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  1. If this move to the JS from a balcony is due to the Royal Up bid offer, I believe the rule is you get everything listed above except for the Extra C&A point per night.
  2. The Grand Suite Guarantee option does exist. I know as I have taken advantage of it for a cruise on the Anthem of the Seas for an 11 day sailing. Unlike the OP, I was awarded a Sky Loft Suite when then assigned suites (and this cruise is sold out). Trust me when I say that I have been looking and will continue to look for another opportunity like this on this ship and others going forward. With respect to the OP situation, I would not accept anything lower than a GS or the perks associated with the GS (and a couple of other things thrown in...just for upsetting me) as they did BUY the guarantee and now they are showing me a classic case of "Bait and Switch". I do think there was a law against this sort of thing at some time. Not that you can successfully sue them, but you can share the story with various media outlets (local news, Today Show, the View, the Talk, CNN, Fox, AARP, Ellen, Oprah and even a youtube video or maybe all the above). One of these media outlets will be passed along to the top people at RCCL.
  3. I see that no one saw the price of the drink package for the Odyssey for November 2020 is north of $80 per person per day.
  4. I would never give Izumi a chance. I did not like sushi and not a fan of raw fish. After speaking with a staff member from Izumi on the deck, I took a chance. He walked me through a lot of items on the menu. Now I go to Izumi (non-hibachi) all the time when it is on a ship that I am traveling on. I enjoy so many of the other options on the menu (from the salads, soups, stir fry with your choice of protein, dumplings and many, many more options). If you have the UD package then go for lunch (around noon). Review the menu in detail with the staff. If not impressed, then you can leave and still have time to go to lunch at another restaurant as they all close for lunch at 1:30. By the way, I do go to hibachi and going during lunch is just as much fun and not as busy (more attention from staff and hibachi chefs). Hope this helps.
  5. Well I thought I would simply ask what a number of people are thinking. Is there any verifiable rumors as to when, where and what ship will be the next President's cruise. I know that they may very well announce this info officially (next week) at the Q&A session on Symphony. However, sometimes info is leaked and if so, feel free to post. I was there last year on Harmony when it was announced and trust me the line at Next Cruise was extremely long. I will not be on Symphony for the 50th Birthday Bash and would much rather call the customer service number than stand in a long line. Thoughts...Facts.
  6. Are you saying the Suite perks have changed from what is was for Oasis class ships? If so, then what are the suite perks for this sailing and future cruises? I was one of the suite guests from last year and previous years. I (as well as other suite guests I know) did not book this cruise due to the rather high prices. In fact, I booked the Allure the next day for a suite with a Genie for far less than the recent price of the Crown Loft on the Birthday cruise. Just saying.
  7. Symphony for the Birthday/President cruise on 11/2/2019 out of Miami. The one with all the RCCL VIPs on it.
  8. I see that the L2 Crown Loft Suites are now (today) at the lowest price I have seen at $8,731 (for double occupancy). Wasn't this category just below $12,000 at final payment...or somewhere near that price? Compared to those who bought before, this is a great score. A bit out of my price range...even for the 50th birthday celebration...but a good score in comparison. Any chance of refunds due to the price drop?
  9. I appreciate the official update on this. Again, it was second hand news to me, but you were right in the thick of it. I am most happy to hear that no one got ejected from the ship. Maybe all the parties met later at Vintages for some better glasses of wine. So did you sell your pictures and videos to the Cruise Critic paparazzi?
  10. I am not sure about that point with reserved seats. I personally witnessed a Genie reserve seats for a set of Star Class suite guests. In fact, the guests placed their jackets/sweaters on the seats and turned to chat (while standing) with a set of other people. A couple (who I am told (second hand) just happened to be Pinnacles) proceeded to take the seats (with the jackets on them). Somehow a sports jacket ended on the floor, wine was tossed (in the direction of the Genie/guests), words were exchanged (not by the Genie). I thought I was at a Bruce Springsteen concert. In the end, the suite guest kept their seats and I believe (don't quote me as it was second hand info) the couple who tried to take the seats were escorted off the ship the next day. But long story short is that the Genies will try to reserve seats for Star Class. ( The writer of this reply does not imply that fighting is the answer to getting seats you want. No one should ever waste wine/alcohol. First come, first serve still has value these days. And lastly, stand up for every perk you get whether Star Class, Pinnacle, Diamond Plus or etc.)
  11. So John, is this rate based upon applying your (Laura's) Prime offer? Both me and the wife work to qualify for our Prime status and are starting to understand more of the benefits...each year after speaking to the right Casino Royale customer service rep.
  12. I am however curious about one point (and this may help the OP make a decision as well). There are two scenarios that can happen with the final payment date on Monday (8/5/19). Either Royal will reduce rates (I think substantially) to incent people to purchase rooms. If they do, then all the people who purchase previously and did not call to change/update their cost by final payment date will be very upset and let it known at the big question and answer session. So bad PR option. Or they can keep the prices where they, and then everyone is available to take advantage of the Royal Up offer as they do need to fill these higher category rooms and make some money off them and some money on the lower category rooms that open up as a result. So a loss of potential revenue, but they get something. Thoughts on what they will do in 96 hours to help the OP make a decision.
  13. I think the OP meant that they both are Diamonds (at the least), thus Double Diamond members. I also have been on all 3 of the previous President's cruises. For the previous 3, we thought the price was worth it. That being said, this 4th one is in my humble opinion...absolutely outrageous for the higher category of rooms. Again, I am just answering the question with my thoughts as I often book JS and above (yes to build points and to be...or have the benefits as Pinnacles...who I do not feel negatively against). For instance, the cost is $11,700+ for a Crown Loft suite and the Grand Suite is even higher. In my humble opinion, no Visa Event, private party, performers (just above Michael Bolton and Patti Labelle) are worth more than $1,600/day and still have to deal with a crowded ship (and people complaining only because the Royal Top Execs are on the ship) - trust me they complained about the pepper shaker not being on the table when they sat down for dinner). Again, my humble opinion. The reason why I say this one is just beyond is because the other President's cruises had just a marginally higher cost than the average cruises (at that time). In fact, we switched from the President's cruise for 11/2/19 and booked the Allure on 11/3/19 (out of FLL) for a Aqua 2br for....wait for it....wait a bit longer...just about to marinate...less than 1/3 the price of the Aqua 2br on Symphony (which is presently $26,000). Even with a Genie, I don't think it is worth $3,700/day. If I sound angry in this post, I am not...we just can't justify paying this premium in prices for what were our happy experiences on past cruises. And yes, the Freedom trip was spectacular. Enjoy the cruise as I am sure it will be fun. By the way, please post when and where is the 5th President's cruise. They may learn and have the price a little bit lower.
  14. Congrats...but beware. They contacted us 2 years after a mistake (on their part) and took away 7 points that "they say" they mistakenly credited to us. Keep all cards, documentation and notices from this cruise and forward as your fighting defense. Heck, take a picture with Michael and Ken Rush on the Birthday Cruise with your Diamond card. And one last thing...get the Diamond pin now and wear it on every outfit (public and private). Enjoy.
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