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    Polster reacted to rekkie in 30% off Voom   
    Yeah I booked this deal... Looking forward to live streaming much of our January Ovation cruise to Facebook :)
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    Polster got a reaction from Matt in Ovation of the Seas Cruise Compass   
    Thanks Matt, I did check there first, but thought maybe my post would prompt a recent Ovation cruiser to forward one to you to put up. Getting a bit excited :)
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    Polster reacted to Matt in Ovation of the Seas Cruise Compass   
    Any and all Cruise Compass' I run across I post here: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/cruise-compass
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    Polster reacted to Todd in When do I have to pay?   
    You can added these packages to your shopping cart and just leave them in the cart until about 3 days before the cruise and pay at that time. Or you can pay now, the major difference is that if they are having a sale or change the price. They can stop sales, change pricing etc, until the purchase is paid.
    Unlike the cruise fare once you pay the deposit the price is locked in, for these extra packages the price is not confirmed until paid in full.
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    Polster reacted to monorailmedic in When do I have to pay?   
    I just added a beverage package yesterday (a Sunday) and the charges hit my card the same day.  The same thing happened a few weeks ago when I booked a cabana.
    As an additional data point, this is for the Sept group cruise sailing, so final payment hasn't yet been made.
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    Polster reacted to Michael Vitale in When do I have to pay?   
    Not sure about beverages, but I pay for my dinner reservations when I book them,, months out. I would assume the beverage package is the same.
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    Polster reacted to Todd in cancel & re-book ?   
    This is really simple since most of us pay with credit cards the credit card services have the final say not the cruise line. If they did not refunded within a reasonable time just dispute the charge, it costs you the customer nothing. However it does costs the merchant and they are required to reply and answer the dispute. Also your credit card service stops all interest on the transactions, so disputing is a very reasonable action for you to take. And really does not matter, if you are within the USA, AU, Europe, as all credit card transactions are control by International Rules.
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    Polster reacted to michelle in cancel & re-book ?   
    Polster - that is unusual and may be because you are outside the US
    I transfer money all the time- actually all they do is make the new booking and
    keep the money on the booking - very very easy
    Nicky - look at prices online
    Don't cancel your cruise there is no need to do that unless the new offers says
    Any good RCI agent, can just adjust your pricing - key is getting someone
    that knows how to do this - Keep in mind you may lose onboard credits
    (if that came with original prices) or get less obc etc.
    What I am seeing as a trend now is BOOK EARLY
    The clients I have that have booked 9 months or more out are getting the
    best deals on their pricing - even when new offers come out - their original
    prices are better
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    Polster reacted to Matt in Drink Package Question   
    Embarkation day is roughly 3/4 - 1/2 of a day and disembarkation day is 1/4 - 1/2 of a day, so it evens itself out in the grand scheme of things.
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    Polster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Drink Package Question   
    ...so you are NOT charged for the last day but it is still good in the morning before you disembark !
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Drink Package Question   
    It's charged based on the number of nights, not days. Also, you don't have to buy it on the first day. It will be prorated if you opt to buy it later in the cruise.
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Sea Pass Lanyard?   
    The Seapass remains the same. And while they give lanyards to kids when you sign them up for Adventure Ocean, they don't provide them for adults, but they will punch them for you at Guest Services. Therefore, bring your own lanyard for the adults or you can buy some in the shops onboard for about $6.
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    Polster reacted to Matt in When is your next cruise?   
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Muster Drill Time   
    Just curious if anyone knows when to expect a muster drill on an itinerary when the ships spends the first night in port.  We board the ship on Sunday, July 24th in Stockholm, but the ship doesn't sail until 4 p.m. on Monday, July 25th.  Is it safe to assume that the muster drill will be just before sailing on the 25th or should we expect it to be on boarding day?
    I've never been on a ship that spent the first night in port, so I'm not sure how this is handled.
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Royal Caribbean drink package decision tree   
    What can I say? I teach. I'm into visuals. If I had more time, I could even make it prettier.
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Royal Caribbean drink package decision tree   
    This is what I took from your post.  Essentially, you've given us a decision tree regarding the drink package.

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    Polster got a reaction from DocLC in Changing Staterooms   
    Thanks guys :)
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    Polster reacted to PRC in Changing Staterooms   
    What DocLC said.
    Be sure to call the Aussie office... many times there are different policies, regulations, etc in different regions.
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Changing Staterooms   
    All you need to do is call.
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    Polster reacted to lildawgscottFL in Drinks Package   
    It's a 500 mL cup. Approximately 17 oz.


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    Polster got a reaction from DocLC in Disembarkation and flights home...   
    Thanks for the advice. There is a 2pm flight home so I will book that one.
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    Polster reacted to Matt in Disembarkation and flights home...   
    As Doc said, I have never sailed in/out of Sydney, but in general, it's advisable not to book flights before noon just because you never know about customs and lines getting off the ship.
    Plenty of people have made flights before noon, although perhaps they developed some grey hairs as result ;)
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    Polster reacted to DocLC in Disembarkation and flights home...   
    I'm not familiar with Sydney, but I never book a flight before noon; sometimes later if it is some distance to the port. Although your ship docks at 6:30, they won't likely begin disembarking passengers until 8 a.m. And it can take 2-3 hours for them to clear the entire ship. Plus it takes time to retrieve luggage and to go through customs. In addition, if you're flying internationally, you'll want to be at the airport at least 2, if not 3, hours before your flight.
    Many will say Herve been fine with earlier flights; it all depends on what level of stress you're willing to tolerate.
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    Polster got a reaction from bobroo in Disembarkation and flights home...   
    Hi !
    I'm a first time cruiser and will be cruising on the new Ovation of the Seas in December 2016. Our ship will be docking back in Sydney Australia at 0630 hours.
    In your experience, how long does it take to get us all off (on average) as I am needing to be booking flights home?
    I realise this is a new ship and this route wouldn't have happened before, but just wanting to get a bit of an idea? We would be happy to take our own luggage off the ship. Maybe someone who has cruised on Radiance of the Seas would have some experience disembarking at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal??
    Thanks in advance :D
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    Polster reacted to lildawgscottFL in Introduce yourself!   
    Welcome aboard, Paulette (and hubby)! :D
    You're doomed! :lol: You're starting on the Ovation of the Seas! B) You'll never be able to sail any other ship or any other line ever again! ;) The amazing experience you'll have will be unbeatable! I'm totally jealous!
    Feel free to ask questions. We're all here to help.
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