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  1. Do you know what the flat rate is? I have the same thing, but I don’t want to waste hours on the phone if it’s not a comped Cruise.
  2. Has anyone heard any news on if Adventure Ocean will be open when cruising starts. My kids will be devastated if AO isn’t open and I could see Royal not announcing it.
  3. I have no problem getting food in the windjammer, my issue is getting a table that is cleaned. if they take care of that problem, I’m all in for breakfast or lunch there. I prefer more formal dinners.
  4. Royal needs to change this policy immediately or they will definitely have people sailing when they shouldn’t be. A 1000 refunds are better than having a ship quarantined for 14 days off the coast. Somebody isn’t using the smart side of their brain. Hope it works out for the op.
  5. My daughter will turn 6 two weeks prior to our cruise. My other daughter will be 4. Does anyone know if they will allow a 6 year old to drop down to the 3-5’s? They will be fine either way, but would prefer them together.
  6. It has to be for a sailing between 4/1/20 and 3/31/21. You can use your prime cruise on a cruise you already booked as long as it is not past final payment. Royal will give you the cheapest interior cabin rate off your booking. Give yourself 2 weeks extra, because the prime rewards aren’t always available to use on 4/1.
  7. We’ve taken both our kids on cruises once they reached 6 months. The memories I have of them on the cruise are so much clearer in my head than the everyday stuff. We loved it and had no problems with either of the kids. We also used the nursery which helped out a lot. I think you’re getting comments from people that have never taken real young kids on a cruise before vs people that have. 6-9 months is easier than taking a 2 year old.
  8. And even when you find a station that has gas, you have to wait in an hour long line to get it.
  9. I agree with 0-100. The last 3 cruises, I went directly to the concierge on night 1 before dinner in CK. I explained one of my kids needed a high chair and in the past we would wait up to 15 minutes to get one (night after night). I don’t know why it seems to be so difficult getting a high chair in CK. That’s all we use him for. If the high chair is there each night, he gets $100, reasonable time $50 and if I have to wait 0.00. Last 3 cruises have been $100 tips.
  10. Park cafe is definitely not a secret anymore, seating is very difficult unless you get there early. You can usually find something outside, but don’t forget you’ll be in 90 degree weather with direct sun shining on you. Is El Loco open on Symphony on embarkation day?
  11. Thank you for this thread...we have come close to booking Adventure a few times, but just ended up going with Oasis class instead. I just assumed all ships had the nursery (except Majesty and Empress) so I’m glad I read this. We are getting close to our youngest being 3, so thankfully we will be done with the nursery. It’s so much easier just dropping your kids off and not being on a schedule with AO. Some of my my best memories with my kids are from cruises. My oldest took her first steps on Allure.
  12. I do wonder how often cards get declined when Royal does this. My typical spending on a cruise is around $2000. What if I added another $2000 on a watch or something like that. They would basically be needing $8000 of available credit to run the card at the end of the cruise. I really think they should tell you this prior to boarding.
  13. When this thread started, I knew it was Citibank related. Same thing happens to my credit card each time I use it for a cruise. Last time it took over 2 weeks for a $850 pending charge to fall off. I called Citi and they blamed Royal. Called Royal and they blamed Citi (they told me They continually get calls about this issue from Citi card holders). Nothing I could do at all. Just stinks for you because it’s a debt card. Good luck.
  14. Does anyone have any info on what happens if I booked a cruise, applied a $500 off casino discount and now I can’t go. My wife is still going and the casino certificate was in my name. We are past final payment so my thought is to just not show up and hope for the best. I would rather pay the $500 than have the cruise repriced if I call and cancel. Also don’t want to get in trouble with the casino for using the certificate for someone else.
  15. This is very true. Do not use a TA just for perks for a large group. You will need a lot of help with dining, any group events you want to do and keeping track of payments.
  16. I can’t agree with you more...this thread basically means my kids will not be using the arcade on any Royal ships. I don’t want to read fine print about arcade credits—-that’s absolutely ridiculous. I am also moving close to using the cash accounts.
  17. Pretty sure they will start combining age groups. I know I read that they will test it on Mariner and navigator first, not sure if that has already started. When I first read about Royal trying to combine AO into one large group, I didn’t think it was to get more cabins in the area....should’ve known better.
  18. This is the same thing I’m trying to do next summer. We really wanted to do early July, but I’m very nervous the free cruise won’t be offered until mid April. It looks like the Alaska cruises are the best value for the prime cruise. Glad it worked out for you. I tried calling 5 different times and all the agents said there was no way around it once final payment hits, this at least gives an extra week if necessary.
  19. On my last cruise to coco cay, there were several crew talking about future 3 night party cruises that stayed at Coco Cay overnight and had two full days there.
  20. I thought terminal 18 at PE was so fast and such an upgrade over everything else when it opened. It was crazy to me how fast they could get an Oasis class ship boarded. I just assumed there was nothing that could be done to speed up getting through customs at the end of the cruise. Then I decided to give Terminal A a try. It is without a doubt the easiest, fastest, most effective port I’ve ever been through, coming and going. I live minutes from PE and will now use the port of Miami as often as i can (and I am not a fan of Miami). We never waited more than 2 minutes in any line.
  21. I’ve been on 3 cruises so far with a Bamboo Room and for the most part, it’s either closed or empty every time I walk by. My guess is that it’s not doing that well. As for Wonderland, I love it and will be eating there again in a few months, but I think it gets very little repeat business. I wouldn’t be surprised to see either of these on Oasis, but I don’t think they make it.
  22. On the Mariner, yes...That ship is more of a party atmosphere now and I bet there are plenty of people who show up in shorts every night.
  23. There is one night that is just called “dress your best”. We definitely saw some people dressed up getting photos, but it’s not a mandatory thing. Plenty of shorts that night in the mdr.
  24. I must have the I can’t afford anything look because after 20+ cruises, I’ve had the upsell only twice. Both times in the windjammer for night 1 at Chops. Both times I said no thanks before they could get started and that was that. The waiter in the mdr usually mentions the up charge items while going over the menu on night 1, but it’s not really a hard sell, just letting us know it’s available.
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