OpusTGreat

OpusTGreat

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Buffalo, NY
Joined 12/2017

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- Cruise Addict(#6, and counting!) - Local Government Employee - Multiple Small Business Owner - Firearms Sports enthusiast - Competitive Paintball Enthusiast - Assistant Chief for a Volunteer Fire Company. I'm the guy all of my friends/family send their friends/family to when they're looking to book a cruise. I have a knack for finding good deals, and No, my small business is not a Travel Agency, although I have considered adding it to my repertoire. You'll find me at the bar, in the shade of the smoking area with a fat cigar and a scotch, or in the hot tub most days. Love meeting new people, so if you see me on board, come say Hi!

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Majesty of the Seas

March 2019 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Majesty of the Seas

Great 5 day getaway!

Overall, it was a great cruise, and we had a blast as always! Dont let the age of this ship deterr you, unless you're expecting everything to be 100% perfect and new. This is a 27 year old vessel, while she doesn't show her age as bad as Empress does, you cannot expect Quantum or Oasis level perfection! As an extra Point of Information, Account information is not currently available on Stateroom TV's, and Voicemail does not work in approximately 30% of the rooms. According to one of the 2nd officers, this is set to be upgraded during the Majesty's next drydock overhaul.

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Empress of the Seas

January 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas

First(and very likely only) small ship cruise...

The crew did a great job of making this small ship feel much larger. However, unless we score a killer deal, as we did on this one, we will only sail on bigger ships.

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Allure of the Seas

April 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

My 1st and 3rd cruises were on board Allure. This ship is what set the bar for my expectations for RCCL, and any future cruises. Stateroom: Have been in both a interior room, and a front facing Ocean-view room. The interior room is a decent size, with a Couch, vanity, decent closet space with safe, and great lighting. My only complaint is I could sleep the entire 7-day cruise, because it’s darker than the inside of a cow’s stomach when the lights are turned off. The Ocean-View room was very similar to the interior room, with a extra bunch of space where the ceiling angles down to the floor. The window is approx 17 sqft, and on an angle, so that you can lay under it, and watch the stars while at sea(Cannot have any lights inside room on when doing this) All rooms have a mini-bar/refrigerator, and give you the ability to check your stateroom balance via your TV. Also, there is a decent selection of pay-per-view movies in Kids, Adult, and *ADULT* themes. The Main Dining room set the standard to which I compare all RCCL dining rooms to. Both cruises , serving Escargot nightly, along with multiple choices. Very very close to 5-Star dining. The Pools are...Plentiful. There are 4 main pools, with a hot tub or whirlpool at each pool. There are 2 more hot tubs, at each entrance to the Solarium, which is the 18+ section of the ship. The Solarium contains a 18+ Pool, Cafe/bar, and hot tubs, along with many places to tan, or sit and eat. Bars...there are so many bars on this ship, that you could go to a different bar every night, and still not go to all of them. The Windjammer buffet seems to be a bit underwhelming. When cooking for 6,000 people, it is very difficult to keep food looking fresh. Both times we were on board, the food just seemed...meh. The onboard track is fairly pleasant for running...if that is the sort of thing you enjoy doing on your vacation, and the Gym is fairly impressive. At least one day of the cruise there is usually Yoga on the Helicopter pad at the front of the ship. All-in-all, the Oasis class of ships sets the bar for cruise ships across all brands!

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Oasis of the Seas

May 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

My 2nd cruise was onboard Oasis. It was a very pleasant experience. Stateroom: The Ocean-View room was very similar to the interior room that we had stayed in on Allure, with a extra bunch of space where the ceiling angles down to the floor. The window is approx 17 sqft, and on an angle, so that you can lay under it, and watch the stars while at sea(Cannot have any lights inside room on when doing this) All rooms have a mini-bar/refrigerator, and give you the ability to check your stateroom balance via your TV. Also, there is a decent selection of pay-per-view movies in Kids, Adult, and *ADULT* themes. The Main Dining room is Very very close to 5-Star dining. Escargot every night, with food selection that is absolutely fantastic. We also ate dinner at 150 Central Park, to celebrate a cruisemate’s birthday. The food and service were outstanding, but I did not feel that it was any better than the Main Diningroom. The Pools are...Plentiful. There are 4 main pools, with a hot tub or whirlpool at each pool. There are 2 more hot tubs, at each entrance to the Solarium, which is the 18+ section of the ship. The Solarium contains a 18+ Pool, Cafe/bar, and hot tubs, along with many places to tan, or sit and eat. Bars...there are so many bars on this ship, that you could go to a different bar every night, and still not go to all of them. The Windjammer buffet seems to be a bit underwhelming. When cooking for 6,000 people, it is very difficult to keep food looking fresh. Both times we were on board, the food just seemed...meh. The onboard track is fairly pleasant for running...if that is the sort of thing you enjoy doing on your vacation, and the Gym is fairly impressive. At least one day of the cruise there is usually Yoga on the Helicopter pad at the front of the ship. All-in-all, the Oasis class of ships sets the bar for cruise ships across all brands!

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Allure of the Seas

May 2012 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Family Cruise(First Time too!)

Great ship to be on with family, however, if you are someone that sleeps easily when it is dark, avoid interior rooms

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Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Sail Date: May 02, 2015

My 2nd cruise was onboard Oasis. It was a very pleasant experience. Stateroom: The Ocean-View room was very similar to the interior room that we had stayed in on Allure, with a extra bunch of space where the ceiling angles down to the floor. The window is approx 17 sqft, and on an angle, so that you can lay under it, and watch the stars while at sea(Cannot have any lights inside room on when doing this) All rooms have a mini-bar/refrigerator, and give you the ability to check your stateroom balance via your TV. Also, there is a decent selection of pay-per-view movies in Kids, Adult, and *ADULT* themes. The Main Dining room is Very very close to 5-Star dining. Escargot every night, with food selection that is absolutely fantastic. We also ate dinner at 150 Central Park, to celebrate a cruisemate’s birthday. The food and service were outstanding, but I did not feel that it was any better than the Main Diningroom. The Pools are...Plentiful. There are 4 main pools, with a hot tub or whirlpool at each pool. There are 2 more hot tubs, at each entrance to the Solarium, which is the 18+ section of the ship. The Solarium contains a 18+ Pool, Cafe/bar, and hot tubs, along with many places to tan, or sit and eat. Bars...there are so many bars on this ship, that you could go to a different bar every night, and still not go to all of them. The Windjammer buffet seems to be a bit underwhelming. When cooking for 6,000 people, it is very difficult to keep food looking fresh. Both times we were on board, the food just seemed...meh. The onboard track is fairly pleasant for running...if that is the sort of thing you enjoy doing on your vacation, and the Gym is fairly impressive. At least one day of the cruise there is usually Yoga on the Helicopter pad at the front of the ship. All-in-all, the Oasis class of ships sets the bar for cruise ships across all brands!

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Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Sail Date: March 30, 2019

Great 5 day getaway!

Overall, it was a great cruise, and we had a blast as always! Dont let the age of this ship deterr you, unless you're expecting everything to be 100% perfect and new. This is a 27 year old vessel, while she doesn't show her age as bad as Empress does, you cannot expect Quantum or Oasis level perfection! As an extra Point of Information, Account information is not currently available on Stateroom TV's, and Voicemail does not work in approximately 30% of the rooms. According to one of the 2nd officers, this is set to be upgraded during the Majesty's next drydock overhaul.

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Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Sail Date: April 23, 2017

My 1st and 3rd cruises were on board Allure. This ship is what set the bar for my expectations for RCCL, and any future cruises. Stateroom: Have been in both a interior room, and a front facing Ocean-view room. The interior room is a decent size, with a Couch, vanity, decent closet space with safe, and great lighting. My only complaint is I could sleep the entire 7-day cruise, because it’s darker than the inside of a cow’s stomach when the lights are turned off. The Ocean-View room was very similar to the interior room, with a extra bunch of space where the ceiling angles down to the floor. The window is approx 17 sqft, and on an angle, so that you can lay under it, and watch the stars while at sea(Cannot have any lights inside room on when doing this) All rooms have a mini-bar/refrigerator, and give you the ability to check your stateroom balance via your TV. Also, there is a decent selection of pay-per-view movies in Kids, Adult, and *ADULT* themes. The Main Dining room set the standard to which I compare all RCCL dining rooms to. Both cruises , serving Escargot nightly, along with multiple choices. Very very close to 5-Star dining. The Pools are...Plentiful. There are 4 main pools, with a hot tub or whirlpool at each pool. There are 2 more hot tubs, at each entrance to the Solarium, which is the 18+ section of the ship. The Solarium contains a 18+ Pool, Cafe/bar, and hot tubs, along with many places to tan, or sit and eat. Bars...there are so many bars on this ship, that you could go to a different bar every night, and still not go to all of them. The Windjammer buffet seems to be a bit underwhelming. When cooking for 6,000 people, it is very difficult to keep food looking fresh. Both times we were on board, the food just seemed...meh. The onboard track is fairly pleasant for running...if that is the sort of thing you enjoy doing on your vacation, and the Gym is fairly impressive. At least one day of the cruise there is usually Yoga on the Helicopter pad at the front of the ship. All-in-all, the Oasis class of ships sets the bar for cruise ships across all brands!

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Cruise Tips

Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

There are no "Balcony" Type staterooms on this ship. Junior Suites and above are available with a balcony

Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Windjammer is closed from approximately 3pm-5pm

Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Read your Cruise Compass. You'll find that bars in certain areas close at odd times!

Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Take the All-Access tour! Gives you a real appreciation for the operations that go into your trip!

Cozumel, Mexico

Shopped a bit, and then parked ourselves at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. many chairs/picnic tables in the sand, and water acces for a quick swim if you feel the need!

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

This was our 2nd time here, and it was even worse than our first. RCCL and their excursion providers need to get themselves on the same time(Literally) You have Ship's time drummed into you, while the tour providers are running on local time, and always manage to be late or screw up the timeframes.

Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Bars and Towel stations on the pool deck close at 9PM!!! We attempted to watch a soccer game on the big screen from the hottubs, but were foiled by having to go downstairs for drinks and no towels!

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Avoid interior rooms if you are a daylight based waker...

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Visit the Schooner Bar or the Champagne Lounge for low wait times!

Nassau, Bahamas

This was our 2nd visit here...just walked around port, and visited the free beach. No desire to return

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Go to the cafe in Central park for lunch!

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

If you have a forward facing room, make sure either your lights are off, or your curtains are closed at night, or else you will get a call from the Navigation Bridge asking you to close the curtains

Miami, Florida

When departing from Terminal J, there are no signs indicating where your ship is sailing from. We also attempted to call RCCL to determine where our cruise was departing from, and we were told the incorrect departure terminal.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

Typical commercialized cruise port, full of mostly mass produced items. We also took the Off-roading jeep excursion, which was a lot of fun.

Empress of the Seas

Empress of the Seas

Be prepared with Dramamine, or another anti-seasickness/nausea medication before embarking, and be sure to have enough to cover the entire length of your voyage

Key West, Florida

Favorite stop on our last cruise. Lots of things to do, but my suggested course of action: Walk all the way down Duvall St to get to the “southernmost point”, then on your way back: The Cork and Stogie - for a Drink and a Cigar, or get a draft beer “To-go” style, and continue on 60+ Craft beers(according to their signage) Pinchers - some say this is the original, but I’m not 100% on that. Good drink prices, but not much in the way of Craft or Draft. Margaritaville - this IS the original. Decent drink prices. Also available to go. Other suggested stops: the Key Lime Shop on Duvall - best Key Lime pie on the island Sloppy Joes - Great food menu Irish Kevin’s - best Car Bomb on the island.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We have ported in Phillipsburg, St Maarten on 3 different occasions. It is a perfect spot to get all manner of things one might wish to bring home. Fantastic deals on Canon “L” series lenses, GoPro cameras and accessories, cigars, linens, jewelry, cigarettes, and alcohol. Not to mention $1 Heineken and Presidente everywhere you turn. The price at the Duty Free near Hard Rock Cafe for Johnie Walker Blue is about $100/750ml. In comparison, an Identical bottle in Buffalo, NY is about $225. My absolute favorite port to bum around on shore, and drink.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

We have ported in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 3 times. 2x we took the St John, honeymoon beach snorkel and Champagne cruise excursion. The crew aboard the Champagne Cat is fantastically entertaining, and very professional. On the 3rd Time in port we took the excursion to Megan’s bay overlook, and Blackbeard’s castle. Do not waste your money or time. If you have the opportunity to stop in “Drake’s Alley” and have a drink at the bar, do it!!!

Nassau, Bahamas

We have ported in Nassau 3 times, and have been consistently less than impressed. Of the 5 ports we have cruised to, it is our least favorite. First cruise we did the Atlantis Shallow water dolphin encounter and aquarium tour. The facilities at Atlantis are top notch, and the Dolphin trainers were fantastic. Our 2nd cruise, we walked around port, and attempted some shopping. The straw market was less than impressive, with a lot of the vendors having identical mass produced merchandise. Our third cruise we did another Dolphin encounter, at an off shore location. Facility was not as nice, and 2 rounds of beer for 4 people cost me $90, before tip.

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