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  1. I got The Key for a January cruise on Odyssey that I paid $18 per person per day for 2 people during the Black Friday sale. I was thinking free room service was included and maybe some preferred seating at the shows would have been nice. I would like the two device VOOM package but we could get by with one device I suppose. Unfortunately, a two device VOOM package now costs the same as what I paid for The Key for two people. What exactly makes The Key worth it because I will probably keep The Key now since I won't save anything if I want VOOM for two devices???
  2. We reached Emerald level right before Covid. We just completed our first post covid cruise so with the double points, we are halfway to Diamond level. I wasn't aware of any Emerald amenity and didn't ask. There were a couple bottles of water in the stateroom on our recent cruise so perhaps that was our amenity!
  3. Can anyone confirm this? I just purchased The Key for a January 2022 cruise on Odyssey. The price of The Key was decent compared to the 2 device VOOM. Room service and 25% off specialty restaurants was what made me want to give The Key a try.
  4. I think it might be worth it for that price. A single device Zoom costs nearly that much so I agree with @BrianB. I have never purchased The Key but used to like the idea of a reserved section for shows. I don't think the reserved seats for shows are needed anymore but free room service sounds good. I never could justify having to purchase The Key for everyone in the stateroom so it just depends on how many devices you need to connect on Zoom. I was the guy saving good seats for everyone else at the shows so that's why it mattered to me! I would consume a few drinks while waiting so that costs money too. I couldn't afford the deluxe drink package nor do I consume that many drinks to make the drink package worth it.
  5. You can call this number as well 866-562-7625 I think you select option "4" and then "3" to be connected to the automated system to request a confirmation of any reservation at any time. You need to know your reservation number and have an e-mail address linked to the reservation on file with Royal. The automated system will ask if you booked with a Royal representative or a travel agent but say directly with Royal. When the automated system verifies your e-mail address (just say yes) it spits out an email with attached confirmation statement before I can hang up even though it says it can take 30 minutes. Let me know if this works for you. I book directly with Royal so I collect updated confirmation statements all the time when something changes. OBC after final payment date. Otherwise price reduction before final payment date.
  6. I didn't know there was a rule. Will the rule have any effect on my trans-Atlantic cruise to Barcelona on Wonder this April 2022?? I'm still giddy about the ship being changed from Allure to Wonder!
  7. No need to worry because the $370 OBC showed up in the cruise planner today. I followed your lead and booked a Beach Club Cabana for $599 and I think it was the last one. Is that a ridiculously low price for that type of cabana? I cancelled the 3 Beach Club day passes I had. The refunds for the day passes combined with the OBC covered the $599 with money to spare. Thank-you for the idea. How long does this best price guarantee after the final payment date last? I like it.
  8. I just did the $370 price decrease today so maybe Sunday isn't the best day for it to be processed. The other $150 price decrease I did was technically before the final payment date since they changed it to 30 days before the sailing on October 24th. That would explain the refund for the first price decrease. Frankly, I'm worried that Royal won't make any money on this cruise with reduced capacity and now drastic price reductions. I felt somewhat greedy about asking for the best price guarantee twice is such a short period of time. I'm getting over it ... though.
  9. Did it show up in the cruise planner relatively soon ... as in processed electronically? I was having some doubts when the rep said he filled out a form and it would be processed in 14 days
  10. If it shows up in cruise planner, I will make it disappear very quickly. Thanks ... I hope it happens that way.
  11. I will supposedly get a $370 OBC for the price decrease after the final payment date on our cruise this October. The Royal customer service rep confirmed the price decrease and said that he "filled out a form" to honor the best price guarantee. He said my cruise vacation receipt would remain the same and wouldn't reflect the OBC. He said it would take about 14 days to process the OBC. I asked whether the OBC would show up in cruise planner so I could use it before the cruise OR would it show up as a credit to my spending account after we are on the ship? The person I spoke with didn't seem to know what I was asking and he said, "it would be a normal OBC." Does anyone know how these are processed? I didn't get any documentation that I now have a $370 OBC so I don't really know if it will happen or not. I noticed another $150 price decrease a few days ago and that price decrease was after the final payment date too. That one was processed immediately and was reflected as an over payment on my cruise vacation receipt. That customer service rep said the over payment will be refunded. I didn't question that so assuming the refund happens, that was better than I expected.
  12. I received an email stating that the new departure date for the TA on Wonder of the Seas was April 20th, 2022 with the same great itinerary as Allure. It didn't specify the date of arrival in Barcelona but the email implied that nothing else changed except for the departure date and the ship. I assume it is still a 14 day TA crossing so May 4th 2022 sounds right for arrival in Barcelona. Option #1 for me!!! Option 1: Stay onboard the new Wonder of the Seas transatlantic cruise departing on April 20th, 2022 We’ll automatically move you to the Wonder of the Seas sailing departing 4 days earlier than your original cruise. Your new sailing will still offer the same beautiful destinations as your original cruise, and it’ll depart from the same destination. We’ll do our best to move you to a like-for-like stateroom and your original stateroom category price will either be protected at your original cruise fare rate or reduced to the current cruise fare rate (whichever is lower). This excludes taxes, fees, gratuities, and other non-cruise fare items. If you were already paid in full and your cruise fare rate decreases, we’ll provide you with a refund for any difference in pricing. You can expect to receive your refund to your original form of payment 30 days after we move you. Kindly note, refund times may vary depending on your financial institution. And, you’ll also be reimbursed for non-refundable airline charges with receipts (up to $200 USD per guest for Domestic flights or up to $400 USD per guest for International flights). Please email your airline receipts and booking information to [email protected] for review and reimbursement. Lastly, as we return to service, our sailing protocols will continue to evolve. To stay informed and up-to-date, please visit RoyalCaribbean.com/Health.
  13. We did an Alaskan cruise in May a few years ago and it was COLD! My cold tolerance is good and 50 F in the spring feels balmy. When we went in May, the temperature got well below 50 F gauging by the snowflakes. We will try another Alaskan cruise next August 29, 2022. 72 F is well above my cold tolerance. My heat tolerance is about 85 F --- I would say 72 F is perfect.
  14. Thank-you ...very clear. I think that we will do the same thing. We will be traveling to Florida 4 days before the cruise. We will likely use the eMed test before leaving home. If all systems are go we will get tested again in Florida at CVS --- what was the cost at CVS? We will get the 6 pack from eMed and use then as needed during the month we spend in Florida. We are doing a B2B followed by 6 days on the ground in Florida and then another B2B. I think we are crazy but what could possibly go wrong????
  15. Seems true according to the email I just received. She departs April 20th --- four days sooner than when Allure was scheduled to depart. I think I can make that work ---- I WILL make that work!!!
  16. I have read the CWC verbiage at least 100 times and I still don't understand it. The "sail by April 30th, 2022" makes no sense to me because a FCC can be "applied" by April 30th, 2022 to a cruise that "sails" by Sept 30th 2022.
  17. Quick question .... I booked a cruise long before October 31, 2021 and the deposit is nonrefundable but covered by Cruise with Confidence. The cruise sails in October 2022 I now want to either #1 cancel the cruise or #2 change the sail date The deposit is $200 ($100 per person) If I cancel I should get a $200 FCC ... right? If I change the sail date I pay a $100 per person change fee ... which is like losing my deposit. Should I: #1 -- cancel the cruise and rebook it after I get a FCC and use it for the new deposit? #2 -- changing the sail date does NOT seem like a good option #3 -- forget about it and go on the original cruise date which I don't really want to do.
  18. We would always go 2 days before the cruise to play it even safer. It wasn't much of an inconvenience to be in Florida for 2 extra days in January as compared to being home. We have 4 extra days before our upcoming cruise with the idea of getting covid tested in Florida. I may even get tested before we leave home just to make sure. I'm vaccinated so I don't anticipate any problems. I would rather be safe than sorry. I can probably handle more days on the ground in Florida. However, currently I might be better off on a cruise ship as compared to being on the ground. I still have some time to figure this out.
  19. For purchase on the cruise planner. Should I cancel it and ask for a free lesson?? I'm not sure if the $25 is for the two complimentary drinks or the lesson or the FreePlay. I just hope all the free stuff entertains me for at least an hour.
  20. Hi Chris, I signed up for the LEARN TO PLAY: CASINO TABLE GAMES that costs $25. I will put my limited skills to the test with $25 in FreePlay. How is this considered FreePlay when I paid $25 to learn to play??? I'm the type of gambler who quits if I ever get ahead by a few dollars. Otherwise, I just plan on losing a certain amount of money and I try to see how long I can make it last. Sometimes $25 doesn't take long to lose so I was wondering if my lesson stops when I lose my $25 of FreePlay??? Will you still be on Odyssey In late January --- early February?? I would gladly share with you one of my two complimentary drinks that come with the lesson. I really enjoy your videos and will say hello if you are still on Odyssey the last week in January. You are doing great work and I especially like how you announce that the casino is open on one of your videos.
  21. First ... I hope everything works out!!! Second ... should I be rethinking my plan for my cruise this coming October? My kids are adults now and we all all vaccinated but everything seems so "weird" as you say. This all sounds like something will go wrong but I still want to be optimistic.
  22. My stuff isn't too complicated or lucrative for a TA. Also, I wouldn't want to create any additional burden for a TA. Maybe I shouldn't think of it that way. However, I have experienced enough hassle to know there is no way I would ever want to be a TA. I can't imagine what hassles a TA must be experiencing dealing with Royal and their clients. I know that I couldn't handle being caught in the middle like that. TAs must be earning every cent they make so I will praise them for all they do.
  23. When will they extend the expiration date on a FCC? I already have two future cruise credits to use so I don't want any more. As this covid fiasco continues, the window for using the FCC is shrinking. I personally think Cruise with Confidence should be extended to the end of 2021. The expiration date on a FCC should be extended to the end of 2022 so it coincides with the double point promotion. All these dates and new deadlines are hard to keep track of. Maybe Royal will read this.
  24. • The Cruise with Confidence program covers bookings that are booked on or before August 31st, 2021, that set sail on or before April 30th, 2022. • Future Cruise Credits are valid to book by April 30th, 2022 and sail by September 30th, 2022. Why can't these dates just be extended through the end of 2022 just to keep it simple? I tried to change a cruise date currently booked the first week of October 2022 ---I would like the exact same cruise but one week sooner in September 2022. I was told there would be a $200 change fee. However, I could cancel the cruise and get a 100% future cruise credit and then use the FCC to book the new cruise and there would be no change fee. I wasn't sure what to do so I left everything the same. Has cruise with confidence been extended? I was trying to make the above change before the July 31st deadline so it would seem that I have another month to think about it.
  25. I'm on Allure for October 24th and I made the final payment 2 weeks ago. I don't know yet whether I'll actually go. Whether I have to wear a mask or not won't be the deciding factor. I plan to show up for the cruise no matter what. I'm vaccinated but I'm not sure what restrictions will be in place for the "vaccinated". I feel sorry for the "unvaccinated" and if that were me--I wouldn't go. The way I look at this---it will be a new experience and I will learn what it might be like to cruise in the new world we live in. If I don't enjoy the new cruising experience, that may alter my decision about cruises planned for 2022. I still wear my mask even when I go into places where is isn't required anymore. I'm basically a conformist so now I feel out of place when I wear my mask --- it is my choice though. I really don't care that much about what other people choose to do. I will second what @twangster says --- "At the end of the day follow your gut and do what you feel is right for you."
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