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    Yak got a reaction from FoxDoesTravel in Labadee Haiti chances?   
    Thank you!
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    Yak reacted to FoxDoesTravel in Labadee Haiti chances?   
    Huge thread on just this topic here
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    Yak reacted to BowTieBrigade in Cafe Select Coffee Card   
    We were just talking today about how this is a must-buy on all our cruises. My wife and I have coffee dates every afternoon. 
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    Yak reacted to KJones in Cafe Select Coffee Card   
    If it's on your cruise planner, then it will be valid for your sailing. Sometimes (up to the discretion of staff onboard) it can also be used on other sailings if you have drinks left over. Whether one punch equals one beverage or one shot of espresso also seems to be at the discretion of staff - i.e. a beverage with a double shot of espresso might count as 2 punches, even though it's only a single drink.
    RC's policy inconsistencies can be seen in this thread:
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    Yak reacted to tonyfsu21 in Coco Cay (Sat 7/31)   
    We had great weather today at Coco Cay & saw an empty Allure dock late afternoon to shift crew. What an experience at Coco Cay with only roughly 1/2 of Freedom passengers on the island. 

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    Yak reacted to Patta_Conna in Sharing my experience with RoyalUp.   
    Hi guys. I’m here to share my recent experience with RoyalUp, a program that allows people with existing reservations to bid for an upgrade to a higher room category.

    The reason why I’m sharing my experience is because prior to and after the upgrade, I had a ton of questions that I’ve been trying to look for answers all over the internet but couldn’t find any.

    Hence, I’d like to share my experience with everyone and hopefully it can give some answers to my fellow cruisers!

      A brief introduction: (or skip to the end for the answers to the “FAQs”)

      I’ve booked a last minute 4-night sailing onboard Quantum of the Seas in Singapore, also known as Cruise to Nowhere. It is basically a hospitality restarting program by the Singapore government with no ports of call. Strict restrictions are also put in place for the safety of the guests.

      I’ve booked a Junior Suite (J4) for me and my wife. The price displayed on the RC’s booking website was SGD 1399pp for 4-nights before pre-paid gratuities and port taxes. There wasn’t any other suite options left for booking, which I presumed was fully booked.

      Almost immediately after completing the reservation transaction, I received the RoyalUP email, and invited me to place a bid to a higher room category. Even though I could clearly see that none of the higher suite categories were available for booking, I still decided to give it a try at bidding for RoyalUp.

      Long story short, I placed bids on all categories, ranging from Grand Suite to Royal Loft Suite and kind of forgot about the whole RoyalUp thing. 

      Until around 24 hours before the sailing, I received an email saying that my bid for a Grand Loft Suite was successful. My bid amount was SGD 1210 per person hence SGD 2420 was charged to my credit card on file immediately.


      In general, I paid about $2710 per person ($1399 (JS) +$1210 (RoyalUp) +$100 taxes and pre-paid gratuities)

      I’ve checked the price of a Grand Loft Suite on a different sailing date, and it cost around SGD 5400 per person and before taxes. Which means, I’ve gotten nearly a 50% off the original price.

    From Junior Suite to Grand Loft Suite is a big jump. In terms of Royal Suite class, it was upgraded from Sea Class to Star Class.

    At this point, I was very excited! But at the same time, I have a lot questions that needs answers to.

    To be honest, even with a “huge discount”, SGD 2710 (SGD 5k+ for 2 people) is almost double the original budget hence to me, it is still a lot of money to fork out for a 4-day vacation.

    As we know, Grand Loft Suite is a Star Class suite and it is practically All-Inclusive such as free specialty dining, deluxe beverage package, internet package etc and it comes with a Royal Genie.

    So naturally, some questions flashes through my mind, and since it was an upgrade through RoyalUP:

    “Am I going to get a Royal Genie as well?”

    “Will I be treated differently in terms of services than those guests who paid the original price?”

    “How about the things I’ve pre-paid on Cruise Planner such as beverage package and internet package since my suite already includes all those packages?”

    I’ve tried searching for answers on the internet but I couldn’t find any.

    However, after I’ve completed my sailing, I kind of gotten all the answers I needed.

    So now, I’m going share them with you guys.

    My very own set of FAQs:

    Q: Am I going to get Royal Genie as well?

    A: Yes! Even though I gotten the upgrade 1 day before the sailing, the Royal Genie got in touch with me via WhatsApp on the morning of the sailing and she already took the liberty to arrange all the activities for us! She already pre-booked all the shows, specialty dinning and some activities such as iFly and Flow Rider. And she was extremely flexible and accommodating on all our requests to change meal timings, shows timings. All you need to do is just let her know your preference and leave everything to her.


    Q: Will I be treated differently in terms of services compared to those guests who paid the original price?

    A: Not at all. From my observations, only 2 groups of service crews knew you are an “upgrader”. They are the Royal Genie, and the cruise terminal staff. Usually, Genie will contact you 1 month before your sailing to get to know you better. However, she does know that you are an upgrader since she contacted you just 1 day before the sailing, not the usual 1 month. As for the cruise terminal staff, our information was given to them by the cruise line at the very last minute hence our information was “hand-written” on their paper. They did “congratulate” us on the successful upgrade by the Cruise Line which is why I knew they knew we were an upgrader. Nevertheless, they escorted from the moment we reached the terminal until being handed over to the Royal Genie. Very good service rendered.

     Q: How about the things I’ve pre-paid on Cruise Planner such as beverage package and internet package since my suite already includes all those packages 

    A: They will be refunded to you and the Royal Genie made sure of that. It will be under “refundable” onboard credit and you can requested to get them in cash on the last night of the cruise. Otherwise, it will be refunded to your credit card.

    Q: How about my SeaPass card? Will I be recognized as a Star-Class guest?

    A: You will be identified as a Star Class guest on your SeaPass card, not the original room category that you were booked on.

    Q: Do I get the same perks and benefit listed under Star-Class suite even though I’m an upgrader?

    A: Yes! Complementary Dining Package, Beverage package, internet package, complementary mini-bar for the whole cruise with replenishment daily, complementary room-service, complementary laundry (I don’t think they set a limit on the quantity of clothes). For Izumi, there is no limit in terms of the amount you can order. If you have a Ultimate Dining Package, I believe per meal you will get USD35 credit per person for Izumi as it is based on A-la-carte pricing. But for Star-Class, there is no limit on that. The wait staff made it known to you before you order.

    Q: How about those chargeable activities?

    A: For our sailing, the chargeable activities are iFly (~$40) and Northstar (~$20) and strictly by reservation only. However, with the help of our Genie, reservation was done before hand. There is no charges for Star-Class guest for these activities. However, you are only entitled to 1 free session for each of these 2 activities. If you would like to go for a second-time, you will have to pay the charges.

    All other FAQs regarding Star-Class:

    Q: Can Royal Genie fulfill all your requests?

    A: Yes and No. I’d emphasize that your request must be reasonable. If you would like to change your dinner venue to another restaurant at the very last minute, you can kindly check with her. Most of the times it can be fulfilled. However, if the restaurant is full, she might suggest to change to an earlier or a later time for you. I’m not sure what kind of magic they have, but I’m definitely against them pulling out other guests from their original dining timing just to slot you in. Firstly, you are putting Genie in a difficult position, secondly, you are causing unhappiness to the affected guests. So I’d suggest to give the Genie some leeway. Do not force you request onto them. If it can be done in a gentle way, go ahead. If not, please do not force or blame them.

    Q: Do I need to tip the Royal Genie?

    A: Absolutely. They are not a receiver of the automatically gratuity system on board. Hence, the tips relies solely on you. Royal Genie is not just a regular butler, they are there to learn about you and make arrangements for you which you didn’t even think of.

    My wife somehow mentioned to the Genie that this is our 2nd anniversary trip when we were casually chatting. (but did not mention in details). The Genie caught it and arranged for a surprise decoration and cake in the room for us. My wife and I were surprised as initially, we really can’t figure out how she knew about our anniversary. It is only when we tried to recall every single thing we said to the Genie, and realized that it must have slipped out of our mouth at certain point. Their attention to details are just simply unbelievable.

    Hope this post is useful for whoever is looking for the same answers as I did.

    Happy cruising!

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    Yak reacted to Ampurp85 in xSAILEDx Allure of the Seas - October 10th, 2021   
    My invoice say formals nights are usually day 2 and 7. But I also think the menus are coming up, as I can see some of my for the Oct 31st sailing on Allure.
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    Yak got a reaction from LifesEz in Coco Beach Club question   
    Can you purchase passes for the beach club in person once we are at Coco Cay or is this something that must be pre purchased? The reason I am hesitant is because our stop at Coco Cay is day 7 of the cruise and we might already be burnt out at that point. I would like to keep my options open in case we change our mind while on the island.
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    Yak reacted to KJones in Coco Beach Club question   
    You can buy excursions on the ship, but the beach club might be sold out by that point.
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    Yak reacted to SPS in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    Absolutely, as well as a Father's Day Sale, Flag Day Sale, Dog Days of Summer Sale, Labor Day Sale, Full Moon Fever Sale, End of Summer Sale, a "Keep Checking Back for a Better Deal" Sale, a "Just Because We Decided to Have a Sale" Sale........
    I guess I'm trying to say there are a lot of sales! ? 
    (But seriously, do keep checking back for better deals!)
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    Yak reacted to SPS in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    Hmm, I received 125% OBC for my cancelled cruise planner items in January.
    The "30% off" price on the drink packages I'm looking at is about 120% (119.86%) of what I had paid for the cancelled cruise.
    Well played, RC. Way to get most of that money back. ?
    They must be looking at my onboard bar purchase history! They know I'm gonna buy it! ?
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    Yak reacted to Reigert2008 in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    I agree, we don't do a dining package since we feel that we've already paid for the food ? and only eat the included options.  Even on "smaller" ships, we have not yet been disappointed and don't feel like we are missing out on anything.
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    Yak reacted to AshleyDillo in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    The Oasis-class ships give you a lot of variety and flexibility with the dining plan but if you've never sailed on one before, there are plenty of included options as well that you might not even feel like you are missing out if you don't get the dining plan. 
    I know I've seen it on sale as low as $179 for the week for those ships.  You may be better off looking at what specialty restaurants on Allure that interest you and decide if you may be better off buying a 3-night dining package or going ala carte for those that interest you.
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    Yak got a reaction from AshleyDillo in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    @AshleyDillo I am booked on Allure of the Seas Oct 10th
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    Yak reacted to Matt in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    Also, it's irrelevant what someone else paid for a drink package, because pricing for drink packages vary from ship to ship and sailing to sailing.
    So it's more important to focus on what is the lowest advertised price for a drink package on your sailing.  If you know you want a drink package, book it.  Then if there is a price drop, cancel and rebook it immediately.
    This protects you against a price increase, but you can still take advantage of a price decrease.
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    Yak reacted to Matt in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    Yes. You can always cancel and rebook if price drops later.
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    Yak reacted to smokeybandit in Will there be a Memorial Day sale for Dining/Drinks, excursions, activities, etc this year?   
    58 is a good price, probably the highest price I would considering buying it at.
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    Yak got a reaction from cruisellama in Izumi   
    I found this information in the cruise planner but I'm not sure how this applies to Izumi tbh.
    [For Cover Charge Products], Children between the ages of 0-5 are complimentary and ages 6-12 are $10 per child; children must order from the kids menu.  Please reserve product for all guests who wish to dine. Adult price will be applied for all guests regardless of age; the difference between the adult price and child price will be refunded in the form of a refundable onboard credit (unless booked with non-refundable credit, in which case OBC will be non-refundable). For Dining Packages, children ages 12 and under are excluded from offer. 
    I hope that helps!
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    Yak reacted to AlmondFarmer in Allure Grand Suite 2 bedroom- sleeps 6 or 8?   
    The GT on deck 12 don’t have the pull out sofa bed. Instead they have a hot tub on balcony.
    This pertains to Allure and Oasis, not sure about Harmony and Symphony. 
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    Yak got a reaction from KristiZ in 3 Night Dining Package includes lunch?   
    ok cool, thanks for the quick response!
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    Yak reacted to KristiZ in 3 Night Dining Package includes lunch?   
    Welcome to the blog!
    It is only for dinner. 
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