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  1. Please L&S my Nov 1 2020 Liberty sailing to Oct 3 2021 on Liberty (sigh) Please add Mar 26 2021 Grandeur
  2. All true except the minimum is actually 8 cabins https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/staterooms-group-reservations
  3. As @WAAAYTOOO says, I would definitely suggest not trying to rent a car. You would need an IDP to do it, and even if you could find a company that would come to the port with the car (a big if), you will only be able to estimate what time you get to disembark. The immigration process in Japan for cruise ships is definitely one of the, shall we say, least customer service oriented systems I've seen 😉 You will definitely need some yen if you want to do things on your own. While more places are taking credit card than have in the past, non-cash forms of payment being accepted in Japan is never guaranteed. The fastest/easiest way to get around is by taxi. You would need two with a group that size, but that is easy to do. Some taxis take credit cards. You can also check out something like AirBnB Experiences and see if you can get a local guide for a day. This is an excellent basic travel guide for Okinawa: https://www.visitokinawa.jp/?fbclid=IwAR1gg15J2v_ro8RgPuDN2bACBViV5d1WIJrcCsFVeq24mBnzkhmH3F8KdYY Here is the castle near Nagagusuku: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7107.html If you're there during the week, this is a good lunch spot (please ignore the crap website): https://tantantei-minami-uebara.food96.com/ This is a small chain, but also good local food: http://danbo.jp/store_info/ Heading north from the port will get you to some lovely natural areas. Enjoy, and feel free to ask more questions!
  4. I live in Tokyo and have visited Okinawa on both a land vacation and a cruise. The current benefit to Nakagusuku Port over Naha Port is that the castle in that area did not burn down like the one down south. Otherwise, the island is fairly small and you can get to the major sites from either port. Naha has better shopping, but that’s about the only difference. What sort of activities do you enjoy? That would help me point you in the right direction 🙂
  5. Does anyone else think Grandeur may never sail again? I'm booked on her final sailing next March, but I fear with the Pullmantur bankruptcy and the expected staggered restart of cruising that she might not come back for those last 6 months at all. Tell me I'm crazy! 😞 😞 😞
  6. The first limitation will be if the ship even has the ability to make prints. Several of them don't anymore. The ad has generic text for that reason.
  7. Wait to use the FCC until the due date, or at least close to it. Once you apply a FCC, it becomes hard/impossible to reprice the itinerary
  8. I have not done one with the same itinerary, but I would absolutely consider it! You'd have the option to explore a different area at the stop the second time, or (even better!) just stay onboard the ship when most other people are on shore.
  9. Welcome to the blog! I love Grand Cayman 🙂 If you've never been, I'd say Stingray City, snorkeling, and the Turtle Farm are the easiest highlights. It is always nice to have a Royal excursion (in the morning!) when you're at a tender port. Then there's no worry about standing in line. @LetsTryThisPlace lives in Grand Cayman, maybe they can help answer your questions?
  10. If you don't want to L&S, I think your best bet is to just wait it out. That's the only way you'll have the full refund option -- if Royal cancels.
  11. Ohmygoodness yes! I can totally picture the black masks with the satin stripe on the edge! Or covered in sequins! Yes... I see a new revenue stream for the fashion industry! 😉
  12. I did the cancel-and-rebook thing about 10 days ago on an internet package. The refund took 5 days. Longer than normal, but no where near 90 days.
  13. You will need to wait. You have to show a current (more recent than 90 days, I think) stock ownership at the time of request. I try to do mine at 30 days prior, but not earlier than that or it'll get rejected. Hope that helps!
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