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About kjc852

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    Wimauma, Florida
  • Interests
    Gardening, Beach, Drives in our convertible, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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  1. Suspect you may soon have a bigger disappointment than not visiting Grand Cayman on your October sailing on Brilliance. The website for the Port of Tampa Bay continues to show the first sailing of Brilliance to be on 11/18, with no cruise lines sailing out of Tampa prior to November 1. Certainly all schedules are subject to change, including the Port of Tampa’s, however as of today it doesn’t appear the port will be open for cruise business in October. Hopefully you will sail as scheduled, yet you may wish to consider possible alternatives. https://www.porttb.com/cruise-schedules
  2. Honestly, I do not know where the form needs to be sent. Since this is a Celebrity promotion applied to their Celebrity cruises, it struck me as odd the form would go to Royal. Forgive me if I caused any anxiety!
  3. Hopefully you submitted the form to Celebrity and not Royal!
  4. Thank you for your input. I did locate additional information on Royal Up that addressed cancellations as follows: “Upgrades are non-refundable unless Guest cancels the booking. If Guest cancels the booking, Guest’s cruise fare will be refunded in accordance with RCI’s standard cancellation policy, and Guest will receive a refund for the Total Amount of the Upgrade.” Notice how it refers to “RCI’s standard cancellation policy” without any reference to Cruise With Confidence.
  5. The recent significant spikes in COVID cases and networks reporting on possible mandated masking requirements, caused me to question how bids made under the Royal Up program might impact the option to cancel a cruise within 48 Hours if booked under Royal’s Cruise With Confidence program. In reading the fine print of the two programs, I suspect that an accepted Royal Up bid financially commits one to the cruise and overrides any CWC cancelation option even if the Royal Up bid is accepted prior to 48 hours of the sailing. Wondering if anyone knows Royal’s official position as it relates to t
  6. Where was your deck plan from? I just went to Royal’s website and found the layout for Deck 11 still shows it as the Diamond Club. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/allure-of-the-seas/deck-plans/2068/11
  7. This appears to be a clever pricing strategy by Royal that offers an attractive price early on in the booking process to entice passengers to plan and pay for their dining, drinks, wifi, excursions, etc often a year or more in advance. Thus Royal has the use of your payments 12 months or longer before ever serving a meal, pouring a drink or paying a tour vendor. Additionally, every time those passengers check out Royal’s latest “sale” in hopes of finding a price reduction, many may be tempted to add an additional item to their cart. With unlimited dining and the drink package with Voom cost
  8. Celebrity’s wording in their Retreat marketing is a little deceptive by listing both an OBC perk as well as a Shore Excursion perk. It should be clearly presented that the OBC perk per person may be used for Shore Excursions.
  9. Our first cruise was an inside cabin, our 2nd and 3rd in Ocean View cabins with two young children before trying our first balcony. Have only booked one non-balcony cruise since, that being a port intensive Mediterranean cruise in a Panoramic Cabin that had floor to ceiling windows. We are now retired and thankfully are able to enjoy balcony cabins at the minimum. The 2020 shutdown definitely caused us to reevaluate our past and future cruising plans as we value the health we currently have and appreciate the mobility we still possess. We already have surrendered a year and a hal
  10. Yes, thank you for picking up on my mistake!
  11. We have two B2B holiday sailings booked aboard Brilliance embarking from the Port of Tampa, the first B2B surrounding Thanksgiving and the second around New Years. We reside in the Tampa area and haven’t seen any news coverage or public discussion regarding the return to cruising from Tampa. As mentioned above, the Port of Tampa’s cruise schedule on its website now shows the first sailing to be Celebrity’s Paradise on 11/1/21. We remain optimistic cruises will return this fall, however remain puzzled that Royal or the other lines have yet to make any public announcements regarding
  12. Will a New Years Eve cruise embarking on 12/31/22 qualify for the double points even though the cruise will not end until 1/6/23?
  13. What a magnificent sail away celebration. Cruising is back in the USA and more specifically, the state of Florida! We will be cruising on the Allure in Sept. prior to our 10/23 sailing on the beautiful Edge! But first we have our daughter’s wedding in August, already twice postponed. Wishing a safe journey to Captain Kate and everyone else fortunate to be on the Edge today!
  14. Like you, I too would much prefer sailing across the Atlantic rather than squeezing my oversized body into an undersized airline seat for 8-12 hours. We are booked for a 13-night Eastbound TA on the Queen Elizabeth from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona on 8/9/22 and a Westbound 13-n Arctic Circle crossing on Voyager of the Seas from Copenhagen to Boston sailing on 9/4/22. In between these two Atlantic crossings we will spend several days in Paris & Copenhagen before sailing on a 7-n Best of Northern Europe cruise also on Voyager. Greatest challenge will be packing for such divers
  15. Yes, but two back to back 5 day cruises equal 10 days onboard and you often get the diversity of both the Eastern and Western Caribbean ports.
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