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Beth 2001

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    Northern Virginia
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, NCL
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  1. Just received notification that our shortened 9/4 Symphony cruise will not be sailing to Coco Cay this Friday. The email says that they hope to reopen Coco Cay on Saturday 9/7. Royal Caribbean is offering us an additional days' worth of future cruise credit to compensate for the loss of our "perfect day," which I think is more than fair.
  2. From Royal Caribbean's chief meteorologist via Twitter:
  3. Royal Caribbean's chief meteorologist just tweeted photos showing that the Coco Cay waterslides are still standing post-Dorian and the balloon is deflated and under weights. Great news, thought we obviously don't know when Coco Cay will reopen. Theoretically I'm supposed to go there this Friday on my shortened Symphony of the Seas cruise.
  4. Amazingly, Royal Caribbean just sent an email asking if I want to Royal Up for my 4-day September 3rd cruise. It seems the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing (and I think if folks battle a hurricane to make it to a shortened cruise they should receive free upgrades)!
  5. Just received this email from Royal Caribbean re: our September 3rd Symphony sailing. The itinerary is obviously subject to change, depending on Dorian's impact on Nassau and Coco Cay and on whether the Port of Miami will be open on Wednesday. I called Royal to try to book a cabin on the Symphony for tomorrow's sailing so we could ride out the hurricane and go back-to-back, but was told they had already submitted the final passenger list and couldn't add anyone at this point. Dear Guest, After careful review of Hurricane Dorian’s Path, our Symphony of the Seas sailing will now depart on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, instead of Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. We’re terribly sorry for this last-minute change, but we made this decision to maintain a comfortable cruise and avoid adverse weather at the beginning of our journey. Please know, your safety is and always will be our top priority; it’s not something we’d ever jeopardize. Although starting later than we originally planned, we’re looking forward to welcoming you aboard. Below, please find our new itinerary. Day Port of Call Arrive Depart Tues Wed Miami, Florida 4:30 PM Thurs Nassau, Bahamas 8:00 AM 9:00 PM Fri CocoCay, Bahamas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Sat Miami, Florida 6:00 AM While these circumstances are beyond our control, we understand they impact your vacation. To help make up for this unexpected change, we’re providing you with the following: A refund, which will be added to your Onboard Account as a refundable onboard credit. Plus, a Future Cruise Credit so that you can come back and sail with us. Both amounts will be in the value of the 1 day your cruise was shortened by, and based on the total cruise fare paid, per person, non-inclusive of taxes and fees. In addition, if you purchased an internet or beverage package, unlimited dining package, or pre-paid your gratuities, you’ll receive a prorated refund as a credit for the 1 day your cruise was shortened by to your Onboard Account. All credits will be applied to your Onboard Account by Day 2 of your cruise. And remember, they can be used anywhere onboard, and if unused, they will be refunded back to your credit card on file about 3 – 5 business days after the sailing ends. Please know, we’re currently working with some of our airline partners, as some have agreed to waive change fees for our guests due to this special circumstance. Please contact your airline service provider for additional details. Unfortunately, if your airline does not waive the change fees, you’ll be responsible for any charges incurred. While we hope you choose to sail with us, if you decide not to sail, we’ll provide you with: A 100% Future Cruise Credit of your cruise fare paid, in hopes you’ll join us on another cruise vacation in the near future. You can expect to receive your Future Cruise Credit by email by Friday, September 20th, 2019. You’ll also receive a full refund for any pre-purchased items like, shore excursions, beverage packages, pre-paid gratuities, and your taxes & fees. If you booked a non-refundable fare, fees will be waived. We are truly sorry for the storm’s impact on your vacation. Our guest’s and crew’s safety is our number one priority and while not the itinerary we originally anticipated, we know your time with us will be nothing short of amazing. Sincerely, Royal Caribbean International
  6. My husband and I are considering booking a last-minute cruise on the Norwegian Escape next month. The prices for the H4 and H6 are the same and there will only be two of us. We've had aft balconies before and love them but have never been in the Haven. I'm leaning towards the Family suite for the gorgeous bathroom and proximity to the Haven, but would like to hear opinions on the pros and cons of these two categories for couples traveling without children. Thanks!
  7. I remember the captain of the Norway walking down the grand staircase into the Windward Dining Room wearing a giant horned helmet and toasting everyone with one of those shot glasses. I hated the taste of the Aquavit but still have my glass from that night in 1994! I also remember watching the flaming baked Alaska parade and waiting for the Maitre'D to wheel up his cart to make tableside cherries jubilee or crepes suzette. And going to the midnight buffet every night! Seems like all of my memories are related to food or drinks . . .
  8. Thanks so much for your thorough and informative review! We're sailing on the Anthem in 11 days and it sounds like we would love Matt Yee's sing-along show. Was this a late-night activity?
  9. Thanks so much for your advice! I'm glad to hear Fleet Week won't affect our travel plans.
  10. This is really helpful - thanks so much! Yes, there are four adults traveling (me, DH and 18 year-old twin sons). I'm not sure if I mentioned we'll be disembarking the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend so it will be Fleet Week. I don't know if this will make a difference in terms of traveling via road (i.e., bus) versus rail?
  11. For me, a key determinant in getting from Cape Liberty to Manhattan will be space for luggage. It's a nine-day cruise and each of us (four in total) will have a 25-inch roll-aboard plus a backpack or tote. Is the train most likely to have space versus light rail? I'm intrigued by the airport bus to Grand Central since we're staying only a block away, but would there be adequate space for our bags?
  12. This is really helpful - thanks! We're borrowing a friend's apartment at 150 E. 44th Street (a block from Grand Central Station). Based on this, which mode of public transportation should we use from Cape Liberty?
  13. Thanks so much for the tip regarding potential parking issues! I had no idea three ships would be sailing from Cape Liberty that day. We’ve actually been debating whether to rent a car to drive up from DC and return it at Newark airport so we don’t have to deal with parking it in the city for four days after the cruise. We would take a shuttle from the airport to our hotel and Uber to the pier the next day. After our cruise we would either take the train from Newark into the city or Uber. Then we would take the train back to DC (4 tickets for $196). This approach is a bit convoluted but avoids paying for four days of SUV parking in Manhattan and gets us to the pier nice and early with no parking stress. Does this seem like a reasonable plan?
  14. We’re actually staying at the Courtyard Elizabeth but I’d be happy to report on it when we get back ;)
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