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  1. Hi Joanne! I'm sorry to hear that your trip was cancelled. We actually got really lucky this year. We had an 11 night southern caribbean cruise on Serenade March 2 that still sailed. All ports of call were made(Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia, Aruba and Curacao) on time, and got back into port when we were scheduled on March 13th. Even more importantly, nobody on our ship got sick, and we still seem to be healthy. I managed to continue on with Margaret's LCR games in the vortex on our sailing. We ended up with 33 people showing up on the last day we played. The couch circle we used on the Jewel was too small to fit our crowd so we improvised. I hope you and Dan are well, and perhaps we'll see you out on the seas sometime in the future. Dave
  2. We drink a lot on vacation, and would still get our moneys worth at $80pppd, but now a cruise is starting to lose its value over a land based vacation. We've got a cruise booked for next April, and right now its at $78pppd. Even if the price doesn't drop, i'll still get it because it makes sense for us. It's just going to change my outlook on vacationing in the future. Cruising has always been the only option I shop. I'll start shopping all inclusive land based vacations as well to see what gives me the best value for my money.
  3. A little nugget I learned on a trip out there for the Space Needle. They, at the time, were charging $25 for the trip up to the observation deck. If you were going to the restaurant, the trip up was free as long as you were eating. I had a $25 burger(way overpriced but better than a $25 elevator ride), and got to head out to the observation deck at no additional charge.
  4. Did a 14 night transatlantic on her a couple years ago, and loved every minute. Radiance class ships are my favorite. Plenty to do, not too big, outdoor windjammer seating.
  5. I don't ever remember them requesting my dessert order when taking the apps and main course. I'm not typically a dessert eater, but do enjoy an after dinner drink, so i suppose this doesn't bother me at all. Overall i've been happy with how they run the MDR.
  6. I spoke with Royal about a very similar situation i'm in with my kids, and was assured that since they are minors, they must be with you during embark/disembark because they can't board by themselves. Your older son would be the wild card here because he is no longer a minor.
  7. The best prices i've seen lately for any of my cruises is about $45/pp/day +18% gratuity. I know it is usually about $65/pp/day or more if you buy on the ship.
  8. Thats actually very helpful. Looks like they just put pedals with cages and i only need sneakers. One less thing i need to pack! Thanks!
  9. Nobody in here has done a spin class?
  10. I'd take the Jewel. Sounds like you get the same amount of port days with a few extra sea days to rest, plus the Jewel has the enclosed solarium. I'm not sure what time of year you are talking, but if these are Baltic cruises, i don't imagine they are warm so the indoor pool would be nice. Plus I am very partial to the Radiance ships.
  11. Can anyone that's taken a spin class on a Royal ship lately tell me what kind of pedals the bikes have? We will be on Serenade in March for 11 days, and i'd like to bring my bike shoes if they have the correct pedals for my cleats.
  12. Sushi Class....The new below water line suites on Oasis? Sorry, couldn't help myself.
  13. 9050 is above the exposed lifeboats. If you look straight down you are looking roof over the top of the boats(they're on deck 7). Not really a big deal IMO. Many of the balconies on this class of ship have this "obstruction". On deck 7, the issue is much more noticeable because you are even with the roof. Up on 9 you shouldn't notice it much at all.
  14. noise from the centrum on that side is certainly more of a concern than the starboard side of the ship, but timing is everything. If you go to bed early, the noise could definitely cause a problem for you. If you are awake until 11:00 or 12:00 at night, the centrum really quiets down at that point.
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