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  1. I think the golden penguin scupture is out there. Not a huge area..bit has the forward view Ironically, when we were in AQ Class on EDGE, Concierge Class guests were invited to a port sailaway or sail in gathering out there..
  2. Diff for everyones taste but for us it would be along the Magic Carpet track or to the side of it... but some might love it!
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    We made ours already for our Nov APEX cruise.....selected our preferred time and fav mdrs,. Also booked one night at Fine Cut and pre paid. You can book onboard but on Edge some slots are more in demand than others so you might not get your first choices.
  4. Your assigned dining is BLU I'd check with BLU maitre d first who will assist placing you elsewhere for few nites. Should not be an issue..
  5. Appreciate hearing new ideas.. we do like architecture and historical walking tours...but the city streets smelled of yuck and our guide was not the best! Maybe next time we'll do better but have done ABC cruises recently so it will be awhile.
  6. Intetesting article yesterday in our local paper..by R Tribou of Orlando Sentinel Focus of article is on Royal Cs Quantum Ultra Class ships and highlights Odyssey of the Seas...with over 160,000 Gross tons and 4,200 pax at dbl capacity. .Will be ready Nov 2020 and will be first ship of that class to home port in Florida...Port Everglades It will sail W and S Carib itins in the winter including Aruba and Curacao..So thst's another beast of the seas competing for ports! Glad we did most of the ports sev times over and can now focus on the ships themselves
  7. Great shot.. thanks for posting it. I see 4 ships when I make it larger..That's a bit much! Guess I am spoiled from when ships docked once or twice per week, cars crossed over the pontoon bridge and the big modern bridge did not exist. Curious what most cruisers now enjoy there other than the beaches way over on the other side???
  8. We have had White Night deck parties on X...but it's hit or miss We also enjoy the new evening chic...most on X dress well. Jacket and tie not required. Sad to hear of folks in flip flops for dinner but that is not the norm, We will be sailing on her in May..10 days....expecting it to be cool in Newport and Bermuda..maybe even Charleston, so we will pack a few sweaters. Likely, dh won't be bringing his Carib floral shirts along.....
  9. Happy you are back. We are tuned in for another great adventure!
  10. Cap Costas on EDGE alluded to port congestion as a future challenge in his talk......Mostly he referred to the main ports having to stagger departure days ..can't all leave on the weekend! With so many large ships going to the same ports, things are getting more crowded.... esp with floating cities going to small places!
  11. This was asked recently with varied results.. Hope someone can do a search to avoid going over it all again Our fav is Tuscan.. .. but we were in the minority. We love everything about it from the food service, decor, art and music.. We also enjoyed the Elite breakfast there...
  12. That would be sad..Bonaire is a great port...the golf carts are very popular along with snorkel trips!
  13. We would prefer KW and just about any port to Curacao unless we wanted a long ride to a beach day or a visit to a local hotel... This port is not what it used to be!, We had Curacao on our recent EDGE cruise. We signed up for what was billed as a "culinary tour". It was awful. The nice market boats from Venezuela are no longer berthed there, the real food market was closed and we were taken through a filthy flea market where we were careful not to touch anything. The port town itself was filthy with a noticeable stench. We saw a few historic buidings..including the outside of the Synagogue..time to say a quick prayer! The stop at the Distillery was no more than a very short bathroom break..,,,just as well..it was an unimpressive..tourist trap. We did have a nice lunch at the Green House at the beach..but only after we begged our way inside to the air conditioned bar. On our last ABC cruise before EDGE, we did enjoy a day at a beach club..but that's a one and done. So sad for me. I have been going there before the big bridge was built, before lots of traffic and before the place became a dump! Others will disgree but we would prefer KW any day!
  14. No ..I blame NYS legis.. No bag NY is becoming way over regulated...
  15. NY Residents cannot add cruise care to their Cruise acct anymore thanks to the fairly useless NY State Legis .( no fault on part of X) ...After a long run around, we finally got the e address from Cap Club so we could purchase our basic Cruise Care ins policy. The reg cruise planner agent had no clue., We wasted time on hold and speaking with her! We were told that online is the only way to book it now. So we had to pre pay, no double Royal points on our credit card. Last time we could call in but now just online, apparently???? For those not aware here is the correct website: www.travelcruisecare.com You will need your Confirmation no, amt you pay pp , travel dates etc.
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