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  1. 2 hours ago, sellwingri said:

    I’m booked on Allure over New Years Eve and very few cabins are available; no balconies at all.  I wonder if they hold back 50% or if this is such a popular time to cruise that they we will sail close to capacity?  I’ve been on 3 cruises so far since sailing started again with about 20% capacity on all and loved it!


    Did you sail the Anthem in Sep?

  2. 24 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:


    Well, if that's the case, they all appear on my account.


    Both my app and Laura's app look like this.



    Actually, 1 drink is missing

    Well,  not sure how to interpret.  When we were on Ovation this past August, drinks we got in the DL were never posted to our account.  Voucher drinks ordered in other venues were posted. DL waiters did take our cards.  If they were swiped, why didn’t they show on our acct?

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  3. 46 minutes ago, cruiselvr04 said:

    I hope it’s replacing all of them.  We have found them to be very hard and have actually taken a topper a few times.  I’m sure hard mattresses last longer but they give us hip and shoulder pain as side sleepers.  

    I’m happy to hear she passed her test cruise and will be back in service.

    You have my DW’s vote.  She thought they were very, very hard.

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  4. 2 hours ago, Biker19 said:

    As I said, Liberty is already in the Galveston area having completed her test sailing - there's no indication she was in dry dock for anything other than routine maintenance. There's no indication she won't sail as scheduled next weekend.

    While on test cruise, stateroom attendant told us that they were bringing on new beds (frames and mattresses) before restart of rev cruises.  Nit sure that means all beds or simply replacing those that need replacing.

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  5. Agree with most that's been said here.  Avoid.  We had a JS one cruise and it seemed (by pacing it out) that our stateroom was very near the doors that lead from the dining area into the galley area.  It seemed every night around midnight to 1AM we'd hear carts being rolled for a half hour or so.  Then it stopped.  Not sure what was going on: rolling out dishes etc to preset for the following morning.  We asked to relocate but were told there were no available JS.

  6. 5 hours ago, bkruiser said:

    We felt Seattle was a bit disorganized. We had a 1pm boarding time, got there at 12:30 and the line was very long and the workers didn’t seem to know what they were doing. We were at least an hour late getting on board. 

    Also out of Seattle.  Restart of Ovation on 13Aug.  Very disorganized.  Little direction from anyone. No one making announcements.  Any signage was small and not prominently sited.  It wasn’t terrible, I guess, but it was a cruise with significantly reduced capacity.  No matter which port, I’d suggest asking a lot of questions to reconfirm you’re in right line at right time.  It was the restart of revenue cruises but shoreside staff had already processed test cruises as well as Serenade.  

  7. 34 minutes ago, Oceansaway17 said:



    I am vaccinated but have to fly 6 hours.  Not used to wearing a mask much and my cruise on Ovation  is on the 10th.

    I worry about wearing the traclet and being told I was near someone and then have to get tested and having caught it in SPITE of mask and vaccinated.  I mean crap.


    Plus Northstar is broke on Ovation and vlogs recently have shown how empty the ship is and perhaps could also be sad.    Been to Alaska 4 times before including Ovation 2019, but I am scheduled for my "crystal" soon and I wanted it to be Ovation.  Sure wish they would mail it to me so I did not have to take the cruise.  Will decide soon on whether or not to cancel and 2nd time.  depends on the 2 day testing schedule too.  

    You have the choice of taking it with you, having it mailed to you, or taking a pass on even receiving it.  You should get a form in your stateroom that you fill out and turn in.  We did on 13Aug Ovation cruise.

  8. 17 hours ago, molly361 said:

    Yup   I had my rapid test at my healthcare provider's office with a backup appt at Walgreens for later that morning which I cancelled.  Don't think I would EVER go for the PCR

    The rapid antigen test is accepted by RCL.  Why then choose to take the PCR test and risk having late results.  This happened to us last February.  We thought Hawaii would only accept the PCR result.   Took test but storms in TN prevented the test being delivered to the lab in a timely manner.  Then found out rapid antigen test was acceptable.  Called and rearranged travel plans by a couple of days (back then everyone was very willing to accommodate).  Went to HI.

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  9. 2 hours ago, jantoby said:

    That's strange. I looked on RC website and it took me to the Book page asking for measurements.

    Tried finding thread in which someone posted about the end of tux rental. There's also reference to the end of the tux rental program on the RCL blog, which is not an official RCL communication. But that doesn't mean you can't order a tux through RCL.  It may be they have a vendor who provides tux.  The note I read said that RCL was no longer going to keep an inventory of tuxedos on board.  You may be able to rent in advance but possibly not once you're on board.  If your plan is to wait until you board before you place an order to rent a tux, I'd call and verify.

  10. 3 hours ago, jantoby said:

    For a number of reasons we're considering trying to go hand luggage only.  If my friend has to take his black tie stuff, that won't be an option unless I could persuade him to hire one on the ship.   If we forego the main dining room and go to the buffet restaurant in smart casual, presumably that would be OK?  



    You can no longer rent on board.  RCL discontinued this service.  However, I've heard that there is a firm that more or less partners w/RCL for tux rental.  I believe you have to order in advance.  Well, I guess that's a given:  if you don't order in advance how would they get the tux to the ship.  Do  a google search to find out more or maybe call in to RCL:  someone might have the contact information.

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  11. 8 minutes ago, Blizzard54 said:

    We never saw the DL open when we were on.  I had heard they did a simulation in there but we were not invited.  We spent some time in the Pub.  On our sailing the ship was so empty it was sometimes hard to locate any other passengers.  We will give it another try next week. 

    On this week’s Oasis test cruise, the DL is open.  No food.  Concierge is present during hours.  Water has been set out and, at least during the morning hours, coffee machine has an attendant.  We’re on Liberty test, so it should prove interesting.

  12. 1 hour ago, Blizzard54 said:


    The capacity of the lounge will be greatly reduced.  During the simulated HH we attended we could not sit with others.  Not the social situation  we were accustomed to.  I am not sure where we will spend time on our cruise next week on the Ovation. 



    We were on the 13Aug Ovation.  I believe you’re referencing the simulated SL HH. My comment deals with the DL.  We went in a few times.  Very few in attendance.  Furniture arranged, it seems, to maintain distance and that doesn’t lend itself to social interaction.  I guess we could have drawn seats closer to each other, but, then again, there were so few there it really didn’t matter: we could easily hear each other over the distance.  Heard that same thing was happening in CL.  We spent a lot of pre-dinner time in Boleros.  Guitarist and trio (Rhythmocracy) were both very good, so why not?  Service in Boleros was pretty fast.  In this day and age when “Social Distancing” has become a mantra it’s welcome that RCCL refers to it as Physical Distancing. 

  13. 7 minutes ago, Baowen said:

    We’ve been in there multiple times and it is open. The coffee machine and cold water was set out.  Sometimes there was an attendant handing out  the water and  coffee. The  Diamond lounge concierge was there also. 

    That’s surprising.  But, I guess, it makes sense for the concierge to be there in order to make reservations, etc.  Were there times when you could make your own coffee?

  14. 1 hour ago, John&LaLa said:


    With vouchers now the norm, I doubt we will ever see overflow lounges again.

    Ending the use of adjacent venues as overflow areas, I believe, has been RCL’s goal for some time.  They just hadn’t been able to figure out how to get it done until now.  Of course, the advisory says it’s in place through November 1, so time will tell what happens then.  Back to overflow areas?

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  15. 9 hours ago, RunningTheWonder said:

    Itinerary was put up on the Royal app a few days back and it was listed in the email. It's a round trip to Cozumel.

    Right you are!  Went back and looked at email.  If it had been any larger I probably still would have overlooked it.  Thanks.

  16. 8 hours ago, Merion_Mom said:


    D+ get 30% off the onboard price of the package.  But remember, as D+, you already have 5 free drinks on your SeaPass each day.  You would have to consider how many drinks ABOVE that you would purchase, to see whether the price of the package is "worth it" to you.

    Talking to others last week on Ovation, it seems many are of the mind that a drink package no longer has the same value if D/D+/P levels = 4/5/6 drinks.   I haven't done the math.


  17. 14 minutes ago, davekathy said:

    Along with the 5 drinks loaded on your Seapass card and if you're D+ with 340 points or more you can select wine as one of your C&A loyalty rewards

    Correct me if I'm wrong here:  D+ may select one wine at 175 pts.  At 340 pts, D+ may select two wines.  What I can't recall and can't find at this time find in T&C:  Is cruise length a factor?

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