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  1. Since the Radiance Class are one of our favorite ships as far as look and feel we felt right at home on the Island. She was fabulous. Not all the bells and whistles of the bigger girls but a great class of ship none the less and a very comfortable layout. Easy to get around, never felt crowded and great service.
  2. We sailed Princess once into the Panama Canal back in 2009. It was a wonderful cruise on the lovely Island Princess. Food was excellent both in the MDR and specialty. The chef's table experience was the best we have ever done by FAR. There were things we liked better than Royal and things we liked better about Princess. One thing I remember to this day was returning to the ship on a very hot day and being greeted on the line with a frozen towel and cool drink. Nice touch.
  3. Marty, Nice to hear from you. We have one more Royal booked and have not made other cruise plans yet. But Celebrity will be at the TOP of our list for sure. We really had a wonderful time on the EQ. Looks like you have some fun times ahead. Hope to bump into you guys again soon. Happy holidays!
  4. They give you the block of the ship that you are sailing (and attained the required number of days).
  5. Appreciate (and understand) the feedback. Our feeling is that a cruise or any vacation is what you make of it. We always try to focus on the positive. There are always little niggles but there was nothing that went wrong in any big way. Even the weather was wonderful which was not the way it looked prior to sailing.
  6. I am sure you will love it as much as we did. Great product. Can't wait to give them another go.
  7. I hope that my experience from the perspective of a seasoned Royal cruiser helps others in some way even if just to help with the pre-cruise excitement...
  8. My wife and I just returned from the 11 Day Caribbean sailing on the Equinox. The itinerary could not have been any better. 2 Sea Days to get into Cruise Mode and then 6 port stops to be followed by 2 more Sea Days. The Equinox is a beautiful ship that is kept VERY clean! The entire crew were very attentive and gave you a sense that they truly wanted you to enjoy your holiday. We were fortunate to be in a corner aft Sky Suite on Deck 10, number 1403. Being in a Suite we were able to dine in Luminae for most of our meals. The food and service were both excellent. In Luminae Richie and Paul (waiters) and Yan (bar service) each provided amazing service for the entire trip. The full staff in Luminae were all wonderful and welcoming. We also dined with a group in Murano one night and had a spectacular meal. We also used the Oceanview (buffet) a couple of times for lunch and found it to be full of options and also seemed very well maintained and organized. We also enjoyed many of the entertainers and live music. Some other things we really liked: Being handed a glass of champagne upon boarding One sunny sea day there was in impromptu sorbet service parade poolside, an actual parade of waiters served sorbet to anyone interested Being greeted port side with cool drinks and or chilled towels Cleanest vessel we have ever sailed on Due to the ship design and implementation live music played in the grand foyer in the evenings was able to be enjoyed from floor 3 through 5 in many venues (martini bar, café bacio, Craft Social etc...) Activities such as putting in the grand foyer and archery were welcome new events. As were Yes/No and Filthy Feud. I had read/heard that the entertainment was not at the same level as Royal. Maybe there were no broadway shows but the entertainers did a very good job and there was a show each evening. We also saw two very funny comedians. When the show is not to your liking just move on the next event... We enjoyed the Sunset Bar/Lawn area for a nice place to chat lawn side and have a cigar. The occasional live music out there was also a very nice touch Glass blowing class was an amazing experience. Josh and Justin were both excellent. The retreat lounge was excellent but we did not partake very often due to so many options. Alexandra and Ute (sp?) were both delightful. The only real downer was the Suite Sun Deck. It really is a shame the refurb was cut short because that area NEEDS water. We went up there a couple of times and walked right back out. I guess if you just want a quiet place to bake it is fine but there is no bar (but there is service) and no pool or hot tub or shower or sprinkler.... When the cruise ended the debarkation process was also seamless. We did luggage valet and were at the airport by about 8AM without any struggle at all. All in all, this was a wonderful cruise vacation. Thanks to all the folks who answered all my questions and provided input leading up to this.
  9. Does anyone know if Delta participates in this in FLL?
  10. Boarding next week and following along excitedly... Thanks for posting/sharing!
  11. I am not sure I agree. Questions ranged from what beverage do you want upon arrival and do you want extra blankets or hangers? Not sure what they would be marketing...
  12. We got the same email for our upcoming trip with a Sky Suite. I made my selections and am looking forward to sailing. 🙂
  13. Exactly the way I felt on the Oasis.... These apps are NOT ready for prime time.
  14. We are aggressive highlighters too. But we do make about half of them. 😉 But there are many distractions that pop up and it is all good.
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