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About crkdad

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    Colleyville, TX
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    CCL, RCCL, NCL, Celebrity

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  1. We were set to sail on a cruise on OAS on March 29th. We had successfully won a RoyalUp bid in February and had purchased unlimited dining. We did not cancel. We waited for RCCL to cancel the cruise. Our TA has been laid off, furloughed, or something (after 10 years, he is no longer with the company). We read the options and we understood if we did not contact RCCL, we would get a refund for Royalup, refund for dining and a 125% FCC for our cruise fare and we could decide anytime between now and December 31, 2020 to convert the FCC to a refund. We decided to let the refund play itself out, opting for the default position of a 125% FCC. We did not call RCCL or sign any forms on the web site. -Our refund for the dining plan posted to our credit card on March 2nd. -Our refund for the RoyalUp bid posted to our credit card on April 20th -Interestingly, the full amount of our cruse fare was refunded to our credit card on April 25th I am not sure why we got the refund for the cruise instead of the FCC, which we thought was the default, but there you go. No complaints either way.
  2. I received the full amount of the RoyalUp refund in 2 credits to my credit card on April 20th. I received the full amount of the refund for the March 29th sailing on April 26th. I did not request a refund for the sailing, but I was going to go with the FCC.
  3. I submitted a RoyalUp bid in January for a March 29th cruise. It was accepted in February, before the severity of Covid-19 was known and my credit card was charged on February 25th. The cruise was cancelled in mid March. On March 23, we received a refund for an unlimited dining prepayment, but as of April 16, we have not received a refund of our RoyalUp payment. I understand that this refund will be automatic with no further action on my part. Does anyone have any information as to how long it takes?
  4. I saw a movie once that if you click your heals while wearing red shoes and state "there is no place like home," your wishes are granted. Dunno if it works, but it worked in the movie:)
  5. We got an Owners Suite which comes with Sky category amenities.
  6. I have a business associate that disembarked the Independence of the Seas in Ft Lauderdale today from an annual rock band charter and was going on the MSC Armonia out of Miami. As I understand, the Independence of the Seas was denied entry into Grand Cayman earlier in the week due to an unspecified medical emergency evacuation. A crew member, who was NOT speaking for the cruiseline and may not have been informed, told my business associate's wife that it was a confirmed case of CV, (or "suspected" CV- "suspected" are my words). After stating on the MSC questionnaire that he had been on the Independence OTS and that there may have been a case of CV, my business associate was just denied boarding on the MSC Armonia. Others on the same itineraries stated "no" on the questionnaire and were allowed to board. I believe that denial of boarding was a precautionary step on behalf of MSC, but it was VERY disheartening for my business associate and his wife because his birthday is tomorrow. He does not fault MSC, but believes it was a VERY unfortunate turn of luck on his part. Does anyone have any news on medical evacuation in Grand Cayman and why the Independence OTS was denied entry?? Was it something we should be concerned about?
  7. I decided to celebrate a milestone birthday for my wife (don't ask which milestone) by taking her on a cruise on the Oasis. We enjoy travelling with friends, but also enjoy travelling with each other. (Actually, I can only speak for me. While I am an old boring accountant, after 36 years of marriage, I never tire of HER company). We told our friends about our cruise in case they were interested in cruising and celebrating her birthday with us. Since we decided somewhat last minute (last minute for a cruise) and most of our friends are working, no one had the flexibility to join us. We typically like to cruise in a balcony cabin. For us, it is the right mix of cost and benefits and typically at a price point that we are comfortable with. I received a RoyalUp email a couple of weeks ago and, unbeknownst to my wife, I decided to bid on a Sky Class suite. As justification, I told myself that my wife will only turn ?? once and I think she is worth it (yes, the irony does not escape me that I, too, will share in the benefits of a suite. but that is my story and I am sticking to it). However, being the frugal accountant that I am, I only bid a low amount. According to the needle scale, my bid had an extremely low chance of being accepted. After submitting the bid, I thought nothing more about it. Low and behold, my bid was accepted, but I decided to keep it secret from my wife until we got closer to the trip or ideally, when we boarded. I am terrible at keeping anything from my wife. She frequently knows what I am thinking before I think it, so the latter was unlikely to happen. As our trip approached, my wife talked about our cruise with more of her friends. One of her friends decided that it sounded fun and decided that she and her husband would to join us on the cruise. (for those of you that have not been married as long as I have, you know you did good if your wife talks about it like that to her friends.... pats self on the back..). I do not know her friend's husband, but I am looking forward to meeting someone new and sharing the cruise experience with another couple. When we travel with other couples, we do not expect to spend every minute with them, but typically enjoy spending part of a sea day, some meals and seeing shows together. So, here is our first world problem. We have Sky suite benefits and they do not. On the Oasis, this includes the suite sun deck, Coastal Kitchen, the suites lounge, "VIP seating" for shows and a special beach area on Labadee. Should we plan on forgoing some of these benefits so that we can spend time with our friends? If the suite part of the sun deck is not crowded, is it strictly forbidden to invite non-suite guest? what about the suites area on Labadee? or seating for the shows (I would feel snobbish if I abandoned them to go sit with the "Suite People", but many of the shows are accepting no more reservations)? Are there any of these benefits that we can invite guests to "tag along" with us? How have others handled a situation where some of your party has sky suite benefits and some do not?
  8. Welcome to the world of dynamic pricing and marketing algorithms!! While the internet has been great for the consumer for comparing pricing, services and other factors, it also provide information to airlines and cruise companies on consumer interest, consumer responses to various promotions and expected consumer demand. Airlines, cruise companies and other online retailers monitor responses to each ad campaign and actively change pricing based on consumer responses and projected demand. Each time a consumer checks a price by making an online inquiry either directly with the cruise line or through a TA's website, the cruise line tracks each inquiry and logs the particular cruise itinerary and cabin class that was looked at. They do not necessarily monitor "who" made the inquiry, unless it is booked, but other information may also be included with the data including the location that the inquiry originated, age, interests, demographic, etc. The device (computer, Ipad, iphone, etc) that you used to make the price inquiry provides this data. It is not quite this simple, but generally, if a cruise line gets a large number of online price checks (inquiries) indicating a potential increase in demand, the algorithms will adjust the pricing accordingly (dynamic pricing). Airlines are much more adept at dynamic pricing that cruiselines, but the cruise industry is not far behind. A small number of inquiries will change the price of an airline seat because the airline is only selling 150 or so seats per flight. A cruiseline is selling several thousand fares per sailing, so it takes a larger number of inquiries to affect pricing.
  9. We are scheduled to do BtB cruises on the Reflection in Dublin and we are trying to plan our day in Dublin. We are in the same cabin for both legs. The ship does not depart on the second cruise until 9:45pm, so we potentially could have a full day. How are BtB cruisers handled in Dublin? Are we required to disembark with everyone else or could we stay on board and then disembark later in the day as other cruisers are arriving?
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