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  1. I went on this cruise, plus I live in Europe. Everything on that itinerary is easy (and safe) to do on your own. If you have any specific questions you can DM me. Going on Wonder again next week (same itinerary) Tourist trap: all those websites and on-site sellers who sell you 'skip the line' tickets. For all attractions you can just go to their own website and buy tickets in advance. This is as 'skip the line' as it will get and much cheaper. Especially in Rome there are a lot of fake sellers out there. They even show you an ID so it looks like they are 'official'.
  2. I wouldn't buy him alcohol if you suspect he is an alcoholic.
  3. I don't know about the Caribbean, but can comment about ship choice maybe. Our first cruise was on Symphony and we loved the adult-only solarium. It was very quiet and peaceful. Our second cruise was on Jewel. We expected the same peace and quiet in the adult-only area of that ship, but that was not the case at all. Mostly due to it being in the middle of the deck so people (and children) would walk through the area at all times. Also the 'no-kids' rule was not enforced by staff. So maybe take into consideration the location of the adult-only areas on the ship you choose.
  4. Nobody is saying anything about not taking a test or using somebody else's test results. These are legitimate and official testing facilities in the countries we live in. Video testing is not available in my country.
  5. I've heard from many using this kind of test and getting on board just fine. As long as the document doesn't state it was a diy test you should be fine. There is no way that Rcl knows exactly how and where each test was taken. Especially for us from Europe with all of these different countries and test centers. I am taking a at home test that is on video, but not a live video. You tape yourself. I am not worried at all about being denied boarding.
  6. Did get an answer, but took so long I had forgotten I even asked a question.
  7. Mine is now on 'validating' status for 3 weeks and counting. I sail the end of June.
  8. Hi, I keep reading posts on this forum saying Emed is allowed or this or that brand is now allowed. Just wondering : isn't any brand allowed that meets the requirements of what should be on the certificate? I am from Europe so over here there is no Emed or other American or Canadian test. I was just planning on taking a video test in my own country. The certificate meets all Te requirements. Or am I missing something? Getting worried about this.
  9. If you take the "Civitavecchia Express" that is offered by the port you can go by train from the port to Rome for 15 euro's per person (return trip). This train is a special train for cruise passengers. You need to reserve a seat in advance on the website of Trenitalia Local trains are also only around 10 euro's. On our first Med Cruise we paid over a 100 dollars to Royal for a train that did the exact same thing.
  10. I sailed this ship in Greece in 2020. I did not feel that it was worn out. We had a great cruise. One thing that did bother us and I wouldn't sail her again because of it: the adults only section of the pool was extremely loud as it was a passage area to other parts of the ships. Also the 'adult only' part of it was ignored by some and Royal staff didn't do anything about this. For us that was a deal breaker. Of course that might not be the case for you.
  11. I spoke to them just now. Even though I am European, I booked through an American website and my booking is not eligible. So, not valid for cruises booked in/through the USA.
  12. You cannot use US dollars in Europe. Most places you can pay with a card, but some cash is always a good idea. Especially in small local markets or food stands you still pay with cash mostly in Southern Europe. Mastercard is widely accepted. Visa also, American Express almost nowhere. Tipping is not custom here. We only tip when service is exceptional. And as said before rounding up the bill. I am sure that tipping is appreciated but it is absolutely not necessary and not customary. Staff are paid a lot more here than in the US and do not rely on tipping for their income. I checked in about 2 hours after check-in opened and earliest I could pick was 12 - 12.30pm
  13. We are also on this. Originally booked for 2020 and now finally going. Hope Israel eases up on their Covid rules though. Israel is the main reason for us for choosing this cruise.
  14. What are you're questions exactly? I am from Europe and have sailed this itinerary, maybe I can help you.
  15. Just to add: if you are outside the USA (I'm European) the Euro-Dollar exchange rate is very bad at the moment. So if you do cancel and rebook, you get a refund in Dollars but maybe for less than you paid because of the exchange rate. I lost 38 euro on my last cancellation and rebooking.
  16. When you type in Rome it automatically fills in the city name. If you ignore this and keep typing manually, Rome Italy and then click on it, it gives you prices for Rome. All their rooms seem to be without breakfast which is a deal breaker for us.
  17. In regards to the requirements below: I am from Europe and we have several options for a Antigen test to take at home (with an official certificate). Much like (but not the same as) the eMed tests. I says nowhere what the Antigen (or PCR) test requirements are (like what kind of certificate). Does anybody know? If we can take the video Home test from our own country this would be much more convenient and cheaper as well. REQUIRED TESTING FOR GUESTS SAILING FROM BARCELONA All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing All guests sailing from Barcelona, Spain will need to take a test before boarding, as detailed below. Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Vaccinated guests who are not up to date will have a 1 day window to take this test. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests. For detailed information on Europe’s requirements for an up to date vaccination status, visit our Europe Vaccine Requirements FAQ. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 will be required to take a complimentary antigen test at the terminal and must receive a negative result in order to sail. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test. eMed Tests Kits for Travelers Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits for vaccinated guests that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. During the Cruise In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ. Prior to Disembarking Guests 12 and up that are not up to date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.
  18. I doesn't state very cleary if it should be a PCR or Antigen test. Does anybody know where to find more details?
  19. With the Deluxe beverage package; can you go to Johnny Rockets or Mason Jar etc. not eat there, but just get the shakes?
  20. Thank you! I downloaded the app and check-in is 45 days in advance.
  21. My cruise is now at 90 days, but no check-in is available. Is the 90 days not standard?
  22. Wow, just checked today and now it says 40% off. But the price is still exactly the same as before. And also the same when it said 35% off.
  23. Last week there was a sale in cruise planner. It said Dining packages up to 35% off. I ended up not booking because I thought it was too expensive. But today I looked again. The sale has ended, but the price remains exactly the same. Is this common practice and do I need to make so kind of note of prices so I know when something is actually on sale?
  24. Hi, I want to go to the Mason Jar for dinner on Wonder of the Seas. I see that the charge is 48 dollar per person. A 3-night dinner package is 118 dollar which seems like a better deal. It says the make a courtesy reservation for day 1 or 2. Are you obliged to take this reservation? What if they make it at a restaurant I am not interested in going? And the first day I'd rather go to Windjammer or main dining room. Is it possible to make the other reservations in advance, or only when onboard the ship. Is it hard to get reservations? Also, I saw the Mason Jar has a bar with some signature cocktails and milkshakes. Can you just visit this bar without dining in the restaurant? Last question: if I go to dine in Giovanni's Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen. Is the wine included in the drink package? Same goes for Milkshakes at Mason Jar. Thanks!
  25. Nope, no kids. We are 40 years old. Carnival does not sail in Europe I think.
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