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  1. I would rather be dealing with your Freedom for Explorer trade. I got the Explorer to Radiance trade. Had already L&S-ed the Explorer to 2022 since my friends were too nervous about sailing in 2021. We have been on Radiance for Alaska and Panama Canal - we like the ship but not for the group we are traveling with. Not sure what we are going to end up doing - getting the group to agree on initial trip was like herding cats. I totally agree with a previous poster that RCG is likely trying to get the "best" ships to Florida for runs to Coco Cay. I understand business - but I a
  2. You would never believe my story.
  3. I said the 50% was my guess - no real data is required for a guess. I am equidistant from both airport and have flown to/from both. TF Greene Airport in RI is easier to get to, is a much nicer experience, can be cheaper, is closer to "tourist areas" among other reasons many avoid Bradley. I would even consider driving to Boston for an international flight in order to avoid Bradley. Driving south from Enfield to Bradley is a very different experience than driving to Bradley from many other areas in CT. Our governor is considering a negative test result as a way out of the qua
  4. Unless you are coming into the tri-state area from the current high infection areas identified by these governors you are free to visit. As all states continue to work toward containing the infection, states will be added and deleted from the list as we move forward. As others have said, there is no way of knowing what the list will look like in February or even what rules will be in effect then. Right now in CT, visitors from states on the list are asked to self-quarantine - it is voluntary - the State of CT will not enforce the quarantine on anyone to start (the governor can change hi
  5. As did I. I saw the email from David in my inbox, mentioning that Beth is taking over our reservations and it was signed by Beci. I like the team effort from MEI.
  6. Does anyone know if there has been a change in how TAs are interacting with Royal regarding Lift & Shift requests? I asked my TA to L&S a cruise 3 weeks ago via email - a very specific email with more than enough information to complete the request. When I asked for an update on my request, I was told it had been submitted to Royal. Do TAs no longer have to sit on the phone in order to handle these requests? If there is a new process, does anyone know how long it is taking to get confirmation back to TAs?
  7. Where are you coming from? Are you flying in or driving to port?
  8. I am glad that the issue didn't ruin your holiday. Whether RC reaches out to you is anyone's guess. There has to be a bit of give and take while on a vacation along side lots of different people from different cultures, upbringings and ways of doing things - all stuck on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Being able to roll with the stuff that inevitably happens is part of travelling, but most people understand there is a limit. IMHO, disrupting at least 3 neighboring cabins on a ship went over that line. As I finish preparing for a cruise that leaves this Saturday, I am now unpac
  9. I am sorry that you had to deal with such an issue on your cruise. I would not have put up with that behavior for an entire cruise or being put on indefinite hold with Guest Services. First night of the cruise - ok - I remember my first beer too. From the 2nd night on - GS or Security better be at the neighbor's door to deal with it. I would also be noting the names of everyone who I interacted with at that point. If the neighbors are waking you up, your cruise has already been negatively affected. Standing in line at GS to discuss with Management is a small (additional) price to pay
  10. We flew everywhere for cruises until trying the Anthem out of Cape Liberty. Soooo much easier. Itineraries (heading south) are not as exciting but having a 3ish hour drive home instead of a day of flying was quite nice. It is an easy port to try different ships as the fleet is moved around. I just have to remember that prices out of Cape Liberty can be the same as price of cruise/flight out of FL so we still keep FL in the rotation. We are adding Baltimore to the mix in 9 days. Guess we should try a cruise out of Boston soon too. hahaha
  11. If I have enough time before a cruise, I spread out the cost of drink packages over 3 billing cycles. We usually sail with DH having the Refreshment package (he doesn't drink alcohol but likes the other options) and I have the Deluxe package. I have the ability to purchase both packages at the same time, but I would rather not tie up funds earlier than I have to. Here is how I make it work for us. 1st billing cycle - buy Refreshment package for DH - initial price doesn't really matter, but watch for sales 2nd billing cycle - buy Refreshment package for me - price doesn't matter a
  12. Look into https://www.trinityreservations.com/ for park & cruise packages with free shuttles to/from the port. We can get to Cape Liberty in about 3 hours but have been stuck in traffic on 95 (as well as alternate roads) at all hours of the day and night and don't want to deal with that on the way to a cruise. I would rather chill at a hotel closer to the port the night before and take a shuttle at a price close to the cost of parking at the port. If you see the Ramada in Newark offered, it ticks all the boxes we look for. Nice property, secure parking, free shuttle, restaura
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