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  1. What is the depth of the pool in the Solarium in on the Adventure Of The Seas?
  2. Why has it been so difficult to locate a roll call for the 3/28 sailing of the Grandeur OTS? I am not alone...many have posted messages noting the same frustration. I tried to find a roll call many months ago and Nothing showed. So...I went to FB. There was a roll call. Having been a member of CC for something like 19 years...I really prefer the comfort of CC. Last week I tried again to find a roll call. Nothing showed but I keep clicking on "cannot find your roll call"...and after going around the "barn" several times...I located a Roll Call that was started in Dec 2017. So...Why was it so difficult to find this roll call?
  3. We got off the Jewel on Sunday - Port of Miami. Express Departures were tentatively scheduled for 7:30am. AT 7:30, the dock workers were all standing around waiting for word to start offloading luggage, etc. The express departures and luggage offloading did not begin until 8:15am. Things moved rather quickly from that point. We were scheduled to depart 8:15...got off ship at 9am. Grabbed a taxi. When we got to the Miami airport both pre check and the regular Security lines were long. Lines moved quickly, it took us 20 minutes to clear security. Our flight was not until 1pm so we knew we had plenty of time to make it to our flight. We enjoyed a nice lunch and then went to the gate. You never know when/where there might be delays. Allowing yourself time eliminates a lot of stress.
  4. I was asked about cell phone service on this itinerary...Balt - Charleston - Port Canaveral - Miami - Nassau - Balt. Does regular cell phone service work when the ship travels the East Coast? I tend to think that you need the use of the ship cell tower since the ship does not "hug" the coast enough for land cell towers to reach the phones.
  5. We did not need to get vaccinations. I did take the precaution of carrying and using Insect spray as an attempt to avoid bug bites.
  6. Just off the Jewel OTS out of Miami. Yes, lots of people wore shorts to the MDR. We were on the Anthem OTS in December sailing out of Bayonne. Did not see anyone wear shorts to the MDR. This may have been because of the time of year/cooler weather. I can accept shorts in the MDR with a nice shirt/top. Seated, no one notices the shorts. But wearing a Tee shirt? My concern is that some people go ashore and perspire. They come back on ship and go directly to the MDR in the same clothing. After all, they are on vacation and if they have an aroma, everyone has to accept that scent throughout their dinner.
  7. What is the current fee for parking at the Port of Baltimore? Thank You!
  8. Had Brochure prices and if you did not book within 6 months of sailing...the prices went up! Steamers at sail away Formal nights WERE Formal Everything was all inclusive! Shows were geared to the Early and Late inning times...6pm and 8pm. Shows were singers, magicians, comedians, what ever they could find that would entertain? people for 1 hour! the Buffet was not open for dinner! The had a Baked Alaska Parade and Cherries Jubilee prepared table side Chocolates on pillows every night They did not have Dogs on board Horse races and other games in the pool area Had evening buffets...the chocolate buffet being the most amazing one! Tour of the ship did not cost extra $$$. On one line we got an honest to goodness tour of the Engine Room! Amazing memory! No Balconies! More recently...Diamonds In December! That did not last long! Had to go to a TA because online reservations were not "invented" NO private Islands! Shooters after dinner! ....BUT still...we find it to be a great vacation regardless of how things have changed over the years. Some changes have been terrific...others...have been to increase cash flow from our wallet to their bank account! So..what else is new?!
  9. I just read in 2 different places that D+ perks are being reduced. It has always been that D+ were allowed in the Concierge Lounge BUT...they are now creating Suite Lounges and D+ are not eligible for this lounge. SO, are D+ now being excluded from the existing Concierge Lounges? We typically find the D Lounges to be full and often overflowing, so the option to go to the Concierge Lounge was always nice. This is not a deal breaker for us but will help us plan for our December Cruise. Thanks!
  10. Thanks!! It is never something that you want to happen. But... it seems to happen a lot more often than it did in past years! While on board the NOTS 1/2018, we booked the NOTS for Jan 2019. We then found out that the ship was going into dry dock. RCI price protected us and offered us OBC for the inconvenience. They offered a few cruises in that same time frame. Turns out that we were able to book the same itinerary on the JOTS for approximately the same date...at a lower price and we got OBC added to that! So...it worked out in our favor for that cruise. Sometimes, a plan that is disrupted can turn out to be better than what we had originally planned!
  11. This is just an example of what I experienced. I was on a charter and it was announced prior to disembarkation that the group chartered the ship for 3/21/2019. I came home and found a Roll Call for that date - NOTS. I posted a heads up for those booked on the cruise. One response to my comment was from someone whose TA told them that charters are done 2 years in advance and there was no way the ship had been chartered for that date. On 6/26/18 the charter group started selling staterooms. It was mid July before the first CC member posted that they were notified by RCI that the ship had indeed been chartered. Yes, some posters on that board may have thought I was spreading a rumor..but..the truth finally emerged.
  12. We are also on the 3/28 sailing and I would prefer not to be on a cruise right out of drydock. We were on Enchantment out of Balt. right out of drydock. My allergies did not like all the fumes from new this and that plus the dust created doing remodeling. They did not have any fresh eggs until we got to PC!
  13. I cannot remember how many DI bracelets I have gotten and how many charms I have obtained for free. When I started "collecting" the charms had to be placed by pliers. Now, they have the "lobster claw" like attachments that immediately attach the charms to the bracelet. I showed up at one port with my first DI Bracelet and the store clerks demanded to know where I got that bracelet! Hey...stuff happens over the years! As a freebie...it is a great memento of our travels! Is it worth $$. NO...it was FREE! That does not mean that it does not have value. There are a lot of memories attached to those charms!
  14. Perhaps it comes with from where you are arriving. We are in PA and Bayonne is a very easy port for us . They have recently completed roads that lead to the port that make it that much easier for us to leave our home in PA and get to the port within 2 hrs. Ships out of Bayonne are RCI and Celebrity. We are somewhat loyal to those brands so Bayonne helps us take another step up the ladder in terms of loyalty points. Summit.will probably continue Bermuda runs in the summer and NE/Canada cruises in the Fall.
  15. Same happened to us. We spent a bit of time taking photos with the approved background...downloading them onto the computer, then attaching them to the docs... Got to port, they retook our photos in less than 60 secs. Now we do not even bother to submit photos with our docs.
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