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Everything posted by F1guynz

  1. That has always been my experience. One thing I have also found to my cost once in the past was the headline price was cheaper for the dining package so I cancelled my existing booking, only to find that when I rebooked the headline price did not include gratuities and in fact the total cost was more.
  2. I have had this issue in the past when I booked directly with Royal so I contacted them and they reapplied the OBC. As you used a Travel Agent I would contact them first and ask them to resolve with Royal.
  3. Yes that is right, if it doesn’t cover the full cost of the cruise they will issue a new FCC for the remainder. I think it would be best to book over the phone so the FCC can be applied without paying a new deposit.
  4. My suggestion would be to book one of cruises scheduled out of Sydney in December 2021 (The new short itineraries) using the FCC as given the COVID situation it will likely be cancelled by Royal and then you will be eligible for a cash refund. In the unlikely event the cruise does go ahead you can cancel up to 2 days before hand using 5he cruise with confidence policy and get a new FCC which will have a new expiry date.
  5. I recently booked an Australian cruise directly with RCI and received the survey.
  6. Our cruises for this year and next year have been cancelled as well. We decided to treat ourselves and book the Royal Loft Suite on Quantum in Apr 2023. We originally had a Owners Suite booked on Quantum but decided to YOLO as the price seemed reasonable plus we had a few 125% FCC to apply. It will be our first time in Star Class and we are very excited as we will have all our family with us. We also lifted and shifted one our Ovation cruises to October 2022 so we get and extra 2 nights for no extra cost. We will rebook the TP for Apr 2024 when it becomes available.
  7. We are booked on Quantum for 2023, I hope things are nearly back to normal by then otherwise we will be in trouble.
  8. Princess cruises has now cancelled Australian cruises through to 19 December 2021. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-cancels-australia-cruise-holidays-through-december-19-2021-301323790.html I assume Royal won’t be too far behind. I have paid for all our cruises in full to optimise the 125% fcc to use when we rebook.
  9. I am assuming our Transpacific in April will be cancelled eventually which will be very disappointing as the whole extended family was going. Even though we are fully vaccinated it is very frustrating but being able to plan anything with any certainty.
  10. Yeah, we were due to be on Ovation from 3rd - 23rd November. We are also the Transpacific in April but that is not too good either. Looks like we will have to wait until next season ?
  11. We have 3 booked for November which were originally last November.
  12. No surprise really but final payments have been suspended while RCI review port closures and possible changes/cancelations.
  13. It depends on the country you are in. In Australia or New Zealand you lose the whole deposit which is either $200 or $400 depending on the length of the cruise. When booking a non refundable cruise you will see the fine print by clicking on cancellation policy on the guest information screen of the booking screen.
  14. Nope, unfortunately its never a Victoria's Secret model charter cruise
  15. Princess cruises have cancelled all their Australia/New Zealand cruises until 31st May 2021 so I don't think it will be too long before Royal follows suit.
  16. Hi @squeak0279, Welcome to the forums. Sorry to hear about the cancellation of your cruise. We have also had one of cruises cancelled and another shortened due to the changes in ship deployments. You can read about the changes here. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/10/21/royal-caribbean-will-redeploy-six-cruise-ships-winter-2021-2022
  17. Our Ovation cruise in November next year was cancelled due to a "charter", in reality it is now a new 7 night cruise to Queensland.
  18. Thanks, especially annoying when it was our first Star Class booking and part of our honeymoon cruise. Having said that, here in NZ we are talking about keeping the borders closed until the end of next year so I am not sure how many cruises will actually go ahead.
  19. Frustratingly the second part of our B2B cruise in November next year to the South Pacific has been cancelled and the first half to NZ has been reduced by 1 day. This is so annoying as this is the third time our booking has been cancelled since February 2019, most of the previous booking cancellations were not due to Covid either. It is starting to feel like a budget airline with all the cancellations we have had over the last 18 months. Not much in the way of compensation either, $100 for a suite, but with all the previous cancellation we already had $1000 NZD of OBC so a bit more doesn't really make a difference.
  20. @mattymay I have been booking cruises like that. I paid in full for the original cruise in October that I knew would be cancelled. I will now take that FCC and book a December cruise in Australia as I know that it almost certain it will be cancelled. I plan to build up the FCC booking a more expensive cabin each time to create a larger FCC each time to ultimately pay for our star class on Ovation at the end of next year or our TP in 2022.
  21. I understand one of the reasons they sail around is to make sure that algae and other foreign material don't build up on the underside of the hull as this leads to more drag making the ship less fuel efficient.
  22. Chops Grill (Steak) and Izumi (Japanese) will have sea views. Giovanni’s Table (Italian) is down on the Promenade and has no sea view. Given I’m not a big fan of Japanese food I would plump for Chops But it really depends on the type of food you enjoy. Giovannis and Izumi‘s decor are only superficially themed to match the style of restaurant so that shouldn’t be a big factor. you should be able to find pictures with a google search if you want to see the inside.
  23. I agree. Auckland went back into lockdown today as we have 4 new cases.
  24. "It may well be possible that we'll resume operations in China and potentially Australia before the end of October." Living in New Zealand, I find the above statement from the earnings call to reconcile with what I see happening in this region Australian International borders are closed to everyone except returning Australians and passengers with exemptions, and anyone arriving in the country must undergo a two-week quarantine at their cost. The Australian Government has banned all International travel unless you have an exemption. Borders between states are closed due to the surge in cases in Melbourne, so it is not possible to travel from Sydney (New South Wales) to other states within Australia. New Zealand borders are closed to everyone except New Zealand citizens, likely until the end of the year and possibly longer. Anyone arriving in the country will have to undergo a two-week quarantine at their own cost. The limitations above are in place for the foreseeable future, and it is highly unlikely there will be any relaxation by October/November. Any crew arriving would have to quarantine before passengers would be allowed on board, crew and passengers would have to quarantine again for voyages to New Zealand. There is a general distrust of the cruise industry after the Ruby Princess and Diamond Princess outbreaks earlier in the year, particularly the Ruby Princess which was responsible for aiding the original spread of the virus in New South Wales. I am not familiar with the situation in China, so this might be a more realistic appraisal for that region.
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