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About BTHodgeman

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  • Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Interests
    Travel, Beekeeping, Lego, and Gambling.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal and Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. The travel agent site shows them in the dropdown search menu, but they all come up as unavailable. First available sailing is December 12.
  2. We are 15 days out from sailing right now. People in our Role Call/FB group have been mentioning getting upgrades for the last two days. I have not heard anything on mine yet.
  3. Had that issue yesterday afternoon. Seems to be back to normal for me today, on Edge and Chrome.
  4. For our sailing in a couple weeks, Voom Surf and Stream has held steady for the last several months at $15.99 for one device and $28.49 for two devices. None of the previous "sales" ever lowered Voom pricing. Just yesterday, Voom Surf and Stream finally dropped to $11.99 for one and $20.99 for two. We were considering just getting The Key ($15.99 per person) when the prices were so high, but since they dropped, we have booked a two device package. I'm not sure if this is specific to Serenade, which is our next ship, but pricing in general has been pretty steady since w
  5. Slight clarification - you do earn Stars, but you cannot redeem Stars for free drinks, and purchases on the ship do not count for other Starbucks promotions (Star Dash, happy hour, etc.).
  6. I can't say I am surprised anymore by inconsistent policies across the ships. 😛
  7. On embarkation day? I ask because they were strictly enforcing no shorts at Chops during dinner time on my last two RC cruise (Mar 2019 - Navigator and Oct 2019 - Harmony).
  8. Chops was around $50 on our Harmony sailing. To us, it was a no brainer to get UDP - it was only $175 for our 7 day cruise. 150 and Wonderland were a little higher than Chops - I want to say around $55 or $65, but don't remember the exact pricing because we bought UDP.
  9. Adding that in mid-April of this year, you will be awarded your annual interior cruise certificate. You should get an e-mail saying something like "Welcome to Prime," and you'll also be able to see the promo code online at clubroyaleoffers dot com. Your points will reset to 0 on April 1, 2020, and you'll have until March 31, 2021 to re-earn Prime for the following year.
  10. This isn't scientific, of course, and may be a bit dated, but is based on receiving the same type of bounce back offer in the past... You will likely see offers for Premiers, Getaways, and other random casino offers. Pack and Play can be really good - they usually have very low (or comp) fares, but are usually within 2-3 months of the sail date. For the first 12-18 months after sailing, my Premier offers were comp sailings with $1000 free play. Haven't sailed on Carnival in the past couple years, and the offers in my account have downgraded a bit. Still between $500 and $1000 free
  11. Are you sure about your point total? How did you get a free inside without earning 2400 points? I ask because you say you were up. The only time I have heard about certificates being upgraded is when someone has lost quite a bit more than expected for their amount of play.
  12. I have heard that the cruise lines tend to be more lax than Customs. Here is the recommendation from Customs and Border Protection, from this link: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the adult have a note from the child's other parent..." There is another article on the CPB website that talks about what the letter should contain, and it says, "having the letter notarized is not necessary but highly recommended."
  13. Absolutely. And if using Skype, WhatsApp, or another similar messaging/call application, you can avoid the carrier long distance fees as well.
  14. You need some sort of internet connection - cellular or WiFi.
  15. 👍 We wanted two separate Voom accounts anyway. We're traveling with some others and will share internet if they want to post some pictures, check in with people at home, etc. There is a slight discount ($1.50 per day) for buying two vs. one, but the embarkation day Chops lunch alone more than makes up for that. 🙂
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