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    whitsmom reacted to Sharla in Cruise credit   
    I can't speak for other TAs necessarily, but Royal Caribbean (or most suppliers) pay the agency after final payment is made. Then the travel agency pays the agent the month after travel is completed. 
    If a cancellation occurs before final payment, no commission. If a cancellation occurs after final, there may or may not be commission. Commission even gets recalled sometimes by the supplier.
    Basically, though, you book a trip and cancel I don't get paid. It's kind of like a return of a product to a store.
    There was some commission protection last year from a lot of suppliers but only after final payments were made and only in certain circumstances- If FCC is used and a cancellation happens, no commission.
    It has been a tough year and a half.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Travel Visa needed for Bahamas stop?   
    The Bahamas health visa was ONLY needed for cruises that departed from Nassau (Adventure of the Seas this summer).  You do not need a Bahamas health visa if your ship is stopping there for a day
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    whitsmom reacted to CHRIS WONG in Odyssey Of The Seas - Chris Wong   
    No, this is not normal.
    Because the majority of crew joined the ship at the same time for the restart, a lot of the crew have similar sign-off dates. The process of changing crew member's sign-off dates has already started.
    Some of us maybe required to extend, some even shorten our contract.
    My contract has been extended for a couple of weeks.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from CrimsonCruiser in Odyssey Of The Seas - Chris Wong   
    I wouldn't think they would want to "start from scratch" with an entire new crew.  That sounds like a recipe for lots of problems....
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    whitsmom reacted to Marlena in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    Considering they are offering covid coverage extended till the end of 2021 im sure they will still offer the testing to return home. At least that would make sense!
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    whitsmom reacted to KristiZ in Covid tests   
    As the rules stand right now, yes that would be allowed.
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    whitsmom reacted to PG Cruiser in Laminated CDC card   
    I got this from my local CVS.  I think it's made specifically for the CDC Vaccine Card

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    whitsmom reacted to BrianB in Back to back procedure on Oasis   
    I just received my back to back letter last night (night 4 of 7) explaining what I need to do on turnaround day, Sept 26. There was a QR code that I scanned and it opened a page where I entered my information and chose a time for the rapid test to be given on the day before, Sept 25, in the Conference Center on deck 3. All of the times were available and I chose 8:10-8:20am. Test results will be sent to my email. We have to meet at the theater on turnaround day at 8:15 for our wellness check. Once that is completed, we will be checked in and our new seaPass card will be issued along with the In-transit card. We are to bring our passports, vaccination card and the credit card we plan to use. 
    I’m staying in the same room so I don’t need to pack up. My room will receive priority service. 
    We have to leave the ship and go through customs. We will be escorted off and pass by the facial recognition scanners and then be escorted right back on. If we choose to venture out in Bayonne, we can use the In-transit card to bypass check-in, but cannot re-board until general boarding commences. I have no intention of leaving the ship. 
    Consecutive Cruisers will be offered lunch in the MDR on deck 3 (V) from noon to 1pm.
    **On another note…it was addressed in another post but, any liquor purchased during the current cruise will be held until the end of our time on board.
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    whitsmom reacted to RWDW1204 in CVS Covid Test Results   
    So, no video of swabs up the nose? 
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    whitsmom reacted to mathbees in The Passport Game   
    I was checking on the status of my wife's passport (https://passportstatus.state.gov/) and saw that they added a message to their page. UGH!!

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    whitsmom reacted to KirstenCapeTown in Travel ban lifted, our cruise is happening!   
    I am over the moon!
    A few nights ago, it was announced that the USA travel ban is lifted for vaccinated travellers with testing requirements. We've planned this cruise aaaages, had to move it, and were waiting with bated breath for this announcement!
    We will be coming to Orlando late April 2022 and cruising on the Harmony in mid May, I am the most excited I've ever been.
    Here's a shout out to the international cruises who are probably as thrilled as I am!
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    whitsmom got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Double Points and Repricing   
    We are Emerald now and will be Diamond after our two cruises next year! 
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    whitsmom reacted to CHRIS WONG in Odyssey Of The Seas - Chris Wong   
    So, after doing a search online, it seems cases in Florida are declining.
    I hope this could be a turning point for cruising.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Jill in How long is TOO long aboard?   
    We went to his museum and enjoyed talking to him.
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    whitsmom reacted to BrianB in Royal Caribbean Optum Store VS eMed   
    Same tests…same online proctored procedure. I ordered my six pack from eMed, the process was easy and the tests came within days. The expiration dates are all 10/5/2021 with a production date of 2/3/2021. According to eMed, the FDA has now approved the kits for one year from production…so the new expy date would be 2/3/2022…at least some lot numbers. I still can’t find definitive information on this being a blanket approval or just individual test lots.
    I leave on the Oasis tomorrow so I had scheduled a test at CVS two weeks ago, as soon as appointments opened for yesterday. Had it done…CVS called within the hour to tell me it was negative, then sent the email about an hour after that.
    I also did the eMed test. I started at 11:00am. Thanks to all the info shared by others, I pretty much knew what to expect. I used an iPad (held inside a napkin holder so I could tilt it forward🧐) and was ready with my ID. My call connected immediately and the person was very clear and friendly. The test was done without an issue. It seemed the proctor was able to control my camera and reversed it so that the scan would work and my ID could be read. Fifteen minutes later I was connected to another person who concluded I tested negative. I received the email from eMed and it was on my Navica app within minutes. Ready to go! Can’t wait….
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    whitsmom reacted to skittermagoo in changing cabin type (yet another first timer question)   
    Thank you all so much for your answers! I called this morning and not only changed from a GTY ocean view to an assigned balcony stateroom, and I actually saved $40!  
    Y'all rock! 
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    whitsmom got a reaction from LifesEz in How long is TOO long aboard?   
    We went to his museum and enjoyed talking to him.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from BrianAlt in Report inappropriate email messages   
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    whitsmom reacted to CHRIS WONG in Odyssey Of The Seas - Chris Wong   
    America to open its boarders again to the UK in November?
    Looking forward to hopefully seeing my fellow Brits onboard US ships again. This is great for cruising!
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    whitsmom reacted to BrianB in Time for some fun dreaming: What ports of call would you like to see developed?   
    For my own selfish reasons, I would like to see ports where more passengers get off. I’m done with lines, shuttles, ferries, fees, beach-hawkers…NO! I DO NOT WANT MY HAIR BRAIDED!😜…iffy food choices, stress. I love having the ship virtually to myself. Calm, quiet, peaceful….
    I have had some great times visiting so many wonderful, new and exciting places…been there, done that…but now I’m just content to stay aboard. Except CocoCay. That place is freakin’ great!
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Heymarco in Global Entry   
    Oh good to know!!  Thanks for the heads up!
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    whitsmom reacted to SPS in January 2-Harmony of the Seas   
    Press the "Person" icon in the app to the right and your Sailing info will appear, including the Check-In date.

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    whitsmom reacted to Baked Alaska in Global Entry   
    I just spoke with the Universal Enroll people about the whereabouts of my husband's KTN. They said that applications are taking 30 days and that they are "swamped." She said that at 46 days, that is too long. There were no flags on him and no correspondence emailed or snail-mailed to him. She escalated the application (who knew?) and said he should have his KTN in the next week; otherwise, we should call, and they will escalate it higher up. They were pleasant to deal with, and hopefully, that will be the end of that. If anyone needs to follow up with them on a similar situation, their number is 855-347-8371. 
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Global Entry   
    I had to add it to my Delta Profile and I had to had it to my existing flights that were already booked.  Now that it is on my profile I won't have to add it anymore.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Global Entry   
    I couldn't believe how fast mine went.  I did my application on line on 8/30/21 and had my interview 9/17/21. 
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