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    The Villages Florida
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. We are booked on Harmony Nov. 15th . Had two cancelled in April, May 2020, one in Sept. Have two in Oct but know that"s not going to happen. I guess good thing we have 14 more pending so keep using those FCC to pay off finals. All our ports here in Florida really look different with all the lines gone. Just visits every few days for fuel,food than out again .
  2. Had one on the ALLURE for 3997.00 for Dec. 13,2020 but lift & shifted Crown loft to Dec 12th 2021 TO Harmony . Prices running in 2021 around 6800. Had a one day rate on May 7th that was unbelieveable and sold last 7 Crowns in a couple hours. No on board credit but free grats from agency.
  3. Have been on Mariner five or six times in last year or so and hadn't noticed any greater amount of smoke than most of the other Royals we are on. We sailed 11 voyages last year on mostly Voyager class to Oasis . Casinos are bad walking through on most Royal ships and they do use this as a smoking lounge in the daytime instead of going topside. There are mostly non players smoking also. Hope it is banned like Celebrity.
  4. She is back at yard but not in drydock berthing as before. Show her this morning at town area terminal docked. No cranes,equipment etc at this area. Where ferries come in across from her.
  5. Royal,MSC and Disney are still booking all weeks in Sept out of Florida. Might see a couple ships of Royal doing Coco,Labidee etc in Sept. to see how operations goes.
  6. We sent our renewal in on certified mail and they received it March 5th. They received check and bank got notified on payment. Checked on line two or three times and says being processed. Also on their site said anything received after March 20th would be delayed. Ours there 15 days earlier and old ones sent, and nothing received. Goverment in action. Bob
  7. Hi cruisers. I received a fcc on my April 27th, Indy and my May 25th Mariner. Have not had any credit to my credit card for taxes. What is the time frame most have been experiencing? Thanks in advance
  8. Have used them appx. twenty times in last 6 years. Great service for airport & Cruise parking right outside gate on Eller drive. Have like 23 shuttles. Go on line and cheaper. If you join club (for free) free day every ten. Also if you cancel prompt refund to credit card. They are in appx five other states. Bob & Nancy Will be there in Sept,dec. and feb.
  9. We eat in the windjammer for lunch usually only when we have to on port days. Breakfast in the dinning room and lunch. I can remember when some offered lunch in dinning room at embarkation. Do a open seating lunch and Breakfast in all three dinning rooms starting at 700 to 1000 & lunch 1100 and run to 200 or so. Just put a few more offerings on menu. Can do a served by crew evening as not the demand in windjammer at night as lunch and breakfast. Bob & Nancy
  10. Posted Vickie Freed Statement on Buffet Royal Caribbean to Cut Traditional Buffet Once Cruises Resume Windjammer on Brilliance of the Seas May 15, 2020 Aaron Saunders Cruise Critic contributor (12:45 p.m. EDT) – The traditional cruise ship buffet is about to go overboard when sailings resume, according to Royal Caribbean executives. In a virtual Coffee Chat call with Royal Caribbean's senior vice president of sales and trade support & service, Vicki Freed, president and CEO Michael Bayley conceded that the hygiene changes that will go into effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic line will likely strike down the standard buffet offering, which has been a staple of cruising for decades. "I think in the beginning, there will not be a buffet…that's how I see it," said Bayley during the session. " We will utilize the space, we will utilize the Windjammer, but in all probability, it won't be a classical buffet. It will be something more akin to a restaurant." The news has generated significant buzz on Cruise Critic's message boards, with opinions from both buffet loyalist and those who are ready to move on. "Will be very disappointed if they do away with the [Windjammer, Royal Caribbean's onboard buffet offering]," writes Ashland. "Why can't they just use servers like they do when there's a Noro outbreak onboard?" "Oh man... that's the last plastic straw!" says Rocket3D. "What's next...no bars?" Others, however, say they won't miss the buffet experience. "I find the experience of eating at Windjammer restaurants and other buffets somewhat disgusting and only eat there reluctantly if there is absolutely no other choice," says LibertyBella. "Eating becomes a competition and a race instead of an experience to enjoy." "My thoughts — we will all be so glad to get back to cruising that whatever Royal comes up with will be accepted," writes Lady Hudson. "I am not a big Windjammer person so would not be a big loss for me. Unintended benefit — less noro[virus]?" While Royal Caribbean has not announced exact plans for the Windjammer buffet aboard its fleet, Bayley stated that any changes to the casual eatery would have to be made with the coronavirus pandemic in mind. "I think the key focus on dining is making sure that our guests have plenty of choices," said Bayley. "That choice has to be put through the lens of distancing, and safety and health." Royal Caribbean already had hand sanitizing stations on every vessel outside the Windjammer buffet, and some ships had full-service handwashing stations located at each entrance. During a sailing on Explorer of the Seas in early March, the line had employees stationed outside the Windjammer with large containers of sanitizer, making sure everyone used it before going in. These changes, however, are also mandated in part by the "No Sail" order issued in March by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was extended in April to last for a period of no less than 100 days [July 24] as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Other changes to Royal Caribbean's sanitation and hygiene practices have not been revealed yet. Cruise Critic will report on these, when the line releases them.
  11. Just wanted to thank all again for taking your time and posting this infomation. We started on these boards in 2004 and changed info so now on March 2006. People like you are what makes these boards so great. Hopefully we may meet on one of our adventures on maybe we can furnish some info for one of the other cruisers. Nancy & Bob The Villages , Florida
  12. Parking at terminal A can you enter the garage and park and drop luggage in garage or wheel it down elevator to drop area. See in some post that circleing garage and going to drop area/pickup is sometimes conjusted and would like to park first if possible. Thanks for any info in advance. Bob & Nancy The Villages, Florida
  13. Thanks to all for your time and info. Last time we were in Miami for Royal the Soveign was sailing.
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