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  1. I've had a GTY room several times and have always had the cabin assigned very quickly and it's never changed. Enjoy Alaska ?
  2. @Cruisemad888 if booking in the UK we are not able to take advantage of price drops like those booking in the US - UK bookings (as far as I know) are protected by ABTA / ATOL and usually command a higher price. The only "solution" is to cancel, forfeit deposit and rebook.
  3. I have used Panet Criuise in the past (they advertise on the Ideal World shopoing channel and are part of Iglu). The first couple of times was ok and then they made a mistake with some of our info (names, date of birth etc) - which you think they'd have had from previous bookings and then they got my email address wrong so there were issues. To be honest I wasn't that impressed and the last couple of cruises I have booked I have done so directly with the company as Planet / Iglu were not offering any extra incentives (OBC etc) to book with them. Oh and they forgot to add our Crown & Anchor numbers to the booking which was something else to sort out
  4. I priced up a cruise from Southampton to sail this year. I looked at the solo price and the price if I added a non-travelling mystery companion. The solo price was more than having two people in the cabin!! Ridiculous. In the end I chose to sail with another company. I only wanted a week's cruise, I didn't mind where to put me onto diamond level in C&A. Oh well, there's always next year to try!
  5. Thank you @twangster for another amazing blog. The ship looked lovely with lots of space for a small ship and places to relax and hang out. And, as always your pics were fantastic
  6. Yes - even on an inside cabin!!
  7. On sailings from Southampton there will be a kettle in your stateroom. If it only has tea with it (which mine did last year) ask for coffee and your stateroom attendant will put some in for you... or leave them a note! Enjoy ?
  8. Last year I cruised 12 nights from Southampton to Baltic capitals - fabulous - but could have been a day or two longer as it can take a day or two from Southampton. Several of the ports were back to back days - a day off in the middle would have been a great rest day. Last month I did a 7 night crusie and was just starting to relax and get my bearings around the ship when it was time to get off. Longer is better!!
  9. I sailed from Southampton last year. I'm Emerald status. My friends had not cruised before. We were all permitted to join the Emerald (or however it's classed) queue when checking in. I did ask on arrival if that was ok
  10. Thank you so much for sharing your cruise. This time last year I was on a very similar cruise - Navigator from Southampton - it's great to hear of your experience.
  11. Usually on ships departing the UK Royal have a kettle in the cabin. If there isn't any coffee (for some reason they sometimes only put tea in) ask your stateroom attendant and they can get some sachets for you
  12. Jamie Fentiman was great when he was CD on a cruise out of Southampton I took a couple of years or so ago
  13. Thanks for such a fab review. I can't believe this is the ship I sailed on last summer! It looks amazing. Thanks for taking us along on your cruise Sarah
  14. I was on a Baltic cruise from Southampton last June. I am 44, my friends are between 55 - 65. The age range seemed to be mainly 50+. Very few families - but it was in school term time. Where are you thinking of sailing from? Depending on the itinerary as to age ranges. For example, in my experience, Med Cruises from Southampton attract an older British passenger as they don't need to fly.
  15. On Indy you do not pre-book any shows - it's a first come basis. Grease is usually shown a few times, so pick a time that suits you and pop along early to get a good seat. There is usually a theatre show each night - some are from the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers and other nights have a "headliner" act e.g. music, comedian, magician. The show in theatre is usually twice each night - times around first and second main seating dinner so that the majority of guests can go along before / after dinner. As far as I can remember the only thing you'd need a ticket in advance for are the ice shows. When the tickets are available for collection will be advertised in the Cruise Compass - the daily newsletter left in your cabin - this gives details of all the activities available. There are also parades and singing events on the Royal Promenade - again advertised in the Cruise Compass. I hope this helps - have a fab cruise Sarah
  16. I have heard about people booking 2 into a cabin and the second being a no show and then the port taxes for that person being refunded. It's something to consider for the future. I'm just annoyed that when I put in for 1 person it was £459 more than for 2 people - I was expecting it to be £1298. Nevermind. I've now booked a cruise for this year with another company - and although I'm solo it's in a twin cabin and it's less than the price for 2 people. I will miss Royal but hope to save up so I can sail again next year.
  17. Many thanks for all your replies. Unfortunately I can't afford to cruise with Royal Caribbean this year; I'm three points away from diamond but their pricing has really put me off. I looked at a 7 night cruise from the UK - £649 per person in an inside cabin; therefore £1298 for two people on the cabin. When I put one person in the inside cabin the price is £1757! I love sailing with Royal but this has now put me off - there's no way I can afford £1757 for a one week cruise from the UK - no flights involved.
  18. Please can anyone tell me which Royal ships have solo cabins? thanks, Sarah
  19. @twangster - your pictures are fabulous; thank you for sharing your time on Symphony
  20. I had Jamie Fentiman as CD on a cruise a couple of years or so ago; I thought he was good - not as good as Joff but better than Rob McNally
  21. Do you think this means there will be 3 ships sailing from Southampton or that Indy or Explorer will be moved?
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