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  1. Something new from @ourusualbeach on CC. Looks like multiple FCC's will be able to be applied to a booking. If this is true, it will be the best news we've had since the plague hit !
    7 points
  2. This is all excellent news! And FCCs are applied as payments now, which before it came off the cruise fare. Caused all sorts of problems.
    7 points
  3. It's been a long time coming. Glad to see it.
    7 points
  4. Even better news!!! Caused problems for re-pricing.
    5 points
  5. Thank goodness!!! This is the best news ever, aside from getting on the next cruise!
    5 points
  6. @WAAAYTOOO Here is the announcement: Dear valued Travel Partners, Royal Caribbean Group understands that time is of the essence — so we've automated many processes on CruisingPower.com and the Espresso reservation system to make your jobs easier. That means you can get right back to tending to your clients and planning their next vacation. We are thrilled to announce that we have brand-new enhancements to share with you, launching today! You can now redeem your clients’ Cruise with Confidence, Global Sailing Suspension, and Non-Refundable Deposit Program Future Cruise Credits instan
    5 points
  7. It also appears that they are changing the rules regarding "sharing" FCCs. Also VERY good news
    4 points
  8. twangster

    Best Mayan Ruins?

    Welcome to the message boards. I suggest doing Mayan ruins from Costa Maya instead of Cozumel. Cozumel is an island and the best ruins are on the mainland so it involved a lengthy ferry ride that is known for being a rough crossing in a small ferry.
    4 points
  9. Sharla

    FCC Question

    You want to look for a travel agency who does not charge your credit card, but does all payments through the supplier such as Royal Caribbean. So when I charge a client's card, it shows up as a Royal Caribbean charge. I'm sorry that happened to you.
    4 points
  10. And commission, and balance due, and you name it.
    3 points
  11. Matt

    FCC Question

    3 points
  12. My husband is in a power chair full time. The cruise line can send you the "Special Needs Form" to fill in or you can find it online as well. It covers everything from walker, wheelchair type, special diet, and all other possibilities. You will need to fill it in and return it to RCI at least 30 days before sailing. I wish you the best! I will say I have found Royal Caribbean to be superior to Norwegian as far as handicapped accessibility and access. On Norwegian it is almost impossible to book a handicapped room on some ships that is not an inside room.
    2 points
  13. I was told it wasn't but this is GREAT news!!
    2 points
  14. What works in one region might not impact other. Took two cruise at that region (one from HK one from Chania) alcohol consuming was significant lower comparing to other cruises , during the cruise from Chania the barman were very bored. Alcohol package were buy one get one free (around 600 for two). There are many people that if they will get 5 free drinks (of any type not just the current ones that are being offers) will just not buy the the UDP ...
    2 points
  15. @WAAAYTOOO we had rain every day last week, and storms last night. You could still see lightning in the distance when they showed up this morning. But it's sunny now. The tarp has slipped a little, and the spa is starting to take shape.
    2 points
  16. I don't see any down side to L&S'ing your cruise into 2022....just be aware that they are only allowing "optional" L&S through 4-30-22. The latest rule for L&S seems to be that you can only L&S your cruise past 4-30-22 if Royal cancels. IOW I'm not sure they would allow you to optionally L&S your cruise past April. If you make final payment and Royal then cancels your cruise, I believe they will allow you to L&S past May 1 but they are now only allowing 1 week on either side of your original sail date vs the 4 weeks that they previously allowed. They are definitely
    2 points
  17. SpeedNoodles

    FCC Question

    I've heard people have this problem with TAs before. I think this is a very shady business practice. Unfortunately, RCL will only give you FCC based on what they received. The fact that the TA pocketed your money is not their problem. Personally I'd take my money back for that sailing and never book with them again. Find a travel agent who immediately pays Royal what you pay them and doesn't just hold onto your money.
    2 points
  18. rjac

    Corny Jokes

    2 points
  19. Without people getting the vaccine you won’t need to request a refund they will just give it to you. It’s funny people want things to get back to normal but don’t want to take the proper steps to help society return to some sort of normalcy.
    2 points
  20. I cant list all my drinks in a day.....it would clog up this thread...its a long long list.......... But it averages around 20-25 per day, more on the first few days, less on the last few days...a couple of those are water or poweraede though.....lol........
    2 points
  21. We will probably seem lame. We drink coffee, water, and whatever lemonade-type drink is available. It's boring but keeps our costs down.
    2 points
  22. Saga, a British cruise line serving the over 50 market has today mandated all passengers having a Covid-19 vaccination prior to sailing, guess they won't be the only one. https://www.cruisehive.com/cruise-line-requires-all-guests-to-be-vaccinated/46159
    1 point
  23. Apparently, I can't keep up. I thought Spectrum had started sailing out of Shanghai a month ago. Nope, First scheduled sailings are in March, 2021. Quantum is still sailing out of Singapore on cruises to no-where, Singapore residents only, right? I think I just confused these two.
    1 point
  24. Yes. We will just wait and see what happens. Personally I only have one drink a day with liquor. And my husband does not drink. So, we usually get water, coke, or fruity drink, with no alcohol. That is why we would prefer allotted drinks during the day. But I am happy no matter how they decide to do it and just want to go on a cruise! Thanks for your comments
    1 point
  25. I only have 2 drink a day, maybe 2. And my husband does not drink at all. We ususally just get water or diet coke, or a fruit drink with no liquor. So really I don't care how many drinks we get get on seapass card. That is why I would prefer it during day more than evening sometimes. But the normal cruise passenger drinks a lot more. Thanks for your thoughts.
    1 point
  26. I only drink 1 drink a day, maybe 2. So this rushing to get a drink at 4:30 really doesn't affect me. Sometimes I get just water or coke or something. And my husband does now drink at all. But we do like socializing in Diamond lounge or Suite lounge. And the appetizers. Thanks for your thoughts. We will see what happens.
    1 point
  27. This is going to seem very tame comparatively. Morning- Hot brewed green tea from room service Mid morning - bottled water Lunch- iced tea Afternoon- iced tea, bottled water Dinner- iced tea After dinner - iced tea or hot cocoa One time during the cruise I will splurge and get a Bahama Mama, Mojito, Rum Sunrise, Island punch. So, all that being said you can see why I never buy the DBP! Totally worthless to me
    1 point
  28. How exciting !!! I was thinking about your this weekend and wondering if there had been any progress. WOOHOO !
    1 point
  29. After a week of being on the schedule then a week of rain delays, we have a pool full of men this morning getting ready to shoot the gunite. The crew showed up at 6:45 and started taking off the tarp around the edge of the pool and adding one on our fence. They started to put one over the opening to our patio when I got this first photo. I'm not sure I'm going to get progress photos because the second photo is my view now. We turned on our security camera, hopeful that we could glimpse at the progress, but it's a little low. It is oddly similar to watching the deck camera channel on a ship tho
    1 point
  30. If you applied a FCC and the cruise gets cancelled... The original FCC you got from June 2020 will be reissued to you Any money you paid on top of that FCC will qualify for a new FCC or refund. If you take a FCC, be sure to ask your travel agent to combine the old and new FCC into one. You can only do that when a cruise is cancelled https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/06/26/you-can-combine-future-cruise-credits-instead-of-separately-being-reissued
    1 point
  31. You will get ONE credit per cancellation. Not two. To clarify, make sure that your credits are combined into one.
    1 point
  32. Agreed. However long term, like when it's closer to normal in the future, if they let people use their "coupons" at any time of day I think many will use them before the DL opens and then they'll rush to the DL at 4:30pm for open bar happy hour drinks since they've used their free coupons already. The switch to "my time" coupons, if permanent, would need to come with removing bars from the DL, or removing DL's entirely. Otherwise people will use their drinks during the day, become emboldened by a few drinks and then the crowding of the DLs at happy hour becomes worse, not better. I'
    1 point
  33. The Original poster clearly states that these measures and restrications are in place on Qots. I understand this is not a cruise out of US but i would imagine that any measures found to work on these "test cruises out of Asia or anywhere else " will be implemented across the fleet.
    1 point
  34. I would very much to be able to get my allotted free drinks any time of the day. Seems there is lines everywhere, in regular bars not just diamond lounge, waiting for 4:30 to arrive and get free drinks. It would not cost the cruise line any more money to offer drinks all the time, or at least a larger window.
    1 point
  35. Atlantix2000

    FCC Question

    Depending on when you paid, if you used a credit card, I'd give them a call and see what they have to say about the 120 day refund. The credit card company might take the money out of their account and back to you much faster.
    1 point
  36. They keep pushing the FCC expiration date. Let's put it this way, if people who want to be vaxxed are unable to do so before late 2022, we have bigger problems than cruising
    1 point
  37. Yes your TA can change your promo to kids sail free later if it is a better deal (it's not always a better deal).
    1 point
  38. Something to keep in mind is that rooms that hold 3/4 are usually in a different (more expensive) category . So even if Passenger #3 is "free", Passenger #1 and #2 are paying a slightly higher base fare. Sometimes the difference can be very large, but I've usually noticed this when my travel agent booked me into agency group space for the double occupancy room, but was not able to do so for the triple occupancy room.
    1 point
  39. I've been kicking around whether or not to jump in on this....then I said to myself "Why not?" We have decided that we want to cruise multiple times a year. To be able to do so, we have cruise as inexpensively as possible. If we didn't, we'd be hard-pressed to do one cruise a year. We stopped drinking alcohol 15 years ago and are very content with the complementary dining choices onboard so no money spent there. Other than something like when I forgot my hat at home and needed to buy one onboard, we can end a cruise having spent nothing else above the cost we paid when we booked (
    1 point
  40. They'll give you one at the port
    1 point
  41. Michael Bayley is that you? The reason some of us can afford to spend 1000s on a cruise is by finding little ways to save money here and there. Plus it's not like like they are charging $0.50 for that container of water, plus 18% gratuity.
    1 point
  42. My 12 year old is in the Phase 3 Pfizer vaccine trial for children 12-15. They are hopeful they the EUA will come in the next couple of months for that group. I’m sure younger children will be longer, but they said the trials are moving along well.
    1 point
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  44. Well, IMO you had every right to expect a birthday cake if the Genie had been informed that it was your birthday during the cruise. I think that’s a rather unpardonable oversight on the part of the Genie. This is exactly the kind of detail that they are there to exploit (in a good way !). Of course, as with all things, some Genies are better at the details than others. I don’t blame you at all for being disappointed.
    1 point
  45. This right here may be the single best advice! I may have fell into this trap a bit. The other bit of advice is to be sure to communicate how the genie can make your cruise fantastic; don’t assume the genie questionnaire will accomplish this. I was so busy waiting for the genie to deliver the magic I put on our questionnaire that it led to some disappointment when some of the bigger requests never happened. I still remember sitting in our hotel post cruise wondering what happened to my birthday cake. LOL
    1 point
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  47. Hi everyone this is my first post on this blog. I've been sailing with Royal Caribbean since 2008, I have sailed on other cruise lines as well but Royal Caribbean is the best in my opinion. I do agree with he is saying, I moved both of my 2020 cruises to late October (Symphony of the Seas) and November (Odyssey of the Seas) 2021 and we moved a European cruise to late May (Odyssey of the Seas) 2022. I 100% believe the cruise industry has been unfairly targeted by the CDC and health organizations around the world while airlines and hotels have been allowed to make up the rules as they g
    1 point
  48. If I detailed the quantity, I would come across as one who needs an intervention. Therefore, my response is that we get our money's worth out of the DBP.
    1 point
  49. Wake up-- I need my Diet Dr. Pepper.. They had it on Harmony in the Freestyle Machines.. If not ill drink a few glasses of coke Mid morning (1000ish) I gotta have a few Tito's Bloody Marys.. Around twoish.. I guess its Bud Light time until Dinner.. After dinner... Tito's Dirty Martinis or Tito's and Cranberry.. Depending on the night.. Maybe a few shots of Patron mixed in Last year I made the bright decision after a nap to start the Afternoon with Tito's and Red Bull.. Drank those up until dinnertime.. Around 11pm i lost my wings and crashed hard.. Couldn't find our
    1 point
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