Rulocal

A really nice guy who is working relentlessly for world peace (when sober)
Living in: Ashton-in-Makerfield, United Kingdom
  • Day1

    Interesting changes

    November 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Well originally we were supposed to go to Boston, New York, Port Canaveral then Miami. But because of the bad weather in the Atlantic, our route was changed to Bruges, Le Havre, Madiera then Miami.
    Now they have sussed a route out which takes us to Gran Canaria, Coco Cay, Port Canaveral, then Miami. Only problem is that each change disappoints or pleases different people, so in other words the company can't win, they're damned if they do and damned if they don't.
    Anyway to be honest, the changes don't bother Sheila or me.

    The other thing that has upset all the Diamond plus guests is that due to the number on board they are not allowed in the concierge lounge, so poor Nadja has had a steady stream of complaints. This is building up to be a very interesting cruise.
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  • Day7

    Information about the TA

    November 1, 2018, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We've been informed that the TA itinerary has been completely altered due to bad weather conditions in the North Atlantic.
    So, instead of, Boston New York and Port Canaveral. We are now doing Zeebrugge, Le Havre, and Funchal Madeira.
    We've been offered $200 obc, and a 25%voucher off a future cruise, if we stay for the TA, or 100% refund if we don't.
    I personally think that is a fair offer and we are staying on for the TA.
    Sheila never gets off at any ports anyway, so it makes no difference to her where we stop.
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  • Day6

    Halloween

    October 31, 2018, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Halloween was quite good fun, with plenty of people dressed up, both adults and children. Nic, Annika, the kids and me all dressed up, but I didn't stay up for the parade, where all the guests who were in costume paraded along the Royal Promenade.

  • Day4

    Vigo, Spain

    October 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After leaving Southampton, we were one day out, on the way to the Canaries, when during the night we had a problem with the ships stabilisers. Apparently the problem was quite serious, so we had to turn back and dock in Vigo overnight while the repairs were carried out. The cruise itinerary was rearranged and two ports were cut out. The upshot was that the company refunded us 50% of the cruise fare, 25% in cash and 25% as a future cruise credit, which I thought was pretty reasonable. But there are still some people who are not satisfied, one being an MP who is on board and wants a full refund of the cruise fare, so watch this space.
    Anyway the main thing is the kids are loving the trip, and so is Annika, even though she was ill for a day.
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  • Day6

    Roma, Italy

    June 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After we docked at Civitaveccia cruise terminal and picked up the transfer to our hotel in Rome, which was the Venetia Palace, in the centre of the city. We had an hour or so before we could check in, so Sheila and I had a walk about the area by the hotel. We didn't get to see much as the heavens opened as we got back to the hotel to check-in, so I'm afraid we didn't get a chance to venture out again.
    The hotel was very nice, and it was clean and comfortable, so it was no great hardship.
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  • Day4

    La Spezia, Italy

    June 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    La Spezia, Italy 🇮🇹 today, and I'm afraid I didn't get off the ship again, as the weather was awful.
    Not that it bothered me as I have been to all the ports on this trip, and there was nothing I really wanted to see.
    Also it gave me a chance to photograph some more of the ship.

  • Day3

    Marseille, France

    June 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The title says Marseilles, but I'm afraid I didn't get off the ship again. I've been to all the ports before and there's nothing I really want to see in them, so staying on board is a nice option.
    This evening we were invited to have a drink and meet some of the senior staff at the helipad, which was nice and an opportunity to get some photos.
    It also gave me a chance to meet up with Jaret de Silva, a friend I met a couple of years ago on the Splendour of the seas, he's now inventory manager on board and a 3 striper no less.
    For our evening meal, we decided to try the Windjammer, instead of Coastal Kitchen, and it was great the place is lovely and the food was beautiful, personally I think that the Windjammer is usually the best restaurant on any of the ships.
    La Spezia today, but probably won't get off as the weather doesn't look too good.
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  • Day2

    Palma de Majorca, Spain

    June 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Today we were docked in Palma de Majorca, but I've nothing to report as I didn't get off the ship, I've been here a number of times and there was nothing I really wanted to see.
    In the evening all the Pinnacles on board where invited to a bridge tour, with Captain Rick Sullivan, which was interesting, while there they did the top cruiser presentation. After that we were supposed to go and see the ice show, but I'm afraid the curse of the concierge lounge hit Sheila, she said she was nice and comfortable where she was, so couldn't be bothered going to the show.
    To be honest the company we were with was good so it was no hardship to stay.
    We had met a French couple Francois and Jaques (Fran and Jack) who knew Sue and Maz, they are very nice and speak great english.
    There were two other couples from the USA that we got talking two, one of the guys looked like a real hillbilly with his baseball cap and big beard 🧔, but he was a real nice guy.
    Then later on a couple, Betty and Brian who we'd met on a previous ship came over for a chat.
    Tomorrow is Marseilles in France 🇫🇷 so I'll have to make an effort to get off the ship, I'll keep you posted, lol 😂.
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