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    RCL
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    Hawaii

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  1. For those of you that have booked a guaranteed balcony stateroom on Ovation of the Seas, what was your experience? Were you satisfied with your room? Were you placed more at the front or the rear of the ship? Noisy area? Just looking for feedback. We have always booked a specific room and have never gone with a guaranteed before.
  2. Any news on the effect the monsoons are having on Cairns and Port Douglas ports of call? We are not scheduled to arrive there until Feb 27th and being a first time visitor, hope we will be able to venture ashore without any problems.
  3. Thanks for letting me know. I would have still kept checking.
  4. We are sailing March 8, 2019 on the Ovation of the Seas and I have been checking for weeks now to make our reservations for entertainment and nothing is posted except Pixels. Its now 44 days out and I'm wondering if this is unusual and I should be calling or just sit back and wait patiently. 😉
  5. So I booked a shore excursion through the cruise line back at beginning of November for a cruise in March 2019. I noticed today thru RCL emails that they have discounted this excursion. Not a big discount but a couple drinks none the less. On the excursion now it says check on board where it normally says add to your cart. So I called them directly advising them that I do not want to cancel it online myself because it appears that it is fully booked and I might not be able to rebook it then. So I thought they could do it from there end by simply crediting my OBA the difference. No such luck. Not very good customer service I say. Other cruise lines I have cruised with automatically have credited by OBA with the difference if they discount a shore excursion that I have had previously booked. Not RCL. And then she had the nerve to ask if I wanted to book more excursions with them. I said "no thank you" I will be booking privately for this very reason. So just a heads up to anyone else that encounters this and another reason to book your on excursions privately.
  6. Neither of us wants to attempt to drive there. lol
  7. I am looking at a tour from Sydney for just the Australia Reptile park as it is approx 1 hr drive from Sydney. I only could find one and it combines a dolphin cruise and the sand dunes which I do not want. Would rather spend all the time at the park. Any suggestions would be appreciated...
  8. We will be visiting Airlie Beach by cruise ship at the end of Feb 2019. What would be some good excursions to look at? We would like to see the Whitsundays and perhaps visit a beach but with stinger season, is it worthwhile? I have looked over the Princess excursions but not sure if there is something private that might be better. Jet skiing was an option however Princess only does Pioneer Bay and we would like to travel over to the Whitsundays and not guaranteed to be off the ship in time to join private tour.
  9. We will be on the Ovation of the Seas doing a 13 night New Zealand cruise. We always like to tip the room stewards extra and when we have cruised in past have always tipped in U.S. cash. Was wondering what the staff would prefer on this cruise as the OBA are all in U.S. dollars but I would think they would appreciate New Zealand or Australian cash. Any advice?
  10. I would like to see more information on ports as prior poster mentioned. i.e. tendering, the need for excursions or doing it on your own, whether excursion should be booked with ship or on own due to distance and travelling around certain areas.
  11. Was reading somewhere that when you disembark the ship you need to stand in line beforehand to obtain a time for disembarking for each port. Does that mean they give the people that book RCL excursions priority disembarkation over people that book privately? How far in advance does a person line up if they want to get off earlier?
  12. In Wellington my husband is doing the quad biking and I will be on my own. Am I able to do the cable car, museum and Zealandia sanctuary on my own or should I book a tour?
  13. Just booked tickets for West Side Story at the Handa Opera for opening night and have a few questions I'm hoping fellow patrons could probably answer. We are planning on taking the water taxi over and from what I understand we catch near the Sydney Opera House itself. Upon exiting water taxi we will need to go pick up our tickets from the box office. I have read some reviews that say it can be kind of confusing to locate the box office at this venue. Anyone have any suggestions or experience with this or tips? We have never been to an opera before but the experience and location seem once in a lifetime for us.
  14. Good day, Was wondering if anyone who has tendered in to Airlie Beach can give a rough idea on how long it takes? We are on the Sun Princess on Feb 27th and are set to arrive at 7 am. I would like to book a private excursion for 8 am but am wondering if this is feasible due to the tendering process. Any help would be appreciated.
  15. Thanks everyone for all the advice. Answered all my questions!!!
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