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  1. Sailing in May. The price for the cruise we have is now one-half of what we paid. We're thinking of taking the credit and rebooking. Obviously, timing this will be critical. We need to rebook before the prices go up. How long is it taking RCI to issue a FCC? Thoughts? Experience?
  2. Thanks for all of your kind help. Right now, 99 days out, the cabanas on Coco Cay are SOLD OUT. Tickets for the water park have moved from $94 to $79. I am not sure what that is about. They must be having a sale? Does any one have any experience with the water park being sold out?
  3. Hello, all! I have some questions about Harmony. My husband and I will be sailing on Harmony in May of 2020 with our three daughters (21, 18 and 13). We are not first time cruisers (see signature), but would appreciate all advice on how to make this vacation a great one. It is a college graduation gift, and may be the last time we take a family vacation all together. Here are my questions: 1. Does Royal Caribbean still email you when room upgrades are available? Something about bidding on rooms? Is that still a thing? If so, when will that happen? 2. We are going for 7 nights. How many "formal nights" should we expect? 3. Do tickets for Coco Cay really "sell out"? How far in advance should we buy tickets? Did your college-aged kids enjoy it? and finally.... any advice, tips or tricks for Harmony? Recommendations? Suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  4. Tried to edit and couldn't. I wanted to add.... Thanks for making me 42. I appreciate that. 😉 I've also been on a few cruises (please see signature). I wasn't asking for or expecting to have complete privacy, my own dining room, deck chair, or private seating at any show. I was asking that I be able to request a private table when trying to enjoy meals with my family; a request that has been granted before on other lines. I can and do ignore rude people on a daily basis. People's lack of empathy and warmth continue to astound me. But it is easy to ignore people with whom I am not directly interacting. It is much harder to be seated at a table with people who lack tact and ask questions directly of me that are none of their concern. Again, one's curiosity about a stranger does not trump their right to privacy or dignity. Also, talking about privacy and dignity while taking care of one's medical condition is not, in my opinion, a "hijack." That posted needed and received support. That was nice.
  5. I didn't take this as rude. We choose Carnival because it fit what we needed when we needed it. This is a graduation present for one of our daughters and our concern was her schedule and enjoyment, not ours. Carnival is widely known for being really great for the younger crowd, and we have three daughters.
  6. Thank you. I have been living in the world my whole life and I agree that this comment was both rude and condescending.
  7. Thank you. But, in fairness, I didn't give you any reason to think it was. I didn't find your comment aggressive or rude; that isn ot true for other comments who I thought made assumptions as to my motivations. 🙂
  8. Thank you for your compassion and empathy. I have been coping with this my entire life; some days better than others. 😉 I am actually a professor of psychology and I was a child therapist who worked with abused children for a long time. I am not suggesting that I want a private dining room or that I plan to hide in my room. I lecture in front of hundreds of students each week. However, there are some times when I wish to better protect myself and our children. When we are trying to enjoy dinner is one of those times. Being at the same table as strangers means that one must interact with people on a different level that is not true of any other time on a cruise. People stare. They ask questions that are none of any one's business. If I am seated with some people, they think that their curiosity about my condition trumps my right to privacy and dignity. I have an advanced degree and I've had people assume I have an IQ of <70 and address me in this way. It's tiresome. If I am at a show or in the casino or by the pool- some people might stare. I ignore them. This is hardly the same thing as being confronted by stares and rude questions when trying to enjoy a meal.
  9. Please see my signature We've been on several cruises on 4 lines. I am aware.
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