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  1. JLMoran

    First sailing was on Celebrity awhile ago

    Oh! I thought part of the whole data system and web site rework was that all of the loyalty programs were being reworked, so each person had just one loyalty member ID and everything was unified. I guess Royal only cared about getting everyone down to a single ID across the lines, and not so much about one unified loyalty system. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  2. Just back a few hours ago from our 5-night trip to Bermuda that @ellcee and @Broons77 were also on. I have a ton of photos to go through and edit, and I'm taking my older daughter to SUNY New Paltz tomorrow for a campus tour and maybe interview before she applies to transfer, so I probably won't be posting anything detailed before early next week or even next weekend. But here's a quick preamble of what, where, and why: This was a double surprise cruise for my wife and me. First surprise was that I even booked the thing, as we had only booked our cruise on Freedom in December 2016, still had nearly a year to go to sail that cruise, and here I was going and booking another one! Why? My wife had mentioned a while back that she's never been to Bermuda, so when I saw this itinerary I figured I'd jump on it. While we were "officially" declaring the cruise on Freedom as our 20th anniversary celebration, I wanted something for just the two of us where we could have a chance to reconnect over a few days. The second surprise, as most here have known for quite a long while now, is that when a BOGO 60 sale came along I upgraded us from a D2 Balcony cabin to a J4 Spa Junior Suite on deck 7. I managed to keep that secret until embarkation day, and I'll give the details about the reveal and reaction when I start making the real posts. You all already know from @ellcee's great live blog that this was a single-stop cruise to just Bermuda, nowhere else, with an overnight stay that gave us basically two full days on the island. Since we had free rein of the island for that whole time, we'd worked out a plan for what mattered most to us and when we'd try and see it: First port day โ€“ St. George, Crystal Cave and the nearby Swizzle Inn, and if time permitted, Hamilton Second port day โ€“ Horseshoe Bay Beach and the shops / sights around Royal Naval Dockyard In addition to our time in Bermuda, we made plans to check out the North Star and try out Ripcord by iFly, see all the on-board shows, and have dinner at Wonderland. We also wanted to buy the Thermal Spa package and have a chance to enjoy that throughout the trip. It was a pretty packed itinerary for a 5-night sailing; stay tuned to see how it all turned out!
  3. JLMoran

    YOLO SOLO - Anthem, October 13, 2018 Bermuda

    Glad you had a great time, @ellcee! It was really nice meeting you, just for the validation that we're not all a bunch of bots! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. And if you know what the word โ€œotakuโ€ means, then youโ€™re automatically part of the core. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป
  5. JLMoran

    YOLO SOLO - Anthem, October 13, 2018 Bermuda

    Looking forward to seeing you on board, @ellcee!
  6. JLMoran

    Roll Call - Anthem, Oct 13 2018

    About 5 hours of sleep, woke up at 6:30
  7. JLMoran

    Roll Call - Anthem, Oct 13 2018

    ITโ€™S CRUISE DAY!!!! Thatโ€™s all
  8. JLMoran

    Roll Call - Anthem, Oct 13 2018

    Umm, well youโ€™ll have to wait an additional 24 since weโ€™re meeting on night 2, not night 1. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰
  9. JLMoran

    Casino Rate

    Casino Royale seems to give a standard 5% extra discount off the current promotional rate as soon as you get into the baseline tier (which basically happens as soon as you have earned just one point). I got that promo after my first cruise, and I've seen a couple of others here who had noted the same. Most likely this is what you've also been offered, but there should be a link in the email you got that provides the details.
  10. Definitely gentler than what Anthem got to experience earlier this morning. Marine forecast where she was due to sail was showing ~50-70 mph winds and 20-30 foot seas for the morning hours, that would gradually ease up as the day went by. ๐Ÿคข EDIT: Just saw that as of an hour ago she was hugging Cape Cod to avoid the worst of it and get back to NJ on time. MarineTraffic app shows her still slowly making her way around.
  11. JLMoran

    Random Drinks Price Drop

    Oof, you'll just miss the Black Friday sale, then. Hopefully they'll have an internet package sale with one of those deep discounts in the next few weeks.
  12. JLMoran

    Random Drinks Price Drop

    $18/day on Refreshment Package seems to be the lowest anyone has seen it in recent memory. Doesn't hurt to keep checking the price as the sales rotate through, but unless they find they're not selling enough of those packages I wouldn't expect it go any lower. The VOOM package is $15.99 per night, which is basically the "normal" rate. How far away is that cruise? The last month or two, Royal has been selling VOOM for 40-50% off onboard rates for close-in sailings, with a 1-device price of $11.99 per night on those promos. Definitely keep an eye out for that.
  13. JLMoran

    Roll Call - Anthem, Oct 13 2018

    Oh lordy, don't I know it! Still haven't packed, have to do that tonight. Already decided with this being such a short cruise with only one formal night that I'm not packing my suit and dealing with getting it pressed this time. Good chinos, a nice button-down shirt, and maybe a tie will suffice this time around.
  14. JLMoran

    Things that make you go hmmmm

    You have to go into the Cruise Planner and then just have your browser sitting there, not even reloading the page, for about 15 or 20 minutes until it triggers. I did that the other day while waiting for my wife to get home so I could ask her what time she preferred for Wonderland.
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    Things that make you go hmmmm

    Add to that when you've been idle in the Cruise Planner, you get a warning that your session's about to expire, and if you don't continue it or explicitly use the "Exit and Save Cart" link, you won't be able to access the Cruise Planner for at least 15 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜’