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    jticarruthers reacted to ellcee in CocoTaps Heading to Royal Caribbean   
    Coconut water is gross. Gimme any other part of that coconut but blehhhh about the water.
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    jticarruthers reacted to WAAAYTOOO in CocoTaps Heading to Royal Caribbean   
    ^^ +1 ^^
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    jticarruthers reacted to Atlantix2000 in Formal night optional?   
    Formal nights are whatever you want them to be.  All it really means is there are photographer available is a couple places to take nice family photos.  The average dress will be a little nicer but there will still be a full range from truly formal to casual.  Wear what you like.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from wstephensi in Connecting staterooms getting way more expensive   
    I noticed this as well when looking at the Alaska itineraries for 2021 last night ... i think they have figured out a new way to fleece people. Oh you want two rooms with an adjoining door ... upcharge 🙂
    It was clearly coming up as a whole separate category of room with a higher price, regardless of occupancy levels.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Baked Alaska in North, to Alaska! Go north, the rush is on! Bookings are open!   
    Just got the exclusive invite for C&A Members to book Alaska before the general public ..... 🙄
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in North, to Alaska! Go north, the rush is on! Bookings are open!   
    Just got the exclusive invite for C&A Members to book Alaska before the general public ..... 🙄
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from AshleyDillo in North, to Alaska! Go north, the rush is on! Bookings are open!   
    Just got the exclusive invite for C&A Members to book Alaska before the general public ..... 🙄
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from JasonL in North, to Alaska! Go north, the rush is on! Bookings are open!   
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Baked Alaska in North, to Alaska! Go north, the rush is on! Bookings are open!   
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Pauly76 in Immigration & Disembarking in Tampa   
    Like all ports there can be good days and bad, airport is about 20 minutes or so from the port. Personally i would be ok with booking the 11.45 flight but planning to do walk off disembarkation to get into the line early.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from 4ensic in Cellular data while in ports   
    Firmly in the TMobile camp.
    Its good enough at home but every cruise i have been on you just turn on the phone, connect to the local network and facebook/texts/emails work normally. And its all included at no additional charge (At least on my plan, check your plan before you assume its the same on all plans).
    The best part is voice is not included so unfortunately i don't answer calls while on vacation 🙂
     
     
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Price discrepancy   
    The best advice here is to try not to dwell on what you could have saved if you had waited to book and focus on the fact that you were happy to pay what you are paying for what you are getting.
    I would look at upgrades though, I just moved up from standard Oceanview to panoramic Oceanview because the price for the better room had fallen below what i was paying for the lesser room.
    I try to look at it as "i got to pick the room i wanted and now i get a better room for the price i would have been happy to pay". It does feel sucky in some ways but it beats waiting for the price to fall and then not getting on the cruise at all 🙂 !!
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    jticarruthers reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Changing Passenger Names   
    If you used a travel agent to book your cruise, they will need to take care of this.  If you booked directly with Royal Caribbean, you can call them and take care of it.  1-800-526-9723
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from MicDay in Specific Room numbers, can RC bump us?   
    Yes they can.
    They will usually do their best to find similar or better accommodations for you, and/or offer some on board cash as compensation, but the short answer is they can move you for any or no reason if they choose to do so.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Hoski in Buying water park on CocoCay after 11   
    There used to be a half day option, you were probably thinking of that.
    Discountinued as far as i know though ... only full day tickets now.
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    jticarruthers reacted to PG Cruiser in "Savings" on Royal Caribbean Promos and Sales   
    There's a "Soak Up Adventure Sale" going on.  Whenever a promo or a sales event is announced by Royal, I do mock "incognito" bookings of cruises I have already reserved and those I've been planning to book.  I've been doing this for about two years now and I have yet to see a real and substantial reduction in the price.  I am the type of consumer who finds this an insult to my (limited) intelligence. It's like stores who jack up prices to create the illusion of a sale.  
    As an aside,  I hate that Bed, Bath, & Beyond (my budget) prices their items 20% more than other stores so you can feel you're getting a discount when you use their never expiring coupons.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Royal and I'm "loyal to Royal", but this approach to marketing is not one of my favorites.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Neesa in Balcony is less than a oceanview?   
    It happens, we just switched from the standard oceanview on Mariner to the Panoramic at no addtional charge ... nobody was buying the Panoramic's so they lowered the price to increase uptake to the point it was lower than what we had paid for the regular.
    On the one hand as my TA kept trying to explain "you are losing the money you paid for the regular since you are switching to the panoramic and you arent getting the difference back" on the other hand, I got the better room at a price i was willing to pay for the lesser room, so no complaints.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from JohnK6404 in Brightline Trains to Run to Port of Miami from Orlando, etc.   
    Amtrak already does a service from Tampa through Orlando (not up to downtown but near Disney) and then down through Fort Lauderdale to Miami.
    We used it for a cruise to/from a year or two ago ... as the DD i liked not having to drive but the rest of the crew voted for the convenience of having me drive.
    Departure time was roughly 1pm on each end and arrival time roughly 6pm so we left on Friday around 1 from Downtown Tampa, got into Miami at 6 something. Stayed at a hotel, boarded on Saturday and then we got back the following Saturday took the train back to Tampa getting in around 6pm again.
    Times werent ideal (but clearly it isnt driven around the cruise schedule) but price was reasonable.
    Im interested in seeing how much the high speed option moves the needle but preliminary pricing looked like airlines to me so might as well drive if its more than a couple of people.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Balcony is less than a oceanview?   
    It happens, we just switched from the standard oceanview on Mariner to the Panoramic at no addtional charge ... nobody was buying the Panoramic's so they lowered the price to increase uptake to the point it was lower than what we had paid for the regular.
    On the one hand as my TA kept trying to explain "you are losing the money you paid for the regular since you are switching to the panoramic and you arent getting the difference back" on the other hand, I got the better room at a price i was willing to pay for the lesser room, so no complaints.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Skipping a porttkuation   
    It probably depends on what the port agreement is, my understanding is that if a fee/tax is refunded from the port then they are required to pass it back to the customer since it was never RCI's money to start with but that if their agreement does not get the refund back from the port then they have nothing to refund.
     
    Over the year's i have had several refunds of a dollar or two for the fee having changed between my booking time and the actual cruise and this was the reason given.
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    jticarruthers reacted to Ray in RC Deals and Special Offers, only for some   
    We do get the sales here in the UK however prices are increased to cover what you get on the discount or freebies. 
    Having compared both UK & US prices on my sailing for over a year, the only answer i could give if asked, as to when is the best time to book would be as soon as they come out. 
    Thats what i did and its the cheapest it has been, in fact the price now is about £1000 more 
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from Hoski in Ok to ask about on board credit up front?   
    This is interesting.
    I have used the same TA for multiple years (found her when i first got interested in cruising and always seemed to get a good deal with her so i stuck with her). I never had to ask about OBC she always gave it to me on every booking.
    She retired/left the agency a couple of years ago and i didnt care for the person the agency passed me to replace her, nothing really wrong we just dont hit it off as well.
    Went looking at other agencies to see if i could find a better fit (including MEI) and in all cases received quotes that were the same $ since RCI doesnt let the TA discount the cruise but none of them offered me any OBC. I pushed a couple of them, to the point where i felt i was being rude but it neither of them offered anything.
    Went back to the original TA and sent a "thank you for your time but i get a better deal with another TA" email to the new ones. At which point i got "oh well i would have given you that OBC but its at my discretion and i wasnt going to tell you until you booked".
    I'm back with my TA reluctantly since we dont have the same "mind meld" but for ~8% OBC back on every cruise I dont see how i dont use them.
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Coco Cay Beach Club Update   
    Slightly off topic but the new location for the floating tiki bar is depressing ... surrounded by grass/weeds 😞 There goes my favorite part of CocoCay at least until construction ends ...
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    jticarruthers got a reaction from cruisestuff in Mariner vs. Navigator   
    I have been on Mariner (post upgrades) several times and really like it, have heard from others that Navigator is even better but havent been able to convince myself its worth the drive down to Miami to try it out yet.
    Both good options from all accounts, is price/departure city a factor for you ?
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