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  1. You can see they have already installed railings for the new sun deck.
  2. Contact Royal's special needs team to see if they can accommodate you: Call our Access Department at (866) 592-7225, or send an e-mail to special_needs@rccl.com Anecdotally I used to work with the "special needs" team at a major amusement park a decade ago. We didn't allow Segway for years until one guest pushed us and we finally allowed it after he showed us how he could be safe in a crowded park. He was really cool but he was also the only person to ever ask to use one while I worked there.
  3. Can I bring two Melchior bottles on board? 😉
  4. Yes there were two when we were there. One was constantly running back and forth to the bar for drinks and the other seemed to be "security", keeping the other guests out. Food is on your own but the buffet was quite close and they let you know when it was available.
  5. I had one last year. Booked it only for myself online. My family and I were all able to use it (4 total). Quick tip: be sure to bring the ticket from your room to the bungalow or you might have trouble claiming it. Luckily my mom remembered to bring it after I forgot. This must come up a lot because I had a letter in my room on the first day telling me to go to guest services if I had booked too many Bungalows. There was a second follow up letter later. I only ever booked just one.
  6. That seems like a fair deal to me. The Liberty has the $12 drinks vs the $13 on the Allure so the packages are comparable in price. Its around the amount you can get from the Cruise Planner if you watch for the biggest price drops. Reading between the lines, I think these Day 1 BOGO deals are a result of poor sales after they raised the on-board prices at the start of 2019. All the sales people they have wandering around the port and ships trying to sell packages were probably getting laughed out of the room when they said it was $70-$90+ per person per day. There was probably a huge drop in those purchases so instead of admitting defeat and lowering the package to 2018 levels they now have "One Day ONLY!" sales on board comparable to the Cruise Planner sales.
  7. I think most of the prices being shown are near full price. Royal just came off that week long planner sale at the start of August so not many people are getting the low rates right now. For example my October Mariner 4 night went up from $49 during the sale to $65 now. They didn't jack up the regular price this week. It is just not being discounted. If your sailing is still far out keep looking for the price to drop again. It likely will.
  8. You beat me to it. This is a US Government program. Here is some more information : https://www.cbp.gov/travel/biometrics
  9. It's $38 right now for our Mariner 4 day in October. We are sharing with Grandeur that day too.
  10. It will be busy. If you can buy the Express passes (works on all the rides except the new Hagrid coaster) it might be worth it but without them I wouldn't try.
  11. MSC (the shipping company that owns the cruise line) was founded in Italy in 1970 but moved to Geneva in 1978. Lauro Lines (the line that became MSC Cruises) was also Italian but it was purchased by MSC in the 80s and is now based in Geneva too.
  12. It's also a different country with different labor and material costs.
  13. It seems that the lawyer is smartly taking the only path that could be a good result for the family: winning the publicity war and forcing Royal to settle to keep the family quiet. The lawyer likely knows that if he took this case to court a victory is not a sure thing. Proving the cruise line was negligent by having a window open is a long shot (as everyone here has been saying). The criminal investigation is still ongoing and at best what will come of that is the police call it an accident. Worst case they charge the grandfather with something. The police are unlikely to say anything that would hurt Royal. So while the story is still fresh have the family make the rounds and get their story out there hoping that public opinion will be enough to force a settlement.
  14. New deck plans are out. Giovanni's is taking over the Vintages space as expected. Interestingly it doesn't show cabins in the former Diamond Club space like Oasis. It also has an unchanged Adventure Ocean with no cabins at the front of deck 14. A change from Oasis? Or an oversight on the part of the deck plan artist?
  15. And I bake a cake at 350 degrees but I don't eat it at that temperature. The popular belief that the fast food industry, in response to the 1994 McDonalds suit, has reduced the temperature of its hot beverages is wrong, Cox said. The reason is that there are minimum and maximum temperature ranges necessary to extract the flavor of coffee beans or tea leaves or cocoa, and to deliver to the customer the taste they expect, he said. All of these "are well above the threshold for burning," he said. He offers this comparison: The temperature of very hot bathtub water would be 105 degrees. A steaming hot shower would be 120. Brewed coffee is 195 to 205 degrees; the temperature at which it's held by a restaurant is 180; and it typically is served at 165 to 180 degrees. All major retailers, he says, adhere to these temperatures. If served coffee is 60 degrees hotter than a steaming shower, he asks, how do customers tolerate it? They take tentative sips, add cream or milk, or wait until it cools. "Somebody spills it on himself and says it was too hot," he said. "But it has to be that hot in order for the flavor to work." Other factors besides temperature determine whether the spilled liquid will result in a burn, he said. These include how long the hot liquid stays on the skin, and the age, sex or physical circumstances of the spill victim. If the victim is able to remove their soaked clothing immediately, to splash cold water on their skin and to apply a topical cream, he says, they may not receive a lasting burn. If, however, they're driving and trapped in a car seatbelt, unable to pull over to the side of the road and disrobe, then the hot liquid can cause a lasting burn. https://abcnews.go.com/Business/dunkin-donuts-sued-hot-apple-cider-burns/story?id=22656060
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