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Dave, our one and only cruise aboard a Princess ship was on the Crown in 2011 with 3 other couples and we and our companions had a wonderful experience. If I were to go on a Princess ship again, I would love to try the Royal.

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:14 AM
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We just got home after the 7 hour drive from New Orleans. Outstanding cruise. I love the Radiance class ships. The only bad weather, if you can call it that, was a periodic drizzle in Cozumel. But since I stayed aboard it didn't affect me.

The food was good, but still there are always a couple of things in the buffet and in the main dining room that make you wonder what they were thinking when they put the recipe together. They had a new thing in the Windjammer dinner buffet one night - you put your pizza toppings in a bowl (you picked them and how much of each), hand the bowl to the guy at the counter and they custom made a pizza with fresh dough for you. Only took 5 minutes or so and was excellent. They only had it one night though. Plus they had a crawfish boil one night, served in a huge paella pan. Chops....the menu is getting stale. We ate there and it was fine, but I don't see it happening again unless they jazz up the menu. Giovanni's Table was really good and it seems they HAVE changed their menu from the original one on the Oasis. Less pasta dishes and more things from northern Italy (excellent risotto with 3 types of mushrooms).

Excellent concierge (Mario) and the new concierge lounge is lovely - and quite large. Biggest shock was it was never more than half full. The new Diamond lounge isn't as large but they have doors that open to an overflow area in the Viking Crown lounge area. As with the Concierge lounge, the Diamond area was never packed. Just one of those cruises with not too many upper tier members aboard.

We'll do it again, and maybe sooner than later.
Dave, sorry we missed the cruise and the one before. I had to have surgery so we cancelled. RCI paid us 25% of our two cruises and their travel insurance carrier paid us the remainder. It sounds like you had an enjoyable cruise. We just rebooked one week on the Serenade for 02/08/2014. Rita deserves the cruise for taking care of me.
How was the nightlife? Any good live dance music in the lounges? I should be physically fit by then and Rita is ready to dance!
Give our best to Vanessa.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:15 AM
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Keith,

I read about your recent medical issue. Glad to hear it has gone well!

Serenade has a couple of good musical groups. D'version is a rock cover group that was pretty decent. Woman and man duo (Just Us) that sang jazz type stuff. They had ballroom dancing one or two nights in the Vortex nightclub, 70s night, and a couple other theme parties. Frankly there was not a lot of night life on our cruise and the ship seemed pretty quiet after midnight.

Brutal casino according to the gamblers I talked to in the pub. One guy had 20 in three different blackjack hands and the dealer drew to 21 each time.
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