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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:41 pm

    klons wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:12. What happens if you are there before boarding time (checkout is at 10 am for us and the port should be only 15 min away or so)
    You join a long queue!


    That's putting it way too lightly :shock: I really hope the port does better this time.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by SaraMarie » Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:25 pm

    mooyagi wrote:
    klons wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:12. What happens if you are there before boarding time (checkout is at 10 am for us and the port should be only 15 min away or so)
    You join a long queue!


    That's putting it way too lightly :shock: I really hope the port does better this time.


    I'm glad I was reminded of it today, so I can make sure to have some good reading on my phone or something. I spent two hours in line, and the people on both sides of me were groups of German speakers who were traveling together. At least it's orderly. It's just really, really boring.

    I want to get there at 10 am this year, but somehow I feel that everyone else will try that, too. :?
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:56 am

    Jimbo2392 wrote:
    Jaimie38 wrote:Someone had mentioned that they talked to someone at RC regarding the Interrogation Hall that a lot of us spent an hour or more in before getting into the terminal--they had said that no cruises make people wait that long. The crazy thing as well, was I witnessed people still getting dropped off my car and cab after 3 pm! That would suck,,,,show up to the port and see the Independent's ass sailing away


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    Daaaaamn that would totally suck. If anything I'll get myself back to the airport, and book the first flight to Jamaica and wait at Falmouth at the beach for the boat to get there. :lol: :lol:


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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by IcedInferno » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:52 pm

    This is my first cruise and I can't wait to meet everybody. People are asking me, are you going there alone? Nope with over 3000 brothers and sisters! Anyway this thread helped me a lot. Just wondering, are the bands still expected to play two sets each, and what are the usual lengths of the sets?

    I'm so pumped, this is a dream come true.

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Papa Emeritus » Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:15 pm

    IcedInferno wrote:This is my first cruise and I can't wait to meet everybody. People are asking me, are you going there alone? Nope with over 3000 brothers and sisters! Anyway this thread helped me a lot. Just wondering, are the bands still expected to play two sets each, and what are the usual lengths of the sets?

    I'm so pumped, this is a dream come true.

    Hail from Canada!!!!


    45mins - 1hr Are generally the set lengths, and yes all bands play 2x sets! :beerhorns:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by IcedInferno » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:16 pm

    All right, one more thing, is the lineup really long to get off the boat (like back in Florida)??? Just trying to see how much time I need to give myself to get to the airport if I go straight there from the cruise.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by deathmetalpat » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:36 pm

    IcedInferno wrote:All right, one more thing, is the lineup really long to get off the boat (like back in Florida)??? Just trying to see how much time I need to give myself to get to the airport if I go straight there from the cruise.

    It just depends on how you leave ,if you keep your bags you are supposed to leave early like 7 a.m or so.Then you can just walk off and get yourself to the airport.If you let them take your bags off and pick them up ,that is what gets screwed up.Give yourself at least 3 hours for Fort Lauderdale and 4 hours for Miami.I never let them take my bag in the morning of disembarking ,but it was a bin bag size (21" or less) and even ate breakfast (technically breaking the rules ).It only took an hour from leaving the cabin to getting to Miami airport.A lot of that time came from the guy driving back around to fill up his van 3 freaking times.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:47 am

    Hey!

    This thread is awesome for someone like me who is going on this cruise for the first time! (I went on a cruise more than 10 years ago so I don't remember any procedures and such). Thank you for all the good advice.
    So anyways, the check-in and the drink packages brought up some more questions. They seem extremely expensive, so that makes me wonder how much is pop and tea and coffee by itself if you don't get the Replenish package? I am considering the Replenish package since my boyfriend and I don't drink so it may be worth it for us. What did you guys think of the Replenish package?

    Thanks! :viking:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by IcedInferno » Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:51 am

    deathmetalpat wrote:
    IcedInferno wrote:All right, one more thing, is the lineup really long to get off the boat (like back in Florida)??? Just trying to see how much time I need to give myself to get to the airport if I go straight there from the cruise.

    It just depends on how you leave ,if you keep your bags you are supposed to leave early like 7 a.m or so.Then you can just walk off and get yourself to the airport.If you let them take your bags off and pick them up ,that is what gets screwed up.Give yourself at least 3 hours for Fort Lauderdale and 4 hours for Miami.I never let them take my bag in the morning of disembarking ,but it was a bin bag size (21" or less) and even ate breakfast (technically breaking the rules ).It only took an hour from leaving the cabin to getting to Miami airport.A lot of that time came from the guy driving back around to fill up his van 3 freaking times.



    Thanks a lot!
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mbob » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:59 am

    deathmetalpat wrote:
    IcedInferno wrote:All right, one more thing, is the lineup really long to get off the boat (like back in Florida)??? Just trying to see how much time I need to give myself to get to the airport if I go straight there from the cruise.

    It just depends on how you leave ,if you keep your bags you are supposed to leave early like 7 a.m or so.Then you can just walk off and get yourself to the airport.If you let them take your bags off and pick them up ,that is what gets screwed up.Give yourself at least 3 hours for Fort Lauderdale and 4 hours for Miami.I never let them take my bag in the morning of disembarking ,but it was a bin bag size (21" or less) and even ate breakfast (technically breaking the rules ).It only took an hour from leaving the cabin to getting to Miami airport.A lot of that time came from the guy driving back around to fill up his van 3 freaking times.



    Getting off the ship can be pretty easy and go quickly. Like deathmetalpat says if you take your luggage with you then you can get off earlier. Once you get off the ship then you have to deal with customs and that is a different story. Depending on the number of agents that can take some time. Last year I was one of the first people off so there was no line at customs yet and was at the Fort Lauderdale airport by 9 am.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by J.m.Andersson » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:19 am

    on boarding day bring a bottle of water and something to read :lol:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Jaimie38 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:43 am

    IcedInferno wrote:This is my first cruise and I can't wait to meet everybody. People are asking me, are you going there alone? Nope with over 3000 brothers and sisters! Anyway this thread helped me a lot. Just wondering, are the bands still expected to play two sets each, and what are the usual lengths of the sets?

    I'm so pumped, this is a dream come true.

    Hail from Canada!!!!



    Welcome --where in Canada? One thing also is that there are no clocks in the rooms to set alarms. Keep your phone charged for the alarm....you will need naps here and there and I missed some shows due to oversleeping. ha!

    Pace is the key.. the days are long and full of fun. Don't schedule every second, because, like the threads, they get Dutch Derailed!!( inside joke). I go alone every year, but you are never alone. The folks on this cruise are the best people in the world. Wear your favouritelocal band shirt, be respective of the staff, the ship and the beaches... and in true Canadian fashion....FUK"N GIV'R!!!


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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Mal2000 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:01 am

    J.m.Andersson wrote:on boarding day bring a bottle of water and something to read :lol:


    or bottle of wine and something to play :trashdrink: :mrgreen:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by IcedInferno » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:29 am

    Jaimie38 wrote:
    IcedInferno wrote:This is my first cruise and I can't wait to meet everybody. People are asking me, are you going there alone? Nope with over 3000 brothers and sisters! Anyway this thread helped me a lot. Just wondering, are the bands still expected to play two sets each, and what are the usual lengths of the sets?

    I'm so pumped, this is a dream come true.

    Hail from Canada!!!!



    Welcome --where in Canada? One thing also is that there are no clocks in the rooms to set alarms. Keep your phone charged for the alarm....you will need naps here and there and I missed some shows due to oversleeping. ha!

    Pace is the key.. the days are long and full of fun. Don't schedule every second, because, like the threads, they get Dutch Derailed!!( inside joke). I go alone every year, but you are never alone. The folks on this cruise are the best people in the world. Wear your favouritelocal band shirt, be respective of the staff, the ship and the beaches... and in true Canadian fashion....FUK"N GIV'R!!!


    :pound:


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    by cronos23462 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:50 pm

    how long between bands usually? like on the pool stage ...a hour ?
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    by Speedy » Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:15 pm

    cronos23462 wrote:how long between bands usually? like on the pool stage ...a hour ?

    Mostly 45 or 60 min breaks between bands on any single stage last year. A few longer breaks.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:39 pm

    Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

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    by klons » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:59 pm

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

    See you soon!


    Pretty sure those are all separate charges, not covered by the package.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:45 pm

    klons wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

    See you soon!


    Pretty sure those are all separate charges, not covered by the package.

    Thank you! That's good to know!
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    by mbob » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:29 am

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:
    klons wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

    See you soon!


    Pretty sure those are all separate charges, not covered by the package.

    Thank you! That's good to know!



    Virgin cocktails (daiquiris) are included in the Replenish package along with premium coffee & tea, fresh juices, fountain soda, bottled water and sparkling water. Milkshakes are extra and I don't know if they serve slushies anywhere.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:49 pm

    Virgin cocktails (daiquiris) are included in the Replenish package along with premium coffee & tea, fresh juices, fountain soda, bottled water and sparkling water. Milkshakes are extra and I don't know if they serve slushies anywhere.[/quote][/quote][/quote]

    Thanks for the info!
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    by Pellaz » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:32 am

    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

    See you soon!


    As I read the Royal Replenish description, virgin daiquiris and non-alcoholic drinks like that ARE included in the package, but milkshakes and (probably) slushies are not. They have good milkshakes at Johnny Rockets and last year they were open 'til 5 am for us, but they DID charge for them.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by germanegyptiangirl » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:07 pm

    Pellaz wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    Sorry for so many questions,
    but I was wondering if things like virgin daiquiris, milkshakes, slushies, etc. are included with what we pay for the cruise or if you have to buy a Replenish package to get unlimited of that?

    Thank you very much!

    See you soon!


    As I read the Royal Replenish description, virgin daiquiris and non-alcoholic drinks like that ARE included in the package, but milkshakes and (probably) slushies are not. They have good milkshakes at Johnny Rockets and last year they were open 'til 5 am for us, but they DID charge for them.
    EDIT: someone beat me to it. :lol:


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    Hopefully more of your wishlist (especially Agalloch) gets announced! :viking:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:57 pm

    Pellaz wrote:
    germanegyptiangirl wrote:Hey everyone!

    As I read the Royal Replenish description, virgin daiquiris and non-alcoholic drinks like that ARE included in the package, but milkshakes and (probably) slushies are not. They have good milkshakes at Johnny Rockets and last year they were open 'til 5 am for us, but they DID charge for them.
    EDIT: someone beat me to it. :lol:


    Thanks! And two people saying the same thing is a good thing. By the way, I totally love your wishlist. There are so many bands on there I would want to see. Also, Agalloch, Amon Amarth, and Moonspell are 3 (out of 6) of my favourite bands! I would be over the moon if Agalloch gets announced. I have never seen them and I don't know when I will get a chance to see them since they will probably never come close to where I live.....Hopefully more of your wishlist (especially Agalloch) gets announced! :viking:


    I've only had the privilege of seeing Agalloch once, at a small venue here in Atlanta, but it was a great-sounding show -- the band's own soundguy was sick, and the venue's sound guy did such a good job of mixing the sound that Agalloch actually thanked him profusely from the stage. I've never seen that happen before and don't expect to see it again, either. Just a great show all around, with the funeral doom band Loss from TN opening up, too. :death:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by cronos23462 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:16 am

    do they offer steak and lobster in the dining room ,like on regular cruises?
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    by slayergeek » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:11 am

    cronos23462 wrote:do they offer steak and lobster in the dining room ,like on regular cruises?


    Yes, it should be the normal Royal Caribbean menu like any other cruise.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Rjturtle9 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:59 am

    I've never been on a cruise before. Is there soap, shampoo, conditioner provided in the rooms or do guests usually bring their own? Also how many towels are in your room or extra you can request? And is room service included in the pre paid gratuities.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by SaraMarie » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:26 am

    Rjturtle9 wrote:I've never been on a cruise before. Is there soap, shampoo, conditioner provided in the rooms or do guests usually bring their own? Also how many towels are in your room or extra you can request? And is room service included in the pre paid gratuities.


    From what I read, room service is free, but there is a surcharge of something like $5 after a certain hour of the night. If you mean just the tips for room service, I think so. I think all of the dining staff gets tipped out, I would assume so, but I don't know for certain. RC does have a lot of info online, though. Tipping would be the same for all cruises, so that info would apply to us, too.
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    by biertroll » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:54 pm

    How many waterproof cameras do I bring? :lol:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by MissTool » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:17 pm

    Do they allow to bring any bottles of water in board. That Evian water package is just super over priced and I don´t think the replenish package is worth.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:54 pm

    Rjturtle9 wrote:I've never been on a cruise before. Is there soap, shampoo, conditioner provided in the rooms or do guests usually bring their own? Also how many towels are in your room or extra you can request? And is room service included in the pre paid gratuities.


    The showers will have a dispenser with soap and shampoo. I don't think there's conditioner. You can get as many towels as you want, just ask your room attendant.

    MissTool wrote:Do they allow to bring any bottles of water in board. That Evian water package is just super over priced and I don´t think the replenish package is worth.


    I don't believe so. That would go against their offering a water package. Just bring an empty bottle and fill from the sink in your room. It tastes fine.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by MissTool » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:57 am

    mooyagi wrote:
    MissTool wrote:Do they allow to bring any bottles of water in board. That Evian water package is just super over priced and I don´t think the replenish package is worth.


    I don't believe so. That would go against their offering a water package. Just bring an empty bottle and fill from the sink in your room. It tastes fine.


    Thanks. I was just thinking about having one bottle with me while I wait in line for check in and then enter the ship with that bottle. I am not planning on bringing several bottles on board. In my last cruise I think I bought some bottled water on board but definitely the package is not worth for me because I don´t drink a lot of water.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by J.m.Andersson » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:27 am

    you need to have clothes on at the resturants! :oops:
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    by slayergeek » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:05 am

    J.m.Andersson wrote:you need to have clothes on at the resturants! :oops:


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    by Mr. HCI » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:40 am

    It's silly to drink bottled water on a cruise ship. All fresh water on modern ships is desalinated on broad. It is just as pure, if not purer, than bottled water, and there is an unlimited supply for free (well, at no extra charge, anyhow).
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    by yardleybates » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:27 pm

    J.m.Andersson wrote:you need to have clothes on at the resturants! :oops:


    I was actually checking on the whole dress code thing. I thought I remembered hearing (reading) somewhere that there is not dress code enforcement in any of the restaurants on this ship. Not meaning clothing optional LOL but you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt or jeans and it's cool.
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    by mbob » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:38 pm

    yardleybates wrote:
    J.m.Andersson wrote:you need to have clothes on at the resturants! :oops:


    I was actually checking on the whole dress code thing. I thought I remembered hearing (reading) somewhere that there is not dress code enforcement in any of the restaurants on this ship. Not meaning clothing optional LOL but you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt or jeans and it's cool.



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    by Mikko » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:58 pm

    About the luggage, the cruise is part of a larger trip we are doing, and as luggage we have two big trekking backpacks which we can easily carry around pre-boarding and debarking.

    Should we pass our luggage to a porter for pre-boarding, only during debarking or take it with us all the time?
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    by bodomdragon » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:25 pm

    Mikko wrote:About the luggage, the cruise is part of a larger trip we are doing, and as luggage we have two big trekking backpacks which we can easily carry around pre-boarding and debarking.

    Should we pass our luggage to a porter for pre-boarding, only during debarking or take it with us all the time?

    I'd say that's pretty much up to you. My friends and I have always carried our luggage with us.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by yardleybates » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:28 pm

    mbob wrote:
    yardleybates wrote:
    J.m.Andersson wrote:you need to have clothes on at the resturants! :oops:


    I was actually checking on the whole dress code thing. I thought I remembered hearing (reading) somewhere that there is not dress code enforcement in any of the restaurants on this ship. Not meaning clothing optional LOL but you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt or jeans and it's cool.



    They do not enforce the regular dress codes during 70,000 Tons.


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