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Wally Alligator

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    Lutz FL USA
  • Interests
    Ship's casino.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal & Carnival.
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  1. Three cruises booked. January, February, and June of 2021. If they sail, great - we will be onboard. If they cancel, it means there are still significant COVID issues and probably best for us to stay home anyways.
  2. While Italy is nice, there are many other ports the Allure could hit if things get too hairy in Italy. Definitely should not cancel and don't expect Royal Caribbean to cancel the sailing either. As long as Barcelona stays open to visitors and there are 3 or more open places within cruising distance, the sailing will happen. Wish I was going with you. Barcelona is a great city to visit.
  3. How often do people actually book using the certificate earned? I went back and looked - 9 Royal Caribbean cruises so far, earned a certificate every cruise, allowed 6 of the 9 certificates to lapse unused. I find the mailings (postal and email) offers are more than enough for me to find something I want. In 2020's first 6 weeks I have received 11 different offer lists by mail or email.
  4. Was posted at the site that shall not be named. Discussion says Club Royale is moving to monthly in place of the previous quarterly lists. 20FEBC03 Instant Cruise Certificate - Balcony.pdf
  5. Not on RCL's web site but some people at the "Royal Caribbean Club Royale Casino Patrons Forum" on the social site that shall not be named have been posting some offers to the files section. Others have posted photos of offers. Time for Royal Caribbean / Casino Royale to make use of Cruise Critic and follow a recommendation made here many times which is to put the files online and provide a link to the offer on our individual offer page.
  6. I am thinking you need to blame the EU's GDPR as to why Club Royale will not send email offers to European Club Royale members. CR's overall system of handling email offers does not meet GDPR requirements.
  7. Been seeing them come up in the 50-55 day range.
  8. Royal did have something similar last year. I bought in for $2000, received $2200 in promo chips which were played until lost. All wins were paid in real chips. Wish they would bring it back.
  9. So, lesson learned is 7 night or shorter cruises only. Then again the Allianz All Trips Premier annual travel insurance includes up to $500,000 for repatriation of remains. Hard to picture repatriation costing anywhere near that amount. Switzerland required $50,000 in repatriation insurance to get a work permit a couple years ago. Thinking repatriation is typically less than $50,000 and the $500,000 is a make believe limit of the travel policy.
  10. Friend of mine does not drink so he orders his wife's drink package by phone. Explains he only drinks soda and they have him purchase the soda package.
  11. In 2018 EU put in place the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which gets very specific in what it takes for someone to opt in to receiving marketing emails. Club Royale's methods for obtaining and maintaining email addresses does not appear to meet GDPR. Guessing it is easier to strip foreign addresses from their email list than to build and maintain a GDPR compliant system. Australia, Canada, and other countries have different variants as to sending marketing emails so thinking all non-US customers get culled.
  12. I have seen several posts that poster combined offers when both received a certificate onboard but have not heard of anyone getting an emailed offer combined with an onboard certificate even when there are two people involved each with an offer. If it helps, I have let my last four onboard certificates expire ($ off, Insides, & a Balcony) unused but still managed to book sailings I wanted from the monthly offers as well as this year's Prime offer.
  13. Mystery offers can occasionally be identified by the offer code. When code requests are posted here or at that other social site occasionally someone with the same offer will respond with the list of sailings and dates. When combining offers to get a higher class of room / better discount they will only use one offer from you and one offer from your husband. Congrats on the relocation. I have only done short projects (a month to a few months at a time) in Europe but found it interesting living and working in different parts of Europe. As to getting European offers, I think I would be keeping a US address and email on file. See lots of complaints posted from Europeans, Australians, and others about how Club Royale never sends them emails or postal mails. While European cruise offerings are few to us in the US, the $off and Prime cruises can be used over there.
  14. Can only answer a couple of the questions... We did Symphony the first week of January 2019. Not very many kids and not all that many young people (20s or 30s) at all. Seemed as geriatric as a Canada / New England cruise. We felt right at home. Service was great. My wife came home talking so highly about Symphony we were forced by friends to book the ship again this time with them on the same sailing. We sail November 30th.
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