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  1. It's not a fraud, or a scam. You received what you bought for a price you agreed to. Be mad at yourself if you want, its not like a quick Google search would have given you pricing online. Not mention that the information was available in this very thread. I don't think Royal is exactly secretive about trying to make additional revenue. I can get a bottle of Heineken for $4 at plenty of bars near.my house, and a whole case for $27.99 at Costco. It's $8 on the ship. I still buy it and I'm not being ripped off because they tell me that before I order.
    4 points
  2. I have an open offer to RC for me to help them fix their software bugs in exchange for cruise credit.
    4 points
  3. We have arrived in Amsterdam! We flew nonstop on KLM in business class. It was an outstanding flight. MisterZ and I decided long ago that the vacation starts when you leave your house, not when you reach your destination, so we budget for nicer flights than we did when we were young. Here’s my seat: And MisterZ’s adorable tiny welcome aboard Heineken: Ten hours, over night. Here’s the menu (it was all delicious, btw): Also, KLM does a cute collectible gifty thing — a house full of gin! There are 102 different ones to collect, a new one every year apparently. The flight attendant made it clear we should fly a lot more and collect them all We’ll see if they make our suitcases go to the Bad Kid room tomorrow or not! We’re staying at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam. It’s quite lovely, although some rooms are more updated than others. The restaurant is excellent. This hotel chain is always a solid choice, if you have the option. MomMe was already here as planned. We used our BinaxNOW covid tests and all came back negative. Woohoo! We are currently waiting for the tiny humans to stop playing Minecraft on the hotel computers so that we can print our result. Heh. One more sleep and we’re ON THE CRUISE!!
    4 points
  4. There is always something nice about buying something on vacation and every time you look at it it brings you right back to that moment where and when you bought it. Sometimes that means paying a premium for a vacation memoir. In this day and age you can always find something cheaper online compared to what it costs in a retail store, brick and mortar or steel and sea. Chances are that bargain on Amazon is a fake. I've never looked at an online purchase, like my Apple watch, and remembered the moment I bought it, where I was, who I was with, did I use my phone or my laptop to do it? etc. There are simple things like a fridge magnet that bring me right back to the ship where I bought it. I probably could have found something like it on eBay, but what fun is that?
    3 points
  5. Cabin 9656, aft corner. Entry: Second bath: Vanity for second bedroom: Main room from entryway: Entertainment center: Second bedroom and closet: Master bedroom, vanity, closet, bath: Balcony: On the deck plan it looks like the balcony is bigger than it is. That said, you can actually get around the side and sit/lean against the side of the ship pretty comfortably. I wondered how this room would feel compare to the side 2-br GS on Enchantment, which is significantly bigger. I think we will be quite happy even though it’s smaller — we’re one fewer people and the balcony is definitely larger. I was also worried about windows on this particular itinerary, since there will be a LOT of daylight, but it turns our neither bedroom has any windows.
    3 points
  6. We just finished our 10 day Baltic cruise on the Voyager OS [June 5 sailing from Copenhagen]. We had signed up for the Berlin "discovery" excursion but were very hesitant given the excursion entailed a 3.5 hour bus ride both ways. I looked for any info on this board before we went, but didn't find much [that was recent]. So thought I'd provide a word here now [june 20, 2022]. Of course, Warnemunde is being given as one alternative on Baltic cruises instead of St. Petersburg [given the Ukrainian conflict etc] and Berlin is one excursion choice at that port. Well, in a word, we had a great time. The bus was modern, large, comfortable...and we had rest stops along the way. It was quite interesting viewing all the alternative energy structures across the German countryside [wind turbines and solar panels]. The 3.5 hours went by quick both ways. But the highlight of the trip was a professional guide that joined our group once in Berlin. He was great and we visited all the major bucket list sights (Brandenburg Gate, Bundestag, checkpoint Charlie, remnants of the wall memorial, and other sights) where we exited the bus for short guided walking tours at every site. Then, after seeing the sights, we were given 3 hours on our own. We wandered the streets buying some german chocolate at a large department store [selling nothing but chocolate] and stopped at a cafe for brats and beer We finished up perusing some requisite souvenir shops before getting back on the bus for the ride back to the Voyager OS. Whatever doubts we had about the long bus ride, it turned out to be a high point of our cruise. Berlin is a great city and so much history there, it would have been a shame to NOT have visited [even if just for the day]. Hope this helps anyone thinking about this excursion [actually there were several versions on a Berlin trip; but the trepidation is probably that long 3.5 hour bus ride like we were wary of]. For us, the ride was enjoyable and not the ordeal it might sound like when reading. And the guide that was provided really made the trip ;more than worthwhile.
    3 points
  7. Yes. I was assured more than once my cruise would not be cancelled. They told me the amount paid was equal to the total cruise balance and their system would not cancel my cruise. The final cruise payment date came and went in May and my cruise is still showing in cruise planner. I used the "Make a Payment" link at the bottom of the RC home page and it now shows balance paid in full. I did take a "leap of faith" that all was well the day before the final payment date
    3 points
  8. Sorry for the delay. We got back Friday to a few problems at the house. Our main refrigerator stopped working while we were gone, so we had to run out to get a new one. Fortunately it will be delivered later this week. Then I started feeling achy Saturday and tested positive for Covid. Everyone else is negative. I'm really just having body aches and what feels like a little more than my normal allergy cough. No fever or any other symptoms. Anyway, the short version - the scenery and wildlife were spectacular on both the land and cruise portions, but we would not do a RC land tour again. Before the cruise DH said this will probably be the only time we will make the trip to Alaska, but by the end of the land tour that changed to, "when we come up here next time we'll put together our own land vacation before our cruise." Service on the ship was phenomenal - the ship was at 70% capacity and felt very intimate. DH and I love this size ship, DS loved the Adventure Ocean as always, DD was a little disappointed in the Teen club. Details and pictures to come over the next few days.
    3 points
  9. I know right now (sailing from the UK) on Anthem, there is a Beatles tribute band, and others like The Dukes (doing Dua Lipa), and Real Vybez (doing Bob Marley) for certain sets.
    3 points
  10. When we were on the Anthem a couple/few years ago Cape Liberty/Bermuda/Boston cruise, there was a tribute band, U2, that was absolutely fantastic (perfect/exactly? No, but very good/close). They performed several times in the Music Hall and their big finale was in the 270 which made it even better with all the visuals, better sound, and atmosphere. I really wasn't much of a U2 fan until that cruise. Now, I can't get enough of them. Almost up there with Led Zeppelin, almost. When we got back I asked @Matt, on his live Youtube Q&A, if tribute bands are standard fare on Royal cruises. He said that they were, almost exclusively, on Quantum Class ships. 1. I hope the pandemic didn't ruin that. On our May cruise to Alaska on the Ovation, no tribute band. Not sure if it was because of the Pandemic or just not on an Alaska cruise or other reason. 2. I think it would be great to expand the tribute bands to other classes of ships. Especially if they are the quality of the band like that U2 tribute band.
    3 points
  11. Took about two weeks for ours, but don't worry, they will be looking at the physical card when you arrive regardless.
    3 points
  12. My favorite ship is whatever ship I am on at the time. If not on a cruise, my favorite is the next one scheduled. My wife's favorite is Freedom.
    3 points
  13. This is really getting to be ridiculous. I feel so bad for @OrlandoDadand @dodgestangand the others who are having to deal with this utter incompetence. At least @dodgestangwas able to have the due date pushed back. That is what they should be doing for all of these Charlie Foxtrots. Unbelievable.
    3 points
  14. Definitely not a scam. They weren't selling you fake watches. Just you have a preconceived notion that you'd be getting a great deal just because it's on a cruise ship. Always do your homework. Just like the liquor stores. I've rarely ever seen any good deals there. The only things that catch my eye are bottles that are hard to find in my neck of the woods.
    3 points
  15. Empress. Loved everything about that little ship. Smallest ship with the biggest heart. Despite no DL the Schooner Bar became the regular spot for frequent cruisers and I made some ongoing friendships on her despite no DL. Best Boleros in the fleet. Best Chops in the fleet. No smoking Casino. Great aft public deck behind Boleros, forward access decks below the bridge for Stargazing. She didn't feel small on the inside. Great crew, everytime.
    2 points
  16. Got your mouse ears on tonight?
    2 points
  17. I'm not a big fan of Ports of Call. I would love to go on a 7 day cruise to nowhere. But since that ain't gonna happen, I love the almost empty ship on port days. It's almost like having the whole ship to myself (and my wife, of course).
    2 points
  18. I do them for my entire family on my phone.
    2 points
  19. I did everyone’s on my phone while we were driving to the port. Ditto the safety briefing.
    2 points
  20. Snotarni

    Passenger Count

    Indy was 4100+ this weekend (6/17 - 6/20)... It was the first time in a long time I'd seen the MDR with so many full tables. Crew was hustling and in my opinion did a GREAT job!
    2 points
  21. I will never, ever, ever, ever again purchased a single item on board Royal Caribbean Cruise ships. They are a TOTAL fraud, and waste of money. Purchased an Invicta pro diver ss 40 Gold Band and I was told it cost $495.00 was 70% off for $149.00 What a joke it actually sells on land for $49.00 at any store. When I emailed Royal Caribbean and complained about this they didn't even answer my email. I guess the buyer beware model is alive and kicking at Royal Caribbean offices. PLEASE BE AWARE THERE IS NOTHING NOTHING worse than been taken for a ride with a huge company doing the fraud. Save your money and don't waste it on Royal Caribbean it all. If they gave a crap about their customers they would at least respond to the complaint. Well I guess the next time one of their staff members asked me to buy a watch on board, I'm goin to make sure I give them a piece of my mind in front of all the other guest, and make sure that everyone knows what a big FRAUD and SCAM they are doing to their guest.
    2 points
  22. These are my ducks! They will be arriving any day now. Such a small thing, giving me so much joy
    2 points
  23. The service is definitely better as there's a better guest/crew ratio. Regarding the food, there are good menu days and less attractive menu days. If you're not satisfied with the menu on a particular day, you can order from one of the 4 MDRs also. We've done that especially for appetizers.
    2 points
  24. Me! Second part of a b2b! Love cruising on the Anthem out of NJ in winter. The Solarium is the best place to be during sail out…fully enclosed in glass, heated, surrounded by tropical plants and trees, sipping a cool drink, maybe lounging in the hot tub or the cascading pool. Beautiful view at the very front of the ship as we sail out of the harbor, under the Verrazano Bridge with just meters clearance. Or, if you have kids under 16, in the family pool just behind the Solarium…heated, covered in glass, large space with hot tubs and the pool bar. The Anthem is a beautiful cold weather ship with lots of inside activities…and then, as the weather warms, the outside pool and sun decks are beautiful! The NorthStar, Rockwall, FlowRider and the iFly are great activities. And the SeaPlex is great! Don’t miss the shows…We Will Rock You in the Royal Theater and Spectra’s Cabaret in the fantastic Two70 venue with the robot screens are wonderful. Enjoy!
    2 points
  25. BrianB

    Pinnacle benefits

    Generosity begets generosity.
    2 points
  26. As an aside while this sailing again was not as enjoyable as I had hoped, I did follow up and send an email to Royal regarding Dudley & the energy he put forth trying to mitigate the ship's so many short comings. I didn't harp on those though. The email was focused on Dudley the man who represented the company in a stellar way, I wanted to celebrate his efforts and let the higher ups know what a gem they had in that man. I hope my sincere communication is met with a smile and just maybe some type of positive recognition for him. I just received an email back stating they received my email so I am excited that I could shine a good light on/for/with this very weird experience. They said they were in receipt of my email and appreciated it. Woo-hoo!
    2 points
  27. Favorite - We Will Rock You Worst - Frankie and The Dreamers (We walked out, nobody needs to see a Frankie Vali soundalike perform Eminem, nobody)
    2 points
  28. Unfortunately I had Royal refund a FCC (they did this without me asking for a refund) of over $2000 (yes thousand) to the wrong person's card, several emails, phone calls, and chat session ensued to no reasonable solution other than having to pay the balance of our cruise again.
    2 points
  29. Oh yes, it’s getting down to the nitty gritty. I have recently went through some traumatic health issues and I am trying so hard to nurse myself back to health so I can fully enjoy this cruise. I have a doctors appointment today where I’m going to ask for some last minute medications for the trip. Still waiting on a few items in the mail. Other than that, we are packed and ready to go! So excited to finally get back to cruising!!
    2 points
  30. Love the Helipad at night. I have an app called "Night Sky" on an iPad. With internet package it brings a whole new dimension to star gazing. It's a great spot for late evening stroll or bring a glass of wine. Seating is available and is usually not crowded.
    2 points
  31. For us, our favourite is the Radiance. Great solarium area with the Park Cafe in the adults pool deck area and overall connection to the sea, with lots of glass and great places to sit, both inside and outside to socialise, relax and watch the world pass by. If we want a ship with lots to do, we love the Symphony.
    2 points
  32. Thank you, Neesa; that was super informative. We've never cruised Mariner, although we have booked an 8-day next May, and now I'm a little concerned. Balconies were stupid high, so we opted for a promenade inside room, which was our cabin on our first two cruises on Freedom. I'm hooked on balconies, and am a little disappointed to be back inside, but the itinerary is fantastic. I hope by May '23 perhaps the Elon wi-fi will be installed and we won't have to deal with crappy zoom.
    2 points
  33. No, that ended as well. They went from most restrictive testing regime to least restrictive overnight.
    2 points
  34. smokeybandit

    Pinnacle benefits

    Or if nothing else, that one voucher is getting you a double or triple pour each time.
    2 points
  35. If you get in the habit of tipping a few bucks with each of your six pinnacle drinks you may find by the end of the night you haven't consumed all of your six coupons. Establish a relationship and have an "anchor bar" for your coupons to go farther. Worst case use the two 50% CAS coupons for two beer/wine during the cruise. Even if you have to buy a few drinks during the cruise between the 50% off two beer/wine and a handful of "overage" drinks at full price by the end of the cruise your out of pocket can be under $100 pp including those cash tips with every drink. Way cheaper than a drink package.
    2 points
  36. I told you those days are long gone! @GregDand I were just discussing how much we should tempt fate and when we should start our Fjords blog lol
    2 points
  37. Gosh, I've never even seen Cats but now it's my least favorite!
    2 points
  38. The wife and I are excited about our cruise, and it's still 460 days away!
    2 points
  39. Surprise you must vacate your stateroom by 0800, Dudley saves the day. We met him at Schooner Bar which was packed with all cabin types. He told everyone to remain seated except suites and pins. Son of a gun if he didn't wisk us off the ship in minutes. I'll leave with some nice memories and am glad we did it but please beware the Mariner was a shock. Maybe include internet? Maybe allow more then one towel per person and maybe don't make me hunt down a garbage can because you say no. Probably our worst Royal sailing to date as far as ship, but Dudley and that itinerary just wonderful! Parked next to the Mouse this morning.
    2 points
  40. And the cruise is cancelled. Just keeps getting better.
    2 points
  41. Chicken of the Seas
    2 points
  42. I was at Disney last month, sure didn’t look like they were missing anyone, it was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it
    1 point
  43. We went to see them more than once. Take that to mean what you will.
    1 point
  44. Onion rings!!
    1 point
  45. I thought my issue was a isolated issue, but having tracked this thread it is not. I too am surprised this software bug has not been fixed. When I was trying to resolve my issue starting in November, 2021 one of the customer service reps mentioned in passing it might be related to a cruise planner cross over bug. He had encountered that same issue with a different caller. THAT WAS NOVEMBER!! People are still having issues AND the reps on the phone act like this is a new issue for them. Is the CS reps turnover rate that high?? I am also disappointed the first rep one talks to has to get into another queue to talk with a "resolution" team person, the hold time is usually very long! @SpeedNoodlesI understand your bravado to use a Travel Agent. I am a "do it myself" person but if I am to continue being "Loyal to Royal" I will use a TA when booking my next cruise with RC.
    1 point
  46. @Floski I sincerely mean this, I think since it was the cruise directors last sailing before vacation & a five night that contributed to things. Also the capacity being ramped up so fast, was felt in the lack of activities. I believe in my heart by your sailing the Mariner will get her groove back! Your itinerary is wonderful, I just did something similar on the Allure, it's glorious. This 5 night itinerary was fantastic also. How about the Panoramic Ocean views cabins on 12 instead of your prom inside? It's so quiet on the sides of the ship as long as you choose one not directly under the dunes. That might be a great financially agreeable meet in the middle kind of cabin. The floor to ceiling views just stunning! The better wi-fi will hopefully be better by then for sure, thanks so much for your feedback.
    1 point
  47. You'll probably have to call Royal Caribbean to solve this issue (or book through a good travel agent).
    1 point
  48. May be what we should expect but not what seems to happen with Royal. As you seemed to have done, after a couple of weeks, I would have disputed the charge with my CC company and let them deal with it.
    1 point
  49. Our next cruise we of course printed the luggage tags on T-minus 30. A couple going with us who are not avid cruisers just didn't seem to understand the adrenaline rush that day 30 milestone brings to regular cruisers.
    1 point
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