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Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 30th, 2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 17,976
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: 17,976
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: 4,229
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: 2,601
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: 3,407
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,803
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: 2,646
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;...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question June 29th, 2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,646
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Euros: Buy at least 100 euros before you...

Euros:

Buy at least 100 euros before you leave the States for a taxi, etc.
Royal Caribbean had a very good rate on our recent cruise.
Get a Bank of America account and ATM card. Check out...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 25th, 2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 16,234
Posted By SoCalTraveler
It is quite common for restaurants, like cruise...

It is quite common for restaurants, like cruise ships, to split tips among all service personnel and not just the folks on the front line. Waiters who get tipped in cash, much like stewards, may be...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 25th, 2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 46,352
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Beth: I have no idea why law is applicable to...

Beth: I have no idea why law is applicable to your proposed recording of your conversation with RCI. However, be aware that in some states both parties must consent to a recording otherwise...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 25th, 2013, 01:02 AM
Replies: 330
Views: 37,121
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Several cruises ago, our immediate neighbor...

Several cruises ago, our immediate neighbor forward liked to smoke two cigars per day. He would stand at the barrier and literally hold the cigar on our side so we were downwind of his smoke and...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 25th, 2013, 12:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,915
Posted By SoCalTraveler
The IRS rule (and if anything, it was more...

The IRS rule (and if anything, it was more lenient 20 years ago) is that an employer must reported on a tipped employee's W-2 the amount of reported tips or 8% of sales, whichever is greater. A...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 19th, 2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,256
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Recently took Navigator from New Orleans to Rome....

Recently took Navigator from New Orleans to Rome. No problem with the internet, though it is typical of ship internet. If you use it at off times it may be slightly faster. I was unable to hook on...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 15th, 2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By SoCalTraveler
Unless you get free internet, the lowest price on...

Unless you get free internet, the lowest price on the internet package is about $.30 per minute. I download my pictures every day to my laptop, but my backup to the cloud does not complete until I'm...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 14th, 2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 958
Posted By SoCalTraveler
We too used Alla Tours. The price was half of...

We too used Alla Tours. The price was half of the ship tour and we saw more. No payment was needed until we were on the tour.

Go to Trip Advisor and check our tours in St. Petersburg. There...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 12th, 2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,464
Posted By SoCalTraveler
iPhones have an app called Find My iPhone which,...

iPhones have an app called Find My iPhone which, if downloaded and set up, will identify the general area in which the phone is located.

I do not know of the program to rent phones on the ship. ...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 12th, 2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,464
Posted By SoCalTraveler
I assume you will be outside of a nationwide...

I assume you will be outside of a nationwide calling area.

Cell phones can be used on most ships, including Allure. Cell phone calls, however, are priced differently than you may be used to, so...
Forum: River Cruising June 12th, 2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,878
Posted By SoCalTraveler
There is no such insurance commercially...

There is no such insurance commercially available.

One could imagine Lloyd's writing a special policy to cover this risk, but no insurer, including Lloyd's will agree to cover losses if a cruise...
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