Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby broomy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:54 am

Wow this ship looks amazing. Thanks very much for the trip report although it makes me extremely jealous.

I know you've answered loads of questions regarding upcharges but I have a couple more burning, (more calories than the fella with the flat tyre) are the classes, included? Also what are the prices like for the zip wire and flow rider? Cheers.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:16 am

Rastuso wrote:So, is there no waterslide on this ship? All the other stuff, but not waterslide in any pool pictures that I've seen. Just seems like a pretty big item to not have.

This came up not too long ago, I believe during a Q&A session with RCCL. I'm not sure exactly what was said, but the gist of it was:

- They had slides on some of the older class ships (Vision Class, I believe) and what they learned from that was:

- The slides were often closed due to winds (the Toilet Bowl slide on Epic is reported to be closed more than it's open)

- They required higher than normal height restrictions for something that is geared mainly towards kids (Aqua Duck has a 42" height restriction - taller than Big Thunder, Space Mountain, or Tower of Terror, for one of the tamest water slides out there.)

- And they felt the money was better spent on water attractions like the H20 Zone, which had no height restriction and hardly ever closes, and spend that money on other attractions and expanding the kids area.

The bottom take away for me is that they tried it, and found that it wasn't a "bullet point" they needed to advertise their ships because it was a feature that was very popular.

I've been on 3 ships that had big water slides, and every time they were either not being used, or closed.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:19 am

broomy wrote:Also what are the prices like for the zip wire and flow rider? Cheers.

All included. There is no charge at all. You can book a private session for the Flowrider, which is what we did last night, which is $60 per person, and it limits the group to 8 people. We only have 4 people last night and plenty of time on the Flowrider (our session ended up being about 90 minutes)

The rest of the time I've been going during the normal public sessions, and I still got in a TON of Flowrider time.

But yeah, those two attractions, the rock climbing wall, the carousel.... all included. No additional cost.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby alilstronger » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:24 am

This ship looks amazing! I have never been on a cruise but this is definitely making me want to go on one.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby BeemerBoy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:29 am

This report has been so good, I've forgotten what day it is. Thanks for all the info on what's included/not included.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Snowboard246 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:59 am

Def Option #2

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby dragonskeep » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:03 am

Free ice cream by the pool and drinking sprite with a spoon, I'm in. Looks like you guys are having fun. Robb your getting better on that flowrider.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby LuckyMom » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:04 am

I have had so much fun reading this thread! I am officially in love with your family, and have a feeling my 5 yr old son would adore KidTums! This makes me want to book a cruise right now!!!

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Dan » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:46 am

robbalvey wrote:Image

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm... more sugar free decadence please :b

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Luke_A » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:47 am

This ship looks AMAZING! The flowrider and Zipline also look awesome, just like the rest of the ship :) Looks like you are having a great time!
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