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Larry Muster

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About Larry Muster

  • Birthday 10/02/1976

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    South Coast MA
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    I’m an avid volunteer for causes involving the less fortunate, youth groups, leadership development and support charitable giving. I love to vacation on the seas and found that Royal Caribbean is the way to go.

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  1. I've never seen the 30% off the Deluxe Beverage Package, or must have missed it. To get this benefit do I have to buy it on the ship or can I cruse planner it?
  2. Ugh. Matt needs to lock and delete this thread! ...But for real - I have seen them in the spa / gym area.
  3. I threw the post into my voice to text software and made it through the whole thing. I actually enjoyed it. I give it an 8 out of 10. I almost quit during the bit where OP does an impression of the on hold advertisement. To summarize, ship was unable to go to CocoCay because " the captain who decided to not take our ship to coco cay". Port fees were returned and the spa ran a discount to make up for the inconvenience. The cruise statement was not reconciled and the OP claims there were multiple new charges after the statement was reconciled. These issues plus lots of time on hold leaves the OP has never been treated so unprofessionally and completely disregarded in their whole life. I want to feel for the OP but each bump in the road is taken as a personal slap in the face. Each bump seems to also generate another check in the ax to grind category. Sure it would be nice to get compensated for missing a KEY port, but it does not always happen and it's not a personal affront. Welcome to land of cruise lovers, but you've got to go with the flow and not take it all personally. From here, we all know now NOT to step off the ship until you have a reconciled final statement in your hand and when the spa offers 20% off - go get that deep tissue massage!
  4. I'm glad you were able to get out and do something enjoyable!
  5. I'll be there. It's my first cruise in 10 years where I won't be getting the drink package. I'm going to see how far my diamond drinks carry me!
  6. Sorry yes. Physical card at check in. I've never had to use it at a port, but I rarely disembark at ports of call.
  7. You upload an image and it goes though some validation process. The app tells (me at least) that it's "validating my record". it stayed like that for 3 weeks for me and just went to the green check (29ish days ahead of sailing).
  8. A Serenade cruise got me my Diamond status as well!
  9. Fellow nerd here. The whole process will take under 10 minutes. No real need to try and do anything ahead of time. Just have your COVID card, your passport, form of payment and be ready to take a selfie.
  10. Heading to Bermuda on Adventure in May. Below is the guidance I received from a Royal Healthy Sailing communication. Prior to this I did assume that I only needed to apply for authorization if I was going to disembark but this confirmed all passengers need to apply. My agent does a great job keeping me up to date on this stuff and I'm pretty actively involved in keeping up to date with this stuff. However, I could see someone who is more 'set it and forget it' about their vacation missing this step. These country-specific requirements aren't part of the online checkin (yet) so unless you have a great agent, or are otherwise actively involved it's possible you could miss the email about this requirement. Reminder! All guests 2 and older must apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorization to enter the country. Applications can be purchased for $40 as early as one month before travel here. This Travel Authorization is required regardless of whether you will be disembarking in Bermuda and must be presented on boarding day at check-in.
  11. I have but it's been more hassle than it's worth. I used a travel router to share out the wifi. Because the wifi isn't totally reliable and would cut out from time to time Alexa wasn't always available.
  12. I will say thatI thought I knew everything there was to know about preventing charges. I am an apple user and have multiple devices. The only settings I touched were "cellular data" which I turned off, thinking that's all I needed to do. I was connected to wifi most of the time, and everything worked as expected. I did notice that I was getting text messages from time to time (not iMessages). I assumed that they were somehow coming through via the internet. My first bill after the trip included charges for those text messages. It wasn't major and could have been worse. My carrier (Verizon) told me that turning off cellular is a start but recommended next time I turn on airplane mode (which will by default disable wifi) and re-enable wifi and bluetooth.
  13. I'm also booked on a ship that does not have Freestyle. When you have specific things you like that are really only available from Freestyle (like your poweraid) it can change the whole equation on the overall value of the package. Glad I watched Matts video so I knew ahead of time! JG
  14. Related to getting cash, where is the best place to break bills if you need the right denominations for tipping? Casino? Guest Services?
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