Jump to content
Jax

First Time Star Class 8 night Holiday Bahamas Cruise Anthem 12/20/19

Recommended Posts

Just now, Jax said:

Yes I noticed that when I checked on your sailing and others. I had no idea so thanks for telling me! Wish me luck. 

For any cabin, not just star class, if there is only one cabin left in that category, it will show as "not available" when you try to click on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

@Jax I meant to ask you, how much did the photo book come to with the discount?  And do they ship it to you?  How does that work?  Asking because we figured for Harmony, with 14 of us in the Villa, the photo package would be a fantastic deal.

The full price of $152.99 is charged to your on-board account when you order it at the kiosk. The photo staff do a manual refund for that amount and charge you the discounted rate of $85.49.  And yes it is shipped to your home address and arrives in about 30 days.  I think shipping to 🇨🇦 was $18 and is included in the total I provided.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I called the Royal 1-800 # about future cruises and was talking to a Royal vacation planner who happened to be filling in today.  Last time I booked with the 1-800 group, not through a Royal vacation planner.  Any pros or cons on this?? Does it matter whether I book direct through royal 1-800 or through a Royal vacation planner?? She confirmed that it would be best to apply my FCC to the booking after it was made to be eligible for future cruise fare drops.  Any advice @Lovetocruise2002

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, Jax said:

So I called the Royal 1-800 # about future cruises and was talking to a Royal vacation planner who happened to be filling in today.  Last time I booked with the 1-800 group, not through a Royal vacation planner.  Any pros or cons on this?? Does it matter whether I book direct through royal 1-800 or through a Royal vacation planner?? She confirmed that it would be best to apply my FCC to the booking after it was made to be eligible for future cruise fare drops.  Any advice @Lovetocruise2002

I am going to PM you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/19/2019 at 3:11 PM, Jax said:

Does anyone else struggle with the number of checked bags when they cruise? I think it’s because we have evening wear, day wear, beach wear and sometimes even winter wear ❄️❄️. (We are under a snowfall warning today 😫) Add in pre cruise and post cruise land stays and it can be overwhelming.  Our family always gets the unlimited digital photos so we try to avoid rewearing certain clothing items. I was determined to find a solution so I started looking into packing cubes. I purchased Lug packing cubes from Costco.ca as they offered the best price. I did a practice with my evening cruise wear and am impressed with the results! 7 pairs of slacks and 10 tops and sweaters fit easily into 1 large and 1 medium  cube with plenty of room in suitcase. I think these cubes may be a great solution.  I will report more when I actually pack but they look promising.   Star class guests get laundry services provided so this will help reduce the amount of certain clothing items as well. Anyone have experience with packing cubes that they want to share?? 

84AA50E2-A0B5-4B55-9969-082B45E38AD1.jpeg

46870DFC-423B-4C3B-8691-F68C6AF49FEA.jpeg

E5B5B560-1BED-4581-8606-8F084D0B89D1.jpeg

Final review on packing cubes: Love them! BUT it is way too easy to exceed airline weight limits on larger suitcases.  Carry on and mid size checked bags would be fine. Be sure to check weight on your larger bags.   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/18/2019 at 6:48 PM, Jax said:

We made it!! And are settled into the Conrad Downtown. We landed at JFK in the midst of a winter squall. It was kinda funny because as we landed and people started turning on their phones emergency alerts started sounding on everyone’s cell phone. Traffic was slow into Manhattan as a result; taking about 90 minutes. A big shout out to NY City Limo as our driver was great. He was waiting for us with an airport meet and greet and got us here safely.  
Of course, the boys were starving so eating was a priority.  We found a great pizza place called Harry’s Italian beside the Conrad. Enjoyed the pizza and Fettuccine Alfredo. 

9FCF7B4F-7D10-4147-86C1-011E5BB4FD7E.jpeg

11140D05-D153-49EB-A033-C9B34AD59B3D.jpeg

2042AFBE-C6F9-45CE-8035-A291CAF1B8A2.jpeg

9D9C8F97-47D7-4167-AC68-AA3E30C30F3B.jpeg

EC67CEBD-5895-4A12-9679-847BD110B152.jpeg

56449A3F-CAA2-446C-A284-8ED463B0AAEF.jpeg

D79D7243-969B-48C0-99E3-1EC4F4E21DB9.jpeg

2FB8193D-DA2C-4959-A4F8-2E3A93076FF2.jpeg

0C70587A-A036-4D99-8743-C1F451FDA322.jpeg

Update on sofa bed: We all know how awful sofa beds can be so this was a big factor when settling on a hotel. At the time of booking at the Conrad, the housekeeping manager assured me that the sofa bed was recently upgraded and was very comfy. She tried to get me to book the king room with sofa bed for a view of the Hudson River but I wasn’t convinced.  Well, this was the most comfortable hotel sofa bed. ️ to The Conrad hotel downtown NYC. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, Jax said:

Update on Post Cruise (star class) funk - giving star class another try, this time on Oasis in a star loft suite. 🧞‍♀️🧞‍♂️🛳  #countdown452days 

Thanks for your recommendations to try Oasis class ships. 

 

Omg yay! This is the suite/ship we will be sailing for our wedding 2021!! Please report back! So glad I found this blog. You all are the best! 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Booscruize said:

Omg yay! This is the suite/ship we will be sailing for our wedding 2021!! Please report back! So glad I found this blog. You all are the best! 
 

When do you sail? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Jax said:

How exciting! We are in #1718

We are in 1720!! We like the balcony set up because that is where we are exchanging vows on a sea day overlooking the water! Let’s just pray that they don’t try and make us pay for charcuterie etc being sent to the  suite life I’ve been hearing rumors about! Lol this is no cabin crawl!! 😂😂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, Booscruize said:

Omg yay! This is the suite/ship we will be sailing for our wedding 2021!! Please report back! So glad I found this blog. You all are the best! 
 

We had a wedding party on one of the cruises when we were in one of the A1 ATS.  The bride and groom asked us if they could take some wedding pix on our balcony.  Of course, we agreed. They came and took the photos during the Cabin Crawl, so we had a party going on already. It was a great event.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

We had a wedding party on one of the cruises when we were in one of the A1 ATS.  The bride and groom asked us if they could take some wedding pix on our balcony.  Of course, we agreed. They came and took the photos during the Cabin Crawl, so we had a party going on already. It was a great event.

That’s so amazing! We really wanted to be married on the deck with an ocean backdrop which is no longer an option so rather than settling we decided to get the largest balcony star class suite with a genie! We have a small wedding so honestly a few decorations we bring, a small cake, some platters and bubbly and we are all set! Hoping this is as amazing as we think it will be! We are very low maintenance. We just want our loved ones and a beautiful intimate setting 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For anyone curious about the FCC, I received Email confirmation of amounts broken down by guest. I will hold off on applying this to my future cruise already booked until closer to final payment date so that I can continue to take advantage of any repricing.
Some interesting information about FCC: Royal can not adjust FCC amounts issued by the ship so you must address your concerns and negotiate amounts while on board.  In our case I wasn’t provided the letter from the ship until the morning of our disembarkation so I appreciate their offer to extend it to 2 years. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, Jax said:

 Royal can not adjust FCC amounts issued by the ship so you must address your concerns and negotiate amounts while on board.  In our case I wasn’t provided the letter from the ship until the morning of our disembarkation so I appreciate their offer to extend it to 2 years. 

Interesting information.  Thanks.  Convenient, eh ? ...that they give you the letter at the very last possible moment and then you can't dispute it after you get off.  Besides....how would you even know the amount of the FCC ?  The only thing we got was a letter indicating that we would be receiving an FCC in a few weeks.  By then it's too late !!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Interesting information.  Thanks.  Convenient, eh ? ...that they give you the letter at the very last possible moment and then you can't dispute it after you get off.  Besides....how would you even know the amount of the FCC ?  The only thing we got was a letter indicating that we would be receiving an FCC in a few weeks.  By then it's too late !!

Yes this entire FCC process is knew to me. You don’t know what you don’t know right? The letter we received the morning of disembarkation stated a 20% FCC but to be honest I don’t think I even looked at it until we got settled in our post cruise hotel.  The agent I dealt with post cruise sent a request to the ship asking them to reconsider the amount; not surprising it was not adjusted. Oh well, the FCC helps offset a portion of the costs of our next star class on Oasis....which I am already looking forward to as we are coming off a week of -35 ❄️❄️

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Trust me, I completely understand.  The thing that "threw" me wasn't the 20% (which I found to be more than fair for what WE went through) but the basis for the FCC itself.  How can an FCC for 20% of my cruise fare ($6255.70) come out to $464 ($232 each) ?  In my case, I'm sure it is due to the otherworldly casino comp calculations.  I hope you fared better than we did.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Trust me, I completely understand.  The thing that "threw" me wasn't the 20% (which I found to be more than fair for what WE went through) but the basis for the FCC itself.  How can an FCC for 20% of my cruise fare ($6255.70) come out to $464 ($232 each) ?  In my case, I'm sure it is due to the otherworldly casino comp calculations.  I hope you fared better than we did.

Yes, fortunately we received 20% of our cruise fare. So it will be a nice chunk of change towards our Oasis sailing.  Very sorry to hear about your situation 🙁 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Jax said:

For anyone interested in the on-board photo book, ours arrived today! ❤️  It took about 3 weeks to arrive from time of disembarkation.  Because we purchased the unlimited digital package our discounted rate incl shipping to 🇨🇦 was $85.49. 

29B9DFDF-18EB-4024-9423-C4865FAD8292.jpeg

This looks awesome! Can you tell me how many pages there are and maybe show some examples? We are definitely going to do the unlimited photos for our wedding cruise! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Booscruize said:

This looks awesome! Can you tell me how many pages there are and maybe show some examples? We are definitely going to do the unlimited photos for our wedding cruise! 

Thanks, we love capturing our vacations with a photo book.  This would be a great way to capture your wedding!! It’s 18 pages with about 38-39 pics.  You can not change the page backgrounds but can select the pictures on most of the pages. There are a few exceptions where you can’t. I wished I could have removed the background to specialty restaurants but otherwise I am very happy with it.  I posted some of the backgrounds for you to see but have marked out our faces. Lol Hubby tries to have fun with some of the backdrops and always does one throwing Reyd overboard! Next year Reyd will be throwing Lindsay overboard lol. Hope this gives you an idea. 

AD993D9A-344D-43EA-9ADA-A7A6FD3FAA5E.jpeg

365EF416-1F1F-4137-B786-358D36AD3A91.jpeg

247760FB-C299-4D20-A613-686115A6C44C.jpeg

82AB0E5B-4D35-45CC-AE47-3831746FC83F.jpeg

22B54323-3A29-4F80-8885-88911AEFD472.jpeg

46A186DF-B292-4404-A1B1-2B4618BB017F.jpeg

F79E8C27-12E0-4FD4-92A2-94755BDCD205.jpeg

4964E349-B3D8-4D9E-BA6C-DE63F7A82897.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...