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!
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
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
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
Well that's the last trip on the Independence done, over all it was a good cruise.
It is a bit sad to see the old girl leaving the UK for the last time, but having been on her so many times, it is time for a change, and as this is probably our last transatlantic crossing for a while, it will be nice to see a couple of different ships based in the UK.
The last night is always a sad one for me.
No matter what cruise it is saying goodbye to the people you've met is sad.
We went down to the pyramid lounge, to see Ivan and Harry and their gang, which included, Allen and Cynthia, Steve and Brenda and Roman and Jean, to name but a few.
Roy came down to say goodbye to everyone, his missus, Jill was probably asleep, she's the only person I know who sleeps more than me.
Sheila went up for dinner with most of our company, I gave it a miss as I'm all fooded out.
I stayed in the concierge lounge with Frank and Polly.
Then George and James came and sat with us, they are two really lovely guys who I've known for a while now.
They are outrageously gay and loads of fun, you would have to go a long way to meet two nicer blokes.
Sheila and the others came back down about 8pm and we finished the evening off with a few more drinks, just for a change LOL.
I must just mention in dispatches four new friends we've met and who's company we've enjoyed and they are Jim and Eva and Paul and Lynn.
Maz and Sue knew them all from previous cruises and had told me what nice people they were.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
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