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  1. If memory serves, Virgin said they were pulling out because unrest in the middle east made it unsafe to transit the Suez canal. Without the canal, it was too difficult and expensive to deploy in to Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Tried to book through the app. No joy there either. It allows me to see the packages for the specific cruise, but then tells me the time selected doesn't have enough space. I'm still wondering how it knows what time I plan to order my drinks!
  3. Is anyone else having trouble with the website? I log in to the cruise planner, click on the cruise and it prompts me for my username and password. I enter it and it puts back on the page to select a cruise.
  4. Usually, the upcharge isn't quite that bad but I've actually seen it far worse. If you want a refundable deposit, talk to your travel agent about a group rate. That often works out
  5. Since nobody here has access to Royal's internal decision process, all we can do is guess how much they worry about Virgin Voyages. With that in mind, my thoughts are Royal doesn't really pursue the Panama Canal market. They reposition through the canal, but that's not the same thing. What other lines do is really irrelevant. Therefore, Royal will have to balance the economy of scale that can be achieved by going larger than new Panamax vs. The operational flexibility they get by being new Panamax class.
  6. I hope you realize that you don't get the drink vouchers while sailing on Celebrity.
  7. I completely agree! There used to be even more, but Celebrity has been redeploying more ships to the Caribbean. We shall see what, if anything, comes of these rumors.
  8. I agree with most of what you say. Bigger ships are Royal's focus and probably their future. However, there is one big reason why the size mentioned today is likely in the cards. That is the Panama Canal. Royal has been repositioning the radiance class ships through the canal as the Alaska season begins and ends. If they want to continue to do that, then there's a very strict size limit. If they decide that isn't really important then discovery either gets cancelled or grows to 300,000 tons.
  9. Assuming they're careful with the dimensions, it should be able to go through the new panama canal locks. I doubt Tampa will be possible. Idk about Baltimore. Europe is going to depend on the port.
  10. I just left the Captain's Corner and asked about Project Discovery. I was surprised when the Captain deferred to the hotel director for an answer, but the answer was interesting. 1. There was a large brainstorming meeting held in January. It included hotel directors, Captains and cruise directors. He stopped short of saying he attended, but it is my impression that he did. 2. The ship being discussed would be a little smaller than Voyager class. "About 120 to 130 thousand tons" 3. We should expect to be sailing on this class in 2029. Based on this, I am even more convinced there will be some kind of announcement before the end of 2024.
  11. I want to encourage everyone to step back and take a deep breath. Speculating is fun but doesn't really change anything. Regardless of what each of us thinks or wants, Royal is going to do what Royal is going to do. Please don't let your emotions run too wild!
  12. All I can do is guess. But hey, here goes! My bet is that the program is combined in name and in levels. However, the exact benefits will differ based on which line you are sailing. The points to reach each level will be increased, but all of your existing points with either line will be recalculated, giving many a higher number of points. Even if you fall below the threshold for your current level, you'll stay at that level anyway. The tricky part is how to make the points consistent across the 2 lines. Royal rewards getting on the ship. Celebrity rewards booking a suite. IDK how they'll address this problem
  13. All I can do is guess. But hey, here goes! My bet is that the program is combined in name and in levels. However, the exact benefits will differ based on which line you are sailing. The points to reach each level will be increased, but all of your existing points with either line will be recalculated, giving many a higher number of points. Even if you fall below the threshold for your current level, you'll stay at that level anyway. The tricky part is how to make the points consistent across the 2 lines. Royal rewards getting on the ship. Celebrity rewards booking a suite. IDK how they'll address this problem
  14. I'd say you have decent odds. I've done GTY a few times and I've always been pleased with my cabin.
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