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  1. Thanks, Matt, for today's update on the new Cruise Planner Sale! Checked four upcoming cruises, and two had savings totaling over $100. Nice surprise for very little effort.
  2. Often cancellations become available when on the cruise. Try for a 'stand-by' list on the ship. Very occasionally Royal will try to add another "segment".
  3. Guess our hurricane experience was worse than most - ship tried to avoid storm but did not. Ship rock and rolled; most merchandise in stores was on floor and many things broken. Top decks closed. Everything on shelves and counters in stateroom on floor. One person in our party actually got thrown out of bed at night. Meals affected because cooks could not work. Ports closed. Too many other choices without hurricanes to choose for us to ever repeat!
  4. Have gone to Krka National Park with a private guide. Can be done in your time frame, but be aware there may be some wait time involved at the front end. If you decide, well worth the trip!
  5. We laminated original Covid vaccine cards and never have had an issue.
  6. Same here for four upcoming cruises. Some prices (labeled "sale") are actually up.
  7. One other thought: if you have on board credit from your travel agent, RCL stock ownership, an RCL promotion, or other source: it is not always wise to prepay gratuities, as OBC can be used toward grats.
  8. Opinion: we have had issues with connecting rooms - including on a lengthy crossing. We avoid at all costs.
  9. One other thought: if you have on board credit from your travel agent, RCL stock ownership, an RCL promotion, or other source: it is not always wise to prepay gratuities, as OBC can be used toward gratuities as well as other purchases on board.
  10. What are the transfer options from LAX to the Port (and back)? Best options? Will be overnighting night prior to cruise at airport-area hotel.
  11. Answer to question: Halifax HOHO is a full-size, double decker bus. Go to cruise planner for description. Additionally, search Google for Halifax Hop On bus. Their web site fully describes the route (13 stops, 90 minutes) plus features a route map.
  12. We have happily ridden the Halifax Hop-On Hop-Off bus. The beauty of any HOHO bus is that it gives you an overview, or "lay of the land". Depending on time available, our normal approach to any HOHO bus is to ride around a complete loop while watching and listening to the commentary. On a second time around, we are able to get off at stops of our choice, and able to judge our time. Plus, we are able to take photos throughout the city. As mentioned above by RCIfan1912, Halifax is full of great sights and attractions!
  13. Plus stores are available in ports - and some sundries available on the ship
  14. Several off-site lots are available at various prices at the Tampa Port, starting at $6.99 daily. Parkway Parking is very reputable, with good van service, and shows $8.99 daily. You can search Tampa Port Parking on the web for alternatives. We have parked at several lots in Tampa (including the $15 city lots) and have not been disappointed.
  15. We sailed Empress about four weeks prior to Cuba's closure...We will go back when/if we can.
  16. Thank you to Allie Hubers for today's ArriveCAN article. Learned more in under ten minutes than from all prior sources - important stuff, as we depart in 17 days for an Alaska cruise and tour. Checking this Blog has been very helpful!
  17. Our last trip on the Jewel was impressive - beautiful dining room, great service, and attentive staff throughout. Shows good, but smaller or individual performers. Food, also, was top notch. If you can enjoy a smaller ship, smaller crowds, and somewhat less activities you may well enjoy the Jewel.
  18. Sometimes lockers are available for a very nominal fee
  19. We have had the same experience, talking to crew. Caring about people is what is all about. We have stayed in touch with several crew members, via e-mail, over many years. To paraphrase Kristen's earlier comments: getting to know folks is a good experience for everyone.
  20. Checked 21 tours over four upcoming cruises: not a single tour had a price lower than earlier purchase price! Admittedly, several prices had gone up, and then were reduced to prices we originally paid. Royal's definition of a sale puzzles me. Buyer beware.
  21. We have been close to boarding denial with a birth date issue on Covid paperwork. It is my opinion that this should be taken seriously. In the past, we were nearly denied entry to Canada due to a middle name issue. Take all documentation seriously!
  22. As with any shore excursion, a lot depends on your interests...a great choice: sunset cruise.
  23. Able to schedule "same day" tests today...maybe demand is down at the moment
  24. We have been allowed a heating pad - but could have been a "one off" or "lucky". The problem may be finding a usable plug if you are using the heating pad in the bed...
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