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  1. I don't mean to argue, but that's simply not correct. Square has tap-to-pay terminals. Also, I literally just downloaded an app called NFC Credit Card Reader on the Google Play Store and was able to skim my own debit card. It shows my card number and the expiration date. These things are easily done.
  2. I'm aware it is rare, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. Newer cards absolutely can be skimmed. There are numerous devices out there which basically act like portable payment terminals. Square is an example. All they need is to brush up against your wallet and they have your card number. We literally didn't use the card the entire trip, so there's nowhere else it could have happened.
  3. I'd find it very unlikely that someone randomly guessed his number on the one day we got off the ship in a port with his wallet. All the thief bought was $300 worth of steam stuff. Not saying it's impossible, but I think it more probable that it happened in port.
  4. It wasn't invite only, but it was just a short 30 minute demo, basically. As far as I'm aware, it was only done two times one of the days and they made announcements 30 minutes beforehand. They weren't on the cruise compass. So, basically I never got a seat because it was filled up as soon as they announced them.
  5. As I said, this wasn't the only bartender who did this. He was just the first one and I had the longest conversation about it.
  6. It was a friendly tone and if it was once, I would have been okay, but he commented on it multiple times asking me if I was sure. When he gave me the drink, he said "Your /virgin/ Lime and Coconut", like emphasizing the virgin part which I felt was just unnecessary.
  7. Hey, all we just got back from Oasis OTS and Nassau was one of our stops. We were only off the ship for maybe 30 minutes before getting back on, but in that time, my husband's debit card number was stolen. The very next day, he got an alert of suspicious activity on his card. He never even used it. It stayed in his wallet the entire time, so be aware that there must be folks with portable card skimmers walking around the area right off the port since we only went maybe a block or two away from the cruise port before getting back on the ship. My advice would be to leave any cards on the ship and only carry cash if you plan on looking in the shops at all. Also keep your money in your front pocket since it's harder to pick-pocket. We were also offered "some lines" from a random guy on the street, so be aware of that as well. Some people are not shy about offering illicit stuff even with police a half a block away.
  8. I saved all the cruise compasses. I'll send em to the blog in a day or two once I get back into my routine.
  9. We just got off the Oasis of the Seas for the May 8th sailing. I did note this on the RC survey, but just wanted to see if anyone else here has experienced bartenders shaming you for not drinking alcohol. We got the refreshment package and while most of the time we had no issues, toward the end of the cruise, I asked for a Lime & Coconut with zero alcohol and the bartender kind of badgered me about it. I was like, "I have a refreshment package, I don't drink alcohol" and he was like, "Really? You want virgin? No, come on." Made me feel a bit weird. I don't drink since I don't like alcohol, so...just give me my drink and don't try to make me feel like I'm a terrible person, okay? This happened two more times toward the end with different bartenders. Is this normal?
  10. We just got off the Oasis of the Sease and I emailed that address. I asked for a table with me and my husband by a window and we got exactly what we asked for. It was awesome.
  11. Did you? I got a text that said I got an email but I haven't received an email....
  12. So my oasis of the seas cruise is Sunday and I got a weird SMS which leads to this page attached. I haven't received any emails so not sure what it means. Should I be concerned or is this normal?
  13. You should be able to, yes! The Vitality Cafe is where you want to go.
  14. Ah okay, thought it was also the refreshment package.
  15. I was wrong, this only applies to the alcohol package! Actually, I'm pretty sure everyone in the room has to have the drink package to prevent sharing.
  16. As Matt would say: it depends. Like you said, you'll be off for a couple days there for port days. It depends on how much you think you'll all drink on the ship. I got the package for my upcoming cruise because I didn't want to have to worry about how much I drank. I drink a ton of soda and since smoothies, mocktails, and fancy coffees are included, I know I'll be drinking a lof of those, too. If your family aren't big drinkers, then you might be better off ordering al a carte. From what I've seen, a soda is around the $4 mark. Smoothies are $8.25 according to the RC sample menu.
  17. Honestly have been quarantining for two weeks. I work from home, so not really a huge change, but after having to wait two years for this cruise, I'm NOT taking a chance that I'll catch something right before.
  18. Heck yeah, I just changed mine to 10:30. I had 11. Thanks! Weird thing is I checked in at midnight the night it opened and 11 was the earliest I could pick. They must have opened up the 10:30 spot after that at some point.
  19. I'll be there this coming Sunday! Glad to hear this!
  20. It's not about it being free. It's $150 for 6 tests and these tests have the potential to be damaged or duds, which means using another. If you've got a family of 4, then you almost need to spend $300 to make sure you have enough. All I'm saying is they need to push the testing out. Many pharmacies are not doing rapid testing anymore which means you risk not having your results back in time if you do the lab test. If they'd let you get tested even 4 days out, that would give time for results to get back most of the time.
  21. If this is the case, Royal Caribbean and the CDC are going to have to seriously reconsider the testing procedures. If people can't get tested two days before at any pharmacy, then the only option is the eMed tests which are pretty expensive and not full reimbursed by most insurance.
  22. You could, but the camera has to be on the test for the entire testing period, including the 15 minutes of wait time after you take the test. I don't think you'll be wanting to hold it in place that whole time.
  23. The SetSail card opens the door. Some ships have the option of using your phone to unlock it as well through the Royal Caribbean app.
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