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Russ Lomas

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    London, Ontario
  • Interests
    Flowriding, scuba, skiing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. One of my cruises is $1000 MORE with this "sale" than I booked it for. My other one is $300 MORE than I booked it for. No savings for me. But my in-laws cabin is $120 less than they paid for it, so I am sure they will want to say "thanks"
  2. Talk about not much space for passengers. A 110 foot ship with over 5000 passengers 😮😮😮 Sounds like a Carnival cruise ship passenger to space ratio 🤣🤣 I know it was a typo, but thanks for the chuckle😀
  3. We always travel with a group of 20 to 30 people and dine together. I am sure we could manage a dozen or more beef wellingtons if they were to make a large one and slice it for us🤪
  4. Thanks for these photos. We have relatives booked into 14526, one of the larger panoramic oceanview cabins being added to deck 14 on the corner, post dry-dock. Looking forward to seeing what those cabins look like in person. We have had panoramic cabins on other ships and loved them but these will be a first on an Oasis class ship.
  5. It is definitely not on the menu on the 5-7 day Caribbean cruises. We have done 10 with RCCL and never had beef wellington on the menu any night. I guess I will find out in March when we take our next RCCL cruise and when the head waiter comes by to ask how our first night's dinner was, I will reply, "Very good, now if you could serve us beef wellington on one night this cruise, I will give you the 10's across the board on that survey you are always asking for 10's on"
  6. Now all of you have me thinking. I have craved beef wellington every cruise since it was taken off the menu years ago. Wonder if that would be a request that could be accommodated. We travel as a group of 20 usually, so I am sure many of them would be interested in that too, so as they did not have to make just a single portion for me.
  7. We have asked for the cold soups every cruise since they took them off the menus, and with the exception of boarding night, they were happy to deliver them to our table nightly.
  8. Thanks for the info (even though I do not like it). We have always wanted to do that 9 day southern cruise leaving from Florida and have never had the opportunity to do so. We can only cruise one particular week (in March) due to our jobs and our kids' scheduled March break week. RCCL NEVER offers that 9 day cruise over our break week we have been waiting for 10 years now. Thought 2021 was finally going to be the year because the Explorer did the 9/5 day alternating cruises and that left a 9 day hole for the time we can travel that year. Guess if we ever want a cruise with that itinerary, we are going to have to switch cruise lines.
  9. All of the missing cruises are 9 day cruises. The alternating 6 day cruises due to the nine day/six day pattern were all posted six months ago. If they do 7 day charters on the Explorer, I wonder what they would do with the 2 extra days the ship is not used each time.
  10. They are still missing multiple 9 day sailings on the Explorer as well for February and March 2021. A couple have been there for 6 months now, but several are still mysteriously absent. I am assuming a charter, but there are a fair number of the 9 day Explorer cruises missing, not just one or two.
  11. Thanks for your opinions on the Adventure. We sail on her for the first time in March, so all of your info is helpful. I agree with many of the things you say about RCCL in general. I agree one thing that is very poor on RCCL is the hours they close down the Windjammer fully. Other cruise lines at least keep one side open while they change over the other side. We found it very frustrating that no food venues were open other than Cafe Promenade in the morning between 10:00 and 11 am and again from 4 til 6 pm. Everybody wishes the ice cream machines were open a bit longer, especially in the evening if you are walking by after a show or a dip in the hot tub. A comment about the MTD hours made available. This was explained to us once and it makes sense why you could not get a seating between 6 and 7:30. They still aim to do two seatings at each table in MTD each night. If a table was kept empty from 5:00 til 6:30 so you could have it at 6:30 and then eat til 8:30, then it is too late to use the table after that for another seating. They aim to have a table used early for 2 hours, clean it for half an hour and then reseat some others at that table for a later sitting. Diners who really want those 6 til 7:30 times can always stand in line and get a seat when one becomes available. Wait times may be quite long though. Personally, we take the 5:45 time with the same servers every night in MTD. We have talked to them and they have told us that they would hold our table until 6:20 each evening, so if we were half an hour late showing up, that would be fine with them. We do tell the waiters the night before that we expect to be a bit late arriving the next day and they gladly hold our table for us. It is all about the relationship you build with your wait team.
  12. Not sure if your wife likes the beach or not, but the Coki Dive Centre would be perfect if you like the beach. The dives you do are shore dives there right off the beach, so you simply walk into the water and swim the reef, coming right back to those waiting for you on land. Coki is not my favourite beach in the Caribbean, but lots of people head there just to lay on the beach and swim with all the fish there. There is also an attraction there I have not done called Coral World Ocean Park. Below are shots taken on the beach and also on the bottom.
  13. I'm a certified diver and had my 15 year old and 10 year old daughters get certified on our cruise this past March, so I now have dive buddies to go with. I have had 12 family members try Discover Scuba, though not through the ship's excursions, on various cruises. Not everybody got down. Sea condition and nervousness prevented some of them from diving. Nine of the 12 did the dive and loved it and have since dove again. Neither St. Maarten, nor Puerto Rico are known for their scuba diving. I have not dove in either of those ports before. I do not know what other ports you are stopping in, but if you go to St. Thomas, I would recommend trying Coki Dive Centre for a Discover Scuba option.
  14. It really depends what you want to do. Do some research before you sail for doing your own excursions and you are likely to find very highly rated tours at much better prices. If you are interested in seeing a good portion of the islands, I highly recommend Cosol Tours in St. Lucia and Bernard's Tours in St. Maarten if you have not been to those islands. If you are beach people, Carlisle is a short cab ride (or 30 minute walk) from the ship in Barbados.
  15. We had one before they reclassified them as suites. Absolutely loved the cabin. I never have issues with motion on ships and did not in this cabin either. I did feel the movement a little a couple of times but it did not bother me. A few in my family who are not so lucky in these manners said they felt the movement more in the cabin but not to the point that they felt ill at all. What we did notice a few windy nights is you can get some wind noise being up front and so high on the ship where the wind hits some of the apparatus (horns, lights, etc.) outside the cabin. We have booked a panoramic cabin at the front corner of the ship for our next cruise in March again. Absolutely loved it and I am sure you will as well.
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