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  1. We dropped our bags just before 11 last year. We had cruise and park so they took them from our boot straight through the hole so I think you will be fine to drop them early.
  2. And mine! We are also on that sailing on a B2B! Thank you TRSuzie for finding out the information.
  3. Nooo -we were really looking forward to him being on the Royal for our two weeks at the beginning of August! I know he needs / more than deserves a vacation but maybe he might come back earlier - wishful thinking on my part!
  4. We were on the Royal last summer and our DS mix and matched off the kids and adults menu. The staff were fantastic. There is a children’s section in the buffet in the evenings and if you go to the speciality dining restaurants you can also order off the kids menu there - last year our DS who was three at the time had Calamari to start off the ordinary menu and then spaghetti with meatballs off the kids menu! If the children take part in the kids club, then some evenings they have their own tea in the buffet - in a cordoned off section - with the food cooked especially for the children. The other thing that we did some evenings - especially later in the cruise was take DS with us to the MDR for dinner - he then had his main whilst we had our starters. Then one of us would take him to kids club and we then had our main meal. This worked really well as we had a family meal and an adult meal and entertainment for him all in one evening!!
  5. I think you mean South Queensferry? If you do then there is a shuttle bus - run by a private company, taxis and the option of catching the train. The station is about a 15 minute walk from the landing jetty where the tenders dock. We got a taxi very quickly as we were going to the outskirts of Edinburgh.
  6. Thank you so much for the pictures and the comments, I really appreciate it. Having been a little bit apprehensive about the layout, I’m now quite excited!!
  7. We were on the Royal last summer when our DS had just turned three. We had a mini suite. The sofa bed was great - we kept it as a bed during the day so the room steward didn’t have to bother changing it over. One side was against the wall and on the other side we put the adult pillows on the floor. He is in a toddler bed at home but he didn’t fall out once on the ship. Study the deck plan carefully to make sure that the third bed is a sofa bed and not a pullman.I did take his pillow with me as he hasn’t transitioned to an adult pillow yet. He wet the bed one night as toddlers do and I went to reception at 4am to get spare bedding. They sent a steward who insisted on changing it all for me. The dividing curtain was great. It kept the light out of his part of the room completely. We will back on the Royal in Alaska this summer. In relation to the door I did buy an extra magnetic lock but never used it as the door was so stiff that I could barely open it and he wasn’t tall enough to reach the handle. The kids club is fantastic- he had an absolute ball. He enjoys adult company but by the end of the cruise his preference was to go to the club!!
  8. I would love to see some picture if you have them. We are booked in one for Alaska later in the year. Did you have to keep the blind shut in the main bedroom and is there a curtain / door between the bedroom and living area? Thanks in advance for you help!
  9. We were in R329 on the Royal this summer and it was really quiet - we didn’t hear anything from above at all.
  10. We took our DS3 to Sabitinis this summer on the Royal. They are fantastic with children. We were told that he could order off the menu or have something off the ordinary children’s menu (which someone then has to run and get from the main kitchen). He had calamari to start, followed by spaghetti with meatballs and then vanilla ice cream. He loved the different breads / breadsticks to start!!
  11. We were looking at this recently. It’s not on the UK site (well we couldn’t find it) but is in the new UK brochure that’s just come out - with no price. Our TA rang for a price for three of us and it was eye watering! (£23k!)
  12. Thanks for the helpful advice. We are turning round in Whittier so that all sounds straight forward. At the moment we are in a mini suite going north and a suite coming south hence the different cabins.
  13. Thank you so much for this, it’s really helpful. We are on a b2b in Alaska next summer - booked as two separate cruises, with different cabins as we weren’t allowed to book it as one cruise. Please could you tell me what happens on turnaround day? Did you have to pack all your belongings and get off and go through immigration etc etc before reboarding?
  14. Our DS3 absolutely loved the kids club. He didn’t go all the time as we did stuff as a family & it was port intensive but when he did go he loved it. On port days the two rooms were joined together and it was free play but on sea days and in the evenings it was structured in specific rooms. They had a theme (pirate, Timmy turtle, whale, bear etc) for each day in the 3-7 room and it was educational too. He came back with loads of stuff to take home. In the 3-7 room there is also a secure outdoor area which he loved. For the smaller ones, they have a pager system so if there is a problem they will page you (they never did). It doesn’t work if you go off ship. Feel free to ask me anything else as before we went I couldn’t find much about the kids clubs on here!
  15. Thank you so so much for your detailed review, it really is very much appreciated.
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