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Old April 6th, 2003, 10:06 AM
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1st cruise on April 26th, Navigator, RCL, I have a few questions...Are the pools open all night long? On casual nights, are Sandals ok for Men? Hawaiian type shirts ok? Are the specialty restaurants worth the extra cost? do you need to get out early in the morning to get spot around the pool? Should we book shore trips ahead of time or wait till we get on board? or on shore? any help would be greatly appreciated. Any other tips you can think of too......
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Old April 6th, 2003, 03:31 PM
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Hi Adam and Ken,
Yes, you can wear your sandals and Hawiian shirts on "casual" nights, usually with a pair of docker type pants.

A lot of cruisers swear by some of the specialty restaurants, you will have to be the judge of that, have heard good reviews of Chops, so you may want to give it a try.

The only days where the pool chairs are at a premium are the "sea" days where just about everyone want to get out by the pool and enjoy the sun....they do post a sign about not saving the lounge chairs and I have seen this problem improving. Royal Caribbean now will leave you 2 pool towels in your cabin each evening to use the next day, only requirement is that you need to return it to your cabin in order to get clean ones for the next day, otherwise they state, they will charge you $20 for the towels. You'll find not that many chairs being saved by towels these days, wonder why?? If you really want a nice located chair, get up early and have breakfast, then get up there and relax...

You can check out and purchase shore excursions on the Royal CAribbean web-site and also fill in all your embarkment/credit card information....its great and it saves a lot of time when you embark... If you should see some shore excursion that you really want to do, go ahead and pre-book it. You will also be able to buy them through your cabin TV once you board, but sometimes the popular ones do fill up quickly.

Here is a link to that area on their web-site, all you need is your reservation number to get into there:

https://shorex.rccl.com/RC/PurchaseM...pcur=undefined

Have a great cruise on Navigator, I know you'll love it!

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Old April 15th, 2003, 01:20 PM
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Hi guys,
We were just on Brilliance a couple of weeks ago, and both the main pool and the Solarium pool were open 24 hours. It was nice to have that option. The hot tubs were also available around the clock.

I dressed the way you were suggesting on casual nights and nary an eye was batted. I stayed away from jeans, though. Just a personal preference. Cheap Dockers knock-offs are my preferred way now. :-)

We tried to make a reservation for Chops, but by the 2nd day it was booked for the entire 11-night cruise! So if you decide to go, make a reservation early!

I did have to get to the pool early for a primo spot by the pool. Even though it was printed in the Compass each sea day, people STILL saved chairs. Just ask a pool attendant, though, to move the stuff.

As for excursions, there are good and bad points to waiting; and, there are good and bad points to booking ahead. If you wait, you can attend the lecture on board (or sometimes it's on TV) that explains all the excursions. This way you can find out what's not printed in the brochure. The downside is that your choice might fill up.

Booking ahead, on the other hand, gets you an almost assured spot; but, you might find a different one once you are on board that you'd rather have. Usually, though, switching is not a problem.

Whatever you do, have fun!

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