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  1. I'm going southbound on RC in September, we will be flying into Anchorage a day early and taking the train to Seward the next morning. We're looking at the Anchorage Grand Hotel for the overnight. Anyone have any experience with them? Any ideas for a better place? It seems that no one has free shuttles from the airport, or to the train station.
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  4. You could always break out the checkbook and try to do it better than RCCL http://shipexpo.com/sales/vessel_detail.asp?FileNo=2522
  5. Ran into Tiny Tim at Detroit Metro Airport Early one morning ... Hate to speak ill of the dead, but the man reeked..whew!!! Talk about Mutt and Jeff, many moons ago I worked as a busboy at the Paddock Club at Detroit Race Course (horse racing), in the next section to mine Willy Shoemaker (the Jockey) was having dinner with Wilt Chamberlain. They were part of a private party at the club.
  6. Cruise Directors and Entertainment This is Royal Caribbean's websight listing Cruise Directors and Entertainers for all thier ships http://www.royalcaribbeanproductions.com/rccl/ __________________
  7. Thanks all, you're a great group of people Paul
  8. Check it out, it's sponsored by RCCL http://www.thescholarship.com/
  9. I didn't see the boat. as I was in the casino and didn't know about it until after it happened. My brother-in-law saw it and said you could only see the bow, he said it looked like a sailboat, As far as how we were out I couldn't tell you.
  10. TA book air... I think she waited to long to get 19 seats together
  11. Hi Gang, being that this was my first cruise, this is my first review, so be kind. We were a extended family group of 22 people ranging in age from 18 to 82. We sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale. Day 1, Sunday the 19th, 19 of our group flew out of Detroit Metro Airport, security went well and boarding was quick and easy, Northwest flight 242 was sold out and crowded. Only complaint, our group was not seated together, don't know if it was my TA fault or the airlines fault. Oh, well. Stayed at the Comfort Inn on Stirling Rd. Not the Ritz, but it was clean and the complememtary breakfast was good and filling and tided us over until the feeding frenzy on the ship. Day 2, Arrived at the dock via the shuttle bus provided by the Hotel. Arrived at 11:15am for a 5:00pm sailing. Embarking could not have gone smoother, They started at 11:30am and we were on the boat by 11:50am. (First drink was a Pina Colada) We were in our rooms by 1pm. On the way to Key West, the Captain stopped the ship to investigate a capsized boat they observed. We stopped for about 45 minutes but could find no one in the water, Captain radioed the Coast Guard and got permission to continue. Day 3, Key West Arrived at 7am, we left the ship at about 9:30am and took the Conch Train tour. Found out more about Key West than I really wanted to know. Did some souvemeer shopping and returned to the ship by noon for a 2pm departure. That evening, the weather started getting rough and the tiny ship was tossed, if the not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minn... oh wait... it was not the bad. Day 4, Cozumel Arrived at 1pm, did the Dolphin Encounter, very nice, be sure to wear your wet socks or something to protect your feet, you'll be standing on metal grating. Wandered about the park for a bit and went back the docks and did some more shopping, it was hotter that hell, and getting back to the air conditioning was a priority. We departed at 10pm Day 5 Costa Maya Arrived 7am, did the 4x4 Jungle jeep adventure, which terminated at a very nice beach haceinda, we had a bar-b-que lunch at the beach and returned to the boat docks. About an hour worth of driving each way, the jeeps were stick shift and in good working order, being from Michigan and doing some serious 4 wheeling before, the route was tame. Day 6 at sea spent some time at the casino (lost) and by the pool (got toasted) day 7 Ft. Lauderdale Arrived 7am, disembarkation was well organized and quick, we were on the bus (suppied by Royal Caribbean) by 9:30pm. Flight back was uneventful (Northwest Flight 243), baggage at Detroit Metro could have been better. The Ship seemed huge to me (First cruise, remember), it was clean and well maintained. The food was fantastic, both the Carmen Dining room and the Windjammer Lounge were both memerable. Cyril, out waiter, was fantastic, almost reading our minds. Marvin, our room steward, was most attentive and made our cruise very pleasureable. Our room (9158) was a Junoir Suite, it was clean and bug free. THe shower drain clogged Wednesday night, one call to maintenience got it fixed pronto. The balcony was great for room service breakfast. All in all, it was a most pleasent vacation. We will cruise again (minus the group). We packed too many clothes and not enough money (damn casino). TV did not have an option to review your Seapass account. One big downside, The satalight link was very sporatic during the NBA finals (Pistons lost, so not that big a deal).
  12. The Piston of course, hardest working team in the NBA :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
  13. Hope you enjoyed your winning streak.... It's over. Go Pistons
  14. (21) Blackberries are red when they're green Paul
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