The Last SupperAugust 27, 2016 in the United States
Antonio, Mario, Gil - our EXCELLENT serving staff.
Antonio, Mario, Gil - our EXCELLENT serving staff.
Just arrived onboard the Royal Princess! So excited for our 10 day Southern Caribbean!
It's the little things that make it special.
Such as being a little able to have lunch freshly prepared for you in the concierge lounge, and having the added bonus of free beer or wine.
This is the kind of thing that is missing from the loyalty program on all the other Royal ships.
I've said for a while now, that the loyalty program has been slipping, and that by being "loyal to royal " you weren't being made feel special or valued.
But on here even though the size of the ship makes things a little impersonal, things like this do make you feel valued.
Anyway, enough of all that...
This morning we had breakfast in Johnny Rockets which is just one of the many places on board where you can get breakfast.
Then last night we went to the Aqua Theatre and the show was amazing, with some spectacular high divers and brilliant acrobatics.
I would definitely recommend it as a not to be missed show.Read more
There were some crowds disembarking from the Harmony but it was not as chaotic as we thought it might be. Our car service picked us up at the Ft Lauderdale Port and drove us to the Port of Miami.
When we arrived at our Regent ship we were surprised to see that the area was empty. We waited about one half hour to board in a comfortable lounge with snacks and drinks. As we boarded the Seven Seas Explorer we were greeted with champagne and then had lunch.
This was the first time we booked an aft suite. It is very comfortable and we really enjoy our deck and the views.Read more
What is it with the first night of a cruise that makes you so tired?
I mean it's not like we've just got off a seven or eight hour flight, we've just got off a two minute bus ride from the Independence of the seas.
It's eight in the evening and we're sitting there saying how tired we all are.
So off we go to the windjammer have a bite to eat then bed.
We didn't even go to the comedy club which we had booked!
We did have the presence of mind to rebook it for tonight though.
Speaking of the comedy club, it's the one thing I would recommend to any one, to me it's probably the best addition to the entertainment program, and that includes, the Aqua Theater etc.
Just a quick word about the boarding procedure at Ft Lauderdale, it was once again brilliant and seamless.
From arriving at the terminal to boarding the ship, was about 30 mins tops.
Southampton could learn a lot from them.Read more
The staff on this ship seem to be worked harder than on other ships.
To my mind the main reason is because there are twice as many passengers as say the Independence ots, but definitely not twice as many staff.
So the poor buggers on here are worked twice as hard.
Take yesterday's breakfast for instance, as well as the normal breakfast guests, which is an almost full restaurant, there where about sixty or seventy extra families with loads of kids for the breakfast with the Dreamworks characters (which Royal charge about $100 per cabin for ) but no extra serving staff.
So naturally the poor breakfast staff were run off their feet, making the service for the regular breakfast guests bad and slow, which leads to complaints and moaning from some of them.
But the problem is with management, cutting costs, and saving money.
Which I understand needs to be done to maximize profits for the shareholders.
But not so much that it gives a drop in standards and service, which on this ship it is causing.
Royal really need to up their game, and not have bean counters making all the important decisions.
I'm certain that most of the Miami management have never travelled on a cruise ship as a normal passenger.Read more
Port Everglades today, that means shopping for us, but Jennifer and John haven't been to this port before so they're off exploring Fort Lauderdale.
Sheila's favourite store here is "Ross dress for less" it's a US version of TK Max, designer clothes at discount prices.
We got all the grandkids Converse trainers and got little Josh a really cool pair of Nike trainers, plus some stuff for ourselves, of course.
Sheila spent so flippin much I had to make two trips back to the ship.
Then it was a coffee and free WiFi in the Marina Deli, which is far cheaper than Starbucks and the WiFi is better, also it has local people in there not bloody tourists....
Before you say it, I know I'm to good to Sheila taking her to all these really up market eateries....lmao.Read more
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.Read more
Well last night went well in the concierge lounge considering how many diamond plus members and above there are on board.
The service was a little bit slow because the staff had never done a transatlantic before and they are so busy with all the seasoned cruisers.
But it was no real problem and no doubt things will start to slow down over the next few days. After drinks we went to see Hairspray on the theatre and what a show it was.
It was brilliant and nothing like I expected.
It's actually very moving about racism in Baltimore in the sixties.
Some of the songs where so powerful and moving, and some, well most of them were energetic.
The finale was wonderful and the whole audience where on their feet, singing and clapping along.
My problem if you can call it a problem, is that I love all live performances, so me saying how good it was, doesn't do it justice.
But honestly it was one of the best shows I've seen on board any ship.Read more
The disembarkation from the Allure went without a hitch, except for a little bit of a wait to be escorted off.
The embarkation on the Indy was flawless and as soon as we were on it felt like coming home.
We saw so many faces that we knew it was amazing.
We spent the evening up in the Olive & Twist bar with Maz, Sue, Paul and Lynn then along came Fred & Nigel, which was a big surprise as they had not let on that they were doing the cruise.
Then Big George joined us for a while as did Holly Doyne, who we also didn't know was on, then Roy & Jill came over it was brilliant and as I said it was like coming home.
Later on six of us went to Chops Grill for our 2 for 1 meal specials, I had to go in the clothes I'd worn all day, as security had found the iron in my suitcase and it was still down on deck 1, so I decided to leave it there till after the meal, which was good by the way.
We've booked for next Sunday, also, so that's something to look forward to.
Tonight in the theatre it's a Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons tribute band.
So we're going to see that as Sheila loves that stuff.
I'll let you know tomorrow what it was like.
Btw Cruise Director Joff Eaton is not on this trip, so no progressive quiz to look forward to which is a shame as Joff's progressive quiz is such a laugh.Read more
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