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  2. Not required for cruise ship visitors.https://www.afar.com/magazine/travelers-will-soon-need-to-register-and-pay-a-new-tax-to-visit-new-zealand?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08_23_19 climate-friendly fuel&utm_term=Daily Wander Newsletter
  3. In essence, yes. But at least with the dining package I have the ability to dine at my preferred venue even if it's not on my first date of choice or first time of choice. If an excursion I want to do sells out ahead of embarkation, I'm SOL because there are no other dates or times it will be offered. I have to hope there's a decent option B that I'll still find interesting and enjoyable. Kind of a big difference, in my book. John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked! Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
  4. Guess that's the trade-off..makes the $300 Shore Excursion credit potentially worth less because of the lost opportunity to reserve and receive discounted excursion prices. Effectively it's like the dining packages--you are unable to make reservations ahead of time.
  5. If the ATV is defective then dispute the charge with your credit card company and with Royal Caribbean. Take photos and the names/numbers of your fellow cruise/ATV tourists in case you need them as a witness. As these are companies booked through Royal there is a relationship there and if cruise guests were being charged their deposit for a bum ride then I'm sure those cruisers and ATV riders would be extremely vocal on all forums, and Royal would sever the 'shady' relationship. I've rented almost everything with wheels at some point, and a lot of things not, and its customary for a deposit to be held on a card. I've had them personally range from $100 - $2000. I've never once had a company try to claim a deposit for faulty equipment, which I did have happen twice. FWIW I've booked the ATV tour for my group in San Juan for December '19, should be fun.
  6. There is a lot of superstructure blocking your view, kind of hard to explain but it looks a lot worse in photos then when your there.
  7. I do remember Mr. Peabody, along with Rocky & Bullwinkle. And +1 for Jonny Quest and Speed Racer. But my personal childhood favorites were: Battle of the Planets Star Blazers Dr. Who (the OG Doctors in my book -- Pertwee and Tom Baker!) on Sunday mornings, on PBS when I woke up early enough Yeah, my nerd credentials were stamped, sealed, and gilded when I was six! 😁
  8. My husband and I will be on the Serenade Southern Caribbean sailing April 3,2020 there are ATV excursions offered through RCCL in both San Juan and St.Kitts Both are requiring a $500 deposit per person before being able to ride to cover damages. They say that it’s refundable, but what if an ATV is defective and they try to pin it on us ??? had anyone else done these excursions and paid the deposit?? im concerned about not getting our $ back
  9. Have not done this yet, put this is my plan for my Harmony cruise in October, followed @WAAAYTOOO directions and have everything booked.
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  11. Has anyone done the PADI open water diver course on board? If so, when and how did you receive your login credentials to do the online course work prior to sailing? thanks
  12. I take a small empty spray bottle and fill it with water, then lightly spray the clothes and use the hair dryer and my hands to β€œpress” items
  13. Same question, same ship and port. We need to catch a post cruise tour at 0830. We are a little old to do "Express walk off. Don't know if will help, but its the main reason we purchased the Key
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  15. What TA did you go through?
  16. I haven't been on my first cruise yet since its in Jan, 2020 and i'm already addicted! I'll be on the Symphony of the Seas Jan, 2020 7 days! I've been on this blog and youtubing cruise NON STOP since I booked it.
  17. 6 days into our first ever cruise and we have booked our next with plans for 2 more before we go on that one. Addicted!! Thanks to everybody for helping us make this leap! Nikkoo
  18. Finally had a chance to check my Cruise Planner. While the Perks Ultra and other packages are all there (under Internet & More), there was a very important "How to Redeem" PDF that spells out how to claim all the perks. Key among them: So I have to wait until I'm on board, when a lot of the better options will have likely sold out, and then I also have to pay the full on-board price. Sorry, Celebrity, but that's a deal-breaker. Your system has it on record that I've purchased the package, why can't that credit be applied immediately in the Cruise Planner and restricted only to shore excursion purchases? Oh, right. This is still Royal IT we're talking about. Of course they can't have something sensible like that implemented. Seriously, I was ready to plunk down my credit card and buy one of these per month until I had the family covered, then start reserving our shore excursions as the options opened up to more than the handful currently on offer. That one line in the terms has unfortunately guaranteed that I won't be buying any package for anyone.
  19. I am sorry to hear that for your own sake but more importantly because your stealing increases my costs and all the other folks on here who abide by the rules.
  20. Where do you draw the line? When is stealing okay versus stealing is bad? Pay hundreds for a hotel room and steal mini-bottles from the bar or refill them will apple juice because you paid for the room? I'm sorry, stealing is never okay and hopefully you'll remember that when karma bites you really hard in the rear end. It's because of people like you that causes the rest of us to pay higher rates. It's not okay to steal, period.
  21. I remember the jackpot bingo where the jackpot would roll over to the next day if no one won, of course no one won it until the last day of the cruise. I believe the jackpot was determined by the number of cards sold during the cruise. That last day of bingo was always in the theater and was always PACKED, the jackpot being in the thousands by the end of the cruise. Is this still being done?
  22. Looking forward to our aft corner Jr suite next Oct on Rhapsody
  23. You got it. The original Dragon's Breath remains the same. New cables were pulled and a new landing zone was created for the Fire (superman style).
  24. It's not just corporate RC you'd be hitting, but the servers and bartenders. They earn a small wage and depend on the gratuities . Double dipping on the drink package takes money from their pockets as well.
  25. What's the problem people report of deck 7 aft cabins in Voyager Class ships?
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