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  1. Going the take a couple of cruises in 2021 and get to the Diamond Plus level in a year instead of about ten years. Booked a 7 day JS on Allure with stops in Labadee and CoCo Cay For our anniversary next year.
  2. I would review the policies on Royal's Cruise with Confidence program. You have several options, Lift and Shift at anytime, 125% FCC if Royal cancels or 100% fare refund if Royal cancels, 100% FCC if you cancel before they do or partial refund under the original terms of your booking if you cancel before they do. I have a Dec 2020 cruise and expect it to cancel. This was paid for with a 125% FCC from a previous COVID canceled cruise from August. I will take the 125% FCC when and if Royal cancels the cruise and use it in 2021. My FCC was issued about 45 days after my August cruise was canceled.
  3. Grand Cayman, Great snorkeling not far from dock and right downtown. Snorkel to the edge of the shelf and stare into the abyss. Jamaica, Horse ride and swim with the horses.
  4. If it helps I checked mine for Dec of 2020 and 2021 and they both say the same as yours. Probable IT problem at this point. I hope our cruises in Dec are a go.
  5. My most favorite room to date has been a GS on Mariner. Several with adjoining balcony rooms.
  6. Two adjoining balcony rooms are nice and usually less expensive. Most ships have a few suites with adjoining balcony rooms as well. We have done a JS with adjoining balcony room on our last two cruises and two adjoining balcony rooms on the cruise before that. DD have there own room and bath and my wife and I have our suite.
  7. Was in a GS on Mariner several years ago. It is still my favorite room layout for 2 people. Lots of space and the bar at the entrance to the suite is very handy.
  8. According to my Cruise Planner credit from Aug 10 cruise, you can use on any future cruise. But it can only be used on one cruise. Any unused credit is forfeited if not spent before the end of the cruise.
  9. Sad to see them go. Kids had their first cruise on Sovereign. We have sailed them both.
  10. Plan first cruise without children in 2021. Both DD's will be in college then. First vacay without kids in over a decade.
  11. Not the old money. New money is the problem in Charleston. All those rich Yankees bought up all the houses down town and are afraid their views of the USS York Towne will be ruined. Charleston has had a love hate relationship with tourism for a long time. Take it from me, worked my way through grad school giving carriage tours. Lived there most my life. Graduated from The Citadel and MUSC. Lived down town. Got old money friends. Old mayor built the tourist industry from nothing in the '70 to what it is today. New mayor seems to be trying to reverse Mayor Joe's work.
  12. Saved over $700 on my Harmony sailing last summer with a military discount. It was after final payment so it was applied as a well used OBC. So it pays to check even after final payment.
  13. I have an inside cabin for the kids on our Mariner sailing in Dec. At my last repricing the booking rep tried to get me to upgrade them to a balcony. He did not try to get me to upgrade my suite. I suspect that RCCL may begin to limit inside cabin sales.
  14. Ask a RCCL booking rep or supervisor. While repricing my cruise last night the booking rep. stated he could combine the FCC for my suite and the DDs' cabin by completing a "form." It was not what I was after so I ignored it. Hope this is helpful.
  15. Not seeing on my Aug Mariner sailing.
  16. TIPs in many restaurants started suggesting 18% around the time of the "Great Recession." The explanation for the increase was that servers deserved an increase in wages. But if the meals continue to increase then their compensation increases. 15% of $100 is $15. 15% of $120 is $18. Same service, same time at table, same meal, the server made more money. I still TIP 15% most of the time. More for exceptional service, less for terrible service. As far as crew is concerned my TIPs are not percentage based so I pay the required/recommended and a little extra cash for good service at the end of the cruise.
  17. Wait. My professional medical recommendation. Also my mother in law had back surgery weeks before we were to go on a cruise with her. We begged her to cancel. She refused. The drive down about did her in and she was a mess for the entire cruise, enjoying nothing. Her pain required many visits to sick bay.
  18. You can have a similar experience by waking up around 0430 or 0500 and walking around the ship. Dark in many areas and very quiet.
  19. Looking at proposed COVID precautions in Disney parks. Trip may not happen. August is bad enough, but masks and lines with distancing and no shade. We have some tickets that expire in Dec. 2020 that Disney has not announced that they plan to extend to 2021.
  20. Going to Disney for 2 days in Aug. Then leaving on a Monday morning to drive to Port Canaveral for a 4 night Mariner cruise. Driving to Orlando on Friday morning. Driving back home on the following Friday. I think this will be fine for me and my family. Done it the other way around. Too busy and tiring. Going to see if this way better.
  21. 331 since Harmony of the Seas. 103 until Mariner of the Seas.
  22. Is not the 125% FCC aimed at countering price difference when you rebook?
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