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  1. OK, I know this is WAAAY in the future, but these sorts of things have to planned out WAAAY in advance! On April 8, 2024, the Great North American Total Solar Eclipse will sweep across the continent, with one of the best potential viewing spots being a strip on the ocean in between New Brunswick and Newfoundland / Labrador. There will also be viewing spots running from central New Brunswick WSW down through Maine, Montreal, and northern New York state. We know that Royal did an Eclipse sailing for the last North American total eclipse in 2017; so even though this is further north and
    10 points
  2. Would be nice if they were rewarding those of us who have stuck it out and even scheduled and paid for additional cruises. Would put them on par with Norwegian who give drink packages, internet and other goodies to their loyal passengers. Realistically they will probably remove the "glitch" in their software soon and we can talk about the gimme that almost was. Geez I can't wait until we cruise again.
    4 points
  3. Joe, Thank you for your service! It takes a special person to service in the silent service!! Beat Army! This is something my wife and I have talked about doing. Take a transatlantic from Florida to Europe in March/April. Spend the 6 months or so traveling in Europe with a Euro rail pass and AIR B&B’s Then catch a transatlantic back to Florida in October/November. What a great way to travel.
    4 points
  4. Was never interested in the concept of cruising. Then my in-laws, who had taken the entire extended family on a couple trips to all-inclusives of their choosing let their four daughters select the next big family trip. They chose a cruise to Bermuda. Based on that experience, I went from "not interested" to "this is a great way to travel" rather quickly.
    3 points
  5. And here I tough we were special.
    3 points
  6. I hope this works for all of you. I think I was one of the last to be able to enjoy the "intern special" at $18. We sailed March 1 on Oasis. I don't currently have anything booked, but I am looking and dreaming. I need something to anticipate.
    3 points
  7. We have an upcoming cruise on Grandeur of the Seas at the end of March. I have been checking my cruise planner for the last week or so for different sales. It has been showing for the last week that we have purchased the DBP which we haven't. I am sure this will work itself out in the end, but who knows because only time will tell.
    2 points
  8. Depending on Cunard's timing, it is also possible that your return trip could connect with one of Cunard's "Around the World" cruises, and purchase a segment from London to Ft. Lauderdale (which usually stops in NYC on the way). Your travel agent could do some quick research or your could check Cunard's web site.
    2 points
  9. It won't get back to Florida but if Cunard still runs their weekly trans-atlantic, you could at least get back to NYC.
    2 points
  10. During my time in Royal Navy, I spent a lot of time in the Caribbean. So when my wife started suggesting a Caribbean Cruise, I was rather resistant. However, over the years I rather mellowed to the idea and when we approached a big birthday for her, I had an opportunity to book a 5 day western caribbean on Brilliance out of Tampa, so I took it. I also arranged for a suite at the Sheraton the night before boarding, all good. So we held Sheryls birthday partty on Saturday, and I presented her with luggage tags for her bags. This was it, happy days, I got it right... Err no... Rem
    2 points
  11. Aren't you still teaching your narwhal students in April?
    2 points
  12. HeWhoWaits

    Corny Jokes

    @coneyraven just reminded me of this classic. Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine.
    2 points
  13. This is my power, this is my curse
    2 points
  14. DS will be finishing first yr of college by then, heck yeh, DH and I would be in!
    2 points
  15. Count me in!!! I love that idea. We were on board Harmony in 2017 during the last eclipse and it was a memorable experience.
    2 points
  16. Outstanding idea ... we would be in
    2 points
  17. Star Class already can drink twice as much.
    2 points
  18. Yeah...due to Covid...drinks are on us!!! Woot!!
    2 points
  19. Well she can gamble. Casino is open to 18 year olds on cruise ships. She can go to all the bars and nightclubs just cant drink. She can go to adult nightclub that's also 18 and older. She can obviously see all the shows and entertainment. Can go to hot tubs at night I always seem to see people her age in the hot tubs at night. I mean she really can do anything people over 21 can do except for drink. Also I don't know if she wants to hang with 17 year olds but she can always try to meet them right outside of fuel and then suggest they all just go hang out somewhere.. I don't think the teens rea
    1 point
  20. My 5/9/21 (hope) Oasis DBP dropped from $61 to $46 per day, which is the best I've seen in a long while. I cancelled and re-purchased and today it's back to $61. Strike while the iron's hot
    1 point
  21. It's showing up as already purchased for my Anthem cruise to Norway, too. Usually $72 pppd. No way we'd all get that lucky. LOL
    1 point
  22. Everything that's available in the refreshment package is available in the Unlimited Bev Package, so since if free, it wouldn't matter
    1 point
  23. Also shows up on my Harmony Med cruise which is not till September next year, having L&S'd from Allure this year. I have never booked a DBP and never would since I don't drink alcohol! I'd happily take a free refreshment package instead.
    1 point
  24. I had a few dinners with a celiac in Coastal Kitchen on Anthem in January. They were very understanding and accommodating. They identified which entrees were off limits and they were able to modify sauces or secondary items on other plates to satisfy her requirements. While not a specialty venue exactly, they do have their own small galley. Most importantly they immediately understood and were very careful to check with the chef to validate safe choices and then repeated it again for dessert. I was impressed how they handled the last minute request or special diet on the spot.
    1 point
  25. Thanks everyone for your input.
    1 point
  26. Shows up on our Jan 24 Independence sailing also.
    1 point
  27. True statement. My statement is also true, when you take the full context: the next total solar eclipse that crosses North America / the USA. I’m not sure about the 20-year part, but I do remember reading it’ll be a hella long time until the next such opportunity.
    1 point
  28. With jet airplanes the concept of scheduled transatlantic passenger service pretty much stopped. All that's left is when cruise ships are repositioned to spend summers in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean. The Mediterranean cruise season is primarily during the summer. It isn't a popular mode of vacation travel during the colder winter months. Consequently modern cruise lines tend to get out of the Mediterranean during the winter which results in Westbound transatlantic in the fall and subsequently Eastbound transatlantic in the spring so the ships are back in the Med f
    1 point
  29. Hi @MuttMutt. That's really touching about your wife, very sorry that your start to cruising was on such a difficult chapter in your life. For me, cruising was also something that struck me as being in the line of luxury vacations, but I always wanted to do it and have an experience akin to what I saw on Titanic or Poseidon Adventure (well, the good parts before icebergs and rogue waves made things to pear-shaped! ). Then I found out from a coworker maybe 15 years ago now that it had become a lot more affordable, and the fire was lit under me. Took many years to convince my wife, though.
    1 point
  30. I don’t believe this is possible on Royal Caribbean. The Trans Atlantics are seasonal. They go one way in the spring and the opposite direction in the fall. There may be other lines that go in the opposing directions but I doubt it. It would be nice, wouldn’t it ?
    1 point
  31. It all depends on what you want to do. I have a Cannon T3i and love it for most stuff and thought about getting a case for taking it when I dive, but after hearing the horror stories about having a camera end up flooded from having a piece of hair or something like that on an O-ring I opted for a cheap off brand GoPro. The kits really are great and I got mine a couple years back at Sam's club. You can also find the kits second hand some places and honestly for a teen and family that may be a good option. A Cannon T2i is still a decent camera and can use just about any lens intended for
    1 point
  32. I saw the same thing today for our February booking. We are Star Class for that sailing ... would that mean we could drink twice as much?
    1 point
  33. Three of my cruises have this:
    1 point
  34. We have that on our December cruise. I can only imagine how many people have lost out on that so far.
    1 point
  35. Sometimes the point is closed if tides are up but on this particular day it was open.
    1 point
  36. I usually like to do check out the nature walks. I see they added hand washing stations like on CocoCay. This is where I get the best pictures of the ship du jour. Continuing on... Looks like they are set up for a ceremony today.
    1 point
  37. Same for us. However, it doesn't show up in the purchase history.
    1 point
  38. JLMoran

    MSC Grandiosa is at Sea

    There's a sidebar article there discussing the passengers and basically slamming them as a trio of nimrods: https://cruiseradio.net/meet-the-worst-cruisers-on-the-planet/ Very glad to see that MSC more or less expected to have people like that on board, had the procedures in place to keep tabs on excursion members, and were absolutely willing to enforce the rules with zero tolerance. Let the example be set right now -- you try to act like the rules don't apply to you, and you will find out how wrong you are so fast it'll make your head spin. Simultaneously, it's really depres
    1 point
  39. That's better than the $18 intern special!
    1 point
  40. In my experience you: "Don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with Jim". These are the basic tenets of life. Oh yes ... do not flaunt a Captain's Regulation (I wish that line flowed properly into that fantastic Jim Croce song). Curt from Canada
    1 point
  41. We are sailing out of Seattle on Quantum June 28. I'm not buying flights until April (as much as it makes my teeth itch!). I figure by then, RCG will have made the decision on whether or not to scrap the entire Alaska season.
    1 point
  42. The curse of the task oriented! I TOTALLY get you!!
    1 point
  43. Not really sure. Different fleet size is definitely a factor but so is median age. Much of Carnival's fleet is smaller and older. With the introduction of mega sized ships Royal grew more efficient in terms of revenue per passenger carried. Smaller fleet but with bigger ships, Royal has been achieving better revenue performance on a relative basis. For every mega ship Royal has at sea, Carnival needs somewhere between two to three ships to carry the same numbers, passengers and revenue. Now remove the guests and move into a mode of maintaining and operating a fleet at reduced cr
    1 point
  44. JLMoran

    FCC/refund

    Since it was all the way back in March it's probably much too late to try and change that. But If you booked with a third party for your trip insurance, it's possible to get that premium money back. See my thread about this very topic here. I don't know if they would even consider a plea this far after cancellation, as the policy has probably been marked as executed / expired. But it might not hurt to reach out them and ask, especially if you have all of your documentation showing the cancellation refunds / credits for the total of the insured amount.
    1 point
  45. Thank you very much for your explanation. I will take your advice and look into the cost and circumstances...then decide what is best. Appreciate your taking the time to answer my question.
    1 point
  46. I’ve got Sharla at MEI working on mine for May and October. I’ve got over $500 in premiums between the 2 canceled cruises. Honestly it’d be robbery if these companies kept premiums on an event that never happened.
    1 point
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