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  1. 16 hours ago, Pattycruise said:

    My MIL booked the family for 10 days with Royal..3day land followed by 7 day cruise.  She said the land portion would be exhausting and the cruise would be our break.  I’m so glad she booked it like this.  The land portion does take a lot out of you.   

    Agree.  We did the land tour first for just that reason.

  2. Did three day Land Tour through RC in 2017.  We arrived a day early in Fairbanks taking the kids to North Pole, AK and the Museum of the North.  We joined our tour group that night and the next day toured the gold dredge and took the optional river tour.  I was impressed with both and felt I got my monies worth.  Next day was glass domed train to Denali and we took the optional long bus tour of Denali.  Again worth the dollars spent. Third day was the long bus drive to Sewerd with a stop for lunch in Anchorage.  A travel day really.

    Pros  I was impressed with the production value of the gold dredge and river tour.  The glass domed train was great with drink service, tour guide, and fresh cooked breakfast.  Denali long tour was long, but worth it.   The Hotel in Fairbanks was nice and fun in a local tourist way. If staying in a suite you get double points for the land portion as well.  Guide and driver were great.

    Cons  The long bus tour in Denali is long.  You do lots of stops.  They give you a snack box, but you will miss a meal or possible two so eat first or bring something to eat. This is a school bus not a motorcoach.  Our hotel rooms in Denali were not very clean and had a noticeable unevenness to the floor slightly less than a carnival fun house.

    I would recommend and felt we got our monies worth.  Next time I will plan our own with less motorcoach and more glass dome train.

  3. Just book 3 night Perfect Day and sea day.  No Nassau. 

    GTY Inside.  Trying to do this on the cheap.  Will have just sailed Allure with family over the 4th of July.

    Looking forward to the new ship.  We haven't done a new ship since we sailed on Allure's 100th cruise.  Got free Champaign on boarding and a nice certificate.  We did not know and it was a nice surprise.

  4. 9 hours ago, twangster said:

    You mean like matter and antimatter?

    So if the woman sail Royal solo with some girlfriends heading west at 22 knots while the man sails Carnival with another woman heading east at 19 knots, what happens to their points?  Not sure but I bet there are going to be fireworks involved, or an explosion.  Pretty sure he doesn't get her CAS points.

    I wonder if C and A status is negotiable in divorce proceedings?

  5. 9 hours ago, ChessE4 said:

    Yes, getting double the value would be better, which is why OP needs an answer. I still wonder if it is in the too good to be true category, so I am eager to hear the final answer from someone who knows.

    Correct.  I'm trying to work the math out.  If the sale price is $800 and the before sale and discount price for a cabin is $1600 would it be better to use the Cruise Discount of $500 for 50K of points or the $1000 for 50K for a Free Cruise. 

    On the surface it seems like easy math, but the terms for a Cruise Discount are more favorable than the Free Cruise.

  6. Two questions about BOA Credit Card points.

    1.  I've booked a cruise for summer 2024.  If I apply my points to a Free Cruise certificate, 50,000 points value $1000, will the price of the cabin be recalculated to the "full price" before RCCL "sales" and discounts?

    2.  If my cabin is under the $1000 value of the Free Cruise certificate, will the excess value be applied to OBC?

    Value of using your points for a "free" cruise is $0.02 per point, twice the OBC or Discount Cruise certificate. 

    I've used the Discount Cruise certificate many times in the past and it has not recalculated my cruise fare that I recall.  I've never used the Free Cruise Certificate.

    I have read the terms, but I'm wondering if and how they are applied.


  7. They are assigned, for the most part, in order of reservation.  We reserved early one year out of fear of not being able to get a cabana.  We had #1.  I would not recommend as everyone had to walk past ours to get to theirs.  On a positive note, it was very close to the water and the closest to the bathrooms.

  8. Wife forgot to pack our youngest shirts.  Left them in a neatly folded pile on her bed.  She franticly searched every suitcase on the ship twice hoping to find the missing shirts.  Finally, with tears in her eyes, my wife asks me what is the child going to wear.  I said go down to the logo shop and buy her a bunch of Royal tees.  Problem solved and disaster averted.  We all had a great cruise.

  9. We cruise on average every other year.  I have not had much luck with future cruise on board.  Usually the next itinerary I'm interested in is not published yet. 

    You can get a future cruise certificate while on board that may help if your undecided or awaiting the cruise calendar to be updated. 

    Not sure they can help if your already booked.

  10. Did Halloween some time ago on Radiance out of Tampa.  Grownup Halloween party on the pool deck complete with costume contest.  Teen club did a haunted house for the Adventure Ocean crew.  Adventure Ocean crew trick-o-treated in the shops and other venues with the staff.  Halloween themed photos with kids and with grownups.  

    It was a lot of fun for the whole family.

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