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Turning Basin

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  • Day4

    Embarked Allure @ Port Everglades

    March 1 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Up and at ‘em early this morning. Quick breakfast ... quick re-packing of our Florida bags ... we were ready to leave the bungalow by 10:00a as planned.

    After we returned the car to the port rental office, Alamo shuttled us to Port Everglades. Embarkation was easy peasy thanks to the SetSail passes I had on my phone ... the Royal Caribbean app is easy to use.

    The only stop we made on our way to the waiting area was to have our photos taken for our ship’s cards. Had I uploaded photos into the app even that would not have been necessary.

    The ship is sailing full so there was quite a crowd waiting in the terminal to embark the ship. RC had things under control ... designated seating areas by loyalty club level ... we’re considered Diamond thanks to our club standing with Celebrity. Our wait was short and by 11:30a we were onboard and heading to the Park Café for lunch.

    Cabins were available promptly at 1:00p. We’ll get settled in once our bags are delivered. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the veranda and watching the goings on as vessels of all sizes come and go through the ship’s channel that will be our gateway to the Atlantic in a couple of hours.

    Bon voyage to us ... and smooth sailing we hope 🤞🏻
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  • Day87

    It's the little things

    April 29, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    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.
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  • Day10

    Getting Off And Getting On

    January 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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.
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  • Day1

    Boarding the Ship

    April 25, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    When we arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport, a shuttle bus took us the short distance to the ship. A twenty-minute bus ride brought us to the cruise ship terminal. Luggage was delayed until after supper, but then we secured all our baggage and got the room squared away.Standing for just a moment in the hot sun before we took the elevator up to check into the ship was merciless. I had brought my hat and a sport coat, and in the sun, the heat was nearly unbearable. However, the discomfort did not last long. Princess showed its usual efficiency in getting us checked in. Once on the ship, they treated us like royalty. When we boarded, our room was not yet ready, so we had to wait in the atrium. There were several couples dancing to recorded music. We did not realize that certain ships are known for certain types of activities. The Royal Princess is known as a ship that welcomes people who enjoy dancing. I had prime rib for supper and Glenda had Mexican.Read more

  • Day0

    First night syndrome

    November 15, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    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.
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  • Day6

    I feel sorry for the staff

    November 21, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    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.
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  • Day57

    Port Everglades

    March 6, 2013 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    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.
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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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