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  1. Maybe RCL believes that some extra tiny humans are sailing on RCL or... they large size robes bit the dust and they are using the newer looking ones (since the ones we had on Allure in the OS were frayed to a degree that was sincerely surprising!) Lynn
  2. I have to say the robes we had we small in our suite on the Allure. Not lying, they said Medium.... now DH is 6’ snd I am 5’8”, pretty sure our skeletons wouldn’t have been comfy in those. We had others, but I thought that was so odd, I had never run across that issue on a ship before. Lynn
  3. When we visited, the Pan Pacific started at around 350-400 per night. Pricey, but a lovely hotel that is close for sure. The Fairmont is closer to the area where we stayed that week I think - any location downtown is close, definitely another good option,
  4. I can tell you one we loved and stayed a week - the Landis Hotel and Suites (request one renovated and high... what a view!). We wanted a 2 bedroom and 2 bath - it had a kitchen...huge, amazing price and the nicest manager form Egypt. Lovely man (ok, and seriously handsome). Centrally located too, we got a taxi only once (and of course a ferry to Bowen Island). If you are staying only 1 night, you may want something smaller and even closer. But if you decide to stay and see it, do consider this! The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel was nice years ago when we visited and is still very highly rated. Right now it’s about $200 a night, but that will be higher in summer of course (I didn’t see a date in your posting). The Hyatt Regency is now about $150 and the Blue Horizon (more boutiquish) runs about $120. Nothing very cheap in town, but get closer to the airport and you can find two good Holiday Inn’s with a free breakfast (but no sightseeing). Enjoy! Lynn
  5. Thanks everyone! @lovetocruise2002 I unfortunately can only reprice about every 2 weeks or with a notice email (my day to day requirements make checking daily impossible, but hopefully I catch most of the biggest drops), but all yourr experience is surely informative! I wondered if re-pricing was possible after a change in status, so appreciate the suggestion about that too @melski94 ! All good information 👍🏼😁 Lynn UPDATE Well I booked it! We are on the Adventure of the Seas in November next year in one of the two Oceanview Pandoramic Suites. Major Beeze loves those big balcony’s, but decided he could skip having one this once for that amazing view. Worth a try for sure! And I will be checking the price @Lovetocruise2002 😁😎 Whoopsies - @Matt it would be wrong of me if I failed to also thank royalcaribbeanblog.com blogging for first alerting me to the fact that these two suites had been moved to Sky class as of Sept. (suites have been moving the opposite direction after all) - that played a huge role in our decision! 👍🏼😁🎉🎈💝🎺🥁 <— my party for all of you ☀️
  6. @mattymay Hi! I had understood about the 2nd point for suites, but one bit one information that I found is indictated that at the Platinum level on all or some cruises (again, it was unclear) there was an extra point awarded (NCL does this for some cruises, so 3 points per day, so I believed it was likely somewhat valid for RCL - although there is so much old info around on the net that it can be frustrating!). Love your user name 👍🏼😊 @F1guynz it’s so aggravating when that is the case, the supposed benefit to something like Monopoly money 🙄 I appreciate you noting that since it’s the kind of thing only experience shows! DH has Maori, I so wish NZ was not across the planet from us and an insanely long plane ride as It has some of my favorite humans 😁 anyone know if RCL offers anything worth waiting for at Thanksgiving? Lynn
  7. @L454S thanks for that 😊. I understand the point additions and had read info suggesting that on all/some sailings (at a certain status level maybe) additional points are available for C&A.. I definitely had not seen that chart and it will help a great deal (the fact the cruise lines change around benefits doesn’t help, like NCL I believe changed the extra point for members booking 6 months out etc...grrrrr). It does seem like booking early we will lose some money, not too much, but possibly a few benefits. But it doesn’t appear there is any way around that unfortunately if we book it now. We aren’t entirely sure yet, especially if my sister wants to go with us, but I certainly thought it was wise to look at whether there were any options to *not* lose those benefits. Thanks again for that super helpful chart! @melski94 if I am reading the chart correctly, if we waited to book until after our next cruise (when we would be Platinum as long as it is an 8 day or longer ; we usually select a suite so that would bring us to 30 points) we would save $125 - $225 *plus* possibly an extra point per night (if I am reading the following correctly: “Additional cruise points when you book a suite or sail solo in a double-occupancy cabin”). I understand you are saying the gold also offers a discount and until I saw the chart above I didn’t realize that. The extra point would have been great though! I do as you do, defintely recheck prices on booked cruises to reduce if possible (although I think with many travel agents they do that on behalf of the client, yes?). We are not at all new to cruising since my parents were avid cruisers years before it was popularized, but my husband and I usually sale with Norwegian and only recently have tried Royal and so I am trying to nail down the finer details of the program 😊 Thanks 😃 Lynn
  8. Hi all 😊 There may not be a work around for this problem, but it may be that I am missing information and so ask those with far more experience with Royal - We recently completed our 1st cruise with Royal and now have 14 points (Gold Status with C & A). Last night I began looking at some cruises that said next November and December (2019). However, it is somewhat likely that we will book and take another RCL cruise between now and that cruise considered for the tail end of 2019 cruise. Since points are not awarded until after a cruise, that seems to mean that we would not get any discount on the cruise taken 3rd (but booked 2nd) for which we might be otherwise have been qualified has we booked and taken the 2nd before booking and taking the 3rd. So, it seems that even booking both at the same time would not help, we would still not get the benefits of the Platinum status that would apply (only) after the 2nd cruise is completed. 😏 I realize with Platinum there is a discount on balcony cabins (10-25%?). I assume that could also be transferred to a suite or include suites in some way? I need clarification on those issues of course. Regardless, it seems to me that if we book the Holiday 2019 cruise now we cheat ourselves out of a decent discount that would likely translate to real money in our pockets. I’m sure that many other cruisers have dealt with a similar issue. Is there something I am missing? Is there a work around for such situations? I fear the answer is no, but I can have hope 🤞🏼 Thanks! Lynn
  9. @monctonguy yep, true. You can quickly look at the suite price start, but they mean Jr suite... plus, their site has too many snags and errors ..past frustrating, I never have booked directly through RCL, but we have been with NCL a while and this recent one was our first. I would rather be with the kind of travel agent my parents used for decades, but the larger sites offer some extremely tempting benefits that are hard to pass up (covering gratituties, onboard spending, etc). A conundrum 🙄 @craig403 indeed, I like that one in terms of search, easy to see the discounts too. I have been frustrated by the fact their suites category includes jr suite and also they require you to call for info - that alone makes me insane. I don’t want to call them to get basic price info since at that point I am looking around (and I work for a living like most people and don’t have the time to call them for my fishing expeditions!) and I would think they would get tired of me calling.But they do allow for far more options than most for sure. But I think I have fallen in love with CruisePlum- when I took a look last night I wanted to find the people who started it and kiss each and every one! ❤️ I know, strange 😂🤣 It lets you search, purely, and offers that data we nerdy types like (even those of us in the nerd “closet”). I don’t know how I didn’t find it, but presumably with the large sites fighting for cruise bucks this search site was so far back in search results it was invisible 😡 Lynn
  10. @Matt sure, deals or finds, either 🙂 I like to do some initial leg work, look around for ships, itineraries, etc. before actually looking at booking in whatever manner. But I cannot find sites that have great search options for what I tend to search and how. I thought maybe there was one I hadn’t seen yet! But not so much about buying there as searching there... FYI - we loved the OS 1BR on the Allure (friends were in a crown loft and I was surprised and disappointed at how small that actually felt - we had those on our list, but they definitely aren’t as high now). So on RCL it would be maybe GS, but prefer Os (1-2), GS 2 br, maybe crown loft, the large 1 br theater suite or 2 br if my sister is with us). I wish there were some place to search that allowed me to search those cabins as the price of an inside cabin etc May or may not be correlated with the true suite prices. Same when we sale NCL (although their site does allow you to look st “suites” as a separate category to a degree). @L454S thanks very much! I will check it out 👍🏼 EDIT - went and checked- that’s fantastic! If not perfect then nearly! It at least let’s me search variables that make my searches more useful! Great find! Lynn
  11. Is there a place wheee people post good “finds” on cruises? I spend so much time searching, is there a place we can share info? Also, I have yet to find an ideal searching venue, where I can search for suites (ideally everything except Jr. Suites) from X to X date (vs. per single month). Any thoughts, ideas?
  12. I found a great bag on sale at travesmith or ebags (yes, I buy too much LOL) that was super cute for a travel ready bag. It was med-dark blue and could work as everything from a handbag to a fanny pack to cross body bag. It wasn’t large, but definitely not tiny - basic lip stuff, iPhone 7 Plus, passport, this and that included!. It was great for our last cruise (those expensive bags tend to be big and I don’t want to haul one wherever I go, it’s as bad as when I use to haul a huge camera bag with me... ugh). She can be cute without the pricey purse (and the travel ones can be pricey enough FYI...). have fun 😊 Lynn
  13. This will seem as if I am not being serious, but I am - did I miss something or is this a site with a political leaning? @monctonguy made some commentary above that seems to be pretty strongly political with no comment anywhere of it being any problem (and the comment leaves precious little doubt of the “side’ given the ‘fake news’ lingo...). After all, I am quite sure the 24 hour news discussing politics would not be Haiti based (and the one some of us consider fake seems unlikely the target). The ironic part is that his complaint is that politics would somehow get in the way when as far as I can tell he was the one who inserted it squarely into a topic in which it isn’t relevant. I honestly would just like to understand - if this is a site that is cruise info only for right wing folks or at least there is s high tolerance for the insertion of political views, I would like to know. I only came in the night before we leave to see if there was new information (I didn’t expect to be irritated by unrelated rants). 😟
  14. @JLMoran absolutely! I research everything to death 😂 but it pays off usually! @Pooch you can never assume, because that could be the very time things are atypical! The upgrade would not have been worth it in your case for sure.
  15. Hmmmmm... so one of us is incorrect or delusional (I sure hope it’s you, nothing personal 😂). So Allure of the Seas Grand Suites (category GS) are 371 square feet with a 105 square foot balcony. The Owner’s Suite, a significantly higher priced cabin partly due to it’s much greater size, has 556 square feet and a 243 square feet balcony. I don’t know anything snout Majesty, is it very different from the rest of the fleet? Lynn EDIT- Ok, so I checked - my info shows Grand Suite on Majesty of the Seas has 382 sq. ft., balcony 128 sq. ft and the Owner’s Suite has 446 sq. ft., balcony 102 sq. ft. I assume this must be because it is a much older ship (23/24 years old I think), because I have never seen an OS like that, with a bigger cabin and slightly smaller balcony (but 16 sq ft. is close to equal in balcony world from what I’ve seen). In my experience most RCL ships are more in line with the difference in size of the two on Allure with the OS being much larger in both categories. In the photo the Majesty OS looks like just a bigger GS.
  16. I don’t know what size the balcony is for the Grand Suite, but I think my husband my cry if someone took the OS from him since he sooooo loves a big balcony (his first cruise I would find him every single morning when my eyes opened already on the balcony) and there is so much space on the one for the OS. But so many options and there are benefits to all (early on we gave up a 1BR AquaTheater cabin because it’s too high to be useful for the theater we thought and the useful part of the balcony is much less as we see it than the one on the OS. But $600 is significant for 5 days... I would likely have said no too! Happy Sailing, Lynn
  17. @CGTLH - he will forgive me, but will I forgive you (for my extra munchies 😆). I am so ready to be gone!
  18. @Lovetocruise2002. thanks for that info! We are new to RCL so I guess we will learn quite a lot of new ways to do things 😂 @CGTLH now that’s a mid-day snack LOL Note that I completely stealing your list for myself (but if you are onboard the Allure in the next few weeks, stop by and get a bite. 😀 I didn’t know if they bristled about bringing food for more than the occupants (or many more) - while reason suggests food is free, period, so it wouldn’t matter you never know when logic and policy might collide! 😳 Lynn PS I am so hungry now 😝
  19. We are sailing in an OS-1 bedroom on the Allure fairly soon (yay...😊 ). So we are likely to host a “get together” of somewhere between 15-30 cruise guests. It’s not a party, more a brief “drop over” of 15 minutes or so. We aren’t trying to feed hungry people, but rather to offer some minor refreshments (like cookies and/or cheese/crackers). Some non-alcoholic beverages would be great too if possible. We have experience with NCL and other lines, but this will be our first Royal cruise and we are not at all sure about what our options might be. In the suite’s menu on NCL, for example, there are options like cheese and fruit platters; would could get pitchers of juice free also, plus coffee/hot tea. But despite searching, I haven’t been able to determine what is available through room service or what any other option might be for light finger foods and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Note. This isn’t a business related venture, but a purely social one. Thanks for any info you can offer on this 😁 Lynn
  20. @Matt Eeks... well I wrote a PM out and then got the message “Matt can’t receive messages”. Story of my month 😆
  21. Hi Matt - so can a reservation made through an online seller be transferred without it effecting the original, particularly the perks they may be from that initial seller? I have zero need to use mass sellers, my parents always used an agent, but the last two times I reached out to an agent they could not get close to what the skymiles, etc resellers were offering (e.g., prepaid gratuities, onboard credits). I would MUCH prefer to use an agent, without a doubt! I have not been able to find great answers to those questions before, but apples to apples I would love to transfer!
  22. You know, not a single mention of a sale showed up on my iPad or my computer with Firefox. I can see some current prices in red that state it is a sale price, but no such warning existed on the two I was booking. Come to think about it, I do not believe that the little worm (I mean representative 😉 ) even asked which ones had changed prices. But I am now aware that the price for RCL changes often and may show in a different way on another device. It was just easier and time saving (given our current life schedule) to not waste time purchasing and then undoing it days later since at that point it did not for a moment occur to me the price would change in the blink of an eye! That’s worse than Macy’s 😂 We sail October 14. We had already booked the Haven 2br with my sister in tow for Jan 19’, but then decided we could squeeze another in! My husband served 30 years in the USMC and spent a lot of years “roughing it.” We married 14 years ago and the first cruise we did we had a nice suite, but then upgraded shortly before to their top suite - Major hubby has decided he likes traveling that way (and is especially in love with big verandas!). 😁 I’m pretty good at getting a deal, so that helps some. But it’s easy to get spoiled. Matt and Everyone - thanks so much for your help, I have to say I found these responses to be much more helpful and much nicer than so many boards. I really appreciate it very much! And Bob, I would be interested in knowing more .... And I will surely check back on the pricing of the excursions! But then maybe just going to Labadee is enough without an extra $140 excursion anyway... 👍🏻 The Beeze
  23. Mljstr - that is insane on the Chops issue. It’s the kind of thing that makes me leary! jticarruthers - wow, that’s amazing there was that kind of change! But as to them not caring, maybe they do not but word of mouth matters in every business. I love the Haven on the Norwegian and could stay I definitely with them, but I did want to at least try RCL. But I also don’t want someone who doesn’t want me, man or cruiseline LOL
  24. Bob, thanks for your comment (I’m going from bottom to top clearly LOL). In the past I have booked myself most often, but actually when through an larger online broker this time since we booked super late and the room we wanted seemed only to be on that site. Could you tell me my options once someone has booked via s 3rd party, if any? I ran into the same kind of issue with them too to a lesser degree (more disinterested and not helpful rather than outright rude). Related - I noticed on your blog the new sale. I am not sure it would apply to us, as in the end it wasn’t quite clear the discount she used (I think military, although I believe the 55+ and GA residence were the same?). I know I should call, but the next time I encounter smart mouth he is going to hear words he doesn’t know southern belles know and possibly some he has never heard! 😏 But is it even worth calling if there are no rooms like the one we have remainding?? Actually, I did book the st. Maarten tour independently with Eagle, but the two we wanted were necessarily via RCL (one the amiga snorkeling at Labadee and the 2nd a volunteer project in Puerto Rico (didn’t see anything remotely like those anywhere else). The Beeze
  25. Tim and Michael - I really do appreciate the tip! But since I have already booked the cruise through an online “agent” I believe that option is out 😕 As a business owner myself, I would be furious if employees were losing customers for no reason. But it is easy for something like this to turn into someone’s decision “on principle” and it may turn into that for me. I will enjoy this Owner’s Suite and then probably just not return. It should be possible to deal with the actual employees of RCL, but I guess you are saying in your experience that isn’t true? Kind of makes me moving on even more likely. Bummer, really
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