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  1. Thank you so much for your review. Did did Adventure a number of years ago and doing her again in November. It sounds like this will be our first experience with the new room keys waiting for you in the cabin. My question is this. As they are 'different' from the previous versions, do you know if A- can a hole be punched in the card and B- IF it can, does the Adventure guest services have the correct hole puncher for it? Thanx Erika
  2. Loving this thread for a number of comments. But my first thought about the chainmail dresses were, gotta wonder how heavy the luggage was. Erika
  3. We've always used a lanyard (hubby) and wrist coil. Do you know what Adventure and Serenade have? Thanx, Erika
  4. Nope, never lost laundry. But hubby had a pair of grey shorts come back brown. No doubt they were his, but definitely weren't brown when we sent them. (still brown to this day. 😞 ) Erika
  5. Welcome to cruise critic and cruising (your new addiction). And wow. You start off with a bang. A 12 day sailing. I have to say, after having sailed Grandeur for the first time this year, you will love her and her crew. The ports you are going to will offer you alot of great options. We did Barbados twice. The second time we did the Tiami catamaran and it was awesome. Hubby has scuba dived and I'm okay with swimming but not great with snorkel equipment. The crew were fantastic. There were guests with all different levels of experience and I think everyone had a super time. I can't recommend this excursion enough. I'll leave other ports to other folks to offer suggestions. Enjoy. Erika
  6. LOVED Capt Marek. He had great announcements each day. Whether wishing different crew members a happy birthday or as another person mentioned, welcoming back Jane and John after their much needed extra shopping time while he delayed departure. And that was followed the next day suggesting they get their shopping done early the next day or they were welcome to meet up with the ship in the next port, home port. LOL Then we found out that we would be getting escorted into the home-port after a different ship as the harbor master changed the order. Needless to say, he wasn't happy about it. He even went to the disembarkation area an apologized to passengers and thanked them for sailing. Definitely one of my favorite captains. Hoping the family are safe and sound whether whatever the reason. Erika
  7. I agree with those that say the new ones look like something from a theater or amusement park (or gas station!). More importantly the accordian straw I think would not only be hard to clean but due to height, I think I would knock over to often and easily. This last cruise, we just brought a few straws from home (in case they didn't have any) and used those in the 'old' style (with the chip). To be honest, so far, we liked the OLDER style (probably didn't have chips) which could handle hot and cold. Oh well.. Guess it is what it is. Erika
  8. FYI - I don't know if it was because were were in a JS or just timing, but we had the MOST comfortable bed on a ship, EVER. It was a thicker mattress on a higher frame than any other ship. I heard they were working at replacing the beds. I just don't know if it's only in JS and above or just where they started and are moving through the decks. I hope they do this for all cabins, all ships. Erika
  9. We we were there back in the fall. But I have to apologize. In thinking about this I think I was describing Labadee. Sorry. Hit was early and the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet
  10. G-d forbid! We need our double points for our upcoming sailing. That was the reason we booked JS for it. Erika
  11. And it is so nicely done. You go up a little hill with a few steps. They have 'bungaloos' that are private yet still open air. You get to listen to real ocean sounds (and people on the beach too) while you relax and enjoy it. Very nice treat. Erika
  12. Hi there. I can't compare RCI to any other cruise line. BUT I will say we did Grandeur in April and LOVED her. The BEST crew ever. The ship was in good condition and the Cruise Director, Activities Manager and their crew made everything fun. I say give her a try. I would sail her again in a heartbeat. Erika
  13. I completely agree. RCI sailing out of Charleston could do 3 nighters to Bermuda easily. IF Charleston would allow it. They constantly say they don't like all the tourists (seriously?). But Charleston/Bermuda is a due East/West trip and would be perfect. And if/when Bermuda is not in season, could still do Bahamas. Erika
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