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Grandeur and Enchantment are "sisters" in the same class but different namely an extra section in the middle.   For folks that had Radiance subbed in for Explorer cruises that represents a signif

Think RCCL are missing a trick here, not everyone wants to go to their private islands, or visit the same ports year after year, it certainly makes you look at other alternatives to RCCL

I agree with others that not everyone is all that interested in CocoCay.

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33 minutes ago, princevaliantus said:

Give them a two or three days as RCG has to update their website. The announcement from Matt is premature but it's going to happen.

I haven't received any notification yet but it seems like my B2B cruises on Freedom will be impacted.  Nothing against Explorer but I really wanted to go on Freedom again.  I liked everything as was planned and now it seems like the plan has changed.  What does Royal do in these cases?  Explorer isn't Freedom and I'm not thrilled with the change!  Just wondering.

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8 minutes ago, Dad2Cue said:

I haven't received any notification yet but it seems like my B2B cruises on Freedom will be impacted.  Nothing against Explorer but I really wanted to go on Freedom again.  I liked everything as was planned and now it seems like the plan has changed.  What does Royal do in these cases?  Explorer isn't Freedom and I'm not thrilled with the change!  Just wondering.

It will likely be just like the Summer 2021 redeployment about a month ago with Brilliance/Indy.  They will either let you cancel for a full refund, no penalty or swap you automatically and price protect you.  That was the offer we got last month.  In the end, we chose to follow Brilliance to Tampa instead of sailing Indy again.

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39 minutes ago, MLH said:

Am i missing something.  I thought the new deployments were already available to book, but I am not seeing them.  Do they show up in the Ta website?

If it was anything like last month for the summer 2021 redeployments, the day that Royal said it would be release, it was made available for booking later in the afternoon.  Just keep checking.  It will show.

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6 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Thanks for posting this.  I did not know about it.  I love the San Juan market, and I don't see this as a positive for it.  Carnival is currently pulled out, and now this.

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7 minutes ago, Joe01 said:

So all 3 of the Freedom Class ships are being stuck on 3 and 4 nighters from Florida?🙄

I was hoping to sail one of them again in the not too distant future, nearly 9 years since I was last on Indy. 

You knew with the money and advertising they are pouring into Coco Cay....they want big ships and lots of ppl going there to drive revenue.....not surprising really at all they are using Freedom class ships for this.

 

Although at this point I would take a cruise anywhere on any royal ship right now!!!🥺

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Apparently winter 2022 also means April, 2022. I checked to see if my April, 2022 cruise on Freedom of the Seas was effected and low and behold it is no longer listed. Only Empress of the Seas is available. Not too thrilled about this, but I did get this as the end result of a lift & shift from Enchantment of the seas. 

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26 minutes ago, USFFrank said:

Apparently winter 2022 also means April, 2022. I checked to see if my April, 2022 cruise on Freedom of the Seas was effected and low and behold it is no longer listed. Only Empress of the Seas is available. Not too thrilled about this, but I did get this as the end result of a lift & shift from Enchantment of the seas. 

Looks like the best option out of San Juan may be the NCL Epic.  I have been critical of NCL from my experience on it several years ago.  I like the itinerary that includes Grenada.  Hopefully the main dining room options are better than they were then.

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2 hours ago, Dad2Cue said:

I haven't received any notification yet but it seems like my B2B cruises on Freedom will be impacted.  Nothing against Explorer but I really wanted to go on Freedom again.  I liked everything as was planned and now it seems like the plan has changed.  What does Royal do in these cases?  Explorer isn't Freedom and I'm not thrilled with the change!  Just wondering.

I would rather be dealing with your Freedom for Explorer trade.  🤣

I got the Explorer to Radiance trade.  Had already L&S-ed the Explorer to 2022 since my friends were too nervous about sailing in 2021.  We have been on Radiance for Alaska and Panama Canal - we like the ship but not for the group we are traveling with.  Not sure what we are going to end up doing - getting the group to agree on initial trip was like herding cats.

I totally agree with a previous poster that RCG is likely trying to get the "best" ships to Florida for runs to Coco Cay.  I understand business - but I am still going to whine a little bit......then I will feel better.  🙃

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2 hours ago, princevaliantus said:

Liberty is remaining in Galveston doing 7 nites. I don't see any changes for her being announced.

Isn't Liberty heading to the short cruises once they can get Galveston ready for an Oasis Class? I can't see her staying in Texas after that though they may have changed their plans to put her in Miami and she'll go somewhere with cruises of more than 4 nights.

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2 hours ago, RCVoyager said:

Looks like the best option out of San Juan may be the NCL Epic.  I have been critical of NCL from my experience on it several years ago.  I like the itinerary that includes Grenada.  Hopefully the main dining room options are better than they were then.

Explorer will sail from San Juan. It is replacing Freedom.

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