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  1. I got my first contact with the Genie around 1 month before the sailing. The pre cruise survey around 10 days before that
  2. Oh my god yes. Its not so much how much to tip since the amount differs quite a bit, but whenever travelling to the US/ places with tipping Culture, I get anxiety about how to go about tipping. On my last cruise, we brought along cash and wasn't sure how to hand it over. Do we leave it in the bill folder or hand it over personally? What if we ate at a complimentary venue where you don't get a receipt? Do we still write the amount in tips on the receipt or will the money inside be indication enough? So. Many. Questions. Once, we left some cash in the folder and wrote the amount on the bill as well. I noticed that I was also charged on my onboard account.
  3. The food is definitely colder compared to eating at the restaurant. I think it really depends on how much the food experience matters to you. Especially for Wonderland, I think one of the main things is the experience you get in the restaurant. For room service, the food also all arrives at once, so you don’t get the courses spaced out.
  4. I wear a few different pairs of specs and depending on their design, I will either get fogging or not regardless of if I put the nose bridge over the top of the mask. A little tip if you can’t get your glasses to stop fogging. Get a small piece of tissue paper and fold it into a thin strip. Place it under your mask just below your nose bridge. It almost always eliminates fogging. It is a little troublesome whenever you take off your mask, but it was something we learnt at work since we have to wear one all day.
  5. Oh, I didn’t know there was an antigen test at the terminal now. In other news, super excited for you. Sad that the seafood tower is gone though. ?
  6. I personally have never seen a no tipping sign here. Tipping itself is getting slightly more common with ride hailing and food delivery apps becoming the norm. Whenever its raining (which is quite often) we tend to tip them just for the slight inconvenience it causes them, but of course it's not expected. And yeah, with ride hailing apps, flagging a taxi down is now a thing of the past lol
  7. As someone from a country where tipping isn't the norm, it gives me a little anxiety whenever I'm tipping. Am I tipping too much, or worse, too little? I feel like the staff are in the back scowling because we short changed them.
  8. Yep I received 1 right when I booked the sailing even though it was over 6 months away. I was like, that can’t be right. Even before covid, check in was 90 days earliest
  9. Thanks everyone Yeah that's what I was thinking too since there is different accounts for both getting and not getting it. That's good to know. I remember sticking to the mini bar last time as I was worried we would get charged for it
  10. Guess I just want to clarify on special case scenarios where the dining and beverage packages can and cannot be used. For the most part, I understand what each of the packages include, but what about the small clauses that is not immediately apparent. Also, what is part of the package itself vs Suite/Star class benefits UDP - Does it include food served in snack locations around around the ship that cost extra (e.g La Patisserie / Bar foods) DBP - Does it include drinks that are ordered from room service? Does it differ if you're in a suite with free room service (i.e Sky class) or star class with in suite dining? - Starbucks isn't included but what about drinks from Vitaly Bar on ships that have them. While I know it may differ from ship to ship, curious on what has your experience been for those who have purchased these in the past.
  11. I hope it’s only temporary. I’ll be really sad if it’s a permanent change
  12. I filled out this form for my CPAP as well. They will provide an extension cord as well as distilled water for your humidifier (If you're using one) They did forget to put the extension cord and water in my stateroom on the first night, but a quick call to guest services got that sorted real quick
  13. In general, the first few emails were spaced around 3 - 5 days between mails. With then having to assist more immediate guests. Once it got closer to the cruise, emails basically went daily for the most part.
  14. @Leikela Awesome! I remember getting crazy excited once those Genie emails started coming in. Eli was amazing. I’m pretty type A as a person and she was very accommodating to my requests and plan changes. Super friendly but not overly overbearing. I wouldn’t mind getting her as our genie for my Jan cruise too.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. @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
  23. 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
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