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Everything posted by Lovetocruise2002

  1. I was just kidding. There’s a long time running joke here that @JLMoran has a way with words. No doubt that he has good insight.
  2. And this is where I checked out...🥴😆 Back to checking prices...
  3. @Matt has a blog post from June 2019 on this topic when they first revised the policy. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/26/all-about-the-royal-caribbean-shareholder-discount?fbclid=IwAR1gq55vxtwHPf1BY8-cBizt2E1iVmszTPqqCz7Th7_qANM3c6-0HxdboXY
  4. And also you don't get the OBC for cruises booked prior to June 2019....
  5. All jokes aside though, how many of you actually have 100 shares or more in Royal stock and is it worthwhile? I've been trying to gather information and I will admit, this is one area that I don't really know anything about. From initial research, it looks like the only real advantage is OBC and even that has a lot of restrictions if you read the fine print. Any insight is much appreciated.
  6. @SpeedNoodles are you following all of this??? I got lost after "open an account", time to put my head back in the sand. lol @Bean79..kidding, good tips. Thank you. Might look into it further now that I have some time off at home. 😉
  7. Hahaha! That was like me too! In the end, I figured that I would just stick to watching prices lol.
  8. That is exactly what I do. I watch prices regularly and once it falls to a price I am comfortable with, I will call and switch cabins. Usually, this happens after final payment around the 45-60 day mark. That is what I have noticed in the past. Royal Up is another option but IMO, not a great one since the bid options don’t always reflect actual inventory.
  9. You can only use the FCC on cruise fare, not deposit, shore excursions, OBC , etc. If you have FCC left over, when you complete your sailing, the remainder can be applied to another sailing. If that option doesn’t work, your best bet would be to take the cash refund.
  10. Agree with @WAAAYTOOO, this is a great distraction!
  11. I’m with @Neesa on this one. I have 4 other sailings booked for this year starting in July. With all the negative news around us, these boards, and the hope of cruising again, is something that many of us are looking forward to. Great for mental health in the midst of all this social distancing and doom & gloom. While I am not oblivious to what is going on around us, I choose to remain positive through all this. 🙂
  12. Truthfully, I never found FCCs confusing until now. I suppose that is because we have never applied it to a sailing where there is excess FCC? Now I am confused too lol...
  13. @Mike P as long we all get to go on Odyssey's inaugural, I'm all good! Let's think positive. 😉
  14. Just caught up on this thread and here is what I know first hand from the latest FCC that I applied back in December 2019. We booked for 03/15/2020 a long time ago and put down a $1000 deposit for 4 people. Final payment rolled around and I paid the remainder of the balance, including port taxes and fees. The cruise was now paid in full, port taxes, fees, and cruise fare. I had two FCCs (one under my name, and one under my husband) that I then applied to the sailing, after final payment was made (there was a mix up and I could not apply prior to final payment). A few days later, the entire amount on the FCCs came back to my credit card. So, not sure if this answers your question or not, or how they split their "buckets" as @AshleyDillo describes, but I would imagine that if you applied the FCC prior to final payment, you would be able to redeem the full value of it as well, regardless of where they "shift" your deposit to. Or perhaps, I misunderstood your question completely? I don't even know lol.
  15. July 15th? That’s the one that we are currently booked on.
  16. I’m on a 9 night on Adventure in July and it was practically sold out for the longest time, until this week. Lots opened up this week. Really looking forward to this so hopefully this mess clears up by then.
  17. Our church did the same thing yesterday. We have "on-line" service for as long as the schools are closed. That is what was shared yesterday.
  18. It’s not just one exchange. When my TA called Friday night they were told to call back in the morning. This was documented on my reservation that we made initial contact. She called back in the morning, and then was put on hold for hours. Meanwhile, people on IG and FB are reporting that they did get back the 125% even after cancelling under Cruise with Confidence. By the time my agent got on with them, they told her specifically that they did do it up until 2pm when corporate sent out an executive order for them to stop. Then they tried to cover it up. This is the part I have issue with. You all know I love Royal and I rarely take issue with them. I would be more than ok with it if they in fact just stuck with the rule in the first place. But to extend and then take it back is wrong and disappointing.
  19. @Neesa Wow! Thanks for the encouragement. I have tossed around the idea of sending something but I wouldn’t even know who to send it to. Any ideas? Currently, I have taken my fight to social media.
  20. Trust me, I have plated every card I know. I have now taken the fight to social media. For me, it’s more about the principle of the matter now. Yes and if it was just that, I would have zero issue with it. But the fact that they did it for some at first, then gave a corporate Executive order to stop yesterday afternoon, then tried to cover it up, makes me very disappointed (for the first time ever) in Royal.
  21. Not 100% sure as no FCC was issued yet, but they have told me through FB messenger that they would but budge on it. They gave me the run around. Initially, they assured me that no one was who cancelled under “Cruise with Confidence” received the 125% and then when I provided the screen shots, they deleted the IG post that I got it from. Then they messaged me back the following message: So basically, they made the exception for some people, then decided to pull it, then when confronted about it they tried to cover it, then when confronted back with proof they tried to cover it up by deleting their post, and finally they admit they messed up but they still won’t budge. Again, I would totally be ok with it if they just remained consistent. But my whole issue is that they made the exception for some and not for others. That part is not sitting right with me.
  22. Ok update...so you all know that I am Loyal to Royal but this latest stunt has me a bit disappointed. I just posted this on their FB page and I will post it here too. Some of you might not agree with me on this one and that’s ok, however, this one situation does not sit right with me and I felt like I needed to say something more this time. “Royal Caribbean International really disappointed by your handling of this whole FCC situation. As a loyal to Royal cruiser for 18 years, I am appalled that you made an exception and granted 125% FCC for those who cancelled earlier this week under “Cruise with Confidence”, and then pulled it later on during the day today. I fully understand how difficult the situation is for everyone but my issue is that you did not apply the same situation for all. You confirmed that you would, then you back tracked, and then you deleted the post on Instagram confirming that you would, and then you admit your mistake and still won’t do right by those who at always loyal to you. Please do the right thing here Royal.” Then I posted these screenshots to go with it:
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