July - September 2014
  • Day50

    Overnight in Ft Lauderdale

    September 1, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We were booked in to the Gallery One Doubletree hotel for one night, till we board the Oasis it's for the transatlantic crossing.
    I'm very impressed with the hotel the rooms are huge and brilliant.
    If we where staying longer they'd be ideal, having everything you'd need for an extended stay. Two huge flat screen TVs, dining table, microwave crockery etc, even down to a cooker and dishwasher.
    Also the location is good if you like to shop in big malls as the hotel is right next door to the Galleria Mall, and right over the road from Publix supermarket and a nice Starbucks.
    But of I had to choose between this hotel and the one we stayed in last week, the Hilton Marina, I'd choose the Hilton for its location very close to the port entrance.
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  • Day49

    The Blue Planet

    August 31, 2014, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    We watched a wonderful show in the theatre last night, as the title says it was called the blue planet and what a wonderful show it was.
    It was a celebration of planet earth in dance and song, portraying everything from the desert wastes, to tropical jungles, an impressive and stunning show, only spoiled by some oriental knobs taking photographs every couple of seconds.
    They were actually in front of Sheila and Sue who said nothing to them.
    I had a couple in front of me who were like jack in a boxes, but a quiet word sat them down.
    I just can't understand the lack of common courtesy of some people.
    Anyway this morning we've ordered breakfast on the cabin so we can watch the football, which is on TV today and with the five hour time difference it's on at 8am.
    Well I say we're watching the football, Sheila is back in bed and fast asleep lol.
    Having said that, it's only Man City vs Stoke and then Burnley vs Man Utd, so I suppose she's got good reason to fall back asleep lol.
    I'm sort of hoping that the Everton, Chelsea game is on TV later, but. maybe not, as I don't hold out much hope of a win for us, but then again I suppose miracles can happen, lol.
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  • Day48

    Mo5aic

    August 30, 2014, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    No the title is not a spelling mistake its the name of the singing group from last night, it's just a play on mosaic and because there are five members.
    They are an acapella group they use no instruments for backing just their own amplified voices to mimic instruments.
    To be honest they are pretty amazing, although not to everyone's taste.
    The guy doing the percussion was particularly impressive, sounding at times like a full drum kit, doing everything from hi-hat symbol to bass drum all simultaneously.
    So if you see them advertised around, they are worth seeing at least once.
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  • Day46

    Falmouth, Jamaica

    August 28, 2014 in Jamaica ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Yesterday we docked at Falmouth Jamaica, I've been to Jamaica before but never to Falmouth, so I decided to have a look.
    To be honest there's not much to see, the port area is specially built for RCCL cruise ships and is just shops, outside the port area the town is ramshackle and very run down.
    I wore my Jamaican uniform, that being a Bob Marley T-shirt and to be honest I was very surprised at the amount of people who shouted "hey Bob Marley " and wanted to high five, or fist bump me.
    I suppose they where either very friendly, or just thought I was a knob to be a white guy with a Bob Marley T-shirt walking around on my own, probably the latter more than the former, lol. Must admit I did feel safe walking on my own but you do get pestered the further you go into town, as the police/security presence gets less the further you go, so less police means more beggars I suppose.
    Glad I went but wouldn't bother again.
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  • Day45

    From Labadee to Chicago

    August 27, 2014 in Haiti

    Started the day with an early breakfast in the solarium which was nice.
    It's another plus point about these huge ships, that's the selection of places to eat, we tend to have breakfast in a different place each day and on a weeks cruise like this you can, have it in a different place every day.
    After breakfast at about 8.15am we got off the ship and took a nice stroll to the beach at the far side of the resort and being the first ones there we have had the pick of the places to sit, so with Sheila and Sue placed at the waters edge and Maz and I under a shady tree we had a lovely relaxing few hours.
    The weather was overcast but very humid an warm, which suited me as I don't like sitting on the blazing sun.
    By about 11.30 the beach had started to get quite crowded, so after we'd had something to eat from the buffet, which was awful btw, we made our way back to the ship.
    Oh yes I forgot to mention a huge spider came visiting the beach by us causing a bit of a stir, lol.
    After a nice shower and a short sleep, sitting on a beach is very tiring you know, it was time to get changed and go down for a drink.
    We only stayed till 6.30pm as we'd booked to see Chicago, one of my favorite musicals and brilliantly done by the RC singers and dancers, it's definitely one of the best shows I've seen on board any ship.
    After the show we had a quick bite to eat on the Windjammer cafe then off to bed after what for me anyway was a very full day.
    Oh yes one other thing, for those of you that know about the new 3 drink scheme that Royal have brought in, it worked out quite well last night as we had a few drinks in the concierge lounge as I said and then ordered a couple in the theatre, which we would not normally have done if we'd had to pay, being the tight ba*****ds we are lol.
    One other thing about the 3 drinks, you are restricted to what you can have, ie no cocktails or premium drinks are allowed and only certain beers such as Budweiser but not Bud light?
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  • Day45

    Comedy Club

    August 27, 2014, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Last night we all went to the comedy club the two comedians where very good there was a white guy called Al Romas, who was funny, but I did prefer the black guy, AJ Jamal, he was like a Bill Cosby but without the blue language that Cosby uses.
    He was very funny and even made a great routine out of his mike breaking down.
    Sheila, Maz and Sue sat on the second row but I as usual sat on the front row, hoping to be picked on by the comedians, i wasn't disappointed, they both had a go at me, even the MC, an attractive Trinidadian girl had a go at my colourful bow tie.
    I like the comedy club for its intimacy with the comedians which would be completely lost in a theatre.
    Speaking of which we are going to the theatre tonight to see Chicago, now I've seen it four times before, once on this ship, once in the Empire Theatre in Liverpool and twice on the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway NYC, which I will never tire of telling people as a Broadway show was always on my bucket list.
    So you may have guessed that it's one of my favorite musicals.
    Also today we're stopping at Labadee and for a change Sheila is getting off the ship with us.
    I can't remember the last time she got off at Labadee it's so long ago.
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  • Day43

    What? Not one problem?

    August 25, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Well, first time for ages we've boarded got to our cabin and not one problem to report.
    All our diamond plus amenities where there, two bottles of chardonnay, two joeys of chardonnay, biscuits, bath robes invitations the lot, even had a visit from the housekeeping supervisior to introduce himself, and inform us that of we needed anything to get in touch with him personally.
    Don't know why he did that but there you go.
    We had a nice evening in the concierge lounge with Maz and Sue and another couple, Ian and Kim, who Maz and Sue knew from a previous cruise.
    As I've said before, once you reach diamond level, you tend to see people you've met before, because relatively speaking the cruising world is a small one.
    Anyway Ian and Kim seem like a nice couple, and they're doing the transatlantic on the Oasis directly after this cruise as we are, so we'll get to know them better.
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  • Day42

    Good flight, great room

    August 24, 2014 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The flight lasted 9 hours but was uneventful, and the food and service was excellent.
    We had booked a wheelchair foot Sheila, a last time we flew in out Miami it was horrendous as the walk from the plane to immigration was so long it did her in.
    Well with the wheelchair assistance we sailed through, immigration and customs the girl who was helping us was brilliant, she wizzed all four of us through in well under an hour, and that includes waiting for our luggage, I was going to tip her $5 but she was so good I ended up tipping her $20 and it was well worth it, last time at Miami we took over 2.5 hours, to get through all the immigration rigmarole.
    When we got to the transfers, we realised we had a different transfer company to Maz & Sue, but as they were on their own in their mini bus, the driver let us travel with them, so everything worked out brill.
    The hotel is beautiful and our room overlooks the marina in fact there is a huge luxury yacht parked right outside our room, but being on the 3rd floor it's not blocking out view, and to top it all the lovely girl at reception gave me a coupon for internet in my room for free, the free internet used only in the lobby, do all in all a good start to the trip.
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  • Day13

    Problems finally sorted

    July 26, 2014 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    With their usual incompetence, RCCL, Guatamala, had missed out one of the hotel bookings and half of the transfers on the upcoming cruises.
    But thanks to Louise our travel agent it's all been sorted.
    Also for the first time ever we've booked our cruise entertainment on line, so it will be interesting to see how efficient the system is.
    If it works properly, it will be great as I was able to book for ourselves and also Maz and Sue, for both the Allure cruise and the Oasis cruise.
    Watch this space for an update, lol.
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  • Day1

    Big price reduction

    July 14, 2014 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Sheila did her usual price check on the cruises we have booked, and once again she found the price has come down.
    This time we've saved over £400 each.
    Also we've moved to a sea facing balcony from a boardwalk balcony, which is great as we prefer the sea balconies.
    So we're happy bunnies at the moment.
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