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About ravenrob

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Baltimore, MD
  • Interests
    Sports especially NFL football
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
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  1. We sail on the June 30th Western and got the email on Friday, May 3rd. Our only impact is 1 1/4 hours late into Falmouth, Jamaica and leaving an hour later than original scheduled departure time which only results in a loss of 15 minutes in port. Seems like those of us on Western itinerary are less affected then the Eastern trips.
  2. I watched her leave Port Everglades this morning and then watched the Lady A arrive this afternoon. 8 weeks from now I will be drinking Pina Coladas and Tito's with OJ on the Allure. Thanks for keeping Berth 18 warm for us, Harmony.
  3. @RCL replied back to my Tweet, "No worries. We haven't canceled even our most upcoming sailings let alone anything in June. We'll get it fixed ASAP, but the issue isn't impacting her operations at all- Brit" So let's see how this one goes....
  4. Good to hear......make sure you save plenty of Tito's Vodka and Fireball whiskey for the June 30 sailing!! And make sure they have fixed the stinking Azipod!!! :-)
  5. I'm on her on the June 30th sailing. I hope it does not require a Drydock. I wonder if it is worth a phone call to the home office?
  6. Does anyone know if Fireball Whiskey is available on Allure of the Seas. Traveling on Allure on June 30th with friends who have an annual tradition of Fireball shot before dinner. Have to let the tradition continue. Just asking for a friend. 😉
  7. I cannot find the way to update my signature with the Cruise Countdown widget. Any help is appreciated. TIA.
  8. Stupid question but when is Allure doing its repo back to Port Everglades? I could not find the actual date that it is due back in Fort Lauderdale. Thanks in advance.
  9. Hi all....it’s now been two weeks since our fabulous cruise on the Freedom of the Seas. Sorry it has taken so long for this report but I needed to decompress to the reality of no longer being on vacation and being back to reality. Here goes for Cruise Day 1: I awoke early around 6:00AM and looked out our room window to see the following: I then headed down to the gym to get my workout in and had this view from the treadmill: I wish this was the view from the treadmill at my gym every day! [emoji2] Lisa awoke around 8:00 AM and off to breakfast we went. We found a nice little place right down the street from the hotel called Waffler Avenue. Little walk in place where you order at the counter and sit outside to have your meal. Great place with reasonable prices. After breakfast we walked around La Ventana al Mar Park and took some pictures of Condado Beach. Then it was back to the room to get ready to leave for the Lady Freedom. Our goal was to leave the hotel by 11AM and we were out of the room by 10:30 and in the lobby by 10:45 awaiting our Uber. I ordered our Uber and off we went to the Pan American pier and after a short ride we arrived at just about 11:00. Total cost of UberXL ride from Condado Vanderbilt hotel to Pan American pier was $7.75 not including tip. We made our way into the terminal after leaving our luggage with the porter and made it through security check and were checking in by 11:15. Upon arriving at the check in counter there was a piece of paper informing us of a slight itinerary adjustment due to Tropical Storm Beryl. Instead of stopping at St. Thomas on Sunday, we were heading directly south to Aruba and Curaçao on for a full sea day on Sunday. No big deal as we made it to St. Thomas on Friday at the end of the cruise. More to come on this later in the review. After checking in we were on our way up the escalator to board Lady Freedom by 11:35. Once onboard we decided to check out our dining room table for first seating. We discovered the we were placed at a table for four people. Not that there is anything wrong with sitting with others, we decided that since it was a special occasion for us, we would prefer a table for ourselves each night for dinner. We found the dining room manager and he promptly found us a nice table for two in the Isaac Dining Room instead of a table for four in the Galileo dining room. Such great service by the awesome dining room staff of Freedom. Then it was off to Windjammer to have lunch at 12:15. The crowds were starting to arrive but we found a table to relax and have a leisurely lunch. Drink #1 of the day with lunch was a pina colada!!!! Cabins were not going to be ready until 1:30 so we finished lunch and walked the promenade to check out what was in store for the next week. Before the promenade walk, we made our reservation at Chops for our Anniversary celebration on Sunday night. Before we knew it the cabins were open. We then made our way up to deck 10 to cabin 1244 to find the following: This was courtesy of our DD, Allison who arranged this on her own as a surprise for us through Royal Caribbean. (Of course it was courtesy of both kids but the older one paid for it. [emoji2]) I kept wondering why she kept asking us for our itinerary the entire week leading up to our cruise. The one thing I left out was our booking number. Now I know why. [emoji2] Of course Allison spent a good part of the afternoon texting us to see if we were in our cabin yet. [emoji2] Seeing this surprise really makes you appreciate the job you have done as a parent. ❤️ Sorry for the brief digression from the review.... After calling Allison to FaceTime and thank her for the surprise, we then headed upstairs to the Pool Deck. This is where we ran into fellow CC member, prekteacher, Barbara and her husband Tom as they were leaving the pool. We are so glad that we met up with them.[emoji2][emoji2][emoji2] Lisa and I hung around the pool for another few hours and we also met BalogMom and their family as well. Around 4PM we headed to the cabin and the luggage had arrived and we unpacked and got ready for dinner. After dinner it was a stroll on the promenade and waited for the opening night show. After the show we were off to the top deck for sail away from San Juan. A beautiful nighttime view of Old San Juan at sail away: This would conclude our first exciting day onboard Freedom. Off to the gym for a workout. Hopefully next update later today or tomorrow. Cheers, Rob Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Just off Freedom yesterday. We stayed in Condado area the night before and we used an Uber XL to the Pan American Pier for about $10. We took a cab from Airport to hotel for $23 (including two pieces of luggage) and we also took a cab from the Pier to the airport for the same price. We walked out of the terminal and were in a cab less than 5 minutes and at the airport within 30 minutes. Be careful leaving the terminal because you will be swamped with tour operators for local tours but just go out to the left and you will see the Taxi sign. The Taxi driver told us as of right now, you cannot UBER out of the cruise terminal or from the Airport but he said that will likely change. Have a great time.
  11. Hi everyone..sitting in San Juan airport waiting for our flight home. Could have easily made a 12:20PM flight back to Baltimore but we wanted to be safe and are waiting for our 2:15 flight. There is a Margaritaville in the Southwest pier so looks like where will be having lunch. [emoji2] Quick summary of trip with a more detailed review to follow later tomorrow. Ship was beautiful. The food was excellent. The Junior Suite was a plus but showed a slight bit of wear and tear but to be expected. The Piano player in the Schooner Bar, Kelly Goodrich, was amazing. We were there 6 out of seven nights. They lost $$$ on us with the drink package because of Kelly. [emoji2] Dining room servers excellent. Chops was awesome. The only drawback was Windjammer on the two sea days. They need to think about the configuration during the next dry dock. Ports were great. Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and St Thomas. A slight itinerary adjustment early in the week due to Beryl really did not affect us much. That’s all for now!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Arrived in San Juan right on time. We made it to the hotel by 1:30. Checked in but room wasn’t quite ready but we grabbed lunch across the street at a nice little bar/restaurant named Atabey. Great burgers and hummus. The Tito’s Vodka was good too. [emoji2] Room was ready after lunch and we have an ocean view suite with a balcony and the corner window has a great view of the Pan American pier too!!! We spent two hours by the pool and I had two Pina Coladas while there. Had dinner on Ashford Avenue and back to the room to pop open the bottle of Champagne that Lisa’s brother sent to us to celebrate. [emoji898][emoji898][emoji898] That’s all for today. Will end with some pictures from today: On final approach to SJU airport: Poolside at the Vanderbilt Condado Hotel: Next update from Freedom of the Seas!!! Public Service Announcement: I will not be posting from the ship because we do not anticipate having the Internet package on board. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Arrived at BWI at 6:45AM and was through security by 7:00AM. Plane is just about 15 minutes late. However should make up time in the air!!! See you in San Juan!!! Cheers!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Tropical Storm Beryl? Oh no....looks like there is a Tropical Storm making its direct path for the Lesser Antilles. All the weather reports say that it will pass over the islands on Sunday. Hoping that the storm is clear by Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone say a prayer and cross your fingers and toes!!! :(:(:(
  15. Thursday update... Last night we celebrated Independence Day and our 25th Anniversary with a cookout at a close friends house and the night concluded with a celebratory picture of Lisa and me. Today began with a gym workout. Making sure that I am conditioned to be working out while on vacation so dragged my butt out of bed and was at the gym by 8:00AM. We then went to Post Office to send DS a care package at camp. Then it was off to meet a friend for brunch at 10:30. After brunch, as part of our anniversary celebration Lisa and I both got pedicures and she also had a manicure. As one of our friends put it to us, I’m a new “metrosexual” [emoji2] We got home around 2:00PM and chilled out for a bit and then it was time to pack. The only packing left to do is carry-on bag and toiletries into suitcase. My suitcase is ready to go. [emoji2] Now it’s time to have a bite to eat and chill before bed. Alarm set for 5:00AM for a 6:00 AM departure to BWI. That’s all for today. Next update from BWI prior to boarding. Cheers!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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