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  1. Not a great review writer but will give it a shot! After the stress and anxiety of Saturday, we headed to PC a little after 9:30 Sunday morning. Arrived about 45 minutes later and pulled into the garage. I have to say even though I knew she was big, I was not prepared for HOW BIG. Harmony is a beast! Port workers a little rude (are you dropping off or not?!?!) so we drove past them. Gave our bags to the porters around the corner & parked on the second level. A quick walk to the security area. We had our passports and vax cards in a clear plastic holder easily visible and printed Set Sail pass & negative test results from CVS. From turning into the garage til we were seated in the suites waiting area took maybe 15 minutes for the 4 of us including taking our pictures. Could not have been quicker or easier. Ducks in a row folks!! Boarding opened right around 11 for suites and pinnacles (saw a few prominently displayed gold name tags silly to me but hubby wants one!!) and after a few photos, we were on board! Our first drinks on Rising Tide which became hubby’s favorite bar!
    9 points
  2. It's simple. The kids don't really sail free. Their cost is built into the prices for passengers 1 and 2. It's marketing. If you want to sell a cabin of 4 people and you want to charge $500 per person, you could charge: 1) $500 per person...total cost = $2000 2) $1000 each for passengers 1 & 2, kids sail free...total cost = $2000 for 2 parents, 2 kids 3) $750 per person with a sale of $500 off each for passengers 3 & 4...total cost = $2000 4) $1000 for passenger 1, BOGO 50% off for passenger 2, $250 each for additional passengers...total cost = $2000 I could keep going, but depending on the details of the "sale", some versions work out better for 4 adults, some versions work out better for parents with kids, but Royal gets the amount they want for the cabin.
    6 points
  3. Skshh…..I agree with this…..over.
    6 points
  4. Remember they often raise the prices of guests 1 & 2 for this, so it's not always the best deal. It's a marketing tactic to get people interested. Some people do indeed save money, just don't think you're automatically going to save.
    6 points
  5. Crew no longer has to double mask in public or mask at all in crew areas. I've seen a few outdoor crew not masking at all this week, too
    6 points
  6. They were flown directly to the Jerry Springer show
    4 points
  7. TXcruzer

    Communicating on the boat

    Walkie Talkies SHOULD be on the banned items list
    4 points
  8. I like Sun Bum for going to the Caribbean because it's reef safe, so I can use the same one for the whole cruise including port days.
    4 points
  9. Supergoop unseen sunscreen is my favorite for my face.
    4 points
  10. 4 points
  11. Anthem is getting there. Even though we're at about 78% capacity, it does seem like a full cruise. But, after several months of reduced capacity, I'm really happy to be getting back to pre-shutdown cruising. It was a unique experience having so few cruisers...but it was also strange. For me, there was always a nagging feeling of worry. The masking/distancing protocols; the constant unease over onboard infections and possible quarantine; the sudden change in itineraries due to onboard numbers; vaccinated-only venues; mask on/mask off/constant masking; really weird seeing entertainers performing in the bars and lounges for no audience; Windjammer closed for dinner due to lack of guests. But the one constant was the crew. They were so happy to be back! Excellent service with wonderful attitudes! Even though their restrictions were so much more involved than for the guests. They still did their best to make the cruise as wonderful as possible! I like seeing capacity increase. It means we're getting back to where we were before the shutdown. I really missed that...enjoy your cruise!
    4 points
  12. Success! We were upgraded from an interior cabin to a spacious ocean view balcony. I bid $250 pp, maybe I could have gone lower, but it’s still a deal! Totally pumped and glad my kids won’t have to sleep above us in my husband’s “fart cloud.” (His words, not mine.)
    4 points
  13. I am sure the option of getting vaccinated was probably already considered. Don't you?
    4 points
  14. Jen W

    Costco Covid Testing

    Boarded today with the Costco Covid test and no questions asked.
    4 points
  15. This morning I was checking the price of our trip Aug 13, 2022, Port Canaveral, on Mariner. Look what I saw:
    3 points
  16. We packed a separate carry on luggage after reading Sabrina’s ordeal. Lo and behold, our luggage missed our direct flight to FLL!! We did get our luggage tonight but I was getting anxious.
    3 points
  17. It's to keep @Big Dawg Ron out. I approve.
    3 points
  18. came here to write this. You can use everywhere but as someone who breaks out and has sensitive skin this is my first choice.
    3 points
  19. I believe walkie talkies are allowed (they are not on the list of prohibited items, although they specifically single out baby monitors and Hamm radios), however: There IS NOT a 100% chance that they will reliably work aboard the ship. There IS a 100% chance you will annoy pretty much everyone around you. Don't be that person. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/prohibited-items-onboard-policy
    3 points
  20. BnB93

    Towels

    There are also towel stations on Coco Cay so you don't have to carry towels on and off the ship.
    3 points
  21. Put minimum bids on all the rooms. No expectation of ever getting one. But I won a 1 bedroom grand suite, sky class! Super excited! We leave on Symphony in 2 days.
    3 points
  22. KimL

    Royal Up offers

    The prices do not change. We just won our Royal Up to a 1 bedroom Sky Class grand suite and are so excited! I just put minimum bids on all the rooms with the thought I would never win one but did!! Just remember the bid will be x2 and no more, meaning if you have 6 or 2 people, you only get charged for 2.
    3 points
  23. BnB93

    Military Discounts

    Both my husband and I are retired military and the military discount has been hit and miss for us. We have gone on eight cruises with Royal and have only received a military discount twice. We have had better luck getting Florida resident discounts. The only advice I can offer is to keep checking for price drops and discounts. Good luck and thank your dad for his service.
    3 points
  24. I told DW last night about your fiasco with the luggage and how I am now going back to packing an extra set of clothes in my carry-on like I did before we were married. She hates dealing with carry-ons and would check everything if it were up to her after her years in the military dealing with carrying gear on a plane. She just looked at me. Nope, not spending a week in the same clothes because you don't want to deal with a bag. Sounds like you otherwise had a great spring break. We are now counting down the class days left. My seniors can tell you exactly how many they have left (so can I ).
    3 points
  25. I've been on a lot of cruises, where the food and/or service is terrific, while simultaneously folks at the next table are complaining their food is disappointing. Everybody has their own expectations. I am not a foodie and I'm easily pleased. I've very much enjoyed and appreciated my shipboard dining experiences, and I very much count my blessings. I'm disappointed to hear others do not receive the same food and service that I receive. And in fairness, I also was not on Independence of the Seas.
    3 points
  26. Very common. Last week's sale on the soda package said 15% off and listed at $10.99 a person per day. When sale ended, the soda package was $8.99. Disregard the "sale" title. Look at the Cruise Planner weekly, make note of the prices regardless of the sale. You will eventually figure out a "good" price vs. a "bad" price. There are websites that give you an idea of the prices, including "sale" prices for various ships on various sailing lengths. These are generally good guidelines to follow.
    3 points
  27. I'm so glad they changed the seats in the Rising Tide Bar when they built Harmony (and presumably, Symphony....but I haven't been on SY yet). Those little pencil seats they had on OA and AL were almost as uncomfortable as the metal chairs they use outside at Giovanni's/Jamie's. ALmost.
    3 points
  28. Leighq

    It’s a WONDERFUL day

    Both did the emed Covid tests and NEGATIVE! Two more days!
    3 points
  29. You and a great deal of others misunderstand and misapply HIPPA laws. HIPPA laws prohibit and penalize health care providers from disclosing private medical information belonging to a patient. A cruise line can ask about your medical history and not run afoul of HIPPA laws. This is especially true if you are the one providing the information. That is called a "waiver." If you ask your doctor to write you a note containing medical information, that is also a "waiver." In either event, a cruise line doesn't even need a waiver for HIPPA because HIPPA simply does not apply. That is just clarification. I'm not passing judgment one way or another as to your (or anyone else's) medical history, decision not to vaccinate, etc. You do you.
    3 points
  30. Lexster

    Any News on Protocols?

    I'm hoping they won't need masks soon. It's not really fair that if passengers don't need them, that crew should at least get the option to wear them or not.
    3 points
  31. 2 negatives this mourning. We are good to go.
    3 points
  32. Lovetocruise2002 glad that you guys were able to overcome the lost luggage and have a great time , we were on Oasis just prior to covid . Aqua 80 was fantastic we thought , everytime i hear a song that they use i think of that show . The escape room is a must to work together .. I had a coworker plan on flying out of buffalo the same wknd you left only to have their flight delayed then cancelled , they ended up driving to Florida but not for a cruise .. We can't wait to go again .
    3 points
  33. Your message came off more caustic than kind and honest to me. This is a message board about cruising, not trying to convince people to make personal life choices. Let's keep it that way.
    3 points
  34. I just used an MEI agent for the first time. She was able to get me rooms that I didn’t have access to when I was trying to book it myself. She was also able to get the cruise for $1000 less. I’m sold on using an agent from now on.
    3 points
  35. Sharla

    Finding Competent Agents?

    She does Many hours spent on the phone daily.
    3 points
  36. I have them as my back up plan every cruise that we've done since cruising resumed we've always tested at Walgreens or CVS and have always tested negative and had our test results in less than 24 hours. We are on Wonder sailing out on April 8th I have the free government test kit our backup plan my hope is to never have to use it but to have it just in case. If I do use it I'll post something but I'm hoping to not have to.
    2 points
  37. We still talk about this night at the chefs table whenever I see my BIL. I remember this like it was yesterday. Literally a fist fight between an entire big family to the point where the security could barely pull them apart. There was clearly tension since the second we sat down between the mother & son due to his new GF that was at the table. Words started to fly after the booze was flowing and Dad punched the son (I can’t recall what either son or GF said to mom which infuriated dad). I wonder if that entire family was put in the brig & kicked off the ship? You see the craziest things at the chefs table and it’s certainly worth the cover charge!
    2 points
  38. We had an absolutely beautiful spacious room thanks to L & S from Rhapsody. I would never have booked this otherwise. And there was storage everywhere! I could have stored a small third world country in there! Our room attendant, Fatoni, was terrific. Especially the day my son discovered maybe unlimited was a little too much drinking. He checked on him several times & brought him some coke to settle his stomach. What can I say, sometimes you just have to learn for yourself
    2 points
  39. https://www.amazon.com/COSRX-Aloe-Soothing-Cream-SPF50/dp/B00PBX3FLW I LOVE this primarily for my face. It's a K-beauty brand and since I know sunscreen is so frequently worn under makeup in Korean beauty regimens I was excited about it being non-greasy. It's so breathable and lightweight I often forget I have it on. It's also a teeeeeny bit moisturizing. no comments on if it's reef safe or not.
    2 points
  40. We ate at MDR the other nights. Hubby & son went back night 6 for scallops but, like my MDR lobster, they were undercooked. My son & daughter ate there night 7 for the sashimi & cauliflower fried rice both of which were pronounced excellent. But I never went back. We had no problem connecting with our MDR waitstaff beginning on night 2.
    2 points
  41. Yay! Was hoping you would do a recap!
    2 points
  42. I love all Neutrogena brand stuff. I’ve also been using Aveeno positively radiant moisturizer sunscreen with SPF 30 every morning on my face, even if I’m not really going out that day. It’s just a good moisturizer and they always say to wear some sunscreen every day. Both are approved by my dermatologist!
    2 points
  43. I enjoyed my Independence of the Seas cruise in November. Was there something specific you didn’t like in the buffet? In my experience, buffet food tends to be more plain to appeal to more people. Exceptions are the Asian cuisine, which I always enjoy. I thought the MDR food was very good and served warm and didn’t order room service. As for MDR service, we enjoy the dining experience and like to give ourselves about 1 hour and 45 minutes to eat so we can chat and slowly enjoy one meal and courses. But we did have a show one night where we needed to be out of there in a hour and they were able to accommodate us. I think there is a staff shortage just due to people who test positive, but overall I really enjoyed my cruise. At the end of the day, we are traveling during a pandemic and I felt like RCI did a good job with the circumstances
    2 points
  44. bobroo

    Picking New Cruises???

    Helpful tip: Don't chase points, chase experiences You'll be grateful to have become a better human being way, way more than having achieved a tier of the Crown and Anchor Society.
    2 points
  45. We aren’t big into shows so not sure my opinion counts. I was disappointed in no aqua shows as I would have gone to those. We enjoyed the comedy shows, Iskate was good though I was looking forward to 1887. Daughter saw Grease, said it was ok. The Men of Grease was awful. They have decent voices but the song selections , not at all suited to their voices. Loved the classical guitar. I actually sang with him in the Schooner Bar. Kids did some after parties & loved the Liars Game. Hubby spent his time between Jazz on 4 and the Rising Tide Bar. I watched a lot of NCAA Basketball. Not sure what else we would have gone to.
    2 points
  46. Yeah, probably. But they probably already knew the answer when they wrote this as well. But anything to get more people vaccinated, you know? Who knows, it could just be one little thing that turns on a switch and makes people realize they just need to do it. And instead of being rude, I'm hoping being kind and honest will help.
    2 points
  47. We just returned from the Mariner and purchased 2 Voom packages for my husband and I, then the $1.99 chat package for all of the kids (I refuse to pay for internet for 4 kids without jobs, lol). We also had to purchase the $1.99 chat package for ourselves, as it’s not included with Voom. The chat notification popped up on my Home Screen and occasionally on my Apple Watch. Not sure if that’s because I almost always had the RC app open, or if they’re making improvements to the feature.
    2 points
  48. I'm struck by two facts from this live blog.... 1. @Lovetocruise2002 didn't start the live blog six weeks early, as is her custom. 2. How well she handled the lost luggage fiasco. Not much you can do, but geez, I'm not sure how I would have handled that problem. Great live blog, it was fun reading about all the fun.
    2 points
  49. I also agree that the lot by the terminal is great but last week it was full before noon. I was loosely directed to follow the car in front of me to the parking garage. Never even knew it existed. Signs were not great and it required a decent walk but well worth it. No signs that there was a shuttle back to the terminal so I felt bad for any who are less mobile than we were.
    2 points
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