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  1. I bought the TP-Link N300 travel router and I am wanting to know how to set it up so that the wifi login for royal wifi will be for that device only and hide our Mac addresses of the connected devices. In other words I want the hotspot to be the one device but it share with our other devices. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TQEX8BO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_C6V5CbTVGRSGK
  2. Can anyone share thoughts and photos of aft cabin 6688 on the Adventure? Thank you.
  3. Was our first cruise on Adventure, 5th on RCCL. We found Ft Lauderdale a very efficient place to get to and stay to board a Port Everglades cruise. The airport is next to the cruise port. We were told to not show up until Noon since there were traffic problems in the port that day, Sunday, 5/5/19. There was a water and air show going on, so we got to deck 12 by 2 PM, got to see the Blue Angels flying right over the ship. All of that ceased after 3 PM, but our shove off time was backed up from 5:30 to 9 PM. Evidently Allure was part of the problem, and there was also a Carnival ship waiting to get out of port. The people on the shuttle to the port who were going on the Allure told us they were not supposed to show up until 3 PM, they would be sailing at 8 PM. Turns out the Allure did not pull out until 9:15 PM, the Carnival ship 20 minutes later, and the Adventure started moving at 9:50 PM. It was announced that after 2 days at sea the Adventure would be an hour late into the first port, Aruba, on Day 4. However, all aboard at Aruba was moved back from 4:30 to 10:30. Since Curacao is so close it was no problems to keep the schedule of 8AM to 5 PM the following day. The only other change was on the last sea day it was announced that due to a medical emergency we would be pulling into Cape Liberty ASAP, about 2 AM on 5/17. No one else could get off early, but things went very well for us, walking our own luggage off at 8AM and getting to our Transbridge bus at 8:35. Bus was supposed to leave for The Lehigh Valley Airport in Bethlehem, PA at 9 AM, but 4 people did not show until 9:30 AM, did not realize they could have had their number lowered to get off sooner because of the scheduled bus departure. They seemed to be bus nubies. We had sailed 22 days previously on Mariner so the Adventure seemed like a homecoming. The ship was in excellent shape, and other than having to walk through the casino on deck 4 to get to the theatre, we enjoyed most venues. We had an inside close to midship on deck 9, cabin 9591, Troy took good care of our cabin. We ate all of our meals in Windjammer except lobster night meant my time dining. My wife prefers the great variety of WJ, enjoys the different theme nights. We usually did the early shows in the theatre, either 7 PM or 8 PM, so we never missed a show we had planned to see. There was plenty of trivia available throughout every day and even at 7:30 PM. I met a couple from Austin, Texas and joined their progressive trivia team. After 6 rounds at 10AM every sea day our team came in third, 82 points out of a possible 120, the winning team had 84 points. So we got bronze medals and a RC thermos. The other days we also did quite well, I have a lifetime supply of pens, key chains, highliters and zipper guards. I have not attended any meet and greets for years, find it best to make new friends at trivia. All the games were enjoyable, did not have any arguments about the answers. All the crew members were friendly fun, and there were no language problems which had been encountered on previous cruises. More on ports and entertainment later.
  4. Just got an email last night from Royal - Bar Harbor is canceled (because quote "We’ve been advised that there will be some port congestion in Bar Harbor, Maine on September 24th") Too bad, but it will be nice to have an overnight in Portland. Not a fan though of having to hop to/from US/Canada like that, yay, I really want to go through US Customs twice on this trip... sigh. We are losing an hour in Boston (and tacking on the Customs time) - sure glad I've been there many times or I'd be ticked. Question for those who have overnighted in ports (we've only ever been on cruises with day ports) - are you able to come back at your leisure at night? Or is there a time they expect you to be aboard by?
  5. Does anyone know if Starbucks is included in the Deluxe Beverage Package on Adventure of the Seas? Thanks!!
  6. I saw a photo of a large jacuzzi in the spa. Is it open to public or only when you have spa services. Is a pass available for purchase to use jacuzzi or Steam rooms . I’m going in October and think it will be way to cold for jacuzzis by the pool . Guess I should mention .. Adventure of the Seas.
  7. Does Adventure out of Cape Liberty have the dining room open for lunch on embankment day?
  8. We are on the 8 night Adventure of the Seas cruise in June and I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find the menus? We were on a 7 night last August- will the menus be the same as they were then? If so, does anyone know what the menu will be on the extra night? Thanks in advance!
  9. We are sailing on the Adventure of the Seas (8 night) RT from Ft. Lauderdale. Will the Luggage Valet be offered. Need this info to begin our returning flight search. Thanks. XRAY
  10. Enchantment of the Seas Sails on First Cruise from Galveston May 07, 2019 Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas began its homeport seasonal sailing itinerary from the Port of Galveston with a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise on Monday, May 6, according to a press release. “We are excited to welcome yet another Royal Caribbean ship, Enchantment of the Seas to its new seasonal homeport in Galveston. Short cruising is in demand, the market is growing so it’s great that Royal Caribbean is expanding their shorter cruise program from Galveston by bringing newer and larger ships to accommodate the growth in the short cruise market, ” said Rodger Rees, CEO, and Port Director. “Giving cruise passengers various sailing options is one of the reasons that this port has climbed the ranks to become the four busiest cruise port in the nation.” The Enchantment of the Seas joins the largest cruise ship to sail from the State of Texas, Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International has scheduled 50 four- and five-day cruises and one seven-day cruise from Galveston during the 2019 cruise season. These new cruises will result in an estimated additional 122,400 passengers leaving on cruises from Galveston, the port said. Next year, the Adventure of the Seas will call Texas home for the first time, becoming the first Voyager class ship and the largest Royal Caribbean ship sailing short voyages from Galveston.
  11. Back info: Husband and I were originally booked to sail on the Oasis TA and the first Mediterranean cruise following TA. I’m sure you all know what happened to those plans😂. I do have to say that, surprisingly, Royal was very quick to make refunds which meant I had a huge credit on my charge card. So what to do with this credit? Book another cruise, of course! I had a difficult time finding a cruise that would fit into the specific time span needed as well as one that I thought was a good price but Adventure was available. Balconies were more than I wanted to spend for an 8 day cruise but a promenade interior was available for a semi-decent price, I booked this 1 1/2 weeks before the cruise which is the latest I’ve ever booked! Even though we’ve been on over 50 cruises, this was our first time on Adventure and our first time in a promenade cabin and we had not been on an Explorer class ship since 2013, so it all seemed brand new to us! WHAT I REALLY LIKED: Embarkation was very quick. We got to port about 1030 and were on the ship before the WJ opened at 11. Rooms were ready at 1 and our suitcases were waiting in the hallway for us. Ship is beautiful and very clean. Carpets looked brand new. Promenade cabin on deck 8 seemed to have more space than some of the balcony cabins we’ve had. Window seat and small couch, plus chair at vanity. Vanity/desk area was large with a good amount of counter space. Shelves in the corner above TV and in the closet. Was not approached a single time to buy any packages. Food was very, very good! WJ embarkation lunch was excellent as was breakfast. We did not go to any of the specialty restaurants as we liked the MDR food so well. Service wherever we went was excellent, with one exception (see below). Our cabin steward, Lilian, was exceptional as were our waiters, Hadi and Arnold. Pizza in Cafe Promenade and WJ was very good. Entertainment was typical, cruise ship type. Comedians were funny. We rarely do a ship excursion but because I had a lot of OBC from Oasis cruise to use, we booked a catamaran and snorkeling excursion in St. Kitts and felt it was well worth the money. Disembarkation was just as quick and easy as embarkation. Our tag number was called at 810 and we were in the car leaving the parking garage at 850. This included having to shuttle to parking garage. THE NOT SO GOOD: Adventure seemed incredibly crowded on sea days, especially compared to our Oasis class cruises. The pool area and Solarium were packed! Very difficult to find a chair in the Solarium, on the last sea day I woke up early and decided to take some coffee to the Solarium. Walked in at 730 and there was ONE chair that had not been “reserved”🙄. I noticed one couple had the same two chairs everyday, do they camp out at night? Solarium was very noisy, a good size group had a large speaker that they set up by the pool each sea day and blasted music. Fortunately, I liked most of it but I could tell some did not. I heard there were lots of complaints at GS. Diamond Lounge was packed each night, very hot and noisy. Cards were being swiped for “inventory purposes”. They had a corner set up where you stood in line to get a drink. We usually went after six but always found it full so we would go out to the Viking Lounge Bar for a drink before the show. This was the one exception to good service, we practically had to tackle a waiter to get anything. We tip every time but found we were completely ignored, so we just went up to the bar for service. 70’s show seemed tired and cheesy as did Love & Marriage Show. Maybe it’s time for something new? Vanity shelves and drawers in cabin were very narrow/shallow so even though they were plentiful, they did not hold much. Overall, we had a good cruise. I will say there was lots and lots of young children, especially babies, but I enjoyed seeing them. They seemed to really enjoy the pool area for kids but I was surprised it did not open until 10 on sea days. The kids were waiting poolside by 9am.😀 Any questions? Sherri🙂
  12. Hi! We are heading on our second RCCL (first was the Oasis of the Seas) in 2 weeks and it is heading North!! First time cruising north as well. Has anyone done the Bar Harbor St. John and Halifax itinerary? If so any must do or must see? We know we would like to have fresh lobster (any best places for this?) and maybe a tour of Acadia Nat'l Park. Anything else that you would recommend? Don't really want to do any long tours. Thanks!!
  13. We just got off the 6 night Western Caribbean cruise on Adventure of the Seas with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I started a thread when I got on the ship offering to answer questions regarding the ship if I could. I answered those as best as I could and now I want to post a short review of our experience. Embarkation: We like to get on the ship early so that we can start to enjoy our vacation. We arrived at the port at 11:15 and there were still passengers disembarking from the previous cruise! I don’t know what the delay was but it had me concerned as we had an early flight scheduled after our return. After a bunch of research on Cruise Critic I felt safe booking flights for 9:47 AM. With self-assist debarkation and if there were no problems with customs, I knew we could be at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Today’s debarkation time raised my concern a little. We dropped of our luggage and checked in. There were about 200 or so people already waiting to board. Boarding started about 12:15 and we were on the ship at 12:30. Our stateroom: Our stateroom was 7688 which is the corner aft on the port side. The balcony for this cabin is HUGE! We have had corner aft cabins before on various decks of various ships but this balcony was, by far, the biggest we have ever had. It had 2 loungers, 2 chairs, a low table and a high table. There was room for 2 more loungers and at least 4 more chairs. I’m not sure these pictures will show its true size. Our only complaint about the balcony was that it had a "roof" over it. It was completely covered. There were not many times when the sun shone on the balcony.
  14. Are Diamond Plus permitted in the concierge lounge on these ships?, also the last time we were on the Adventure was in 2009, has she changed much and if so- how? Thank you for your time.
  15. This will be a day by day review of my recent 6 night cruise on Adventure (4/21 – 4/28). I will try to be as detailed as possible, without going into 10 minute increments of my daily activities. As a long time reader on CC, I tried to be as aware as possible to be on the lookout for the most commonly asked questions on here and will try to touch on as much as possible. I have 10 total in my group. Me and bf (36 and 45), my brother and sister in law and their 2 kids (40 and 45, 11 and 9), my parents (65 and 66), and 2 family friends (38 and 72). As you can see, we have a broad age range so I will be covering Adventure Ocean as well as adult only activities. We have all been on RC many times. I will post the frequently asked questions first, so if you don’t want to read the rest then you don’t have to. FAQs There was a gluten free area in the Windjammer. Smoked salmon was available also. Formal night on day 2 and 5. Other themed nights were 70’s and Caribbean night. Distilled water and an extension cord for CPAP were delivered to our room by our steward. Cruise director was Drew Devine. Quest was night 4, Silent Disco was night 2, Love and Marriage was night 3. There was also a 70’s party and a White Night party. Everyone in my group had the Deluxe Beverage Package. Never got charged extra for any of the alcoholic drinks anyone had which included regular mixed drinks, frozen drinks, shots, a variety of wines, martinis, Johnny Rockets milkshakes, and even Johnnie Walker on the rocks. We were at terminal 29. Balcony room 9340 had the bed by the balcony. The interior rooms that connected only had a chair in the room, whereas the regular interior room had a loveseat. Never saw a drink card on this cruise, but it was only a 6 night so I don’t know if that had an impact. Drink packages and specialty restaurants were pushed hard the first 2 days. I did not have the Key, I did not stay in a suite, and I am not a Diamond member, so I have no information on any of those aspects. Pre cruise: The cruise left on a Sunday and with this being a shorter cruise at 6 nights, we decided to extend our vacation a little bit and head to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. We flew in Thursday evening and rented a 5 bedroom house through VRBO for the days leading up to the cruise. Friday and Saturday were spent around the pool at the house and it was the perfect way to kick off the vacation. Embarkation day: We arranged for a private van to pick us up at the house at 9:30am. It was about a 15 minute ride from the house to the port. After we were unloaded, we got in the security line at 9:57am. We were through security and checked in by 10:10am. Boarding had not started yet, so we were seated in the lowly Platinum section and waited. At 10:30 boarding began. Suites, Pinnacles, and the people that had the Key were called first, then D and D+, then Emerald, Platinum and Gold, then everyone else. We were on the ship at 10:41am. Since none of the lunch venues were open yet, we made our way to the pub for a drink. We all had the deluxe drink package which we bought about 3-4 months ahead of time at $44/day. For all of us, it was no issue whatsoever in reaching the break even point. Most of us (myself included) made out like bandits. Around 11:30 we made our way to the Windjammer for lunch. I’m not much of a buffet person, but I had more than enough food to choose from. The fried chicken was great! Rooms were ready right at 1pm, so after the initial rush died out, we made our way there. Bf and I had an interior (I have motion issues and looking at the water while the ship is moving is a problem, so a balcony is wasted on me). My brother and his kids both had interiors with a connecting door. My parents had a balcony directly across the hall from us, and the other two had a balcony about 20 cabins down the hall. Rooms 9345, 9343, 9341, 9340, 9278. My room steward was Kim Adame and he was excellent. Bf has a CPAP and Kim brought him a gallon of distilled water and an extension cord since there were no outlets near the bed. The other rooms near us had Emma and had nothing but good things to say about her. About half the luggage was already in our rooms, and the other half was just down the hall in the crew service area, so we just grabbed them and took them to our rooms ourselves. We all agreed to part ways and meet up again at dinner. After unpacking, bf and I went to check on our table for dinner. I had emailed the dining department about 2 weeks before the cruise to get us a table for 10 for the main seating. I received a confirmation back about 2 days later with our table number. We had a great table against a dividing wall and next to the windows. I have to sit with my back to the water, but everyone else enjoyed the view we had. We roamed around the ship and sampled drinks from different bars until it was time to get ready for dinner. My sister in law had taken the kids to get registered for Adventure Ocean and said it was disorganized chaos. We knew there would be a lot of kids on this sailing since it was Easter/Spring Break, but she said it was like the people running it had never seen kids before. People standing all over the place, no line, no organization. We have been on many RC cruises and she said none of them were even close to being as disorganized as this was. We all met back up at main dinner seating which was at 5:30pm. Our waiter was Santana from India, and assistant waiter was Romnick from the Philippines. The first night was a little rough getting going. We could tell that these two hadn’t worked together before, and a short while later Santana informed us that this was his first sailing on this ship. It was the start of his third contract and he was previously on Freedom. I have no idea what everyone ate and I have no pictures of our food or the menu, but the menu was identical to the menus that have been posted all over these boards recently. After dinner we went to the welcome aboard show which consisted of the cruise director, Drew Devine, comedian Sam – Frede? Freele? (don’t remember his last name), featured ball room couple Michele and I don’t remember the girl’s name from Italy, and the rest of the singers and dancers. It was pretty short, about 25 minutes. We hit up the pub before returning to the theater for the late night adult comedy with Sam. He was ok. A couple funny bits, but nothing hilarious. We had a night cap and then called it quits. To be continued...
  16. Sailing on Adventure for the first time. Been quite a while since sailing on this class. Do Diamond Plus members have access to reserved seating in theatre? Is there still a reserved seating area at pool and ,again, is it accessible to Diamond Plus?
  17. Got an email last week informing me that Adventure OTS will be having a Coast Guard inspection on 5/5/19, so no one will be able to start the check in process until Noon, and please don't show up early it is a small terminal at Port Everglades. So we will take the last shuttle from Days Inn which leaves at noon, a 20 minute ride to the port. Yesterday got another email reminding me to not show up before noon. And since the port will be congested, sailaway time has been moved from 5:30 to 9 PM. As a result we will pull into Aruba at 9AM instead of 8 AM. The good news is we will be spending 5 extra hours in Aruba, so the 5PM leaving time has been backed to 10PM. And this will not change our 8 AM to 5PM stops in Curacao and Bonnaire. So it is not really bad news, 5 more hours on Aruba is good while not changing any other stops. I would have liked to sail out of PC in the day time, but that is of little consequence. My question is, what last minute events caused PC congestion and our departure delayed 3 and a half hours? I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but my first thought is "Did Allure OTS have something to do with this?" Does the congestion have anything to do with the Coast Guard inspection? Inquiring minds want to know.
  18. I know it’s been quite a while since I sell the Royal Caribbean, however this week I’m sailing on the adventure of the seas it is such a sleepy ship. It’s definitely lacking in entertainment. Maybe it’s the time of year or maybe it’s more geared towards families but it’s not a ship singles of any age looking for more entertainment should sail on. I do have to give kudos to the food, it’s some of the best food I’ve eaten at sea. The pool staff is right on it’s mark with keeping the chair hogs at bay, and the teen curfew keeps the young ones from taking over the ship each evening. I’ve sailed Royal many times and have my next cruise on the Ovation, but this will be my last sailing on the Adventure - it’s boring!! One last word, if you enjoy just sunbathing & eating then this is the ship for you.
  19. I'm a little late with my trip report, but this board was very helpful with planning and info and I wanted to return the favor. I'll try to keep it short, but feel free to ask questions. Our sailing group included two families (4 adults, 3 kids). We both had panoramic oceanview staterooms on deck 12 and those were awesome, but my kids (11, 7) both agreed that they would like to have a balcony for our next cruise. Our room steward, Wilson, was the best!!!! We had Scrabble letters on our door and each day he would write us a new message. I can't say enough nice things about him! We had My Time Dining at 5:45 PM most nights and had the same great waiter/asst. waiter - Vijendra and Shardul. They were really great and knew what we wanted for drinks after day 1. The kids loved them and loved our head water, Savio. We also had the 3-night specialty dining package and went to Chops two nights and Giovanni's Table one night. Chops & Giovanni's were excellent, as was the main dining room. We really liked the ship. I didn't think it was that big (our last cruise was a few years ago on the Disney Wonder). Maybe our next cruise we will go with a bigger ship. The shows were ok... we saw Invitation to Dance, Impact, A Night with Adele and our hands-down favorite was the ice skating show. I have no idea how they skate on such a small rink. For the ports... Labadee: We took the historical tour which was an hour long and it was too long for our group. I think we were just itching to get to the beach and the Beach Bed that we had reserved. I had read that the water at Adrenaline Beach was rocky and it definitely was the farther out we went from shore. But the kids loved the water and didn't really notice the rocks as much as the adults did. The Beach Bed was great. It came with two loungers, two floating mats and a cooler with 6 large bottles of Evian water. We thought it was definitely worth it. We also had all-day passes for the Dragon Tail Coaster. We didn't go to the coaster until well after lunch and there wasn't a line by that point. The kids got in many rides and had a blast. San Juan PR: Our first stop in sunny San Juan was Senor Paleta's for refreshing fruit popsicles. We walked over to see the umbrellas on Fortaleza Street... those are so cool. Great photo opps! And then we made our way to El Morro. I wish we had brought a kite because it was a great day for it. The kids explored the fort for a bit and then it was time for us to catch our ride to El Yunque National Park for our rainforest horseback ride that we booked on our own with Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park. My only gripe was that they ask you to arrive 45 minutes prior to your reservation time (our time was 5 PM), but you end up waiting for 40 minutes. I thought the time would be spent with an orientation and getting ready, but that didn't start until 5 PM. We would rather have spent more time at El Morro, but what can you do? The ride and the guides were great. We really enjoyed it. And the horses were so gentle (except for mine, it wanted to go faster and be at the front of the pack). I was amazed that the younger kids could ride on the horses solo. And then we headed back to San Juan and back on board for a late dinner. Carabali recommended two taxi companies and I made the transportation arrangements with them directly. St. Maarten: We booked an island tour and the Bucaneer Beach Adventure through Royal Caribbean. We probably could have booked on our own, but St. Maarten was the last on our planning list and we just went with the easiest options. The island tour was ok. We were limited to the Dutch side due to a taxi side on the French side. I wonder if that impacted the ability to get a ride to the beaches on the French side. My oldest was so happy when we stopped at the carousel and went to the French bakery. She ate an entire baguette on her own. Then our next excursion was to Bucaneer Beach. The nice part was that lunch was included as were loungers, a small table and an umbrella. We had inflatable pool noodles that the kids used to float around. St. Kitts: I think this was our busiest day... started off with a tour with Jim from Rose & Jim's Taxi Tours. Jim was great! We even saw his childhood home on our tour. He took us around and we made many stops including Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill Fortress, and the Black Rocks. A beach stop was also included but we had to pay separate for chair/umbrellas and lunch. As part of our tour, he also took us to our excursion we booked on our own to Dolphin Discovery. Swimming with the dolphins! That was really cool and the kids really enjoyed that. Jim was waiting for us to take us back to the ship. We loved the tour and how accommodating Jim was with taking us to Dolphin Discover and back to the ship. One thing that I heavily researched were items to bring/buy for our cruise. For us, the most helpful things were 1) magnetic hooks - wish I had brought more them!; 2) a magnetic nightlight; and 3) something to add more outlets - and I learned after the fact, that the one I bought and used was one that I should not have used, despite what Amazon told me. Those are the highlights... I could write on and on but I won't. Onto the next vacation!
  20. I’m traveling with my 12 year old on Adventure of the Seas. Does anyone have the events for teens?
  21. We'll be leaving in a few days on the Adventure and I hurt my shoulder last week. Any way to get some extra padding put on the bed besides trying to find the cabin steward on the first day? These days they are busier than ever with more cabins and we are lucky to even see them the first day. Thanks.
  22. I’m after some information if anyone knows please? Our little ones will be 5 and 9 when we go in October so the will be in two different age categories in the kids club. Is it all just in one room though just split into different age groups? As I know the youngest will initially be very apprehensive to stay on her own if it is completely separate, she will be fine once she finds her feet and gets comfortable with people. We are on Adventure OTS if that helps.
  23. Just returned from a wonderful 8 night sailing on Adventure of the Seas... Review will soon follow. In the interim if anyone has questions I'd be happy to try and help.
  24. My DH and I recently sailed on Adventure OTS. I know it is not the newest or the biggest, but it was perfect for us and for what we wanted to do on a cruise This was my 51st total cruise, and I am Diamond on Royal. This carries some nice perks which I will go into in a bit. As there aren't too many reviews for this ship, I wanted to share my thoughts We drove down the night before. We live about 3 hours or so from the port but I have learned not to arrive the day of. We stayed at the Embassy Suites and took a taxi to the port. As my DH travels we had points for the hotel and free rental car. So we rented a vehicle from Deltona to the airport in FLL, and then rented one for free to go home. Worked out great. We arrived at the port about noon, and we were on the ship in about 15 to 20 minutes. Since our room would not be ready until a bit after 1pm, we decided to just relax in the Schooner Bar and enjoy a couple of drinks. Once our room was ready we went and got our room keys and dropped off our carry on. We explored the ship a bit until it was time for Muster. Once Muster was finished, we went back to our room. Our suitcases were there so we unpacked. The cabin has so much storage space! We only used about half the drawers, and there were plenty of hangers in the closet. Our cabin number was 7618, which is a Hump Balcony mid-ship. Lots of room for the two reclining chairs plus a full size table. The bathroom was a bit smaller than some of the ships I have been on, but it was adequate and everything was good. Love the shower doors instead of the clingy curtains on some other ships! The biggest downside was the bed and the pillows. I would have been as comfortable sleeping on the floor! I cannot believe how hard the bed was and how flat the pillows were Definitely a negative in my book. We went on the cruise for some much needed R and R. We never got off the ship, and stayed on all week. Our days were spent in the Solarium, out on the balcony, in the casino a bit, or sitting on the Promenade. It was pure bliss. We had the Your Time dining, but still had a reservation for each night. I know it seems a little bit of an oxymoron to have reservations for dining on my time, but it worked for us. We sat at the same table each night with the same staff. Dinner was great every night, and took about an hour. Meals were brought out hot, my water glass stayed full, and I enjoyed my banana split for dessert each and every night. Breakfast was usually at the Windjammer, although we did eat in the dining room twice for breakfast. Lunch was always the Windjammer. It is spread out in a great way and there was little if any congestion or lines during the times we went. The Washy-Washy woman is a pure delight and always made me smile. The casino was very tight both on the slot machines and the tables. The casino was surprisingly not too smoky. I did not notice too many people who were smoking without playing. I am not sure if that is due to good policing by the staff or if less people are smoking. Diamond Perks: We used the free 8x10 photo, and definitely enjoyed the three cocktails loaded onto our Sea Pass card each day between 4:30 and 8:30. Since the drinks were available we never did make it to the lounge for pre-dinner snacks. We were also able to get off the ship a bit quicker since the Loyalty Ambassador was outside and saw us and two other couples who met with him during the week. He literally escorted us through the line and we were off the ship, collected out luggage, went through Customs, and in our car in about 30 minutes. My DH and I just looked at each other and said WOW! I am not sure if I covered everything, but if you have any questions I will try to answer them. We did go to a couple of the shows (don't remember the names) and they were very well done. I didn't keep the daily sheets as they are pretty generic in my opinion. Most folks dressed accordingly to the suggested dress each night for dinner, but there were a few in shorts and jeans on the more dressier nights. I don't care, but thought I would mention it since it comes up in discussion. My DH and I get a bit dressy, but we do it for ourselves and for each other. All in all it was just what we were wanting and needing, and except for the horrible mattress - a perfect cruise for us.
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