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    Central Florida
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    planning cruises and exploring theme parks
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Disney
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  1. We're also currently booked on a cruise out of Sydney early next year and are losing hope it'll happen so we booked an alternate for 2022. Really bummed b/c we have family in Sydney we were planning to visit - have to wait another year now 😢
  2. Looking at Ovation and/or Quantum to NZ out of Sydney in Feb 2022 (our backup sailing to our currently booked Feb 2021 Serenade) - only JS available are midship - others say sold out - already or did I miss the release?
  3. LOL I remember that thread - it was hilarious!! 🤣😁
  4. We've never automatically gotten ours, always had to ask. They're really kind of tacky, it's just cool to have them - we've certainly earned them. When we turned D+ our concierge made an announcement in the lounge and presented them to us with a little ceremony - it was really cute. Later I found out friends had put him up to it - still it was fun, and the only time I've ever actually worn one! We rarely see anyone else wearing them - except for the Mariner last month. Saw lots of people with pins, but couldn't tell what level they were - it'd take a magnifying class to tell the difference!
  5. We turned D+ a few nights into a recent B2B. While we didn't get benefits till the 2nd leg, our DL concierge made a special announcement in the DL the night we technically had the points, and gave us our pins. It was really sweet. He also made sure we got status and perks on the 2nd leg. I had asked the LA and he was not helpful at all.
  6. Paddles are provided. My husband plays (I don't) and he says the ones they have aren't that great, he usually brings his own. Depends on how serious a player you are I guess.
  7. We made D+ on our recent Adventure B2B. The LA was not helpful at all. We talked to Rafael, our fabulous Diamond concierge and he made it happen. He even made an announcement in the lounge when we made the point cut the first week and presented us with our new pins. He made sure we got our new cards and all benefits added for the 2nd leg. Alternatively, we met a couple going from Emerald to Diamond on the same cruise and the LA would not acknowledge their new status. He said they had to wait till a future cruise.
  8. Just off Adventure as well. Rafael is in DL. He is the best!!!
  9. Got that right. Their IT is a joke. They totally messed up my and DH accounts - eliminated all his points including his C&A# and gave them all to me - plus when my husband tried to log into his account w/ his email/pwd it came up with my name and information. Took multiple calls to multiple people, spent countless hours over the past month to get it fixed. No idea how it happened - my husband and I have separate emails and passwords so it definitely wasn't us - and of course they won't admit it was their fault either.
  10. The one and only time we've done it so far was on our recent Radiance cruise. We waited till we got onboard to book and ended up w/ a substantial discount. If you go, I'd recommend waiting to book, and asking upfront for a discount. Unlikely they'll offer one. Our experience was fabulous - it was held in a private room, unlike other ships I've heard about that cordon off a section of the MDR. The chef and sommelier spent a good deal of time explaining the selections, and food/wine/service was first rate. We are considering doing it again on some of our upcoming cruises, hoping to repeat our w
  11. I think Pekes & Polls will definitely go; perhaps they will shorten the Invitation to the Jellicle Ball (that's always been my least favorite part of the show). Probably shorten some of the individual numbers as well - I don't think they'll eliminate any of them. Guessing based on changes I've seen over the years (since the first time I saw it on Broadway in 1982)
  12. Disappointed to hear this as we thoroughly enjoyed our Chef's Table experience on Radiance and have a couple of upcoming Mariner cruises with extra OBC we were considering spending on the Chef's Table. I don't think we'd enjoy this location. Is it unique to Explorer class (or Mariner itself)? Having the private room on the Radiance really enhanced our experience. We will definitely check out the location on future cruises before we reserve.
  13. Alaska was a big bucket list, one time only trip for us, so we chose the Radiance, which does one way cruises, then added a land tour. If you do the round trip cruises, you'll miss so much of Alaska. The land portion was amazing, and by far our favorite part of the trip, although the cruise was fabulous. Whatever you choose, enjoy - Alaska is indescribably beautiful, photos really don't do it justice. You've got to see for yourself!!
  14. You don't say when your visit will be, and that could make a big difference in wait times, but I agree with other posters: you're talking about an extremely expensive day and most of it spent in transit or waiting in line. Wait times for the HP attractions can be hours. I live in the area and have an AP. I waited 2-1/2 hours the other day for the new Hagrid coaster (totally worth it, it's awesome) and that was a "short" wait. The other HP attractions could be anything between 30-120 minutes. If you purchase the Express pass, or are willing to do single rider lines, your wait may be shorter.
  15. I had to re-register for all 3 of the M&M's I had previously signed up for, including our April, 2020 Harmony sailing.
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