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Phillip Diamond Plus

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  1. We just go off the Allure. We had purchased Surf the Stream packages and were surprised that the Chat feature cost about $2 a day for each of us. That would have been over $30 in addition to our surf and stream package price. We, therefore, did not get Chat. Chat was supposed to be for passengers to be able to contact not only family members, but also others on board that you meet. So, in order to use Chat, everyone would need to pay this fee. So the feature that we were looking forward to having is pretty much worthless. Royal Caribbean needs to make it free so that everyone could enjoy contacting others on board.
  2. Our Allure sailing Nov.27th itinerary now does not have Puerto Plata and St. Kitts/Nevis. Instead we are visiting Coco Cay and San Juan,Puerto Rico. We are disappointed in not visiting St. Kitts as we had scheduled a shore excursion to Nevis where we had never been. But what the heck! Being on Allure in a Central Park Balcony room down the hall from the Diamond Club should be wonderful!! We have absolutely loved and will love just being on any Oasis Class Ship wherever it goes!!!
  3. Wording of the benefit: "50% off 2 wines, beer or soda throughout the cruise"??? Is that for just one time only or is it for every day/all day??? I used it once on Independence last month but only got 50% off of the second beer. So, does this mean I could have gotten this all day, every day? And, was I suppose to get 50% off both beers? It's probably just the vague printed wording of this benefit that makes it unclear what the benefit actually is. Who knows what the actual benefit is?
  4. Never mind:, Sorry; it was shown on the Cruise Mapper website and not Amber Cove's official site. I checked and Celebrity does not have their ships visiting Puerto Plata in November as Cruise Mapper showed. But why is it still listed on my Allure of the Seas itinerary???
  5. I just found Amber Cove 's website. Although it is owned by Carnival, it shows Allure of the Seas docking there on Nov. 29th! Their cruises ship calendar also has several Celebrity and NCL ships docking there in November. So maybe, Carnival is being accommodating to other lines since the other new port in Puerto Plata is not ready yet! What do you think?
  6. Shore Power ? Does anyone know? What west coast ports have this capability now? How hard would it be to retrofit Ovation to use shore power? Holland America says it is now installing shore power (ABB) on 6 ships.
  7. Upcoming Nov 27th cruise on Allure of the Seas: The new or planned " Taino Bay" is designed to handle the super large Oasis Class ships. It is located in the middle of Puerto Plata city. But there is a news report that it will now not be open until Dec. 15th. So, will we be able to dock in Carnival's "Amber Cove" outside the city if "Taino Bay is not open yet? ( I hope Taino is the name of the new cruise port?).
  8. I have a deluxe room Harbor View, so I hope to see my ship.
  9. We have stayed at the Hyatt Regency mid town, which is an excellent location. It is a super nice hotel. It is probably about 7 or 8 blocks from the cruise terminal as I remember. it is also right next to the Sky Train. Get on the Sky Train and go one stop to Gas Town where many restaurants and attractions are. We are on the Ovation May 5th, 2022 cruise and have decided to stay at Pan Pacific this time which is at the Cruise port. We hopefully will see our ship outside our window before boarding in the morning.
  10. Lose weight on a cruise: I somehow lost about 3 pounds on my 7 day cruise last month. And I ate and drank a lot!!!. Go figure? I believe that I lost some weight because I was so active each day. I am much more active during a sailing week than I usually am at home. My "fitbit" proves that. And, a lot of the foods that I ate may have been healthy choices??? (Except the desserts! Ha Ha) So maybe cruising will not be so bad for your diet???
  11. I booked my balcony room before the September 30th deadline for double points. So I now get 2 points for each night. I am now (in October after the deadline) considering changing to a Junior Suite. I assume that I would now get 4 points for ever day cruising. Is that so?
  12. Smoking among adults in USA has now fallen to about 14%. But that percentage is probably much smaller for those who travel? Many of the non smokers like myself, do not enjoy staying in the casino for long, even when staying on the nonsmoking side. The air there still smells like cigarette smoke. I wish there was a separate casino room for those of us who don't smoke.
  13. Ships to love/ big or small: I believe Enchantment was the 3rd Vision class ship built around 1997. It was stretched in 2005 to be somewhat larger than the other Vision Class ships. I've sailed on Enchantment several times and have had a great time! I love all Royal Caribbean ships big or small. My favorite ships are now the ships of the Oasis class. But I still really enjoy the smaller ones. For example, I had a wonderful time going to Cuba on the Empress. And I also sailed on her when she was Empress of the Seas. She was not thought of as a small ship back then. I go way back sailing on the Norway owned by NCL. We thought at the time that the Norway would always be the largest ship in the world. The Norway was around 64,000 tons at the time which would make her smaller than the Vision ships. It's just great being on any of the Royal Caribbean ships now! Don't worry about the size and how old the ships are.
  14. I have an early flight arriving at "8:35 am" the morning of embarkation for Allure of the Seas on Nov. 27th, 2021. That means that I will have to wait hours either at the terminal or at the airport before my boarding time. But what if I scheduled Royal Caribbean's shuttle to the terminal? Would I still have to wait until my arrival time or do they go ahead and board the shuttle passengers? If they do go ahead and board the bus loads of the shuttle passengers, then that would be a good reason for me and others to book Royal Caribbean's transfer.
  15. Hi "Steverk"! We are on your ship next week. We would love for you to share more information on your experiences this week on indy!
  16. Suggestion: Goggle each ship's deck plans and you will see the offerings each ship has. Some examples of new features according to these deck plans: Both ships have Playmakers. On the pool deck, Independence has Fish and Ships while Freedom has Loco Fresh; Diamond has Lime and Coconut while Indy still has the regular bars near the pool ... ... ... ... ... Both are great Freedom class ships! We will sail away on Indy this Sunday from Galveston. Can't wait!!! This will be our first cruise since we sailed on Oasis the week before shutdown in March of 2020.
  17. It all depends on what and when you like to drink. The vouchers work well for those who want more expensive mixed drinks or wine! And the vouchers work well for those who want to drink anytime during the day. Those that prefer to drink, for example, lite beer and lower priced wine/sparkling wine or hard seltzer before dinner, may prefer the unlimited happy hours. I am happy with either benefit and we should thank Royal Caribbean for having such great benefits for their loyal cruisers.
  18. As of September 1st, Mr. Bayley says that Royal Caribbean is fully opening the Diamond Lounge and more!!! They will have full capacity. What else will be brought back? Will they offer unlimited drinks during the "Happy Hours" as they did before the pandemic? Or will they continue to use your daily vouchers in the Diamond Lounge??? What do you think?
  19. Our balcony guarantee got us a connecting stateroom balcony aft location, near the stern on deck 7 Independence of the Seas 9/12 /21 cruise. That location is fine with us. As far as the connecting stateroom, we have had these rooms several times before and have never noticed any noise. We are thrilled to have saved major bucks by selecting the guarantee category.
  20. Thank you! That would be our next question! How early will porters be available that morning of embarkation?
  21. Independence of the Seas 9/12/21 cruise: Can we walk to the Strand and then back to Pier 2 where Independence is docked? We are arriving at Hobby Airport at 8:15 am then taking Lyft to the ship on embarkation day; but we are only able to get a 1:30 pm check in time at the earliest. We don't mind that if we can drop bags off and then walk to the Strand where many restaurants, attractions, and restaurants are. Is this possible to walk to and from the terminal 2? Or will we have to take Lyft both ways?
  22. Our Independence of the Seas 9/12/21 cruise: We are taking a non-stop flight from Knoxville on Allegiant air to the Hobby airport. We're then taking Delta 1 stop when returning home from Hobby. So you may want to check out these airlines in addition to Southwest. We haven't stayed in Galveston before, so we have researched places to stay in Galveston.. So based on information on web sites, it is our plan to stay 1 night after the cruise on the 'seawall" beach front at 4 Points by Sheridan(now Marriott) . It's across the street from the famous Murdochs gift shop on a beach pier. (They sell beer and frozen alcoholic drinks or other on the back deck where you sit in rocking chairs and watch the ocean.) The hotel is also very close to the Pleasure Pier, where Fish Tales and Bubba Gump seafood restaurant are. . Other restaurants are also close by, like "Millers" and "BLVD"... Hope this helps!
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