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  1. Hi Carol! I believe I could find it in lounges on those ships we've sailed. In DL/CL, never. Now there were a couple of times, and those times were cruises on Radiance class ships (in current CL as well as when current CL was the DL, with the bar), when the barkeep would go off and return with a glass of SoCo which he'd keep stored out of sight. Hope all's well with you. Have you resumed cruising yet?
  2. No receipt to sign so, we assume, no gratuity. At least not one that appears on final cruise statement. Swipes show with $0.00 when viewing account online. We tend to tip $1.00 for each drink which I recognize is not 18%.
  3. Also, there was no longer a sign stating that drinks could not be taken out of DL. CL closed to D+. However, DL was rather deserted on last week’s Ovation. Concierge said there were 250 D, D+, and P. It’s been our experience that Alaska cruises tend to post lower numbers than other cruises. We stopped in a few times. One time we walked in and there was ONE other passenger. Another night we counted 20 or so. Spent more time in Boleros w/entertainment.
  4. Have 5 as a D+. Just returned this Friday from Ovation 7N to Alaska. Only one day did I have 5. Your choice of drink w/$13 cap. DW probably had 3-4 drinks max. Prefer this program to DL HH chaos w/cheap wine etc. I'll have a SoCo manhattan. Couldn't get that in DL. Well...at least not under typical conditions.
  5. Just left the 13Aug Ovation cruise. Downloaded app prior to boarding. Did as I was told when told to go through the eMuster. Embarked. Went through muster on board, finding out doing the eMuster online meant absolutely nothing. Never used app on board. I don't cruise in order to spend my time looking at a phone screen. Made Chops reservation at Chops. Concierge made all entertainment reservations. When advised to scan QR code in MDR, simply said we didn't own phones. Much simpler life.
  6. We’ve been able to buy D+. BOGO and have used second meal after the first two nights. One time we were told, Yes, because the cruise had a large number of D+ and P.
  7. Got our invite as well. We’re on same Ovation this Friday. See you at Sail Away, 5:30, North Star Bar. Can’t do Mariner. Oasis would be a quick turnaround but doable. D+
  8. @Blizzard54 Thanks for the notes re the simulation cruise. One last question, if I may: Did you cruise the Inside Passage or did you go out into the ocean? Thanks
  9. They're just using a shotgun approach: sending out a blanket email to everyone and all in order to cover their bases. You would think that at some time they would have asked those who've been vaccinated to upload a photo of their vaccine cards into a database. Voluntarily, of course. On the other hand, does anyone believe RCL IT folk would be able to handle that?
  10. And this is what I feel is the most galling. The announcement regarding the new start dates was prefaced with this line: This announcement is long-awaited — and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thrilled? You just disrupted the travel plans of so many people, many of whom are loyal RCCL cruisers and you're THRILLED!! Sad,
  11. Just thinking through what was said in posts #1196 and #1198. Granted, no word from RCL, so it’s not confirmed. However, if the UK passenger is seeing a Sept 19th British isle cruise, then an 11 day sailing Sept 12th is a conflict. These cruises are UK residents only. So even if they take the 11N Canary Islands/Portugal cruise and once again change the itinerary to a 7N British Isle cruise, there’s a strong likelihood US pax would not be eligible. And, then, even if it does go and US ARE allowed, we’re not sure the itinerary works for us. That’s personal. Over the years we’ve done extensive land travel across the British Isles and Ireland.
  12. Fingers crossed but not looking very promising. Our Canary Islands is an 11 day. Can’t do if the next cruise sails 9/17.
  13. @Tree_skier. Again, it’s maddening! I just went to Happy Sailing Center, clicked on Ovation/Serenade sailings and that advisory block does not show. ????
  14. It tends to be a bit maddening. Yesterday, the advisory about needing to be tested before departure could be found when searching travel restrictions for Ovation and Serenade. TODAY, the advisory is gone, though it’s still showing for FL departures.
  15. Thanks John for taking so much of your time sharing this experience. Enjoy the cruise!
  16. Thanks to all for your comments. I did do an online chat w/Princess and the rep researched and came up with zilch. She could tell me the size of an upper berth. She could tell me the specs of the ladder to reach the upper berth. But that was it. I think it may have something to do with sourcing of mattresses. If the Princess beds follow the euro standard, then they may be bigger than the American standard queen. Two singles together become 71 inches which is the equivalent of the euro grand king and close to the American California king. That may also help to explain RCL's king-sized bed. It's not an American standard king. I've never measured but it simply doesn't look that big. THANKS AGAIN for all of your help! Popular European mattress sizes: Grand King = 180 cm x 200 cm – 71 in x 79 in King = 160 cm x 200 cm – 63 in x 79 in Double = 140 cm x 200 cm – 55 in x 79 in Single = 90 cm x 200 cm – 35.5 in x 79 in
  17. There has been a thread about this before, but I’m not sure if there has been a final, definitive answer. I’d appreciate any help finding out the overall width of bed in queen configuration. Strange question, I know…but knowing this would help. Anyone currently on board who might be able to check this. Thank you in advance.
  18. Probably too soon as you suggest. Having your boss countermand you like that isn't pleasant unless she agreed or chose to take it on the chin for the team.
  19. A rather quick "Never mind!" change like this can only lead one to start taking odds on Nancy Ramos' future w/RCL. Announce the demise of Crystal Blocks one day and have your boss override it the next.
  20. As a friend would say, What do you get? Two cokes and a Hershey bar? Cruise because you enjoy cruising, want to explore new destinations, want to get out of the winter cold. Some of the perks are really nice. Maybe getting to Diamond is a plus, but attaining a certain loyalty level Isn’t what it’s all about.
  21. The unknown is how well the promotion works as an incentive to book cruises. If the occasional once-a-year cruiser sees the dbl points promotion as a way to gain diamond status more quickly and, as a result, decides to book more cruises than he/she would normally book, then progress toward achieving diamond (or D+ and P) status is speeded up, and the result may be more diamonds, etc. Even in this thread, some have mentioned that they’ll get to D sooner. We’re D+. Have never felt P was achievable, nor have we booked cruises simply to move up in C&A status. Just checked how the dbl points promotion affects us. For cruises booked to the end of 2022, we will earn 125 points more that we would have earned w/o the promotion.
  22. That's right, but you gain gold status by taking a short cruise so the starting point for acquiring double points is in easy reach. There are 2-night samplers out there! It all comes down to D being reached with 80 points (and D+ 175). There are people who might take a 7-nighter once every 3 years and 80 seems unattainable. On the flip side of that coin there are those who book 80 nights and more each year. It would seem that a reasonable solution would be to grandfather status for all current C&A cruisers and raise thresholds. But I doubt that will happen. Keeping that carrot dangling out there is good marketing. Cutting back on perks may create some pushback near term, but more often than not time heals all.
  23. Keep in mind there are date restrictions: No holiday cruises. No July or August cruises.
  24. I have no problem with a double points promotion. However, and I'm sure there will be a thread popping up very soon about this: Can you imagine how many Ds there will be come December 2022?
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