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  1. Does anyone know if you can use accumulated points on a Royal Caribbean Credit card on an Azamara Cruise for either OBC or towards the balance of a booked cruise?
  2. My wife and I were on the 4-night Navigator three times this summer: June 10, July 8, and August 12. The last of the three disembarked only today. They were all wonderful cruises but we noticed a surprising number of changes in the mere 5 weeks between the July 8 cruise and the cruise that just ended, so I thought I would point them out: There were no reserved seats in either the theater or Studio B on the August 12 cruise. We were in a GS so that would have devalued the experience except that there were so many seats available for both shows that it did not seem to matter. It surely devalues The Key, but, being in a GS, we did not purchase The Key. It has been noted elsewhere but our Seapass cards were silver, not gold. The only people who had gold cards were the Pinnacles (and we are D+, not P). The lobster at Hooked was much bigger and much improved. It is now advertised as a 2-pound lobster, whereas it was previously advertised as a 1 1/4 pound lobster and I am pretty sure that those weights are correct. It was also prepared differently, more like the way it is prepared in better seafood restaurants on land, The claw meat was left in the shell rather than removed by the chef and the butter and stuffing were on the side rather than in the lobster. Hooked probably now provides better value than any of the other specialty restaurants. You now need to use the supplied nutcracker in order to eat all of the lobster. The sushi at Izumi is also much improved. Perhaps we just went on a bad day in July but the sushi in July was a little off; it just did not taste perfectly fresh. It was perfect on the last cruise. The Imperial Seafood Tower at Chops was incredible. This may not be a change since we never had it before but we ordered it as an appetizer to share and it turned out to be an entire meal for two. It had about twice as many shrimp, clams and mussels as the menu said it would have and the "lobster tail" was really a whole Maine lobster minus only the large claws. I think it was just as large as the 2-pound lobster at Hooked was. Neither of us was able to eat much of our entree courses after we ate that seafood tower. It is well worth the extra $19. The Ice Show (ISkate) was performed only on the afternoon of the last day of the cruise. Previously, it had been performed on the evening of the embarkation day as well as on that last afternoon. However, we went to the second show and Studio B was only about 80% full. Many people on the ship must have elected not to see it at all, which is a shame since it is a wonderful show. While the production shows ("Showgirl" and "Ballroom Dancing") were unchanged, the Headliner Show (which, of course, always changes) was, in our opinion, the best ever. The entertainer was the "Oh, What a Night Tribute" band and they were incredible. Of course, my opinion was affected by the fact that I have always loved The Four Seasons and am old enough to remember well when they had their first big hit (Sherry). It has been noted elsewhere but the welcome aboard lunch for people with The Key moved from Chops to the MDR. Chops was made available on embarkation day to people with the Ultimate Dining Plan and the old lunch menu (with the 8 oz. filet mignon) was back there instead of the Key menu with the smaller filet. Once again, you could order multiple appetizers at Chops. Jamie's was no longer open for lunch on embarkation day. The bottom line: IMHO, The Key (which we did not have) was notably devalued but the Ultimate Dining Plan (which we had) was worth more than before. The elimination of the reserved seats in the main theater and especially in Studio B was unannounced, unexplained and a total surprise. I would like to know whether that also happened on other ships or only the Navigator.
  3. I fly to Miami Saturday evening and will board the Empress for a 6 night getaway to Key West, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. This was (for me) something of a last minute booking, just a couple of months ago. My style is a bit different than many, I will normally post just once a day unless something unusual, and my style tends to be narrative more than pictorial. This thread will be a companion to my blog (http://getawaysfrom21044,wordpress.com) which will also be the hosting site for my photos, and at the top of the page are tabs to pages with Compass and menus. A bit about me. I’m pretty much an out of control, sailing on several lines, but mostly Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, and to a lesser extent Royal. My totals for this year will be 94 days HAL, 33 Crystal, 26 Cunard, and 6 Royal. My Royal activity has been mostly out of Baltimore (Enchantment and then Grandeur), but I’ve also sailed Allure, Anthem, Monarch, Jewel, and Radiance (not yet on the mid-size ships). I tend to prefer smaller ships although amenities and service are also important. I’m a bit unsure of the Empress as although my 3 favorite ships (Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony, and Prinsendam) are roughly the same size the Empress carries more people than any 2 of them combined. I hear she isn’t crowded and hope that will be true; I really like her Bermuda itineraries next year. This will be my first cruise as D+. I welcome questions although it may take me a little while to respond. I also invite any of my roll call members to add their perspectives to the thread. Roy
  4. I have tried different browsers, but just cannot get to the booking site for Royal Caribbean on their web site. Is it me, or does their booking site have issues? any tips ?
  5. What is the difference between a JS 3 and JS4 room? I am hoping we have two lounge chairs on the balcony so we can finally get some use of the balcony.
  6. We are doing the 4 night, Coco Cay and Nassau itinerary, which side of the ship does the ship face the docks?
  7. I have more questions for my Cruise Critic Crew. I've read that there is a size difference between side Junior Suites and aft Junior Suites on Voyager class ships. The difference is that with the aft suites, the cabin is slightly smaller while the balcony is slightly larger/deeper than side suites. If I need a rollaway bed, I would be able to fit one in a side suite but not an aft suite. Is that correct? An RCI agent implied as such, but I wanted to see if anyone here can confirm. Sometimes people here know more than the agents I contact. I assume if it is true, all side suites are the same, so I can fit a rollaway in any one of them. As far as the side suite balcony being a bit smaller than aft, can 4 people honestly fit comfortably out there? I'm not looking to have a square dance party or anything, just want to be able to all be out there without tripping over each other. Right now, for the Navigator cruise I am looking into, there are 4 aft JS on deck 6, and plenty of side JS on deck 9. Trying to decide.
  8. Just wanted to write a hopefully helpful review and try to answer any questions if anyone has them.A little about me- I'm 33 and this was my 16th cruise (Most with RCCL). My husband and I traveled with his parents, his brother and sister and law, and their two sons (7 and 10). This was our first cruise as Diamond. We pre-purchased the drink package at $49 per day, the Escape Room at $20, and the Thrill Waterpark at Coco Cay for $79 per day. Overall, we had a great cruise but after the Oasis last year, and being on the Symphony this year, I think we are ready to go back to a slightly smaller ship. While the Oasis of the Seas didn't seem incredibly crowded, there were a lot of crowds on the Symphony at certain times. It didn't ruin our trip or anything, but it definitely felt like there were a lot of people on the ship most of the time (besides before 8 am). Feel free to ask any questions! Pre-cruise: We flew in to FLL a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn South Brickell. It was about $125 for one night but there was a $25 valet parking charge. They have a very nice pool area and a decent gym, but it is not really within walking distance of any restaurants or shops. It was a short and relatively cheap Uber ride to the port. Embarkation- Very fast. We had already signed in online and it took about 5 minutes from start to finish. We got to the port around 11:15 and were onboard and at the Park Cafe for lunch by 11:30. Staterooms were ready by 1. We were in 8298 (oceanview balcony) which we felt was pretty convenient. It was relatively close to stairs and it was very close to Central Park. Made it easy to go to the Trellis Bar really quick and grab a glass of wine to drink on the balcony. Only on one night did we really hear any noise from Dazzles and it did not really bother us.We ended up sailing away around 7:30 that night due to some Maintenance. This worked out well because we usually miss the sail away getting ready for early dinner. We were able to catch it this time!
  9. Just did a cruise on Azamara. I am elite plus on Celebrity and discover plus on Azamara. At the repeaters cocktail party, I met several people who were taking their first Azamara cruise. They had all sailed on Celebrity or Royal. Does Celebrity invite first time cruisers on Celebrity to their repeaters party if they have previously sailed on another Royal Cruise line?
  10. In the words as sung by Britney Spears... 🎵 Oops, I Did it Again 🎵 For those who are wondering what is he talking about? (or thinking I've enjoyed one too many happy hour drinks) I just finished 14 nights on this little beauty last week. You can read about that B2B experience here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2681739-empress-b2b-14-nights-on-the-biggest-little-ship/ Those cruises were great but they were Western Caribbean and this 8 night cruise is Eastern Caribbean including a stop at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Royal hasn't visited the BVI very much in recent years so when I saw the BVI added to the itinerary in the wake of the Cuba cancellations I knew I had to do it. Icing on my cake comes courtesy of another visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay. Itinerary Miami Perfect Day at CocoCay Sea Day San Juan Tortola St Thomas Sea Day Sea Day Miami Our Perfect Day ends at 2pm so we can make it to San Juan for a 3pm arrival after a day at sea. We stay until midnight in San Juan so if all goes well I hope to get some evening and night pictures around San Juan. Sailing in a Junior Suite I have scored one of the most forward deck 9 JS cabins this time. I love this small ship and her big heart. It's a good thing I love this ship because this will be my fourth cruise on her. My Crown and Anchor points haven't been posted yet from my last cruise on her so with the "paint still wet", I'm heading back to the love of my life, or at least the love of my life right now. Because I'm flying I don't like taking just one cruise so with a night off the water in between, I'm doing a side-to-side over to Majesty right after this cruise. A few years ago I started dreaming about a tour of the small ships and this marks another step towards completing that goal. I think I set a record this time having packed my suitcase a full two days before the cruise. Basically I took my cruise clothes from the dryer and put them right back into my suitcase. " You see my problem is this I'm dreaming away Wishing that heroes, they truly exist I cry, watching the days Can't you see I'm a fool in so many ways But to lose all my senses That is just so typically me Oh baby, oh " Okay that doesn't make total sense but it's the only part of the lyrics that somewhat fit so I'm going with it.
  11. We arrived at Port Everglades, and check-in was only delayed because some of the local agents seemed to be still learning the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows of the Medallion system. Boarding had not quite started, but within 15 minutes or so, we were on the ship. Our cabin wasn't ready yet, but I dropped off our case of wine and carry-on bags before heading to the dining room for lunch. Our waiter strolled in about 10 minutes later....he had just returned to the ship after spending several months at home, and he wasn't in his groove yet. We were in vacation mode, and apparently, so was he, so we chuckled about it. We ended up eating in the main dining room only a couple of times, opting for the buffet, and specialty dining more often than not. Once at both Sabatini's and Planks BBQ, twice @ Steamers, and four times in the Crown Grill. Sabatini's: It's been at least 7 years since we've tried Sabatini's. The meal was excellent. Everthing was fresh, and tasty. My only complaint....it's a loud room, Lots of hard surfaces. They also sat 5 tables in our waiter's section within minutes of our arrival, including a party of 10, swamping the poor guy, but everyone stepped up to get things served as timely as possible. He thanked us for being patient. Hey, I'm on a boat, with my wife, and a killer bottle of Chianti. What's not to like!? Planks: Service was great, but the food was only so-so. But when it comes to BBQ, I'm a tough cookie, because I live in Georgia, and I'm surrounded by great BBQ. Steamers: We really enjoyed the view from the window while chowing down on great seafood. Add the crab legs and lobster! Not everyone likes certain things, so it was real easy to say, no clams, or no mussels. They gladly offered substitutions. The service was outstanding. Crown Grill: Excellent service. I'd always drop off my wine a few hours before our reservation, and it would be decanted, waiting for us when we'd arrive. I had the lamb chops twice , and they were cooked perfectly. My wife had the filet each time. Only once, did she have to send it back for being under-cooked. It happens every once in a while, and they took care of it. The entire CG staff were kept busy all night. Princess would go broke if they had to pay these folks by the mile. Vines: We enjoyed 2 flights of wine, and the pricing was very reasonable. Service was perfect. MDR: We had dinner there once, and were seated in a section that didn't have a waiter. After a few minutes, the Maitre D' asked us who seated us there, and quickly found a waiter to serve us. He did a great job, even without the help of an assistant waiter, but we found ourselves missing the friendly faces of the servers on the Lido Deck. The Ship: They are keeping her up nicely, always busy working on something. They are dealing with a/c issues in both public areas and cabins. We needed someone to fix our a/c the first night at around 11:45pm. They adjusted everything, and it was ok for the most part, but not 100%. Fans were offered, we declined. Our cabin was R745, the very last inside on the starboard side, which we absolutely love due to it's location. Three steps up, and you're at the terrace pool. We liked to call it our own private balcony. We ate breakfast and lunch up there most of the time, and there's always someone willing to bring you a drink or take your plates away. Every member of the food & beverage team we encountered on the Lido Deck, were delightful. Service was excellent. The Crew: Everyone seemed to be in great spirits as they had just finished doing months of 7 day Caribbean sailings, and this was a big change for them. New ports, cooler temps, and a week off from dealing with a turnaround day. We rarely encountered any lines or delays going here or there, because we learned a long time ago, that the early bird gets the worm. We were usually off of the ship while most were just showing up for breakfast.We walked between 5-6 miles each day in port. In a stop like Charleston, it was nice to walk and see everything and be back on the ship before it was too hot. How do you avoid an hour long line to buy ferry tickets in NYC? You download their app, and buy your tickets on your phone. I realize that some folks were miserable on this cruise, while others, like us, hated to leave. It's all up to you how you want to spend your time. Do you spend the night complaining, or do you choose your battles wisely and roll with things. I'll give you an example, there's a special drink I like on the platinum/elite lounge menu, I'd order it every day, and it was consistently made wrong. Instead of sending it back each evening while my wife drank her cocktail, we'd joke about if they were going to make it correctly or not each time. They got it right only once. A miserable record, but great folly for us. Some people seemingly take comfort in berating the help, I witnessed some doozies on this sailing. I would never let folks talk to my employees that way. So....if you don't like standing in lines, go before or after everyone else does. Don't get angry at the Maitre D because it's your anniversary and you can't get a window table. If it's so important to you, make arrangements ahead of time. Plan ahead, so you can enjoy later. You're on a floating hotel in the middle of the ocean, if you can't somehow enjoy yourself, you deserve to be miserable.
  12. As was mentioned in the Casino Program Changes thread, some of us are not receiving promotional offers from Club Royale, and in that thread, those who had received offers were sharing the offer details with the rest of us so that we could find out whether we qualified for them as well. I don't receive promotional emails from Royal Caribbean for some reason, but I do receive USPS mailings, so I found out about this offer.
  13. Has any recently gotten off the royal and could tell me what time it began? And how long it took to get thru customs? We have an early flight and will probably walk off with our bags. Thanks
  14. Banging out a report concise enough to read but complete enough to inform for a diverse audience (e.g.: new to cruising, new to RCI, new to Oasis-class or seasoned RCi cruisers) borders on a fool’s errand, but that’s the task at hand. We are ‘older’ parents (I’m 50) of a 6-year old smart, moody, strong-willed, entitled fireball of a daughter who’s our ‘highlander child’ (there can only be one!). 10thCruise for wife & I (1 Celebrity, others RCI, Voyager, Freedom or Oasis Class) & daughter’s 6th(all RCI) – all Caribbean cruises. Been on Allure twice before so not new to us. So our family is very blessed with cruising. Like Royal for overall value/package product. One of the active ‘fun’ lines, along with Carnival and I presume NCL. When we got into cruising the reputation was a tad classier than Carnival and the photos of Carnival shop interiors back then looked like really gaudy Las Vegas material, and now we’ve got credit in the Crown & Anchor program, so tend to stick with Royal. I liked our one Celebrity cruise (11 days, February, maybe 2008), but performances were more by vocalists (& tailored to an older audience), whereas Royal’s features more athleticism – acrobatics, swinging around, diving, ice shows, etc… Like Voyager-class & up for the Deck 5 Royal Promenade; really adds to our diverse cruise experience. One can fell on land in a quaint urban setting if desired. Adventure and Explorer of the Seas gave us that and a good selection of ports; Liberty of the Seas (pre-slides) was basically Voyager-class on steroids. Really like Central Park on Deck 8 as a serene outdoor setting pleasant to talk through to traverse the ship. Sounds like a gimmick but enhances the cruise in practice. Really like the Boardwalk, Deck 6, aft – kid likes the carousel and play structures, wife & I like the ‘doghouse’ (hot dogs, etc…) and we all love the dive shows (Ocean Aria). Kid thinks the Zoltar forture-telling thing on the Boardwalk is creepy. Oasis-class has Central Park and the Boardwalk, Voyager and Freedom Class don’t. Haven’t been on Quantum class. Oasis-class don’t visit ports that require tendering, and have a much smaller range of accessible ports. Our daughter’s too young to care which islands we hit, and we adults have hit enough it’s not a big deal in the Caribbean. Oasis has a bunch of specialty restaurants; I like, wife’s fairly fond of, daughter tolerates if she’s got the iPad mini (e.g.: Kid’s You Tube videos) and head phones. On Oasis-class you pre-book shows and there’s a variety; on Voyager class, before or after dinner you can go see the show that’s playing (my over-simplification). But you can plan online well in advance of your cruise. If you don’t pre-book, you can show up and if there are left-over seats (there often are), you can get in. Hard to get time off approved well in advance, Caribbean needful for time constraints (one week off, wife prone to motion sickness so no northeastern departures) – thus didn’t hit Symphony or Harmony of the Seas (would’ve been nice for more elaborate water park areas – daughter’s about 45 inches tall, but I think she couldn’t done one of the smaller slides). Allure of the Seas no longer has the Dreamworks Experience – which our daughter loved and missed a bit, and made for some extra nice photos in the past. Not a deal breaker but I wish they had it back. They got other things; mini-golf, flow riders, various sports, rock climbing walls. Food situation in a nutshell – Windjammer buffet pretty good, wouldn’t survive as a stand-alone buffet restaurant on land but okay here, busy but we always found a table without too much trouble. MDR – went 2 nights, good service and food, the baked French onion soup appetizer was very good. Sorrentos – decent pizza with good taste – the cheese wasn’t like some tasteless dough (hello, Adventure of the Seas last year…). Did a 3 specialty restaurant package – really liked all 3 (dinner at 150 Central Park & Giovanni’s, lunch at Chop’s Grill). Finally tried Wipeout Café’ on Deck 15; pretty good, liked the fries, burger patties didn’t taste much like beef. Freestyle soda machine scene was a mess. Machines often told people they could fill their drink in, oh, 6 hours & 10 minutes or some other ridiculous time frame. Pretty random. Guest Services even swapped out my mug (we had the refreshment package with unlimited free soda). Worst offender was the right hand machine outside Sorrentos on the promenade. Photographers out most nights, a range of setups (generally decks 3, 4 & 5, plus wandering around or doing photos when we got off the ship at ports). About $350 for all digital copies & a print of each photo; excellent deal. We hit hard and got a stack of prints I’m guessing nearly an inch think. Still waiting for the e-mail with a link to download digital copies. Luggage Valet remains really sweet (put big bags outside room last night of cruise, don’t see again till collected at your home airport, $25 per person), an excellent value (didn’t have to bother collecting bags at terminal, tipping a porter to transport them to/through customs for us, waiting on them, etc…), but a nail-biter (no confirmation you’re successfully enrolled till last night of cruise, 6 to 9 p.m., at first they just had me accepted, & ended up sending double boarding passes for me, and luggage tags for 5 bags (if you don’t doubt 4 for me, which I was scared to use the extras) instead of 6, but no problem, it was still a wonderful thing I was praying to work, it did and make that last day much nicer. Do luggage valet when you can! Arcade drama – they’ve got a kiddie arcade outside the kid’s club on Deck 14 forward, a little arcade on the Boardwalk Deck 6 rear, and a ‘big’ arcade on Deck 15 rear, so your kid can drive you nuts at 3 locations. Game prices vary but often run around $2 per game, and sometimes a game didn’t work. Bought our kiddo $200 (cost $160) arcade credit in advance. Learned a few things: -----1.) It was on her card, not accessible to all ours, so games on my card presumably cost extra. -----2.) To use what I put on her card, I had to have it activated, which also meant turning on charging privileges on her card. -----3.) There’s nothing to stop her card from exceeding the $200 and racking up more charges. There was a default $50 charge/day limit on her account, though. -----4.) The machine I saw for showing some info. About cards in the arcade wouldn’t tell us anything useful. In our room, looking at her account, I could see the balance ($0 most of week), but aside from a long list of costs (some negative, I’m guessing from the credits?) I didn’t see any indication of how much unused credit she had left. Late in week I asked a lady at Guest Services to check how much unused credit she had left; it appeared to be quite an ordeal to track that info. down. Saturday – flew to Ft. Lauderdale. Booked a night at Ramada Inn Ft. Lauderdale for close to $100; they send a shuttle to get us at the airport free, & shuttled us to the ship pier free the next day. Nice place; would use again. Sunday – scheduled 11:30 a.m. check-in, due to shuttle schedules got there maybe ½ hour early? Short wait, lady with a tablet took our photos & got us squared away fast. Onboard, there was a line to the Windjammer and they let people in when a table was ready; only time I saw that done all week. Got kid signed up at Adventure Ocean kids’ club (which she likes a lot – she went 3 times this week, just so much else to do). 4 p.m. Muster Drill entailed sitting in an air-conditioned area watching a somewhat amusing adventure video – huge improvement over years ago standing outdoors baking in the sun. Don’t think your cruise really starts the next, first ‘full’ day – with Royal Caribbean ‘the Wow starts Now.’ For our 3 specialty restaurant package they’d pre-booked us at 150 Central Park by default for meal one; we really liked it. I find the specialty restaurants to be a class act. Booked others later via t.v. control system in-room. Caught the 8:15 Ocean Aria dive show – very good, kid loved it. The high dive performance into such a small, shallow pool at the end made me nervous. Monday – At Sea day. Very good – let us settle in, no pressure to make excursions. Kadence roped us into one of those ‘build a pet’ (stuffed animal) shops on the Boardwalk; got a green dinosaur thing dressed in a captain’s uniform and named it Rex. We had dinner at Giovanni’s – I liked the grilled octopus appetizer and Manila clams linguini. It was a formal night, so dressed up for photos. In our Cruise Compass (schedule for daily offerings) was a luggage valet application; filled it out & turned it in that evening. Late afternoon ice show was good. Ocean Aria that evening had a few seats left – we’d seen it the prior night, but kid & I watched it again. Wife went to a headliner comedy show that night. I don’t care for so-called ‘adult’ comedy shows, but wife likes some of them. Tuesday – At Sea day. Good – more time to sleep late and settle in. 11:30 a.m. Royal Promenade parade ‘Anchors Aweigh’ was pretty good. Tried the show ‘Mamma Mia’ – in pretty short order heard God’s name taken in vain 3 times, 1 ‘bastard and 1 ‘ass,’ had enough and left. There’s a cupcake shop with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and stuff on the Boardwalk; saw people in a cup cake making class. The food ain’t free – they even charge for sprinkles! $4.50 for a 16-oz chocolate shake was a bit steep, but credit where due, it was good. Wish I’d known that I could’ve attended a 11 a.m. The Diamond & Gemstone Seminar at Comdey LIVE, Deck 4, Forward, to get a free cruise ship charm for all who attend. There was also an option to get a certificate validated for a free pair of tanzanite stud earrings to get at Tanzanite International. Since I missed getting that cruise ship charm for our kid (we collect the Diamonds International charm bracelet charms), I got online and ordered what I suspect is the same thing off eBay. Anybody know where I can pick up a Puerto Rico Diamonds Int. charm, the one with the coqui frog? After our excursion that day (Thursday) I wasn’t willing to walk 3 blocks, and the cab people I spoke with didn’t seem to have good English). Spent time on the pool deck with kid; fun. By the way, that ‘lazy river’ is a lazy donut in my opinion. Look at it and tell me I’m wrong… More to follow...
  15. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated August 16th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). AUGUST 2019 Eurodam - 17-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Empress of the Seas (RCCL) - 18-Aug-19 - 6 night Western Caribbean rafinmd - 1st time as Diamond Plus N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Cailey53 - 1st sailing as 4* Mariners N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 ksmaxey & DW Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board Av8rix N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Oosterdam - 01-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer/Hubbard operakatz Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip lynanken Eurodam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer R/T Seattle Gonzowifey - 1st HAL cruise & 1st Alaska Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter Veendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday gypsymama5996 Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - Best of the Mediterranean Dismomx5 - celebrating 35th anniversary on their 4th HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal Zuiderdam - 08-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean OVgirl - B2B with 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer OVgirl - B2B following 7 day Tropical Caribbean Feb. 8th Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  16. I'm on the CB right now and I've blogged this trip. If you want to read my blog: http://linfish69.blogspot.com/ One thing I forgot to post is the crew is awesome!
  17. I know that has Royal has recently updated their common stock for OBC policy, but I can only Google a Royal Stock pdf file from 2010. Does anyone have a link to a newer version that is valid now. We have about 4 cruises booked already and I want to have the latest information. TIA. Joe
  18. Some background: This was a family cruise to celebrate the high school graduation of our older granddaughter. There were seven of us – Poppy and Nana (both 65), older son (41) and his daughter the graduate (18), younger son and his wife (late 30s) and their daughter (3). We take an annual family vacation each year and gave the graduate her choice of destinations; she chose a cruise. Poppy and Nana are Diamond on RCCL. We last sailed on Carnival 20 years ago. (A bit of trivia – we sailed on Destiny, Sunshine’s former identity, when she was new, 25 years ago.) We didn’t want to travel to FL with a three-year-old, so we started looking at Carnival Sunshine out of Charleston. Five days seemed like a reasonable duration, so we booked it. In order to make things easier with the little one, we did a couple of things – purchased FTTF and a villa at Half Moon Cay. Both were good investments. Due to the awesome help from folks on this board and a lot of research, I felt like I went into the trip well-prepared. In general, I was pleasantly surprised by Carnival and Sunshine. I will try to make some fair comparisons of the two lines. Carnival pros: The Hub app was really useful. For $5/pp for the week, we got a chat feature which was really helpful ( I guess some RC ships have this, but we've not been on one). Also, we all got acceptable internet for about $10 a day/pp, compared to RC price of $15.99 (I think) A minor thing for some, but I enjoyed it - the shower was twice as big as a standard shower on RC. The casual dining options were awesome - the burgers, pizza, and Mexican casual eateries were absolutely delicious. Far and above the same foods on RC. HMC is beautiful - soft sand and great swimming. Of course, the villa made it such a wonderful experience - I would highly recommend it for a group of our size or larger. The food at the the island buffet sucked, just like it does on CocoCay and Labadee. I thought the dining room meals were slightly better - maybe because I was just happy to have new options. They had a "port of call" option which was interesting. I had shrimp and grits the first night and it was really good. We had great service in the MDR, but it's the first time we've done traditional dining in a long time, so that may be the difference. The waiters were wonderful, especially bringing out fruit, etc. to keep the little one satisfied. I thought the desserts were better than the ones we've had recently on Royal. The Serenity deck was amazing. More beautiful than any Solarium I've been in. Entertainment - (we didn't do any production shows) We've been very disappointed in the musical entertainment in smaller venues on RC recently. It seemed like there were more pre-dinner music options on this ship. We are big trivia people and there were lots of games and trivia events on this ship. The cruise director's staff were very personable and enthusiastic. They have something called the Sea Day brunch - a really nice upgraded menu in the MDR that we tried the first sea day. Dr. Seuss breakfast ($5/pp) was well done and the little one had a blast. Carnival cons: The pool was ridiculously small for the number of people. The little loved the little splash area in the water park area and the graduate liked the big waterslides and the ropes course. Bar service - bar waiters were almost non-existent (only encountered a couple at the pool) and there was a shortage of bartenders everywhere. It felt like it was a struggle to get every drink. The ship was difficult to navigate - lots of areas you couldn't get to without going up or down a level (may just be Sunshine). The casino was very smoky, especially the casino bar area and it seemed like you had to walk through it a lot to access other areas. Even: Standard buffet was very comparable. Balcony cabin was comparable to a standard balcony on Royal. Service was very good (other than the bar staff issue). The ship was maintained well, much like an older Royal ship. I don't think we'd sail on this particular ship and itinerary - we don't like short cruises. But if we got a deal good enough to cover our free and D lounge drinks and had an interesting itinerary, I think we'd consider Carnival again.
  19. Is there a Royal Caribbean credit card rewards program? A Yes, the MyCruise® Rewards program is designed for people who love to cruise! By making purchases with your Royal Caribbean Visa Signature® card, you can earn MyCruise® Points toward cruise vacations, upgrades, onboard credits and merchandise. You can also redeem your points for rewards with Celebrity Cruises® and Azamara Club Cruises®.
  20. I was wondering if you get a job working for Royal Onboard and being the cruise aficionado can you sail Royal during your time off and earn C&A points for paying your own way perhaps with discounts? Let's say you are Diamond with Royal and during your time off you want to cruise with your relatives can you use the Diamond Lounge? I wonder what percentage of employees actually have C&A status before joining? Would it help to be a previous guest so you know both sides of the trade? For instance if the CEO sails with his family do they have C&A status or does their SailPass read Pinnacle or VIP? Do they stay in the Grand Suite and use the lounge and three drinks per night and have the same Dinng and Gratuities like us? Would they eat at the same tables as normal guests? I've always wondered this. Thanks
  21. Somehow you got an incorrect page for Royal Caribbean's requirements. Royal's website is really bad , or if you got the link from a search engine rather than directly from the website you can get bad information that way too. Their requirements for this type of itinerary are no different than NCL's . The mass market cruise lines follow in lock step with US government regulations. It's only when you cruise on up-market and luxury lines like Azamara, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania that you have to pay attention to differences because they typically require all passengers regardless of itinerary or citizenship to have a passport with six months remaining validity. Here are the correct requirements for Royal Caribbean's cruises taken from US ports and they're no different than NCL's for US citizens: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/what-travel-documents-are-required-for-cruises-from-united-states-ports .
  22. And IIRC the "Royal" tea offering for an additional fee has been in effect on the Royal class ships (or at least the Royal and Regal, I'm not sure about the most recent ones) since they were introduced or very soon thereafter! This is not a new program. Some people see an additional fee for anything and start complaining about cutbacks.
  23. Hey all 🙂 I was just wondering what you all thought was the best ship for Alaska - I was looking at Ovation (we will be going with another family that has 2 small children) I have been on Harmony and loved it as well as Navigator. I have also been on Vision, and while I liked it, I want something bigger. Thanks in advance! Kim
  24. From a FB post just a few minutes ago : Royal Caribbean announced it will begin offering select sailings that visit Perfect Day at CocoCay twice, along with late night stays. Beginning September 30, 2019, Royal Caribbean will offer 4-night itineraries to the private island destination across nearly 40 sailings. Three exclusive cruises also make their debut today. In addition, three one-of-a-kind cruises with late-night visits to the island will be offered on Navigator of the Seas. Travelers of all ages will have the chance to extend the excitement long after the sun sets with traditional Bahamian-inspired activities, including a Junkanoo Jam Up Party, an island barbeque and performances by a calypso band and fire dancers, topped off with unforgettable farewell fireworks before setting sail. The new itineraries are available to guests on select Navigator and Mariner of the Seas sailings. "Perfect Day at CocoCay has revolutionized private destinations in the vacation industry, and the resounding feedback from our guests is that they want more – more time and even more ways to experience the island," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "We’re building on an incredible adventure that’s already winning the hearts of many."
  25. Hello, is a passport required for a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas if you depart and return from the same US port?
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