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  1. No official plans communicated here, but I think many of us are planning on meeting up at the bar on the pool deck during sailaway! I will be wearing a "Cruising With JT" shirt so you can't miss me ? My name is John btw! ?
  2. Great question. I am not 100% sure but I am guessing that there were some cancellations due to the mask policy. I don't believe people would cancel due to the shortened times in certain ports, as that could happen while you're ON the cruise.
  3. I renewed it in Oct 2020 even though I knew I wasn't going to travel until 2nd half of 2021, had a feeling things would be the way they are now. Got mine back 9 weeks later. So glad I did it then though as now people are scrambling to get theirs back or paying that expedited fee.
  4. I think COVID impacts everyone differently. I honestly think I had it when no one even really knew about it back in early December 2019. I had a 102 fever, cough that basically killed my lungs (couldn't even sleep), had to go to the doctor for some lung/breathing tests, loss my sense of smell and taste for about a week, the cough lasted about 3 weeks. My wife and daughter never got sick. I don't know what it was, but if that was COVID, you do not want to experience what I did. I am fully vaccinated now.
  5. Sorry to hear about the impact to your excursions in Juneau @12thmanand @MicDay I thought Royal Caribbean would work with the Juneau tour operators to adjust the timing of their offerings so guests wouldn't be impacted? They basically just lost business.
  6. I think the wellness check is where we show them our vaccination cards and they make sure we are feeling okay? Not sure if this where they would do temp checks but that's what I'd assume a wellness check is.
  7. Yay!!! Looking forward to seeing you and others at that time, it's going to be an amazing cruise ?
  8. Hooray!!! I know so many people who I regularly chat with here and on facebook that got the 12-12:30pm time slot! Should be great to see everyone in and around the terminal. I won't be hard to find... ? Wearing my "Cruising With JT" shirt! Let's get the excitement and party started early!
  9. Glad you got the 12pm check in time! So many others here and on Facebook group also got it, I think we are all ready to get the party started. I am happy to hear that you got to experience Alaska with your father and he got to cross another item off his bucket list before passing. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but the memories you have with him will be cherished forever! The reduced capacity on Ovation should help, with it only being the 3rd sailing, I can't imagine it being more than 50% full, although no one really knows what the capacity is. But if it's anything less than 50%, we are going to have a massive ship all to ourselves. My family and I also went on Ovation of the Seas in August 2019 to Alaska. Did you go from August 30-September 6th? How crazy would that be if we both went on the same sailing in 2019 and again in 2021?! This will be my first cruise since February 2020 on Norwegian Escape (wanted to show my wife the Breakaway-Plus class on Norwegian), although our next 9 cruises are on Royal #LoyalToRoyal). I wish we did Symphony then though since our November 2020 Symphony was cancelled. I have been wanting to go to CocoCay forever, so jumping on Oasis of the Seas 2 weeks after I get off Ovation! We are going on Symphony for my birthday in February. Lots of exciting cruising in the future!! I am solo this cruise and a few others in 2021 since my wife can't get as much time off and my daughter isn't vaccinated yet (she is almost 4) but I hope by the time our family cruise in December rolls around on Navigator, she will be good to go. We are still taking her on the cruise, she'll just wear a mask but would prefer if she was vaccinated. Trying the solo studio oceanview balcony room for the first time on Ovation!!
  10. Check-in is open!!! I grabbed the 12:00-12:30pm slot which I think is the first one lol... makes sense since we are now leaving at 6:00pm. They usually start the process 6 hours prior to departure. Check-in for the 8/13, 8/20, and 8/27 sailings all opened at the same time!
  11. Great info, thank you! I have reached out to my agent to see what's possible. I will look at the cost of getting insurance for my cruises individually and then see if the annual cost is less with similar coverage.
  12. That looks pretty good. I am guessing the annual plan just sticks with you for any trip you take within the year? Now wondering if I can cancel any policies I already bought?
  13. I will have to look into that. How much is an annual plan do you know? I have 6 cruises remainder of 2021 and 2 in 2022 so far, 1 in 2023.
  14. Yeah that's the unfortunate thing, I shouldn't of bought this insurance. Allianz has better coverage (below) by default (the one I selected) for better pricing on another sailing. Going to see if I can cancel the one I originally bought after final payment online. Thanks.
  15. When booking through Royal (either direct or online) there is an option to purchase their "Vacation protection plan" through Arch Insurance Solutions. Has anyone bought this before? I usually purchase travel insurance through Allianz but figured let me try this one since it was a booking that I had to make online real quick before transferring to my travel agent. How does this work? Do we just print out the content/details on the link below and that is our insurance coverage? https://www.archinsurancesolutions.com/coverage/Royal I also have a 21 page PDF document where on Page 5 it shows the below. Is this same for everyone? Can't really "customize" the coverage from what I can tell. It wasn't cheap either at $149 for a 7-night cruise. Just want to make sure I am covered.
  16. Hi all, On Royal's website for their health protocols, I am not seeing anything about temperature checks at the terminal, onboard the ship, or when embarking/disembarking. Did they remove that requirement? https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise?dPort=seattle
  17. Also a change in itinerary! Totally okay with this --
  18. Allure of the Seas back in December 2013 when she was the world's largest ship! Still my favorite cruise of all time. Through the years I bounced around between Norwegian, Carnival and Royal, and even did a Princess, but now have decided to truly be Loyal to Royal. My next 9 cruises booked are all on Royal Caribbean. Let's go!!
  19. Very nice!!! I am currently Gold with 17 points only but will reach Diamond by my December cruise on Navigator. The double points promotion is amazing!! An early congrats on getting to Pinnacle. Being Diamond+ right now must feel nice! It will take me awhile to get there and who knows how long it will take for Pinnacle, maybe my whole life once the Double points go away lol. Wow @ Super Mario amazing.... 8000 points and counting!!
  20. Wow @twangsterwhat a beautiful collection. Silly question, but I am guessing you are Pinnacle?
  21. Wow Doug...that is an impressive journey to hit Pinnacle... Anthem of the Seas in Jan 2022 correct? Almost 1000 by end of 2022...wow! I don't know how many points Super Mario has...but this is impressive.
  22. Yay!!! I want my crystal block!!! Haven't yet got one.
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