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Adventure OTS - December 22, 2023 - Eastern Caribbean


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Just booked this holiday cruise at a remarkably low cost! TA says it's filling up very quickly already even though it's almost two years away. This will be our first time cruising during the holiday and we're really looking forward to it.

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  • jabberwk changed the title to Voyager OTS - December 22, 2023 - Eastern Caribbean
3 hours ago, Firefly said:

Booked this cruise yesterday because of the incredible price and the eastern Caribbean itinerary. This will be our first Christmas at sea as well  because we usually refuse to pay the normal crazy holiday rates. 

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The rates were good over all, although the fabulous rates were on Balconies (We usually sails in a suite because I haven’t figured out how to pack in a way that will fit in the balcony closets, my bad 😫). We had seen this one the night before we booked it as a “maybe.” Then a cruise friend of ours actually messaged us about it and said that some mutual cruise friends had messaged her from onboard about the balcony prices and all of them would be onboard. We didn’t need more convincing! We will be on for Christmas and the 6 day b2b days for the New Year. I think it will be super interesting to see the ship decorated. We did sail on thanksgiving once, but there was really no decor at that point.

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I wish we could do the B2B, esp for the current prices. Our two teenage sons will be sailing with us in an adjacent balcony so talking my hubby into 2  cabins for both cruises wasn’t going to happen. I was just thrilled that he said “book it” when I showed him the prices for Christmas. We haven’t splurged on suites yet, but once it’s just hubby and I cruising without the boys in tow we might. We’ve done 2 early December cruises in the past and love sailing with the Christmas decorations on the ship. 

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Hmmmm….  I am looking at these 2 cruises.  I will sleep on it tonite and if the spirit moves me I may book them both.  Pretty good price and availability of aft JS.  I am not overly fond of the aft rooms on this class ship but….maybe.

Oh please do!!!! That would be great to finally meet you. There will be so many nice folks onboard (and I will be there too 😝). You can help me figure out how I’m going to decorate the panoramic suite for Christmas!

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2 hours ago, Firefly said:

I wish we could do the B2B, esp for the current prices. Our two teenage sons will be sailing with us in an adjacent balcony so talking my hubby into 2  cabins for both cruises wasn’t going to happen. I was just thrilled that he said “book it” when I showed him the prices for Christmas. We haven’t splurged on suites yet, but once it’s just hubby and I cruising without the boys in tow we might. We’ve done 2 early December cruises in the past and love sailing with the Christmas decorations on the ship. 

We almost didn’t, we have rescue kitties and it is a long time to be gone (mention the cost of the pet sitting per day at 2 visits each day). But it reduces days off from work since 1/3 or more we would already have been off and we don’t do it often - that is the excuse I’m telling myself. But sometimes reality HAS to factor in - like work. I totally get it, but the Christmas one is 8 days, so you will be on the longest leg!

 

 

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12 hours ago, AlohaLivin said:

You can help me figure out how I’m going to decorate the panoramic suite for Christmas!

Believe me, you do NOT want me anywhere near any kind of decorating decision.  I am so right-brained that I have virtually no left brain at all !  No imagination, no creativity.  UGH

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Believe me, you do NOT want me anywhere near any kind of decorating decision.  I am so right-brained that I have virtually no left brain at all !  No imagination, no creativity.  UGH

😆  I guess I am a blend. Thankfully we are all different or only 10% of necessary tasks in the world would get done!

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On 3/12/2022 at 8:50 PM, AlohaLivin said:

Oh please do!!!! That would be great to finally meet you. There will be so many nice folks onboard (and I will be there too 😝). You can help me figure out how I’m going to decorate the panoramic suite for Christmas!

Ok.  I had @michelleput a refundable deposit on JS 1156 for these 2 cruises.  I had promised myself I would NOT book any more cruises until the vax and testing requirements were gone but this is far enough in the future that I can actually hope (with some sense of reality) that they might be gone by then.

There are a bunch of aft JS available for both of these cruises but I am not a huge fan of the fantail rooms on Voyager and Freedom classes....and I thought these JS way up front looked interesting.  The balconies look enormous !  We'll see....

At least I'm smart enough to book a refundable deposit !  Just in case, ya know....

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30 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Ok.  I had @michelleput a refundable deposit on JS 1156 for these 2 cruises.  I had promised myself I would NOT book any more cruises until the vax and testing requirements were gone but this is far enough in the future that I can actually hope (with some sense of reality) that they might be gone by then.

There are a bunch of aft JS available for both of these cruises but I am not a huge fan of the fantail rooms on Voyager and Freedom classes....and I thought these JS way up front looked interesting.  The balconies look enormous !  We'll see....

At least I'm smart enough to book a refundable deposit !  Just in case, ya know....

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YAY!!!! ! I agree, this is so far into the figure that we have to assume there will be very different circumstances.  You could always get the panoramic suite next to ours, it is 1900 vs 1500+ (I know it was available on 12/30). 🤩 Eric likes it, it has the spaceship bathroom but it is near to so much and that view is fabulous (And we usually sail with some huge decks, but we’re hardly putting a foot on them). Refundable is always good when possible (on the panoramic suite it’s actually refundable, even though it’s now a full suite, I don’t know if that fell through the cracks or what).  Fingers crossed, all of them 🤞🏼
 

 

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17 hours ago, AlohaLivin said:

You could always get the panoramic suite next to ours, it is 1900 vs 1500+ (I know it was available on 12/30).

Ok....so I have Michelle checking the price on the VP (1854).  Currently it is available for both sailings.  Haven't decided which we will go with...but if we can book a full suite with a refundable, I will most likely go with that.  I will miss the big balcony on 1154 but I do like the looks of the VP...even if it doesn't have a balcony.

I'll see what Michelle comes back re: price.  It looks like it's going to be about $400PP more....so a total of $800 more (my quick calculation).  That price difference is negligible...so it looks like we are tending in that direction.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Ok....so I have Michelle checking the price on the VP (1854).  Currently it is available for both sailings.  Haven't decided which we will go with...but if we can book a full suite with a refundable, I will most likely go with that.  I will miss the big balcony on 1154 but I do like the looks of the VP...even if it doesn't have a balcony.

I'll see what Michelle comes back re: price.  It looks like it's going to be about $400PP more....so a total of $800 more (my quick calculation).  That price difference is negligible...so it looks like we are tending in that direction.

Yep, def refundable. To semi quote @twangster, it will be refundable until RCCL realizes it’s a full suite 😉 And you are correct on the price difference being about 400pp which on a holiday sailing with the added benefits is pretty good  (even if not oasis class) and with that view it is surely worth it (we used the bunk bed  area for suitcase and the occasional extra bed for DH when there’s a snoring situation 😂). The closets and vanity storage areas are the same size as an OH and that view is gorgeous! And we will be neighbors! 🤞🏼 Tracy and David will be around the corner (they are very nice, laid back). It will be such a good time with new and old cruising friends (especially nice since we have lost all our mutual sailings these last years). 👩🏻🤝👩🏼

 

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23 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Nope.  Not until the vax and testing requirements are dead.  After that...WATCH OUT !

With my mother now gone for 2 years, the holidays feel quite different.  We actually were in this suite on Adventure  two weeks after we lost her (for Thanksgiving) and it was a not a great deal of fun for me needless to say. I think this time is going to be FAR better and with friends onboard it will be even nicer. Some of our favorite people, old and new, will be on board. I don’t want wish time away, but I’m really looking forward to these two cruises! 💃🏼🕺🏼

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Since you all seem to be seasoned cruisers, I'd like your opinion. My husband and I are considering an Arctic Circle cruise or a Panama Canal cruise for 2024. Have you been on either? Which would you recommend?

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7 hours ago, jabberwk said:

Since you all seem to be seasoned cruisers, I'd like your opinion. My husband and I are considering an Arctic Circle cruise or a Panama Canal cruise for 2024. Have you been on either? Which would you recommend?

We never have, although were booked in a star suite for repositioning Cruise to the panama canal that was sadly canceled in 2020 😣 we will get around to scheduling another, but it won’t be until at least the middle of 2023 as we have too many cruises booked and have a daughter‘s wedding 🤯

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3 hours ago, catsinthecottage said:

We are booked! The deal is unbelievable. I don''t ever splurge on suites and I happen to prefer inside cabins, so super great prices for me. Our only other Xmas cruise was 2019 and we LOVED it. So excited to do it again! 

I know! Crazy good! We have never sailed during Christmas, we are so looking forward to this. Welcome 🎄

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