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BuckeyeMark

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    Dallas - Fort Worth
  • Interests
    reading, coffee, CS Lewis, Teddy Roosevelt, Ohio State football
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. I will tell you what we learned on Explorer last November trying to watch college fb - specifically Penn State vs Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Everybody gave me the run around, some saying "yes" and others saying "no" or "not sure." But I could tell no one really knew. Happened to be in the elevator with a guy that was in "Media Services" or something like that - so I asked him. He knew. The ship has to pay rights fees to broadcast stuff like that. For the Super Bowl it can run thousands of dollars he said. So it comes down to paying the fees. If they pay because they think a lot of folks want to see it (aka, the Super Bowl) you see it. If they don't, you don't. Here are the caveats: * Explorer going to dry dock where it will get the new sports bar that has 5 billion TVs. That looks to me like a lot more sports will be available beside ESPN Cricket, which is about all we saw on the TV for a week in November. * If they buy some kind of Olympic package that includes everything then you'd be good to go. So the answer is a definite "maybe." And like most things it comes down to money. Will RC pay the fees?
  2. Anybody had a cabin under the fitness center? We will be on the Explorer in the fall and there is a cabin we'd like but it's under the FC. Worried I could hear someone running on the treadmill or banging the weight machines or a fitness class ... at 6 AM! What's your experience with the fitness center being above your head?
  3. I'll weigh in. It's not RCI's fault and it appears to me they are doing everything they can to be accommodating and helpful. I'm pretty impressed with the offer. Don't know if I'd get on the Anthem but wow - that's a lot of credits they're tossing around. Good for RCI!
  4. anybody done the travel router thing? got one they could recommend that works with Apple devices?
  5. We've done Alaska three times - Princess, Celebrity, Princess. The last time we went to Glacier Bay. That is such an incredible day I would be willing to book everything around getting on a ship going there. And if you go to GB, get a balcony. The US Forest Service makes the ships stay at the glacier for at least one hour so once you sail up the fjord you will be at the glacier there for an hour. The boat spins after 30 minutes so each side gets a view. The kicker is on your balcony you can hear the ice crack and thunder. It's incredible. Then you go up on deck and everyone is talking and the US Forest Service guy is on the intercom explaining and while you can hear some it's not like on the balcony. That's my two cents worth. Lots of good ideas and advice here. But I say GO TO GLACIER BAY. You won't regret it! P.S. Salmon don't run big - tons of them coming up the streams till middle to late July. Thus no bears in the streams fishing till then. If you want to see fish and bears time your cruise appropriately.
  6. This is just ridiculously helpful. I really appreciate it! Seems like on our 5 day in November we got a paper bag a couple of days in that had a "special" price on it for laundry. Anybody know about when that special bag shows up?
  7. We never do laundry (back in the day when they had coin-op machines) on a cruise because we've never gone for more than 7 days. We just pack enough clothes. Going on a much longer cruise this year and needing to think about that strategy, esp since the airlines are now charging for luggage. So ... how does it work? Can you really send out everything, not just stuff that would normally go to the dry cleaners? Like blue jeans and socks and underwear and t-shirts? Is it expensive? And what is the quality of the work done? Wife will not be happy if they put a red shirt in with her white socks and it all comes back pink! LOL Just need the basic info on sending out laundry. We'll be on Explorer - no coin-op machines so it's either bring enough clothes or pay Explorer to do it for us. What do I need to know?
  8. Royal sold you a cabin?! Interior or exterior? On what ship? Do you get to cruise permanently in YOUR cabin? Oh wait...
  9. I did NC in Nov 2019 and it was great. full review in here:
  10. I second (or third!) what everyone is saying ... I was on it in November and the ship was great. Food was incredible. Crew was good too. Really had a great time. There have certainly been very different reviews, "which just shows to go you" that people look for different things and evaluate cruises differently. We liked the boat a lot. A lot. I think you'll be very happy. And after the dry dock ... look out!
  11. We’ve done a bunch of Princess but were on the Explorer in November. While that boat got bashed about a good bit here by folks unhappy with it (and it is going to dry dock) we really liked it and thought the food was much better than Princess. We’ll be on Royal in the future. Someone commented that only Princess and NCL get into Glacier Bay and I don’t know if that is true but that would get me back on Princess. Glacier Bay is incredible. Just incredible. I’d take a rubber raft if that is what it took to get in there! But we’re over in the Loyal Royal bunch now... imo, Princess is good but Royal is much better.
  12. We were on her the week before Thanksgiving and thought the ship was very good. We didn't see all the rust and decay some seem to have seen everywhere. We thought the food was excellent in both the MDR and Windjammer. Basically we loved it.
  13. Was on her in November and loved it. Everything but our cabin steward - she wasn't the best. But the rest of the crew and staff were crazy good. Food was superb. People evaluate differently and look for different things. But for us, she was very good and I guess will get even better after dry dock!
  14. We LOVED the comedy magician guy. He was absolutely hysterical. There was another guy earlier in the week who seemed to be of the Don Rickles School of Comedy. "I'm mad about everything, and my wife hates me and I hate her." He actually said the way to stay married is to fight. Uh... And I think you're so very right. Cruises are a lot what you make of them. Want to be unhappy. You can be. Want to be happy? You can be. It's kinda up to you!
  15. I appreciate those who are noting that food opinions are very very subjective. We were on the Explorer the week before Thanksgiving and through the MDR was outstanding. We talked a lot about how good the food was. On top of that, we thought the Windjammer was outstanding as well - enough that we really struggled a couple of nights whether to go down to dinner or up to dinner! Others, clearly, didn't have the same experience. I am only adding this to say not everyone's experience with the food was "it's terrible." We loved it. Just loved it. But we thought our comedian was awful. See? Different strokes for different folks!
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