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    Chicago suburb
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    cruising, reading, snorkeling
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    royal caribbean
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  1. Just registered, It was filled earlier, but they must have opened additional spots.
  2. Cancelled our Jan 4 2021 Reflection cruise before final payment on Sept 30th, and received the deposit refund, and Premium Beverage upgrade refund to our credit card on Oct 6th, just seven days later. Quite surprised, but only $82 total refund, because our deposit was only $50, and the beverage upgrade was only $32, (used OBC for part of the cost), so not a lot of money to be refunded.
  3. Just curious, has anyone kept a running list of all of the offers, with a brief description, the months they were offered, how many points,
  4. We also Honeymooned on the Carnival Carnivale, March 25, 1979. My DW got very seasick, when they took all the honeymooners up to the bridge, to take a picture, holding the large, wooden, steering wheel. But we loved it, and I foolishly booked the same ship for our second cruise on our 10th Anniversary. Imagine our surprise when we pulled up to the port, with the little 25,000 ton, Carnivale ship, dwarfed by the much larger ships, (The Oasis of the Seas is over 250,000 tons). Here is a picture of all of the honeymooners...
  5. Well, I got my big $16.68 check ($8.34 / person). Woo Hoo !!! 🤑 Only had to wait 3 years.
  6. Sorry, check out the last sentence of the terms: If the qualifying booking is cancelled, points awarded will be removed. Activity Terms: Offer applies to new individual bookings. Captain’s Club Members receiving this email are eligible to receive 100 Power Up Points when they make any new booking in The Retreat® between 7/1/2020 and 7/12/2020. The offer applies to each Captains Club member in the suite. Power Up Points to be awarded once per eligible booking. To qualify, booking must include member’s first name, last name, date of birth and loyalty ID. Once the booking is complete
  7. See this article from AARP Face Shields better than masks
  8. When the original Cruise with Confidence offer was made, the cruises weren't cancelled. The reason for the policy was to calm everything, and let people know they had until 48 hours before their cruise to cancel and get the FCC. Of course, some people, that were still planning on taking the cruise, noticed that there were cabins opening, and prices were lower. So they wanted to cancel, get the FCC, used it to pay for the same cruise, and maybe get an upgraded cabin, or other benefits. I believe this statement was there to stop, or avoid this practice.
  9. We were also on that cruise. At the Top Tier Party, the CD said that they hadn't scheduled Aquanation for almost 2 months because they know the seas are rougher during these months. But the crew practices for the show, and that's why they performed a part of it for us. So it sounded like they plan on doing this again at some point.
  10. We did the Edge to the Royal's Adventure of the Seas, last March. We talked to the Diamond Lounge Concierge, who said they would make arrangements, and when we got off, to simply ask anyone in the terminal, and they would have a special area for us to meet a shuttle. But, no one in the terminal knew about it. Getting off the Edge was so efficient, we did the facial recognition, and we were done. Finally, someone outside said we had to walk to the far right, to get the shuttle, so we did, and when we got there, we were told that all we had to have done, was to walk a little but to the left, of
  11. We stayed at a small hotel, right across from St Peter's, based on a recommendation from out TA. From the Terrace, at night, you can see St Peter's all lit up, and they say you can see the Holy Father if you are there for a Sunday Angelus. We were not there for that, but they were able to get us free, last minute tickets to a Papal audience, held right up the street. Great location, if you plan on spending time at the Vatican, and St Peter's Residenza Paolo VI
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  13. Also try the Solarium Bistro for dinner. The dinner is complementary, with a few upcharge items. You have to serve yourself, but the items are already plated, except for a few items. The flank steak was freshly sliced, and you can upgrade to lobster, or filet, for way less than any specialty restaurants. For example, the Filet was 9 oz, they said it was the same item served in Chops, and it was only a $12 (+ 18%) upcharge. You can make reservations, but on our recent B2B, we ate there once each week, and there were a lot of empty tables, so they take walkins.
  14. This article mentions Coronavirus effect on RCL stock
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