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  1. This happened to my kids on Harmony last March. They were in an oceanview balcony and the app showed them as Sea Class. The paper SetSail Pass was correct though, and didn't show the Sea Class. No magic upgrade to a junior suite. I will admit that when I saw it on the app, I did wonder.... 😉
  2. In Sydney, unlike the cruise ports in Florida, they enforce the actual boarding times on the SetSail pass. We cruised out of Sydney in March 2019. @twangster also mentioned this in his current blog: The cruise terminal has no waiting area inside so appointment times are strictly enforced. Once the ship is ready to board they’ll open the doors and start looking for early appointment times.
  3. This happened to us once. My husband and I drove to Fort Lauderdale for a 5-night trip on Majesty. I boarded the ship with him, but ended up getting off before we sailed to go home due to a family situation. He stayed and sailed solo. He received 10 points for the trip.
  4. Hi @JoyJoy. You mentioned that you have the Key. With the Key you will get priority disembark. Your luggage tags will be marked as "Key" guests, not one of the numbered tags. Your luggage will be in the specific area for Key guests, and you should be escorted off the ship. We had the Key on Anthem out of Cape Liberty, and it was awesome for the disembark. Hopefully you will have a similar experience in Miami. Maybe someone else can add their experience out of Miami. Have a great cruise!
  5. My husband and I had the Key on Anthem last October for a 9-night sailing. We were booked in a balcony cabin. We wanted a junior suite, but the prices were ridiculous when we booked (around $3,000 more). We always get 2-device Surf and Stream anyway, and we had a $100 OBC to use. We paid $19.99 per person for the Key. My husband always bids on RoyalUp when he has the opportunity. He started out with a mid-range bid for a junior suite, but decided to change it and put in the max bid. About 10 days before the cruise, we got the upgrade to a junior suite for the max bid of $1,000. Based on the price difference between the balcony cabin and the junior suite, we felt like we got a great deal. We loved the cabin, and we ate dinner in Coastal Kitchen every night. It was wonderful! We did not cancel the Key because of the upgrade, since it was to a junior suite. With the Key, we absolutely loved the embarkation day lunch in MDR with the Chops menu. We also loved the disembarkation day breakfast. We didn’t take advantage of any seating for shows or private hours for activities. We were only able to take advantage of priority disembark at one port, and it was great. We just got off the elevator, asked where to go for the Key, and they let us get in the line right at the exit. We had excursions booked in all the other ports and had to meet in the theater and they escort you off. I know getting the Key is a personal choice, and I can tell you for the Anthem cruise we absolutely loved it! We didn’t even take advantage of all it had to offer either.
  6. Hi @SMOKEY0202. This is exactly what my husband and I are doing this September. I would rather not move hotels from Rome to Civitavecchia for the night before the cruise. Can you tell me what transfer company you used for your trips to the port and back to Rome after the cruise?
  7. Hi @sonny! Just to add to my original post.... The $1,000 total bid was the max bid for a JS. Originally, my husband bid lower, probably in the middle. Later, he went in and maxed out all the bids (for JS, GS, and OS). He really wanted an upgrade. Best $1,000 we ever spent! We managed to get 5:30 reservations in Coastal Kitchen each night without a problem.
  8. @JLMoran This is excellent news! It sounds like we might get lucky with CK.
  9. My husband always bids on RoyalUP whenever he has the opportunity. I always tell him it will never happen. Well, we are sailing on Anthem next week, and he received an email yesterday that our bid was accepted. We originally booked a 2C (ocean view with large balcony) long ago. I wanted a junior suite, but it was more than double the balcony price. I kept checking the JS price, but it was never reduced. We ended up with a J1 (junior suite with large balcony) for $1,000 (total bid). We think it is well worth the upgrade. We get a bigger cabin, better bathroom, giant balcony, plus dinner access to Coastal Kitchen. We are hoping to get dinner reservations for CK every night. We sailed on Ovation in March in a grand suite. We had 5:30 dinner reservations every night in CK, and the place was practically empty. We’re hoping for this on Anthem. For those wondering about bid timing, he placed the bid on 7/29/19. Upgrade email arrived yesterday 10/1. Sail date is next week. 😁
  10. We order BBCs on Royal all the time. I use the initials when ordering, and have never had to explain what it is. Welcome to cruising on Royal!
  11. If it is available for your sailing, it would be in the Cruise Planner under Internet & More. I am sailing from Cape Liberty to Boston, Nova Scotia, etc.
  12. I have the key on Anthem for a sailing this October. I purchased it in January of this year, so 10 months out.
  13. @GlowTheWeird Did you book through a travel agent? I would suggest calling them. If not, I would call Royal Caribbean about your reservation. I thought it was a computer glitch, but I am a travel agent. I checked my agency booking website, and every category on this sailing is closed, except these: 3B Spacious ocean view balcony for $6,084 pp (standard pricing) 6N Ocean view $3,010 pp (BOGO50 NRD) 6V Interior $2,485 pp (BOGO50 NRD) This is very strange, but especially since it is so far out.
  14. You absolutely must do this. This is a DEAL!
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