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Dan-P

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    West Virginia
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    Cruising - duh!
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    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao - so far!

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  1. They are extremely punctual, communicate well, and the trips have always gone as planned. The vehicles, typically SUVs, are clean and well maintained. Private ride, no waiting, no additional stops unless you request/arrange it. They have vehicles that can handle large groups too. We were curbside post cruise about 90 mins ahead of our scheduled pickup time. I called and they were able to be there in about 20 mins to get us. For two of us with luggage, our last trip in May 2019: FLL to Miami hotel: $100.50 (including 20% gratuity). Port Miami to Ft Lauderdale hotel: $114.00 (including 20% tip). Not the cheapest for sure, but has worked well for us. Dan.
  2. YES! Another Chris *live* review. Following along and thanks for all of your great pics. Always helps with the withdraws while not onboard. I'm a bit sad that we are missing you by a couple weeks though. We board Allure on Sept 8. Have a great rest of your trip. Dan. Oh yeah, Marla says "Hi" too! 😉
  3. 96 Pineapples? Good lord! I'm on that sailing. Will have to wear my sunglasses indoors to deal with all the reflections from the nametags! <yikes>. 😜 Any confirmation on why so many will be on that particular sailing? Might be the first top tier event I go to just to watch them duke it out for who has the most points! 😂 Lowly Diamond here, and my first Oasis class sailing, and we are in a JS. Was hoping to hit CK at least one night, but now see that may not happen. Dan.
  4. Within the same city, I use Uber/Lyft. Between cities, I use Larry's Limo service ( http://www.larryslimo.com/ ) . Always prompt, courteous and clean cars/SUVs. Costs more than a shared shuttle or Uber/Lyft, but I like the piece of mind having it pre-scheduled. Also like not waiting for anyone else and not making additional stops. I just used them a few weeks ago. Had them pick us up at the FLL airport and drop us at our hotel in Miami. Post cruise, had them pick us up at the Port of Miami and drop us at our hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Dan.
  5. Neither here nor there really, but the first sailing for Navigator with the new Seapass colors was the Memorial Day cruise - May 27th. I was on it - in a Grand Suite - and had a silver card. I spoke with the Concierge about it and it was a change made by shoreside starting on that sailing. Throughout the four days they were using handmade and crudely printed signs to replace the "Gold Card" signs in the various reserved seating spots around the ship. It was confusing to many of the staff as well. When I showed up at Chops on Day 2 for the suite breakfast, the sign still said "Gold Card." By the time I was finished eating and left, they had a handmade sign in place. The signs said something to the effect of "Reserved for Concierge Suites and Pinnacle Club Members" or something to that effect. I should have taken some pictures I guess. Dan.
  6. According to my T/A this is a known issue and Royal is working to fix it. My last two cruises, after making final payment, the invoice from Royal has shown a remaining balance. The one cruise I was just on last week without issue and the next is a crusie in September that I just made final payment on. My T/A sends me screen shots of his system showing a $0 balance and he then has to call Royal to get an invoice from them showing a $0 balance. Not shocked, but still amazed with as much business as Royal does digitally/through their website that their I/T can be so bad. Dan.
  7. Posted in a another Royal Up thread, but figured it was relevant here too: In February 2019, I booked a quick 4nt getaway on the Navigator for the end of May 2019. It was booked through my T/A. On April 12, 2019, I received the RoyalUp email. I had a junior suite booked. I bid $200/person on an upgrade to a grand suite. That was lower middle of the bid range. Received an email on April 30 confirming my bid was accepted. So $424 total with the additional suite gratuities for the upgrade to a GS over the JS. That is at the top end of my price comfort level for a 4nt cruise, but was still much cheaper overall than it would have been to direct book the grand suite. I'm happy and she (my other half) will be super surprised which makes it even more worth it! 😍 Dan.
  8. In February, I booked a quick 4nt getaway on the Navigator for the end of May. It was booked through my T/A. On April 12th, I received the RoyalUp email. I had a junior suite booked. I bid $200/person on an upgrade to a grand suite. That was lower middle of the bid range. Received an email on April 30 confirming my bid was accepted. So $424 total with the additional suite gratuities for the upgrade to a GS over the JS. That is at the top end of my price comfort level for a 4nt cruise, but was still much cheaper overall than it would have been to direct book the grand suite. I'm happy and she (my other half) will be super surprised which makes it even more worth it! 😍 Dan.
  9. Same class of ship as the Adventure (Voyager class), so will basically be the same boarding experience. With that said, the Navigator has had the recent "Amped" upgrades, so overall the ship will have a different feel from the Adventure. Dan.
  10. Last UberLux I did in FLL was an Infinity QX60 crossover. Nice vehicle and served its purpose. Was about twice the price of an UberXL. Dan.
  11. I second Larry's ( http://www.larryslimo.com/ ) if you decide you really want to go the Limo route. We use them when we fly into FLL but cruise out of Miami. Punctual, clean cars, and friendly drivers. Just called and booked a trip with them yesterday actually. Dan.
  12. The pier is a game changer, as so many ships would miss the stop due to weather conditions causing the tenders to not run. With that said, and we are probably in the minority, but we loved it as a relatively undeveloped island. Gave the true feeling of being on a private/deserted island if you walked far enough around away from the tender area. The upgrades and additions are amazing, but I think it will now feel more like a day pass to an all inclusive resort than a secluded private island. Not that that is a bad thing, just different. After seeing pics and vids of the Oasis Lagoon (pool), swim up bar and the general area, we decided that was going to be home base instead of the Chill Island cabana out on the beach. If everything opens as planned in May, we should be one of the first handful of ships in to the bulk of the island being open. Some future trip we'll get an over-the-water cabana. Still cheaper than flying to Bora Bora and/or Tahiti. 😉 Dan.
  13. If they keep the existing beach cabanas, their location would make them the Chill Island Cabanas not South Beach Cabanas. I have read that the existing ones are not staying, but nothing in hard facts anywhere to support or dispel that. I had a Chill Island Cabana, paid $319 as a Diamond in a Junior Suite for those keeping track, booked for an upcoming Navigator sailing in May, but we decided to change our plans for the day and I cancelled it. Dan.
  14. The Coco Beach Club over-the-water cabanas will have an estimated price range of $999 - $1599 depending on the season and whatever other factors they use for their dynamic pricing. This is directly from the FAQ located here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/content/dam/royal/resources/pdf/perfect-day-at-cococay-frequently-asked-questions.pdf Dan.
  15. Just for additional data points: We are Diamond, sailing in a Junior Suite on the Navigator at the end of May 2019. Current Cruise Planner prices as of today: Thrill Waterpark Cabana: $399.00 Oasis Lagoon Cabana: $379.00 Chill Island Cabana: $379.00 We currently have a Chill Island Cabana booked that I paid $319.00 for a couple weeks ago. Dan.
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