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2 hours ago, Tiffeven said:

I'm so excited about that cruise.  Revamped Oasis is going to be awesome.  We definitely should try to get our genies to coordinate the escape room , so our ten year olds can join.

Definitely, and after reading @WAAAYTOOO’s master class on cabin crawls we definitely need one of those as well. 

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I’m somewhat concerned after reading accounts of Genies who would not coordinate the Cabin Crawls without a fee.  Maybe the days of gala Cabin Crawl parties is over.  I sure hope not.  It was a wonderful service.  I’m not saying it isn’t a lot of work for the Genies.  It is.

Maybe the new strategy should be NOT to mention Cabin Crawl at all.  Just request food and drinks without mentioning the reason.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I’m somewhat concerned after reading accounts of Genies who would not coordinate the Cabin Crawls without a fee.  Maybe the days of gala Cabin Crawl parties is over.  I sure hope not.  It was a wonderful service.  I’m not saying it isn’t a lot of work for the Genies.  It is.

Maybe the new strategy should be NOT to mention Cabin Crawl at all.  Just request food and drinks without mentioning the reason.

We were definitely disappointed when Jay told us we'd have to pay for the food for our cabin crawl, but like I said there was 59 of us, so maybe, it was because of such a large group.  When we had friends over to play cards against humanity one evening, they had no problem delivering food.  We asked for light snacks as it was only four of us and they showed up with a ton a food and beer.  Granted, our friends were also Star class, so there was two genies coordinating snacks.  I wonder how much different it would have went over if I had just ordered a bunch of snacks rather than mentioning it was for a cabin crawl.  Maybe that's what we should do @Andrew72681 next November. 

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Our Genie helped a little bit on Anthem.  He wasn't able to get some stuff we had asked for such as some stuff similar to what would be on a Jamie's plank (meats and cheeses and the like) because he said they weren't open at that time, which is understandable but I would think there would be other ways to source something similar.  He did get some fruit and I believe chicken fingers but we put in a room service order ourselves to have delivered with a lot of the finger foods on the menu.  I also went and ordered in-person a Izumi to-go order since the Genie had made it seem like delivery of that wouldn't be an option since they weren't open until shortly before the Cabin Crawl.  This was in 2017, though, so near the start of the Genie program and the Genie we had is no longer with them.

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23 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

Our Genie helped a little bit on Anthem.  He wasn't able to get some stuff we had asked for such as some stuff similar to what would be on a Jamie's plank (meats and cheeses and the like) because he said they weren't open at that time, which is understandable but I would think there would be other ways to source something similar.  He did get some fruit and I believe chicken fingers but we put in a room service order ourselves to have delivered with a lot of the finger foods on the menu.  I also went and ordered in-person a Izumi to-go order since the Genie had made it seem like delivery of that wouldn't be an option since they weren't open until shortly before the Cabin Crawl.  This was in 2017, though, so near the start of the Genie program and the Genie we had is no longer with them.

This was the Genie ordered/delivered spread.

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Still can't recall the exact excuse given. I remember the crawl was planned close to when dining venues would have been stopping service. Thinking 1:30 to 2:00 PM range.

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On 10/14/2019 at 1:47 PM, emsff02 said:

Following along as well. I have to wait for February 2021 for our first star class experience. We will also be in a 2BRATS, except on Oasis.

Which sailing? My family will be in our first Star Class room on the Oasis sailing leaving January 31, 2021 also in a AT2BD, cabin 9330. We are super excited as I put the deposit down on it yesterday.

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38 minutes ago, JVPIII said:

Which sailing? My family will be in our first Star Class room on the Oasis sailing leaving January 31, 2021 also in a AT2BD, cabin 9330. We are super excited as I put the deposit down on it yesterday.

We are Feb 21st in the same cabin!

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On 10/15/2019 at 11:12 AM, Tiffeven said:

We were definitely disappointed when Jay told us we'd have to pay for the food for our cabin crawl, but like I said there was 59 of us, so maybe, it was because of such a large group.  When we had friends over to play cards against humanity one evening, they had no problem delivering food.  We asked for light snacks as it was only four of us and they showed up with a ton a food and beer.  Granted, our friends were also Star class, so there was two genies coordinating snacks.  I wonder how much different it would have went over if I had just ordered a bunch of snacks rather than mentioning it was for a cabin crawl.  Maybe that's what we should do @Andrew72681 next November. 

Sounds like a plan. One other thought I had was having different snacks along the way in the star class cabins on the crawl. Any idea how the genie assignments usually go? Both being in AQ suites do you think we’ll have the same genie?

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6 hours ago, Andrew72681 said:

Sounds like a plan. One other thought I had was having different snacks along the way in the star class cabins on the crawl. Any idea how the genie assignments usually go? Both being in AQ suites do you think we’ll have the same genie?

It really depends.   Usually the genies have certain cabins that they look after, and unless you request a certain genie, you get whichever one is assigned to your cabin.  For example, on the November 17, 2019 sailing, Anna is in charge of 10330 and Alan is in charge of 10730, so just because we are both staying in Aquatheater suites does not mean that we have the same genie.  What I can tell you from my limited Star class experience is that the genies work very well together, so even if we have different genies, it shouldn't be a problem having them coordinate together.

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31 days out and we received our genie email!  Even though I knew it was going to be Alan, I still got super excited when I saw it in my inbox.  Last time, we received our email at 28 days, so I have been checking my email almost nonstop for the past few days.  There's something about receiving the genie email that makes it seem more real.  I responded to the email with a pdf of snacks we like, our daily routine, places we want to eat and ones we want to skip, and shows and activities that we are interested in.  I really was not expecting a reply so soon, but Alan already replied.  He seems responsive and enthusiastic, and we are very much looking forward to meeting him.

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21 hours ago, Tiffeven said:

31 days out and we received our genie email!  Even though I knew it was going to be Alan, I still got super excited when I saw it in my inbox.  Last time, we received our email at 28 days, so I have been checking my email almost nonstop for the past few days.  There's something about receiving the genie email that makes it seem more real.  I responded to the email with a pdf of snacks we like, our daily routine, places we want to eat and ones we want to skip, and shows and activities that we are interested in.  I really was not expecting a reply so soon, but Alan already replied.  He seems responsive and enthusiastic, and we are very much looking forward to meeting him.

Would you share your requests? Trying to get an idea what to ask for.

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51 minutes ago, JVPIII said:

Would you share your requests? Trying to get an idea what to ask for.

Here is a screenshot of the list we sent Alan.  He read through it and said everything would be taken care of.

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Alan has been super responsive in our email exchange.  We also received an email from Fabian Mendez, who is part of the Private Journey team with Royal Caribbean, asking if we wanted to reserve a cabana on Perfect Day CocoCay before they sell out.  For this sailing the following cabanas are available:

Thrill Waterpark Cabanas for $499 USD, Oasis lagoon and Chill Island for $999 US

We threw around the idea of getting a cabana but decided against it, since we didn't want to keep the babies out in the heat all day.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Tiffeven said:

Alan has been super responsive in our email exchange.  We also received an email from Fabian Mendez, who is part of the Private Journey team with Royal Caribbean, asking if we wanted to reserve a cabana on Perfect Day CocoCay before they sell out.  For this sailing the following cabanas are available:

Thrill Waterpark Cabanas for $499 USD, Oasis lagoon and Chill Island for $999 US

We threw around the idea of getting a cabana but decided against it, since we didn't want to keep the babies out in the heat all day.

 

 

This is very interesting. I didn’t think the Genies had any option to purchase cabanas for SC anymore.  Good info

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6 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

This is very interesting. I didn’t think the Genies had any option to purchase cabanas for SC anymore.  Good info

Not really the Genie offering/selling the cabanas. It is the Private Journey group trying to make the sale.

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10 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

This is very interesting. I didn’t think the Genies had any option to purchase cabanas for SC anymore.  Good info

 

1 minute ago, CGTLH said:

Not really the Genie offering/selling the cabanas. It is the Private Journey group trying to make the sale.

CGTLH is correct.  It wasn't the genie just the Private Journey's team, but I don't think I would have received that email had I not been Star class.  He also offered to set up private tours if we are interested, but we're not.

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We are officially down to the single digit countdown, so we figured it was time to get our butts in gear.  Today, we finished packing and did our pre-cruise spring clean.  Now, we are just trying to decide if we want to leave Friday or Saturday.  We will be driving from Tennessee, so it is a twelve and a half hour drive, but with babies, it usually takes much longer.  If we leave Friday, we can finally try La Bamba.  We will be staying at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Airport West in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, and if we leave Friday, we will just find a hotel when we get tired.

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49 minutes ago, rjac said:

101st ABD? If not proud he served, as did I. Please have a great cruise! :27_sunglasses:

Thank you!  1AD, next duty station was actually going to be screaming eagles before I retired.  Thank you for your service as well.

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On 10/18/2019 at 8:46 PM, Tiffeven said:

Here is a screenshot of the list we sent Alan.  He read through it and said everything would be taken care of.

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Thanks for sharing this was really interesting. Maybe someday we'll be able to go star class. The highest suite we had has been sky class

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47 minutes ago, Srp431 said:

Thanks for sharing this was really interesting. Maybe someday we'll be able to go star class. The highest suite we had has been sky class

We always watch for good deals and book when we find them or reprice during good sales.  When we were on Allure in September, we were chatting with a couple who was Sky Class.  They were new to Royal and didn't know about Star, so when they saw our genie, they asked us about it and how much we paid.  Turns out they paid more for Sky Class than we did for Star. 

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