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  1. I received the full refund today. I posted more information on our meet and mingle thread about how I reconciled the amount of the credit.
  2. Ship - Oasis of the Seas Deck - 14 Stateroom # - 14260 Stateroom Category – Grand Suite Starboard or Port Side - Port Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – No. This stateroom is directly below the path that goes from the aft elevator/stairs to the pools, so it gets a lot of noise from above (mainly the sound of running feet). Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - Yes Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – balcony is shaded most of the time because Deck 14 balconies have a larger overhang, but other than that the view is good. Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - Normal for class - one round table with two chairs, plus two chairs with ottomans Was wind a problem? - No. I actually slept on the balcony one night (I was on the norovirus cruise) and wind was definitely not an issue. If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - N/A Any specific problems with this cabin? - No Any other comments? - We are a party of 3. After my husband became ill while my daughter and I did not, I switched from sleeping in the bed to sleeping on the pull out couch. The couch was surprisingly comfortable. The chair/ottoman on the balcony was also fairly comfortable.
  3. I was thinking along these lines (food poisoning + virus) as well. I was in a party of three, and my husband was sick the evening after we left Labadee. His symptoms were sudden and subsided in less than 12 hours although he was exhausted the next day or so. My daughter and I were in the cabin with him and we did not get sick. What is notable is that my daughter is a vegetarian and I am a pescetarian - in Labadee we ate very little and no meat or fish -- her because she didn't see much she liked (I think rice was the extent of her food there) and me because I didn't like many of the choices and I was concerned about the food temperature. Neither of us ate anything there without utensils (no finger foods), and we did both use the hand sanitizer. Hubby used hand sanitizer, but ate some items without utensils. My husband also mentioned how they had hand sanitizer set up by the buffet on Labadee, but no one was using it. I got my first refund today - I had a credit balance on my onboard account after all charges and that amount was refunded - that refund included the one missed day, plus all port charges. I believe the remaining 6 days (except for the port charges) will be coming in a couple of weeks they said. They also provided a $200 allowance for those of us who had to book a hotel, we have to file a claim for that as we booked a Disney hotel for the unexpected night on land. Royal Caribbean did a fabulous job handling this, the only thing I could even possibly fault them for was not being quite aggressive enough with pushing handwashing, etc... early in the cruise, and the food handling in Labadee. I would hate to be an accountant at their home office having to figure out all the refunds. The crew was wonderful, but obviously stressed. Our stateroom attendant told me (when I directly asked) they all have to give up their normal time off in Port Canaveral to work on sanitizing the ship - and that is not a simple task.
  4. Assuming Ovation is the same as Oasis - you don't need reservations, just arrive 25 minutes or so before show time and there is a dedicated area blocked off for suite guests.
  5. We were on this cruise as well - I'm very sorry I didn't meet you because we certainly seem to have similar opinions on the cruise... We were in a Grand Suite and I don't think I will ever cruise again without being in a suite. We too got turned away the from the ice show performance due to "technical difficulties" on Day 2. We did see it on Day 6 and the music stopped during the sand artist and they announced technical difficulties. My daughter is a competitive skater and we've been to a LOT of ice shows - I'm pretty sure at least two of the cast were recovering from being ill - they toughed it out but I felt for them. There were some impressive moments during the show (back flip and triples on a postage stamp size rink anyone?), but the cast obviously was not in top form. Cats -- not my favorite but the cast was amazing and there were some good moments. I was at the late night Day 1 comedy show as well - and it was strange with the 'tipsy hecklers.' We went to the comedy show two more times including the final show Day 6 - Joe just kept getting better! I'm from the Boston area so I will definitely look to go see him when he's in town. Kind of looking forward to the rest of your adventures... We had one person out of three ill.
  6. Hi! My family is sailing on Oasis 1/6/19 sailing. Our last Royal Caribbean cruise was on Explorer a few years ago. At that time, if you brought your own ice skates you could go to an "advanced skater" session early in the morning. We enjoyed this because the ice was not crowded at that time. Question #1 - Did they offer this on your sailing? Question #2 - We are in a Suite. Do they offer any ice skating sessions that are only for suite guests? The main thing we are looking for is less crowded times to skate to get a bit of a workout without having to worry excessively about running into others or being knocked over by others. TIA!
  7. I received an offer on my 1/6/19 Oasis sailing. We are booked in a GS, but I did bid (the minimum or slightly more) on some of the higher categories - Crown Loft, Owners, 2 bedroom Aquatheater, Star Loft. Right now only the 1 bedroom Aquatheatre is showing available, and it is actually smaller than my GS so I didn't bid on it - why pay to upgrade to a smaller room just because it has the Aquatheatre view, plus I'm 6' tall and I've heard the ceilings are low in some of those rooms. I will report back if any of my bids end up being accepted. I'm not counting on it, but I'd consider it a bargain price if they did. To check fair pricing - I went out a year, compared the GS price against the others, and figured that was a good ballpark figure. In every case if my bid is accepted I'll have saved at least a little money over what I estimate it would have cost me to book those categories originally.
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