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  1. yes, that's true but how Royal will calculate the upgrade cost will be to take what you paid when you made your reservation and then charge you the difference between that and whatever the current price is of the cabin you are looking to upgrade too. There could be resident discounts, flash sales etc that are available now that were not available before. In the end it's simple math so pricing the difference yourself is really quite easy.
  2. You could also try doing a mock booking on Royal's website and then compare that to your current booking price. You will then be able to calculate your net difference before you call and make any requests.
  3. Wow, what an awful way to start your vacation. I can't believe they didn't simply have someone from Guest Relations escort you to your room and have the family who were incorrectly taking over your room, removed. They would then be taken to their actual cabin. That would have saved so much time. The seapass cards that they would be trying to use wouldn't be correct so they couldn't use them to charge or get off the ship. I really hope you have a great week after all of this.
  4. I think what you are referring to is Boardwalk view balconies - those are at the back of the ship and offer views of the aqua show and the ocean. The further to the back of the ship you go the better your view will be. You will hear noise occasionally from people on the boardwalk and the sports deck but the views are worth it IMO. They are usually marginally higher in cost than the CP balconies and cheaper than OV balconies. Since they offer great views and nowhere near as expensive as the aqua theatre suites at the back of the ship I think they provide a good option.
  5. We just returned from a cruise and while in Cozumel we visited Paradise Beach Resort. It was incredible. The resort itself is lovely and the staff are incredible. Drink variety is amazing and the food is better than some of what was available on the ship. I would highly recommend. It's $69pp and that's all inclusive. Taxi is about $20 each way.
  6. I completely agree - we love the boardwalk balconies. Especially if you can get one near the very back of the ship. The views of the ocean are incredible - especially on Allure as they have not added the purple slides which block some of the view.
  7. We've enjoyed daybeds at both locations in the past. Up until the last few months, anytime I've looked, they've always been the same price. Now, on any sailings we have booked with a stop at CocoCay, the prices all show $100 more for Chill Island. We prefer Chill Island to Breezy Bay as it's a little more secluded with very little noise. Breezy Bay has a basketball court near it and a few more things to do. You can walk into the water from both spots so I don't think there is any advantage there. Chill Island day beds are closer to the pier (not by much, just a few minutes walking time). That, combined with being a bit more secluded must be what is driving the price difference. Both locations will provide you with a wonderful day. If you look back to the first page of this post, you will see the map of CocoCay and where the various beds are located.
  8. We sailed on the 9 night Oasis this past August and it was a great mix of kids/teens/adults/seniors. Since driving to Bayonne is an option from many parts of Ontario and Quebec, there are lots of Canadians on the ship (not just in the summer but whenever ships are sailing from Bayonne). In Ontario, schools are out until early September so that certainly increases the amount of kids onboard in July and August. We had a fantastic time and 9 nights is just perfect. Oasis has so much to offer with the 4 sea days on this itinerary. I'm sure your family will have a wonderful holiday!
  9. Walking off with your luggage is something Royal has offered for many years. We opt for this every time as it saves having to pack the night before and looking for your luggage once off the ship. I hope you are all feeling not too sick with covid symptoms.
  10. Another thing to try is to have him keep checking the check-in times as a few days before sailing, I've found that earlier times open up.
  11. We sailed Allure in July and Mama Mia was back....and just as fantastic so enjoy the show and your entire cruise in September!
  12. Yes - Portside BBQ is only $10-14pp so definitely not worth it to use your dining package. Should you wish to try it, just pay a la carte.
  13. We just sailed on Oasis for 9 nights returning yesterday. The MDR lineups were excessive each time we went there. We did book times for all 9 nights in advance (which you now know you can do) and then we cancelled as we opted to dine elsewhere certain nights. As people do cancel, definitely check for reservations through the app as your week goes on. With reservations, we found we waited about 10 minutes to be seated as opposed to people who were waiting 45 minutes without reservations. I would suggest Playmakers and Port Side BBQ as options on a few of the nights where you don't have other specialty dining booked. We had a terrific week and found the crew to be spectacular. I hope you have a great vacation!
  14. We spent an amazing day at Maya Chan a few weeks ago. We were in a large van with approx 10 people going but then just a taxi for the 4 of us upon returning to the port. We tipped the driver in both directions. You will have a lovely day at the resort - the staff are incredible!!
  15. Yes, the beach beds are a canopy design so lots of shade. There are so many loungers on the beach and umbrellas are everywhere. I don't think you would have any issue finding shade from what I recall
  16. We were just on Symphony - no other ships in port. Lots of empty chairs to choose from and if you get off the ship early you will have choice of which section of the island you want to set as your base. If you plan to do the waterpark, then chill island is nice and close. For some activities, breezy bay might be the better choice. Beach beds just offer a little more comfort so have to decide if you feel that is worth it.
  17. I think it is totally worth it - if you can get it at $149 and no more than $199. They do "limit" you to 4 wristbands but I don't think they would give you too much trouble about having a young child there. Likely you won't all be there at the same time as there is so much to do on the island. I would especially book if there is more than one ship docked the day you visit as that just saves you having to look for chairs.
  18. We've rented beach beds at chill island and breezy bay and chill island is closest. It's nice and quiet ...so... you can enjoy the activities at the water park and then walk over to your comfy beach bed and relax. If you want to have activities nearby then breezy bay has more going on and is still a comfortable walk to the water park.
  19. Keep checking your app - we had 11:00am boarding and closer to sail date 10:30am was available so we changed to that. Every half hour is one step closer to actually getting on the ship.
  20. Thank you so much for sharing. We are on Symphony next week as well. Enjoy your cruise!
  21. That is misleading and different from what we experienced in our three cruises this year. Each time we either received an offer in our room upon checkin in and/or departure and nowhere did it indicate it needed to be booked while onboard. Some did require booking within a short timeframe but not before leaving the ship. I will verify that next week when we board Symphony. If you've earned the offer, you shouldn't lose it for not booking while onboard IMO. Thank you for sharing.
  22. We've enjoyed having the shareholder's credit applied to some of our cruises. I have been advised by the shareholder dept that complimentary sailings / casino sailings are not eligible for the credit but I'm wondering if anyone has had any success when paying to upgrade a casino offer. Does paying to upgrade now change this from a complimentary sailing and thus allowing for the credit to be applied?
  23. The cost to rent the day beds covers for yourself plus 3 others. If you were travelling solo, the bed would just be assigned to you. You get to decide who, if any, joins you for the day. Upon check-in, you and those in your party will be given a wristband and assigned your bed. Your name will then be written on a little board at the side of your bed. This way, you can come and go from that area and enjoy other spots on the island. You will absolutely love having the daybed - they are so comfy. Enjoy!
  24. We've sailed on Navigator twice - once before she was amped and then again this past February. While she's smaller than Freedom we didn't really notice much difference. So much nicer now with the amplification. Playmakers was great and we really enjoyed Hooked seafood. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time!
  25. Vaccination has been required since RCCL ships started back in service ... along with a negative test in order to board.
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