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  1. 27 points

    Dear Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

    The NCL article shocks the system, how very very sad. BUT, your loyal patrons are here standing by waiting to sail again. Speaking for my family we found ourselves comparing our land vacations to sailing every time and each and every time sailing came out on top. We know you are looking outside the box for ways to get us sailing again for everyones safety BUT glance back and look within also. Our TA family is working so hard and partnering with your patrons for an amazing sailing future. Concentrate on accuracy + speed. Raise the bar and pay attention to the details of our refunds and FCC 's. Please take a look and be as transparent as possible, maybe add one more step to make sure your loyal customers are made whole, the first time. There is a lot of confusion on this end. Re: monies out vs monies refunded. We want you to succeed, we enjoy so much and choose to spend our very hard earned monies with YOU. Please remember we will be at embarkation on the other side of this awful situation. Every aspect of our interactions matter, everyone needs to be important no matter what the exchange. Please don't relax to soon pertaining to your customers at this time, we do our best to advocate for you and cruising at every nasty insult, looking forward to sailing again soon, 12 June 2020 would be great! Don't let this NCL news bring us down! Thanks for reading RCCL rep, we know you are here somewhere!
  2. 24 points
    Baked Alaska

    Lift & Shift Tagline

    The name of it sounds like a tagline for underwear: "Lift & Shift for that Royal Wedgie."
  3. 21 points
    Even if ship introduces restrictions such as observing a 2m rule at bar i have it covered
  4. 20 points
    I'd love to say I'd come up with a great question but I'd likely go full caveman and just say "Need vacation. When cruise?"
  5. 19 points
    Not concerned about a vaccine, my deciding factor will be what the "new" onboard experience is.
  6. 19 points

    The ULTIMATE Workaround...

    .... for those who have Drink Packages !!!
  7. 18 points

    Next round of cancellations, when?

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I present a piece of credible evidence that my 1 August Symphony cruise MAY be sailing : Today, the cost of the day pass at Coco Cay nearly doubled !! Yesterday, it was $79 and today it is $149. Of course, there are other reasons for this price jump - it could be selling out...but I choose to see it as being evidence that we are going !! This cruise goes to both Labadee and Coco Cay, which would make it, seemingly, a top candidate for a "go" if ANY of the ships are going. Fingers crossed....
  8. 16 points
    I get that a lot of people find their "deal breaker" to be having to wear masks, but I just hope if people decide to sail, they'll do as they're told and won't try to push back against RCCL's requirements. That's the thing that worries me -- people deciding mid-cruise is suddenly a time to take a stand or something. THAT would ruin my cruise more than anything. Make up your mind before you get on board, please.
  9. 16 points
    You need an AWESOME TA to negotiate the Lift & Shift Royal wedgie!! I have one!! A HUGE HUMONGOUS "HAT'S OFF" TO SHARLA at MEI! She Lifted and Shifted our Dec 28, 2020, Galveston Adventure 7 Nt Western Caribbean to Dec 26, 2021, Miami Oasis 7 Nt Western Caribbean with Coco Cay in a Crown Loft from a Grand Suite on Adventure. With Allure being doubtful in Dec 2021 and no seven nighters in Dec 2021 in Galveston, this was a good substitute (better than the original cruise, I think). This task was dicey since we used partial FCC from our canceled March (last month) sailing on the Adventure sailing. So pleased!
  10. 16 points

    Royal Crew protest erupts

    I've noticed that all your posts have been doom and gloom articles against RCL, Do you not like RCL? Or are you a plant for another cruise line trying to sway us that direction, if so, you're not doing well because you haven't advertised that cruise line yet. ๐Ÿคฃ
  11. 16 points
  12. 16 points

    So depressing ๐Ÿ˜

    I was in contact with my Travel Agent last night. She told me that many cruises are seeing significant price reductions - particularly for the high end suites. It might be worth everyone who's interested's effort to take a bit of time and do some research. I know our Star Class Symphony August 2022 cruise was reduced by $2300 last night. This was the second such significant reduction in the past 2 weeks on this cruise. I'm sure there are others. Might be a good "buying" opportunity.
  13. 15 points

    Thank Goodness for Travel Agents!!!!!

    After booking several cruise on my own, I finally went with a travel agent and booked my latest cruise. I was originally supposed to cruise last year, but at the last minute, RC charted the ship and we lost our cruise. For our troubles, they gave us $300 OBC. I was able to eventually find my current cruise set for Nov. 8 this year on the Oasis. I booked an interior room like I always do. To me, I just cant justify spending the extra money on a balcony when I am only in my room to change clothes and sleep. It's just not worth it. Would I like a balcony? Heck yea, but just not willing to pay for it. Anyway, my travel agent just called me and said, would I still like a balcony? I said, "Yes" but I didn't want to pay extra for it. He said, you aren't! Apparently there must be a lot of cancellations for the Nov cruise as he moved me from an interior room to a ocean view balcony and my cruise price actually went down by $10.00 ๐Ÿ˜† I guess I am a believer now in having a TA. I doubt I would have ever found this out on my own. Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the Oasis cruises in November. I would assume, if it gets cancelled for whatever reason, I would hope that I still get a ocean view balcony on a future cruise??? Just had to share my good fortunes. Fingers crossed now for my cruise to move forward now!!!
  14. 15 points
    Well, has anyone seen a photo of @twangster?
  15. 14 points

    Royal Crew protest erupts

    I disagree that RC isn't trying or isn't communicating it. The issue is the main stream media rarely, if ever, reports on it. They are quick to post a "disgruntled" cook's FB post as evidence of a vast conspriracy against the crew, but when the CEO of the cruise line says they repatriated 10k and working on the 20k remaining, zero mention by the media. The result is the public (you/I) don't see the concerted effort going on. Nevermind the massive hurdles they face by insanely difficult government restrictions to get people home that has created a legal quagmire. Unfortunately we live in a word of headlines, with few bothering to read the article.
  16. 13 points
    I'll start. I am now fully in LOVE with InstaCart (and similar services) !!! I realize that they had been around for a while prior to this madness, but since the plague, I have realized what a WONDERFUL service this is. I no longer have to go to the grocery story and I LOVE IT ! Today I was able to get 3 cases of beer, 2 bags of potting soil and nifty new slicer/shredder (oh....plus some food) delivered. Only in America !!! I intend to keep using this service even after the plague has subsided. What an awesome example of good old fashioned Yankee capitalism ! We WILL get through this, stronger than ever.
  17. 13 points

    Matt, You should get Magic 8 ball

    Update, have one on my desk now!
  18. 13 points

    Lift & Shift Tagline

    LOL @Baked Alaska I don't care what you call it, because of the Blog and all of you, I was able to take advantage of it and turn a worrisome upcoming vacation filled with worry into a vacation in filled with anticipation and excitement again.
  19. 12 points
    I got 2 months closer to retirement for free! 150 working days left!!
  20. 12 points
    ๐Ÿ‘†This! I am a Type A control freak. I wonโ€™t deny it. Booking with a TA means giving up control to a certain degree. Over the years, I have tried everything from local private agencies, big box agencies, to online ones. Some were ok, some were duds. My conclusion has always been the same, I can do it better myself. Recently, with the cancellations, I have learned a very valuable lesson. A good TA can do things for you that you arenโ€™t even aware could be done. A good TA is one step ahead of you. A good TA anticipates and solves before you even get to it. A good TA does not take โ€œnoโ€ for an answer. A good TA goes above and beyond. A good TA shines when things go bad. And it takes a lot for me to say that because I do everything. I am Type A to the extreme. Not many TAs are like that. But when you do find one, they are worth their weight in gold. I used to think that it came down to price. But I have recently learned that I was very wrong. You cannot โ€œquantifyโ€ what a good TA can do. Donโ€™t get me wrong, a good TA takes care of their clients too, but that is not all that matters. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  21. 12 points

    Frustrated with TA Bookings

    I too consider myself a travel aficionado having traveled extensively for business purposes I have always booked my own business travel and still do. Cruising is something I do a fair bit of with quite a few under my belt and 98% of them are associated with a TA. I still do the legwork, know exactly what I want yet time and again a good travel has proven their weight in gold. You don't need a TA when everything goes right, you need a good TA when things don't go right. I appreciate my TA even more when one of my direct bookings goes awry and I have to spend hours on the phone dealing with it. The challenge is finding a good TA. I avoid the big box stores or certain online agencies. Granted I've had to deal with a few duds over the years but when you find the right one, a good one, it makes all the difference in the world. Given that I cruise a lot I've had my share of weird situations and more FCC experience than I care for. A knowledgeable TA who knows how the work the system is wonderful.
  22. 12 points

    Perfect Day at Cococay !!

    This will be me and my towel observing RCCL's Social Distancing Rule at Perfect Day at Cococay !!
  23. 12 points
    With all the media raving about staying at home, a lot of folks are quaking in their house slippers and afraid to go out into the world. Wonder what the world would be like if our forefathers had that attitude? There would be no USA, no internet and no life. I am cautious but will not let fear cause me to not enjoy the life I have been given. At my age I want all the enjoyment in life I can get. And that includes cruising!
  24. 12 points
  25. 12 points
    I'd confidently get on the first ship out if I could. Not everyone would feel the same though.
  26. 12 points

    Cruising with no-sail order?

    I should think once churches, restaurants, colleges, child care centers and schools have been cleared to open then cruising can also resume. Those environments are vastly more risky and likely to lead to virus transmission compared to a cruise ship as determined by the CDC. Using noro modeling as an example of an easily transmissible disease we can draw parallels to COVID-19 transmission. https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/trends-outbreaks/outbreaks.html The CDC has determined that healthcare facilities are the leading source for noro outbreaks, followed by restaurants then schools, child care centers and universities. By their own determination the CDC has determined that cruise ships "account for a small percentage (1%) of reported norovirus outbreaks overall". Health care facilities, restaurants and schools account for a combined 90.9% of noro outbreaks. Contrast that with cruise ships at 1%. Much like noro we have observed that healthcare facilities are a leading source of transmission of COVID-19. The fact that restaurants and schools were closed around the world indicates that they are recognized as environments that can facilitate the spread of disease. Unlike restaurants and schools they couldn't close healthcare facilities so unfortunately thousands of COVID-19 victims have died in healthcare facilities and the COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths we have observed are consistent with this model, the difference being death vs. mostly discomfort. All of this supports the modeling we see for noro outbreaks can be followed in general terms for COVID-19. Restaurants are beginning to re-open. First in a scaled back fashion designed to counter just how risky they are (22.1 % of all outbreaks). So it stands to reason that if schools and day care can open (6.1% of all outbreaks) and the risk of COVID-19 has been determined to be low enough for schools and day care to open, then cruise ships can also resume operation safely (1% of all outbreaks). In fact if restaurants can open close to the former operating standards and that is determined to be low or acceptable risk then it stands to reason that cruise ships can open before schools. While cruise ships have been singled out and receive a lot of press during both noro and COVID-19 outbreaks, the CDC's own statistics prove how much safer cruise ships are in general terms with much lower risk associated with them.
  27. 11 points
    I still believe that this was much ado about nothing. All of the consequences, including the extended loss of cruising, are the result of the overreaction and the senseless political battle that this all has become.
  28. 11 points
    By chance are you looking for a thirty eight year old son to adopt? I could use a rich dad that came with luxury travel privileges.
  29. 11 points
    Tell that to the brother of my daughter's classmate -- 24 years old, EMT, healthy as an ox, and died from the virus less than a week after getting confirmed with having it. Tell it to the thousands like him who are now gone and buried. Sorry, but I am not in the mood to hear any kind of statement like that. Here or anywhere else.
  30. 11 points
    Baked Alaska

    Royal Crew protest erupts

    I would not doubt that he (op) is a plant for the attorney(fishing for business) of cruzelewdnewz. I'm not spelling it correctly so it doesn't get additional hits. Further, I wouldn't doubt that these type of lawyers (not the good kind) have incited some of this on the ships. "Hey, (crew member name), get a bunch of your buddies together to create a "protest", have them join my class action, and we (I) can make millions!"
  31. 11 points

    Royal Crew protest erupts

    Another negative, one sided, useless post from R Yeo. By my calculation this now account for 100% of their posts.
  32. 11 points
    The Drink Package is my vaccine!!!!
  33. 11 points
    There's a group working on Covid-19-sniffing dogs, too, which sounds WAY cooler to me. Ooopssss!!!! That's not the right photo!!!!!!!!!!! Here: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/dogs-sniff-out-coronavirus.htm
  34. 11 points
    Yes, you must wear the mask. Whether or not you wear clothing is entirely up to you. Just warn me, first if you decide to go mask-only. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  35. 11 points

    Cruising with no-sail order?

    Not listening... don't want to hear it... ๐Ÿ˜Š
  36. 11 points

    Lift and Shift and Thank You RC Blog

    Many, many thanks to this blog. We were scheduled to sail a 9 night Greek Isles itinerary in September in a 2 BR Grand Suite on Explorer of the Seas. This morning I pulled up this blog and thanks to @Matt I was alerted to the new LIft and Shift policy. I emailed our TA right away and he called me back and we were able to get transferred to a Greek Isles sailing in Oct on Odyssey of the Seas for the same price. I feel less stressed worrying about whether we would feel comfortable sailing and we are sailing on the Odyssey for the same price. Since there are so few 2 BR suites I feel especially thankful to Matt and everyone who is apart of this blog, that I became aware and could act so quickly and understand the need to act quickly. Thank you, Thank you! This is why I enjoy looking at this blog and reading everyone's helpful advice. Because of that, you have made a worrisome vacation decision for this year turn into a vacation filled with excitement.
  37. 11 points

    RCCI Party Lawsuits...

    Theres no doubt in my mind that when these crew members, who having worked long hours for weeks or even months on end with almost no social life found out about a party onboard with music, free food , drink and the chance to get lucky, that they refused to go and were forced to attend against their will. Lets not forget that the whole world was on lockdown on the dates mentioned ( not ) that social Distancing measures had been implemented across the globe ( not ) and that the whole world knew what was coming because this virus had been classed as a pandemic ( not ) Honestly this is why i could never stay in the US, i would be scared to go outside in case i farted in the wrong direction and got sued for spoliling someones day
  38. 10 points

    So happy I got 125% OBC!

    It finally posted today to my CP. Iโ€™m able to take advantage of the great sale prices which left me with $400 left over! I decided to get The Key for $20. I originally got the DBP with VOOM but since VOOM is included with The Key, I rebooked just the DBP. Also did Ultimate Dining and CocoCay Beach Club. I still have $225 left and still have $100 to add for stock holder OBC. I may splurge on a spa thing or buy really good champagne! This one (October Symphony) better sail! Lol ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
  39. 10 points

    MEI Travel Agency

    MEI is awesome ! They are a full-service Travel Agency and actually began as Disney specialists so they handle all kinds of travel and service all of the cruise lines. I use Michelle Cunningham [email protected] 703-986-0661
  40. 10 points
    Like other tourism-dependent locations, the islands of The Bahamas have taken a major economic hit in recent months. But Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis says that things could slowly be changing. While addressing his constituency on Sunday, the politician said, โ€œOur resorts, our airports and our seaports are finalizing the health and safety protocols that will be necessary for us to provide for a re-opening.โ€ He then acknowledged that the plan was to try and re-open the country on or before July 1. https://cruiseradio.net/bahamas-could-welcome-cruise-ships-back-july-1st/
  41. 10 points
    I've lost 10 lbs since my last cruise ๐Ÿ˜
  42. 10 points
    Hmm, a suite question by twangster? *Checks to see if @Lovetocruise2002 has been hacking into people's accounts again*
  43. 10 points

    Jetblue: Credit where it"s due

    With so much negativity being directed at all travel companies for how they are behaving during these unprecedented times, some of which is well deserved its only correct that when a company does things correctly its noted. Jetblue changed the time of my flight from JFK to San Juan and it messed up my timings, now chances are cruise will be cancelled and i would have had to cancel anyway, So i contacted them by chat on their App, no waiting or fuss just straight down to how they could assist. Was offered a FULL cash refund or 125% in future credit that lasts 18months, i took the cash refund and was informed it would be in my bank within 10 to 14 working days. 4 days it took for full refund to appear in my bank. Hats off to Jetblue a smaller airline showing the Big Boys how it should be done
  44. 10 points
    They've made the ship's pizza into a Covid-19 cure?!? OMG, I don't care how unlike NJ pizza it is, I'll eat that $*%& all day if it keeps me safe! ๐Ÿ˜ Sorry, couldn't resist. ๐Ÿ•
  45. 10 points
    Rumour has it 88% of all blondes in the world have disappeared.....
  46. 10 points
    You better believe Iโ€™ll be on a ship vaccine or no vaccine! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Iโ€™m DONE with this lockdown!
  47. 10 points
    My family and I absolutely will be cruising at first chance. As serious as all this has been, I don't want the fear of "what if" to overrule the possibility of adventure for me. Just as with any disease or pandemic, it very well could hit me or my family at any moment, but the opportunity for memories and living life to its fullest outweighs that fear of there not being a vaccine yet. #StillGoing
  48. 10 points
    Absolutely! If Royal sent me an email today (should have received a apology one for the refund debacle) saying I was picked to be a test passenger to experience how new procedures on board would be, I would have my bags packed in 30 minutes and at the port in 25 minutes.
  49. 10 points
    What about looking into upgrading your cabin? You can't reprice, but you can see if suites are available and covered under what you have already paid.
  50. 10 points

    So depressing ๐Ÿ˜

    The view after several rounds of tequila shots ๐Ÿ˜‰
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