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Old 02-19-2017, 07:40 AM
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Default 1st Timer Transatlantic RCI Navigator - Help Please?
Dear All
Seen great deal from Southampton to USA Boston in November, then down to NY, Florida and finish in Miami.
Its my 50th and I would love to do a cruise - hubby not so keen.
1)The deal is Promenade Inside - have thoughts or are they OK, he liked idea of a window although inside?
2) Weather obvs we cannot predict but how would the ship be in Nov - does it cross the north atlantic - the cabin is midship?
3) Ports - we would want to do our own excursions in NY and Boston - are the ports near the city
4) Food - hubby is a chef - whats RCI standard like - having not cruised before
5) I'm a keen exercise class attendee - what do they offer? Saw there was a gym

Any real good MUST DO's that we should take into account - or avoid and just go to Florida for 10 days in the sun?

Thank you so much for taking the time to help - love to hear everyones knowledge from experts and return travellers - nothing like the real insider reviews x
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:10 AM
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1)The Promenade Inside cabins overlook the Royal Promenade which is the long open area that runs through the center of the ship with shops and bars on each side. Sort of a little street. Think of it as overlooking a town square.

2) Strictly speaking, the North Atlantic includes all of the ocean between the U.S. mainland and Europe/Africa. Leaving from the UK the ship will have a few days in the colder area, and the seas can be rolling at times, or maybe not. You can't predict it. The Voyager class ships (Navigator is in this class) ride pretty well though.

3) Doing your own excursions is not a problem in Boston and NYC.

4) Food on RCI is like most other mainstream cruise lines - banquet grade and not haute cuisine. The extra fee specialty dining is done to a higher standard. Chops steakhouse, Giovanni's Table, Sabor Mexican, all three are excellent.

5) The ship has a fully equipped gym and exercise facilities, including fitness instructors. You can sign up for classes if you choose, or use the facilities at your own leisure.

If this is your first cruise, I want to caution you that you are looking at a bold choice for a first timer. Six sea days between Southampton and Boston is not the time to discover you don't care for cruising. You might want to look at a short weekend getaway cruise to see if you like it before committing to a transatlantic.
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:30 AM
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Default Thanks Dave
Thank you so much - food for thought! I will keep researching and decide this week hopefully
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:37 PM
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Some other things to consider, just in general.

Alcohol is NOT included in the price of your cruise. Depending on how much you drink, they may offer packages, but you'd have to see if it's worth it. I can give you a personal example. I don't drink alcohol, but tend to drink lots of soda. They do have a soda package, but it's averages out to about $6 per day, maybe more. Buying soda individually was about $2, so I'd have to drink at least 3 sodas per day to make it worth it to get the package. Drinks that are included I believe are water, coffee, and iced tea.

Another thing is gratuities, or tipping. See when you book if the price includes prepaid gratuities. You can check on RCI's website to see what their guidelines are. You are welcome to tip more if you feel they deserve it. If they're prepaid, I think you get vouchers and envelopes on the last day to give to the staff. Just put the voucher, and additional cash if you wish, in the envelope, and give to the appropriate staff member. The best way to describe this is like waiters and waitresses in the US when it comes to cruise ship staff. They work very hard for very little money. Most of us seasoned cruisers know this, and tip accordingly.

You will have lots of photo opportunities on the ship, taken by their photographers. You are not obligated to buy them. Me personally, I like to buy the one that they take of me on Formal Night in the dining room, and maybe one or two that they take when I get off the ship in port.

Also, if you book, you may have to decide on your dining time. I'm not sure about this particular cruise, if it has "Any time dining" in addition to a fixed dining time or not. If you decide a specific time, you will be seated at the same table with the same people every night in the main dining room. If you decide on any time dining, you may be seated with different people every night.

Any other questions, feel free to ask.
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