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    spiralqueen got a reaction from JLMoran in POLL: Will you sail on a cruise before there is a COVID-19 vaccine?   
    I would absolutely cruise before there is a vaccine, but I could also see this making me more likely to spend more time on my balcony for now vs the pool deck. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in POLL: Will you sail on a cruise before there is a COVID-19 vaccine?   
    I would absolutely cruise before there is a vaccine, but I could also see this making me more likely to spend more time on my balcony for now vs the pool deck. 
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    spiralqueen reacted to CJS2766 in Thank Goodness for Travel Agents!!!!!   
    After booking several cruise on my own, I finally went with a travel agent and booked my latest cruise. I was originally supposed to cruise last year, but at the last minute, RC charted the ship and we lost our cruise. For our troubles, they gave us $300 OBC. I was able to eventually find my current cruise set for Nov. 8 this year on the Oasis. I booked an interior room like I always do. To me, I just cant justify spending the extra money on a balcony when I am only in my room to change clothes and sleep. It's just not worth it. Would I like a balcony? Heck yea, but just not willing to pay for it.
    Anyway, my travel agent just called me and said, would I still like a balcony? I said, "Yes" but I didn't want to pay extra for it. He said, you aren't! Apparently there must be a lot of cancellations for the Nov cruise as he moved me from an interior room to a ocean view balcony and my cruise price actually went down by $10.00 😆
    I guess I am a believer now in having a TA. I doubt I would have ever found this out on my own. Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the Oasis cruises in November. I would assume, if it gets cancelled for whatever reason, I would hope that I still get a ocean view balcony on a future cruise??? Just had to share my good fortunes. Fingers crossed now for my cruise to move forward now!!!
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    spiralqueen reacted to Matt in LIFT & SHIFT! THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD USE A TRAVEL AGENT!   
    Actually, smart move is to book with a TA and let them do all of this work. More time to share fun gifs here!

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    spiralqueen reacted to FionaMG in LIFT & SHIFT! THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD USE A TRAVEL AGENT!   
    Just bailed on our Allure Med cruise for September. We used Lift & Switch to change to Harmony.
    First time ever working with @michelle from MEI and she sorted it all out in the blink of an eye. So glad we took the plunge and asked her to look after our booking.
    The current price of the Harmony cruise is more than double what we paid for Allure and now we have something to look forward to rather than worry about.
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    spiralqueen reacted to JohnK6404 in Boy, did I make the right call (or, We just got (thinly veiled?) confirmation how cruising will resume)   
    Another quote from the Q&A w/ Michael Bayley:
    "Through the lens of COVID-19, it's really about density and space. I think people may assume because there's less people on a smaller ship, that makes it better, but that's really not correct. A larger ship has a lot more space."
    Bingo! Exactly what I was thinking when some folks felt smaller ships are much "safer" or "better" to sail on under these circumstances.
    Density is the absolute key. I'd much rather be spread out on a huge Oasis class ship with all of the ocean view and interior balconies, all of the neighborhoods like Central Park and the Boardwalk, huge split pool deck, huge mostly open solarium, huge sports area, etc. Tons of dining options to spread out... on and on. The smaller, older ships are much more limited when it comes to open air deck space and number of balconies, but they'll figure it out!
     
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    spiralqueen reacted to michelle in Future Cruise Credit   
    SO happy to help you and for us - its not as hard cause we know exactly what to ask for - just glad Royal realized the issue as well and are working on them now too!
    Happy that you are entrusting your trips to us at MEI-Travel - we appreciate the support !
     
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from whitsmom in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from KristiZ in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from FoxboroCruiser in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Neesa in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Chadster in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Eaglelover in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Future Cruise Credit   
    I came on the blog to talk about the importance of TAs and saw this thread that ties into my point. So my sailing that we had is a 3 person sailing and we paid around $3,400 total for our JS (excluding taxes and port fees). I got an email from Royal today telling us we got our FCC issued! Very exciting! Except it’s for 2 of 3 passengers and only for $420 each which is NOWHERE near the realm of what we should have gotten, not even taking the 125% aspect into account. 
     
    All I had to do was forward that to @michelle basically going “what in the world???” And she replies back within hours (emphasis mine) “yes all the ones they just did this week are all wrong
    We will get it all straightened out – so frustrating.  

    I will take care of it so no worries” 
     
    The amount of relief I felt when I found out I wouldn’t have to wait on hold to argue with Royal is legit invaluable. I can’t believe this level of service is free to me. @Matt is SO right when he says that you think you don’t need a travel agent until you really, really do. 
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    spiralqueen reacted to rjac in CocoCay Cabana Age issue?   
    What??? Are you implying that Royal has cruisers that are heavier than that? Say it ain't so........
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    spiralqueen reacted to Ray in This could get cruises going again!   
    Actually i was going to ask " what the hell your original post had to do with cruising when Matt had posted that certain topics were not allowed" 
     
    Someone posted about tests being done on flights and how it could be used for cruiseships, straight away you turn it into a world wide conspiracy just to get your DNA. 
    Im pretty sure thats the type of thing matt is refering to with regards comments not to post.
    Theres a time and a place for that type of thing 
     
    This isnt the time and this site is definitely NOT the place 
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    spiralqueen reacted to michelle in Club Royale extending benefits   
    Dear Club Royale Member,

    We hope that this message finds you and your family well. The world truly is going through an unprecedented time, and we have all felt the impact of our decision to pause all global sailings. As we continue to evaluate what’s next, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to the cruise industry, and we have been diligently working through how all of this impacts our fleet, crew and staff, and of course you — our Club Royale guests.

    It means so much to us that many of you have reached out, eagerly awaiting your next offer or looking to rebook your impacted vacation. You want to get back onboard soon — just as much as we do.

    We are so thankful for your loyalty to Club Royale and we want to show our appreciation by sharing a few key updates we’ve made to the program, so you can enjoy your benefits even longer.
     
     
    2019 & 2020 TIER STATUS EXTENSION. All Club Royale members will receive an extension of their 2020 tier status through March 31, 2022. Additionally, members who were in jeopardy of losing their tier status on the recent April 1, 2020 renewal date will receive an extension on their status through March 31, 2022. This means you will enjoy all your benefits and perks for the next 24 months.

    ANNUAL CRUISE BENEFIT. Any members who were not able to take advantage of their 2019 annual complimentary cruise benefit will be able to redeem it through March 31, 2021.

    CRUISE OFFERS. We remain committed to extending our cruise offers to you, and our Casino Representatives are here to assist whenever you are ready and able to travel once again.
     

    As part of the Royal Caribbean and Club Royale family, our Casino Representatives are available at 888-561-2234 to support and assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Or you can visit ClubRoyaleOffers.com and enter your Crown & Anchor Society number to view your current available offers. Please keep in touch and we look forward to welcoming you back onboard.

    Sincerely,
    Club Royale

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    spiralqueen got a reaction from Vancity Cruiser in Favorite floor Oasis class   
    8 is my absolute favorite. Can’t beat walking through Central Park to get to your cabin. What a treat! Also super close to Park Cafe and Trellis Bar. And a quick dash down to deck 6 to grab a fresh fruit smoothie from Vitality Cafe. 
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    spiralqueen reacted to Big Tule in Travel after the peak of all this...   
    I am trying not to think of this year (but I must admit I have already booked and paid for shore excursions for my Baltic cruise next year) I am the eternal optimist and I refuse to accept things will not get better by then
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    spiralqueen reacted to Chadster in Either Meat and spaghetti or meat and noddles   
    Another option...
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    spiralqueen reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Okay..I’ll start!   
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    spiralqueen reacted to Matt in Don't do any of these things   
    Hi everyone, I know we get heated debating which dessert is the best one to order, or if a balcony room is worth it, but let's keep these basic rules in mind when chatting here.
    No profanity No personal insults No political discussion No debating religion A good joke about Canada, is always welcome.
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    spiralqueen reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Maybe we can't eat cruise ship food right now, but we can post pictures...   
    Is it just me, or is this thread really painful to look at? 😩😢
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