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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.
  16. To piggyback on this thread with a related question, are the Chill Island Cabanas new, or are they the existing beach cabanas just renamed? The interactive Pefect Day page on Royals website makes them seem new. The picture in my Cruise Planner showing the marker location for them, makes them seem like the existing ones. I have one booked for the end of May, but am second guessing my choice. Dan.
  17. Yay, a Chris live review! I just caught up. Love all of your pics. Have an amazing time. We sail Allure in Sept. Will be our first Oasis class ship. Marla and I have a couple friends on board, Jennifer & Brian. I'm sure she was active in the Roll Call if you were. She usually does an amazing sailaway party too. Dan.
  18. This is not entirely true as it depends on the package you try to purchase. The Absolute vodka and Sprite package seems to have no limitations and if you do a mock purchase, say for March 17th, numerous ships show up as an option in the drop down list that are listed as being excluded for the other packages. The other packages do have a note at the bottom of their respective order screen listing the ships it isn't available on. Guess maybe vodka is universally accepted, but rum, gin and scotch isn't? LOL!! Dan.
  19. Drank PLENTY of it two weeks ago on the Vision. 😎 Dan.
  20. If you don't get this letter until boarding, it would be pretty indicative of the fact you don't have to make reservations in the Cruise Planner months ahead of time, and instead can do it once onboard. My thought on this could change as more information is gained between now and my Allure sailing in September, but that is my assumption for now. Dan.
  21. I normally get Voom anyway, so it wasn't that much more to get The Key (on "sale"), but the fact I'm now seeing/hearing you need to make reservations for shows is annoying. I hate planning out every second of my vacation, so the flexibility of just showing up was a huge selling point. The Oasis class ships are the ONLY ships that have an Aqua Theater. The sales material clearly says no reservations for any shows in advance or onboard - including the Aqua Theater. That can't be a catch-all for other ships for the reason stated above. Now, if I can just reserve the morning of a show, and not have to do it months in advance when I have zero idea which nights I might want to go, I can probably live with it. I will use the Flowrider sessions, so there is that. My sailing on Allure isn't until Sept, so plenty of time to see how it shakes out and cancel if it goes south - or the terms change to not be satisfactory. Dan.
  22. Ahhh, that makes sense. I have Allure booked for Sept 2019 out of Ft Lauderdale and hadn't realized she was sailing from Miami for the winter. Thanks! Dan.
  23. I believe the 8 night Harmony sailing that moved it from Saturday to Sunday departed on Nov 10th, so a fairly recent change. Not sure I ever recall seeing why the Harmony and Allure swapped departure days. Dan.
  24. Thank you and enjoy your cruise. Have some friends boarding the Harmony soon and was asking on their behalf. I passed on the info about the app and I think that will give them most of what they were looking for. Dan.
  25. Thank you. Not that it probably matters, but that is when Harmony was sailing Saturday to Saturday and not the Sunday to Sunday it is now. Dan.
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