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Everything posted by sk8erguy1978

  1. Welcome to the forums. I've personally been at a table with about (going off memory) 12 and I'm sure they would have figured out how to get a few more. I'd speak to the main dining room when you board to see what they can organize for you. With 21 people, guessing about 10 cabins (give or take a cabin) have you considered a group rate? I believe the minimum is 8 cabins and you'll get some perks, nothing life changing, but a "freebie" nonetheless. When I did a group rate it paid for my (and wife's) drink package with enough left over to spread a little OBC to everyone. (I considered s
  2. Yep! I was under the false impression all Odyssey crew was vaccinated, until I watched one of @CHRIS WONG's vlogs where he mentioned getting the J&J vaccine after already joining the ship; So, the crew isn't fully vaccinated yet. So, with all those employees traveling to the ship, a few positive cases was inevitable.
  3. This is a GREAT tip. Example: We decided to cancel a cruise, prior to notifiying our travel agent I went and cancelled our Cruise Planner purchases... Even though I cancelled our Beach Club cabana it still showed up as "sold out" in the planner ... maybe a wait-list? No idea because technically there is now one. In fact, because I had purchased it, it didn't show sold out just "you purchased on ..." when I cancelled it flipped to sold out. Same for us, the beach bed is $149.99 - $199.99 (for South Beach) vs $321.98, I'm thinking the wife will enjoy the bed more than having access to th
  4. It could be sold out? I wouldn't be too concerned, as Freedom of the Seas is part of the initial restart with a date of July 2nd. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/06/04/royal-caribbean-announces-it-will-restart-cruises-the-us-july *edit: It is strange the first available date is September, but could be anything, really.
  5. Flying from NY so any FL port is fine by me!
  6. Yes! I really enjoyed the innovation and changes in both Oasis & Quantum class ships but still keeping the feel of a Royal Caribbean signature ship. I have faith Icon will not disappoint continuing that trend. I've already warned the wife, I need a new ship (& class) smell, so Q3/Q4 2023 we are cruising LOL.
  7. Let's not forget about the chemistry lessons of drink mixology.
  8. Too early to book? Asking for a friend!
  9. Last few years it has been NJ to Bermuda cruises, almost exclusively. I'm just excited to get back to the Caribbean LOL! I also love the NY winter escape to FL and a cruise, been a few (okay 10) years since we did that. Hey, that was Oasis 2012! We did do Adventure from PR in 2013. Yes, it will be great to sail with you too!
  10. Awesome! That sucks about the charter :(! We haven't been to Coco Cay (pre or post Perfect Day), Roatan, or Costa Maya so that was our deciding factor - new ports. Of course having sailed on Oasis in 2010 & 2012 we are looking forward to experiencing the enhancements. Yeah, I am not holding my breath for that magical price drop. We had a GS for September $4,409.78. A quick search for a GS for this cruise: $6706.88. If it was in the 5's I could justify it to the wife better :). Oh well.
  11. Just had my travel agent book this cruise today! Unfortunately, it's a replacement cruise for September 19th, 2021. New job for the wife leaves too large of an unknown and too large of a FCC if we had to cancel after final payment. Currently we are in a "Large Balcony" cabin deck 12 (the hump) but hope the Grand Suite prices drop down closer to something I can justify. Anyway, who else will be on this sailing?
  12. I saw it the other day but wrote it off as it remembered I was looking for Oasis cruises. I too was incognito, but didn't close and reopen the browser to clear any lingering cookies, cache, etc. Since I am looking at a cruise on Oasis in January, because, sadly I might be replacing Oasis this September (although same ship is a coincidence), I'll keep a closer eye on that behavior.
  13. Wasn't sure if it was 1 at a time or more. So, if I have two drink packages could I in theory snag 4 at once? That would easily solve @Tami's issue without making a project out of it.
  14. Welcome to the forums! Not sure you can get 5 at once, I believe what most people do is collect them during the day. "1 Johnny Walker & 1 Water Please" for example. Having refillable water bottle(s) wouldn't be a bad backup plan. I find the water provided in Cafe, Windjammer, etc perfectly fine. Enjoy your first cruise!
  15. You're welcome. Not sure when your cruise is, but always check back and keep track of what you paid. If the price drops, they don't exactly adjust, but you can cancel and rebook for the new price.
  16. Welcome to the message boards! I think you're looking for the Cruise Planner: (not sure if it will show you shuttle information, but it's where you can buy and view on-board things, like WiFi, drink packages, schedule meals, shore excursions and more). https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked
  17. Personally, I'm a OV Balcony or better kinda guy, wife too. That said, I'd like to experience both of these cabins, mainly for people watching. A Boardwalk with obstructed ocean view seems like a good compromise for me (I'd say & us but not sure the wife would want it over OV ). Either way, so much to do on Oasis screw the cabin! LOL
  18. Welcome to the forums. Coco Cay is a private island owned by Royal Caribbean as such there will not be any requirements when you disembark the ship... HOWEVER, there may be protocols in place to board the ship on embarkation day. With March being so far in the future, I'd worry about it when it's closer, the rules/protocols are changing daily.
  19. I'm on that sailing too, also in the FB group, although I am in the middle of a "deactivation" just to get away for a while ... anyway, I too have enough confidence in it sailing that we might not make final payment. Wife just started a new job and its not clear (and may not be in the next 2 weeks) if she can take the time. Originally, I was all-in, figured cruise would get cancelled and I can preserve my great GS price, now I don't feel that way and don't want a huge FCC. I started eyeing Oasis out of Miami in January - or maybe go for that "new ship smell" on Odyssey. I was looking forward t
  20. Our first Royal Cruise was in 2007 and only our second cruise. While this site wasn't around yet, I did participate in another forum (not CC) that helped me learn A LOT. I felt so lost and clueless on our first cruise I didn't want that to happen again. Somewhere between Royal # 4 (Oasis 1/2010) and Royal #5 (Oasis 1/2012) and beyond, as I'd search for something Royal related, a blog written by Matt would pop-up. Over the years I came to rely on those search hits as fact and had a better grasp of what I was researching. I forget exactly when but that other cruise forum started to die off a bit
  21. You're welcome, but honestly, thank you.
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