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Everything posted by FManke

  1. Speaking of MDR menus, isn't it time for a new MDR menu? If I recall reading something here correctly, RC changes their menus every 4-5 years and I believe the last change was in 2016 or 2017? Happy Cruising!
  2. Thanks. Just curious. I know others have bid the minimum and gotten it, so it seems to be all over the place. I guess it all depends on how any people bid and how much they bid.
  3. I couldn't agree more. I've worked with two MEI agents, over the last 2 1/2 yrs. They've had to L&S a cruise twice, without a hitch. On top of that, I'm one of those OCD planners that checks everything all the time and MEI has consistently beat me to the punch with price drops, saving me $1200 in total. One of the major benefits of using a TA is that it doesn't cost you anything, or at least it shouldn't. If your TA is charging you a fee, find another one. But, truth be told, I would pay a fee to MEI, if necessary. That's how impressed I have been with their service. Don't tell them that. ? Happy Cruising!
  4. I'll be interested to hear all of your thoughts as I will be on the same cruise in Oct 2022. L&S twice from Oct 2020 and Oct 2021. Happy Cruising!
  5. When you bid, did you bid 50% of the difference in price between classes? More or less? What were the minimum bids as a % of actual upgrade costs? Thanks. Happy Cruising!
  6. Anniversary cruise. Started out as a 30th anniversary in 2020, then 31st in 2021 and now 32nd in 2022. If first you don't succeed, try, try again. Hoping the third time is the charm. Happy Cruising!
  7. We are in the same boat, or should I say ship. Original cruise Oct 2020, L&S to Oct 2021, now rebooked for Oct 2022. I have not heard anything about the shuttle bus other than that it was planned between the airport in Venice and Ravenna. As far as I know, no official "plans" had been announced. We were planning to fly back from Bologna, which is only about an hour from Ravenna. When we booked the flights, the cost was about the same and we decided to cut an hour plus off of the bus ride back to Venice. Maybe now that the cruises have been pushed back to 2022, RC has decided to do away with the complimentary shuttle? I feel like the shuttle was just added in the first place for those who had already made hotel and flight arrangements to and from Venice before the port change. Happy Cruising!
  8. Just a heads up that this only applies to cruises booked by June 30, 2021 and departing before Sept 30, 2022.
  9. Just re-booked for Oct 2022 Greek Isle cruise after ours was cancelled for the second year in a row. That's the downside. The upside is that we decided to take the FCC which will allow us to move from a JS to a GS for only about $800 more total. Not a bad deal. We did hate to lose our corner aft JS balcony. It was huge. I guess they're are bigger problems than that.
  10. Well, I'm sure like many of you, our cruise in Oct was cancelled. AGAIN! We want the same itinerary, so we will be sailing on Brilliance instead of Rhapsody. We will be staying in a JS. Any thoughts about cabin location? Lost out sweet aft corner JS on Rhapsody. ? Thanks for the help. happy cruising( spoken like Eeyore.)
  11. MEI are the best! Will not book another cruise with anybody but them! Happy Cruising!
  12. Welcome to the Blog @Lindsey! We have always chosen a destination first. This will then determine the ship in a lot of cases, but not all. Some ships have similar itineraries, while other ships only go to certain locations. The latter will happen with smaller ships, that can only fit in some of the smaller ports. Secondly, you need to decide what you want out of a ship. Do you want all the amenities and activities of one of the mega ships? Or are you looking for a more laid back cruising experience that a smaller ship offers? You can't really go wrong with any RC ship. Happy Cruising!
  13. This is the big question. Everything seems to be moving in the right direction, but at what speed? I know not fast enough for any of us. What do you think the chances are that a least one of our RC Blog members will be invited to test cruise? It would be very interesting and insightful for the rest of us. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it happens for one of us!
  14. I'm interested to see as time goes on, if the boarding slot times are still enforced or if this might be one of the changes that are here to stay.
  15. I know that things are changing by the day about the hopefully imminent cruise restart, but do we have any info about European cruises and their rules, regulations and restart? It seems like most of the info we receive concerns the US restart, understandably. Will the rules and regulations vary by country of departure or be uniform across all RCG ships? Thanks Happy Cruising!
  16. I'll start. Pool chair hogs. People who want to get on the elevator before you get off. Line cutters in the WJ This might needs its own thread! ? Happy Cruising! (It's getting closer!)
  17. There is of course a risk involved. But there is a risk of something happening to you every time you leave your house to do anything. I guess we could just stay in the house? But then what about the risks of household accidents? Life is full of risks.
  18. Agreed. People were walking onboard with the Norovirus, but the ship got the blame.
  19. It's going to happen. I'm not sure of a full blown outbreak, but at least somebody on a cruise contracting Covid. It's already happened on land. What about the NY Yankees a couple of weeks ago? Like 6-8 players who had been fully vaccinated came down with it. Did the general public and news media "freak out" and demand that all baseball games be suspended? Of course they didn't. How will the general public react and what will the cruise industry do is the next question. I hope they have a plan in place because the day is coming.
  20. You bring up a good point that it's usually local laws and has nothing to do with RCG per se, except they are doing their part in enforcing local laws and regulations.
  21. Maybe you've gotten lucky I guess.
  22. Bringing food off of the ship is a big no-no. Some ports even employ dogs to sniff out "food smugglers."
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