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xSAILEDx Wonder of the Seas - Oct 30, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022 (14 Night Transatlantic Cruise)


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  • She Sails Away changed the title to Wonder OS Transatlantic 10/30-11/12

Hi! We just did TA on Wonder! To all of you who are doing this and like to sleep at nights I recommend asking a ”quiet” cabin: we had to change our’s few times because the ceilings and walls were making horrible cracking noise! This occured when waves were a bit bigger. The maintenance guys said that it wasn’t fixable at that time because they have to open the walls and roofs..

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We're also on this sailing (switched from Odyssey Holy Lands to this). This will be our second TA, we already did the westbound TA on Symphony in 2018. Really looking forward to this, hopefully with 2 nights more we will manage to do everything we want on the ship 😄 Luckily we can sleep anytime anywhere so no need to find a quiet cabin.

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On 5/25/2022 at 7:00 PM, stables10 said:

Hi We are also on this sailing and haven't travelled on Wonder of the Seas or done a Transatlantic before looking forward to it but am concerned about where we can get a test that works in with the sailing time frame We arrive in Barcelona on the 28th October 

Elaine

Same. I was going to use the telemed ones RC allows

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  • AshleyDillo changed the title to Wonder of the Seas - Oct 30, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022 (14 Night Transatlantic Cruise)
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I am not on this sailing, but oh man, I just spotted this on Royal's site and this looks like such an AMAZING cruise!  I especially love the 8 days at sea between the last Spanish port and Nassau.  Back in February my girlfriend and I booked Harmony, which will be our first time on an Oasis class, for the 8 day leaving Nov 12th from Fort Lauderdale to Labadee, Aruba and Curacao.  We will be celebrating my 50th birthday and wanted to go big but damn, that Transatlantic sounds even bigger and better.  I'm very jealous of you all, ha ha! 

Just out of curiosity, how difficult would it be to change sailings?  I already gave Royal a $500 deposit?  Final payment is not until August.  

 

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3 hours ago, Aron_Ross said:

Just out of curiosity, how difficult would it be to change sailings?  I already gave Royal a $500 deposit?  Final payment is not until August.  

 

It depends on the rules you booked under. We did switch from an Eastern Med sailing to the TA without losing our deposit or paying any fees by calling Royal's German desk. Only condition was that the new sailing had to be more expensive than the original one. If you've booked with a travel agent, let them look into it for you. If you've booked with Royal directly, just give them a call. If the answer is not to your liking, call multiple times to talk to different agents and most likely geht different answers.

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@Neaxan wow thank you so much for that info!  Unfortunately I just realized we already booked our airfare which is non-refundable.  I'm not sure but I think we can cancel and get airline credit.   I may still look into all of my options, thanks again!

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What are they charging for a 3 night dining package on this sailing?  Do they even have a 3 night being that it's a 14 day?  On my Harmony 8 night sailing, the 3 Night dining package is currently $102.00

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23 hours ago, Aron_Ross said:

What are they charging for a 3 night dining package on this sailing?  Do they even have a 3 night being that it's a 14 day?  On my Harmony 8 night sailing, the 3 Night dining package is currently $102.00

3 night dining is 110 Euros in my Cruise Planner.

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On 5/25/2022 at 6:00 PM, stables10 said:

Hi We are also on this sailing and haven't travelled on Wonder of the Seas or done a Transatlantic before looking forward to it but am concerned about where we can get a test that works in with the sailing time frame We arrive in Barcelona on the 28th October 

Elaine

There is a test site at the Barcelona Airport as well as various locations throughout the City. We are packing self-tests as a backup.

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Anyone else here on the transatlantic familiar with the current covid spain entry requirements?  I am coming from the USA.  I am vaxxed but not boosted.  Will a NAAT test be good enough?  

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Spain requires absolutely nothing from EU citizens. For non-EU citizens these are the current rules:

Passengers arriving in Spain by AIR (except children under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit) from countries that DO NOT belong to the European Union or are NOT considered Schengen associated countries, must have one of these documents:

  • DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE OR EU EQUIVALENT  vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative certificate of an active infection diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery after passing the disease. You can check if your certificate is valid on the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ Will open in a new window or in the Spain Travel Health app -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei).

    Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the ORANGE WAY .

  • QR SPTH . If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill in the SPTH Health Control Form manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate through the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ Will open in a new window or the Spain Travel Health application -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei). The system will send you a QR code that you will have to present both prior boarding, and upon your arrival in Spain. In the health control, you may be required to present this document certifying vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery.

    Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the BLUE WAY .

Source: https://www.sanidad.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm

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While I am an avid cruiser and mostly on Royal Caribbean this will be my second Oasis Class cruise and I am so excited! My first Oasis Class cruise is coming up this weekend as I will be boarding Harmony of the Seas. Originally this was booked for my first wife and myself but she has decided she doesn't want to travel for some time so I am making a lot of trips solo. For awhile I thought my son in law might be able to join me as he can work remotely but it looks like that is not going to work out. I retired one year ago this past June and have cruised quite a bit solo as I like to travel a lot more than my first wife. Six cruises this year, one transatlantic crossing with the wife and the rest solo.

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We are on this TA and also the 7 day Med cruise right before it. We will arrive in Barcelona with vaccination certificates and also a negative Covid test. My question is as these are back to back cruises, on turnaround day in Barcelona what are our options to get another Covid test?  Any info as to whether Royal might provide tests for B2B cruisers (even at our expense) or if we will need to leave the ship in search of testing sites?  We do have home tests purchased through Royal but not sure if they are going to accept them for the TA. 

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Hi, were doing the 3 nights cruise from Rome just before the TA. I just booked the short one because I'm 1 point short of Diamond Plus and would like to enjoy the benefits on the TA.

I was unsure regarding the testing rules for the TA, where you need to do the test 3 days before boarding for the TA. However, since we are already on board 4 days before the TA, we would have to be able to do the test onboard.

Just got off the phone with RCL and the agent even got in touch with a resolution specialist. According to them, since we do a cruise from Rome first, where no test is needed for up-to-date vaccination guests, we also wouldn't need a test for the second B2B cruise irrelevant of it being a TA.

Does this sound right to you?

Will also bring a Halloween costume. I cruise twice before during Halloween, once 2018 in Harmony, and they had a great Halloween buffet in the Windjammer with scary cakes and Halloween decorations with real carved pumpkins all over the ship. The even had a Walk-through Haunted House in Boleros. It was small but fun. Lots of people in costumes.

The second was on Spectrum out of Shanghai to Japan. Since about 80% of the passengers were Chinese, who for some reason disappeared from the public areas by 8 or 9 PM (no idea if they went to bed early or what else) only a few passengers wore costumes. However, there were some decorations in the Esplanade, as well as a huge selection of scary cakes and cookies in Windjammer. The culinary crew really outdid themselves. There was a Halloween party at 270 with a Halloween-themed projected and animated backdrop, and they did a costume contest as well. As I said, mostly non-Chinese passengers there. It was smaller and more subdued, but fun nonetheless.

I was a bit disappointed the ship goes to Nassau, would have preferred Labadee or perhaps Coco Cay.

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On 5/25/2022 at 6:00 PM, stables10 said:

Hi We are also on this sailing and haven't travelled on Wonder of the Seas or done a Transatlantic before looking forward to it but am concerned about where we can get a test that works in with the sailing time frame We arrive in Barcelona on the 28th October 

Elaine

The testing requirements have changed. You still need a test, but you are allowed to used a non-proctored self-test. 

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19 hours ago, Jackiel3290 said:

The testing requirements have changed. You still need a test, but you are allowed to used a non-proctored self-test. 

The royal website still says we need a supervised test for transatlantic cruise from Europe, the rules are different than for “regular” cruises from Barcelona. 
 

the drop down menu here has a selection for Transatlantic from europe
https://www.royalcaribbean.com/aus/en/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise

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4 hours ago, sjoskvett said:

Hi everyone, looking forward to TA cruise. 😀
But what clothes should you bring? Not sure what you need. 🤔
Anyone have any tips? Thinking of warm or not so warm clothes?

I'd look at the weather and temperature in Barcelona a few days before the cruise and pack for that. Then check what's the weather is like in Nassau and Orlando and expect that the temperatures will start to raise to those levels while we cross the ocean. If you look at a route map, you can see that we will go south steadily.

Current weather at our stops (High / low):

Barcelona: Mostly sunny, 25° (25°/20°)
Palma de Mallorca: Overcast, 27° (28°/20°)
Valencia: Thunderstorms, 25° (25°/15°)
Cartagena: Mostly sunny, 27° (27°/20°)
Malaga: Sunny, 27° (27°/19°)
Nassau: Mostly sunny, 29° (31°/27°)
Cocoa Beach: Mostly sunny, 28° (31°/25°)

And just for reference, Celebration, FL: Mostly sunny, 27° (32°/23°)

I don't expect it to become really cold, but it might be windy out in the ocean. So some kind of windbreaker for going out on deck. 

Also, when looking at the lows, remember that these are usually the temperatures reached in the middle of the night, Wonder is leaving the spanish ports at 6PM, so it shouldn't have cooled down to much yet.

Hope this helps!

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26 minutes ago, Brandis said:

I'd look at the weather and temperature in Barcelona a few days before the cruise and pack for that. Then check what's the weather is like in Nassau and Orlando and expect that the temperatures will start to raise to those levels while we cross the ocean. If you look at a route map, you can see that we will go south steadily.

Current weather at our stops (High / low):

Barcelona: Mostly sunny, 25° (25°/20°)
Palma de Mallorca: Overcast, 27° (28°/20°)
Valencia: Thunderstorms, 25° (25°/15°)
Cartagena: Mostly sunny, 27° (27°/20°)
Malaga: Sunny, 27° (27°/19°)
Nassau: Mostly sunny, 29° (31°/27°)
Cocoa Beach: Mostly sunny, 28° (31°/25°)

And just for reference, Celebration, FL: Mostly sunny, 27° (32°/23°)

I don't expect it to become really cold, but it might be windy out in the ocean. So some kind of windbreaker for going out on deck. 

Also, when looking at the lows, remember that these are usually the temperatures reached in the middle of the night, Wonder is leaving the spanish ports at 6PM, so it shouldn't have cooled down to much yet.

Hope this helps!

Thank you very much for the good answer.
Hoping for good weather when we go to sea.

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The weather might change dramatically from now until then so it's difficult to say right now. In 2018 (Symphony TA) the weather in Spain was abysmal - below 10 ° Celsius and raining A LOT. This was caused by a tropical storm and also meant bad weather and high waves for the first few days after leaving the Med. If I recall correctly the captain even travelled further South than planned but that didn't help much. After the first few days the weather was amazing, warm and sunny. I'm hoping this year's weather will be better from the start as there haven't been that many tropical storms until now.

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HI, we are traveling on wonder of the seas doing a BTB ( back to back) the western Mediterranean oct 23 -30 and Transatlantic oct 30-nov 13 . can anyone advise on weather please? I am assuming it will be in the high 60's to  low 70's during day for the first week....but how about the crossing once we get through the straits will we head south to warmer climate so we can sun by pools? trying to access packing options. 

 

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10 hours ago, sjoskvett said:

Hi everyone, looking forward to TA cruise. 😀
But what clothes should you bring? Not sure what you need. 🤔
Anyone have any tips? Thinking of warm or not so warm clothes?

Cooler in the Mediterranean especially in the evenings.  Once we are out in the Atlantic it will be cooler but as we head east it will get warmer.  I would take a sweater if you will be outside in the evenings in Central Park, Aqua Theatre etc..  Also because it is hurricane we may have to divert farther north and it will be cooler for sure.  Or if we divert south it may be a little warmer.  In the spring when we diverted north for a medical emergency it was fairly cool for a few days until we headed back on course.

Always warm in the solarium no matter the weather which is nice.   

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1 hour ago, togo said:

The testing protocol is confusing.  I finally found that drop down menu but if you don't know to look for transatlantic and just look from Barcelona, the rules are different.

We received an e-mail with the detailed protocols for the sailing so I didn't really bother looking it up on the site. We'll have to test within 24 hours before boarding as we're not considered up to date. That's the one point where living in still covid-crazy Germany helps - no problem getting a test done. No scheduling no nothing, just show up and 5 minutes later you're good to go, you get the results via e-mail a few minutes later. We'll do it on our way to the airport as we'll be only arriving in Barcelona at 11 pm on Saturday. We've been to Barcelona a few times now so we're not missing out on anything. More importantly, this means one more night with the cats and the dog as they'll go to the kennels on Saturday.

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Thankfully, this doesn’t affect our group. We already board 4 days prior in Rome, and shorter Med cruises are exempt of the testing rule. According to RCL, the same is supposedly true for B2Bs. Regardless, even if we need a test, since we are already on the ship 48 prior to the TA, they‘d have to provide the test for us on board.

The rest of our group who joins us in Barcelona are checking in their luggage at the airport the night before flying to Barcelona snd will do the test then.

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4 hours ago, togo said:

Is  48 hours from departure the same as two days before boarding day?  I rescheduled to Friday morning for the test 

Haven't seen any clarification on that. Just to be safe, we will be doing our tests on Saturday before driving to the airport. That was planned all along as we had to do it 1 day before boarding due to not being up to date.

Btw if one of you is interested in upgrading your cabin, prices are quite nice right now. We did the switch yesterday - from Interior Virtual Balcony to GTY Ocean View Balcony for 27 € upcharge. Couldn't pass on that, especially considering RoyalUp currently has a minium bid of 380 € per person for this switch. I only hope they hurry up with assigning the cabin as I can only colour print my luggage tags at work and I'll be in the office only on one day before the vacation starts. If all else fails, will black/white luggage tags work? I can print those at home...

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On 10/14/2022 at 12:54 AM, KenCP said:

Check you email from Royal.  New prorocols for testing for the transatlantic.  Now the testing has to be done within 48 hours of departure.

 

So if i take a test friday its to early? Is it exactly 48 hours?  

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