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  1. Just saw this update on the Royal Caribbean protocols: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise Required Pre-Cruise Testing for Cruises Departing Before September 13, 2021 All guests age 2 and older — regardless of their vaccination status or the length of their cruise — will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider, such as a drugstore chain or diagnostic lab, no more than 3 days before arriving at the terminal and show their negative test result upon arriving. The results can be printed out, or can be presented on your phone, such as the email result from your test provider. Costs associated with this test are the guest’s responsibility. Required Pre-Cruise Testing for Cruises Departing September 13, 2021 or Later Guests departing on or after September 13, 2021 will need to meet the new requirements recently issued by the U.S. CDC. Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested. The cost of pre-cruise testing is the guest’s responsibility. Have questions about which tests are accepted? Read Detailed Testing FAQs
  2. We were told it is due to the reduced capacity on the ships. When sailing with increased numbers of passengers, dinner in the WJ will be back. I don't know what percentage of capacity it will take to open it for dinner, but it makes sense to not have all that food and staffing with the ships at such low capacity. On the Odyssey it worked well to have the staff serving the food, and they were great about cleaning tables and serving you drinks at the tables.
  3. We got off the Odyssey yesterday. The Diamond Lounge was great; the concierge and servers took really good care of us. It was typically very busy when the happy hour started, we loved that we could go to another bar to have a drink with a voucher and wait until about 6:00 to go to the lounge because many people would leave for dinner. Even with the reduced capacity to allow for distancing, we had a great time talking to others. We loved the flexibility of the vouchers for location and choice of drinks.
  4. Where the stairs appear to end is just a landing; there are more stairs going up into the lounge.
  5. Thanks; I hadn't thought of it that way. I agree it is too bad for those who liked that location and the new way isn't a big advantage.
  6. We didn't like where the reserved seats were, so we like this much better.
  7. There is an automated way to get an invoice. Call 866-562-7625; use options 4, 2, 1
  8. Thanks for sharing this; it looks like an easy way to submit the request. I typically email the request so I can submit a list of cruises with one request. They usually reply with an email stating it has been applied for all the cruises listed, or include any details if there are any that could not be applied. The email address is ShareholderBenefit@rccl.com I include an attachment with my brokerage statement and have a list of the cruises with ship, date and reservation number. I hope this option is helpful for those who have multiple cruises.
  9. I just got through to check on the final payment due today for the Odyssey cruises. They said they are currently working on the reservations and should have the price protection applied today so it will reflect paid in full. If we do not receive a new invoice showing the correct balance by 5:00pm eastern today, I should call back.
  10. Last night we got emails with our new cabins after the switch from Independence to Odyssey. We're happy with the cabins. It lists a balance due, but they did tell us previously that it could take a couple weeks to update the reservation to show paid in full. Our main concern is it states June 7th as the date final payment is due! We are worried that the system will automatically cancel if it appears we have a balance due and it passes final payment date before they fix it. I'm trying to call to verify, but it says the office is closed. My guess that is because the line of people on hold is so long it can't take any more. Oh well, I'll keep trying. Has anyone else encountered this and know if they have it under control and won't cancel the reservations?
  11. We had 2 cancelled that we booked ourselves. We got the email on June 4, and called on June 5 to do a Lift & Shift. We thought it would take a while to get through because they had just made the announcements, but our call was picked up within a few minutes and the representative was very helpful. We got both weeks of our B2B moved and were able to get the same cabin for both weeks. It was great to not have to add more FCCs to the list.
  12. That's it! I'm naming my kitchen the Windjammer; it's everyone for themselves!!
  13. I've got my countdown clock ticking down to my next cruise, but it really hit me today that I'm not there yet! I was in the kitchen cooking (okay, there's the first sign - I actually had to cook something!!) when I heard the TV in another room. I don't even know what show was on, but I heard "Here's your host..." and was so shocked that the next words weren't "and cruise director". It didn't get any better when I had to wash the dishes when I was done cooking. Okay, the cooking and cleaning I'm used to, but I thought it was so funny that I was waiting for the rest of the host's introduction! Can you relate & what surprise moments have you had that made you think of cruising and looking forward to the next one?
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