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  1. I’ve only been in Star class, well actually cruise in general, once so I can only offer what I experienced. I too sailed from Singapore with covid restrictions so mine may be very similar to @Leikela This may differ with others more experienced with star class and from other locations Speciality dining is only available when the restaurants themselves are open, meaning lunch or dinner time. For this we did order in advance with our genie. For all other room service, especially those late in the night, we called room service ourselves. Reason being that we figured the genie was resting and we didn’t want to bother her. You can only get stuff from the room service menu at those times anyway so no real issue I remember reading somewhere that bar drinks are not included in room service charges, meaning that even though you have the drinks package, it does not apply to room service. For my cruise, we ordered drink with in suite dining through genie and once through regular room service. Both were not charged. I will say though that it’s definitely not gonna be the same as having a drink at the bar, since it is prepared before hand and sitting there for some time before reaching your hands. Can’t give any info on alcohol since my family doesn’t partake but yes mini bar is stocked with your choice of drinks. Maybe alcohol can be one of these
  2. I’ve slept in various sofa beds over the years. Most of them on vacation and I owned a sofa bed for a good portion of time too. After trying the sofa bed on Quantum’s OLS, I can safely say that it’s the comfiest sofa bed I’ve used. No, it’s definitely not comparable to a real bed, but it’s no where near as bad as many sofa beds out there
  3. I’m not one to complain too much about certain restrictions. Wearing masks outdoors? Sure. Bars close at 1030pm? That’s fine. Shows are reservation only and Low capacity? Understandable. But for me, this just goes beyond what I would tolerate. For people who bought drinks and dining packages, they would be refunded those as it doesn’t apply with the restrictions. But for star class, as those were included to begin with, I would say it’s more a drawback. Essentially, you’re not compensated whatsoever for not being able to dine in. Sure, they may give you an extended menu for in suite dining, but it would still not come close to the value of the drinks and dining package on its own
  4. Ooof thats bad timing on the increased measures. I think for Royal the same measures that were introduced during the last heightened alert should apply. But, as star class the impact on you should be quite low, except for when all specialty restaurants were closed. Your sailing is a few weeks after the tentative date for HA so there is still a chance for it to have minimal impact on you. Hope all works out for you. I understand the need for a holiday urgently
  5. Oh, I did not know this. I hope it opens. I skipped it the last time as it’s not really our thing in terms of dining experience. Figured since I’ll have more time the next sailing I’ll give it a shot.
  6. Yeah 2.6k is quite a lot. For the most part, other than a few things and the genie itself, most of the Star class perks can be technically purchased.
  7. Even if all SC cabins are sold out, you will still get the option to bid for an upgrade, in case anyone canceled at the last minute, or unfortunately got a positive covid result. Of course, the chances of it is quite slim. I would suggest looking how much a straight upgrade would be and decide from there is you’re really keen on star class. Sometimes, it’s only a few hundred more than what you would have bid, especially since it’s still some time to your sailing
  8. @oldsoul Glad you enjoyed the live blog. I too am hoping that the situation improves in Jan and there is less chance of cancellations or heightened measures. Anyway, there are definitely benefits to upgrading to Star. The genie was indispensable because she helped us slot in a lot of things into the short 3N sailing. In fact, I felt like there was too much to do and too little time. On my upcoming 4N sailing, I will definitely be taking a slower time. That being said though, you have brought up a few points. Firstly, yes the loft suites are to the aft of the ship. We returned to our room quite a bit on the sailing so it is a noticeable walk if you’re doing it often. If you plan to mainly leave the room and not return until the end of day, it won’t be an issue. My mum too has some mobility issues and most likely similar to your parents. Can climb stairs and walk, but best to be in moderation. Because of that, my parents did take the sofa bed. It’s definitely comfy enough. I’ve slept in a few sofa beds over the years and it’s definitely one of, if not, the best sofa bed I’ve tried so I won’t worry about that. As for providing a wheelchair, I’m not too sure on that. They can give your wheelchair assistance but I’m not sure if you can borrow 1 from them. This is RCL’s special needs form if you want it. I would suggest checking with them. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/sgp/en/resources/guest-special-needs
  9. From my cruise back in March, only Star class was given option to check in at the earliest time of 2 regardless of the check in time you managed to get. Other than that it’s a first come first serve basis
  10. Eagerly following along. I was on Star class 3N sailing in march and wondering how different the 4N sailing would be and if anything has changed since then.
  11. I was supposed to be going on Voyager too but alas, it's not meant to be. On the bright side, I can now book another sailling on Quantum
  12. As of right now, all healthcare workers, airport staff as well as some sectors of essential workers are vaccinated. The elderly were vaccinated in this same batch, with incremental vaccinations rolling out for younger age groups. We’re currently in the process of vaccinating individuals 45 and up. But the aim currently is to have all eligible be fully vaccinated by the end of the year Based on google, that accounts for around 22% of our population fully vaccinated as of now
  13. Saw an update from Singapore Cruise Society. https://www.facebook.com/100045283783712/posts/307902814062509/?d=n Seems quantum will update guests in the next 24 hours. World dream has already released their new measures that seem a little severe, mainly the suspension of dine in options. This is most likely in line with local laws on land now suspending dine in too. Since you don’t wear a mask going into the pool, it seems like the pool will be closed too from that they have written.
  14. Thankfully, no. Mainly, it started from the hospital, and from there spread to various people. The bad thing about living in such a small country, is that once it starts spreading, no where in the country is really safe since anyone can travel from one side of the country to the other in around an hour. It is mildly concerning that the spread was from someone already vaccinated, but that is to be expected with any vaccine, especially one still so new.
  15. Well, in the grand scheme of things, it’s nowhere near what’s happening elsewhere in the world, but to us, we went from 0 local transmissions for months to double digits daily, with new clusters forming all around the country. Maybe partly because we have been experiencing a very Low number of cases, is that many measures were no longer implemented or as strictly enforced. The governments’s just trying to stop the further spread before we go in full lockdown again
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