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  1. Don’t know about other cruise lines, but Royal is allowing cancellations up to 48hrs before sailing date for bookings made before 8/1/20 for sailings until early 2022 I believe. You don’t get a cash refund but they will give you a credit to take another cruise within maybe a year of the original sailing date I think - I’m not positive on the date. They are also offering a Lift & Shift where you can move your current sailing out a year, keeping your current pricing. On the new cruise, you can also cancel or get price adjustments up to 48hrs before sailing. We had a cruise scheduled for August of this year which we lifted and shifted to July of next year on a different ship. We were able to do this prior to our final payment date so we just have a deposit on it and don’t have to pay in full until next spring. Now we just hope they don’t go out of business!
  2. https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2020/june/clia-announces-voluntary-suspension-of-cruise-operations-from-us-ports WASHINGTON, DC (19 June 2020)—Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the following statement today to announce that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until 15 September 2020. “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States. “Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations. “This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.” In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job. Each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs. For more information about the economic impact of the cruise industry in the United States, including the top ten states benefitting from cruise activity, please visit: CLIA 2018 Economic Analysis.
  3. Thank you, I’m glad you were able to make the change you wanted for at least one of your cruises. I hope you are successful in getting the other changed. It is frustrating that the Lift & Shift is being applied so differently by each RCCl rep.
  4. I haven’t read through all 25 pages of this thread so don’t know if this has been the case for others too but we tried to do the Lift and Shift from Liberty out of Galveston in August of this year to the Symphony out of Miami next August and was denied. When they denied the Symphony, my TA asked if there was any other ship that was departing out of Florida that we could Lift and Shift to and she was told that since our same ship and itinerary is still offered during the 4 week time frame that we could only Lift and Shift to the same ship. Has this been other people’s experiences?
  5. Here is the CNBC article: https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/05/05/norwegian-cruise-line-says-theres-substantial-doubt-about-its-ability-to-continue-as-a-going-concern.html?__twitter_impression=true
  6. I’m sorry this happened to your mom :( If she thinks she may be still be able to go in a wheelchair, you may want to call to see if there are any handicapped accessible rooms still available.
  7. We were on Coco Cay last weekend. My husband is gluten, dairy, and egg free. From what I remember, I think he had some BBQ chicken, soft tacos (there was a taco station that had soft corn tortillas) and some fruit. There were also burgers and hot dogs without buns and a salad bar. There were French fries but I don’t know if they are cooked in a dedicated fryer -he didn’t want them so we didn’t ask. I didn't see any gluten free desserts. We were on a short 3 night cruise the Mariner and at 2 of the 3 dinners he was served food that had gluten and would have made him sick. One was in the main dining room and the other at Jamie’s Italian, and this was after being very clear about his allergies while ordering. It was very disappointing. So just be very careful and double check everything they serve.
  8. My husband ordered a rum and coke on the Mariner last weekend and it was 11.99 plus gratuity. I am not sure which brand he chose - it was a dark rum and they had a few different dark ones to choose from.
  9. Not sure if this has been posted yet, but we received the following email regarding our Mariner sailing tomorrow: Dear Guest, The damage left by Hurricane Dorian across the Bahamas is truly devastating. So, in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF ) and The Bahamas Feeding Network, we’re working to provide disaster relief to our neighbors and friends during this catastrophic time. Thus far, we’ve delivered over 10,000 meals, 10,000 bottles of water, medical supplies, generators and other necessities - we’re rolling up our sleeves during this time of extreme need! In addition, we’ve sent a team of specially trained RCL employees and volunteers to assist with logistics and food and beverage efforts. Our mission is that every one of our vessels in the area, continues to provide assistance. As a result of these special circumstances, we’ll spend Saturday morning in Grand Bahamas Island to assist with disaster relief, then we’ll visit Nassau from 2:30 PM to 11:00 PM. So, during your cruise, you may see new guests. They are evacuees like, children, elderly, or those that need immediate medical attention, that will be transported to Nassau hospitals via tenders. We want to make them feel as comfortable as possible and look forward to welcoming them with open arms. All these efforts are part of our overall $1 million disaster relief efforts to help The Bahamas, which has been part of our family for nearly five decades. To make sure our donations go where they can do the most good. Our donation includes matching every dollar of guest and employee donations to the PADF so they can help our friends as well. We can’t make every bad memory of Dorian go away. But, we can start making things better - today. If you would also like to contribute please visit www.padf.org/hurricane-dorian-royal. Lastly, while CocoCay was somewhat spared from Hurricane Dorian's destruction and we did not have any major damage, the storm left behind debris, washed away some of our sand and bricks, and took down many of our trees. We started working on repairs as quickly as possible, but we kindly ask that "you mind our dust" or sand, as we continue our very own recovery efforts. As our guests, your understanding during this catastrophic time is appreciated, not only by us at Royal Caribbean International, but by those we are helping. We thank you for this. Sincerely, Royal Caribbean International
  10. Here are a few dinner menus from last month: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. We just got off the Bellissima and our Super Family was 2 connecting balcony rooms. Each room had the regular bed which could be split and one room had a couch which could sleep one and the other room had the couch that turned into a bunk bed and could sleep two. Also interesting to note was each room had 3 long drawers under the desk (which my parent’s regular Fantasica balcony room did not have).
  12. I’ve been able to find answers to a lot of my questions by reading recent threads but still have a few questions... Are wash cloths provided? My DH has several allergies that make it difficult sometimes to find safe things to eat. I am planning on bringing prepackaged snacks but can we also bring small cartons of protein drinks? Do these need to be in checked luggage or carried on? Can we bring unopened prepackaged items off the ship in ports? (Genoa/Naples/Messina/Valletta/Barcelona/Marseille). If we purchase water in port, will it be allowed back on the ship? Do they offer a laundry special onboard? Any idea what day and rough pricing? Thank you!
  13. Congratulations on your win! When we were on the Seaside last year, I had onboard credit on my account as well and I never ended up registering my credit card and didn’t have any trouble making purchases. On the last night, I went to guest services and paid the balance in cash. If I remember correctly, it was only about 50.00 or so - I am not sure how high they would have allowed the balance to go before requiring payment. As far as free drinks go throughout the day, the buffets had self serve dispensers that had juices in the morning and lemonade, iced tea, and a couple of other rotating flavored water options (strawberry kiwi, mango, etc) during the rest of the day ( in addition to coffee and water). Enjoy your cruise!
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