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  1. I received a new mailer today called "Wicked Wagers - Ghouls and Games Halloween 2019". The offer code is H19TEQ03 for a free balcony cabin on the Allure sailing 10/27/19 from FLL to the western Caribbean. It is hosted by Patron and includes a private Tequila tasting and food pairing at Sabor as well as a reception, gift and a "Mischief & Mayhem Costume Event". Sounds like fun but we are already booked on a Halloween cruise this year,
  2. It could be due to the ship size or the length of the cruise. I would check-in with the casino host the first evening of your cruise to confirm whether or not there will be tournament. Good luck!
  3. After reading your post I checked online as I haven't received an email or mailer about the Med cruise. My offer code is H19DEST03 and is for a balcony or $1,000 off. All I have to do is find cheap air or decide to cash in some miles. Just checked and the Destination Mediterranean cruise is listed on the summer/fall CR mailer magnet of coming events that I received last week.
  4. This mailer is a teaser of sorts to let you know what promotions are coming later this year. We will likely get different individual offers based on their "rating" system (Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Jr.,. Suite, etc.) as each offer gets closer and they have a better idea of the actual number of cabins they can book through CR as their offers are capacity controlled.
  5. We have made the same decision. No sense racing from the terminal to the airport. Sydney opens international check-in lines about 3 hours before departure and our experience is that there is always a queue. After you are checked in their are security and immigration lines to get through along with a long walk through the terminal area filled with duty free that you have to pass through to get to your gate. Plus it is one more day we avoid coming home to winter.
  6. It sounds like they are paying you to cruise and gamble with their money. If correct, that's a pretty sweet deal!
  7. With the end if the Cuba cruises for Empress and Majesty there have been a good number of cancellations so its not surprising to see CR and RCCL sending out offers to fill all of the newly cancelled cabins. Those with Cuba itineraries were offered a full refund if they wanted to cancel even if past final payment. Those that stayed on the altered itineraries got a 50% fare refund. Your offer appears to be an offer for FL residents.
  8. Royal Caribbean's message to their Travel Partners that was emailed today. Dear Valued Travel Partners, Yesterday, the United States government declared that effective immediately, educational and recreational (or people-to-people) travel to Cuba is no longer permitted. This new regulation prohibits travel from the U.S. to Cuba by cruise ship, recreational vessel, or non-commercial aircraft. As a result, this change requires us to immediately replace all Cuban ports on our Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas itineraries. Vicki Freed, CTC SVP Sales and Trade Support & Service Royal Caribbean International® To make up for this unexpected change as best we can, we are providing your clients booked on impacted sailings with the following: BOOKINGS WITHIN FINAL PAYMENT DATE A refund of 50% per stateroom, credited to your clients' onboard accounts. This amount will be based on their total cruise fare, excluding any taxes and fees. If their onboard spend does not reach this amount, the remaining balance will be refunded to their credit card on file once they've completed their cruise. They'll also receive a refund for any pre-paid shore excursions in Cuba purchased from Royal Caribbean as a credit to their onboard account. BOOKINGS OUTSIDE FINAL PAYMENT DATE A 50% fare reduction per stateroom, excluding any taxes and fees. This amount will be discounted off of your clients' current cruise fare and will be reflected on their reservation by Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. For reservations already paid in full, your clients will automatically receive a refund for any overpayment. They will see this refunded to their credit card by June 19th, 2019. Please know times may vary depending on their financial institution. If they haven't yet paid in full, their remaining balance will be based on this 50% cruise fare reduction. Additionally, they'll receive a refund for any pre-paid Royal Caribbean shore excursions in Cuba to their original form of payment. Our shore excursions team will send an email with the details within the next 3 business days. GUESTS WHO WISH TO CANCEL While we hope your clients choose to stay, if they decide not to sail with us, we'll provide them with a full refund of any paid portion of their cruise fare to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposits, both for bookings inside and outside of final payment date. Please work with your client(s) and/or call us by June 7th, 2019 if they are booked on a Majesty of the Seas or Empress of the Seas sailing that departs on or before June 19th, 2019. If their cruise departs on or after June 23rd, 2019, please call us by June 19th. If they choose to cancel, no additional compensation will be provided. They can expect to receive their refund between 3 to 5 business days from cancellation date. We are sorry for this unexpected and sudden change and hope you can appreciate that this policy decision is completely beyond our control. We understand how much time and effort go into planning your clients' vacations. So please know in these circumstances our goal remains the same — to leave your clients with incredible travel memories. We look forward to welcoming your clients onboard soon,
  9. I tipped our guide 30 CUC and our driver 10 CUC. That was basically what we had left in CUC currency. They were both very appreciative.
  10. We toured with Blexie in April and the fee was CUC130 plus I tipped our guide and driver as they both did a great job.
  11. According to our guide, the cars are all privately owned. Only about half the families in Cuba have a car and virtually no one other than high ranking government officials have more than one. Our guide said that the govenrnent allows one car which can be a taxi but prohibits more than one car as it would become a taxi agency and that would generate too much profit or wealth in the private sector. The older cars are passed down generation to generation as no one has the accumulated wealth to purchase one. We were told there are approximately 62,000 older American cars currently in Cuba. The most valuable person in most neighborhoods is the mechanic who keeps the cars running. Our guide and our driver both called their mechanic a magician.
  12. We will find out first hand how the Oz sailings work as we are boarding the Voyager in Sydney in January 2020. I used a CR $500 off certificate on that sailing.
  13. That's what I've always experienced. On the last few cruises I was able to check with the casino host on the last night and they would reissue a new certificate if I had obtained enough additional points or they would tell me how many points short I was for the next level.
  14. That listing is totally different from the listings of rewards I saw in March and April aboard three different ships. Was this just announced and is it for the US or just for the Asian and Aussie markets? I'll bet the cash is free play and not real $$$.
  15. That's the same offer list I received and I am prime. My flyer states that cruises must be booked by June 25th.
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