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Everything posted by Jkaczano

  1. As a star guest, your genie can get you off the ship as soon as the ship is cleared. That being said, there’s no way I’d do a 10:30 flight. Even with a private shuttle, it’s 45 minutes to the airport. Then you have to check bags and make it through security, which I’ve heard at FCO can take 2-3 hours. Boarding usually starts 30 minutes before flight. To make it work, everything would have to go right.
  2. My kids have had a refreshment package on several RC cruises. They do not give a cash tip if they get a bottle of water at the bar. They are teens so we’ve taught them to add a dollar or 2 to signed receipts such as milkshakes at Johnny Rockets.
  3. Per person, per day for 1 hour shared with up to 7 other people.
  4. Allure was offering lessons last week - both private and group. For best choice of times, book day 1. They have a great sports staff who can teach anyone to stand up surf - including me last week
  5. Lines - how long the lines will be depends on ship and time. Lines on Wonder are horrendous. Lines on Adventure to Canada in late May were extremely short. For shortest waits, carry on your bathing suit and be there when it opens day 1. Lessons - check with the sports desk day 1 when you sign the waivers. Definitely don’t need a lesson for boogie boarding. If you want to stand up surf, I suggest you do a lesson as you are only given 1 or 2 attempts. 1 hour private on Allure last week was $552, semiprivate for up to 8 people was $69? Lessons were held before it opened and after it closed. They did not show up in the cruise planner. No lessons were offered on Adventure in May. sessions - on big ships, 1 flow rider is usually for stand up and 1 for boogie boarding. Wonder only has 1. They usually open 9 or 10 in the AM and go to 6pm ish on sea days. On port days, they usually close from 11 to 3. On small ships, Boogie boarding is generally sandwiched between stand up with same hours. Times will be in the cruise planner. Each turn usually lasts about 2 minutes. priority - there is no priority for sky class. Star class used to have priority but that was recently replaced with 1 hour per cruise star class time. On Allure last week, lines were shorter on stand up side than star class so star time was pretty useless.
  6. Thank you very much for everyone’s well wishes. Despite the excellent care my mother in law received on Oasis and in the hospital ICU in Norfolk, she passed away this past Tuesday. She was 79. Edited to add a photo of MIL at Beach Club September 2021. @Mattcould you please close this thread.
  7. We just visited Costa Maya this week on Allure and did the best private tour to Chacchoben. Our tour guide Carolina was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun, and our driver Saul also accompanied us to the ruins and was extremely helpful. We usually do private tours and his had to be one of our best ever. https://www.costamayaadventours.com/tour/chacchoben/
  8. They were much cheaper a couple months ago. About 2-3 weeks ago, they jumped up dramatically.
  9. Having done star class a couple of times: - We have requested specific cabanas (1st choice and backups), and gotten them both times - hard liquor is not allowed to be left in the room. I think they can deliver individual drinks but we have never asked - anything that costs money from sugar beach (candy, popcorn) is not included. I have had no problem getting a selection of desserts from Chops delivered, though.
  10. I assume they did but I wasn’t onboard. We could only hear what was happening over the phone.
  11. The patient was my mother in law. My husband was on the phone with his dad and medical crew. It took 3 announcements by the Captain to clear decks 15 and 16. I stand by my statement that people are selfish - too concerned about getting a picture than following directions.
  12. If this was Oasis on Saturday 8/27 - maybe if people weren’t such selfish asshats taking pictures instead of clearing the pool deck the first 2 times the captain asked them to, the helicopter wouldn’t have had to hover for over 30 minutes.
  13. My In-laws are at the beginning of a claim with RC’s insurance. RC directly submitted the $25k of shipboard charges to insurance rather than requiring payment before disembarking. Not sure how it would work with a private/separate policy.
  14. For $29, RC’s plan covers $25k shipboard, and $50k evacuation. If your goal is to just cover medical costs, it should be sufficient.
  15. I guessed September 5th or 6th but I was wrong that it would be announced last Thursday. Looking forward to my chicken sandwich from PDCC (Allure 9/11 sailing) now that we don’t have to test!
  16. I’ve sailed star class twice with several more booked. my don’t: The genies are hard working people. Asking them for “crazy” stuff is just wrong - especially now. There have been many reports of genies having to quarantine causing the others to have to pick up more than their usual 4 or 5 rooms. The genie is there to facilitate your experience - book dining reservations and shows, assist you on and off the ship faster, etc.
  17. My in-laws are sailing Oasis on Sunday. They were unable to find testing for under $130 per person. They have Medicare and still couldn’t get “free” testing at Walgreens. Lucky for them, I have some extra e-meds. I don’t know what less experienced cruisers are doing. I doubt they know about emed and rapid test and trace.
  18. If you cancel, do it before 8/29 so you don’t get hit with cancellation fees.
  19. Suite guests get suite lounge. Diamond and above have diamond lounge. Diamond and Diamond Plus get discounts on laundry, suite guests don’t. Diamond and above get drink vouchers, suites get happy hour. Unless you’re star class (11 or less rooms on Oasis or Quantum ships), the only “real” benefit is maybe Coastal Kitchen.
  20. Before Covid, Disney ships were always full and they never ran sales - you might pick up a guarantee room last minute but prices only went up after itinerary release. Since the restart, I’ve been getting emails with sale offers (we’ve done 7 or 8 cruises pre-Covid with Disney). Disney cruise boards have not been reporting full ships. Disney is still offering full refunds through August 29th for sailings through 12/31. Originally this wasn’t available for concierge or guarantee rooms but email this week seemed to open this up. Promptly cancelled Disney Wish 9/30. I’m not playing the testing game on a 3 day sailing.
  21. And 1 of the several reasons we cancelled our 9/30 Disney Wish sailing. Quite frankly, at some point people will vote with their feet
  22. Ordered e-med tests yesterday for our 9/11 cruise. So my guess is announced sometime in the next day or 2 effective just after Labor Day (9/5 or 6)
  23. I’ve cruised with that same plug 4 times - twice through NJ (oasis in September and Adventure in May). Never had an issue.
  24. Although we always have, I don’t think it matters. Port security doesn’t have that information and we’ve always just put it through the scanner. Make sure not to check it. Your stateroom attendant can get you distilled water and a cord (if needed).
  25. We’ll be on Allure for the 9/11 sailing in one of the deck 8 2br aquatheaters. Our 6 day sailing does Perfect Day instead of Roatan but we do go to Costa Maya and Cozumel. It was a VERY good price. It will be interesting to see how your trip compares. Ironically, we also have Harmony (star) booked for late January 2024.
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