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Old 07-21-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern N.C.
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We are working on a Zurich to Amsterdam 7 nighter for first week in December, likely on Avalon.

Our question right now is the room. Given the pretty cool weather, wondering if French balcony is a good value vice the limited view in the other cabins.

Every thing we've read says this is the best vaca ever.

Problem with prices is you stop thinking of euros as being actual money. It becomes funny looking paper you swap for stuff. Fi
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:04 AM
 
Location: traveling
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I would like to agree with the others that stingray city is something you shouldn't miss.

Empress of the seas is Royal's oldest and smallest ship. There is only one small pool, but it does have a sports court and rock wall. Every night they will put a cruise "compass" in your room that says when every activity is for the next day.

When you are on the ship, the way you entertain yourself is up to you. there is trivia and seminars during the daytime (most the seminars will be geared to selling you something *art/Spa treatments). You can also relax on the pool deck or in a lounge. Meet people. They play movies nightly on the pool deck with a big screen.

Now lets talk about Cuba. There are many tours that royal offers in Cuba. I would recommend you take the tour to see the Jesus statue. Trust me, it's cooler than it sounds. You will also want to be on the pool deck or above when sailing into Cuba, as it is a stunning sail in.

Outside of tours, you are able to walk around Cuba on your own. It is safe. Just realize the country is very poor, so beggars are around. Cubans are extremely nice, and my first cruise there I ended up dancing the night away at a local's house. Should you arrive there and not have a tour, just walk out of the ship, exchange your money to CUC and stroll.
If you head into Havana, find the street named Obispo. Street names are written on the corner of buildings. This street will take you straight from the cruise ship to the capital building. There are many restaurants worth stopping in on the street and from the capital you can hire an old classic car with a driver to give you a tour of the city for about $30 for the whole car (regardless how many people are in it) Feel free to negotiate pricing with the local for the tour, and enjoy the fact that any local restaurant can have you full for extremely cheap. I'm talking lobster dinner with rice and plantains and a Mojito for the equivalent of $14.

No matter what you end up doing, enjoy yourself. Oh and find the pizza windows on Obispo. its $1 for a pizza, and they're delicious. you'll see locals eating them and thank me later
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Tons to do on a cruise!


Pools, whirlpools, spas, exercise room, exercise classes, bingo, art auctions, karaoke, piano bar, dance clubs, shopping, casino, various games, many different types of restaurants, movies and bands/entertainment at the pool, classes about what to do in the ports, etc, etc. We were never bored!


As far as the ports, the cruise line will give you an itinerary every day and you can sign up for different excursions. I HIGHLY suggest snorkeling in the Caymans!!
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Skeet shooting used to be a staple of cruises, but it seems to have disappeared. Political correctness?

In the Cayman Islands, you can go to Hell, a community named for some black rock formations.

Submarine rides are interesting.

We went to the Caymans many years ago and visited the turtle farm where they raise turtles.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Skeet shooting used to be a staple of cruises, but it seems to have disappeared. Political correctness?

In the Cayman Islands, you can go to Hell, a community named for some black rock formations.

Submarine rides are interesting.

We went to the Caymans many years ago and visited the turtle farm where they raise turtles.
Yes, that was a fun thing to watch even if you didn't take part and we loved the horse races. That is the one thing I think we miss the most.
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