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  1. In part that is due to having a couple of different headphone groups that each have their own music playing - which adds to the fun as not everyone is hearing the same music.
  2. I can't answer specific to Israel, but assuming you are docked and not tendering and unless there is something unique to that port from others, typically once the ship is cleared with Customs at a port of call it only takes 15-20 minutes to disembark. Usually two exit points are used as well, typically one forward and one aft. Ship based excursions will be prioritized but that does not usually cause any significant delay for others following after.
  3. Good point. Although as indicated in my first response on this thread, RCI will also provide this information in advance if you email them prior to your departure with a request. The Broadway style production shows are published on the RCI website for the various ships that offer them as they typically remain in place for about 5 years.
  4. Agree with mom says on this one - itineraries that include the ABC's (especially when all three are included) are one of our favorites, but also enjoy Barbados quite a bit. (In particular their flying fish sandwich for lunch!) Had a particularly good day at Barbados a few years back when another couple we were cruising with had a friend of theirs who lives half the year in Barbados take us on a personal guided tour of the island for the full day we were there. Was able to see many places most day visitors never have an opportunity to. Very enjoyable!
  5. As do other lines, such as RCI and Celebrity as example, with detailed info on the Officers and Senior Staff on a separate sheet on day one in your stateroom, as well as all entertainment and other activity information in the daily Compass. As they don't have golf pro's and dance hosts, that naturally would be omitted.
  6. Unfortunately, in our experience, RCI is notorious for their lack of enforcement of the stated policy of no chair reservations. Celebrity, while not consistent from ship to ship, does a better job with placing a 30 minute warning time card on an empty reserved chair and removing it and the person's belongings after about 45 minutes. I have witnessed this on two of their ships in recent years.
  7. Welcome to Cruise Critic! Just a suggestion, as there are a number of cruise lines that offer cruises with itineraries that include the Greek Islands, along with discussions here you may also want to reach out to a travel agent who specializes in cruises to discuss your preferences and expectations with them. They can assist with identifying the different options that may best suit your objectives. But most of the mass market cruise lines (RCI, Celebrity, NCL, MSC, etc.) offer itineraries that include that region. There are also a number of smaller ones (Windstar, Viking Ocean, Seadream, Seabourne, etc.) that also offer itineraries that may include a more intimate cruise style with those locations. How many ports of call involved would also be dependent on cruise length. You would need to check each one to see who has the most ports of call to which islands based on the length and different itineraries offered. Along with the information you will receive on this thread from experienced cruisers, you may also want to check the Ports of Call board for the Europe forum at the following link for additional information and discussion regarding this: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/8-europe/ Sounds like you are planning a great vacation - enjoy!
  8. Yep - you are correct again. And it wasn't a criticism - just wasn't sure if you were aware of the distinction with RCI.
  9. You are correct....in standard staterooms. But as Grandma Dazzles indicates they are in stateroom categories of Junior Suite and up on RCCL ships. This is a common misunderstanding. 🙂
  10. With most cruise lines, due to the cost and complexity of sets and production, the production shows remain the same for a number of years. The high liners and other guest entertainers are contracted for various lengths of time from a single cruise to a few weeks at a time. So unless it is a production show you are asking about, the rest will not be known for sure until a few weeks prior to you cruise. Along with the suggestion made by mom says you may be able to email your cruise line a few weeks in advance to get that information about the non-production show entertainment for your sailing date. Taking a stab at it, for instance, if you are cruising on RCCL, if you email web_reservations@rccl.com about three weeks prior to your departure and identify your ship and sailing date, they will send you the scheduled entertainment for your cruise a week or so before you leave.
  11. It would depend on itinerary, and to some degree ship and time of year, but it would be Celebrity, then RCI. (But it would never be Carnival!)
  12. Not sure, but I do know it has to do with regulations imposed by the cruise line's insurers. I would think - just as with pregnancy restrictions with cruising - the primary concern centers around the ability to handle medical emergencies that may arise and administering medical care with that young of an infant. Edited to add: My apologies Shmoo here, was finishing typing as you posted.
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