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Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 25th, 2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,454
Posted By SoCalTraveler
I concur. The rules are the rules. Our...

I concur. The rules are the rules. Our experience with RCI on our 2013 cruise was that the rules applied to us but not to many others. As I observed, we found numerous cruisers who bragged about...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 25th, 2015, 12:41 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,736
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We had this problem on Navigator in 2013. About...

We had this problem on Navigator in 2013. About one-third of us came down with the cough. Some members of our roll call were later hospitalized with pneumonia.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 24th, 2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By SoCalTraveler
No lit candles. Get electric candles at Costco...

No lit candles. Get electric candles at Costco or CVS.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 24th, 2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,454
Posted By SoCalTraveler
I previously wrote about our experience in 2013...

I previously wrote about our experience in 2013 when RCI offered free liquor after our "book early to get the best price and cabin" went final. We found numerous fellow passengers who had received...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 24th, 2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Here's the link for comparison to Princess. The...

Here's the link for comparison to Princess. The most expensive renewal of vows is $499.99 and includes two waffle robes (retail is about $80), a tour of the bridge (which I find fascinating) etc.
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Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 24th, 2015, 12:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We have done a renewal of vows several times on...

We have done a renewal of vows several times on Princess, never more than $495. On RCI we passed because the price was outrageous. Royal is now quoting in the RCI brochure $1195.

Here's the...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 23rd, 2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,297
Posted By SoCalTraveler
See my post about a two year odyssey through RCCL...

See my post about a two year odyssey through RCCL customer service.

If this happened in January, why didn't you insist on being done and refunded by February? What is the cause of an apparent 8...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 8th, 2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Posted By SoCalTraveler
I appreciate that I should quit while I'm ahead. ...

I appreciate that I should quit while I'm ahead. The $300 credit was not as much as we spent on alcohol on the cruise, and the "Grand Bazaar" pricing issue was that after our contract was paid in...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International September 8th, 2015, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Bewildering Customer Servuce

In 2013 we got a $300 future cruise credit, offered without prompting by RCCL to resolve three problems from our 2013 Transatlantic. (Untruthful Grand Bazaar pricing, lying about a broken steam...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International August 4th, 2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,926
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We were on the Navigator in April 2013 (as I...

We were on the Navigator in April 2013 (as I recall, see my signature below) and the Jacuzzi in the spa was rusting and the paint peeling. We were told it would be refurbished in dry dock later that...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises May 26th, 2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,091
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We have taken private tours in many places with...

We have taken private tours in many places with no problem, including St. Petersburg, Istanbul, and Athens. However, with complicated arrangements (such as Rome or Berlin) I would not use a private...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 30th, 2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 19,734
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We purchased the train station transfer on RCI at...

We purchased the train station transfer on RCI at Civitavecchia in April. When we got our luggage tags we also got disembarkation instructions, and by comparing our group number we could see that...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 29th, 2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 19,734
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Luggage at Civitavecchia

We were on the Navigator in April when we docked at Civitavecchia.

We had purchased an early bus transfer to the railroad station. (I think it was about 7 or 7:30 a.m.) It was a reasonable...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 17th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,790
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Our experience on our last cruise with RCI is...

Our experience on our last cruise with RCI is that some folks not technically eligible for the new booking discounts get them. RCI's marketing strategy is to fill the ship. While that is laudable...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 13th, 2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,921
Posted By SoCalTraveler
To me this is not an issue of simply making...

To me this is not an issue of simply making alternate arrangements for another cruise or vacation at another time. For overseas cruises, I'm booking airfare 331 days in advance. For work-related...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 10th, 2013, 10:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,296
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We were on the Navigator in April as well, with...

We were on the Navigator in April as well, with Judy & Buz. (Hi Judy & Buz!)

There are no self-service facilities on RCI ships. We have been on RCI twice (14 days and 15 days) and RCI ran two...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 2nd, 2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
As you can see, we cruised RCI next. My review...

As you can see, we cruised RCI next. My review is under Navigator for April 2013. Next year, we are on AMA Waterways. As customers, we get to vote with our feet.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 2nd, 2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
An assistant waiter is a bus boy. Doesn't matter...

An assistant waiter is a bus boy. Doesn't matter what label you put on it.

We tipped our steward the full recommended amount in cash. However, as I recall we could not get amenities replaced...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Open the wine ourselves? We tried. We were...

Open the wine ourselves? We tried. We were stopped. The first night we had a bottle of champagne to start. Easier to open. We were stopped.

I used to carry a corkscrew as part of a Swiss Army...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 11:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We removed the "mandatory" tips on the last...

We removed the "mandatory" tips on the last afternoon, having decided we had had enough of the lack of service. If I recall correctly, the issue that day was my son ordered French fries in the...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
The wine was opened too late. I prefer my wine...

The wine was opened too late. I prefer my wine shortly after I sit down, just like in any shore side restaurant. For two nights, despite requests, we ordered food, had our appetizer and salad...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
No heat in the exterior cabins. The interior...

No heat in the exterior cabins. The interior cabins were fine. The exterior cabins have air conditioning, and if we set the thermostat to its warmest level we still got cool air coming into the...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 10:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Definitely canned responses. No offer of any...

Definitely canned responses. No offer of any discount or OBC, but I did not ask for any such adjustment. To me, I would rather hear that they solved a problem.

We did get the corkage fees...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 1st, 2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,301
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Carnival Customer Service

Our review of our January three day cruise from Long Beach to Esenada is in the ship review section under Carnival Inspiration. It's a booze cruise. We were under no illusions about that. Other...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 1st, 2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,095
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Bank of America is part of the Gobal ATM...

Bank of America is part of the Gobal ATM Alliance. There are fee-free withdrawals in a number of countries. Search Global ATM Alliance at the B of A web site. Here is the current list of banks;...
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