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  1. Just checked and I can no longer do a mock booking our Aug sailing on Indy. That was not the case around 3 pm. 😢 Oh well there is still hope for December.
  2. Sorry for the spaces. I did a cut and paste and can’t seem to get it cleaned up.
  3. Pick and choose your travel agency wisely. Ask questions and read the fine print! Last year I reached out to @AnnetteJackson at MEI regarding a possible upcoming cruise. She had booked several cruises for us over the last few years, but I stumbled across a deal from a Big Box online travel agency that seemed to good to be true. Unfortunately she was unable to match the Big Box travel agencies low low "clearance" price so I thought wth, I will give them a try. The deal seemed so good that I started researching other sailings and booked two. Doh! All good until you need to make changes or cancel. A few of the fees that I can think of that we have been hit with: $50 per person to cancel $35 for a date change $35 for a ship change $25 if you replace passenger with someone else $25 to adjust for price drops $25 for cabin changes Next I fear they will start charging a fee for calling! The discounted upfront cruise rate was eventually eaten up with fees. The lack of customer service is laughable. You never talk to the same person and wait for days to get a reply via phone or email. This was even before the virus. Now it's longer. Still waiting for a reply to an email I sent last Friday. MEI has never charged me or anyone I have referred to them a single penny for the above listed services. That's because they don't charge any fees. I learned my lesson and wanted to warn others who might think about trying one of the so called discount online agencies.
  4. At this point I would settle for an inside cabin and an old stale piece of Sorrento‘s Pizza!
  5. Yup. Can’t wait to get out from under the Big Box online agency we are dealing with. Their clearance cabin prices were cheap cheap cheap, but their customer service sux! The fees are ridiculous and eat into that cheap cruise rate making it “no deal”.
  6. Booked 3 for 2021 during last promotion. Feb, May and Dec.
  7. Don't forget to put a couple extra in the fridge the night before the ship docks at a port of call. Sometime they have bottled water available with the towels as you get off, but don't rely on it. Nice to have a bottle of water that was covered by the package as you walk around in port.
  8. I have not been on a Royal cruise since last year and things may have changed. Might also be different ship to ship, but we did this on our last cruise with no problem. They gave us 4 different codes and we just shared them with the other couple.
  9. Same here. Purchased our DX/Voom combo and Ultimate Dining Pkg Ultimate Dining was only $26 per day. 👍🏼
  10. That is high. We have also found that Dallas based Southwest is now more expensive than American when we fly from DFW to Florida. No longer the "Low cost leader" for us. In late April I was able to book $49 roundtrip on AA to Orlando and $95 roundtrip to Miami.
  11. Seems like a mixed bag. Thx for the replies. I am not going to mess with it.
  12. There is a small price drop on the DX package for an upcoming cruise. I don't bother canceling and repurchasing unless it's going to save me at least $20. This one would be a total savings of $42, but I don't want to wait up to 90 days for the refund. Do these transactions get put in the que with canceled cruises? In the past it only took about 4 days.
  13. We tried on one of the RC Blog group cruise rates and it was denied.
  14. Hopefully this is a sign of more to come. Edit: Checked price booking direct with Royal...$151 for a spacious balcony. I would pay before giving up 500k LP’s.
  15. Big sigh...still waiting for “free” Royal cruise. If they don’t offer something in the next six months I’m probably going to cash in and try out MSC.
  16. Is each D+ in the cabin still getting 2 free days of Voom? Taking a 3 night cruise in April and was about to purchase Voom surf for both the wife and I and it would be $70.46 (total). Now thinking we could wait until after midnight the first night or activate as soon as we wake up on day two and we don't pay anything. I guess another option would be to purchase all 3 nights onboard and utilize whatever the D+ discount would be.
  17. There was one for 100,000 a couple months ago. Last week the Royal obc was gone for a couple days. Only thing available was the 5 or 10% discount.
  18. Side topic... I wish they would ban the aerosol sunscreens on the ship. Not only does a good portion of the product fly on to other people, it makes for a slippery surface on the decks. Many catamaran excursions have ban the use of the aerosol products to avoid slips and falls.
  19. I have not been successful in combining more than one reward OR adding to a reservation that I did not originally book through Royal’s Casino Royale.
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