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  1. Found this out from someone who just got off the Freedom of the Seas. Originally each child was allowed 4 hours per day in the kids club, but it has been reduced to a single slot per child for the entire cruise (confirmed). Of course RCL isnt actually telling anyone this, they find out when they get on board, but plenty of people here think RCL is transparent, who need to look up the definition of the word.
  2. Yep, they have no problem telling their customers that only a certain number of people are allowed in the pool at a time, or that they have a specific limited number of slots to use at the kids club on the ship. RCL cant manage to do that apparently, but they are transparent according to people who have no idea what the word transparent actually means!
  3. Funny how other cruise lines are able to predict this, I wonder why. Oh wait, its because RCL is transparent! LOL!
  4. Ive been following very closely and other cruise lines have no problem telling people what to expect before they sail. Apparently Royal DOES have this problem but for some reason people think they are being transparent.
  5. Ok, so what should we expect in two weeks? since you know Royal is being transparent in your opinion. How much time will my kids get at the kids club? Will they be able to use it one a day? Once again, since you say Royal is being transparent, this information should be available, that or you dont understand the definition of the word transparent...
  6. I dont see any transparency from Royal, quite the opposite. When I booked my mid Jan cruise I was told the kids would get 4 hours each per day. Someone just got off the Freedom of the Seas and said the following: "Attached is the kids club schedule for a recent Freedom cruise (4 nights). You were only able to book one session (2 hours) per child. However, you could see if space opened up throughout the cruise." If we are only allowed one session per child on the cruise, that is pathetic and a flat out ripoff! But no one can tell me what I should actually expect for my cruise in 2 weeks, I fail to see how that is transparent.
  7. I did re-read your post and am still confused as to what you are angry about, that is why I am asking.
  8. Ok, several of my daughters friends have had COVID over this year and I wouldnt be surprised if both my kids have had COVID. What does that have to do with making you angry that crew members are being frustrated by lack of mask compliance? Dont they have their own channels to escalate issues?
  9. I mean legally it is, its just the CLIA is trying to play nice with the CDC. If the CDC did something brash like try and shut down the industry, they would get slapped down. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/us/cdc-covid-cruises.html
  10. Considering the courts (in FL) have ruled that the CDC really doesnt have a whole lot of authority over the cruise industry, any attempts to shut them down again would not end well for the CDC.
  11. Are there still going to be vaccinated only areas if the benefits (i.e. no mask wearing) no longer apply? They say this is until Jan 5th but with the current case trajectory, I would be surprised if they did not extend this policy.
  12. This. pre-pandemic there was no limit on going into a pool or sending kids to the kids club or other things. I experienced first hand on a Disney cruise what it looks like when they pack the ship as full as possible and dont loosen restrictions, it caused us to ditch Disney indefinitely, hoping to not have the same poor experience on RCL.
  13. I strongly recommend waiting until after these restrictions are lifted before trying DCL. They price point is incredibly high, and we went on a cruise in October and were miserable due to Disney packing the boat but not adjusting capacity limits. Highlights included waiting 30 minutes to use the pool for 15 minutes, waiting 20 minutes in line to get a bowl of fruit, and waiting 30 minutes in line to drop my kids off at the kids club (they give you limited time in the kids club and don't care how long you wait in line).
  14. Awesome, thank you! One last question, we are in a grand suite, would concierge be able to take care of these reservations for us beforehand or when onboard. I assume the answer would be yes but hate assuming anything.
  15. Is it safe to say that there are timeslots available on the ship that arent available pre-purchase? The restaurants seem kinda full when I try to book them directly, is it safe to say what I see does not represent the true availability?
  16. So we are doing our first RCL trip (B2B) in January on Freedom of the seas. I have OBC so I want to use it for the unlimited dining package to try the premium restaurants. It is myself, wife, and 2 young children. I booked my unlimited dining package with a 5:30 time slot and applied the OBC, but left the wifes in the cart. Went to check out today and apparently there were no more 5:30 reservations available, only 9pm which obviously doesnt work for us, so I had to cancel my dining package. My question is, if we rebooked for 9pm, would they be able to change the time onboard to a 5:30 timeslot? Or is it not worth it since we cannot take young children (less than 5 years old) to dinner at 9pm and its likely not to change.
  17. My family and I are going on our first cruise in about 6 weeks. I got the email to check in this evening and did so right away. The earliest port arrival time slot was 12:30, so I picked that. We are staying in a Grand Suite and one of the perks of concierge is priority boarding. Does this mean we can arrive earlier, or does this mean we can just get on the ship faster when we arrive? Should I email the concierge person when they reach out before the cruise begins and see if they can get the arrival time changed?
  18. Does anyone know if RCL has any exemption policies around this specifically around age requirements? My son is turning 5 a little less than 4 weeks before our cruise, so obviously it wont be possible to get him fully vaccinated by the time we cruise. Would we be out of luck if RCL changes their policies or do they account for these types of situations?
  19. Its going to be interesting, my DS turns 5 about 4.5 weeks before our B2B, which obviously makes it impossible to get him fully vaccinated in time for the cruise. Have to see how Royal will approach these scenarios.
  20. I have brought lots of alcohol through customs, never paid a duty. As previously stated, it is up to the customs agent. I once brought back 8 bottles of Tortuga rum from Nassau, the agent said as long as it was less than 10 bottles he wouldnt charge a duty. Others really havent cared, so YMMV. Import duties are $2-$3/bottle of liquor.
  21. This matches my experience when I was there about two weeks ago. I asked some local police if I should wear a mask outdoors, and they said yes. A vast majority of people I saw (locals and tourists alike) were wearing masks outdoors. It was sad to see all the closed shops, but talking to a couple locals, they think things will bounce back in the next couple years.
  22. ok, so it sounds like even though we have that priority check in, if we wait until the last minute to check in and select our boarding time, we could wind up with a boarding time in the afternoon (assuming the key benefits dont transition to those in the suites) and could get in 1 hour earlier than that late afternoon boarding time.
  23. Could someone clarify this? We are in a suite for the first time on RCL and it says a perk is priority boarding, does this mean we just get a choice of earlier slotted times?
  24. Question on this topic, we are doing our first RCL Cruise in January, and are going in a Grand Suite which IIRC gives us priority boarding. Should we still worry about checking in as early as possible concerning which boarding group we get or because of the perks we are all set? Any other reasons to check in early?
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