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  1. I do agree that they can handle the windjammer crowd if they choose to. I think it is more they can funnel more people from the the dining rooms to that area. In any case i expect whatever they start out with will change at some point as they figure out what works and what doesn't in the different markets.
  2. This is why I am wondering if they are considering using the windjammer extra seating for dinner service, but plated meals vs. buffet or cafeteria style. On DCL their buffet is only open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a more casual sit down venue that has a fairly standard menu. It had their basic offerings and sometimes offers some of the favorites from the various dining rooms. They could do something similar on Royal. I think more of the buffet regulars would be disappointed in the change, but it is an easier set up to manage, at least initially.
  3. I hope they don't do away with the dinner buffet entirely. While I don't usually go there, it is nice to grab a bite there if you have a late port day. My kids also prefer to stop by and skip the more formal dinner in the MDR. It really doesn't make sense to do away with a large dining area in the evenings when a lot of people are likely needing to eat around the same time. The only thing that would make sense is if they were to do something similar to Disney and convert the buffet to a casual sit down restaurant at night.
  4. I think with a 2 year old I would choose the JS. If you had 2 kids or an older child the 1ks are nice with the bunk area by itself.
  5. I have only gotten one notification about final payment and it arrived in my inbox 3 days after final payment was due. I had already paid it but had a small freak out before double checking that my balance was still zero. I set reminders for myself 2 weeks prior and 1 week prior to final payment just in case I lose track of time.
  6. Only 1 cruise cancelled by Royal, 3 vacations cancelled in all due to Covid. Hoping 2021 is a better year for travel.
  7. I do agree with you that under the circumstances Royal should give longer to use the FCC then they currently offer. We are a in the same boat in that we are very limited as to when we can sail. We aren't very picky on what type of stateroom so we will just do two balcony cabins and call it good. We moved our October 2020 cruise to June 2021. There is only about a 50% chance we will make that sailing, but it is on the books and a good price so we will figure that out when we are closer. I have found the suites tend to be pricey on the Oasis class during the holiday season. Good luck finding something that works for you!
  8. Only one booked cruise (June) that we applied a FCC from a cruise we were supposed to be on right now. I'm nto booking any other cruises until things have settled. We are currently making a back up land vacation plan for June (probably 2-3 options and will decide in March when final payment is due) and we have 2 short land vacation planned (one this winter and one in the spring). We are just keeping things pretty flexible at this point.
  9. Also, my daughter had a lot of fun with the various mocktails. She played with a few combinations and came up with some new favorites that she now makes at home.
  10. My kids were a little younger than your grandkids that last time we sailed and will be similar ages to your grandkids the next time we sail. My kids did not enjoy the teen club at all. They absolutely hated it. My oldest was 16 at the time and spent some time in the solarium during the mornings or late evenings when it was quiet. The afternoons were quite loud in there so she either found a quiet spot on deck or used our balcony to relax and read. She brought her kindle and read several books. My son ran the track every morning and played a bit of basketball and some table tennis. Other than that he pretty much just ate his way through the day when we were on the ship. They both enjoyed playing Bingo and doing some of the trivia games with us. And they did the sushi class and they both had a lot of fun with that. Both of my teens prefer to be in port to on the ship and are especially interested in historical or cultural activities while we are in port. We were on Ovation last cruise so they did do the iFly thing, but were disappointed in it since they do it on land and it is a better experience at our local iFly place. Other than that we didn't really use any of the "bigger ship" amenities. They both would be fine on a smaller/older ship. That being said our youngest did use some of the other activities and we are booked on Anthem next.
  11. My teens generally prefer the windjammer or grabbing a slice of pizza or whatever. When they were younger though they had no issues sitting through a long dinner. In general we take our time at dinner and since the time they were in high chairs they were expected to sit at the table until everyone is done eating and we are ready to get up. Frequently, dinner at our house takes 60-90 mins between eating a socializing so dinner at a restaurant isn't too different. Now that they are older however, they have more choices when we are on vacation, especially something like an AI or a cruise since it is easy for everyone to do their own thing.
  12. 1. Anthem 6.4.21 2. Anthem 6.4.21- though I am less confident it will sail with Americans on board. 😞 3. DCL Fantasy 10.2.21
  13. This was our motto when our kids were younger too. We always took them with us unless children were prohibited. Children are allowed in Chops. I am pretty sure on our last cruise we paid $10 for our daughter who ordered off the children's menu. You can't make a reservation for a child online so we just made the reservation for an adult and received a credit once on board. When our kids were in the baby/toddler/preschool stage and couldn't always sit through a long dinner we would bring a few quiet things for them to do at the table like look through a book or a couple of coloring pages. If they couldn't stay seated we took them for a walk somewhere they could run or play without bothering other people. If they were screaming we exited as quickly as we could, thankfully that only happened once between the three of them.
  14. I prefer to book my own hotels. Since we do fly to the cruise location and mostly cruise in locations that are an international flight away we tend to book longer stays and plan a land portion to add to the vacation. Depending on location and timing we may stay in several different hotels in different areas or we might get an AirBNB for a week so our family of 5 can spread out. I do check air to sea prices. For our last cruise that we were able to take I found flights at less than half of the fare offered through air2sea. But on the cruise that was recently canceled we found a great fare on Air2Sea. For the most part I enjoy looking for the perfect hotel or watching the flight prices. Planning the trip is about 50% of the fun for me so I like to be as involved as I can be.
  15. I don't know about Virgin but Disney only sails one ship in Miami and it only is there for part of the year (unless something has changed in the last 24 months) so I wouldn't expect them to put in too much effort there.
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