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barbeyg last won the day on December 7 2021

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  1. We also have a balcony booked for AK for $1860 this year. We sailed our last time there in a JS. I can’t justify the $5300 for the JS this time, but we personally have other factors to consider. We are taking my aunt and sister, and are def spending the difference in prices on private tours instead. If you aren’t returning, you may want the JS. If you plan to return, slumming in the balcony should be fine. At least my husband considers it slumming. That said, the pricing is normal for AK. When Covid first hit in 2020, we were booked in a JS for $5100, and they were in an inside virtual balcony for $2800. Today, after cancellations 2 years in a row, and grabbing every discounted price for both cabins, we are in balconies for $1860 (Diamond discount) and $2050. If the JS drops below $4000, we MIGHT reconsider.
  2. The utter ridiculousness of governments in their handling of Covid (nearly 2 years in) makes me think of that funny (but profane) movie Idiocracy. It was hysterical….and yet, with bureaucratic nonsense like this, I have to wonder just how long it will take society to reach Idiocracy. It doesn’t seem like such a big stretch any more.
  3. You are nicer than I am, obviously. The only emoji that was even remotely applicable was the laughing one.
  4. We are on this cruise too! But we have 3 before it.
  5. I think the cruise ships are the last bastion of control the CDC has left. So they cling to that control because when this is all over, their moment in the spotlight, their fierce grip, is gone. Too bad they don’t understand that for many of us, we hear circus music in our heads when they come out with their latest statements on cruise ships…and nothing about other close contact activities. The CDC, and the WHO, have no idea how much damage they have done to their reputations during COVID.
  6. Probably didn’t have time to set up after that mess. Hope you enjoyed the time you had!
  7. I guess it comes down to having to have flexibility if choosing to cruise during a pandemic.
  8. I think there will be some cancellations, and maybe mid-January, more cabins could be available. If you can wait till then, possibly you can get what you want. I hope you get it worked out, whichever cruise line you guys sail with.
  9. We were on Oasis a couple weeks ago. We had two in our cabin, several left midweek, and after packing, hubby dropped his on the floor. Steward was happy to give him a couple more.
  10. Planner purchases are typically cancelled when ships change. We were hoping that would transition, but apparently the software won’t allow it, or it is too cumbersome to do so. I have to rebook mine as well, so will watch for a good sale. There are a lot of balcony cabins. If you booked thru a TA, they should be able to get you all together again. If not, a call to customer service will rectify that. I think you can get the cabin situation remedied pretty easily. I suggest calling early in the day, if you need to call. The lines aren’t as tied up then.
  11. Yes, I also read that the captain announced onboard that a couple crew members tested positive during routine testing. Some shows were cancelled out of an abundance of caution. At least, that is a report from someone onboard. Could be related.
  12. And this page gives you all your options. Click on the one you want, and it takes you thru the info for each, including boarding day testing at the port: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/pre-cruise-testing
  13. If you are looking to BUY the tests, this is the link. Go to the page and follow the steps there to order: https://store.optum.com/royal-caribbean/ If you are looking for the acceptable test list, this page gives you the acceptable tests: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/if-need-an-rt-pcr-test-before-i-cruise-where-should-i-go
  14. Be sure to check your pricing as well, after being transferred. Ours is different. Bumped up about $500, but will wait till after 1/14 to contact them about it. I'd rather see if they correct the pricing before reaching out to Crown & Anchor.
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