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  1. You are absolutely correct. You may not know if your RU bid was accepted until you arrive at the terminal for check-in. Actually, you might not find out until you're actually on board the ship.
  2. I did this on Mariner in August. I had a refundable OBC and went to Guest Services on the last cruise day. I knew I wasn't going to use it, so I asked about the best way to get it. They said it would be refunded to my CC, or I could take it as cash right then. I took the "Show me the money!" route and they handed it over.
  3. They're good anywhere on the ship with the exception of the Bionic Bar and Starbucks, with no time restrictions (any time of day) other than that they expire at midnight each day. That is, you get five/day but unused drinks simply expire and are not carried over to the next day.
  4. Going on this cruise. Picked it for the itinerary. I was on Grandeur on its' initial sailing from Galveston earlier this year. Yeah it's a smaller ship with no water slides, flowrider, zip lines or whatever but that's not what I look for in a cruise anyway. The crew was great, and there were areas in the Centrum where one could sit, relax, and watch the world go by in peace. I thought the food was okay, but not exceptional. However, I was recently on Mariner and I thought the same thing. It seems to me that RCCL has allowed the food quality/variety in the MDR and WJ to decline a little, perhaps to encourage more folks to pay extra for specialty dining. Maybe I'm wrong but that's my impression Still, I'm looking forward to the trip!
  5. Yep, I think this describes the situation well. On Mariner in August there were guys wearing shorts to dinner on the formal night (or Dress Your Best or whatever it's called now).
  6. I had a different experience recently (August) on Mariner in the dining room. My wife & I are Diamond and we were traveling with her sister who is not. At dinner I asked if we could get three glasses of wine and the answer was "no". The waiter said we could get two (one each for my wife & myself) but not a third for her sister. They said they could "wait a little while" and then put in a request for more wine so we said okay. Later they brought two more glasses of wine which was not really what we wanted.
  7. A Birth Certificate along with a state-issued Photo ID (Driver's License) works, but the BC MUST be a long-form certificate with a raised/embossed seal. Many (if not all) states also issue 'short-form' birth certificates that are not acceptable for obtaining a passport nor for traveling outside the USA.
  8. As ChessE4 noted above, the Crown & Anchor information should allow each individual to log in on their own, but one person can do pretty much everything for all reservations that are linked. My wife & I, being Diamond members and therefore each getting 24 hours of internet access per voyage, typically log in separately so that we can each check our individual email accounts (and text our friends to ensure that they're properly jealous).
  9. On our cruise in early May on Grandeur out of Galveston we had a hold for ~$100 placed on our credit card. When the bill was settled at the end of the cruise it disappeared. We checked with guest services and they said it was done to ensure that the card was valid. Overall it caused us no problems in any way.
  10. My personal opinion (it's worth TWICE what you're paying for it…): When you get to Mykonos, take the ferry to Delos and tour the ruins there. YMMV. We booked an excursion thru the ship but you can apparently do it somewhat on your own. https://www.davestravelpages.com/visiting-delos-island-greece-mykonos-to-delos-day-trip/
  11. I've done this a couple of times in the past, and it's worked most of the time. However, Royal Caribbean may be another of the exceptions. In 2013 my wife & I were on a cruise with RCL and made a deposit for a Future Cruise. Before we could take another cruise w/ Royal our dog became very ill and required constant attention. She died about the time COVID hit, further preventing us from cruising. We finally got going again this year and attempted to use our FCC from 2013. It's been a comedy of errors tragedy. The FCC was associated with a local travel agent who went out of business during COVID. I requested that RCL reassign the FCC to our new agent. They said (via email) they'd done this but the new agent couldn't find it. After a month with no news I decided to call customer service and was told that instead of transferring the credit it had been refunded to the original credit card. That card, however, had been cancelled in 2016. CS said they'd alert "someone in finance" and get it resolved. After six weeks I emailed again asking for help and was told to call CS (initially they gave me a number for a psychic service. I replied with a ???? msg and they gave me the correct number). I called, and sat on hold for an hour before being told I'd be transferred to a supervisor. Then the line went dead. Undeterred, I called back. I went through all the explanations again, and was told I'd be transferred to the "Resolutions Department". After 30 minutes the CS rep came back and said he was still waiting. After another hour and a half with no further contact I hung up. That was early July. On 4 July I wrote and mailed a letter addressed to Vicki Freed, whose name and address I'd obtained from the internet. She is supposedly Royal Caribbean's senior vice president of Sales, Trade Support and Service. I have yet to hear anything back.
  12. You call this the question of the decade? I mean, what about things like "Why does Scotland have a Unicorn as part of its' national symbol?" "Why is New Zealand's 90 Mile Beach only 55 miles long?" "Why do you have to have matching luggage? Can't you each get whatever you want?" Enquiring minds want to know…
  13. When I was (considerably) younger my job occasionally took me to the Far East, mostly Hong Kong and Malaysia. My father worked in Sumatra, Indonesia at the time and I once took a side trip to visit the folks for a week while I was in the area. I got to do a little sight-seeing a couple of times, and I'd like to make a trip there with my wife in the not too distant future. Places to visit would include Penang, Bali, Borobudur, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. I also spent a year in Vietnam in the early '70s but I wasn't on the tourist plan. While I have no particular interest in seeing Ho Chi Minh City again (most of my time was in the field, but I spent my last month in Saigon) I would like to see Hanoi. I worked a while with a S. Vietnamese officer who was born there and he had some nice/interesting things to say about it.
  14. Per the Walgreens web site as of today (02 July) it says if you're "High Risk or Pregnant" the test may be free*. * You will not have out-of-pocket costs if you meet the criteria for no-cost testing through your insurance or a government-funded program. You should contact your insurer before scheduling to confirm the test meets coverage criteria. You may be billed by Walgreens and, if applicable, the laboratory for up to the full price of the test if your insurance denies coverage or you don't meet eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs. According to the HHS web site at https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/i-have-covid-19/how-do-i-know-if-im-high-risk "High Risk" conditions include being age 65 or older. SO, might I (as a certified Olde Fahrt who is north of age 65) still get a test done at Walgreens and have them bill Medicare? Does anyone know what truly qualifies as meeting the "eligibility criteria for government no-cost testing programs".
  15. Totally ignorant regarding labor issues, but since RCCL ships are flagged in Liberia don't they sidestep US labor laws?
  16. Actually Princess sailed from the Bayport (Houston) terminal. The first cruise I ever sailed though, was on Celebrity Galaxy out of Galveston in 2005 which visited Panama, Costa Rico, & Cozumel.
  17. Obviously a lot of folks like lanyards, but I always just stick the keycard in my pocket.
  18. On our sailing May 4th (initial trip from Galveston for Grandeur) our MDR waiter said there were 1,800 passengers on board. We didn't go the Windjammer right when it opened each day, and always found a place to sit down. Once we had to walk 3/4 of the way around, but we found a table. Capacity per RCL: 1,992 guests (double occupancy) • 2,440 guests (total) Source: https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/fact-sheet/6/grandeur-of-the-seas/
  19. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but once you begin the 24 period of free basic internet ANYONE can use it if they have the account login ID and password. Only one device can be connected at a time, but whenever someone new logs in it causes the previous device to be disconnected. For all you more experienced cruisers, is this correct? I know my wife & did this earlier this month. We just took turns logging in and checking email and news. I assume anyone else who had the login credentials could do the same.
  20. Just a comment: We sailed on the initial GOTS voyage from Galveston which departed 04 May. We had a 12:30PM boarding time. There were some folks waiting out in the parking lot with a 2PM time as we went in. We were about a half-hour early, but decided we could wait at the terminal rather than just sitting in our car. When we got to the terminal, they asked if we had already dropped off our bags, which we had. They then said "Go right on in!", even though we were early. They weren't checking times at all. Apparently things were running smoothly enough that no waiting was required. Your mileage may vary…
  21. Hat with a brim. No ball cap. Sunscreen & Sunglasses. Insulated mug. Not huge, but larger than the glasses in the Windjammer. Phone & Tablet w/ chargers. Appetite. I usually throw a lanyard into my bag, but I virtually never use it. I just tuck my keycard into my pocket. My wife is the same. If she decides to not carry a purse she'll give me her keycard.
  22. I am in agreement, I'd like to see more itineraries from Galveston. One can only visit Costa Maya and Cozumel so many times. I'd really like to see sailings to the Eastern/Southern Caribbean. I know it would mean at least a couple of extra sea days getting there and back, but when I consider the cost of air tickets plus a hotel for going to Florida a day early, it kind of washes out financially. I'd rather spend the time on a ship than in a plane/hotel. Granted, I'm not staying in a Suite, so it's easier for me to compare the daily ship rates against hotel & airfare. However, I'm getting to the point where, if I have to fly somewhere, I'll bite the bullet and head for Europe or the Pacific.
  23. I don't recall that I needed an "account" at Walgreens, but my wife and I each scheduled separately. I think you need a unique email address for each person so they can email the results of each test. I'm not going to swear to anything, but that's my understanding. We arranged for consecutive times and they did us both together. You may very well be able to use a common email address, don't know for certain.
  24. What LCWind said. The reason I went with Walgreens was that I could reserve a time slot one week in advance. I went to https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-testing.jsp and reserved slots for myself and my wife. We couldn't get the same time, so I made one for 10:15AM and the other for 10:30AM. We arrived at 10:15 and got both of them done at the same time. I suspect you'd get the same results for three people as we did for two, just get consecutive times if you can't make them identical.
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