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  1. Wow! That was an awesome deal....congrats! We are also very happy to have a “replacement” cruise booked for September...we had to cancel our early summer cruise from Barcelona with our granddaughters but will rebook it for next summer. Our September cruise is something we are really looking forward to, and somewhat replaces the disappointment of our cancelled summer cruise. We love to cruise and appreciate the comp offers RCCL extends to us. Comps give us an opportunity to fill the gaps in our regular cruising plans, and more to spend onboard and in the casino. Our main land based casino brand is grouped with NCL ☹️ and as many offers as we have received from them because we are VIP with Caesars group, we have never sailed with NCL. We are staunch “loyal to royal” and hope they will re-emerge stronger than ever...know it will take awhile, but we have hope! Keep the offers coming RCCL, we will help to keep you “afloat”. 😊 Also, an offer that includes European ports would be awesome!
  2. We actually have 3 offers currently, but not one that is for ANY destination...maybe it will still come. What is interesting is we are “loyal to royal” (D+) but have sailed with Carnival twice in the past 20 years. The last being 3 years ago with an invite from our son and his family. We received an offer today from Carnival, for a free balcony, free drinks package, several hundred dollars free play, with a 3rd and 4th guest sailing for $10 each! It’s just the two us, but it was a very nice offer...actually better than most of the offers we get from RCL! To be honest, after the first Carnival cruise 20 years ago, I said I would NEVER sail with them again. However, the one 3 years ago was on the “Magic” and it was absolutely awesome in every way! Wake up Royal, there is serious competition for “sailors” right now. Up your ante! 😅
  3. We just booked a late September Caribbean this week. We cancelled our Med/ Greek Isles that was to sail in June. I am sure it would have been cancelled anyway as it was sailing from Barcelona. Just hoping before September that ships will be sailing again and our country and our people recovering from this epidemic.
  4. After thinking about this and wondering why we haven’t received this offer.... Perhaps it is because we are already booked on another cruise, so they know we are coming back? Just a thought... but, I keep hoping for this offer too 😉
  5. And, I am hoping they change again! 😅 I am praying the world will have recovered enough that we can sail...to anywhere! Thanks for the response, we always can rely on your expertise info and advice!
  6. It is a southern Carib, and we have been to all of the ports except Barbados several times. Not once on any of our Caribbean cruises have we had ports everyday. I love sea days, and would do a cruise to “nowhere” any time! We will definitely stay onboard for some of the ports, and for others, shop with local merchants we have gotten to know on our previous voyages. Barbados is the one port we have missed in the Caribbean and it is the only reason we decided to book this cruise. That being said, I am well aware that ports can, and often do, change. It’s always an adventure! Thanks for the response Starry Eyes, I was just curious to know if I had just never noticed a “ no sea day” cruise before. I am hoping it will change to add at least one sea day, but if not, it’s OK.
  7. We just booked a September cruise and for the first time ever (from our experiences) there are NO sea days! The original itinerary I saw had 2, but recently must have changed to zero. I LOVE sea days, hubby, not so much. I will miss them.... I am assuming perhaps no sea day’s will allow them to make up for lost revenue (while shutdown) with excursions, etc. That being said, on sea days the bars, bingo, and casino are raking in the cash! I am thinking that this could change again....if by September this epidemic has passed and things are back to or closer to “business as usual” (and ports are allowing ships to dock). Has anyone ever cruised with NO sea days? Just curious....
  8. RCCL has extended to GLOBAL suspension for now....NO cruising after the ones that are out now disembark. Hoping things will be back to “business as usual” in 30 days....but, not looking good.
  9. My TA cancelled ours and I received a cancellation confirmation number right away. She advised me to make sure I kept the confirmation. RCCL said our refund would be within 7 to 10 business days. If you haven’t already, print out your cancellation request email, and hang onto it. At least you have something to prove you requested your refund.
  10. No surprise...I am a bit surprised that RCCL has not announced yet. Soon, I’m guessing....
  11. check your local Dollar Tree or Dollar General, Family Dollar. Our Dollar Tree was getting 10 cases today (heard someone ask) and I bought some from Dollar General a couple of weeks ago. Regular price, not price gouging.
  12. Just saw this article...Viking suspends all cruise (river and ocean) operations worldwide. Know this is the RCCL site, but wonder if more lines will follow... https://thepointsguy.com/news/cruise-line-viking-suspends-operations-worldwide-due-to-coronavirus/?utm_content=BDC8C7B4-6416-11EA-9619-37283A982C1E&utm_term=Editorial&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2sTr4D24bTHgQp7g0UjpUfJvs1gQTLBe_QAC1PLXs7BdEccjIMZS_p__c
  13. Yes, purchase ships WiFi unless you are planning to stream video, if not, the surf plan will work for you. Just make sure you set up your cell WiFi before you get on the ship. I tried mine out at home by calling my husbands cell and it worked just fine. Just don’t forget to put your cell in airplane mode before you sail away.
  14. Good morning! Agreed, it is certainly concerning and that being said, hubby, myself and 2 teenagers are “staying calm and carrying on”. We sail from Barcelona mid June and presently, (unless the US State Dept says “no go”) we plan to go forward with our cruise, and continue to do the processes to prevent any infectious disease as we always do. Our plan may change in the next coming weeks if it continues to spread through Europe. And, if that happens, the choice will probably be removed from us. Flights may cancel, cruise may cancel, etc. For now, we are “a go”, but know the decision could be made for us. Best of luck in making your decision.
  15. Just to clarify....just booked within a year of cancellation or sailing completed during that year of cancellation? Thanks so much for any info! We too are only 2 weeks away from final payment, and we are on the “fence” about what to do. Since our granddaughters are sailing with us, their parents will make the final decision as to their sailing.
  16. Well planned! My suggestion is if you are flying, use your Clorox wipes to wipe down the arm rests, and most importantly, the tray table on the back of the seat in front of you, including the latch that holds it up! And, don’t forget to wipe down the TV remote in your cabin. Someone posted a good idea of placing it in a ziplock bag and never taking it out. They reported it works just as well in the ziplock. Not just for Covid19, but Noro too. Enjoy your trip!
  17. I actually booked in town although we are coming in at night, got a great rate for a family suite. We are staying extra days after the cruise, so we won’t be missing any of the sites. Thanks for all of the responses. Time is passing quickly!
  18. Thanks, for the info....I checked into it, but they have no availability for a family of 4.
  19. Can anyone recommend a hotel near the Barcelona airport, preferably with a hotel shuttle from the airport? We are arriving in the evening the night before our cruise and decided we’d just try to find something nearby and take a taxi to the ship the next day. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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