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  1. Was it an instant message? I tried to find it on their FB page, but could not.
  2. Here are the executive office emails, in case anyone ( or everyone!) wants to email concerns. Executive Contacts Primary Contact Carlos Jimenez Senior Manager, Guest Experience – Executive Office 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132 carlosjimenez@rccl.com Secondary Contact Aurora Yera–Rodriguez AVP, Guest Experience 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132 ayera-rodriguez@rccl.com Chief Executive Michael Bayley President and CEO 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132 mbayley@rccl.com
  3. When do they usually change? We are 9 weeks out.
  4. Is Izumi worth a dinner or lunch on the unlimited dining package if you do not like sushi/ raw or undercooked fish?
  5. Is the coffee drink package a good deal if you like to have 1 vanilla latte with an extra shot of espresso each day? What is the "up to 50% off" any coffee you want? I would have thought that was the 15 coffee drinks you get.
  6. Do you have to pay for lunch on the first day in a specialty restaurant with the Unlimited Dining Package?
  7. Hi, Did you have to pay for lunch for embarkation day?
  8. Watching for an update on this one. I have UDP booked for the first time on Harmony in Jan. I hope it is cleared up by then!
  9. "you have clean linens and towels in your room, the staff in the laundry department contributed to that. " Do those people get a portion of tips?
  10. I see an price offer for "up to 50% off " unlimited specialty dining for the Harmony in Jan. The price is 199.00, discount already included. What is the usual price? If you do this, and never it in dining room, do you remove dining room tips ? This package includes lunches on sea days and service charges.
  11. While cruising is still awesome, and we will never give it up, there have been a few changes possibly since you went. The biggest, for me, is that big lounge of open windows in the front (unless it is the back) on a top level of the ship that used to be a quiet place during the day of open seating in front of all windows is now a lounge for only suite or high level cruisers. If sitting quietly and reading while watching the water is your favorite thing to do, you will have to get a balcony. There is no more bar service walking around and coming to you, you have to go to the bar to order. The food in the main dining room is not as good as it used to be, but the menus have changed recently and I have not tried the new ones yet. The Allure is our favorite ship. The central park garden is a nice place to sit and the ship entertainment is fantastic. Check ins and boarding is way easier. You may be able send your luggage directly to your airline and not need to bring it yourself. Regardless of changes, you will still love your cruise!
  12. I would buy the insurance now. Sometimes you cannot get "for any reason" or covering pre-existing conditions if you not buy the insurance within a short time from initial pmt.
  13. No, you will not be refunded for a "bad" cruise. The only refunds - which were probably future OBC- were when a ship came back early for some reason. "Bad" is usually relative to expectation. IMO, the only way to have a "bad " cruise is to get sick or have a noisy stateroom. All other variables are better than being at home and less expensive than a land vacation with the same amenities- food, shows, activities ect. I take those vitamin packets twice a day before and during cruise, wash my hands a lot, and bring a noise machine and ear plugs. I also pick a room above and below other staterooms. If you planning to look for variables that do not meet your expectations, you will probably find them everywhere. What is the fun in that? Focusing on reasons to fight for a refund will certainly ruin your trip.
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