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About DrivesLikeMario

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    Books, driving cars, budgeting!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Azamara, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    England, Scotland and Europe

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  1. The biggest balconies are on the Marina Deck all the way forward. Next biggest are the Lido Deck ones. The Club Class minis have incredibly big balconies, especially M-107, M-108.
  2. There are absolutely no restrictions with using your balcony on the forward-facing balconies. People that have not been in them don't know because they're just reading what some IT person put in the description that had no idea of the reality. It wasn't too windy all the time because you're sitting below the solid metal panels and there are areas that aren't as bad as others in M-107, M-108, L-107, L-108 that you can move to (like the side section of the balconies).
  3. That's not true. You can (and we have) used our balconies every time.
  4. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter a whole lot what precautions they take. If just one person gets Covid-19 while on our cruise, I won't have a guarantee that they won't quarantine the whole ship. We're still working and can't miss 14+ days of our jobs. We'll have to wait for a vaccine that has been widely distributed.
  5. Argh. The indecision, no announcements and shifting around of ships is driving me crazy! It's not only RCI, but the other cruise lines as well. I wish they'd get the changes confirmed and announce them soon.
  6. Anyone know when the Brilliance will be doing it's TA?
  7. We book business class/first class through EZ Air all the time. Best deal out there because if the price goes down before final payment, you can cancel and rebook at the lower price. Just make sure you choose "Flexible" air when it comes up. With airlines like British Airways, you have to pay for seat assignments prior to 24-48 hrs. before flying (depending on your status).
  8. Thanks, Thrak! That will be so much easier.
  9. Still waiting on gov. taxes refund. Got the FCCs about a month ago.
  10. He clips it inside his pocket or just shoves it in his pocket. He wouldn't be caught dead displaying it or wearing it. The clip holds tightly. The medallion is held very firmly because it's magnetic! He's had much better luck with it than I've had with my wrist bands! And, it's only $8.
  11. Yes, it's really annoying when they do these kind of things! People have already had enough disappointment lately and now the cruises that are supposedly going are cancelled. And if you want to rebook, they don't even have alternatives ready for some of these! Very frustrating for passengers.
  12. That's true. I read the other day that Mexico is grossly under-reporting their Covid-19 deaths. It is very bad there and I cannot imagine the port stops would be safe in that part of the world this December. Get your money back now or wait until they offer an FCC.
  13. With RCI, we've never had butlers and frankly, wouldn't want them. We've had butlers on Princess (in 2000) and NCL. The one on NCL spilled water all over my cell phone as he filled up our coffee maker then denied doing it. I've had no use for them after that and really think they're superfluous like the concierges on Celebrity. I do really appreciate the way the RCI Concierge escorts you off the ship to the tenders and also at the end of the cruise. Those were really nice touches!
  14. I haven't been in the Brilliance's CL yet (will be next spring) but have been on the Jewel. We absolutely loved it! It was only crowded once in 8 days of cruising. The space is great, the drinks served to you just like you want them and the food looked SO much better than the display in the DL. We avoided the DL after a few days because it was so incredibly chaotic, the food was a mess all over the place, and the drinks weren't stocked well. The CL bartender works so hard and gives such awesome service. The food is kept neat, clean and re-stocked. It's quiet (except for one D+ bragging loudly most nights) and the perfect relaxing place to go before or after dinner. We could've just been lucky, but I hope all our future cruises have CL like that.
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