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  1. These have been around since Dec 2018 when I first was a C&A member on a second cruise. They are offered on all ships from what I understand. You should get a letter in your stateroom when you board or shortly after with this information. If you do not, ask your stateroom attendant or it's possible for the bar's to print them out for you on a receipt though it's less clear what they are compared to the letter. What twangster posted for Gold is what we saw on our 1/5/2020 FOTS sailing.
  2. Please make sure you check this situation out when you get onboard to ensure your table is set up as desired. We had a large group next to us that did not do this nor did they make mention of it until night 2 when all of them were going to dinner at the same time at a table that did not fit them all. I really did not understand why they did not think of this on night 1 but they did not. Therefore, after dinner service started on night 2 they created a challenging situation for the dining room staff to find them a new location for their rather large group-not 14 but probably around 10 or so. Just some advice to make your dining experience better for your group. I would also recommend you do traditional dining to ensure you are all dining together every night at the same table that will fit all of you.
  3. What do you mean by updates? As in what is going to be done? She just started her journey earlier this week heading across the pond to get her dry dock performed.
  4. My GTY OV room for FOTS 1/5/2020 showed up in September 2019 I believe. I booked in June 2019.
  5. We had it on our FOTS cruise on 1/5/2020 but I didn't see it on my other two cruises. It was offered on Day 6 of a 7 Day sailing. We were a port heavy sailing (5 stops, only 1 sea day).
  6. I find that to be true so often-not just in cruising but in all aspects of life.
  7. To further explain why the elevators can be a challenge....a lot of people are heading up to the WJ that final morning around the time you are attempting to go down to disembark. If you ride up with them a couple of floors to the top, then you can ensure you will get down where you need to go.
  8. Freedom of the Seas 7N Southern Caribbean (Not ABCs) January 5, 2020 Allure 4N Glaveston Inaugural Nov 10, 2021
  9. Just a general note about self disembarkation-it can be challenging to get an elevator that is NOT full to go down. You may need to go UP to go DOWN to the level to leave. Just be prepared for this or be prepared to take the stairs. If you are only a few floors above where you need to be to disembark I would suggest you take the stairs. I'm not sure of the answers to the questions so I'll leave that to more seasoned cruisers on here to help you.
  10. I think asking others if they think you will like the Empress is challenging for others to answer. A lot of why you may/may not like a ship will depend on what you are looking for in a ship. Empress is very different than Oasis of the Seas. There are some great blogs that highlight what makes Empress great and how it's different than the larger class ships. I'd look for @twangster blogs because he does some great pictures and writing. I'm sure he'd answer any questions you might have. One of the best things about a smaller ship is what you've already highlighted-itineraries to places larger ships cannot get into or places that cannot support the volume of visitors that larger ships would bring.
  11. Sorry, I see your answer. No matter what you get time wise prior to the cruise, once onboard head to the dining reservation station to look into making changes.
  12. When is your cruise? You can usually wait list for the MDR early seating. You could also do my time dining for MDR and make reservations in advance in the cruise planner.
  13. @MomDaze https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/food-drink-onboard-policy It doesn't give specifics on amounts so you may want to reach out to your TA or call Royal to clarify.
  14. Thank you @Jill and @twangster for the video. And @twangster those pictures are amazing! You were in a great spot for that.
  15. @twangster I almost commented that you had done a live blog recently but then my brain was questioned when I kept thinking "or was it Empress of the Seas" so I just stayed quiet.... Glad you DID have a live blog to share.
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