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  1. We leave on Friday. I am in a junior suite. Is there a separate boarding area for suites in Galveston? If so, are those traveling in a junior suite eligible to use it? thanks
  2. On ovation, Sky class got NO priority at boarding. In line with everyone else. Only “perk” was ability to flex arrival time by an hour
  3. We are trying to decide between Mr. Sanchos and Nachi Cocom-what are the pros and cons of each? What are transportation options? We are a mother/daughter group-all adults. Some of the group are dedicated beach bums while others might like a spa option.
  4. All suites above junior suites were listed on the web site as "sold out" as early as June of this year. We found out then that our son would be in Germany for the year and I started trying to book a suite on Allure for a 7 night Mediterranean cruise for 2022 to coincide with a visit to him and there were no GS or above to be found. Perhaps they limited the inventory early in anticipation of this change. Hopefully, this is the case, and it will work out well for those of you who were lucky enough to book early.
  5. I agree with the scoring system being a little off kilter. However, on my recent cruise, I was happy to rate most every employee I came into contact with a 10. They were, almost without exception, outstanding! The one exception, and this was a biggy, was the suite concierge. I have traveled in Sky Class before and have routinely had excellent service from the suite concierges I have encountered. The suite lounge on Ovation was usually empty, or almost empty; even so, we did not have confidence that the concierge understood or acted upon our simple requests-such as the luggage valet forms. She had no idea what to do with them. By day 4, we either just figured things out on our own or went to guest services if necessary. I did not rate her very highly. We would have complained while on board, but did not know who to complain to. The CK staff was aware of the issue because after day 3, they realized that we thought we had dinner reservations each night (we had an email confirming this pre-cruise from the concierge) while they had no record of the reservations.
  6. I'm really enjoying this. It sounds like ya'll are having fun. I will be on Allure in January in Sky Class. I will have the drink package, so the lack of free drinks doesn't bother me that much, but I would like to be able to get a drink in the suite lounge outside "happy hour". Do you know if they will serving drinks that you pay for?
  7. I agree and was disappointed that was not available on ovation last week
  8. Suite perks are very limited right now. I just got off ovation in a 2 bedroom gs. There was no reserved seating for shows. We had to make show reservations for all shows. No priority boarding or disembarking (at end of cruise). Those are generally the things that make a suite worth it to me. In addition to the lack of perks, there was only one concierge and she was essentially worthless. We were not a demanding group. Pre-boarding, I requested beds to be split into twins in both rooms and CK reservations for 6:30 each night. She replied that dinner reservations were made(turned out they weren’t-fortunately, the CK maitre d realized that we planned to eat all meals there and was able to accommodate us, even if the times available were not our preference). I was disappointed and felt bad that the CK staff had to adjust due to the failures of the concierge. She also told us that the second bedroom only had bunk beds, not a bed that could be split. She was wring but that caused a few minutes of concern. Generally, I love suite class, but I did feel we got few benefits this trip.
  9. Best quote I saw today: Facebook group for this cruise, someone posted that they had not been this nervous since their first pregnancy test. Hubby didn’t get that, but every women knows that pregnancy tests are fraught with stress, regardless of whether you desire a positive or negative result
  10. I understand your stress. I was so worried about my test. The nurse said she would call me with the results within a half hour. It took her over an hour. I was sure she was stalling because she she did not want to tell me the bad news. Happily I was wrong. Me test was negative-she just got busy! Flight leaves tomorrow morning. Bags are by the door.
  11. I like to have my kindle with me at all times. I love to read. Thus I like a small pouch, somewhat like a clutch purse, that will hold my kindle, my phone since the app is so critical now and, oh yeah, my sea pass card
  12. Glacier Bay is awesome. I was on Princess in 2011. The inside passage was also great. Skagway was my favorite port. Ketchikan was not so great. I am heading out Friday-assuming a negative covid test tomorrow on ovation. Chose this for ship, Skagway and inside passage. gping with friends because my husband does not want to go again. He got “tired of all the pretty scenery”
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