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  1. Frankly, I don’t care that RCI is sending invitations to all Pinnacles other than the fact that it specifically stated the selection process would be otherwise .
  2. So much for “random selection” of registered volunteers.
  3. Terrific service from the shareholders benefit group. I sent an email last night at 5:02pm requesting OBC for 11 cruises and received confirmation this morning at 7:16 am.
  4. You might want to look into booking a private or semi private tour or transfer to Florence, especially since you want to go to a museum. We have found that it was the best way to maximize time in Florence and can often be done less costly than going on a cruise ship sponsored shore excursion. We have done this three times with two different tour companies and it has worked extremely well for us. A big cruise sponsored group on a bus from Livorno to Florence just takes up precious time better spent in town.
  5. Vision does not have all of the bells and whistles that newer ships have and is showing some wear commensurate with her age. However, she consistently has some of the best itineraries offered by Royal Caribbean and in the past has had some great well-trained crew members. We tend to pick cruises for the itinerary and have been on Vision several times. On the port intensive cruises the lack of some specialty restaurants, entertainment venues, etc is less important to us. We will be sailing Vision again in March to the Southern Caribbean - going to multiple ports including 3 we haven
  6. I am booked on the Serenade cruise to Hawaii too. The last of the Serenade cruises from Seattle to Alaska now does not end until Sept 27. Clearly, we are not sailing on Sept 26. RCI waiting til final payment is due to cancel is affecting planning/flights for land vacations in lieu of a cruise.
  7. In both Reykjavik and Akureyri we rented from holdur.is (Europcar) Europcar had a small building at the port in Reykjavik. We kept the car overnight and parked in the large parking lot right at the port. In Akureyri we only had the car for a long day/night as we scheduled a whale watching tour the following morning. There was after hours drop-off.
  8. We thought Akureyri was a great port in which to have an overnight. We rented a car the first day and made a big loop with the furthest point being the Myvatn mud baths. It was much less touristy than the Blue Lagoon (though we've enjoyed that as well). We also liked getting into port in Reykjavik in the morning so we had all day and into the night to rent a car and drive to Reynisfjara black sand beach, stopping at many waterfalls and beautiful sites along the way.
  9. It really was a great cruise. I was just looking at the photos on my phone from that cruise a few days ago - brought back great memories. We love Iceland. I briefly considered a cruise next summer which is going to Iceland but the times in port were disappointing so I booked British Isles and Arctic Circle cruises instead.
  10. We did aboard Vision on September 1, 2017. To our delight, everyone received a complimentary photo of the Northern Lights.
  11. The last Serenade Alaska cruise now ends in Seattle 1 day before Serenade was to sail from Vancouver to Hawaii. Yet RCI has not cancelled the Hawaii sailing. Also don't understand why RCI cancelled all Radiance Alaska sailings instead of having the later ones leave or return to Seattle rather than Vancouver. It's a conundrum for me as I was supposed to be on a southbound Radiance sailing, spend a few days in Vancouver then get on Serenade for Hawaii. If I thought that Hawaii would still be a go with itinerary change from Vancouver to Seattle and 1 day less sailing t
  12. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds delish!
  13. I am not personally overly concerned about contracting it either as I will be fully vaccinated. But, i absolutely am not interested in being on a cruise where there is increased possibility of an outbreak because adults who could be vaccinated chose not to do so. An outbreak would undoubtedly negatively impact the quality of the cruise - who wants to be quarantined for crying out loud?
  14. I booked 4 cruises out of FL in 1st Q 2022 with expectation that vaccinations would be required. If they are not, I will cancel. IMHO a no vaccine required policy is likely to cause many to cancel so not sure it would have the positive effect on tourism dollars some seem to expect.
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