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  1. Yes, Greek isles. I had a Grand suite booked and switched to a Grand suite on the Odyssey. I would think they would let you switch. It’s worth a call! Good luck!
  2. We were sailing Explorer from Rome summer (August)2020. Did lift and switch to Odyssey summer (August) 2021.
  3. We switched from the Explorer to the Odyssey yesterday with no issue. Same itinerary though just one year apart.
  4. I actually was successful changing my August Explorer 2020 cruise to Odyssey August 2021 cruise. It was the same itinerary with the exception of one port though. Anyway, we had no issues.
  5. We had great success getting our August 2020 Greek cruise from Rome “lifted and switched” to August of 2021. Our agent at Amex was a champ and got it all situated for us. Our original deposit was switched over, price protected and assigned cabin numbers on the new cruise. Couldn’t be happier! We even got all of our onboard credit applied to the new cruise. Just FYI what a good deal this was for us, for the same cabins on this same cruise with a new reservation we would have paid almost EXACTLY double what we are paying by switching our reservation over so yay! Which is funny because I was coming up against my final payment this week so I emailed the corporate offices 2 weeks ago and said sure I’ll pay my final payment but I want the same cabins on the same cruise next year and they were super rude and said no way. Welp...guess that just happened and I don’t have to make that final payment until next year so it’s even better then I suggested to them! Very happy with this arrangement.
  6. We had great success getting our August 2020 Greek cruise from Rome “lifted and switched” to August of 2021. Our agent at Amex was a champ and got it all situated for us. Our original deposit was switched over, price protected and assigned cabin numbers on the new cruise. Couldn’t be happier! We even got all of our onboard credit applied to the new cruise. Just FYI what a good deal this was for us, for the same cabins on this same cruise with a new reservation we would have paid almost EXACTLY double what we are paying by switching our reservation over so yay! Which is funny because I was coming up against my final payment this week so I emailed the corporate offices 2 weeks ago and said sure I’ll pay my final payment but I want the same cabins on the same cruise next year and they were super rude and said no way. Welp...guess that just happened and I don’t have to make that final payment until next year so it’s even better then I suggested to them! Very happy with this arrangement.
  7. How and when did they inform you that your final payment wasn’t due for another month? Only asking because we have a final payment coming up for an August cruise that I would love to get by non refundable deposit back for.
  8. At this point our only option with the airlines since it is so far out (August) is getting a credit minus a $450 fee per ticket. I’m sure that will either change to getting a credit without the fee or if they cancel the flight or move it more then 1 1/2 hours we can get a cash refund. As it gets closer I’m sure our options will be better then they are now. Basically playing chicken with the airline now waiting until it gets closer to deal with the tickets. We booked with the cruise line then immediately moved the reservation to our travel agent. We have an incredible price plus a ton in onboard credit so it pains me to give up the cruise but no way am I chancing them having a 5 figure hold on my money to chance getting $750 back.
  9. Why did we book with a non refundable deposit? Honestly we didn’t even know there was an option. We booked this upcoming cruise while on another cruise and they never asked if we wanted to or not. Saying that, I’m sure it afforded us a cheaper price (I’m guessing) and we have trip insurance for normal cancellation issues which in this case of course it doesn’t help. It covers the normal issues one might have with travel. So I’m sure we would have booked with the non refundable fare based on that insurance anyway. Silly us, we didn’t see a world wide pandemic coming. I’m less concerned with the $750 deposit then the $13,000 in air fare we have Booked to get to the cruise although getting the $750 back would be nice too.
  10. I agree. I am just hoping they cancel the summer before our final payment in May but I think the odds of that happening are low to none. I think they will continue to go 30 days by 30 days.
  11. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/04/11/europe-borders-may-close-to-september-due-to-us-covid-19-threat/#9555056431f7 Yet another hypothetical situation at this point but if the European countries close their borders as this article describes COULD happen anyone thinking Royal will immediately cancel all summer Mediterranean cruises? Curious as we have one scheduled in August which we have our final payment coming up in May. I have no intention of going on it, too many unknowns to hand over that much money this early in this reality we have going on. Of course we booked with a non refundable deposit never thinking this situation would come up. I’m hoping IF this happens Royal will cancel before our May final payment is due and we can get our $750 back. Wishful thinking I’m sure.
  12. I am trying to find a good guide in Ephesus...can you spill on this good guides name?!
  13. We are going on a Greek isles cruise. My husband and I are staying in a Grand suite. Our young adult children (17 and 20) are staying in a cabin nearby. Not a suite. Several of the ports are tender ports. As suite guests we will get priority disembarkation for the tenders. Our children will not. Would the best way to remedy this be to purchase The Key for the kids? We were going to buy internet for 2 devices anyway. Would this work? Would we be able to tender together this way? Or would they let our kids (again 17 and 20 years old so not little kids) tender with us? The Key is currently $16.99 per person per day.
  14. We will be in San Juan the night before so can get to the ship any time the day of embarkation. We are in a Grand suite if that matters. We would like to beat the crowds and make the most of that day on the ship. Also when we board we would like a nice relaxing lunch so the windjammer is not an option. Any suggestions of where to eat? Thank you all so much!
  15. You guys are all so awesome! Thank you for the GREAT info! Really appreciate it, you have gotten me all straightened out 🙂
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