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  1. Arrival at Coco Cay. An Osprey having breakfast.
  2. Challenger was on our flight a couple of weeks ago to FLL pre cruise.
  3. We snorkeled there with our own gear in May. Unless it has changed, there was no charge to add just the vest. We did see several people though without. I don’t think it’s enforced. If you decide to get the vest you will need to sit through the video before you head out.
  4. You can snorkel with your own equipment at no cost. They do recommend getting a snorkel vest and we were not charged for this either. I did see several people who looked like they were using their own gear that did not have the snorkeling vest from Royal.
  5. Just curious as to how you know more people are buying them at the higher price? I wonder if that was the discussion in the last marketing meeting. “People, we really need to raise the drink package from $49 per day to $56 because way more people will buy it at $56 What were we thinking?” 😜. All kidding aside, maybe they are trying to put the screws to all of us that did not get in on the $18/day goof.
  6. I looked today. $88.99. About a 30% increase in 2 months. Crazy!!!!
  7. It could be the rep used the TA reservation as an excuse that she could not book a table of 12. I will report back if the TA has any luck adding the other couple. If they can’t, that would mean the response on Twitter was incorrect which would be par for Royal...different reps giving different answers.
  8. What I know is that when I asked if I could book a table for 12 the rep said yes. It was not till I gave the reservation number of the couple booked with the TA that she said I can’t add that one. I have since reached out to Royal on Twitter and they have informed me that the TA can call and add the couple. If I find out that this does not work because the limit is 10 I will report back.
  9. The number of guests is not the issue in making the reservation. I was told we could get a table for 12. The issue is with the couple that booked through a TA. I was told they could not be added till we boarded. I would like to find someway to get them added before we arrive.
  10. I tried to book a dinner reservation for our group of six couples. Five are direct and one is with a big box TA. I have all reservations numbers. Royal CS only allowed me to make a reservation for 10 and a reservation for 2 at Chops. They said the reservation under the TA could not be added to make a party of 12 (they currently have room for 12) and that we would need to stop by Chops on the first day to make changes. I asked if the TA could call and add the the party of 2 to our party of 10 and was told no....needs to be done once onboard. Does this sound correct? I am concerned that there is the possibility that once we get onboard, they will say they can’t accommodate a party of 12 any longer at which point we would want to cancel altogether. They have allowed me to book MTD (once linked) and shows for the full group, but the Specialty reservation is an issue for some reason. It should not be this difficult. Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.
  11. On the Navigator our waiter told us they have a table that will sit 16, it’s just not advertised.
  12. When you book onboard an 18% gratuity is now added.
  13. I have no issue with the automatic tips. No need to discontinue.
  14. Thus I am having to double tip. I’m paying a gratuity for the specialty restaurant staff if I book onboard and also to the staff in the MDR for service I never received. Is it a huge amount...no it isn’t. The point is that I should not have to pay both. If Royal did not add the 18% I would be inclined to tip the specialty staff anyway. The fact that they now want to nickel and dime me with the added gratuity makes me inclined to nickel and dime right back by removing a small portion of my daily gratuity for that day. If the gratuity is included if you book specialty prior to boarding, it should be included if you book onboard as well.
  15. This is the issue I have here. If I book a specialty restaurant on board, Royal is adding an 18% gratuity when I Am already paying my gratuity for the day which includes the dinning staff. In essence, they are getting to double dip on tips for every specialty dining reservation made onboard. I would certainly be inclined to remove a portion of my daily tip for that particular day in this case.
  16. We were in stateroom 1110 with our kids across the way in an interior. We all loved this location as we also like the panoramic ocean view rooms. The proximity to the pool is a big draw for us and it’s an easy elevator or walk down the stairs to the promenade. With the Bahama trip, we felt very little motion being on the front of the ship. We would not hesitate to book these again.
  17. We are going with Amavi in October. All reviews on Trip Advisor are excellent and it looks like a great time.
  18. For $59/day, Royal can keep their drink package. I will make sure that I get my drinking in while at port so that my booze purchases back on board will be at a minimum.
  19. With so many different responses from Royal as well as different reports from people on different ships here on CC, I decided to send a DM to Royal via Twitter to ask about getting our 2 Cabanas next to each other. The response I received was that we could go by the excursion desk after we boarded. I sent a DM back stating that a member on Symphony went to the excursion desk and found that their Cabana was already pre-assigned before they boarded and therefore could not be changed. Royal then agreed to contact the excursion desk on Symphony with a request that our Cabanas be located together. The next day I was sent a DM that our request would be granted. Hopefully when we board, this will be the case. I will try to remember to report back after our sailing in October whether this worked out for us.
  20. We will try this approach. Was this your personal experience and if so what ship?
  21. You can also make/take a copy of the notarized letter to speed up the check in process as they will (at least they did when our daughter took a friend) ask to make make a copy for Royal to keep. Not a biggie but will save some time.
  22. Well, it looks like this is still about as clear as mud. 😁
  23. Has anyone had any success in choosing your Cabana at Coco Cay before or after boarding? Our group has 2 Oasis Cabanas booked under different reservation numbers for October. We want to make sure we get assigned next to each other. I asked at the excursion desk when we were on Navigator in May about assignments and I was told they have nothing to do with it on the ship. I have called the number for onboard reservations and they told me to check once we got on the ship. Is it just random or is there is there a way to find out what Cabana each group will have?
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