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  1. Awesome post. A couple of items on travel insurance. 1. Print and take the certificate of insurance with you (two copies). It has all the contact information and process/procedures in case of an 'event'. I am familiar with travel insurance and can tell you people are angry to find out they are not covered because they didn't follow the prescribed process/contact/procedures. 2. Make sure you understand how long your insurance covers you, especially medical. If your insurance is for 14 days and you are delayed to 15 or 16 days for example, you risk not being covered for events. If you are in your coverage window, and suspect a delay beyond your coverage time, it's usually a simple telephone call (and a fee) to extend by a day or two. Different insurance companies, credit cards, etc. all have their policies and process. Your mileage may vary.
  2. I can tell you for a fact that RCL will convert using their rate and apply a service charge that would be higher than a CDN credit card changing to USD. Everything we buy from RCL, a TA or anything else is done with a USD credit card. We exchange CDN to USD online and pay the USD CC bill that way. Anytime you have a service based in a currency that is something other than your CC (and they tell you what the $$ would be in your currency) you leave yourself open to them layering on whatever exchange charges they want.
  3. That is Royal's policy, yes. The policy is actually that if you are on an excursion booked through Royal, the ship doesn't leave until you get back. As opposed to the excursion gets back before the ship leaves.
  4. Shhhhhh...don't bring up computerization, simplicity and common sense with respect to the RCL website. It's like a massive dumpster fire here. ? Have your list ready with time options 1, 2 & 3 for each reservation you want to make on your list. They will have a kiosk in the promenade...find it when you get on the ship as soon as you can.
  5. Surprised you mentioned that...LOL! Not. ?
  6. The things we liked about Oasis Class: + Food - the number of options, places and variety was awesome. Specialty restaurants, ability to have breakfast in the Solarium as examples, 10/10. + Walking/Running Track - Two thumbs up Things we didn't like (resulting in being 3rd on our list): + Amount of deck space on the upper deck. Having a constant crowd in shuffling in front of you looking for open deck chairs...regardless of where you sit, showed the amount of deck space per pax was low. Clearly a result of how they have physically integrated the segregation of the suite class (from the rest of us peons) and the sheer number of people. People were frustrated and it's the first time we had to get out there for 7:30am on sea days to get a chair. And the Solarium... ??? + Having to reserve seating for entertainment. So much for looking at your watch and saying 'hey, maybe we can get a seat in the theatre?' (Canadian spelling) If the Aqua Theatre show is cancelled due to sea conditions...you're SOL. We understand why they have to do it that way, but it's not for us. + Merry-go-Rounds, Candy Stores...I can think of other things I would prefer to see taking up space. If we had kids Oasis Class would be at the top of the list. They just don't match up to why we cruise.
  7. I have never heard of a pool on a cruise ship not being salt water (sea water actually). Any verifiable non-salt water pools on RCL?
  8. We have been on multiple ships several times and every class of ship except Anthem. We have never booked based on a specific ship or ships, but given our experience if we had the option of going on the same itinerary/date/disembarkation port, there are ships, or rather classes, we would pick over others. 1. Freedom Class 2. Voyager Class 3. Oasis Class 4. Radiance Class That's just our preference on our style.
  9. If I remember correctly, D+ and above used to have the option of breakfast in Chops. We used to comment on that, but haven't seen that in a while unless they still do it on the smaller ships.
  10. Wow...backwards automation. Thanks.
  11. ...the preferences setting(s) for the embarkation day C&A gift (Welcome/Bonus Amenity) and other items? I know there has been much chatter about the state of the RCL website...and maybe I've been under a rock or something. I can find the PDF outlining the details and such...but the preferences setting is nowhere to be found. Search yields 0 results. Anyone?...anyone?...Bueller?
  12. Suspect a prearranged service would be more cost effective than the 'taxi rate'.
  13. If you are considering a guided island tour like that, book it ahead of time. You can walk off the ship and get a taxi for eight for sure, but a guided tour on a walk-off would not likely be available. If there is, they might have a couple of seats left and they are not necessarily going to go where you specifically want.
  14. Shhhhhhhh!! That's an ultra classified military super secret. ???
  15. 18 cruises over 14 years. Some of which were in JS to get the double. We actually booked a 5 night in a JS to get us to exactly 175 in preparation for our B2B two months later. But...I also think we made out quite well when they switched the points system from one point per cruise to one point per night. We ended up with more C&A points than nights we had cruised when the switch was done.
  16. On your own front door step, your own publication or in a place considered public property, yes. Anywhere and anytime...like a privately run comment board...not applicable.
  17. We've been on the Freedom previously and we're back on for a B2B in...19 SLEEPS!!. Ooops...sorry, was that too loud? I will be sure to report back.
  18. But I bet the gratuities get upped to 'suite level'. ?
  19. HA! I saw the topic and was going to put in a @WAAAYTOOO to ask you to comment on Mama Mia...you beat me to it!! ??
  20. B2B on... Freedom of the Seas - February 10th, 2019 (upgrade!) Freedom of the Seas - February 17th, 2019
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