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  1. We received an e-mail with the detailed protocols for the sailing so I didn't really bother looking it up on the site. We'll have to test within 24 hours before boarding as we're not considered up to date. That's the one point where living in still covid-crazy Germany helps - no problem getting a test done. No scheduling no nothing, just show up and 5 minutes later you're good to go, you get the results via e-mail a few minutes later. We'll do it on our way to the airport as we'll be only arriving in Barcelona at 11 pm on Saturday. We've been to Barcelona a few times now so we're not missing out on anything. More importantly, this means one more night with the cats and the dog as they'll go to the kennels on Saturday.
  2. The weather might change dramatically from now until then so it's difficult to say right now. In 2018 (Symphony TA) the weather in Spain was abysmal - below 10 ° Celsius and raining A LOT. This was caused by a tropical storm and also meant bad weather and high waves for the first few days after leaving the Med. If I recall correctly the captain even travelled further South than planned but that didn't help much. After the first few days the weather was amazing, warm and sunny. I'm hoping this year's weather will be better from the start as there haven't been that many tropical storms until now.
  3. Bit envious of the Brits right now. There hasn't been any promotion for drinks, dining or internet since we booked the TA in April. Guess Royal doesn't care much about the German market.
  4. Spain requires absolutely nothing from EU citizens. For non-EU citizens these are the current rules: Passengers arriving in Spain by AIR (except children under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit) from countries that DO NOT belong to the European Union or are NOT considered Schengen associated countries, must have one of these documents: DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE OR EU EQUIVALENT vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative certificate of an active infection diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery after passing the disease. You can check if your certificate is valid on the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or in the Spain Travel Health app -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei). Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the ORANGE WAY . QR SPTH . If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill in the SPTH Health Control Form manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate through the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or the Spain Travel Health application -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei). The system will send you a QR code that you will have to present both prior boarding, and upon your arrival in Spain. In the health control, you may be required to present this document certifying vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery. Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the BLUE WAY . Source: https://www.sanidad.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
  5. Thanks for the information. Then I'll just have to pay for the fried lasagna I'm planning to try
  6. Awesome tips, thank you! I'm a sucker for milk shakes, had no idea Mason Jar had some. We have the DBP for this sailing so we'll have to try those.
  7. Thank you so much Ashley! Guess this would be a cruise where a Genie is a godsend. Well, I'll just have to preplan and then start making reservations for entertainment and dining as soon as I have ship's WIFI. Getting really excited about this cruise
  8. Finally back from our vacation in Sweden, so the TA gets more real now. After not being too impressed with the MDR on the Symphony TA, we decided to purchase the UDP this time. Last time we had the 5 night dining package, so I'm a bit unsure how the UDP details work out. I know that I'll have to do all my dinner reservations once we board, especially with all these seasoned cruisers on the TA. But how does lunch on sea days (or on port days when a restaurant is open) work? Do we just show up or can you also do reservations for lunch? And a few UDP questions specific to Wonder (read conflicting info on a few of these so maybe someone who was on Wonder can chime in): I guess brunch at Mason Jar is included in the UDP as it's more or less lunch? Can I make reservations for brunch? The terms state For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you'll receive a $20 food credit.* But in the fine print it states For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you’ll receive a $35 food credit, with the exception of Port Side BBQ and Playmakers which will be $20. So Izumi is still $35? Or isn't it a la carte anymore? Are the Mason Jar bar menu or Giovanni's Wine Bar menu included? Do they offer food in the pub? I was looking forward to trying poutine for the first time (we originally booked Odyssey) Looking forward to your input and thanks in advance!
  9. It depends on the rules you booked under. We did switch from an Eastern Med sailing to the TA without losing our deposit or paying any fees by calling Royal's German desk. Only condition was that the new sailing had to be more expensive than the original one. If you've booked with a travel agent, let them look into it for you. If you've booked with Royal directly, just give them a call. If the answer is not to your liking, call multiple times to talk to different agents and most likely geht different answers.
  10. We did Tallinn without a tour. We took a taxi to the Alexander-Newski-Cathedral first thing in the morning before the Hop on Hop off bus even starts. The taxis wait at the end of the pier. That way you beat the crowds and spare yourself from hiking the hill up to the cathedral. You then walk down the Pikk Jalg into the city centre which is easily walkable. After walking around and having lunch we took the Hop on Hop off bus to see a bit more of the city. Bonus point: the bus drops you off at the pier.
  11. Our experience on the Symphony TA was that 12 nights were way too short to experience all the things we wanted to try on board. Bearing in mind that the Symphony TA only had two ports (Malaga and Port Canaveral) and the Wonder TA will have 5 (Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Malaga, Cartagena, Nassau), I'm sure even 14 nights will feel like no time at all.
  12. We did Croatia and Montenegro by RV. Both Kotor and Split are easily walkable. Just get in town and walk around. Not sure about Montenegro as we parked directly in the city, but you can use Uber in Croatia if your ship is far out from the city. Usually Uber are normal taxis but you save the hassle of ordering and paying them.
  13. Due to COVID restrictions we switched from this cruise to the Wonder transatlantic. Hope you'll have fun and that Israel will be possible.
  14. Best part of our visit wasn't the excursion but walking into town. There's a nice fort on the way and you'll cross the pontoon bridge which is brightly illuminated after dark. Willemstad is pretty to wander around. There's also a very small beach in town if you want to cool off without taking a taxi. It's called Punda Beach or Playa de los Venezolanos.
  15. We're also on this sailing (switched from Odyssey Holy Lands to this). This will be our second TA, we already did the westbound TA on Symphony in 2018. Really looking forward to this, hopefully with 2 nights more we will manage to do everything we want on the ship Luckily we can sleep anytime anywhere so no need to find a quiet cabin.
  16. Thanks for your input. Guess this will be a gamble. I currently have booked the package for 19,86 € (about 21 $) as it's down from around 23 € (about 24 $). As long as the onboard price is lower than 30 $, I'd save money by buying onboard. If it's higher (or the exchange rate less favorable) it's more expensive onboard. @Midwest Cruiser Interesting idea, but doesn't work out for us as we'll only be getting one Voom for one device. That's enough for being contactable and for hubby to watch soccer. Btw, before changing our booking from Odyssey to Wonder, we had Voom Surf & Stream for 13,21 € (about 14 $) per day... The current price is ridiculous.
  17. We loved Wonderland on Symphony and are planning to do it twice on our next cruise. You should be a bit adventurous as they don't serve your run-of-the-mill food - it's just as advertised - imaginative cuisine. It's also helpful if you like seafood because quite a few of the appetizers are seafood. As for chosing what to eat, we let our waitress decide and it worked out great for us. If you want some ideas what to expect here's our first experience in Wonderland:
  18. The current Voom Surf & Stream prices in the cruise planner are a bit steep for my liking (about 20 € per day) so I'm thinking if I should instead buy Voom onboard. The first five days of the TA we're in Spanish ports where data roaming is free with my current contract. So I'd love to know what the onboard price of Voom Surf & Stream is, maybe I could save some money buy only buying from day 6 onwards.
  19. Following. We're also on the Wonder TA and if Royal/Spain relaxes the rules we'd like to get off and explore. If they don't, we'll just stay on board. I'll only start researching once it's clear we can get off without a test. Currently I've got enough research to do for our Sweden vacation in June
  20. I bought one for my Mexico trip last year and it worked out great. No fogging, no trouble breathing. but I chose a special model with a CO2 certification. You'll have to take into account that diving is not possible with the mask as you don't exhale through the snorkel. Not a problem for me as I can get panic attacks when I can't breathe so I'll stay at the surface. Tbh due to my asthma I wouldn't be able to clean the snorkel of water by exhaling anyway.
  21. We were thinking of the Interstate to St. Augustine but disembarkation will likely be pretty early so we have the whole day (minus a detour to Buc-ee's - after reading so much about it this is a must try). A1A and the drive to Sarasota look promising on the map, we'll do both if we can. Guess Everglades moves up on the list, I think we might try a kayak trip. We'll see if that leaves enough time for Key West - if not there's always next time Thanks for the suggestions!
  22. Now that we've switched from a Holy Land cruise on Odyssey to the Wonder TA, we're looking for ideas of what to see in Florida. We'll be arriving in Port Canaveral on November 13th and leaving from MIA on November 19th. We've already visited KSC and Miami Beach on our last TA but that's it. We're not theme park fans so the mouse and Universal are not an option, though we might visit Disney Springs. My sister and my nephew are Disney nerds so pre-christmas shopping might come in handy. Other than that, Key West and St. Augustine are quite high on our list. If we're lucky with the schedule, I'll try to get us to a NFL game as hubby loves it. I'm not keen on it but I'll take one for the team. I'd love to read your suggestions for must-see attractions in Florida.
  23. Don't know about Slovenia, but in Germany you can book directly with Royal. Repricing of the cruise is unfortunately not possible here but I was able to switch cruises and/or upgrade cabins without a fee as long as the new price was more expensive than the old booking. So if the cruise price drops much it might be an option to pay the same (or a few € more) and at least get a better cabin? As I don't book with a TA I was able to handle that by calling the Royal contact number for Germany. If applicable in Slovenia, your TA should at least be able to do that. Again not sure about Slovenia, but Cruise Planner purchases can be repriced by canceling and rebooking in Germany. Just read the terms and conditions, it should allow canceling up to a few days before the cruise.
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