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  1. I always get 2 more envelopes, one for the waiter and one for the assistant waiter. I also make a point of giving to them at the end of our last meal with them. I've talked to others who have left the tips at guest services, but I always want to make sure I give it to them personally.
  2. Are you booked through a TA? ! would ask their opinion as I've read some posts where a TA was able to solve these issues. My experience was I had no luck with Royal as I had booked on my own.
  3. My lone experience with having a cruise cancelled was as follows: 1. Royal offers to price protect your cabin fare on SELECT cruises. These cruises were either on the same ship or a second ship sailing from the same port. These cruises were earlier and later in time than the cancelled cruise. What Royal didn't offer was protection pricing for the week the cruise was cancelled on any ship. In my case, that was the issue since I didn't have the freedom the move my cruise to a different sailing period, even one week earlier or later. 2. Royal offers you OBC on any re-booked cruise even if it's not price protected- in my case $200 3. Royal offered to cover up to $200 per guest for nonrefundable airline charges, if you re-booked. 4. Lastly Royal offers to fully refund your deposit if you don't re-book.
  4. Yes, as @tiny260 said, you can take towels off the ship. We usually get fresh towels the night before and have them in our cabin so we are ready to go the next morning. Royal almost always has a towel drop right when you get back on the ship so you don't have to carry them back to the pool deck.
  5. HI @2Beeze I am planning an Alaskan cruise from Seward to Vancouver for August 2020. We are thinking of spending a few days in Vancouver after the cruise so I am very interested in your opinion on the best things to do there.
  6. Never used Mobile passport at a port but I certainly recommend it for use at the airport. I used it for my wife and myself the last time we landed at JFK and sped through customs. I hope it is as useful at the port.
  7. I posted the following previously, but its worth posting it here again: There is some good information at this site that explains some of the differences in travel insurance and directs you to different companies depending upon your priorities. It's not a one stop site but I found it a good place to start. https://www.reviews.com/travel-insurance/
  8. For those that are curious, the following is the email I received the last time RC raised gratuities: As you prepare to set sail, we wanted to notify you of an update to our daily gratuity charges. As of January 2, 2018, Royal Caribbean will be increasing the automatic daily gratuity charge from $13.50 to $14.50 per guest, per day for regular staterooms and from $16.50 to $17.50 per guest, per day for suites. The daily gratuity is shared among dining, bar & culinary services staff, stateroom attendants and other hotel services teams. We’d like to extend the opportunity to pre-pay your gratuities before your sail date at the current rate. If you’d like to pay onboard, your gratuity charge applied will be at the new rate.
  9. This is a great tip which I had never considered. Thought I would highlight it since it is hidden deeper in this review from 2017 and not sure if others would read the entire review as I just did.
  10. MEI Travel is a sponsor of this blog. Many posts contain positive reviews of their agents. I recently started using Michelle Cunningham (@michelle) and can give a her a very positive recommendation. You can email her at [email protected]
  11. Following, considering a 4 day cruise on Navigator this summer.
  12. There is some good information at this site that explains some of the differences in travel insurance and directs you to different companies depending upon your priorities. It's not a one stop site but I found it a good place to start. https://www.reviews.com/travel-insurance/
  13. I have brought a corkscrew on my last 3 cruises and have not had an issue.
  14. I have always had success storing the suitcases under the bed. We bring suitcases that can be nested so once they are empty we nest them and store them under the bed.
  15. Matt did podcast interviewing a bride who had her wedding with Royal, https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/podcast/episode-249-royal-caribbean-wedding-review
  16. I've used Avis to get from the airport to Port Canaveral with great success, so you might compare there rates as well
  17. I don't know anything about Allstate rewards but be careful with Royal gift cards. The Royal gift cards I can redeem can only be used to pay for cruise fare. I tried once to take them on board and apply it to my account and found out the cards were declined.
  18. The only way I've found to check the refundable price is mock book the cruise, i.e. enter passenger info and then hit next. On that page there is a checkbox that allows you to select a refundable fare. It is quite annoying to have to go through this exercise to see the refundable fare. Another good reason to use a good travel agent.
  19. I know how you feel as previously I would do all the cruise planning myself including monitoring cruise fares. But then Royal cancelled one of my cruises and the cruise options they provided were lousy and I felt very unfair as they did not take into account what my priorities were. Fortunately for me, the cancelled cruise was so far in the future I was still able to get a good deal on an alternate cruise and I let the issue slide. Shortly after re-booking, I read on this blog about someone else who had their cruise cancelled by Royal but the cruise was very near term and Royal wanted to charge them more money to book a comparable cruise. They had a travel agent who fought for them and was able to resolve their issue and I thought what if that had been me. At that point I decided I wanted to have an advocate in my corner and I would rather spend my time on tripadvisor researching excursions or on youtube watching videos about my ship, cabin, entertainment options etc. rather than fighting with Royal and their sometimes uninformed/difficult representatives.
  20. This was a common theme whenever I called Royal to get a price reduction. It seems that my success was base upon which representative I was talking to so I found I had the best success hanging up and calling back to try and get a different representative. Best advice is one provided many many times here, use a travel agent and let them do the work.
  21. Did some research for a trip (not a cruise) next month. I decided to try Travelex based on their coverage versus cost, take a look here: https://www.travelexinsurance.com
  22. Look at your Booking Confirmation from Royal, it should tell you how the OBC has been divided.
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