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    IRMO12HD reacted to mworkman in Things to know if you are coming to Seattle   
    LOL i was just in Tacoma for a week and experienced the stupidity of those who lost their minds. 🤦‍♂️
    I posted this on C&A society members page on facebook and it was removed within minutes 😂 Apparently they didn't see my humor 🤷‍♂️


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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Deluxe Drink Package Price on Brilliance Group Cruise   
    Just a head's up to those of us on the Brilliance October 11 Group Cruise.  The DBP is selling for $48 PP/PD.  I haven't seen a DBP in the forty-anything since the beginning of the new year.  YIPPEE !!!  I cancelled our Refreshment Pkg (which had been a very good buy at $19 PP/PD) and purchased the UDP.  I believe the Speednoodles family will be happy to hear this great news !!!
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    IRMO12HD reacted to AshleyDillo in Deluxe Drink Package Price on Brilliance Group Cruise   
    Awesome!  I got excited for a sec there but then I realized this was one of our glitch DX sailings! 😂
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Dining package flexibility: use of $35 credit?   
    You cannot.  All dining pkg reservations must be made on board (except for that first one).  The price you pay for getting a discount on your specialty dining is that you cannot make your reservations ahead of time.  ...but don’t be concerned. Take care of making the reservations as soon as you board and you will get the locations and times you want.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Dining package flexibility: use of $35 credit?   
    The rules definitely require you to initialize your UDP on nights 1 or 2 BUT I have read and heard that they are flexible about this.  Once on board you should be able to have them switch things around. ...but, as Matt Says, be prepared for “no” as that is the official answer.
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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from Mikeb1892 in All Access Ship tour   
    I'll be going on the tour on the Oasis in April -- really looking forward to it, especially after having viewed the "Megafoods" episode filmed on Oasis (from several years ago, but still . . .).  I will be watching the price to see if it goes down, as it was $119.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in coronavirus causes quarantined cruise ship   
    No worries.  With all the bad press she is getting I was joking with a friend they are going to paint a Royal logo on her and rename her Diamond of the Seas.  
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Good news if you have been dreaming of west coast cruises   
    Could be doing first responders but like when Empress and Majesty lost Cuba they sold those ships at ridiculously low rates and offered a lot of casino comps to fill the ships.  There was no single supplement and I added 6 cruises to my resume as a result.  
    Better to minimize losses and cover some operating costs such as crew costs through daily gratuity charges plus a good way to shake up the west coast cruise industry with a cold weather ship in a colder ocean in the spring.  Quantum class is a good fit for CA cruising in the spring.  I also think people spend more on board when they get a bargain on the cruise fare.  Why not splurge on a beverage package or dining when the cruise cost so little?
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Good news if you have been dreaming of west coast cruises   
    Yes, but that means good prices.  🙂 
    Millennium is coming over early to do some free first responder cruises then they added some Pacific Northwest and Alaska cruises starting April 20.  Rates are pretty good, $349 pp for 5 nights.  Verandah, Concierge and Aqua class are all the same price at $499 pp.  Plus she is recently revolutionized.  
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    A time lapse of our transit through Doubtful Sound.
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    All good things must come to an end and so does our passage through Doubtful Sound.

    You could see a distinct difference in the water between the open sea and the sheltered waters in the sound.


    Looking North up the coast.

    Looking South down the coast.


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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    Maybe it was a better understanding of what we were experience having been through Dusky Sound, or maybe it was better lighting with the sun higher in the sky but it seemed like Doubtful Sound was even better than Dusky Sound.


    This super wide angle photo doesn't give the same feeling seeing this massive mountain so close to the ship yet tower above it.













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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    Doubtful Sound
    Named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he wasn't sure he would be able to get his ship out of the inlet so he never entered it.  As it turns out like Dusky Sound there is a passage we will transit through.  If there was any doubt that we would get to experience this sound today that fear was put to rest.  








    Photos do a poor job of showing the scale of the terrain right next to the ship.  It's quite amazing and needs to be experienced in person.


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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    It's hard to capture in pictures or words but perhaps this time lapse better represents the experience.
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    The open sea appeared in the distance.





     
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020   
    Back on the ship here is the bus area for cruise ships at the port.  It's very well organized.


    Did I mention trees are a major export for New Zealand?

    Some views of the harbor from the ship.

    Sail away and back into the Pacific.


    I hit the motherload in the Windjammer tonight.  I used to painstakingly carve the skin off with a knife but I've learned there are a lot of nutrients in the skin so after a quick rinse... yum.

    Temperature tonight for those keeping score.

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    IRMO12HD reacted to melmar02 in I've created a Monster-in-Law! Enchantment Feb. 7 - 12, 2020   
    I left off at breakfast in the MDR on day 3. We dropped the kids off at AO and decided to play a round of bingo. We had $30 worth of fun, but sadly didn't win anything. We picked up the kids as the ship was pulling into Costa Maya. Since we had all just eaten a big breakfast, we decided to snack ashore. The team was running, but MIL wanted to try to walk it. We only had to stop once, and made it into Mexico! We had no real plans - MIL wanted to look for a watch, and the kids wanted to see the aviary. We sat down at a restaurant, ordered waters and chips and salsa. DH and MIL stayed at the table, and I took the kids to see the birds. We came back to find an empty half yard in front of MIL. We wandered through the shops and bought a few trinkets before getting back on the ship. DH and MIL took a nap while I took the kids to the pool for an hour. 







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    IRMO12HD reacted to melmar02 in I've created a Monster-in-Law! Enchantment Feb. 7 - 12, 2020   
    Seas were much calmer today, and everyone woke up feeling fine. We spent the morning trying to pick out our next cruises before we waited for the MDR to open for breakfast. Yep... plural. 😲 We've talked MIL into going on another with us and then watching the kids for a week while DH and take one by ourselves. 
    For all of us, we're trying to decide between Jewel 7 day to Key West, Nassau, and Cocoa Cay or Adventure 5 day to Costa Maya and Cozumel. Both out of Galveston. There's a bit of a price difference, but we're leaning toward the 7 day. For me and DH, we're looking at something the kids wouldn't be interested in anyway, 7 days New England and Canada. This was DH's idea, and I don't know anything else about it!
     

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    IRMO12HD got a reaction from Cub in I hate kids....   
    My granny used to say:  honey, whiskey and lemon juice; adjust proportions as appropriate :-)
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Newark.  The hotel itself was excellent. Absolutely no hesitation or concerns. The room was comfortable and clean and the mattress was very, very comfortable.  The neighborhood.....(or maybe I should say”the ‘hood).....however, was very sketchy.  We ventured out a couple times to eat but frankly, I was not comfortable (for one thing it was effing freezing) so we mostly stayed in the hotel.  We kept having people come up and beg for money.  We picked this location b/c, as I said in an earlier post, we were under extreme duress to find a place in a hurry. Likely we could have made a better choice, but it was well within the $200/day allowance that a Royal was reimbursing so we are happy, looking back.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to ChessE4 in Another Newbie question! (Re: OBC)   
    I have specific experience with this.  Normally, if you convert points to OBC a couple of weeks before your cruise, it will be available on the ship.  I normally convert before then, but I must call the toll free number to make the OBC accessible to Cruise Planner.   Alternatively, call the awards center initially (instead of converting points online), and tell them you want the OBC for immediate purchases.  They have told me the conversion would go through in a few days.   I find I like using my Royal CC for Cruise Planner purchases so I get double points, and then I can use the OBC on the ship.  But I have also used some for Cruise Planner.  Have a great trip!
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Another Newbie question! (Re: OBC)   
    OBC from the RCCL Visa card will be available prior to cruising and available for use via the Cruise Planner.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to CGTLH in Royal poor customer care dealing with Anthem   
    Seem Royal is now stepping up.
    Per: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/anthem-of-the-seas-updates
    As we advised, if you no longer want to sail, we completely understand, you’ll receive a full refund. You do not need to do anything to cancel, no need to call or contact us for this, as we want to make it as easy for you as possible. If you do not show up to the pier on Monday, we will understand that you decided not join us and we will automatically process your refund. You should see it on your account 3-5 days after our updated departure.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to JLMoran in I hate kids....   
    See, I subscribe to The Andromeda Theory approach to disease prevention. Drink so much wine and beer that my blood pH is too far off base to support bacterial / viral life.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to deep1 in I hate kids....   
    I prefer to think of it as Entenmanns Ebola blocker... 🤣
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