves and at what angle the waves hit the ship.
  8. We have 2 true aft cabins on the Freedom; once on the 8th deck and the other on the 7th. Never had a speck of soot on either one of our cruises. One was a 7 day and the other a 14 or 15 day cruise.
  9. I swear by green apples. I keep a few in my room just in case. Others also swear by this method. Here is a report from the British newspaper the Sun on green apples and motion sickness. https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6471795/avoid-motion-sickness-planes-cruises-best-food-to-eat/
  10. We did the Anthem escape room in early December. Had a lot of fun. Cost was $0.00 so I don't really understand why the Mariner has a cost associated with their escape room while the Anthem was included in the cruise price. We could not book online we had to book while on the ship.
  11. My BIL had a bag lost because the disembarkation tag was ripped off during the process. The bag was put in a back area and a staff member was able to locate it. We now do a walk off but when we did use the ships personnel to offload the luggage we always put 2 luggage tags on each bag, just in case one got ripped off which did happen once time.
  12. We finished an 11 day cruise on the Anthem about 2 weeks ago and we saw a lot of different clothing options in the MDR. On formal night there was a gentleman at the table next to us who had a singlet (sleeveless T-shirt) and ball cap on while another person at another nearby table wore board shorts and flip flops. Other than noticing their choice of attire it didn't bother us one bit. C'est la vie (It is life). The era of dressing up for dinner on a cruise ship is basically over and we just need to accept it and get on with enjoying our dinner.
  13. RCI is once again consistently inconsistent. We will just pack our own and forego a few little extras. Thank you all for the replies.
  14. I have a question about what the "upgraded" bathroom amenities are for people with 340 points. Are the upgraded amenities the products we already get in the white tubes or something else. The shampoo and conditioner in those tubes is not overly friendly to my hair. Thanks
  15. I learned a few things about the Diamond Plus perks while onthe Freedom OTS eastbound trans-Atlantic on April 2017. The information that I am going to post came right from the RCI individuals who are responsible for each area. DISCLAIMER. This was from my experience on the Freedom so I can state with any certainty that all of the RCI ships do the same. I am not trying to infer that RCI is being deceitful or devious. Just trying to pass on some info that I did not know. Wi-fi. I always assumed that D+ received 2 days of free wi-fi but this is not the case. It was explained to me by the responsible RCI Internet person that what actually happens is that you are credited with$39.99 on your Seapass that you can use to purchase internet service. When you setup your first day you can scroll down to the package for 1 day internet. You get 2 choices. You can choose an option which says Surf and Streamfor $27.99 It says FREE WITH COUPON. The second choice is an option for 24 hours of Surf only again with a FREE WITHCOUPON option at $19.99. If you choosethe surf and stream option you have now used $27.99 of your $39.99 allotment. The next time you set up foryour 2nd 24 hours you will still see an option for Surf and Stream for $27.99 plus $8.00. You will also seean option for Surf only at $19.99 and it will say FREE WITH COUPON. BUT this may not accurate. If you chose Surf and Stream and your first day there will be an additional$8.00 charge on your Seapass so you willactually be charged $16.00 on your Seapass card as you have already used up $27.99 of your allotment. If you choosethe $19.99 option you will be charged $8.00 because you have already used $27.99on your first 24 hour package. However if you choose the $19.99 Surf only option you will not have any extra charges on your Seapass. BOGO. I booked andpre-paid for one person for a Specialty restaurant on day 2. I intended to usemy BOGO for my wife. After dinner I was billedfor 1 person and when I pointed out that I had already pre-paid and that I was using my BOGO I was told the RCI billing process was unable to handle this and that I needed to pay again for a single person. They also said that my credit card would be reimbursed for the pre-payment. Seems like a poor process but I paid the again and was expecting to see the pre-payment reimbursement on my Seapass statement. Unfortunately after 3 days I had to go backas they neglected to do the reimbursement. Even though they said they would do it I stayed right there while this was done and asked for a printout. Bottom line is this. Pre-paying a specialty for one and intending to use a BOGO is beyond the RCI billing process so if you do pre-pay be prepared to pay again onboard and get your pre-payment put back on your credit card. And make sure they actually reimburse your card. I personally have a tough time with the BOGO explanation but this came from the manager of the restaurant. We still had a great cruise.
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