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  1. Thanks, Ken. Usually I truly wouldn't kick a fuss, but (since you know some of what happened I think), I'm just a bit twisted with them right now (and they know it). I have 3 other bookings there that, once the dust settles, I will try to move (as long as I don't lose the OBC on those too - really hurts a solo traveler). Feel bad for poor Vicki though - she's probably about ready to cry.
  2. I know the TA I use (large and well-known) also charged me the cancellation fee that is customary. Not thrilled (adds insult to injury since I lost a LOT of OBC by cancelling this particular cruise). But, the high point is that during this mess, I found another TA that I will use in the future. I'm counting the losses as a very expensive learning experience.
  3. I had cancelled Monday with my TA and they e-mailed to me to say it was "in process". A friend on the ship texted me yesterday morning saying my reservation was active. After a total off 6 hours on the phone yesterday (thankfully, at work with a headset so I could just be on hold and work) with Royal (who couldn't help even with the e-mail chain) and various e-mails to the TA (getting more hot each time), I finally got an e-mail late from Royal cancelling my purchases and took the cruise off the planner. Nothing else yet (but, I figure at least if I have that, I can always fight for the FCC since it was cancelled in time). Cruise was scheduled for this Sunday, 15th March. I know they are all slammed - but it's a bit frustrating for us passengers as well. I did hear that Royal was trying to set up another way for the cancellations by TA to make the process go more quickly due to the unbelievable volume. I hope all get yours resolved as well.
  4. Earlier this year in Nassau I did a flight simulator excursion in Nassau. I don't recall any age restrictions, but it was really an awesome experience (so much so that I'm hoping to do it again in March when I go back). Glad to "see" that all is going smoothly for your cruising adventure!
  5. Just go to Izumi when you are onboard. I'm pretty sure there will be spots available (I know there were 2 or 3 who just showed up the day of the class I was in and they were let in as Izumi had set up for "X" people). I'd just go earlier in the cruise rather than later. Hope you get to do it and have fun! Happy Cruising!
  6. I would think you could skip the tuna (or let them know ahead you only can used cooked seafood). I just did the "regular set up", so I didn't inquire about about any changes.
  7. I enjoyed a tour that was a Flight Simulator. It was amazing! (yes, a jet simulator). It was a tour on Anthem for the 3/15 sailing, not sure if it's still offered - or you may be able to deal with the vendor directly. I thought it was something totally awesome to do (as I've been to Nassau a lot).
  8. I just did this on the 3/15 Anthem sailing (and I sail solo). I had a good time (although my tablemates were not exactly outgoing unless with each other). Still, I enjoyed the experience (and the sushi) enough that I will do it again if I get the chance on Allure or next year on Anthem.
  9. I have had the aft Haven suites before. Once, when travelling and a friend in a balcony was aboard, we both got the Vibe passes so we had a place to meet up/hang while aboard together. On the Breakaway, the concierge did offer if my friend wished to join me for lunch or dinner he would allow it (probably because we were both solo travelers, and, I guess he figured I was using a table for two anyway). We did not take them up on the offer as we had plans for the other specialty restaurants during the cruise.
  10. I'll be watching to see what happens for the Anthem's 8 day in March (I'm on that one). So far, it's still 7am to 7pm. Thanks for the heads-up!
  11. My favorite was the vegetable lasagna. Now, this is coming from someone who hates vegetables - and I ordered it every single time. Even got my Mom hooked on it too. She still talks about it!
  12. I do know that certain anti-convulsants are issues at certain countries outside the U.S. (I take them too). I normally have my pharmacy run out travel bottles (smallest size that will fit double the trip length) with the actual script on them like usual. If you are flying within the U.S. - you don't need to worry that you cannot fly with them (I would strongly suggest keeping them in carry-on luggage at all times). Only certain Middle Eastern countries (that I've found) have issues with some anti-convulsants (since that's all I ever checked). Once onboard, I set up my weekly pill minder and put the remainder in the safe. If I come back with extra - great. If I drop one or get delayed - I have extra so I won't be in panic mode. Happy Cruising!
  13. As for "interruptions" - LOL, it does seem like someone is always stopping by LOL. I put out the Do Not Disturb sign a LOT. Not ideal; however, I have a habit of taking a nap in the afternoon (on the balcony or inside if too hot/cold/whatever) - it's the only time in life I get that luxury. So, the DND sign seems to be the best method to keep the interruptions to a minimum.
  14. @bobbie0253 - I, also, have a severe bee allergy (amongst other critters) and I have not yet seen a bee (or any like - hornet, wasp, etc.) in Central Park. I *have* had the sometimes visitor when docked on an ocean-view balcony so I would suggest a bit of caution when the ship is stationary (also, on pool deck, on Allure, the pool nearest the bar - I've seen yellow-jackets or similar there as well as the seating nearest the bar). Underway, though, generally I've found it pretty safe overall.
  15. I always have my DL with me since many stores require it if you use a credit card to make a purchase (and, after all the cruises, I know they do check - well, at least I have been checked at the ports). This past cruise I had my DL and my Passport Card with me. Turned out lucky for me at Costa Maya since, with a Passport/Passport Card, there was some sort of tax incentive thing. I purchased at a store and they brought me with my ID to the teeny tiny governmental office that's in the shopping center. Within a few minutes, I was on my way and 2 days later, a credit appeared on my credit card. Everyone I knew laughed that I got the Passport Card (for "wasting my money) - but some are getting it now for the "just in case" situation. And, yes, it can be used as ID to return to the ship as well. Just FYI to all.
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