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  1. I've noticed that the Spa discounts appear less often than on other items in the Cruise Planner. (I always book a Day 1 massage for my wife in the planner.) I think one major driver of this is that the Spa is actually run by a third party company, OneSpaWorld, not Royal Caribbean. That is not to say discounts won't become available, they just seem to appear less often than items like Drinks, Excursions, etc. One good way to get a lower price on spa services is to book them for port days instead of sea days. The spa quite often has lower prices while the ship is in a port of call when/where demand is lower.
  2. Most likely, but, judging from the prices I've seen in the Cruise Planner the past few months, it's gonna depend on your own personal definition of "SALE".
  3. Is email really going to be the easiest/most effective/most expedient way to contact the Cruise Director for what you are dictating is an Emergency? The CD probably wouldn't be checking email until late into the evening (if even then) just due to a CD's usual daily schedule and workload alone. You should probably contact Guest Services either in person or on your stateroom telephone.
  4. 90% sure a Vision Class ship can fit? OR Only 90% of the ship will fit in the port like an old Cadillac too long to close the garage door?
  5. I'd love to visit there, but, does RC have a ship that can even dock there now? Empress and Majesty are no longer in the fleet and, to my knowledge, they were the only ships able to port there before travel restrictions to Cuba were reinstated.
  6. If you're sailing on Quantum or Ovation to Alaska, Café Two70 has a nice little "high-octane" coffee menu that's included in the DBP! Even when sailing on a ship with a Café Latte-tudes instead, we've gotten "Syrup" in our coffees (a la Buffy the Elf!) there or even ordered a shot of something at another bar to add to it. (Bailey's, Rum Chata, Whiskey etc.)
  7. FYI: This might be the earliest check-in time available RIGHT NOW. When I checked us in on the app just after midnight for our Odyssey cruise, noon was the earliest time available. A few days later, 11:00 became available on the app. (Good news is you can update to another time!) I had thought for sure we would be in the earliest group to board. To my surprise, other passengers had 10:00 & 10:30 check-in times when we arrived on embarkation day!
  8. Absolutely. In January, our hotel shuttle dropped us off at the terminal at about 10:15 am for an 11:00 check-in time (Port Everglades) and the porters were immediately available and gathered everyone's luggage.
  9. We ate at Wonderland on Odyssey this past January and we very much enjoyed it. Even with my wife's dietary restriction (gluten/wheat allergy) the meal was quite satisfying and the presentation of each course and the signature cocktails was entertaining and fun. It was definitely something that should be experienced at least once. (FYI: "The World" dessert is amazing! Chocolate ball filled with salted caramel ice cream, peanut butter, and chocolate mousse. Then hot caramel is poured over the ball, melting the chocolate to reveal it's contents) Liquid Lobster, Tomato Water (without the bread foam on hers), and Reconstructed Caprese. Sashimi of Red and White Tuna The Chicken and the Egg (Crispy skin chicken with potato puree "eggs") The Rib "I" Luscious Short Rib The Bird's Nest (Deviled Eggs with Bleu Cheese and Hot Sauce on a "Nest" of Wheat)
  10. I can confirm both what @Matt and @AGSLC5 have said. Fill out the form and bring it up with your stateroom attendant if it is not already there. There is no need to lug a gallon of water on board. You'll have it provided to you during the evening servicing of your stateroom. FYI: Be prepared to have a very heavy and very long extension cord provided if needed. LOL Since you are on QoTS, you may not need the cord however. Our Odyssey stateroom had an outlet on what just happened to be "my side" of the bed.
  11. Here's a source for third party shore excursions in Alaska if what you're looking for through RC is already booked up. https://alaskashoreexcursions.com/ As a bonus, you can generally find them to be less than booking through the cruise lines. I've booked all of our August excursions for Icy Point Strait, Skagway, and Juneau through them.
  12. @SpeedNoodles This cruise is still available for booking on RC's website, though. What is going on here?
  13. Has this been discussed at all recently? I put the Deluxe Beverage Package in my cart MANY weeks ago when the price was at the lowest I had seen, but I did not commit to buying it. Ever since, I saw the price substantially increase twice while the price in the cart held steady. I decided to buy it and see if my in-cart price would be honored an it was! (And ya know if not, I could've just cancelled!) My order history, email receipt, and my credit card charges all confirm that I got it at the previous price that was offered. Has anyone experienced this with the drink packages or any other items in the Cruise Planner?
  14. I'm very interested in what the situation is in that area is as well. The are cruising out of Seattle in August and initially wanted to stay in walking distance from the Space Needle and Pop Culture museum the night before. I'm starting to second guess this plan. I hoping some insights can be provided right now and over the early Alaskan cruise season.
  15. For real, though, there are way too many hoops to jump through for these pharmacy based tests. The ease and convenience of the BinaxNow tests can't be beat!
  16. No need to cancel! If the price is lower for the same category of cabin you booked, you can call and get a re-price on your current booking. They will reduce the outstanding balance on your booking to reflect the new lower price. Many, many of us on this message board do this all the time! It can pay off to keep checking back to see current prices! Also, if the balance on your booking has already been paid off, you can get the price difference applied to your cruise in the form of On Board Credit.
  17. To add to my previous posting about my wife's experience eating GF on Odyssey recently, a few photos my wife took of some of the gluten-free things she enjoyed! MDR - Crust-less Strawberry Cheesecake MDR - Apple Pie ala Mode made Gluten-Free just for her! She liked this so much she made a request to have it again the next night which they gladly did. Crown and Compass Pub - Pulled Pork Nachos. VERY Tasty and a great value at $4.00! Café Two70 - Turkey and Bacon Club on a Gluten Free Bun and a Gluten-Free Puff Pastry (I can't remember any additional details about it.) Wonderland - Liquid Lobster, Tomato Water (without the bread foam on hers), and Reconstructed Caprese. Wonderland - Sashimi of Red and White Tuna Wonderland - The Chicken and the Egg (Crispy skin chicken with potato puree "eggs")
  18. Returning to Port Everglades had something I had never experienced before. You just step forward one at a time to tablet screen to line up your face in a box on the screen, it verifies you with facial recognition. A CBP agent standing near it says, "Ok. Thank you" and that's it. DONE!
  19. Well, we had a similar situation in regards to a shortened cruise. Our 9-Night on Grandeur out of Baltimore was delayed by two days because the ship had to stop in Port Canaveral for rudder repairs. Even though the cruise only ended up being 7 nights, we still got the original 9 C&A points along with a 50% cruise fare refund and a taxes/fees refund on the ports we missed as a result.
  20. I would check for updated Cruise Documents/Luggage Tags attached to your reservation. It may tell you your new cabin number. (In the case of Royal Up, new cruise docs are issued within 48 hours of acceptance) Getting a complimentary upgrade from an OV Balcony is intriguing. It could be either a Spacious OV Balcony or maybe another "more preferred" location. If you cross your fingers hard enough, maybe even a Junior Suite!
  21. DAILY gratuities of $14.50 per person, per day ($43.50 PP/PD for the three of you) is for the services of your stateroom attendant, head waiter, waiter, and assistant waiter in the Main Dining Room. Many choose to pre-pay these so that (1.) It's one less thing to pay for on your credit card after the vacation and (2.) If you're booking well ahead of time and making payments to the booking until the final payment date, it's an easier expense to cover. An 18% gratuity is automatically charged for specific purchases you make on board. (drinks, specialty dining, spa services) Welcome to the boards! Use the search function you'll find plenty of answers to your questions and a lot of great advise!
  22. Boy, I misread this and got excited at the prospect of choosing my own price!
  23. A "Guaranteed" (GTY) booking is the same this as letting "Royal Caribbean allocate" your room. You are guaranteed a room that is at least the cabin class that you have selected and the cruise line chooses what room you will get. (You may possibly even get a better room depending on availability. i.e. Score a balcony room even though your GTY booking was for an interior or ocean view cabin.) By Guaranteed, do you possibly mean you have chosen the room and are, therefore, "guaranteed" to have the room you have selected? Anyway, I'm much in the same camp on this as @Traveling Mike is. If I can save a good deal of money that I can spend on other cruise vacation items (Drinks, Dining, Excursions, etc.) by booking GTY or with lesser cabin class, I will go that in a heartbeat! Just get me on the ship!
  24. Correct. The device is called the Octagrabber. So they're obviously not treating the booster like a guy holding onto a mattress with one arm while driving! https://spacexfleet.com/Octagrabber
  25. I'm afraid not. You have to present the original at the port. You will need to get a replacement. Knowing that we would need to travel with these for the foreseeable future, I purchased these Passport/Vax Card holders so that we always know where our vax cards are AND to protect them from being damaged. Who thought these flimsy pieces of paper with VERY IMPORTANT information on them was a good idea? https://www.amazon.com/Doulove-Passport-Vaccine-Holder-Leather/dp/B09BCT1M7K/ref=sr_1_5?gclid=CjwKCAjw8sCRBhA6EiwA6_IF4cgslBTItCtSZV1Ty4ZyTd2Ew7ibWjJuquqh08esXCxsRJ6T3MV5XBoC6lwQAvD_BwE&hvadid=511430690376&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9051951&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=9756741064692047628&hvtargid=kwd-1218745837133&hydadcr=10844_9896005&keywords=passport+and+vaccine+card+holder&qid=1647344595&sr=8-5
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