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  1. IMO, if people were going to have the "gotta get my money's worth" attitude it would already be happening due to the # of people that have the unlimited drink package included as part of their booking.
  2. There is nothing wrong with being an optimist, but at the same time I think people should have realistic expectations. I had a Med cruise booked for October that was to sail from Italy. I was pretty certain in May that the chances of that cruise happening was slim. Others on this board felt that cruising would be back to normal by July. My opinion was based on the travel restrictions/advisories that were in place in my province/country and also from reputable news sources (both domestic and international). Did having that opinion make me a downer or negative? No. It made me
  3. We booked our first few cruises through an agent but after a few issues with getting price drops applied and other issues, we now book on our own. As others have said, there are good agents and there are also some bad ones. For a cruise, I strongly recommend finding one that specializes in cruises. When we booked our first cruise, our travel agent was a great resource. We were young, had very little travel experience and were overwhelmed with all the different cruiselines, ships & itineraries. Unfortunately she went part-time and that is when we started having
  4. -Partial/Full Panama Canal -longer Southern Caribbean sailings out of San Juan -10/11 night Med sailings that visit the Adriatic ports
  5. What is the exact flight? Is it US-Amsterdam-Paris? Or US-Paris-Amsterdam? And if Paris, CDG or Orly? For CDG, will you have to change terminals? For flying to Europe through Amsterdam, I'd want minimum 2 hours, preferably 3. I found the lines to be long and slow moving. For CDG, I'd be fine with 2 if the connecting flight is leaving from the same terminal. Otherwise, I'd want 3 if changing terminals. For Orly, I'd allow 2. For flying to the US I'd allow a minimum of 3 hours due to the extra security involved for US bound flights.
  6. That is nuts. So basically by the time you get back the results you could be recovered. In my area (Atlantic Canada) we get the results back within 24 hours.
  7. I book ahead of time for two reasons: prices are often cheaper when booking in advance & don't need to spend time onboard standing in a line. We've been on a few ships excursions that sold out quickly onboard. Friends once did a Med cruise and waited until onboard to book excursions. The ones that most interested them were no longer available and in one particular port there was nothing left at all.
  8. 1. Canadian citizens can still return to Canada. 2. The Canada/US border is currently closed to August 21, 2020.
  9. I would call as it sounds like the first person you were speaking with provided wrong information. If you think the information you are receiving is incorrect ask them to double check or speak to a supervisor. When I called to do mine, I was initially told that my 9 night Med cruise could not be shifted to a 9 night Greek Isles cruise as the "itinerary wasn't the same". I referred to the Q&As on the website and asked that she double check. A few minutes later she came back and said it could be done. When you do get your invoice, double check that all prices are correct.
  10. We have always been a combination of the two. We are frugal on certain things but there are other areas where we'll splurge. We will remain this way going forward. -For a precruise hotel we've used hotwire/priceline to save some $$. In Europe we tend to stay at 3* hotels that are clean and in convenient location. In Europe the star level refers to the amenities, not the rating. Things like room service, pools, onsite restaurants, bellhop, etc. are not important to us so we won't pay more to have these services. -We usually book an inside cabin. We are usually only in the
  11. We've done land trips to both Jamaica and Barbados and loved both. In Jamaica we stayed at an AI. We have never visited Jamaica on a cruise but love the AI experience there. In Barbados we stayed at a hotel that had a kitchenette and was right on the beach. Barbados can be pricy but having the kitchenette allowed us to save a fair amount on meals/drinks. We ate out once a day (for dinner) and for a beach day we'd just pack a cooler with drinks. Honestly, I'd take a land trip to all of the ports I've been to in the Caribbean.
  12. Not sure about all the exemptions, but I know citizenship is one. So an American who also holds Canadian citizenship can cross the border to their summer home but they are still subject to 14 day isolation. Cross country travel across Canada also requires a 14 day isolation in some cases. I live in Atlantic Canada and anyone travelling here from outside the Atlantic Provinces needs to isolate for 14 days when the visit. If I leave the Atlantic provinces (to go to Quebec or Ontario for example), I would have to iolate for 14 days when I return.
  13. It is the same. I live in an area of Canada where a lot of Americans have summer homes and quite a few have not been able to get across the border. Those that do get across have to isolate for 14 days or risk fines.
  14. We've bought two watches at Little Switzerland and been happy with both purchases.
  15. My reply was in reference to the title of the thread and the OPs initial question. The OP was asking how this will impact ROYAL. They were not asking how it will impact the Bahamas tourism industry or those with seasonal homes. But clearly you just want to argue semantics. BTW, if you have issues with there being multiple threads you can hit the "report post" button.
  16. The subject of thread is "how does the Bahamas being closed effect Royal". Airplane travel and those with secondary homes on the islands is irreleventent to the subject of this thread.
  17. Seeing as how the ships aren't sailing anytime soon I don't think it matters.
  18. Actually that list shows quite a few countries where a vaccination is required. For Antigua & Barbuda it has the following: Yellow fever (2014) Country requirement: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. This is not a recommendation. It's a requirement if travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Covid-19 is a Global Pandemic. The risk of transmission is worldwide. So if countries have vaccine requirements for yellow fe
  19. I think they will. Simply because I think the ports they're docking in will require it.
  20. Few mistakes we made on the first two cruises: 1. Didn't pack OTC medication and got stuck paying the inflated price at the gift shop. 2. Having no idea how price drops worked. We assumed the price you booked at is what you paid. 3. Not realizing that you could order the drink of the day without the souvenir cup (and save a few dollars). On the last night of the cruise we'd be struggling to find luggage space for them. Once home they sat in a cupboard for ten years only to get thrown out when we moved. 4. DH forgetting to pack his suit. Thinking we needed one for formal
  21. If I lived 20 minutes from a warm beach with palm trees I probably wouldn't be interested in booking an AI beach vacation either 🙂 You are also within driving distance to several cruise ports, so the cost for you to cruise is going to be considerably less than someone from Canada who has to fly to the port. For many Canadians, it's cheaper to book an AI package vs. going on a week long cruise. Many upscale resort chains (like Sandals) include excursions in the price so there is no extra costs involved.
  22. In that case maybe go with the Independence and spend an extra day in Florida?
  23. As a fellow Canadian I totally understand wanting to fly in 2 days early in February. Both ships get great reviews so I'd choose based on itinerary/price. I just had a quick look at the itineraries and if it were me, I'd choose the 5 night Mariner that goes to Coco Cay. I like that it's a day longer and also goes to Cozumel (which I prefer over Nassau) and has 2 sea days. As an added bonus, they have a sailing that leaves on Family Day so if you opted for this one it would mean less school your son would miss (and less vacation days the adults would need to use).
  24. We prefer a mix of cruises, land trips and AI resorts. If we couldn't cruise we'd just continue with AI resorts and land trips.
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