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  1. So if my certificate expired in December 2021 it'd get another year.... but my certificate that expires in Feb 2022 doesn't get additional time? Confused.
  2. Some Solstice class Celebrity ships have "Family Verandahs" that hold 5 (but only one bathroom!) NCL Haven has 2 bedroom family suites that hold 6 (where, don't know... we went w/ 3 adults and 2 kids and it was plenty tight)
  3. We were planning on a TA cruise this November. Our kids were going to be in a connecting balcony room- ages 9 and turning 6 on the cruise. We are doing the same cruise next year (hopefully!) and they will be 10 and 7. I'm ok with connecting room.
  4. Thanks- yes, "Cruise Next Deposit" is the phrase I was looking for! I do have a NCL cruise booked but it might need to be cancelled... the cruise was going to be just a couple months shy of the expiration date. I might need to call NCL.
  5. I'm sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I've looked a bit and can't find. I have a future cruise credit I purchased onboard. Will they extend expiration dates for these due to COVID? Thank you!
  6. So, I cancelled some cruise items (dining package, internet) on April 23. It says to email the precruiseplanner address (on the cancellation summaries) with any inquiries. I tried to email today to check on refund status and this email is broken. Who else can I inquire to? I am at work and do not have time to call and wait around on hold. Thanks!
  7. We cancelled (and rebooked...) some internet and dining packages for our November cruise on April 23rd, no refund yet.
  8. This is not a good option if your kids aren't of a certain age.
  9. I think another interesting part of the TA vs other cruises is that we are so far from medical assistance. If you are in the middle of the Atlantic ocean you can't just get offloaded in the next port if you do get sick with COVID-19.
  10. That’s my other concern about the ports. We are supposed to have 2 day layover in Lisbon, then 3 days in Barcelona, then Palma, Valencia, Tenerife... all seem Unlikely
  11. Not really sure that I can or want to lift and switch. Not sure if I can get the time off next year. Also if I L&S then my airfare will present a problem whereas if the cruise is canceled hopefully my travel insurance will cover cancellation fees etc.
  12. Hello there, I’m not a very frequent poster on Royal Caribbean. My last cruise with them was in 2002. Our family of four is booked on the Allure TA this November. Final payment is due in July. I’ve been doing some reading here on the board and trying to understand what our options are regarding this cruise. It seems it somewhat unlikely to me that it will be occurring, but who really knows. I guess I’m wondering if they do cancel it would likely be prior to final payment? I did buy trip insurance, we have airfare to Barcelona that isn’t fully refundable... It was a real miracle for me to get three weeks off in a row from work, but right now we are working on October and November schedules so if I’m not going, I need to be added back in. I realize no one can predict the future but is anyone who’s a little more familiar with how RC works able to give me some of the options? I saw the lift and shift program, I have no idea if it would be eligible but I don’t know that I can get three weeks off again next year instead.
  13. Hmm, well, it's already 830 here... So I assume that my kids have already had dinner at the buffet and headed out to the kids club. We probably just finished a cocktail and are getting something to eat at Sushi on Five. Then we'll go see the house band in the S-class atrium, get a martini and dance. Get our kids around 10 and everyone crashes...
  14. I did a 7 day Caribbean cruise (driving distance from port, so no long flights involved!) with an 8 month old. Honestly, it was not a good experience and I definitely wouldn't do it again. It did not help that halfway through the cruise my husband and I were both struck with norovirus (which obviously could have happened with or without baby...) but having to entertain, feed, bathe, and manage an 8 month old while we were both ill was terrible. (Yes, this could have happened at home as well, but we would have been much more comfortable in our own house with more than one bathroom vs three people in a balcony room.) Even WITHOUT the noro aspect, I still did not have much fun. (Basing this on first three or four days.) Dining times are stressful with a little one who has limited patience, and dinner can take over an hour. Buffet is not my favorite but that was also hard to try and manage- not enough hands, have to find high chair, etc. She was still on primarily baby foods, so that was also kind of a pain. That part would be a little better with a one year old. There really wasn't a lot that we could all enjoy. We took a lot of walks around the promenade deck with her in the stroller. She wasn't allowed in pool. We utilized the nursery a few times but that adds up quickly, and of course we didn't go on a cruise just to put her in the nursery the whole time. Your experience might be totally different. I see other posters who had a great time. I'm not suggesting you shouldn't do it, but just wanted to offer my own point of view. This was on Disney Magic, btw. We did not cruise again until baby #2 was just a few weeks shy of 2 and older sister was 5.5. Even then it was challenging but a little better. We have since cruised a few more times and felt like that 4 was the sweet spot where it got significantly easier. We are doing a transatlantic (hopefully!) in a few months- oldest will be 9.5 and youngest will be 6. I am thinking this is gonna be great 🙂
  15. Good question... Let's see... Allure TA November 2020 Celebrity Reflection Jan 2021 NCL TA Dec 2021 Crystal Dec 2020 I don't feel like adding it up right now but I would say with deposits and what's been paid in advance, probably $8-10k? (All of above trips have at least 4 pax except 2.) I hope to be able to go on all of these. I don't usually book cruises I don't intend to go on...
  16. I did my own highlights (I have hood dryer and professional chemicals at home... lucky to have a mom who is a hairstylist to give advice over the phone!) They look fine. Not great, like when she does them, but nothing is orange, my roots don't look so dark, and nothing fell out. It was a win!
  17. I saved about $160 today just rebooking my VOOM and UDP packages. No changes, just rebooks, for 14 night TA on Allure... Noticed beverage package was $39.
  18. The white bowl with blue trim on your top shelf- my mom had these same bowls when I was growing up (in Kentucky!) I think they were made by Corelle?
  19. I have wished for years that they would put hand washing stations in the buffet, not only at the entrance, but also throughout in a couple of spots, as well as sanitizer throughout. Even if you wash your hands when you come in, then you touch all the tongs and then pick your pizza up? YUCK.
  20. This is complicated. -Any chronic illness? They spell out a few, but e.g. means "for example", not "all encompassing." -Who knows what chronic illnesses make patients susceptible to COVID-19? We know some, but surely not all. -How are we defining "heart disease"? Controlled HTN? Remote history of heart attack 20 years ago? Or do we mean paroxysmal AFib? Severe aortic stenosis untreated? -What's "liver disease"? History hepatitis C with no viral load? Steatosis? Or fulminant hepatitis? -Ooh, kidney disease, that's a good one. Stage 2 CKD? Recurrent stones? Or end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis? Immunodeficiency due to diabetes... A1c 15 or 5.9 and well controlled on diet and metformin? -Everyone with HIV should not cruise now? Seriously!? Or, chronic illness could mean COPD, bipolar, hypothyroidism, PCOS, endometriosis, BPH... so many illnesses are "chronic". I can't imagine how this certification letter is doing anything but putting the physician at medicolegal risk while maybe or maybe not actually helping the patient. I guess they can just go to the urgent care, lie about their health problems, deny all meds, and get a waiver. Easy peasy!
  21. Regarding Tortola, I like this port. We did not really like our "Virgin Gorda, Baths, and Snorkeling" tour. It was disorganized. We did not realize that we would snorkel from the boat, to the island/baths, walk the baths barefoot (and with no glasses for my poor husband who can't see hardly anything without them...) and then all the time on the island was without our bag. So no reading, no sunscreen, no towel, we did not have any way to bring cash or credit card with us so we could not get even a bottle of water or a snack. There were too many people on the boat- when it started to rain they made those of us sitting outside come in (reasonable) but not enough seating for everyone, so people sitting on the floor and all over the aisles, very unsafe and kind of nauseating. We were rushed through the baths (which is where I would have preferred to spend the most time) and then when we arrived at the beach we were given no instructions about when we would leave, so we couldn't really make a great plan.
  22. Two things we have missed this cruise: -The cards letting us know the clock was moving forwards or back. This nearly resulted in a $20 late fee in picking our kids up from kids club on the first sea day because we did not realize until about 1155am (when they close at noon) that the time had changed. It was printed in the fine print in the daily, apparently, but we have been conditioned to look for the little card. (Who reads the whole daily?!) -The red channel for Latin music at silent disco was replaced with another channel. Not that we didn't like the other channel, but we enjoyed the Latin music. It seems like one channel was maybe 50-60s, one was 70s-80s, and one was 90s +?
  23. We are also onboard right now. Our balcony room has what appear to be updated curtains (a light steel blue/gray color) but carpet is the older red/beige. Room is overall in good condition and the bed is comfortable, my biggest concern! The new way they do the movies is very irritating, it looks as if you have to purchase but then eventually find out that they are free. Selection far more limited than in the past. Had to make a trip to guest services to ensure I wouldn't be charged. Balcony furniture is silly; I can't remember if the last time I was on EQ if we had a table large enough for at least coffee or a snack but this is just a side table, essentially. So we sit out there and balance our plates on our laps... Modern Luxury. Speaking of Modern Luxury, there are NO pads or pens in the room. I asked and eventually was provided a pad and two pencils. We are traveling with family in the adjoining stateroom and need/want to leave notes for them frequently. Or for each other, or whatever. Why is this happening and why do we only get pencils that roll around everywhere? Our stateroom attendant is a rockstar, essentially. He is very great at anticipating our needs and handling the needs of our children. (Like, the day that the sheets on the foldout couch bed got some pizza sauce on them they were changed without a request.) We had a small hiccup in Murano with our booking and a need to change times, but it was ultimately sorted and the food was quite good. (I had the sole, husband had venison, both excellent.) Music acts are quality; lack of much live music on formal night (at least at the times I am out and about) is perplexing and I noticed this last month on EQ as well. We have sailed CC, AQ, and SS in the past on X. This is our first "regular balcony" but honestly as compared to CC or even AQ we aren't finding it that different. The room seems exactly the same minus the fancy showerhead in AQ which was nice but really no big deal. Didn't use Persian Garden passes much. Our steward has been great, as mentioned. Our location is on the hump and very convenient. We liked Blu for just the two of us (or the time we sailed with friends) but it isn't really a restaurant I think my kids would like so it's not a problem for now.
  24. The balcony had two dining style chairs and a Decent size table, there was also a chair with the footstool that could recline somewhat but not completely flat, it appeared to be a different perhaps older style.
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