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  1. First, let me say I understand a lot of frustration in and with the cruise industry due to COVID. Its supposed to be a great vacation and customers pay a good price for the experience. The media likes to dwell on cancelled ports and sick passengers and empty ships sitting at anchor. All the misery and misfortune in the headlines sells. No one wants to go on vacation and be limited to mask wearing, subjected to nasal swabs, flight disruption, port dismissal etc. On the other hand, trying to take a purely scientific view point ... Though ships have been called a Petri dish (generally with negative connotations), at the same time they are a somewhat unique controlled population sampling. Here you have literally thousands of people that are vaccinated and following masking protocols etc. Its not perfect but when you look at infection rates, those aboard ship are less than one percent compared to over 30% on land. To me this is a perfect example of how an experiment works. You have two populations, one with generally well kept protocols and controls, and the other, not so much. The difference in infection rates is dramatic. It just shows vaccines, masking and isolation of known cases works. Ships have other issues such as limited space for isolation and medical facilities. Their systems are not perfect but the numbers show they do work.
    15 points
  2. We just boarded Oasis as our first Star Class cruise and it was much less stress free than anticipated. First I stressed about the Covid results and as everyone reassured me: they just look at your name, date of test and result! So I’ll take the time to reassure everyone else like me that it was easier than anticipated. Lastly, because we had uploaded our vaccine card, we only needed to show it once. We are on board and finally feeling the relief and excitement of cruising once again. Because of the recent cancellations we are more thankful than ever to be on a ship. Thanks to all who have cruised before me that held my hand and calmed my anxieties as the time drew near. This community is so valuable but even more during these times! Cheers to sailing once again.
    8 points
  3. Okay some updates........ T minus 44hrs I passed the test, and all of my bags are packed. I haven't received anything about a later boarding. But most of my correspondence goes to the TA before coming to me. The app has finally updated to show the proper number of days for this sailing, it shows WJ open for dinner. However, I have seen preliminary postings on FB that put this sailing at under 1500 pax. I ran into issues with my eDocs. Right after I made FP, they were available to print. I got busy and decided to do it a few days before leaving. I went to CP and it said no documents available. Now in the current climate, I got super afraid. I asked the RCGBlog and was told this has happened to a few others, so I felt relief. I emailed my TA and he told me this is some glitch that has been happening and I would need to get blank ones at the port. Ugh!!! Luckily a few hours later he was able to email the docs to me, he believes something was shaken loose with his inquiry. So now I have printed luggage tags, my setsail pass, and negative results. For the last end of my S2S2S I booked an interior cabin. I did receive an offer to RoyalUp and I decided to put in min bids on a few rooms. Well today I checked, and all are expired with one pending. I have been told this is a good sign and I am just waiting for them to charge my card. It is for the spacious panoramic ocean view. This is one of the newer cabin categories they put on some Amped ships. This is my first-time bidding and when I win, I will be 1-0!!! Happy cruising everyone!!!
    8 points
  4. It's not the virus itself that has a hold on the psyche of the population because we have lived with disease and viruses our whole lives. It's the over reaction of those in charge of us that has us scared and talking nothing but Covid19 as if it has the death rate of Ebola - it doesn't even come close. As this is a cruise site, and I'm sure this thread will get locked soon enough, I'll keep the rest of my opinions on those in charge of the Covid response to myself.
    5 points
  5. Floski

    Balcony cabin differences

    I upgraded for our Harmony cruise last month and was extremely disappointed that I paid so much more for so little. IMHO, the difference isn't worth the cost.
    5 points
  6. It does have to do with the bid amount, and as well where you are already currently booked at (room Rate). If you got a balcony and bid up to a suite, you have a better chance than if you have an interior trying to bid up to a suite. If someone has a higher bid than you and is in a higher category already it will go to the higher category with the higher or equal bid amount. It has nothing to do with on when the bid is placed... Plus they fill the top rooms 1st, then work there way down to what is left, when upgrading and filling rooms. Also if you have a bid pending and all others have expired, it is a good sign. But, it is still not guaranteed until they charge your card...
    4 points
  7. I think anyone who still played Solitaire would be too old to be a lifeguard LOL!
    4 points
  8. Nityam is our Genie and we are very pleased thus far. Our cabin as we entered:
    3 points
  9. I will miss meeting you. You are a big reason we are here in Star Class!
    3 points
  10. I shall be watching you sail away this afternoon on the Port Miami webcams! Bon voyage!
    3 points
  11. We was very disappointed our cruise on January 29 th on the Jewel was canceled, we was still going, but had concerns about not getting in at ports, waiting three hours here locally for a covid test and hope you test negative, then keeping a mask on inside all the time, which was no problem if that’s the rules, we was flying into Ft Lauderdale, it’s cold in Cincinnati area, we think we are now going to keep flight, rent a car and spend a few days in Key West, one of our favorite port stops. This was our third cruise that was canceled, we was meeting our cruise friends from Napa Ca. That we met a few years ago on a cruise, plus two other couples, that’s what is so disappointing. Good luck to all the cruisers, we will try again in the fall is our hope.
    3 points
  12. Such sad news but you did the right thing. When we couldn't leave the ship on the Odyssey a few weeks ago it was sad. While we totally made the most of it, given your same scenario and knowing as well as experiencing looking at Aruba from... well our balcony, we would have made the same decision. Here's hoping the crews get and stay healthy, fingers crossed we get through this sooner rather than later. (The Odyssey was great mind you but missing the shows in addition to seeing less and less crew....we were ready to disembark.
    3 points
  13. I always get travel insurance, especially after my cousin broke his neck while in Jamaica. It's a small price to pay for peace of mind. To give you an idea of costs, his medflight from Jamaica back to Florida was $30000 that had to be paid out of pocket.
    3 points
  14. I’d hate to rely on my health insurance to pay for a life flight from Cozumel or somewhere similar.
    3 points
  15. We just landed in Miami 2 hours ago after 12 hours of travel through snowstorms from Vancouver to find our Symphony sailing tomorrow is cancelled. Literally got the notification at the second wheels touched down. Obviously disappointed but we knew things are crazy and anything was possible. First reaction was let’s see if we can get on another Royal cruise sailing in the next day or two. Unfortunately Royal has all sailings through January frozen for new booking and no one at customer service was any help. Ever the optimist, my wife got on the phone with Norwegian and long story short, we are boarding on Norwegian Joy in 17 hours. What a wild ride!!
    3 points
  16. We all got additional OBC for missing St. Thomas yesterday so I booked some additional wine tastings in vintages. Yesterday was the Italian tasting. Today is Mystery wines where you have to guess the grape! Also I found the adult only pool yesterday and really enjoyed the "waves" on the side of the pools.
    3 points
  17. They had a med evac to Port Everglades from what someone posted on a FB group.
    2 points
  18. barjpoe

    January policys

    RCI is continuing with masks everywhere including the casino , so that means no smoking in the casino, YEAH!
    2 points
  19. Jan 22, on Allure.
    2 points
  20. It breaks my heart to read your post but I completely understand where you are coming from. I hope are able to reschedule and take a cruise soon. Hopefully this Omicron variant surge burns out by the 3 week of 4th week of January. It just hurts every time I read someone has either canceled their cruise or had their cruise canceled.
    2 points
  21. I saw Amazon gift cards. Is that still a good option?
    2 points
  22. Part two: First my husband found glass in his dessert then he was attacked in the dining room. Before the attack on my hubby, the dining room had quickly become his “unfavorite” place to go. Who could blame him after suffering a mouth injury due to glass in his food, then the embarrassment of us sitting and breaking bread at the right table, but the right table on the wrong floor. We decided to go because we were hungry and the food was included in our cruise fare. After the last two nights of “what the heck” what could possibly happen. Odds were on our side that we would enjoy a meal without injury or embarrassment. Hubby hates to be the “center” of attention. If was because of me that the crew knew that hubby had cut his mouth on a piece of glass. Hubby would have used his napkin to stop the bleeding, washed his mouth with water and swallowed, and continued to eat in pain and not say a word. Dinner was going great. Right table. Right wait staff. Right table mates. No foreign objects in our food. That night was a successful meal in our book. But it was when we were making our way out of the dining room is when it turned into “survival of the fittest.” Hubby and I were walking close to the wall as we made our way through the dining room. Just before we were to round the corner to head out of the dining room, a group of people were bypassing us to enter, so we had to move even closer to the wall. (Now we might be old enough to be @lovetocruise2002’s parents but we are fast walkers). As we rounded the corner, hubby ran right into a chair. Not those little dining room chairs, but a “big ass” chair that was stacked side by side with other big ass chairs.. The collision stopped hubby right in his tracks. The chair did not move an inch. Staff came to see if he was o.k. Apparently, hubby, was not the first person to have a “run in” with the chairs. Staff said she did not know “why” the chairs were placed “where you would only see them after you collided with them” Hubby acted like nothing happened and we left. After watching him walk I had to force him to show me his leg. Ouch, folks. The chair got him smacked down the front bone of his leg. More blood. Back to medical. More medicine. Security comes to medical. Security has us go back to the dining room to show him hubby’s attacker. Security said: “Wow, that’s a stupid place to put those kind of chairs.” Chairs then found a new home where they could be “free” to be a “chair” and not an “attacker.” After a few hours, hubby started feeling the pain and I had him take whatever the heck it was they gave him. I felt really bad for him. It was obvious while he was eating dinner that he was trying to avoid chewing on the side of the mouth with the big cut from the glass Now he was walking with a limp. Royal offered us $200 off our next cruise taken within the next year. We didn’t use their offer but we continued to cruise with them. Hubby and I laugh about that cruise now but I think he might be “fake laughing” a little. We have both been around many blocks many times and know that “shit happens” which reminds me of the time when I was walking back to my room on Royal’s cruise ship and noticed “shit” on the floor. It followed me from the stairs, half way down a long hall way then stopped two doors from mine. I would rather be attacked by a chair then “see” and “smell” that accident again. But it was a funny story that I’ll share soon to help me “fill in the pages” because I started my blog (due to excitement) way too early. Thanks for following! *Hoping to be able to post a picture of hubby’s leg injury. There’s definitely a “gross” element to it!
    2 points
  23. OMG thanks for this info. Wife anticipates her Packers going all the way and said to cancel our 02/09 cruise if it was not shown onboard.
    2 points
  24. We sailed serenade back in August to Alaska and can confirm they had not been let off the ship… one of the things they told us they missed the most was being able to get a fresh cooked meal that was not onboard the ship. We felt awful for them so at the port stops, we brought a special few crew members a hot meal to go from wherever we ate right before re-boarding. They were stunned and appreciative!
    2 points
  25. The crew is not allowed off of the ship yet they are getting and passing on the virus. Maybe it's time to let them live in the interior guest cabins for a bit. Give them additional space instead of living in such close quarters. Also, this two day test scenario may need to be tightened up. We get ours (tests) at our local "doc in the box" emergent care medical facility. While the testing is precise and above board (pun intended) when I received our test results I was shocked. While the document contained all of the requested criteria with the Doctors signature, the document looked like something I could have created on my own computer. Does this happen? There is no uniform form that I know of so what are the personnel really looking at, is it a true test result? That got me to thinking, are people doing this? I am fully aware that after my negative test the onus is on me to isolate from others and be extra careful so as not to expose myself within the 48hrs before sailing, does everyone do this? We bring food and after I Clorox wash down the hotel room we stay in the room until we leave to check for our ship. My goal is to enjoy my sailing to the best of my ability all while keeping the crew safe. Granted not foolproof but we feel good about being a bit extra by this point, we want to sail..... And as an aside, I think the above scenarios tightened up should relieve the "stigma" of unvaxed kiddos in my humble and honest opinion they are not the problem. And I feel safer on a sailing then at a land based vacation...
    2 points
  26. Pooch

    Check In Time ??

    Just so helpful!
    2 points
  27. I bid on 6 cabins and all are expired except for 1 and I’m unable to modify my bid, it states pending. I’m wondering if this is a good sign.
    2 points
  28. Our Medicare Advantage HMO has paid for all medical services on the ship while cruising the Caribbean. Both on the ship, and in port at the beginning of the cruise, the providers involved all billed our insurance directly. Had hospitalization been prescribed, that's where the travel insurance is valuable, to fly a patient to a modern hospital. .
    2 points
  29. CGTLH

    On Board Credit Refund ???

    Under "Account" in the app it should list your OBC. The OBC should be listed as either refundable or non-refundable. As charges are made the onboard account the non-refundable OBC is applied first. Any remaining refundable OBC can either be cashed out at Guest Services or will applied back to the card on file. Casino and pulling credit on the slot machine works well also.
    2 points
  30. She'll just float around near Coco Cay like she did during the shut down.
    2 points
  31. Most health insurance does not cover anything out of the country. I'd personally not leave the country without travel insurance.
    2 points
  32. We are so disappointed! We've been looking forward to this trip for a year. Six of us were supposed to be going on Jewel of the Seas. Frankly I would feel safer on the ship than in Walmart! This is so insane!
    2 points
  33. Oh... I do that too... usually with an ice cream cone in hand. It's better than waiting by the ice cream machine to finish my FIRST cone
    2 points
  34. I'm determined to not worry about the end of the month for at least another week or two. I just refuse, lol.
    2 points
  35. 2 points
  36. I like Aria of the Seas or better yet, Arya of the Seas. The destination is west of Westeros!
    2 points
  37. Ordering. Room. Service! The TV ordering was either broken or not available on our Odyssey cruise and I've very quickly gotten used to not having to talk to people to get what I want. Lol. I wish I could have just picked the items I wanted right there in the app rather than calling and yelling over their busy kitchens. Ability to pick theater/ show seats for sky and star class/ suite guests. Something like this would definitely be farther down the road but it'd be cool to have a reservation for an exact seat. On some of the freedom class ships, we found the seats in the reserved area were occasionally more narrow or had less leg room than others but more comfortable seats were in less desirable locations. Be cool to know what seats are available without having to get there 30 minutes before showtime. I second a countdown to cruise! I find it so odd that's not in there! More information on non-booked shore excursions. I spend more time on my phone than i do a computer and it'd be great to scroll through shore excursions right there in the app pre-boarding or during the cruise. I think I could be okay with booking being a thing that needs to be done via cruise planner but it'd be cool to get some quick bits on offerings. even if its just a series of videos like I get onboard on the shore excursion channel. Lol
    2 points
  38. twangster

    January policys

    Darn it. This may cost me money. Must. Resist. Casino.
    2 points
  39. Seafarer

    Super Bowl while onboard

    On our Thanksgiving B2B on the Indy, they had NFL games on the poolside big screen, English Pub and Playmakers (naturally). Ms Seafarer and I can't recall if they had commercials or not. Last year, we went to Key West and watched the game harborside at Dante's, since we couldn't get on a ship. Next month, we'll be hanging out at Playmakers on the Odyssey. Hoping to see your Packers in the SB. I'm sure the Buc and Cowboy fans will disagree. BTW--great re-use of resources, as this post hasn't been updated in nearly 4 years!!!
    1 point
  40. Patchy

    Anthem Mechanical Issue

    Thanks for this update. I’m not quite sure, is this arrival at Cape Liberty on an earlier day than your original itinerary? Is your cruise being cut short, or are you just arriving back “home” at Cape Liberty on the scheduled day, just later than expected for disembarkation? Thanks, and I hope your travel arrangements aren’t too disrupted.
    1 point
  41. The laws on car seats are rather different (or non-existent) in many ports. Taxis/buses are far more likely to expect you to hold your child because that's what the locals do. It's something to consider when booking the excursion.
    1 point
  42. Whoa, that's a lot of shooting down and not thinking innovative. Sure the ideas are a little out there, but shooting down single approaches to implement the ideas probably isn't the most helpful approach in a creative environment. Let's take for example your response to location tracking. Instead of tracking happening on your phone, let's think about tracking via a wearable device that is then viewable via the app. This is one of the coolest onboard features that princess cruises is using on their medallion class ships. Just think of all the benefits of being able to see people's location: find your kids or friends, order drinks to your pool lounger, see how busy it is at the Windjammer. Sure, there's a large cost associated with the data equipment to support this platform (especially for existing ships), but I wouldn't be surprised if Royal implements this feature on the new Icon class ships. I get these kind of responses from my IT department at work. I challenge them to think about implementation in an innovative mindset rather than a brute force implementation mindset. Usually the best ideas come about after 2 or 3 iterations of planning. This sentence reminded me of someone I work with and i just had to laugh: Thanks for taking the time to respond to people's ideas, but I think you missed the spirit of this topic. It's a wish list.
    1 point
  43. MuttMutt

    App Feature Wish List

    To throw a wrench out there on a few of these requests. Complaints on the app will not happen. First off who would manage them? I mean think about the number of people posting here at a time and then figure the number of mods available to handle issues. It would take a full time team for each ship. And then if something gets missed people are having a fit. Not to mention the complaints that can't be handled over the app. Sure you could have a single person in each department deal with things but then you will have the inevitable "Not my department" thing go on so it will bounce around the I don't know what to do hell that will drive people batty. There are a ton of other things to deal with on this one but lets just say that it would be a pain to setup and likely cause more problems than it would solve. And just think about the lines at guest services and realize that half the people who would normally be in line waiting decided to wait till later and now they are all clambering for a person in the app. I can think of 100's of other issues some related to local abbreviations, people who are not the best spellers, and people with english as a second language dealing with the issues. Locating your device in a specific location. It sounds great but sadly is another thing that will just be a pain. Sure you could get one phone to work. But all phones have different drivers among other things so the app would have to be able to figure out a lot of stuff on the phone itself. Much of that would be blocked in the apple phones because "walled garden" and android phones have so many different possibilities for hardware you just could not figure it out. On top of that the wifi devices they use in all odds would ALL have to be changed out to something that is custom designed to do all this stuff. Then there is the issue that wifi can be a MIMO (multi in multi out) but not all hardware supports that and often times you are only connected to one station at a time. So that means their system would have to track every single device and where it was connected and where it is connected now and put you in the middle. So your here would be somewhere within a 50 foot radius of where you actually are. Not so bad for a single floor building but for a multi floored ship it ain't gonna do a ton of good. And GPS doesn't work well below decks and lets be honest finding your dot while you are moving is a feat unto itself when you look at the tech, now find yourself on an object that is moving... If you have the kind of cash google has you could do it, eventually. And some stuff that could work but wouldn't be as nice as you want. Photo viewing could work, however they will likely only show a low rez photo. Why, so you can't just screenshot it and have it for free. Watermarks can be removed but a crappy low rez picture with minimal detail, have at it. So that means when you pick a photo and can't tell where the kids are looking or who is giving the camera the finger could end up as your choice. Yes they can kinda prevent screenshotting but to be honest there is a workaround for everything. I have harvested pictures that are supposed to be untouchable from the web browser for years when I want or need something, cellphones are not much more difficult and that includes banking apps. Watching the shows on a mobile device will require IPTV equipment to be installed on the ship. It's great but lets just say that the odds are not good for this happening soon. Look how long its taken for chat messages to come around on the app and how they are charging for this right now. Same thing is going to happen for watching stuff. Older ships would need a lot for this to happen too. Camera's in every venue that will have a show and people to man the stuff equipment and you will need a couple camera's to make things look good as a lot of shows are made to be seen from multiple angles to integrate the audience into the experience so that means 3 to 4 camera's and operators for each active show. Then you have to mix it live just like the tv station news does so that means another couple people in a room dealing with the camera feeds. And the few things I have seen on the TV's in the rooms is pretty low def to be honest so how good will it look on your phone screen? So gonna have to drop a few thousand per ship for new cameras as well. When it's all said and done complaints will begin as there will be people here and there with their phones blasted watching a show when the person next to them wants to relax and nap in a chair. Will it eventually happen, maybe but I see more money being pumped into new ships and amplification of ships first especially with the losses had over the last couple years. And even then any shows that have copyrighted content will not be shown so things like Saturday Night Fever. Why you ask, they don't want it recorded. And that could be an issue with the other shows as well, there are more than a few people who would get a tripod and setup their TV with their camera pointed right at it and allow it to record the whole show then have it posted to youtube. They don't want to loose licensing of this stuff so they would have to constantly monitor places and submit DMCA requests. That may be the biggest nail in that coffin. Some things are realistic but others not so much. If you have never coded an app or dealt with a bunch of the stuff though don't be upset when a killer feature just can't happen.
    1 point
  44. Huntr104

    Grand Suite question

    I did price it out last night. You're right. It's about the same price as a Jr. Suite. This may be an option for us. Thanks.
    1 point
  45. Either way, you can use two devices at a time. Husband on one, someone else on the other. When we use the 2 device plan I changed my device all of the time and never kicked my husband off of his.
    1 point
  46. So, I put in bids for my Mariner 24th sailing. All are expired and one is pending. I am told this is a good sign, plus I can't access the eDocs for this sailing, which leads me to believe I won. From an interior to a spacious panoramic ocean view. I mention this to a person whom I compare vacations with, and they said a FB friend asked how RoyalUp works. This person asked someone who works for the third-party agency. They said it is first come, first served. Doesn't matter if the bid is high or minimum. It is when the bid is placed. This actually makes a bit of sense because I have read of people scoring expensive suites with a minimum bid and people who placed a high bid losing out.
    1 point
  47. Yes, her sole function is to assist you in spending more money.
    1 point
  48. Hello @CDunninTX! I would gladly be your cabin steward for a week if you would bring me a wonderful Texas style brisket or two! Forget the money, some good BBQ would be payment enough!! ?
    1 point
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