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  1. We had the Ben and Jerry's cabin on Independence and liked it. It was kind of fun having the cow butt outside of our window 🙃 I don't remember it being overly noisy, and I am a pretty light sleeper. It was also cool to be able to watch the parades in the promenade without having the battle the crowds.
  2. Most people here seem to prefer deck 7. Our first promenade was on Independence last spring. It was the "large family" room with two windows, separate bunk room, walk in closet. For 3 of us it was awesome. We're in a normal promenade soon on Adventure. Though we usually sail in balcony's we couldn't resist the price. Yes there will be noise some nights for promenade events.
  3. I think the first sailing after the dry dock is on Monday. Marine traffic still shows her at the dock. RCI app supported ships: - Adventure of the Seas® - Allure of the Seas® - Anthem of the Seas® - Brilliance of the Seas® - Enchantment of the Seas® - Harmony of the Seas® - Independence of the Seas® - Liberty of the Seas® - Majesty of the Seas® - Mariner of the Seas® - Navigator of the Seas® - Oasis of the Seas® - Ovation of the Seas® - Quantum of the Seas® - Serenade of the Seas® - Spectrum of the Seas® - Symphony of the Seas® - Vision of the Seas® - Voyager of the Seas® Biker, who assumes with her sale, Grandeur may never see the app.
  4. On two ships I’ve been on this year (Independence and Explorer) they’ve had Heineken 00 and O’Douls alcohol free beer
  5. Empress just doesn’t have all the fun attractions the bigger ships have. It doesn’t have a big open mall area with shops and restaurants, just a small shopping area in the ship. My kids didn’t have as much to do on sea days as they did when we went on the much larger Independence. I would recommend this as a good couples cruise ship without kids, or else for a shorter cruise with no more than one sea day. Or else if you prefer only lounging and relaxing, this ship is just great. Also, this ship does not have many or any regular balcony rooms, but the junior suites with balconies are reasonably priced. Nice friendly crew but there is no “wow” factor to this ship. We still had a great time, it just wasn’t quite as much fun for my kids compared to the bigger ships.
  6. I have seen it enforced quite a few times on Royal actually. They walk around with little post it notes and mark chairs. If the sticker is still there when they come back, I've seen them remove the items and take them to the towel stations. We haven't been on as many Royal as you have, but as mentioned above, we have seen it several times...on several different Royal ships (Freedom, Oasis, Harmony, Independence, etc).
  7. rotation on EN and NV Adventure OTS - Capt Carl Graucob (started rotation 9-16-19) Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk Allure OTS - Capt Tore Grimstad (started rotation 8-18-19) Allure OTS - Capt Ron Holmes Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban (started rotation 8-14-19) Anthem OTS - Capt Henrik Loft Sørensen Brilliance OTS - Capt Ante Cavala (started rotation 8-28-19) Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug Empress OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff (started rotation 9-15-19) Empress OTS - Capt Diego Lombardic Enchantment OTS - Capt Nils-Petter Hoeydal (started rotation 10-11-19) Enchantment OTS - Capt Toni Tomljanovic Explorer OTS - Capt Kjetil Gjerstad (started rotation 9-8-19) Explorer OTS - Capt Malvin Bardsnes Freedom OTS - Capt Thomas Busto (started rotation 8-11-19) Freedom OTS - Capt Frank Martinsen Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes (started rotation 9-14-19) Grandeur OTS - Capt Thordur Thorsson Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen (started rotation 8-18-19) Harmony OTS - Capt Gus Andersson Independence OTS - Capt Teo Strazicic (started rotation 8-30-19) Independence OTS - Capt Iv Vidos Jewel OTS - Capt Trym Selvag (started rotation 8-18-19) Jewel OTS - Capt Anders Ingebrigtsen Liberty OTS - Capt James MacDonald (started rotation 8-11-19) Liberty OTS - Capt Dustin Catelsky Majesty OTS - Capt Daniel Budzelewskiis (started rotation 9-16-19) Majesty OTS - Capt Per Kristoffersen Mariner OTS - Capt Tobias Oster (started rotation 8-12-19) Mariner OTS - Capt Toni Calne Navigator OTS - Capt Mattias Persson (started rotation 10-14-19) Navigator OTS - Capt Angel Oviol Oasis OTS - Capt Göran Peterson (started rotation 9-6-19) Oasis OTS - Capt Claus Andersen Ovation OTS - Capt Henrik W Loy (started rotation 9-20-19) Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan Quantum OTS - Capt Sindre Borsheim (started rotation 9-6-19) Quantum OTS - Capt Erik Standahl Radiance OTS - Capt Espen Been (started rotation 8-9-19) Radiance OTS - Capt Marek Slaby Rhapsody OTS - Capt Trond Holm (started rotation 8-10-19) Rhapsody OTS - Capt Kjell Nordmo Serenade OTS - Capt Stig Nilsen (started rotation 8-11-19) Serenade OTS - Capt Aris Medina Spectrum OTS - Capt Charles Teige (started rotation 9-5-19) Spectrum OTS - Capt Flemming Nielsen Symphony OTS - Capt Rick Sullivan (started rotation 9-28-19) Symphony OTS - Capt Rob Hempstead Vision OTS - Capt Juan Luis Caranti (started rotation 6-15-19) Vision OTS - Capt Michael Lindberg Voyager OTS - Capt Huimin Wu (started rotation 10-6-19) Voyager OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson
  8. Updated 10/14/19 --- corrected Thanks to everyone for their help in providing me with information on who they come across on sailings. My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Cian has been identified as currently on AD. Cian has told a cruiser that he will be onboard until Nov. 23 when he goes to Grandeur, ****Allure OTS – Kim Scott took over on 10/13. No idea if it is a 2 or 4 month contract. ****Anthem OTS – Kat joined Anthem in mid August for 2 months. We just sailed on the first NE/Canada cruise of the season and she was terrific. We will see who takes over from Kat in late October. Kat hosted the Quest and did a great job….I personally was not very fond of where they hold the Quest, but realistically there may be no other location. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard as of mid Sept 2019 by a cruiser. Based on normal contract periods, it would make sense for TT to be heading to vacation soon….so hoping to hear more from other cruisers on Brilliance. ****Empress OTS – Tanya was on board, as per a cruiser in June. Probably took over from Eric Lopez. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Bern has been identified as on board. No information on contract timeline. ****Grandeur OTS – Katrina Blair should have returned on 8/13 and is expected to be there until 11/23. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner took over in June and should be onboard for a 4 month contract until Sept/October timeframe….unsure of exact dates. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Who is onboard NOW? ****Majesty OTS – Mickey Martin will be moving directly from NV back to MJ on 10/4. I do not know who is onboard right now, until Mickey Martin gets there on 10/4. This came directly from Mickey Martin. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma Stubs has taken over from Alex Paul late July. She is scheduled to move into the CD role sometime in Mid September. Perhaps Alex Paul will be returning at that time as the AM…..time will tell. *****Navigator OTS – Mickey Martin has been reported to be onboard. Mickey has told me directly that he will be handing NV over to Eric Lopez on 10/4. *****Oasis OTS – Drydock until November 24 (correction) ***** Ovation – Aysy took over on 9/20/19. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard? *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Thiago Motta has been reported on board. As reported to me by a cruiser, Thaigo may be onboard until December. **** Serenade OTS – Nick has been spotted on the ship as AM. If someone can ask him how long his contract is and until when he will be onboard, that would be wonderful….THANKS for all the help. **** Spectrum OTS – Bonnie Bai has been identified as currently onboard at least since July 15. **** Symphony OTS – Flavio Maeda rejoins the ship on 9/21 for a 4 month contract until mid January. ***** Vision OTS – Enzo Matijaca will be on the ship until late October or Early November, finishing up a contract and heading to vacation as told to me by Enzo. Waiting to learn who is taking over from him. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. If it was a four month contract she would be on vacation now….so wondering who is the AM presently.
  9. Hello all, does anyone know the email to the suite concierge on Independence? I wanted to try and get a certain cabana on barefoot and figured an email request couldn't hurt. Thanks!
  10. my wife and I have been on the Freedom of the Seas (twice), Independence of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. We are booked on Oasis of the Seas in April 2020. We love the Oasis class ships, there is so much to do. In fact there is so much to do we keep going back so that we can get everything done. I understand that these large ships is not for everyone, but it has been my experience that there are screaming kids on all the cruises. That is just part of cruising.
  11. Chair hogs nearly ruined our last cruise on Independence of the Seas spring break week in April. It didn't matter how early we got to the pool, every chair was saved with hardly any people in sight. With kids that we have to keep an eye on in the pool, it made it very difficult. We ended up skipping the pool multiple days because of it (queue the kid meltdowns). The one day we did get a chair (not even a good one), I left it once for 5-10 minutes to use the rest room and when I came back my belongings were on the ground and my chair was GONE. Someone must have taken it as soon as I left. It was one of the rudest things I've experienced on a cruise... I personally hate the chair game and wish cruise lines would find a way to add more and/or do a good job of enforcing the 30 minute rule!
  12. Updated 10/14/19 --- Thanks to everyone for their help in providing me with information on who they come across on sailings. My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Cian has been identified as currently on AD. Cian has told a cruiser that he will be onboard until Nov. 23 when he goes to Grandeur, ****Allure OTS – Kim Scott took over on 10/13. No idea if it is a 2 or 4 month contract. ****Anthem OTS – Kat joined Anthem in mid August for 2 months. We just sailed on the first NE/Canada cruise of the season and she was terrific. We will see who takes over from Kat in late October. Kat hosted the Quest and did a great job….I personally was not very fond of where they hold the Quest, but realistically there may be no other location. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard as of mid Sept 2019 by a cruiser. Based on normal contract periods, it would make sense for TT to be heading to vacation soon….so hoping to hear more from other cruisers on Brilliance. ****Empress OTS – Tanya was on board, as per a cruiser in June. Probably took over from Eric Lopez. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Bern has been identified as on board. No information on contract timeline. ****Grandeur OTS – Katrina Blair should have returned on 8/13 and is expected to be there until 11/23. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner took over in June and should be onboard for a 4 month contract until Sept/October timeframe….unsure of exact dates. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Who is onboard NOW? ****Majesty OTS – Mickey Martin will be moving directly from NV back to MJ on 10/4. I do not know who is onboard right now, until Mickey Martin gets there on 10/4. This came directly from Mickey Martin. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma Stubs has taken over from Alex Paul late July. She is scheduled to move into the CD role sometime in Mid September. Perhaps Alex Paul will be returning at that time as the AM…..time will tell. *****Navigator OTS – Mickey Martin has been reported to be onboard. Mickey has told me directly that he will be handing NV over to Eric Lopez on 10/4. *****Oasis OTS – Drydock until February 2020 ***** Ovation – Aysy took over on 9/20/19. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard? *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Thiago Motta has been reported on board. As reported to me by a cruiser, Thaigo may be onboard until December. **** Serenade OTS – Nick has been spotted on the ship as AM. If someone can ask him how long his contract is and until when he will be onboard, that would be wonderful….THANKS for all the help. **** Spectrum OTS – Bonnie Bai has been identified as currently onboard at least since July 15. **** Symphony OTS – Flavio Maeda rejoins the ship on 9/21 for a 4 month contract until mid January. ***** Vision OTS – Enzo Matijaca will be on the ship until late October or Early November, finishing up a contract and heading to vacation as told to me by Enzo. Waiting to learn who is taking over from him. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. If it was a four month contract she would be on vacation now….so wondering who is the AM presently.
  13. Anyone know where to obtain the list of available karaoke songs on Independence of the Seas, in advance? I've seen the catalogs on MSC and Carnival, and most were quite old songs, or ones I've never heard of at all. Would like to see the choices on Independence ahead of time, if possible.
  14. Hi All, We are sailing Independence Thanksgiving cruise. It is our 11th cruise so we are not new to RCCL. However, I cannot see where to book reservations for Grease. Has something changed? Is the show off that week? I actually do not see a tab for "Entertainment" at all. Only thing different this cruise is that I booked through Travel Agent vs RCCL website this time. Thanks for any help.
  15. Independence DL is on deck 14 and she was amped last year. Explorer still had a CL and we went in there 5 nights out of 6 but only went into the DL for snacks and a hot drink on embarking at 11.20 am because windjammer wasn't open yet. Denzel the CL concierge was in every night and was helping people all the time.
  16. Updated 10/13/19 --- Thanks to everyone for their help in providing me with information on who they come across on sailings. My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Cian has been identified as currently on AD. Cian has told a cruiser that he will be onboard until Nov. 23 when he goes to Grandeur, ****Allure OTS – Kim Scott has taken over from Mosese and Mo has told me he expects to be assigned to a different ship after his two month vacation. Kim may be onboard on a 4 month contract, he just did not know. ****Anthem OTS – Kat joined Anthem in mid August for 2 months. We just sailed on the first NE/Canada cruise of the season and she was terrific. We will see who takes over from Kat in late October. Kat hosted the Quest and did a great job….I personally was not very fond of where they hold the Quest, but realistically there may be no other location. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard as of mid Sept 2019 by a cruiser. Based on normal contract periods, it would make sense for TT to be heading to vacation soon….so hoping to hear more from other cruisers on Brilliance. ****Empress OTS – Tanya was on board, as per a cruiser in June. Probably took over from Eric Lopez. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Bern has been identified as on board. No information on contract timeline. ****Grandeur OTS – Katrina Blair should have returned on 8/13 and is expected to be there until 11/23. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner took over in June and should be onboard for a 4 month contract until Sept/October timeframe….unsure of exact dates. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Mickey Martin will be moving directly from NV back to MJ on 10/4. I do not know who is onboard right now, until Mickey Martin gets there on 10/4. This came directly from Mickey Martin. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma Stubs has taken over from Alex Paul late July. She is scheduled to move into the CD role sometime in Mid September. Perhaps Alex Paul will be returning at that time as the AM…..time will tell. *****Navigator OTS – Mickey Martin has been reported to be onboard. Mickey has told me directly that he will be handing NV over to Eric Lopez on 10/4. *****Oasis OTS – Drydock until February 2020 ***** Ovation –Aysy took over on 9/20/19. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard? *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Thiago Motta has been reported on board. As reported to me by a cruiser, Thaigo may be onboard until December. **** Serenade OTS – Nick has been spotted on the ship as AM. If someone can ask him how long his contract is and until when he will be onboard, that would be wonderful….THANKS for all the help. **** Spectrum OTS – Bonnie Bai has been identified as currently onboard at least since July 15. **** Symphony OTS – Flavio Maeda rejoins the ship on 9/21 for a 4 month contract until mid January. ***** Vision OTS – Enzo Matijaca just joined the ship in mid October possibly for a 4 month contract. I sent Enzo a FB message to learn more….hopefully he will answer me. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. If it was a four month contract she would be on vacation now….so wondering who is the AM presently.
  17. We did a Promenade cabin on Independence of the seas and enjoyed it. There was a bit of noise during parties but, nothing so loud to prevent sleep. We will be staying in a Central Park view on Allure of the Seas. Hoping we like it just as well. Happy sailing!
  18. -Southampton: Anthem or Odyssey, maybe Independence as a second ship. -Barcelona: Harmony (7 nights), Vision (12 nights) -Rome: Explorer, Odyssey maybe in fall, because she’s scheduled at Piraeus cruise port in fall several times, which could be easily reached on Cruises from Rome. -Amsterdam: Brilliance -Copenhagen, Stockholm: Jewel -Venice: Rhapsody
  19. We just got off Explorer this morning. I wore a tie with a long sleeve shirt and trousers but not a suit on formal night. I would say less than 50% of men had suits on but most women were smartly dressed. We had no issues whatsoever and our waiter Russel and his assistant Bradey were excellent in the MTD restaurant. We used our D+ BOGO first 2 nights.Chops grill menu on the first night was excellent. I was disappointed with the choice in Giovanni's on the second night and the sweet trolley was quite sparse. The decor in our cabin was better than on Independence in May. We had room service breakfast every morning and they rang 5 minutes before to tell us our breakfast was on its way.
  20. We have a cruise next month on Independence of the Seas. We just got the Royal Up email this morning and one of our options is the Panoramic Suite (No Balcony). If we were to bid and have our bid selected, would we receive double points and suite perks? Also, does this category room have the bunk beds on Freedom Class?
  21. Just posted my video from New Years Eve on Independence last year! Let me know what you guys think. Anyone here cruised during New Years?
  22. Independence - Cuddy leaves for vacation on 19th October then the CD will be Mike Hunnerup. He is already onboard somewhere... Cheers! Joan Dublin Ireland
  23. In September 2019, I cruised on the Symphony of the Seas where they had a vegan menu in the MDR. There were a few choices for each course and it was quite good. The food arrived together with everyone's order, without extra wait time. Also, you did not have to order a day in advance. On my past cruises (Freedom, Adventure, Mariner, Independence of the Seas), they would give you the menu the day before and you had to pre-order. This was a big improvement from previous cruises! Maybe the other ships are now doing this too? I wish the Windjammer would label/list ingredients for their food. It is inconvenient to always ask the servers for the ingredients. Although, in the Solarium on Symphony, upon asking about vegan food, the chef came out and took me around the whole buffet pointing out all the dishes that were vegan. That was great! He was very knowledgeable and took the guess work out of deciding what to eat.
  24. Funky Buddha is one of our favorite breweries. We were on their first group cruise on Independence earlier this year and they were talking about how they were going to try and create a better working relationship with RCI. We're booked in February on the next group cruise (again on Independence), and seeing this makes me super excited!!!
  25. Several times actually on Freedom, Harmony, Oasis, Independence). The most recent would have been in March 2018 when we even inquired onboard. However, when we called Royal directly about a month ago to add the Deluxe Drink Package to our booking, we inquired about this very thing since my dad is traveling with us and has the Refreshment. We were told that milkshakes at JR were not included. However we know how much reps truly know and things do tend to vary from ship to ship. I will also say, there might be a big difference between running in to just get a milkshake or ordering it with your meal while there.
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