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  1. It’s implied by Rob&Ana’s post, but remember that each Diamond and above member receives a free photo, so a couple can receive two photos.
  2. Two of my cruises for 2020 have OBC from the travel agent (Cruise Planners / American Express). The travel agent OBC and the Royal Caribbean OBC all appear now in my cruise planner.
  3. Great question and topic. In addition to your info, I've seen the propeller icon on the Chief Engineer's epaulet.
  4. I always submit the Shareholder Benefit request and let them say yes or no to my request. For 12 cruises since I purchased stock I have received the benefit on 6 cruises with a total OBC benefit of $500 on those 6 cruises. It will be interesting to see how the new program works out. Here's the link to the new Shareholder Benefit program page.
  5. I have ordered the Bon Voyage decorations for one cruise and the Birthday decorations/cake on another cruise. The description said they would be in the cabin on Day 1. That didn't happen either time. I had to go to guest services, explain things, show them my email confirmation, wait while they made numerous phone calls to other departments, etc. Both times they did finally deliver decorations to the room, but both times they were still incorrect. In one case they delivered the wrong decoration package, even after detailed discussion with Guest Services. The other time they failed to deliver all of the amenities. Royal usually makes things right, but these were frustrating experiences, especially when I was trying to surprise my spouse. Both times Royal ruined the surprise aspect and I ended up paying for stuff that I didn't get. That's just my experience but I'm done with ordering any more decorations through Royal. I'd suggest doing it yourself, as others suggested above.
  6. Yes, it would be easy to get an Uber to take you from the NASA area to Galveston. I have enjoyed staying at the Tremont House hotel in Galveston. It's walkable to the port, just a few blocks away. Another option that is even closer is the Harbor House hotel. I've not stayed there but I hear it is a nice place to stay. There are a lot of island hotels that have shuttles. I do know that on the beach there is a Hilton and the Hotel Galvez that both have shuttles. The Galvez and the Tremont House are both Wyndham properties and share shuttle service that takes you between the hotels, the Strand Historic Area, and to the port.
  7. Yes, the original post is updated as warranted. You can always see the date that the post was updated at the bottom of that original post.
  8. The original post in this thread has lodging suggestions. Also, some folks prefer to stay in the Webster or League City area because it's cheaper, but I like to enjoy the island for a day or two prior to the cruise and wake up near the port so there are no stresses with getting to the ship.
  9. You've already received a lot of great advice above. However I do have a post here that I try to keep updated regarding Galveston. For accuracy sake, it's muddy water from the Brazos River (not the Mississippi) that makes the Galveston beaches less attractive most of the year. Since you are going on a Caribbean cruise you will see nicer beaches on your cruise for sure, so the NASA option sounds perfect for you and your son. Enjoy!
  10. I love the Bahamas itineraries departing from over here on the Gulf coast, especially getting to CocoCay. Beats the repetitive port options from Galveston.
  11. Yes, no problem doing this. The corkage fee only applies if the staff opens the bottle for you in a restaurant. If you pour it in the cabin then carry your glass around the ship it's no problem at all.
  12. I posted the 5-night Enchantment from May 31 on Matt's archive.
  13. I always submit the forms for the Shareholder Benefit and let them tell me yes or no. I'm batting 50% since buying RCL stock even though I expected them to say no most of the time. But this graphic shows why I really bought the stock (past performance is no guarantee of future results).
  14. What should happen is that the loyalty pins will be placed in your stateroom during the first few days of the cruise following the cruise on which you achieve the next status level. So if you reach Platinum on the current cruise, you should receive the pins on your next cruise. This usually happens like clockwork, but on our last cruise we reached Diamond+. When we didn't receive the pins by Day 6 I went to the Loyalty Ambassador and he said I wasn't on the list. He checked his computer to verify our status, and then slipped away to get the pins and gave them to me on the spot.
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