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Zendeck

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  1. Thank you for sharing that. I recently had gotten upgraded to star and had no idea what to tip my genie. I think I undertipped, I thought I had read 100 per person... I must have ignored the per day 🤪.... I gave 400 for the 4 of us on a 7 day. Oh well I’ll know better next time! It was unique because it was such a last minute upgrade, the concierge had actually booked all our dinners for us via our emails....then he emailed us he was no longer our concierge due to genie... it was bittersweet he broke up with us! So we gave him $50 for our short term relationship. It was a wonderful and very unexpected experience being in Star class!
  2. Just wanted to repost my experience for folks. I agree that the Genie's can take care of things so if you get upgraded to STAR, no worries. We got upgraded from Sky to STAR (Symphony) in April. It came through Thurs morning and we were cruising Sat. I was super worried that I would not get refunded for my 2 adult drink pkg, 2 childrens bev pkg, and BOGO. I did not want it to be an OBC because I already had a good credit from our TA and all of our excursions were booked privately. I canceled in the planner and received a refund on my credit card. As folks mentioned, Genie could definitely take care of it for you if you upgrade to STAR but I hadn't known that so processed it myself. Just another option for those of us with slight 'control' issues.
  3. I hoped you would get it! I totally know how you are feeling, I was giddy like a child when I received the same upgrade. Like others have said, the 2 bedroom ATS is amazing! Enjoy it and do take some time on that deck to appreciate it..... I feel like it just went by to quickly 😭
  4. We r doing our first family med next summer.... more please! Lol Excursion advice was excellent! Thank you!
  5. I am so happy for you and what a wonderful anniversary celebration!!!!
  6. My fingers are crossed for you! Either way you are cruising!!! Enjoy!
  7. Sure it was highest at 600 so 1200 for me and hubby. I justified it by the star class gain... I was able to cancel our 2 adult drink pkgs, 2 kids refreshment pkgs, and our BOGO Dinner. It pretty much was a break even and sooooooo worth it!
  8. I was in 1 bedroom ATS... I had bid for the 2 bedroom ATS... I watched it disappear as an option on the booking sites a couple weeks before and assumed it was gone and mentally thought oh well no biggie. Which is why when my bid was accepted Th morning for Sat departure I was in shock!! You never know......good luck! Ps our ship the symphony was also full that week.
  9. Thank you for a great review! I’m actually in post Symphony depression.....and unlike you, I have a whole year to wait to be on our next.... but fortunately it is on Allure so I truly appreciated your review.
  10. Glad you had a wonderful time. I see you’re a DCL fan. Will you be cruising on another oasis class? We definitely are, we loved all of the activities. If my kids were still small I would go back, but with older kids this will be a good fit for awhile.
  11. Thanks, it was not a typical review.... just sort of blurted out the unique experiences hoping to help others. I learn so much on these boards so wanted to provide some insight where I could.
  12. Good deal for you! We did Uber.... $70 each way. We flew Boston to FLL.... We always stick with JetBlue for Florida and one of us usually can fly on points using last years vaca points..... I was unpleasantly surprised to find out JetBlue does not fly into Miami when I had booked Symphony. Had no idea! After the shock, it was no biggie, that was our only negative on the trip! Enjoy,,,,, I’m on week 4 of being back, sunburn gone and in a state of depression..... Symphony was amazing! As I’m sure you know, and I actually forgot to do this trip..... don’t forget to sit back and take it all in...... there is so much to do on these mega ships that it literally flew by....😭. Enjoy!!!
  13. Yes I wish you luck! It was an amazing experience. Ours was 1bedroom ATS to 2bedroom ATS. So we were right where we wanted to be but even better! Have fun!
  14. Very sorry for your experience and I agree with everyone’s advice to stick w the smaller / mid ships since you had such a wonderful time in the past. We were scared to try Symphony due to crowds but we ended up loving it. Did you get to experience Central Park? I know the boards suggest avoiding certain things if you don’t like crowds but u can’t avoid everything ! 🤪. Sometimes it’s also just a bad karma cruise... years ago we did Disney’s Fantasy (which was their mega ship 🤣).... and we kept running into big parties of people that all seemed to know each other and always got to ‘that seat’ just before us! It was really weird .... anyway we wrote it off to we didn’t like the larger ship so we went back to their smaller ships.... then a few years later we gave it another try due to limitations w vaca schedule .... surprisingly we had a wonderful experience that year.... not at all like before yet still school vaca time. Soooo sometimes it’s just bad crowd Karma! Go back to your fav ships and try oasis class again in the future.. once you’ve had a few more positive cruises.
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