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    tdcackler got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in If it weren't for bad luck ...   
    Too soon, @Matt, too soon. 馃檪
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    tdcackler got a reaction from FlowBro Ty in If it weren't for bad luck ...   
    So, they cancelled our 2/24 sailing on the Navigator. Sigh. This is the second time we've booked with RCI and both times they've cancelled our cruise. What, is my money not good enough? 馃槃

    Sorry - if I don't laugh, I'll cry. Now I'm trying to figure out if we just go to Florida for a week or do we scrap it all and reschedule or pick another line? Sigh. I really do want to give RC a try, but why do they have to make it so stinking hard?!
    At this rate, I may as well cancel our cruise next February just to get ahead of the curve and spare the other passengers the trouble. 馃槃

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    tdcackler got a reaction from bhageerah in If it weren't for bad luck ...   
    So, they cancelled our 2/24 sailing on the Navigator. Sigh. This is the second time we've booked with RCI and both times they've cancelled our cruise. What, is my money not good enough? 馃槃

    Sorry - if I don't laugh, I'll cry. Now I'm trying to figure out if we just go to Florida for a week or do we scrap it all and reschedule or pick another line? Sigh. I really do want to give RC a try, but why do they have to make it so stinking hard?!
    At this rate, I may as well cancel our cruise next February just to get ahead of the curve and spare the other passengers the trouble. 馃槃

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    tdcackler reacted to tiny260 in Voom Pricing   
    You just described Star Class, granted it includes other amenities (The Key, UDP, behind the scene tours and the rooms themselves), so if you ever look at Star Class, remember you are already including pretty much everything.
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    tdcackler reacted to twangster in Voom Pricing   
    I doubt Virgin will have any impact to the big three.聽 Different target audience, different pricing model, different product.聽 Especially with just one ship.聽聽
    MSC is someone to watch.聽 They plan to crank out ships over the next few years and take on the big three closer in that market.聽聽
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    tdcackler reacted to JLMoran in Few Questions First Time'er   
    HI @Lakew92, welcome to the forums!
    Great advice already from @mom2mybugs聽and @twangster.聽One option to consider聽for the champagne that will save you some money聽is to buy it before boarding and bring it onto the ship. Each cabin is allowed to bring two bottles of wine, and this does include sparkling wines (aka champagne). You just have to be sure to bring it in your carry-on bag that bring onto the ship,聽not聽any luggage you will be聽checking with the porters. You'll have that bag with you until the rooms are available around 1 PM, so be sure to pack the bottles carefully to avoid cracking or breaking. On the day you know the proposal is happening, you can ask your attendant to bring a couple buckets of ice to chill the champagne, then bring it with you to the MDR. You'll be charged a corkage fee per bottle to open it in the MDR.
    Since the corkage fee is going to be assessed anyway, you could even check with the maitre'd when you board to see about dropping the bottles off with the MDR ahead of time, so that there is no spoiling of the surprise by someone showing up with the bottles. That way, they can be properly chilled and brought out only after the actual proposal has happened.
    This all may or may not be practical, depending on whether the engagement is a surprise and how easily one couple in your group can get the bottles on board without being spotted by the future bride and groom. But it is an option and would be appreciably less expensive than buying a bottle on the ship, even with the corkage fee.
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    tdcackler reacted to jcackler in 2 Connecting Rooms questions   
    this is definitely our plan
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    tdcackler reacted to JLMoran in 2 Connecting Rooms questions   
    This is definitely true.
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    tdcackler reacted to Matt in Passports and Documentation   
    Thanks for sharing this, @michelle
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    tdcackler reacted to markinct in Passports and Documentation   
    @michelle, I can see this post saving a lot of first time /occasional travelers a LOT of heart ache and frustration. Thank you for taking the time to post it!

    @Matt聽 this might be good grist for a full blog post or the podcast...聽

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    tdcackler reacted to michelle in Passports and Documentation   
    Let's talk Passports and Documents
    Even though I do tell clients what they need to bring with them to board a ship sometimes life
    gets in the way and they forget or find out last minute they don't have what they need.聽 My rule of thumb
    is when I make final payment OR you make your final payment CHECK your passport or Documents
    and make sure they are in order.聽 if not you still have some time>聽 Trust me - I have had to run to DC
    and get a last minute passport for my husband because we could not find his current passport or His
    birth certificate and it cost me $500 but I did get it 4 days before sailing so it can be done, lol
    Don't make my mistake.聽

    Here below is what is actually written on your cruise document from ROYAL with links too.

    Before You Leave: Required Travel Documents and Identification
    It is the guest's responsibility to obtain all valid travel documents for their vacation. These valid travel documents such as passports, visas,
    inoculation certificate and family legal documents are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Guests should
    check with their travel agent and/or government authority to determine the travel documents needed for each destination, including the port of
    embarkation.
    Documentation and Immigration Requirements
    路 Guests are highly encouraged to travel with a valid passport, even when not required
    路 For your protection, we recommend that your passport expiration date does not occur within six (6) months of the sailing return date.
    路 Some foreign ports of call require a visa. Please contact the Embassy (Consular Services) of each country on your sailing itinerary or the visa
    service of your choice for specific visa requirements, information, forms and fees for your nationality. Royal Caribbean suggests the visa provider,
    CIBT at www.visacentral.com/royalcaribbean or 1.800.858.8579 (identify yourself as a Royal Caribbean guest for discounted rates).
    路 The spelling of the guest(s) name as booked for a cruise must match exactly as their valid passport or proof of citizenship / identification during
    ship check-in formalities.
    路 Certain countries may have specific travel requirements for your itinerary. Please check any one of the websites below to understand what is necessary for your vacation.
    路 All guests (including children) must present a valid passport when sailing on U.S. Open Loop voyages. These are voyages that commence in a
    U.S. port, travel within the Western Hemisphere, and end at a different U.S. port. When traveling on these sailings, please take extra caution in
    understanding the specific documentation requirements.
    路 All guests (including children) require specific travel documents that may include either a passport or other documentation, such as a
    government-issued birth certificate and laminated government issued picture ID denoting photo, name and date of birth, when traveling on U.S.
    Closed Loop voyages. These are voyages that commence and end in the same U.S. port without leaving the western hemisphere. Please note that
    Baptismal papers, hospital certificates of birth, voter registration cards or Social Security cards are not considered proof of citizenship. Please view
    the websites below for more information.
    路 Should the last names of the parent and minor child traveling with them differ, the parent is required to present the child's valid passport and visa (if
    required) and the child's birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy). The name of the parent(s) and the child must be linked
    through legal documentation.
    路 Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of a minor traveling with them must present an original notarized letter signed by the child's
    parent(s), authorizing the adult to take the child on the specific cruise, supervise the child and allow emergency medical treatment to be
    administered.
    路 Guests on consecutive sailings must ensure they have the proper travel documents for their entire cruise vacation and for any port within their
    itinerary(s).
    Please refer to one of the following websites for details on documentation requirements as it relates to your itinerary:
    路 WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative):
    路 Royal Caribbean鈥檚 Recommended Visa and Passport Provider:
    路 Alien Registration Card
    路 Royal Caribbean International
    Website: www.getyouhome.gov
    Website: www.visacentral.com/royalcaribbean
    Website: http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/greencard_renewal.html
    Website: www.RoyalCaribbean.com
    This booking is governed by the terms and conditions of the Cruise/Cruisetour Ticket Contract. A copy of the most current version of that
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    tdcackler reacted to Matt in First Time Check In   
    If you haven't seen this, here's what to do a week before your cruise:聽https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2015/11/17/what-do-week-your-royal-caribbean-cruise
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    tdcackler reacted to Fuzzywuzzy in First Time Check In   
    Sounds like you're all ready to me. Enjoy!
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    tdcackler got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in First Time Check In   
    Can't book shows on the Navigator, not doing any specialty dining and no excursions planned. Not getting off the ship in Nassau and just a plain beach day in Labadee. We do have the drink package booked, though. 馃槀
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    tdcackler reacted to Matt in Should I buy two drink packages for both my kids or will one be good for the both of them??? Please help   
    I hate to do it, but had to "clean up" this thread.聽 It's okay not to agree, but there are two things we do not condone here:
    1. Writing about ways to circumvent RC's rules
    2. Personal insults/attacks
    Keep it civil. Consider yourselves warned.
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    tdcackler reacted to MikeK in First Time Check In   
    Make sure you bring all the correct IDs or they wont let you on the ship
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    tdcackler got a reaction from rjac in First Time Check In   
    Can't book shows on the Navigator, not doing any specialty dining and no excursions planned. Not getting off the ship in Nassau and just a plain beach day in Labadee. We do have the drink package booked, though. 馃槀
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    tdcackler got a reaction from mom2mybugs in First Time Check In   
    Can't book shows on the Navigator, not doing any specialty dining and no excursions planned. Not getting off the ship in Nassau and just a plain beach day in Labadee. We do have the drink package booked, though. 馃槀
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    tdcackler got a reaction from Vee2525 in First Time Check In   
    Can't book shows on the Navigator, not doing any specialty dining and no excursions planned. Not getting off the ship in Nassau and just a plain beach day in Labadee. We do have the drink package booked, though. 馃槀
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    tdcackler reacted to jcackler in 2 Connecting Rooms questions   
    We have two connecting rooms booked like yours for a sailing in 2020.聽 I was able to add both reservation numbers and see them - as well as Grandpa and Grandma are on our sailing as well and I was able to add their reservation number and see their info as well.聽
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    tdcackler reacted to hayley_bopp in 2 Connecting Rooms questions   
    Yes you'll be able to put kids in one room.聽

    Not sure about the website issue.聽
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    tdcackler reacted to AubieKermit in 2 Connecting Rooms questions   
    I just changed my reservation from one inside staterooms to two Promenade connecting rooms on the Navigator sailing on Memorial Day.聽 My travel agent put me in a room with my son and my wife in a room with my daughter.聽 Are we allowed to put the kids in the same room and my wife and I in the other one once we get on board?
    Also, now that it has been changed, when I login to my account on the RCCL website, the reservation shown is only for me and my son.聽 When I click on the link to "Add My Travel Party's Reservation," I enter my wife's info and her reservation number, but it doesn't change anything on my screen.聽 Do we now have to login under her account (which I have to setup) in order to schedule shore excursions and stuff?
    Thanks in advance...
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    tdcackler reacted to rjac in First Time Check In   
    Have you booked your shows, excursions, specialty dining?聽
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    tdcackler reacted to tiny260 in First Time Check In   
    You should have everything completed.
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