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    SweetHomeLady reacted to twangster in FCC, refund, or both...   
    At the moment if you cancel you are entitled to a refund of everything except the per person deposit (since you are before final payment due date).  If the deposit was $250 per person then your refund should be all of your payments to date minus $250 per person.  Of the $250, $100 per person is lost as a fee and $150 will be issued as an FCC per person.
    I guessed you booked a 7 night cruise and the deposit was $250.  If it was a longer cruise then the deposit could be $450 per person.  If so the same rules apply, $100 lost as a fee, $350 in FCC per person.
    If you choose to exercise the Cruise with Confidence program you will receive 100% FCC but allocated per person.  All of the named or booked people will receive some FCC regardless who paid for the cruise.  Only those people by name can use the FCC in the future.  If, as you suggest, it will be challenging to get all of these people to book another cruise then it's likely there will be some lost FCC since FCC is not transferable to other people.
    While you and I see the cruise cost as X and the cost per person as X divided by the number of people, royal math works in strange ways.  I've seen FCC for each guest to be different with no rhyme or reason. Maybe guest 1 gets 43%, guest 2 gets 37% and guests 3 & 4 get 10% each, or maybe something wildly different.    If going forward guest 2 doesn't go on a future cruise and never cruises again then 37% is lost.  
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to Matt in Don't do any of these things   
    Hi everyone, I know we get heated debating which dessert is the best one to order, or if a balcony room is worth it, but let's keep these basic rules in mind when chatting here.
    No profanity No personal insults No political discussion This includes tropes about politicians and generalizations about political parties No debating religion Keep your posts relevant and accurate to each specific thread. We can all have our little fun within each thread but please make sure the information you're putting out there is correct and current.   Topics not related to Royal Caribbean may be removed. Posts or comments encouraging cruisers to break any Royal Caribbean policy is not allowed and will be removed.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to accio7 in Canada bans cruise ships till July from its ports   
    This is probably going to be an extremely unpopular opinion, and I really love this cruise line, but Royal needs to start suspending operations ASAP for the health and safety of their passengers. Human life is more important than cruising.
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Straws   
    In my humble opinion, life is too short to wrangle my own straws on vacation.  I did find that if my paper straw gets yucky the bar staff are always willing to give me a new one.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to USCG Teacher in Massage Query!   
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Massage Query!   
    This is extremely easy to avoid. When you go in for any kind of spa procedure there is paperwork to fill out and forms to sign.  At the bottom of the page in HUGE letters, I write “ NO SALES !!”.  That will alert them that you are not going to participate in any sales talk.  If they start, just get up and walk out.  Works like a charm.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to Ampurp85 in Happy Thoughts - Questions   
    @SteveinSC  1. I like cruising because it is a mobile hotel....how awesome to have a home for a period of time to take you to places that are possibly better than your real home. Also as a slight DDP-er..dooms day prep-er, I swear I am not crazy I just watched a lot of zombie/apocalypse stuff and know how I would survive....I am super in love with boats. Like my dream is to retire on a boat. Also there is food and other stuff like shows that may or may not involve humans dressed up like felines, scooting across the stage.
    2. If i could go on a cruise right now I would want to go Celtic and like maybe Nav or Mariner....I am a huge Scotland and Ireland person....like Highlanders and sheep are me peeps. How can you not love a kilt?? But bucket list I would go Ovation and Australia/New Zealand or Alaska
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to twangster in RCCL Stock purchase ???   
    I have a buy order in at $39.  I keep spreading rumors and gossip but so far the stock is holding in the 80s.  Might need to fuel some more anti-cruise sentiment to achieve my target price.  Standby.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to Ogilthorpe in sanitizing room   
    I read earlier that alcohol is extremely effective against the coronavirus  .... I'm heading straight to the bar 😁😁🤣
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from ctwilliams in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Neesa in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Mikeb1892 in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Vacation Crazy in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Skigoofy in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in MTD Question   
    We were just on Anthem.  Reports are that the ship was at capacity but we never had more than one minute wait for MTD.  (Four nights, two people.  We dined elsewhere the other nights.)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Kudos to RCI Security   
    So glad you got your door decoration back !!  So smart to tell Security.  I don't know that I would have thought to do that.
    Note to self:  No stealing door signs.  They WILL catch you and throw you overboard !
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from ellcee in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from twangster in Kudos to RCI Security   
    On our recent Anthem of the Seas cruise we made a nifty DIY door decoration with our name on it.  (Wooden anchor we spray painted red and embellished with white letters spelling out our last name, then glued on magnets to the back of it.)  I hung it above the peephole just incase a little person walking by was tempted to touch it.  Someone took it on the first day during sailaway!  We walked up and down the passageways near our room in case it was a prank and someone put it on a different door.  No luck.  It was really gone!.  We mentioned this to our stateroom attendant who notified the head of housekeeping.  They told us that Security could probably get it back for us because there are cameras every where in the hallways.  We went down to guest services to fill out a request and were interviewed by security.  By the next morning we had a message on our phone that our item had been retrieved.  It had not been damaged.  Hurrah!  (Not sure who would want an anchor with our names on it!)
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from shaydav19 in Massage Query!   
    Agree.  I also don't like the hard sell on products after and the request for a larger gratuity than the compulsory 18%.  I get my massages back home before and after.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to shaydav19 in Massage Query!   
    IMHO,  Cruise massages are over priced and overrated.  And you are taxed a large gratuity.   Also, I have always found that a few hours after a massage I am really sore and don't want to spend my ship time that way.   My best friend and I have taken to going to a day spa after we return from the cruise and we just search for the best local deal (She's in Miami).   We use that to jump start our detox after a week of indulgence!
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Recommendations on a plug converter to use in Italy   
    Phones are almost always dual voltage so you will be able to use the Euro adapter for these devices.  Curling irons are sometimes dual voltage but hair dryers almost never are.  If you plug MOST American hair dryers into a Euro converter and it is NOT dual voltage, it will burn up your device.  Just be sure that your devices will be compatible with a converter.
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to JohnK6404 in Have you ever..???   
    OK... we've only been on 5 cruises to date, but here we go!
    --Sailed alone (Not yet.)
    --Sailed with a sweetheart/spouse (Yes, every cruise with my wife... our honeymoon cruise on Disney Wonder was our first cruise ever and when we caught the bug!)
    --Sailed with other family members (Yes, sailed Explorer and Liberty with family.)
    --Done a repositioning cruise (Not yet.)
    --Missed a port call because of weather (Not yet.)
    --Had your port of disembarkation changed because of weather (Not yet.)
    --Sailed in or out of a port in your home town (Yes, if you consider Cape Liberty, NJ... 2 cruises so far with this upcoming May being the 3rd on Oasis.)
    --Sailed in or out of a port in foreign country (Not yet.)
    --Gotten sick on a cruise (Yes, our second cruise, on Majesty... both my wife and I got a nasty head/sinus cold. Fortunately, we have never been seasick.)
    --Ate at the midnight buffet (Can't remember if Disney offered it back in 2010, but Royal stopped doing that by the time we started cruising RC.)
    --Had formal tea on a sea day (Not yet.)
    --Visited a cruise line's private island (Yes, Castaway Cay, Labadee, and Coco Cay - pre Perfect Day!)
    --Toured the ship's galley (Not yet, but tempted to book it this May on Oasis.)
    --Toured the bridge (Not yet, but want to!)
    --Had a wardrobe malfunction on board (Not yet.)
    --Sailed on a cruise line other than RC (Yes, Disney for our honeymoon and first cruise ever.)
    --Had the chef make something special for only your table (Not yet.)
     
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    SweetHomeLady reacted to Brobbins246 in Have you ever..???   
    Only two cruises under my belt so far - April, 1998 honeymoon on Nordic Empress (its name at the time) from San Juan to the US VI's, and April, 2019 with extended family on Allure from Miami to Nassau, Coz, Costa Maya, and Roatan.  Here's what I've done from @SweetHomeLady's list....
    --Sailed with a sweetheart/spouse - spouse both times
    --Sailed with other family members - spouse, in-laws and children in 2019
    --Sailed in or out of a port in foreign country - not really, since San Juan is a US territory, but felt like it 🙂 
    --Toured the ship's galley - yes in 2019
    --Had a wardrobe malfunction on board - sort of in 2019.  My formal dress had a long, somewhat fitted skirt with a slit up the back.  My spiky high heels kept getting caught in the hem at the bottom of the slit while I walked, so the back of my skirt would follow my leg back and forth, tugging it down.  I don't know if anyone else noticed, but it was a major pain (or tug) in the ass to me.  Very annoying.
    ....From @JLMoran's list...
    --Dined in a specialty restaurant on board - Hibachi
    --Gotten seasick - not on the cruise ship, but on a deep sea fishing excursion from Costa Maya on one of those little fishing boats.  We did trolling where the boat keeps moving with the lines cast, and when my teenage son caught an 18-lb barracuda, I stood up to get video from my cell phone while he reeled it in.  Apparently rocking on a boat over ocean waves while concentrating my eyes on my cell phone doesn't work well for me.  I got the video, but was losing my lunch over the side a few minutes later. 🤢
    ....and extras from my own list....
    --Got selected to be on stage for the Not-So-Newly-Wed game on my 1998 honeymoon cruise, and won!!!!  We also got ship-famous for the duration of the cruise for our answer to the question, "What's the most interesting place you ever did the deed?" "The lobby of a hospital!!"  The game played on the ship TV on repeat for days, and people all over the ship recognized us and wanted more details. LOL  
    --Held a sloth, monkey and iguana - 2019 cruise in Roatan
    --Planned a cruise for other people - 2019 cruise for my in-laws.  They put all their faith (and credit card) in me to plan all their activities, and had a great time!!!  (I'm an uber-vacation planner so I was happy to do this)
    --My husband took his pants off and did a kick line in his underwear during Quest on our 1998 cruise  🦵🩲🦵     🦵🩲🦵    🦵🩲 🦵
     
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    SweetHomeLady got a reaction from Brobbins246 in Have you ever..???   
    Just for fun, share if you have ever had these cruise experiences.
    --Sailed alone
    --Sailed with a sweetheart/spouse
    --Sailed with other family members
    --Done a repositioning cruise
    --Missed a port call because of weather
    --Had your port of disembarkation changed because of weather
    --Sailed in or out of a port in your home town
    --Sailed in or out of a port in foreign country
    --Gotten sick on a cruise
    --Ate at the midnight buffet
    --Had formal tea on a sea day
    --Visited a cruise line's private island
    --Toured the ship's galley
    --Toured the bridge
    --Had a wardrobe malfunction on board
    --Sailed on a cruise line other than RC
    --Had the chef make something special for only your table
    I have only been on 7 cruises, but I have done all of them!  Let's hear from you.  Feel free to add to the list!
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