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  1. Brilliance. For the lovely outside windjammer. For all the glass and sea views everywhere. But most of all for the aft balconies.
  2. Brilliance Deck 9 aft. First cruise on RC. Snap. Apart from the cabin - we were in 9660 😁 Ours was way back in 2008, we've sailed on many more RC ships since then but nothing beats that first time with that amazing view on the best ship we have ever sailed on. Re reserving shows - they didn't do it way back then but in Covid times it could be different.
  3. In normal times a cruise round the British Isles would definitely not be on my bucket list. But oh my goodness 🙃 MSC Virtuosa embarkation from Liverpool. I am seriously tempted. Come on RC please announce Harmony from Liverpool too.
  4. It took just days for them to refund in full my deposits for 3 cabins for our August cruise on Odyssey from Rome. So its not always about the sailing date.
  5. Hi Sunshine please could you tell me where the itineraries and prices are listed? We are very interested in booking this.
  6. A good news story to balance out all the bad. Our Odyssey cruise out of Rome in August this summer was cancelled on the 1st March. I requested a refund of my deposit for 3 cabins (£900) which I did online and received an email confirming my refund was being processed and would take 45 days. Today, 18th March I received my credit card statement and the refund was there. It was processed on the 9th March. So it took just 9 days. Amazing, I really didn't expect that.
  7. In terms of port and ease of getting from airport to ship then Barcelona is the easiest and nicest port.
  8. There is much excitement in the Lotte household. FIL 82 had his first dose of the Phizer vaccine yesterday. He got the call last week but was unable to get to the vaccination centre for that one so had to reschedule. 2nd jab is on 7th Jab. So that's one of us going cruising next year 😁
  9. The 4/5 nights on Adventure in the Med could be interesting for a b2b if they mix up the ports. But not so interesting if the 5 nighter is just an extra sea day.
  10. I could quite happily stay onboard and not get off as long as I could benefit from a few days sunshine. But as I would be sailing from the UK I would want to be heading south, somehow I don't think a 7 day cruise would be long enough. If sunshine is not top of your list then a Fjords cruise would be nice. There are plenty of fjords I would be happy to sail in and out of without stepping foot on dry land. And of course heading further north there are always the northern lights which don't require anyone getting off.
  11. On UK site October 14th 2021 12 night Southampton to Miami
  12. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8703133/First-major-post-coronavirus-cruise-departs-Italy-new-strict-safety-restrictions.html Here is another report.
  13. Thank you for replying. RC are so frustrating to deal with when there is a problem! And I used to love that bouncy happy music they play when you call them - now it drives me insane! Grr! August 2021 is a long time to wait for a confirmation invoice for a booking that was made in June 2020. All I want is to have the price I am going to be paying confirmed somewhere in writing because without a confirmation invoice I have nothing. If they are able to adjust the price at final payment - why can they not do it now? They are still going to run into the problem of no solo guarantees next year. I really don't want to be sorting this at final payment. Re base fare - I know it's usually the same price solo as it is for 2 but I got a good deal on my original cruise and the base fare for 1 person was lower. It was cheaper to have one single passenger in the cabin than 2. That is why I booked for just one person. I do have an invoice but it is the very first one that was generated when they first did the L&S and it shows the current Odyssey price at the time which is much higher. As it stands I have an invoice for nearly 2.9k for a cabin that should be costing 1.2k Rant over 😉 I am going to call the C&A free phone number and give it one last try but if not my complaint is still in progress.
  14. I don't understand? L&S T&C is that the original price/deal is protected. Why do I have to pay more for a guest that I didn't book for? My original booking was for one person. The second person has been added by RC in the L&S process.
  15. I don't understand? L&S T&C is that the original price/deal is protected. Why do I have to pay more for a guest that I didn't book for? My original booking was for one person. The second person has been added by RC in the L&S process.
  16. Original booking was a guarantee double ocean view balcony on Allure for a single passenger (me). I L&S this to Odyssey for August 2021. Problem is there were no single occupancy balcony guarantees available - so RC have added a 2nd passenger to the new L&S booking. I am now sharing a room with myself. The new invoice is a scary amount of money and much higher than the original. It is also more than double the price of the other 2 identical guarantee cabins I have booked for the rest of my family. Those 2 bookings have been repriced correctly because there were 2 passengers in those. They won't issue me with a new correct invoice until a guarantee solo cabin becomes available. I was also told by the same operator that there are unlikely to be any solo guarantees until close to sail date and there possibly won't be any at all if the ship is sold out. Eh? I really am scratching my head at that one. So why did they accept the L&S? In the unlikely event a solo balcony guarantee were to become available there is a possibility that it could happen after final payment. There is a very real chance that I won't have a correct invoice to make payment against. How does that work? I have been doing a dummy booking online every day looking for solo guarantees because I have no faith that RC's IT system has the automatic capability if doing it by itself. RC's plan is to remove my imaginary doppelganger once I have been assigned a cabin. They will not assign me a cabin early. Every operator/supervisor/manager I have spoken to has put me on hold, often for hours and then fobbed me off and not resolved anything or called back when they assured me they would. Sorry if I've repeated myself - I'm on my phone and it's not easy to edit. All I want is a correct invoice. I don't think think that my request is unreasonable. Thank you to little britain for the free phone number. I will try once more.
  17. I have an ongoing problem with an L&S to Odyssey. It's been many months and numerous expensive phone calls (over $50 so far) and I still haven't been issued with an updated invoice. I'm done with calling them and have made a formal complaint to ABTA I'm a UK cruiser.
  18. I would go back to doing what we used to do. No flying European road trips. With epic train journeys and lots of ferry hopping. I only stopped doing them because of the planning but I'm happy to take up the challenge again. If we managed to do it with 3 kids in tow I'm pretty sure it will be a doddle now it's just the 2 of us. The children used to call our holidays; Mum's Grand Expeditions. I can't be doing with 2 weeks staying in the same place on the beach type holidays so when we discovered cruising it was a no brainer. We only did it every other year because of the enormous cost but the memories are worth double the price. Now ... I just need to dig out my old clipboard 🙂
  19. Oh dear, it's going from bad to worse. I wonder will Odyssey still be doing the Med next year do you think? I am in the process of trying L&S from Allure this summer to Odyssey for next summer and despite numerous phone calls over the past 3 weeks and a phone bill of over £50 in excess of what I usually pay, I'm still being given the run around and have not received a confirmation invoice of the new price adjustment. It's not looking good.
  20. Dining time is on your confirmation invoice. Call RC and ask for a copy to be emailed to you.
  21. I would feel very peeved if I'd paid higher prices for a new amped ship and then didn't get the amp. Especially if you booked to sail because of the new amped version. In a perfect world RC should re-price and allow price drops for cruisers already booked. Unlikely, I know. For the right price I would happily sail again on an un-amped Explorer. We paid a very low price when we sailed on in August 2019 and yes, the windows in the Windjammer need replacing as does the carpet. The 2 spa pools in the Solarium don't work so could do with a fix. There was a bad crack in the vanity unit in our bathroom but that is to be expected on a ship of her age. But the price we paid reflected all that and we got what we expected. Despite those things, we loved Explorer and had a great cruise on her and I didn't feel our cruise experience was any less than the one we had on an Oasis class a couple of months earlier. RC need to manage people's expectations here. Perhaps a little OBC would help.
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