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  1. and just another example of what is the wrong way of handling refunds or future credits Absolutely wrong. I paid i should get all the credit back to me to use as "I" see fit.
  2. that is insurance, you are insuring a risk your not willing to take, that risk started from the day the insurance was effective for most it is purchase date. could be worse you could have also spent thousands of dollars on plane tickets not covered by insurance and definitely know your not getting on one by the end of the years, so the airlines offer to change your flight at no cost is actually useless
  3. I have a problem with the way RCI issues future cruise credit. I paid for a family cruise, I paid for the whole cruise myself on my credit card. Not all family members will ever be comfortable cruising in the future, for some it was to be their first cruise. I will definitely cruise in the future sometime. Seems really unfair that i have to eat the loss on those family members that will never cruise, it amount to thousands of dollars i will lose. If nothing else let us transfer FCC to other individuals second problem, as long as I'm at it, I also seems unfair that i can only apply my cruise credit to my part of the fare and not my wifes. I mean Royal your still getting the money, why not make it easy and fair. this is just my opinion, and has developed after all the recent cancellations
  4. Just my take, but they seem to not want to cancel any cruises until final payment dates have past. It makes sense from the perspective that they hold you money for a period of time even if you request a full refund. Personally, I am done making any final payments until after they start cruising again. Now I just regret that I tend to always purchase plane ticket as soon as fares are posted as it used to be about the cheapest way to go. Now looks like i will be taking a loss on all them also
  5. think of all the added cost of transportation for food and beverages when having to load them on a ship to deliver to Nassau to resupply these cruise ships. This is one of the mail reasons these ship from multiple companies home port out of the USA, fantastic transportation infastructure and resupply logistics at cheap costs.
  6. Hope they think to assign times by C&A status
  7. I guess I'm very different from most that have posted A. Yes - with the caveat that this is mainly when moving from space to space - one i get to my lounger that is 6 ft from the next one I would want to take it off. yes i would have to put it on for a trip to the bathroom or bar. B. Yes C. NO - I know that the mask is not for my protection but to protect others from me - - look at the lack of voluntary social distancing at pool parties and beaches over memorial day, I just don't need those types of reckless people around me anytime and they will be there if its voluntary. In regards to the quote above, "if I'm walking to and from somewhere on the ship and I encounter a large group, I'd prefer" THEY have a mask on as to not infect me. Its not like they are Handing out N95 masks to the general public, cant even buy one
  8. Here in the Midwest people are taking head of the warnings, very few people in stores and every one cognoscente of their distances. it is only the younger children in their 20's that are still running around and socializing, at least those with out family responsibilities. My 28 year old son with no family still runs around at night, his twin sister with a daughter has hunkered down with schools closed, she actually told him not to come over and as twins they are close, face-time it is
  9. Your experience with MTD and mine/ours has been the same, a lot of times I not only get the same wait staff, but if not the same table one very close to it. I personally enjoy the fact that dinner is not a long drawn out affair as we generaly only allow ourselves desert once a cruise. For me a couple of hours at dinner is way to long.
  10. Although I'm a Marriott and IHG guy, I have no doubt the points accumulated to those free rooms are based on how much you spend per night on your paid rooms. I had over 500 lifetime nights with Marriott before I realized that to obtain "Lifetime" status i also need a couple of million in spend dollars. Started staying in the better hotels, up the the rate the company would reimburse, and then also paying with a Marriot card to receive the 5X point on spend. Luckily i made the highest lifetime status before the program changed. I am not saying that loyal cruisers should not get some perks, but those paying the heavy fare should have their perks also. In my mind though the heavy fare cruisers should always win in a tie type situation. JMHO - enjoy those free rooms I do!
  11. @WAAAYTOOO @DublinFC what I can tell you about the motion is that one the first night I ran into a friend from other cruises. We spent some time almost every night with a group of 8 of us all diamond plus, all but us were on at least a b2b, some even longer. On our week the last portion, 2 sea days, at least 2 were sick. 3 reported being sick the week before, but said the seas were rougher. One of our servers, who had recently, joined the staff was missing the last night and reported to be motion sick also. My wife was able to head it off, by taking "Bonine" starting the morning of the first sea day and again that night and next morning. We have been in rougher seas on other ships with a lot less motion noticed. Maybe it was a combination of time of year and the storms that have been effecting the southeast US this pas few weeks. I am certainly not trying to influence anyone's decision, this is just my opinion of my experience and yours could differ. We did enjoy our cruise, but it is not at the top of our list to repeat again, although in my opinion the food served and variety in Windjammer was superb.
  12. As it should be, suites pay 2-3 time what other passengers pay per person. (when the additional cost falls below 2x balcony I seriously consider it) It is no different than when booking a suite motel room, or first class airfare rather than economy. Depending on which cruise line you book suite passage on some line don't necessarily reap huge benefits other than a bigger room
  13. I know that a few posters just before my response were in favor of taking this ship out of NOLA. I just returned from a sailing on her, Majesty last week, also know I personally do not prefer the big Oasis class ships. I will give my opinions, starting with, I have sailed from NOLA 6 times now, although the other 5 were on a carnival ship. Lets start with a few positives, the service is definitely up to Royal standards, all staff are pleasant and willing to help. The food was good, maybe even some of the best I have had on 20+ Royal cruises in both the MDR and Windjammer. Decent itinerary, that included Key West and CoCo Cay (interestingly on our sailing we were the only ship there) First at this time Majesty is moving from doing 4 or 5 day sailings to 7 day cruises and experiencing a new home port. This presents some noticeable adjustment for the crew, that should hopefully should work itself out over time. The terminal Royal uses does not have a very large waiting area and the traffic flow for both people and cars is not the best. There definitely seems to be a longer time from actual docking / tied up to actual release of passengers than on any other ship I've experienced (this could be attributed to new home port) There is no adult only area. The rooms no mater what category, are much smaller than normal. There is no specialty restaurant at all, if that's your thing. Almost all bars have daytime activities ie trivia, next cruise event, that make for very little quite space during the day. The centrum design makes it difficult to find somewhere to sit and listen music played there. The big screen on deck is of very poor quality, most noticeable if watching a movie, in addition not a lot of clear views of it (this is also a problem on a lot of Royal ships, but most noticeable on this one) the best viewing are has been taken over by the smoking sections. By the way the smoking sections are not clearly delineated on open decks and seem to expand more so than on other ships of the fleet. The ships movement is very much more noticeable, so much so that some long time cruisers experienced motion sickness. The ships ability to attain a higher top cruising speed is not there due to size and age of ship (this affects the ability to make up for lost time due to either delays or rough seas). Finally, if your are interested in the diamond lounge, there is not one and the old use of the Viking Crown has definitely ended. You can get specialty coffee only at the Diamond and above breakfast in the MDR in the mornings, but you must ask to be seated in the section if you qualify. Just our/my opinions above, and although we like to sail out of NOLA, once was enough on this particular ship. Again just our opinion the slight cost advantage does not offset the many disadvantages.
  14. 316.613 f.s. Abstract: F.S. 316.613 316.613  (6) The child restraint requirements imposed by this section do not apply to a chauffeur-driven taxi, limousine, sedan, van, bus, motor coach, or other passenger vehicle if the operator and the motor vehicle are hired and used for the transportation of persons for compensation. It is the obligation and responsibility of the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare as defined in s. 39.01 to comply with the requirements of this section.
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