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katiel53

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  1. I received a 6 pak from EMED with pretty much the same dates as yours. I called them to find out when they actually expire because I have heard the extension of the expiration date is 3 months and on their website it basically says a year. I was told that the original expiration date is 9 months from the manufacturing date, which is 2/8/2021, so 9 months from then is Nov 8 or so. Adding three months to that would make them expire in Feb. Having said that, the expiration date of the ones I received, is Oct, NOT Nov. If I extend the date 3 months, it takes me to Jan, not Feb, so they would be good for 11 months. The Representative that I spoke to agreed that something is wrong and he offered to escalate the question and I asked for an answer in writing. I was told I would hear within 24-48 hours. That was last Thurs, 9/9. I called again yesterday as I hadn't heard anything and there still is no real answer to the question. It's absolutely crazy!
  2. Under 12 are NOT tested at the port. There was a policy change and it is effective tomorrow. I am enclosing it so the info you have given can be corrected. It is taken from the RC website. 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 daysbefore 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.
  3. My niece tried to order the UDP for her family and was unable to do so. She contacted RC and was told it was sold out for online ordering and to try when onboard. The offer disappeared for a few days, then appeared again on the website. She again tried to order it and got error messages. She did contact RC and somehow they were able to "force" the reservation. It appears all is well now as she did get charged for it and it appears on the app.
  4. I've enjoyed your review as I am looking forward to sailing on Symphony next month. I may have missed it, but was Playmaker's open for lunch on sea days? We wanted to go there on boarding day so wondered if that were an option. Thanks.
  5. This info is from the RC website and is applicable to sailings from Florida. 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 daysbefore 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.
  6. Our last several cruises have been in Boardwalk balconies. We have also stayed in the ocean view balconies on all cruises where they were available, as well as on Oasis class ships. I sail with my teen age granddaughter most times, and she loves the people watching from the balcony on the Boardwalk. I also sail with my sister and other family members, but it seems we enjoy the BW balconies and I think it's because they are different from the standard ocean view balconies. The only time I would say I didn't enjoy the BW balcony is when we were the last cabin from the elevator. I do have some problems walking long(er) distances and going to the cabin several times daily wore me out!
  7. You are wrong abut the Hibachi side of Izumi in a small way. The cost of the Hibachi dinner is $45.99. If it is part of the UDP, a $10 surcharge is assigned. Having said that, I have read if only 1 protein is ordered, no surcharge is applied. That is not what the website states, but that is based on someone's experience. We went to Hibachi for lunch one day and had the UDP. I ha steak and scallops and was NOT charged the surcharge. So, who really knows what the policy is as opposed to what is stated?
  8. We were told that tapas are not part of the plan as the plan covers restaurants and the tapas bar is not a restaurant.
  9. I thought that everyone going to St Thomas from Aug 8 until Oct 31 had to be vaccinated to get on the ship. At least, that's what the Covid info states on the RC website.
  10. You select a time for THE FIRST NIGHT ONLY. The cruise line picks the restaurant. Having said that, when you get onboard, you can change the restaurant they picked for night 1 if you choose and if space is available. You are then able to reserve the rest of the cruise if you know when/where you wish to use the plan. We do this every time and for the last several times, no restaurant reservation has been made by RC for night 1 as many people change what the line chose for them and it appeared to have mixed up many reservations for that night.
  11. My last few cruises (pre-Covid) were on Harmony and Allure. In Chops and 150 men did wear long pants on non-formal nights. Many of the men wore golf shirts or a shirt with a collar. On formal nights, many men were dressed in jackets/suits/ties in 150 and in Chops, pants and dress shirts with or without ties. In Jamie's most nights, shorts were worn with collared shirts. A few times shorts and tee shirts were worn by large groups, but that was not the norm. I think 150 is probably the most formal restaurant on the ships and it seemed as though women dressed up more in that restaurant as well.
  12. I'm sorry how I quoted you. My comment was really for lazydayz which you had quoted and somehow I messed it up. I think if people want to get tested at the port, that's on them if they wait until boarding time. I wouldn't wait as I posted originally.
  13. I'm sorry, but I disagree. We fly to FL and if I had to wait until I got to the port to be tested, it would be a real problem if I turned up positive. Do I have to quarantine at my expense in FL? Can I fly home? Lots of questions. As it is, having it done 3 days before the cruise is a problem. I am flying down and leaving 2 days before the cruise, family is driving and it takes 24 hours to drive there, so they also leave 2 days before. Why would the cruise line make someone drive all that way to be tested at the pier and be told they were positive? There is no easy answer other than canceling which I, at this point, don't plan to do, but these new guidelines are difficult for some.
  14. No, that has nothing to do with it. We are sailing on Symphony and are vaccinated and we got that email. I believe this email is being sent to all ships going to St Thomas, through Oct, not just Allure. Our cruise isn't until Oct 2, so it is going to be the case for a while. I wouldn't be surprised to get an email for our Nov cruise on Harmony as that one is also going to St Thomas.
  15. I don't believe that Royal is limiting the number of non-vaccinated to less than 5%. If they were going to do so, they would not be doing the test cruises and they would not have the vaccinated, non-vaccinated areas. RC has a lot of families onboard and the 5% max of non-vaccinated would not follow their marketing plans.
  16. Our last 2 cruises, Nov 2019 and Jan 2020 on Allure and Harmony, we were not able to use the UDP at Chops for lunch because it was closed. The wait staff from Chops was working in the MDR serving people who had the Key.
  17. We have stayed in Orlando and had Cortrans take us to the port on the day we sailed. We stayed at Embassy Suites, Orlando airport. We could have had the shuttle pick us up at the hotel, but we wanted to leave earlier than their pickup time. We took the free shuttle from the hotel to the airport, then got the Cortrans shuttle at the airport. It was easy and the service from Cortrans was excellent. We also used them for the return to the airport when the cruise was over. The driver was waiting and the shuttle filled up quickly and we were on our way. We plan to use them again when we go on Harmony in Jan.
  18. I'm sorry as I am directionally challenged and the 10th St Hyatt Place is what I've seen as the cruise port Hyatt. I've not stayed at the other one. Thanks for correcting me.
  19. We have stayed at this hotel several times. It is fine for a night pre-cruise. It is clean and the staff has always been great. We book through Valuetrips.com because they have discounts for this hotel. It is a short ride, perhaps a mile or two at the most, from the port.
  20. I am hoping that it is true that vouchers will be used in the DL. If the number of passengers in the DL will be limited, perhaps using the vouchers will allow more people access to the lounge, as opposed to those who get to the lounge at opening time and drink their way though til the last minute to leave for dinner. I can't imagine those who either use all their vouchers either in the lounge or prior to the opening, are going to sit there for the rest of the HH without a drink. I like the idea of the 5 drinks that can be used anytime for any drink up to $13 instead of having little choice of drinks in the lounge. I realize my opinion is not popular, but I hope the new policy is in effect when I sail on my next cruises and I hope it stays that way.
  21. You will need to reserve your additional nights when onboard. The website will not allow you to make reservations before the cruise because you are getting a discount on the price. Had you paid full price for the restaurants, you would be able to pre-reserve. The cruise line wants to allow those paying full price to reserve first, which, to me, makes perfect sense.
  22. On Harmony, Jan 2020, we tried to use JR in the afternoon as part of the UDP and were told it wasn't a port day, so we could use it, but had to pay. I don't know if this was just on that one cruise on Harmony or if that was the policy. We have never tried to use the UDP at JR for lunch any other time. Our next cruise is on Symphony so we will see what is available to us. I hope we have the same availability as you have.
  23. My experience is that the UDP is good for lunch only on Sea Days, not every day. Also, JR is available to everyone for breakfast, not just those with UDP as it is an included in the cruise price meal.
  24. We have been able to enjoy lunch at a specialty restaurant on embarkation day at either Giovanni's or Sabor. When the Key came into existence we were no longer able to have lunch at Chops because the wait staff served the Chops embarkation lunch in the MDR. The other specialty restaurants , Hibachi and Samba were not open for lunch the first day.
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