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    Kata reacted to Pattycruise in Register for Diamond plus free upgrade?   
    I’m currently on Oasis and went to the Loyalty Ambassador to inquire about a few things.
    one item was about the free upgrade as a D+ member as quite a few people in my FB group for this sailing were granted the free upgrades.  One had done a Royal  Up, won, was charged and had the charge reversed and was given the upgrade gif free.  👀  I asked how does one get an upgrade? And he said Pinnacles first, then the  Diamond plus who had previously recorded our preference in our profile that we wanted an upgrade.   I’ve never heard of this?  I’ve spoken with C&A to go over amenities, I inquired of the Loyalty ambassador on a different sailing about upgrades and  I’ve never heard of this.  Has anyone heard of such a thing ?(registering a preference). 
     
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    Kata reacted to Cruisin Dovers in Gratuities are going up.   
    I do not see anyone complaining about paying gratuities, it’s more of how they’re being charged. 
    i find the phrase cheapskate being thrown around is very judgmental when no one here knows the heart or actions of another.
    Also the comment if you can pay for a cruise you can afford to pay whatever fees there are, is not totally accurate. Easy to say for anyone who can afford a cruise every year and especially be able to get a suite. FYI, not everyone is sitting on big 401ks.
    For my wife and I now on a fixed income It has taken years for us to be able to afford a cruise, and sleeping in our car many times on vacations just to save money. An extra $150 means something to us. If we can save $50-$75 by only tipping for the services we partake of that helps cover other costs.
    PS I realize that some that are paying for a suite had to save up for years to be able to do it. I am sure they’re not the ones calling people cheapskates. 
    Also I think most working on the cruise line are making more than our combined Social Security even without tips. But I am not against tipping what I can afford.
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    Kata reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Gratuities are going up.   
    We are very generous tippers and I totally believe in the gratuity culture....but I also agree with @JBC and feel as if a mandatory gratuity is not a gratuity at all, but a compulsory charge.  I would much prefer that they include that compulsory charge in with the cruise fare.  That would permit people who want to tip generously to do so and those who would be removing their mandatory gratuity would feel as if they're getting away without paying. Win-win.
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    Kata reacted to Templecruiser in Gratuities are going up.   
    Got mine to. Suites from $17.50 to $18.50
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    Kata reacted to twangster in No more testing for vaccinated (10 days or less) and NO MORE proctored tests at home!   
    eMed tests for sale - REAL CHEAP!!!
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    Kata reacted to ellcee in No more testing for vaccinated (10 days or less) and NO MORE proctored tests at home!   
    Woah. I gave myself til the end of this week to buy the eMed proctored tests. Guess I don't need. 
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    Kata reacted to Bowen in No more testing for vaccinated (10 days or less) and NO MORE proctored tests at home!   
    Yep, and you just take a picture of the negative test (or bring the negative test with you) and show it to them at the port. I'll just snap a picture on my phone.
     
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    Kata reacted to WAAAYTOOO in No more testing for vaccinated (10 days or less) and NO MORE proctored tests at home!   
    The biggest news here, (IMO) is that you can use a home non-proctored test !  Who is going to go to a pharmacy to get tested if you can home test ?!
    Still waiting for unvaxxed to cruise w/o a test but this is still a nice big step forward !
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    Kata reacted to twangster in Unrest in Baja California   
    Maybe Navigator can use Carnival as a decoy.  
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    Kata reacted to RCIfan1912 in Canada ArriveCan holy cow what a pain!   
    They had a place for your stateroom number! Don't get tell me this is not ridiculous! 
    Sailing into Halifax, what difference does it which actual dock! This is ridiculous, it's made up by egg heads with no common sense whatsoever. 
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    Kata reacted to RCIfan1912 in Canada ArriveCan holy cow what a pain!   
    This is our first cruise or any vacation out of this crappy pandemic and its a short one to Halifax. I mean in addition to all the things we all have to do right now Canada adds one more pain in the ass. This arriveCan form on an app is just ridiculous! Its so much information, redundant information its ridiculous. Its not just a quick 5 minute thing, its just page after page of annoyance. Its asking me what dock in Halifax. Royal Caribbean does list that, it just says port stop Halifax. There are 2 options and what the F difference does it make! We are sailing to Halifax Canada, which actual dock means NOTHING! What really pisses me off is Royal Caribbean already verified we are vaccinated. That should be enough, Royal already did the leg work. Honestly I'm really disgusted with this app and form. I love, LOVE you Canada but you are the most paranoid nervous country I have encountered. Although I think my-in-laws have to fill out something similar sailing into Bermuda next week too so maybe its in a lot of places. 
    Sorry for the rant but this form/app is very confusing, not laid out well and just plain ridiculous.  
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    Kata reacted to Bowen in CDC Voluntary Cruise Ship Program Ends   
    OMG please let this mean the end of vaccines and testing, please.
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    Kata reacted to smokeybandit in CDC Voluntary Cruise Ship Program Ends   
    Fauci's retirement isn't until the end of Biden's term.
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    Kata reacted to cruisellama in CDC Voluntary Cruise Ship Program Ends   
    Is this because Fauci announced retirement?
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    Kata reacted to Pattycruise in "Captain's Welcome Party" ?   
    Oasis has been holding the top tier event.
    apparently last month they had the Cheers with an officer  unfortunately my stateroom attendant never put the paperwork in my cabin, so I missed the opportunity  the next week of my B2B we booked Izumi lunch, got the paperwork later and decided to not move Izumi (it was my birthday lunch).  Long story short ,it’s back on Oasis. (Btw the loyalty ambassador described it as a special lunch in the MDR but the Captain either isn’t necessarily there or doesn’t stay….
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    Kata got a reaction from Jenjlo in Booster Requirements   
    I dont understand why royal still has those protocols in place, since Greece removed all restrictions. I totally understand your headache.
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    Kata reacted to PPPJJ-GCVAB in Maybe an end in sight?? Cruise lines call for CDC to change covid testing policy   
    Not looking for an argument but stating my thoughts that have been eating at me for awhile now:
    So not only would I love to see the pre-cruise testing stop…how about allowing the unvaccinated back onboard?
    I have never taken sides and I do not think it is my place to do so.  I am me…and nobody else.
    I am vaccinated and boosted (twice) and got COVID for the first time 2 weeks ago after returning from a family vacation to Disney.  There were nine of us and only 2 did not get sick…both unvaccinated!  

    I think this virus is pretty close to becoming our next head cold or flu.  Some will get very sick…some will have mild symptoms…some will never get sick!  So…….why are the unvaccinated still being penalized this late in the game?
    I certainly hope my thoughts here do not start a war on words…but I feel better having finally stated how I think. 
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    Kata reacted to LovetoCruise87 in Maybe an end in sight?? Cruise lines call for CDC to change covid testing policy   
    expedition voyages on the Viking Octantis in the United States and Canada will continue to require a pre-departure COVID-19 test.”
    So, they haven't suspended the pre-cruise testing for this ship in the United States. I really don't see any changes to the pre-cruise testing until late this year. 
     
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    Kata reacted to TXcruzer in Maybe an end in sight?? Cruise lines call for CDC to change covid testing policy   
    In the UK, i believe it may very well be.  In the US, I don't think we will see an end to pre cruise testing anytime soon.
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    Kata got a reaction from Pattycruise in Certificate of recovery insted of covid test sails from Europe.   
    Thank you!!!!!👍
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    Kata reacted to HeWhoWaits in No more Covid test requirements to fly into U.S.   
    But the requirement to follow overly strict protocols to sail IS a CDC requirement. Cruise lines could opt to not require testing but that would limit the ability to meet even crazier requirements from CDC.
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    Kata reacted to Machae in No more Covid test requirements to fly into U.S.   
    HALLELUJAH!
    Already purchased my emed tests, but now I don't have to pack them. Guess I'll need to book another cruise to use them on 🙂
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    Kata reacted to TXcruzer in No more Covid test requirements to fly into U.S.   
    Hmmm, a federal agency producing conflicting statements!! Who would have guessed
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    Kata reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Booster Requirements   
    WOOHOO !   I love me some Greece.  This is how it should be everywhere !
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