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  1. Lucky you, boating is so enjoyable. Its been many years but long ago my ex & I would sail quite a bit in the San Juan Islands. His friends had a 40' sailboat. He took his friends with him when we split up, so no more sailboat trips for me. On that particular cruise, I think it was around Vancouver Island - a guy from our roll call who is an avid photographer got a great photo of an orca breaching.
  2. I don't know anything about the central park rooms as I've not sailed on Royal. But I can say that for me a balcony, and fresh air in the cabin is essential. The cruise I booked in an ocean view room (window at the back of the ship, people walking by on the deck / no privacy) was a disappointment. I had read good reviews on the cabin but having the bit of light & feeling like people could look in the cabin if I didn't shut the curtains just didn't work for me. Being able to walk out to a deck just isn't the same. I almost didn't feel like I was on a cruise, my friend who cruised with me couldn't believe I felt that way but I did. In the past I only booked inside cabins, but once I got used to the balconies it changed everything. But that's a balcony overlooking the ocean. I don't think I'd go for a balcony upcharge that overlooked a park area inside the ship.
  3. I thought the water was fairly rough on my one Seattle - Seattle cruise to Alaska. We were going fast after the last port stop in Victoria, and the water was definitely choppy.
  4. I've been called a couple times with upsell calls, about a week or two before sailing. On the upgrade - I got the upgrade from hell on my first cruise. I knew nothing and definitely not enough to see it on a deck plan. I had booked an inside cabin, and it was a nice middle of the deck cabin. I knew I was prone to motion sickness, my travel agent had booked this cabin for me. I didn't know what cabins would offer less movement, but she did. Then at check in, someone sweetly offered me an upgrade to a porthole cabin. Of course way in front. I was so sick, when we hit rough water it was like riding the maliboomer up and down. Never, ever again.
  5. Have you already cruised or do you still need help? Sorry for the lack of response, I'll try to help if it isn't too late.
  6. This was one of my favorite threads on CC, and it fell off the board! How can that be, it needs to be resurrected. I had to do a google search, could not find it otherwise.
  7. Also, for anyone just signing up for Rewards for Good, do not use any helpful promo codes to get extra points posted by well meaning people. I did, in fact I believe a number of us did and lesson learned on what a bad mistake that was. They took away all my points, even the ones I got fairly by taking surveys. Then they locked my account. I ended up opening a new one and having to start over.
  8. Possibly, but after a couple ship tours where I saw the cabins, I can safely say I would not want to sleep there. And Ritz Carlton is hardly my expectation on a pre cruise overnight. It's an admirable ship and I admire its history. I wish the owner would invest more into upkeep and keeping it at something approaching its former glory.
  9. Ew, that sounds bad. The meat on board may be hit or miss. Usually I can eat the bacon if they cook it extra crisp, but on one cruise it was disgusting. It was on the Imagination & it was simply rancid. I only wanted one or two pieces too, but the guy plopped a huge pile of on my plate before I could stop him. All wasted except for 2 small bites.
  10. Reuben or Rachel from the deli. Just to need to ask for thousand island dressing on the side for dipping.
  11. Engine problems and possibly steering problems necessitating a 2 tug escort. If that were to happen on a transpacific, in my opinion that's more than just annoying. In any case glad its fixed.
  12. It's terrible for the present passengers who are on board, I hope they get whatever is wrong with the engine fixed soon so they can enjoy the cruise (or as much of it as possible) they signed up for. But at least this isn't happening half way through the transpacific. What a thing that would be to break down in the middle of the ocean.
  13. This is excellent advice. I remember after my first rotator cuff surgery, the challenges of being single Mom with one working arm. I needed my son to help hold the pan in the sink while I scrubbed. Or the night I spent at my Mom's house fresh post op, not wanting to disturb anyone but struggling to get the ice cubes out of the tray in the middle of the night. Ended up wacking up the plastic tray against the sink trying to get them out. That surgery had an excellent recovery though. Then I needed the other side done. Same surgery & same surgeon 15 years later - I nearly got a frozen shoulder. Despite lots of PT. He said every surgery is different & even young patients with both shoulders done at the same time can have one turn out with a more difficult recovery than the other. I tend to think age made the difference. I don't know if you are still attempting to cook & clean during your recovery, but if you are then maybe a break from all of that will be helpful on the cruise. Ask your surgeon if massage therapy on board the ship will be acceptable, of course the masseuse will need to know your recent surgical history & be cautious of the shoulder & arm.
  14. I love the touring the Queen Mary and appreciate the historic aspect of the ship. That said, I would not want to book this as a hotel to stay in. Pre-cruise I have zero expectation for a luxury hotel experience, but the rooms make a best western or la quinta look like a 4 star hotel.
  15. I use a butter bell for my butter at home. It's fine unless the house or kitchen hits 90 degrees, at that point the butter falls into the water in the butter bell. Most of the time though it works fine.
  16. For those still looking, I've used Quality Town Car for transport to / from airport. It's a very good service. They used to be called Seattle Town Car and Airport Shuttle, changed the name due to too many companies with nearly identical business name & mix ups.
  17. I may be the sole discenting voice, I would exercise some caution. DR does have issues with crime, and if you are leaving the port area on your own I would be careful. I went with my big strapping adult son, and we took a carnival excursion. Have friends who have stayed in AI's in the Dominican Republic who did not research and were surprised at how the nice resorts had armed guards patrolling outside the walls of the resorts. The roads themselves can be hazardous, was surprised to see people riding 3 on motorcycles, passing cars on the highway in heavy traffic.
  18. Can't help on the walking tour, but be sure to stop by Le Guerrerense for tostadas. It is a street food cart, although they have a sit down restaurant as well now I hear. It has the BEST fresh seafood, it's busy and delicious. Some ideas on what to order, https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2018/03/16/la-guerrerense-the-best-food-in-ensenada/#afd33f65c115 Here is a site that has walking tour / Ensenada info as well as a map. http://www.cruiseportinsider.com/ensenadaonyourown.html You can see from this map of La Guerrerense it should be close to where your ship is docking. https://www.google.com/maps/place/La+Guerrerense/@31.8614761,-116.6231467,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb733b3dee44c57c7!8m2!3d31.8614761!4d-116.6231467
  19. I think the shorter & less expensive the cruise, the more the atmosphere can suffer. My 3 or 4 day Nassau cruise on the Imagination was so bad, had it been my first on Carnival likely it would have been my last.
  20. I was able to cancel and rebook using the promo code, even though it's after midnight eastern time - which I had been told was the deadline. The site was down for excursions yesterday, so I was afraid I'd miss the chance to use the discount. It helped a little, but I did notice they had increased the price of the excursion from what I had booked a couple months back. Still saved a little, but that is a bit sneaky to raise prices and then advertise the sale.
  21. The ships are fantasy class, which aren't my favorite either. But the ports have decent activities if you do your research. As in don't book bufadora and expect anything more interesting than a blowhole. Activities / excursion choices on my last cruise that ported at Amber Cove DR had little of interest to me & seemed far less hospitable to walking around unless I stayed right in the cruise area off the ship. Nassau even worse imho.
  22. This is the reality. Institutions do prepare for inspections, and it would be wonderful if operations before the audit were identical to the week after, when JCAHO was done, gone & the audit complete. In a perfect world.
  23. Have been to Massage and Facial Care several times, really good spa owned by an ex Pat. http://bestbajamassage.com/ Easy walking distance from the cruise port. On the way back to the ship, I've stopped at La Guerrerense. Has been called the worlds best street food by chefs like Bourdain, featured in travel & food articles. Amazing food. https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2018/03/16/la-guerrerense-the-best-food-in-ensenada/#4f3b536c5c11
  24. True, but only if the people stuck can deal with it in a sane manner. I was stuck on an elevator in the BOA tower, between floors 30 floors up or so, with my (ex to be) and his best friend. Friend started losing it, screaming, kicking, clawing at the walls & then started talking about taking out the ceiling square & shimmying up the cable up to get out. Like he thinks he's James Bond / whatever. Hubby sitting on the floor tuned out, in total denial. I'm on the phone trying to get someone there before someone gets hurt. Fun times.
  25. Don't know if you are cruising close to home, or across the pond. Maybe things are different in Europe. But if you are going to be sightseeing in the caribbean or Mexico, be sure to bring some good closed toe shoes. I've walked along sidewalks in Mexico that had raw sewage flowing in the gutters. Sadly even the streets & sidewalks in my home town of Seattle have sanitary issues. On board the ship I wouldn't hesitate to wear sandals or flip flops but not in the ports.
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