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  1. I didn't see this topic posted, so apologize if this is a duplicate. I received an email this morning letting me know that the cruise I'm booked on has now been chartered. We were on the January 16th sailing to Grand Cayman and Coco Cay out of Fort Lauderdale. They did give me options, but nothing with Coco Cay, which is why we booked that one in the first place. Still, we chose one of the options that was price protected and will stop in Grand Cayman and Cozumel instead. Bummer, but we had such a deal and not a lot of flexibility on dates, and Cozumel is fun. I did a quick search and here's what the charter is. http://www.capitaljazz.com/supercruise/2021/
  2. It is harder to find sauna/steam info---it usually isn't marked on the deck plans or on the info for the ship (although sometimes the paid thermal suite is marketed by the cruise line). We purchase a refundable rate so that if a ship had a sauna but got rid of it then we have options. As Bob says, it is hard to tell what will happen with future dry docks. Also, web searches are challenging when some have had them in the past but no longer do.... From the other board I mentioned, combined with other research (someone please correct any errors!) Still free steam and sauna as of now, but dry docks are coming for some of these: Adventure of the sea Brilliance of the Seas Explorer of the Seas Freedom of the Seas Grandeur fo the Seas Independence of the Seas Jewel of the Seas Mariner of the Seas Radiance of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas Vision of the Seas Questionable Voyager of the Seas (dry dock soon) No sauna: Enchantment of the Seas (removed a while back) Navigator of the Seas (only a steam for those who booked treatments) Splendor (only a complimentary steam) We are wiling to pay for the sauna so I'm most interested in which boat have no sauna at all.
  3. Serenade Anthem Jewel dislike Independence I don't really dislike any of the others and have been on most classes........
  4. my favorite-- any oasis class ship don't have a least favorite. DW and I have only been on the Freedom of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas. I love all of them.
  5. Hi I was wonder if ID still has a free sauna/ steamer and gym thank you
  6. Hi all We’ve been on the Independence of the Seas now for 6 days of a 14 night Western Mediterranean cruise. I thought that I would offer my impression of the cruise so far. We have cruised RCCL and Celebrity many time before but unfortunately, due to illness, we have not been able to cruise for the last three years. Ok, so embarkation was a breeze. I was concerned about this because we had about 70kg of medical supplies as well as luggage to get onto the ship. After much liaising with RCCL Special Services we were met outside the terminal in Southampton by a porter who unloaded the luggage from the car and took it straight to our stateroom. The time was 10.10am. I then parked the car and went to check in. I had completed our set sail passes online and had expedited check in which was a breeze. A quick scan of the Royal app on our phones, a few questions and straight through security and into the lounge to wait for boarding to commence. By 10.35am we were in the Schooner Bar. Well done to all involved for such a smooth boarding process. After a quick drink in Schooner we went to Guest Relations to ask if we could make sure our medical supplies had arrived in the room. Usually you can’t go to the stateroom until 1pm but they allowed us to go early to check everything. All had been delivered so now time to relax and enjoy the next 14 nights and days. Neither Tracy or myself are big drinkers but the drink package was included in our cruise fare, I won’t say it was free because we all know that you get nothing for free. The first evening of the cruise was crowded. Two things stood out, after the late seating dinner had finished you could not get a seat in any of the bars, and there was a distinct lack of bar servers. This may be because there is the impression that the Brits will go to the bar if they want a drink, which I suppose is not wrong, but if you are trying to encourage people to go to the bar for there drinks it might be a good idea to remove the seating from around the bar so people can get to it. Personally, I prefer to be served my drink when I am on a cruise so maybe I’m not a ‘typical Brit’. The other thing that we discovered was that our stateroom was directly over the Pub!!!! This is by no means a criticism of Royal Caribbean, I should have done my research first. Let’s just say that if you don’t anticipate being out until around 12.30am then try to avoid the rooms over the Pub. The second day was the first sea day and as the ship was crossing the Bay of Biscay it wasn’t really outside pool/Sunbathing weather. Everyone was inside. Once again the bars were full and finding a seat was difficult. Not only that but there was a distinct lack of drink menus in any of the bars. There are now drinks men’s on most tables but the bar servers are still missing. Perhaps they abandoned ship before the started its season in Southampton knowing what some Brits are like with tipping!!! We’re going to dinner now, I’ll update tomorrow. Any questions? Ask away.
  7. This is our first cruise on one of the biggie ships and the first with our grandchildren There are so many activities and I know that not everything is included ( I wonder if I can keep the arcade a sectet ? ) Is the lazer tag a charge ? How about the trampoline? This is the first time we have had to worry about kids, it is usually all about which drink card to get lol Thanks for your help Kris
  8. This is my order so far. Love them all, but last two were a long time ago, so almost not fair to rate. Symphony Allure Independence Navigator Mariner Voyager Grandeur
  9. We had the best overall experience and service on the independence. Freedom had issues on our particular sailing but it has some great southern itineraries (I'm a huge fan of the ABC islands).
  10. I just checked and my Adventure Dec 19 is $48. (just bought it), Radiance May 20 is $52 (still waiting.) Allure Dec 20 is $65 (definitely waiting) and Independence April 21 is not listing drink pkg. prices yet (forced to wait 🙂)
  11. We are on Explorer in 5 weeks so out of curiosity I will take my card from Independence on May 28th and try it. If it works I will let the concierge know.
  12. I agree and also think it is a good idea to stop gatecrashers to the DL. In May we only popped into the DL on the first night on Independence and showed our cards but they were not swiped for drinks.
  13. Freedom Class for us too, Liberty, Independence and Freedom. Also want to go on the Mariner and Navigator after their amplification. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  14. Some depend on location, and if they activate O3b Independence- Jan, 2019 Caribbean Independence - July, 2019 Mediterranean from Southampton Grandeur - April, 2019 Bermuda
  15. On our latest cruise on Independence we had 3 RC excursions cancelled whilst on board (one with less than 24 hours notice). Last year we had 2 cancelled, before that , none. Is this a new trend or have we just been unfortunate?
  16. Maybe Liberty will take on the full-time schedule out of Fort Lauderdale and Independence will be an additional ship out of Galveston during Winter and perhaps in Southampton at Summer? Although I can't imagine a ship being shared between England and Texas, very different markets.
  17. From November 2021 the regular Wednesday visits for Liberty of the Seas swap to Independence of the Seas in Grand Cayman.
  18. Recently on Independence - drink of the day was on Cruise Compass nearly every day but most bars didn't have daily sign up. Generally about $9 I think
  19. Hey Frequent floaters! My name is Joshua and I work remotely for a software company. Since I can work from anywhere with good internet, I've been working aboard Royal Caribbean ships for a change of scenery (6 Cruises last year, 12 this year). I've found Royal Caribbeans internet to be the best in the industry, however, there IS a difference from ship-to-ship within their fleet. Not all "Voom" internet is the same. They use different satellites based on geographic location AND based on the technology on the ship. And it's all marketed and priced as if it's the same. It's not. 🙂 Here's where you come in--I'm trying to compile a Ship List that will expose which ships have REAL Voom Internet (fast speed, low latency/delay, O3B Network-BEST) and which have NOT-REAL Voom Internet (moderate speeds, high latency/delay, SpeedCast Network-Just Ok). A speedtest from the wifi-connected device will reveal this on the ship. The NOT-REAL Voom internet operates much slower as the delay from ship to satellite is 650+ms whereas the REAL Voom internet operates around 200ms. This is most notable when doing video calls like Facetime or Zoom or playing videos on Facebook/Youtube. For me, the internet is my life on the ship. Here is my list so far. SHIP Adventure--NOT REAL Voom (as of Jan 2019 Thanks @John&LaLa) Allure--REAL Voom (as of Nov 2017) Anthem--Coming Soon (Sailing Aug 2019) Brilliance--NOT REAL Voom (as of Jan 2019) Empress--NOT REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!) Enchantment-- Explorer-- Freedom--REAL Voom (as of Dec 2018) Grandeur-- Harmony--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!) Independence--REAL Voom (as of April 2019) Jewel-- Liberty-- Majesty--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!) Mariner--NOT Real Voom (as of July 2019) Navigator-- Ovation--REAL Voom (except when in Alaska, then terrible internet) Oasis--Coming Soon (Sailing Dec 2019) Quantum-- Radiance-- Rhapsody-- Serenade--NOT Real Voom (Thanks @John&LaLa) Spectrum-- Symphony--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!) Vision-- Voyager-- LOCATION/ITINERARIES Alaska--Real Voom NOT available regardless of Ship Technology (O3B network isn't available above aprx Vancouver Lattitude) Caribbean--REAL Voom Available depending on Ship Technology Bermuda-- Canada/New England--Sailing August 29 on Anthem Panama Canal-- Mexico Pacific-- Meditteranean-- TransAtlantic-- MiddleEast-- For what it's worth, I've asked Royal Caribbean for clarification on which ships have the O3B Network Technology ("Real Voom") and they declined to answer. If you've been on a recent cruise, or are on one now and did a speed test or asked the IT manager, would you help me update this list? Here are two examples of speedtests through Ookla's Speedtest App, showing the difference between REAL Voom and NOT REAL Voom. Would you help me out?
  20. Fortunately we haven’t been rung, but people are saying refund and future cruise certificate. At first they were offering Independence of the Seas for 26.09 or 11.10.19. We have an assigned cabin ( we choose it) and also booked through a TA. It seems that’s its people who have booked direct who are being contacted. No one has been called by a TA.
  21. rotation on Harmony. I also included Allure but need verification. When is Anthem's next turnaround date? That should be a rotation date for her as well. Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk (started rotation 7-20-19) Adventure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff Allure OTS - Capt Tore Grimstad (started rotation 8-18-19) Allure OTS - Capt Ron Holmes Anthem OTS - Capt Henrik Loft Sørensen (started rotation 6-10-19) Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug (started rotation 6-19-19) Brilliance OTS - Capt Ante Cavala Empress OTS - Capt Carl Graucob (started rotation 8-12-19) Empress OTS - Capt Diego Lombardic Enchantment OTS - Capt Toni Tomljanovic (started rotation 8-2-19) Enchantment OTS - Capt Nils-Petter Hoeydal Explorer OTS - Capt Malvin Bardsnes (started rotation 6-30-19) Explorer OTS - Capt Kjetil Gjerstad Freedom OTS - Capt Thomas Busto (started rotation 8-11-19) Freedom OTS - Capt Frank Martinsen Grandeur OTS - Capt Thordur Thorsson (started rotation 7-6-19) Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen (started rotation 8-18-19) Harmony OTS - Capt Gus Andersson Independence OTS - Capt Teo Strazicic (started rotation 8-15-19) Independence OTS - Capt Iv Vidos Jewel OTS - Capt Anders Ingebrigtsen (started rotation 6-16-19) Jewel OTS - Capt Trym Selvag Liberty OTS - Capt James MacDonald (started rotation 8-11-19) Liberty OTS - Capt Dustin Catelsky Majesty OTS - Capt Per Kristoffersen (started rotation 7-6-19) Majesty OTS - Capt Daniel Budzelewskiis Mariner OTS - Capt Tobias Oster (started rotation 8-12-19) Mariner OTS - Capt Toni Calne Navigator OTS - Capt Angel Oviol (started rotation 8-5-19) Navigator OTS - Capt Mattias Persson Oasis OTS - Capt Göran Peterson (started rotation 8-4-19) Oasis OTS - Capt Claus Andersen Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan (started rotation 7-12-19) Ovation OTS - Capt Henrik W Loy Quantum OTS - Capt Erik Standahl (started rotation 6-28-19) Quantum OTS - Capt Sindre Borsheim 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 Flemming Nielsen (started rotation 6-27-19) Spectrum OTS - Capt Charles Teige Symphony OTS - Capt Rob Hempstead (started rotation 7-21-19) Symphony OTS - Capt Rick Sullivan Vision OTS - Capt Juan Luis Caranti (started rotation 6-15-19) Vision OTS - Capt Michael Lindberg Voyager OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson (started rotation 7-28-19) Voyager OTS - Capt Huimin Wu
  22. We were thinking of booking two of the new cabins 8443 and 8445 on Independence. Since they are close to the stairs and the elevator we were wondering if it's noisy. Are those cabins newer than the other inside cabins?
  23. Looks like the balcony might have an view issue one way because it seems to be the first cabin next to the hump area. Have never been on this ship and haven't cruised RC in a very long time. Any cabin advice appreciated, for this cabin, or in general. Particularly interested in a quiet sleep situation as we are light sleepers. Thank you so very much!
  24. We will be taking a private shuttle service from London to Southampton and would love to avoid the crowds. What time can you board in Southampton? The ship sails at 4:30 p.m.
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