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Grandma Petania

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    Richmond, Virginia
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Eastern Caribbean

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  1. Sailing with my younger daughter in recent years, we have chosen Oasis Class, Central Park Balconies, on Deck 10. Deck 10 is the lowest CP balcony, and is easy to see into the Park while sitting on our balcony - great for people watching. We also choose closer to aft elevators for easier access to main dining room. The other important choice for us is to have the beds closer to the bathroom, and the open area in front of the couch closest to the balcony. When checking out a new reservation, I make a list of the cabins in our prefered area that have the room layout we prefer. Then I try to get one of those.
  2. I have formed my opinion over nine cruises on Oasis Class ships. Only two were on Ocean View balconies, in connecting cabins that my DD & DSIL chose. I have sailed seven times with my other daughter, and I am a true fan of the Central Park balconies. During the day there is daylight on the CP balcony but less direct sun — which can be hot on an Ocean View. I also enjoy the money I save, along with the perks of one free bottle of wine, and a complimentary lunch at our choice of several upcharge restaurants. My disabled SIL spent hours in his wheelchair on their ocean balcony, and he loved it. It may seem counterintuitive on a cruise, but I get bored looking at the ocean hour after hour — unless I am sitting on a beach. Despite what a previous poster predicted, we never see “thousands” of people in Central Park, and we enjoy watching the couples and families wandering through. We think the best views are from decks 10 & 11. There are so many options on these big ships that we spend only an hour or two each day on our balcony anyway. Different strokes for different folks, but I suggest trying Central Park for yourself. (We haven’t tried a Boardwalk Balcony because of the noise level, and the crowds we often see when we venture to that part of the ship.).
  3. I was not aware that this was a possibility on such a large ship. I guess I can understand that the Oasis Class ship could be used as a docked “hotel” if the super bowl is held in that city, but it is kind of worrying that the cruise I booked a year and a half in advance could possibly boot us in favor of a large group charter. My son and his husband are planning a cruise for four of us to celebrate my 80th birthday. We’re booked on Symphony for third week in March 2020. The date we picked seemed to avoid Easter, spring break, etc. They are already negotiating vacation leave, and will be flying in from California. My daughter and I will fly from Virginia to meet them in Miami the day before we sail. All of us would be extremely disappointed if our reservations were cancelled — especially if we have already booked a hotel and plane fare. Does anyone think I need to be worried about that happening? Is there anything in RCL contract that states how much notice they have to give? If it gets to be six months before sailing date, should I be able to relax?
  4. My daughter and I have sailed on Oasis, Allure, Harmony and Symphony — always in a Cental Park balcony cabin on deck ten. We love overlooking the greenery, people-watching, and listening to live music from below on most evenings. We have found enough places around the ship to hang out and watch the ocean for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, and that has been enough for us. Different people enjoy different things about cruises, and we really enjoy the Oasis Class ships and the Central Park balconies.
  5. My daughter and I have chosen MTD at 5:15 or 5:30 on our last few cruises. That way we can have a leisurely dinner and still have time to go to an evening show. In our experience, we are usually finished by 6:45 or 7:00. As we leave, we see people checking in for dinner. It seems to me that most tables could be filled three times in an evening.
  6. It would be easy to forget about the cables if you were working on a different part at that time. As far as I know, the current cost is $19.99/person, payable in advance. I bought our reservations a couple months before we sailed, and was able to choose the best time for us (early afternoon). I definitely agree with another poster that this escape room could definitely use some TLC.
  7. So sorry to hear this. I hope they get up to date before we sail in March 2020. My son and his husband are paying for that cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday, and it will be their first on RCI. They chose Symphony over Harmony because the Saturday sailing fits better with their work schedule. All the other (current) Oasis Class ships sail on Sunday.
  8. We sailed on the Symphony of the Seas out of Miami in December, and were disappointed that the menus for the Main Dining Room weren’t available on the TV. When we sailed on Harmony, we were able to access all seven days of dinner menus. This helped us to plan for the week. It also helped us to decide what we would probably order each night, before we left our cabin, and sped up the ordering process once we were seated. Just wondering if anything has changed on Symphony, which we will be sailing in 2020.
  9. What is your favorite section? We love Columbus Cove at Labadee. Haven’t yet been to CocoCay, but hope to bypass the water park and find a nice beach — (gentle slope into water, no rocks).
  10. We were able to complete the escape with three minutes to spare, in spite of the delay with the cables. I just wanted to warn everybody else to not expect the cables to stay in. Just have people ready to hold both ends of each cable in place.
  11. Not a Spoiler: In Escape from the Rubicon, there is a part where 7 or 8 cables need to be connected. You will currently need 3-5 of your players to hold the cables in place or they will not stay plugged in. If you have placed all of them in the correct positions but you don’t see a result, the “guide” in the room with you will do whatever it takes for the result to appear. I hope RC is aware of this problem, and will fix it soon. Other than that, the Escape Room is a lot of fun. I hope your team will successfully escape before the hour runs out. P.S. I apologize for the large font. For some reason it won’t let me change it, even when I am in “edit” mode.
  12. It doesn’t show up in your cruise planner, because it doesn’t require reservations. However, it will show up in the daily planner — most likely near the end of the cruise, with performances in the afternoon. We are on the Harmony right now, and expect it to be performed on Saturday. iSkate (the second ice show) is also announced in the compass.
  13. Not a Spoiler: In Escape from the Rubicon, there is a part where 7 or 8 cables need to be connected. You will currently need 3-5 of the players to hold the cables in place or they will not stay plugged in. If you have placed all of them in the correct positions but you don’t see a result, the “guide” in the room with you will do whatever it takes for the result to appear. I hope RC is aware of this problem, and will fix it soon. Other than that, the Escape Room is a lot of fun. I hope your team will successfully escape before the hour runs out.
  14. They can be separated. They put the two narrow bedside tables in between the beds. My daughter and I chose to have only one table in between our beds, so I could put my cpap on a table on the other side of my bed, which also kept me from bumping my head on the side of the closet. Not enough space to walk between the beds, but we didn’t mind.
  15. My adult daughter and I did the escape room on Harmony and Symphony. On both ships we managed to escape with only a minute or so left. We were fortunate both times to mesh with strangers who worked well with others. I am disappointed that Symphony allows only 50 minutes to escape. On Harmony we had the full 60 minutes, which seems to be more common in other escape rooms I have heard about. I have a feeling that more groups could experience the satisfaction of escaping on Symphony if they were given the full 60 minutes.
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