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  1. Latest sale has some decent repricing potential. We spent an extra $80 but went from a Promenade interior to a guarantee balcony - I'll consider that a win, as we're still under $2k total for myself, my wife, and our 3-year-old.
  2. Yes, they all had a tag or sticker telling who hid them / where they were from.
  3. Our 2 1/2 year old daughter had a blast duck hunting on Wonder - I began to wonder if there were more ducks than passengers onboard at one point. This was the final haul once we got home - planning on taking some to hide on our next cruise in September.
  4. Looks like there's a handful on eBay for fairly reasonable prices.
  5. When my prescription meds run out, I always try to hang on to an empty bottle to use for travel. I put however many pills I need for the trip in that bottle and leave the rest at home in the other bottle. That way I don't have *all my meds with me in case of a theft or lost bag, but I still have the bottle to prove what they are and that they're mine just in case.
  6. That'd be awesome, if you could! Much appreciated.
  7. I feel like this is the case with a *lot* of companies these days, frankly.
  8. Having never been to or sailed out of the UK - if I decided to try and make the inaugural work, what's the best (cheapest) airport to fly into?
  9. We normally don't do specialty dining either, but since we weren't planning to do any excursions on that sailing, we used the money for the dining package instead. I agree, with all the free options, it's not something I typically find necessary, but it was a nice change of pace for one sailing.
  10. Oof. Yeah, flight cost to SEA is part of why we're waiting to take another Alaska trip. Cruise was cheap, flights not so much.
  11. If you booked flights through Royal I would expect at least some compensation, but I wouldn't guarantee anything. Would love an update once y'all find out more.
  12. Ah, yeah, I forgot about that. Could still cancel the dining and Coco Cay stuff though, I'd think.
  13. I believe so, but if you already know they're going to be a no-show, why not go on and cancel the purchases now?
  14. If it's a cruise during off-peak season and you only want to eat at one restaurant... maybe worth the gamble? But we did unlimited for $200/pp on Wonder and it gave us a way better deal than if we'd somehow gotten 35% off at every restaurant every time.
  15. Yup. I definitely roamed all over the ship while we were at the glacier on Ovation. Definitely saw different things from different angles in every location.
  16. Traveling this weekend for a race and booked a hotel using StayForLong a couple months back via a referral on Kayak.com. Got here tonight and while they had our reservation in the system, thankfully, the "virtual card" provided by StayForLong wouldn't work. I hunted around on their website, finally found a phone number, and called their customer support line only to be told that they'd have to contact their supplier and would call me back in 15 - 30 minutes. At one point they called the hotel and spoke with them, but couldn't get it working either. When I still hadn't heard from them, the hotel called them back, got the runaround again, and when they finally called me back, they basically said it was a system error on their end and for me to just pay for tonight (despite the fact that I'd fully paid them months ago) and they'd straighten it out with the hotel in the morning and give me a refund. Their system wouldn't let me just pay for tonight, so I wound up having to pay the full amount for the stay (again) with promises from StayForLong that I'd get refunded by them. I'm not holding my breath, especially after reading some of the other online reviews/horror stories - I'm just lucky they even had my reservation, apparently. Needless to say I'll be calling my bank and disputing charges if I haven't gotten a refund by the time I get home on Sunday evening.
  17. Is this the current headliner, or one of the new staple shows? We did Anthem a few years back and I definitely don't remember that one. Sad to hear you'll miss "We Will Rock You" - definitely one of my favorite shows I've seen onboard.
  18. For some reason, Royal isn't putting the KSF as a separate line item when you view the pricing, but it's included in the 30% off every guest. It breaks it out better on the final invoice you receive after booking.
  19. I've only gotten in once or twice, and only when it was at odd times and the wife and I were the only ones in it. Not a chance I'd get in with anyone else on board.
  20. Not once did anyone ask us to have our 2.5 year old put a mask on. You'll be fine.
  21. Upper Dewey is on my list for when we go back to Alaska. I did the AB trail but had to turn back before I reached the actual summit because the fog at the top was too thick and I kept losing sight of the blazes. Still a gorgeous but ridiculously hard hike.
  22. We enjoyed Ovation because of all the extra shows, dining venues, etc. That said, we definitely spent most of our time off the ship, and the seas were too rough / winds too strong to enjoy the pool deck or most outdoor activities on sea days anyways.
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