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charlielinda

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  1. I love cruises and I love planning the trips. I find half the fun is the researching. Does anyone else love the process. Yesterday I booked specialty dining; today made air arrangements and got my internet package. After our cruise we’ll be staying for 11 days in Ireland so I have lots more planning to do. Does anyone else loved the planning phases?
  2. Can anyone tell me which is on the Reflection? Thank you.
  3. We enjoy specialty dining and I just booked a 8 day package for our 14 day Transatlantic cruise in April. The website isn’t letting me pick what days I want to pick which restaurants. It did give me a choice of what time though. Does anyone know a secret that I need to know? Thanks!
  4. I know that the Sky Bridge was closed on Friday from at least 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
  5. I just read a post about the naughty room and it reminded me of our experience in September of this year. It has made for a great story and we laugh about it. Below is what I posted earlier year ... All our luggage arrived except mine ... we got a call from Guest Relations telling us my bag was being held and we (meaning Charlie) had to go to Deck 2 (aka the Naughty Room) to claim it. Charlie quizzed (interrogated) me to see what contraband I could have brought on board. I replied, "I followed all the rules". I know he didn't believe me and I couldn't imagine what I could possibly have done wrong. He arrived at the Naughty Room and told the crew he was there to pick his wife's bag up, claiming no responsibility. The crew politely told him his wife had brought a rice cooker aboard! He said he replied "what did you say? A rice cooker!" And started laughing. If you knew me you'd know I've never seen a rice cooker in my life, and wouldn't dream of bringing one on a cruise -- I'm a Minute Rice type of girl. He said other crew members were laughing and showed him a list with our cabin number with rice cooker next to it. While he stood there they opened my bag in search of a rice cooker ... alias none was found. He was able to retrieve my bag and bring it to our cabin. When he returned he wouldn't tell me what happened until he poured himself a glass of wine -- from one of the two allowed bottles per cabin ... then he asked me if I had brought a rice cooker on board! So everyone knows you can't bring alcohol, an extra bottle of wine, a charger or knife -- now I can report that you better leave your rice cooker at home.
  6. Thank you for the updates. I’m a Celebrity cruiser and had heard about this situation for the cruise. I’m so happy to hear good things about Royal and how the situation is being handled. I’m sure there are lots of plans that have been affected and patience is the word of the day. It’s nice to know that Royal Is trying to make it as painless as possible.
  7. I was just on a flight to Tampa and sat next to someone who was booked on the Rhapsody of the Seas tomorrow. She said the ship was leaving from Cape Canaveral instead of Tampa and she was being taken by shuttle tomorrow to meet the ship. The winds have been high in Tampa but I’ve never heard of this. The folks flying in today and tomorrow for the cruise will be shuttled over and I’m sure excited for the cruise. For the passengers getting it in Cape Canaveral and flying out of Tampa looks like it will be a problem. Does anyone know what Royal Caribbean does to help folks.
  8. We will be in Ponta Delgada overnight and wondered if we should have dinner on shore and experience local culture that evening. Does anyone have thoughts on this?
  9. We took at TA a few years ago and there were two series of Enrichment Seminars. We are going to be taking a TA this spring. Is there any place we can find out before sailing what the topics will be?
  10. We had a wonderful day in St. Martin on September 11 on the Celebrity Equinox. We have vacationed many times there and love Orient Beach. We had heard that Orient Beach had been devastated by the hurricane last year but that one of the beachside restaurants was open. We were among the first off the ship at 9:00 and there was one other ship in Port. We walked through what looks like a brand new port complex and took a cab with another couple to Bikini Beach and it was $8 a person (the driver was delightful and we all gave her $10 a person). We also arranged for her to pick us up at 2:00. We rented two chairs and an umbrella for $20 — they were very comfortable! Plus the fellows that rent you the chair will bring you food and drinks if you like from the restaurant. There is a brand new bar and restaurant and it’s great. You can tell they have worked very hard to rebuild. We were told that a few of the other beach bars will be opening in November. We had heard that there was seaweed at the beach — there was a bit but nothing to worry about. There were locals peddling their wares and all you had to say was no thankful — it was not a problem at all. Our driver was waiting for us at 2:00 and we headed back to the ship. Having been in St. Martin many times before we love Front Street for shopping. We usually stop at the Guavaberry Emporium, The Belgian Chocolate Box by Beatrix and purchase an “ice” watch (they are hard to find in the U.S.) somewhere along the line. Since we were on a ship we decided to bypass Front Street and promised ourselves we would be back in the next year ... but We were thrilled when we walked back through the cruise port that there was Guavaberry Emporium, The Belgian Chocolate Box by Beatrix and a jewelry store that carried “ice” watches. As an added bonus there was a Pandora store that actually had charms for St. Martin. We got all our shopping done in 30 minutes and headed back to the Equinox. A great day in St. Martin and it was wonderful to go to Orient Beach. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. We boarded the Equinox today and I'll put on my blog later all about our day BUT this is to good not to share right now. All our luggage arrived except mine ... we got a call from Guest Relations telling us my bag was being held and we (meaning Charlie) had to go to Deck 2 (aka the Naughty Room) to claim it. Charlie quizzed (interrogated) me to see what contraband I could have brought on board. I replied, "I followed all the rules". I know he didn't believe me and I couldn't imagine what I could possibly have done wrong. He arrived at the Naughty Room and told the crew he was there to pick his wife's bag up, claiming no responsibility. The crew politely told him his wife had brought a rice cooker aboard! He said he replied "what did you say? A rice cooker!" And started laughing. If you knew me you'd know I've never seen a rice cooker in my life, and wouldn't dream of bringing one on a cruise -- I'm a Minute Rice type of girl. He said other crew members were laughing and showed him a list with our cabin number with rice cooker next to it. While he stood there they opened my bag in search of a rice cooker ... alias none was found. He was able to retrieve my bag and bring it to our cabin. When he returned he wouldn't tell me what happened until he poured himself a glass of wine -- from one of the two allowed bottles per cabin ... then he asked me if I had brought a rice cooker on board! So everyone knows you can't bring alcohol, an extra bottle of wine, a charger or knife -- now I can report that you better leave your rice cooker at home. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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