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  1. 6 new ships for Royal in 5 years... 2 Oasis Class, 2 Quantum ultra and 2 Icon. $6.7B investment. https://cruisefever.net/6-future-cruise-ships-being-added-to-royal-caribbeans-fleet/# Wow...what a long way from Capt Stubing on the Love Boat saying "I am responsible for 600 passengers".
  2. @SpeedNoodles I (and obviously others) absolutely love reading your posts. Sense of humor and abundance of common sense is great!
  3. @jpmackay -great question and although @Matt is correct about wifi calling you may not be able to avoid the sim card/service change. We also use Consumer Cellular and have service through the AT&T network. According to Consumer Cellular, wifi calling was ONLY available through T-Mobile. Even though the phone itself had the wifi calling function, it was disabled. I guess it has something to do with the contract between AT&T and Consumer Cellular. So I kept my service as is, but we switched my wife's phone. Haven't sailed yet, but will be testing out next cruise. FYI, her service otherwise has had no noticeable difference.
  4. However, I will assume this one to be an @Matt favorite:
  5. We should also be aware of the need for medical and evacuation coverage in addition to trip insurance. What we have found to be the most cost effective strategy for us has been to book the trips on a credit card that offers trip cancellation (although they usually do not have the "cancel for any reason" clause) and then purchase medical insurance separately from GeoBlue, getting their Voyager Choice single trip option. They have really good evacuation and pre-existing condition coverage, along with choices for amount of coverage, deductibles, etc . They also have annual policies, as suggested by @WAAAYTOOO. Fortunately, we have never had to make a claim, but reviews I've seen on the claim process are pretty good. Do be aware that their policies are secondary, so you'd have to submit any claims to your primary insurer first and then submit the resulting paperwork to them. Many people have no coverage for foreign counties, which is why this coverage is so important. From what I have read, helicopter evacuation cost can easily reach 6 figures. We have bought these plans both directly from them and also through a third party company whose website will give you comparisons of many different companies. www.geobluetravelinsurance.com www.insuremytrip.com Here is a link to a post I did last August showing some cost comparisons. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5470-travel-insurance/&do=findComment&comment=81629
  6. @mom2mybugs Jane--I think I solved your problem. You can even make it a group cruise with @Lovetocruise2002 @Sweety @twangster @Boston Babe @tonyfsu21 etc. And since it's so long, you'll need @JLMoran to relieve @twangster on photography duty. https://cruisefever.net/cruise-lines-newest-epic-cruise-will-visit-75-cruise-ports/ Viking Cruises has announced their latest epic world cruise that will span 161 days and visit 75 cruise ports on six continents in late 2020. The cruise will depart from the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami, on December 14, 2020 and will feature overnight stays in 13 cruise ports. Pricing for the 2020-2021 Viking World Cruise starts at $52,995 per person, based on double-occupancy. Guests who book between now and December 31, 2019 will receive an additional $2,000 per person in shore excursion credit for any optional land programs and $1,000 per person in shipboard credit which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members who book the 2020-2021 Viking World Cruise or 2021 Viking World Discoveries through December 31, 2019 will receive an additional $1,000 in shipboard credit per person.
  7. @JLMoran @mom2mybugs and all. Make sure that your application was put in with the bonus promotion--THAT is what makes getting the card worthwhile (10,000 points after just one purchase). From a financial standpoint, you would fare much better with other cards. The Royal card does pay double points on what you spend with them, but 1% on everything else. Other cards, Citi Double Cash for example, end up paying you 2% on EVERYTHING (and no annual fee). Get that cash back every month and your interest on it throughout the year. You'll get way more rewards back and THEN spend it on the ship (or anything else). Also, if it works like it used to a few years ago, the on board credit won't show up until day 2 of the cruise so you would not be able to use it for pre-cruise purchases.
  8. @JLMoran Joe-we recently had a situation when after booking a land vacation with a TA, we realized that we'd have better insurance had we used a different credit card. We called the TA and she cheerfully refunded our payment and then charged it to the card we wanted. I don't know if there is a time constraint for that (we did it on the third day I think) but talk to your TA. Let her know up front that you'll want to switch the card used for payment. Can't hurt to ask.
  9. Royal Caribbean is running a bonus offer (it says limited time, but I think I see it fairly often) on their Visa card for new accounts . By making just one purchase you get 10,000 bonus points which is good for $100 on board credit. And if you spend $1000 in 90 days you get an additional 5000 points. Tip: Don't put your significant other as an authorized user---get a second card and you could end up with up to $300 OBC. Here is the link to apply.
  10. Happy new year to you also Joe. We'll be on Symphony in May and was hoping to have Abe again (was with Abe when he was on Anthem). Hopefully Mike will be an equally good experience. This will be our first time on Oasis Class and it will be interesting to see how the staff interacts with so many people on such a big ship.
  11. Wow, I miss a couple of days and have a lot of catch up. Looks like a fun cruise. So happy you are enjoying yourself even though you decided to join the ranks of us mere non-suite mortals! 😀 Happy cruising and happy new year!
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    Wishing a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2019 to all. And happy cruising!
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    St. Kitts

    Best tour guide ever is Thenford Grey. He has probably hundreds of great reviews. If you don't happen to get him personally, no worries--he runs the family business and everyone is great. http://www.thenfordgreytours.com/ He has several different excursions to choose from. We did the Grand Tour of St. Kitts. My review, as well as @accio7's (who just took that tour last week) can be seen on this site here https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/search/&q=thenford You'll notice that my avatar is also on his site. It was one of the stops on the tour. It is where the Atlantic Ocean (on the left) meets the Caribbean Sea.
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    @Jason, although we did not do any excursion in Barbados (this was in 2016), I did want you to know that Harbour Lights is the nicest beach we have been to. Crystal clear water and sand like white powder. If you decide to take some beach time, that's a great place to go.
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