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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Snotarni in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U reacted to rjac in Will you Consider Driving to Port Instead of Flying?   
    We live in North Carolina and always drive to Florida when we cruise. It's a two day trip, but we have friends we can visit in Fl for an overnight visit and stop in Savannah, Ga or Charleston, Sc on the way home for a few days. Flying doesn't work for us.......someone ALWAYS overpacks and brings way too many shoes.....and it isn't my darling wife. I had to say that because she reads what I post and I bruise easily. 😁
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    MadamG2U reacted to RickinSTL in Will you Consider Driving to Port Instead of Flying?   
    Sorry.. as much as I love my wife.. there's no way I could spend 17 hours in a car with her having to pee once every hour.. lol.. Ill take my chances with flying lol 
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    MadamG2U reacted to bbowers in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    June 2018 Alaska on Explorer.  My wife and I enjoyed the BEST crab we have ever had at Tracy's Crab shack in Juneau.  I will never forget that.  My 2 teenage daughters didn't want to eat crab that day, they should have!!  Also, just the family time together in Alaska, it was beautiful.
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    MadamG2U reacted to Rose City Cruiser in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    Watching that sunset gets me every.... single.... time. 🌅
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Floski in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from AnnetteJackson in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from PRebecca in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from whitsmom in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Neesa in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from RWDW1204 in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from MaryS in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from KristiZ in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in What is your favorite memory from your last cruise you took?   
    My favorite memory....Last December (2019) I took my parents on the Oasis to celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary.  We normally drive to Florida but this time I talked them into flying.  Note they had not flown in over 20 years.  What they did not know is that I booked us first class tickets!  We normally stay at holiday inn or such the night before. This time I booked us in the Mandarin Oriental Miami.  By this time they are just beyond happy.  As we left for the ship I kinda forgot to tell them that we were staying Star Class again.  It was the best cruise ever!
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from WannaCruise in Will you Consider Driving to Port Instead of Flying?   
    Yes we would consider driving.  Actually we are.  I changed out cruise 9/2021 from leaving Florida to Oasis living from NJ.  We live in NY.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Will you Consider Driving to Port Instead of Flying?   
    Yes we would consider driving.  Actually we are.  I changed out cruise 9/2021 from leaving Florida to Oasis living from NJ.  We live in NY.
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    MadamG2U reacted to twangster in Warning - Royal Changing Ships Without Notice   
    I always try to stay positive but Royal has implemented an unprecedented change that should be a cause for concern for everyone.  They are changing a ship, swapping an Oasis class ship to a Freedom class ship and arbitrarily moving guests into new cabins with no recourse, no refund and few options.
    This is unprecedented and it should be a cause for concern for anyone booking a Royal Caribbean cruise.  The ship and cabin or cabin category you book may not be what you find yourself sailing. 
    Without notice or communication your ship and cabin can be substituted to something else. 
    We all know that the cruise contract allows Royal to make certain changes when they are required to do so.  Historically that has resulted in itinerary changes that substitute different ports of call.  That's different than swapping in an entirely different ship.   Historically when Royal redeploys a ship the future cruises on the impacted ship are cancelled and they have typically offer some sort of compensation in the form of a small on board credit.  That's not happening now.
    In the case of Allure of the Seas from Galveston Royal Caribbean has decided to postpone building the new terminal there which means that Allure can't sail from Galveston as they had planned.  
    This morning I have discovered that rather than cancelling Allure bookings Royal has substituted Liberty of the Seas in her place and arbitrarily changed cabins to a different cabin category downgrading in the process.
    The options they have offered - accept their change or lose the deposit.   
    Imagine booking an international flight in First Class that includes lie flat seats, complimentary meal and beverage service and everything else that goes with First Class only to discover the airline has swapped in a smaller plane and placed you in another seat that doesn't include any First Class benefits.  That is what Royal Caribbean is now doing on future cruises without changing the fare paid or offering any compensation.
    This change is unprecedented. 
    Why Should This Matter To You
    The cruise you book can and will be changed by Royal Caribbean to anything they want without notice or compensation.  They aren't just changing some ports on an itinerary, they are now changing the entire ship and cabin category.  
    Let's say you booked Oasis of the Seas.  You may find that ship has been redeployed due to the pandemic and now your cruise is moved to another ship.  Maybe even a smaller ship that doesn't offer your type of cabin or any of the features and activities for the ship you booked.
    I can understand why they need to do this.  Cancelling thousands of bookings at a time when there is no income is a recipe for bankruptcy.  However for us, the cruising public on the receiving end of these unprecedented changes, it represents a whole new level of risk when booking a cruise.  
    This pandemic has created unprecedented changes at so many levels.  This move by Royal Caribbean represents a new twist to vacation planning on a level we've never experienced before.
    I've long said I don't care where the cruise goes, just get me on the ship.  The problem now when booking a cruise is I don't know what ship I will actually be sailing on.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from danv3 in return to cruising   
    I can see this happening where I work
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in return to cruising   
    I can see this happening where I work
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from PRebecca in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    Hoping this works for you.  I decided to cancel all my cruises for this year.  One with my folks, a girls trip and one with my boyfriend.  We all just decided it would be better to be home and they were all between February and May.  I try to take my folks on vacation.  Sort of my way of giving back since they are on fixed incomes.  My back up plan is DVC maybe Hilton Head or Vero Beach later in the year.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    Hoping this works for you.  I decided to cancel all my cruises for this year.  One with my folks, a girls trip and one with my boyfriend.  We all just decided it would be better to be home and they were all between February and May.  I try to take my folks on vacation.  Sort of my way of giving back since they are on fixed incomes.  My back up plan is DVC maybe Hilton Head or Vero Beach later in the year.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from ellcee in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    Hoping this works for you.  I decided to cancel all my cruises for this year.  One with my folks, a girls trip and one with my boyfriend.  We all just decided it would be better to be home and they were all between February and May.  I try to take my folks on vacation.  Sort of my way of giving back since they are on fixed incomes.  My back up plan is DVC maybe Hilton Head or Vero Beach later in the year.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from ellcee in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    I took my folks to celebrate 81 and 82 birthday and 59 wedding anniversary.  My dads youngest sister also came.  None of them knew what type of room we had.  They thought an ocean balcony room and we would make due.  From the time we dropped off the luggage until we got on a private elevator they were totally confused.  Walking into the suite and turning the corner it just took my breath away,  It is probably the first time my dad and aunt couldn't speak.  My mom just started to cry.  My folks had the downstairs bedroom my aunt and I the loft.  there was more room that I can say.  Closet space oh my, drawers oh my.  Its like being in an apartment.  The hot tub was my new best friend.  Having a genie, food, 3pm cocktails well you know the drill.  Was it worth the money since I paid the bulk of the cost.....YES!!!!  Would I do it again,,...I DID.  My folks and I cruised the Oasis again this past September but this time on the other end of 17.  The room not as big the the benefits all the same.
     
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    Hoping this works for you.  I decided to cancel all my cruises for this year.  One with my folks, a girls trip and one with my boyfriend.  We all just decided it would be better to be home and they were all between February and May.  I try to take my folks on vacation.  Sort of my way of giving back since they are on fixed incomes.  My back up plan is DVC maybe Hilton Head or Vero Beach later in the year.
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    MadamG2U got a reaction from Jax in "Follow That Star...Our Journey Back to Oasis" - Star Class - 3/15/2020-3/22/2020   
    I took my folks to celebrate 81 and 82 birthday and 59 wedding anniversary.  My dads youngest sister also came.  None of them knew what type of room we had.  They thought an ocean balcony room and we would make due.  From the time we dropped off the luggage until we got on a private elevator they were totally confused.  Walking into the suite and turning the corner it just took my breath away,  It is probably the first time my dad and aunt couldn't speak.  My mom just started to cry.  My folks had the downstairs bedroom my aunt and I the loft.  there was more room that I can say.  Closet space oh my, drawers oh my.  Its like being in an apartment.  The hot tub was my new best friend.  Having a genie, food, 3pm cocktails well you know the drill.  Was it worth the money since I paid the bulk of the cost.....YES!!!!  Would I do it again,,...I DID.  My folks and I cruised the Oasis again this past September but this time on the other end of 17.  The room not as big the the benefits all the same.
     
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