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    Belgium/Europe
  • Interests
    take care of my husband, want to see the world, meet people, love to snorkel, I adore nature.
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    RCI
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    world

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  1. i know, about China it is a risk I take, that is why we needed refundable prices and there is time till July to check what to do we do have an insurance that covers "in case you get no visa" so we could take that risk but the price my TA gave is definitely not correct I can see that now. Have a great weekend who knows we might see each other on this cruise from Belgium stay safe
  2. yes it is for the 10/19 sailing and the 10/7 sailing if i check the 10/19 sailing and go all the way till the payment page I get for a 4D cabin ( and we are D+ to ) Room 1(Non Refundable Deposit) price 2021.54 us' I cannot see the refundable rate ! ' and no 3D cabins my TA added extra 200 usd to make it a refundable booking and I calculated, the price into euro's which makes 2043 euro when I checked the Singapore side same cruise my profile suddenly 3D cabins appear but I calculated the price of a 4D to make it the same as the US side and it says 100 dollar free on board spending and the price is calculated to euro 1659 euro so that makes a difference of 500 euro which is 540 usd and the rate is refundable. what should you do ?
  3. we always have the exchange rate from US to Euro in this case the Singapore dollar works in our favor. cruise is in October ( 2 cruises ) I just booked them, I know maybe a bit crazy. the Singapore deal is also with a refundable deposit, I had to pay for that with my TA so the difference is even bigger ( I do not see a refundable offer through the US Royal website ) at the other hand I work with her for many years this makes it all a little uncomfortable
  4. thanks for your reply, I am sorry but I don't understand your last phrase, suppose difference is more than 500 usd and extra obc of 200 and the total price of the cruise is 2600 that is a big difference.... or am i missing something
  5. Coming from Europe I book my cruises in Florida, I work with a TA for many years without having any troubles reason : the benefits are better and the adjustment of the price before final Payment which is not allowed in my country. On our last cruise we've spoken to some people from the US who book their cruises sometimes in Asia. People told me that you need to change on the Royal website the country and you can see deals/prices from that country. Now I booked a cruise out of Singapore ( with my usual TA from the States ) and changed the website into country Singapore and price is a lot cheaper compared to the US website and they have at this moment a much better deal. Question could I book directly with Royal using the Singapore phone number / website ( and cancel my TA reservation ) Would it be possible for my TA to use the Singapore currency and deals ? this might seem an awkward question and I do not want to make it complicated but I wonder for a next cruise how we can use the benefits of a different country thank you stay safe
  6. HI, that would be great looking forward to your reply ( we will not have a car available so we depend on our 2 feet )
  7. thank you for your time, so it is not good for snorkeling, and because we do not dive anymore we need to find aything else suppose we take a small boat, would they accept usd or euro ? I see on the map that there is a some hiking around Pamulaklakin Forest Trail / El Kabayo Waterfalls, could we do this on our own and if yes, can we rely on taking a cab to and from the forest? if yes communication in English ? payment for the taxi currency ? ( we only have usd and euro ) someone advised us to take the local bus to a village called San Antonio Vigan : have you been or do you know Poro Island, anything there to see ? Do you think we could wait just now and see when we are there if there are vendors selling a taxi tour or a boat tour …. Could you give any advise what we should do on those 2 days ? thanks again for your advise, have a great day :)
  8. Wow, you are amazing, thank you so much for this information. Not that those benefits are that important but it can be so confused especially out of China ( Hong Kong ) in our case. We do like buffet style restaurants because we are such small eaters so it is great to know that there will be a quiet space for us to eat something. I looked at your suite, wow that seems amazing, never had the chance ( the money ) to book such a suite, hopefully one day we can. Who knows one day we'll meet on a cruise, would be nice to thank you in person. Have a good rest ( time difference can be hard ) wishing you all the best, from Belgium, Frieda
  9. HI, thank you so much for your reply, hope you are recovered from the long flight back to the UK. ( probably not back home yet ? ) We are from Belgium and sailing on the Spectrum in Januari from Hong Kong, We have booked a normal balcony room on deck 7 ( wished we could afford such an amazing suite ) but, we are Diamond + members. I was wondering if there was a lounge we could use for breakfast and special coffee in the morning and for our evening drinks, but it seems there is no Diamond Lounge on the ship ? So there is a silver dining room .. and a gold dining room ( that sushi looks amazing ) we could use both ? We love to eat at the Windjammer because of the buffet but apperantly that will be over crowded ...I am so confused as someone told me there were no benefits for Diamond + members and for the very first time ( we just became diamond + ) we would love to sit in one of the best seats at the theater and we do like to get a drink between 5 and 8 could you please explain me a bit more what we can expect as we have just normal balcony rooms but with a diamond + status. Hope you had an amazing time. from Belgium Frieda
  10. We will be sailing in January to Vigan ( Salomague ) and Subic Bay both in the Philippines. So little information on CC and also almost nothing on tripadvisor. We love to snorkel love nature, love to walk I found through Google some dive shops but they all say that most reefs close by the cruise terminal are damaged not worth a visit. I checked Google maps to see where we will anchor, or which cruise port but there is almost nothing in the neighbourhood and secondly will it be safe ? Royal Caribbean ( we sail the Spectrum leaving Hong Kong ) has only Subic Bay on their excursion list and 4 excursions which are all 4 extremely expensive (229 pp for a drive in a 4x4 to a hot spring ) will there be vendors when we board the ship, will they accept euros or usd and can we trust them …. there are no excursions for Vigan at this point so the same question we ask ourselves for this port. Thank you all for your time to get me some information, anything is much appreciated from Belgium Frieda
  11. We became diamond + on our previous cruise, we will be sailing in January from Hong Kong on the Spectrum, so this is our first diamond + cruise.... I have heard that most staf on these Chinese build ships will not know what diamond +is, not that it is that important but we got used to have a drink in the lounge, which makes it so easy to have a chat. We also love to have our morning coffee in the same lounge, so quiet. And finally we can sit on those "best" seats in the theater but …. not on this cruise ?? I noticed that all activities as North Star, Ifly, skypad are charged ( which was not the case when we cruised earlier this year out of Sydney on the Ovation ) and I am not able to find a Diamond lounge on the Spectrum ….. Can anyone tell me what to expect. thank you Frieda Belgium
  12. the vendor is well known on internet has very good reviews but it is what it is, no refund of the deposit which is 120 gbp need to look for someone else. thanks for your reply.
  13. HI everyone, we will visit next year the Shetland Islands ( Lerwick ) mid June. I found a tour ( Shetland Nature ) and would love to do their tour but they ask for a non refundable deposit. ( even when ship skips the port ) We do have insurance which covers our cruise if we need to cancel it but no insurance for paying back a deposit in case ship skips a port. What would you do ? anyone has experienced skipping Shetland in the past ? thanks for your advise.
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