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    Dallas Tx
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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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  1. I had a survey last week that was very specific in its intent. It was targeting a 4 day itinerary for Key West and Nassau with a large emphasis on Royal building a beach club in Nassau. Now I'm not sure if that's viable from Galveston or it might be for a Florida or New Orleans option. I too prefer Freedom class over Oasis but already accepting the inevitable. There are some things on Oasis I like better for suites - Coastal Kitchen and the suite sundeck come to mind. But the pools were insanely crowded and forget about Windjammer.
  2. Just be aware that most likely a lot will be different by March even with the same itinerary.
  3. So....since you got a satisfactory resolution are you going to ask a moderator to retitle this thread? Or start a new one saying "I said Never Again but I was wrong"? or "Customer Service did come through after all". Seems only fair to be as vocal about their resolution as it was to bash them and blame them 100% for something that should have been equal blame.
  4. Wow - tomorrow is Friday AND we get to look forward to more! Yee haw...as we say here in Texas.
  5. So happy I stumbled upon this. Another thank you for the gorgeous photos - I don't even recognize this ship anymore! We're planning on a B2B on her fall 2020. Can't stand to wait that long after this! And I agree - this ship deserves a 7 day itinerary!
  6. I really hate jerks who have to be snotty about a fun review. Completely unnecessary. I think I will increase my font size just to irritate them. please come back and tell us about the stowaways! That's crazy about the casino. I had a weird encounter years back - cashed out a machine with a $200 ticket and went to bed. The next day, I inserted the ticket in a machine and it came up as invalid. Long story short, the slot manager basically accused me of cheating and lying and said the ticket had already been cashed. Come to find out, a friend played on the same machine after I left and the machine showed $200 in credit. She thought it was weird but happily cashed out the ticket. Obviously the machine malfunctioned - we later explained to him what happened. I wasn't too thrilled with how he acted - accusing me of being a cheater. Grrr. Amusingly, I saw him on our next 3 cruises on different ships and he always remembered me and was lovely to me each time. Crazy.
  7. beautiful couple. He doesn't look unlucky. Now tell your dinner guest to clean the kitchen up for you - your fan club awaits.
  8. Glad you made the Galveston trek. Always good to see your reviews and hope you guys are happily settled here. You mentioned staying at Hotel Galvez - that is our "go to" and we love it. The pool is also lovely and your girls would enjoy it as well. Great breakfast spot next door is Millers - you can walk from the hotel. There's even a fun little haunted ghost tour of the hotel. The hotel even has bikes you can use to bike along the Seawall. Highly recommend the Galvez! Question - your picture of the pool at the Roatan resort - was that Infinity Bay or Paradise Beach? We've done Bananarama many times at Roatan but are planning on trying IB or PB this time. Your thoughts? And yes - word is Galveston is getting an Oasis ship once the new port is built. I think the plan is fall 2021. You mentioned your daughter has a love of performing. Does she do anything here? We may know some of the same people.
  9. Cancel dinner - this must continue!!!! Great review. And nothing against any P's but 100 P's on a cruise would definitely impact the entire SL experience. And as someone who enjoys that space, I would be mighty unhappy if I weren't able to utilize it. Hope Royal comes up with something that keeps everyone - scratch that, make it MOST everyone happy. We all know there will be complaining from certain quarters.
  10. This sounds a lot like a concierge some friends told us about. Our friend - probably in his 50s at the time a few years ago walked in the SL and the concierge screamed at him "Sir you are not allowed in here." She kept on him so he pulled out his gold card and said "Will this work?" She walked away, no apology. Fast forward to the NEXT night and it was the officers party with the suites. Once again, he walks in the venue and she stops him "Sir, only those with gold cards are invited here. You need to leave." He looks at her, shakes his head and says "Are you kidding me? You did the same thing to me last night. How many times do I need to show you my *******gold card?" Again.....nothing from her apologizing for screaming at him not once but twice. I would certainly document the encounter and send to Royal and leave it at that. If enough people complain about an employee's behavior, then they will have no choice but to address it. I can't believe a concierge would act this way. We've met some absolutely GREAT concierge. The only "bad" ones have been those that sit at their desk and don't interact with anyone. Thankfully, those have been few and far between for us <knock wood>. Yes, probably she shouldn't have gone inside but it was obviously mishandled from the get go. As far as elder respect, some of the rudest, nastiest behavior onboard has been from seniors. So on the flip side, we shouldn't assume that all elders treat the crew well. I've seen some horrible behavior towards crew from people old enough to know better.
  11. Thanks all. Yes, it's closed loop Galveston Caribbean. And not my TA's issue at all. She's great and after 29 cruises, it's not her responsibility to remind me about a passport! She doesn't know when my passport expires. Just never occurred to me since I knew we had 3 months to get it done after we got back.
  12. UGH. As an experienced cruiser I'm mad at myself. We cruise in 2 weeks. Our passports don't expire until June 22nd. My TA letter says our passports need to be valid for at least 6 months post cruise while Royal says it is strongly recommended. Since TA is closed today and I don't want to call Royal where Mr Wolf can overhear and launch into a panic attack, thought I would ask here in case I can get a quick "you'll be okay" or "you're screwed." I don't know why it has to be valid 6 months later. We get back March 31st and are 90 days from expiration at this time. Thoughts?
  13. Glad the hotel stepped up! Nice to see customer service still exists. I've had good results as well when a certain airline let me down on two occasions. I detailed the issue without anger, asked for a reasonable solution and they came through. It can happen! ps- periscope is still screwed up. I can't locate any of you on the user name search. weird.
  14. Whoa boy. Looks like the Symphony is in for a wild ride. This should help me with my countdown to Liberty on the 24th. Wishing and hoping CLR and the Villain will pop over too. I can't get my periscope to work - it refuses to find you. Have a great time and behave yourselves. Well...some of you will.
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