Oasis of the Seas Inaugural Season Extended
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Although the date for the Inaugural doesnt really bother me...hey whatever/whenever I will be on it...but I do think RCCL timed this wrong.
To do this less than a week before Christmas is just not right, as so many cruisers are away cruising or travelling and perhaps wont be able to be contacted to be told of this change.
To have a 4 nighter revenue sailing before the Inaugural is way out of line also. Ok yes I have booked both sailings but it doesnt stop me from being disappointed with RCCL. It doesnt seem fair to charge such a high rate for the 5th Dec sailing when there is a revenue sailing before it.
How can RCCL justify calling the 5th Dec sailing the Inaugural?
I am very glad though that RCCL announced this change of Inaugural date before flights opened for booking.
I also received a call yesterday afternoon from RCCL and spoke with the representative about the change in dates. I was very polite and nice to her but also let her know too how very disappointed I was about the 4-day being the actual 1st sailing. She said she was getting a lot of calls from upset people! I think if many more people speak up then perhaps something could be accomadated. Like many of you, I do feel a bit cheated and sad that I am just not able to afford an addt'l 4 days -for us the cost is just too much.We did not get a call from RCCL but did change to the 5th of Dec Oasis cruise. I hope that they did not include the 4 extra days before the 5th. We have an important meeting on the 2nd of Dec 2009 that we should not missed. We to are disappointed not to be on the 1st sailing. We tried to get a two week cruise by keeping the 12th and adding the 5th and they said we couldn't do it, without a huge price increase. I too am sad I can't go on the actual 1st sailing and don't think it is fair for those of us who have been so excited about being on the Inaugral sailing of the Genessis class ship which became the Oasis. As a stockholder, as well, I don't think they are doing right to keep bookings on RCI's ships.
Well, we ended up switching to the Dec. 5th sailing. Reason for the Labadee trip seems questionable, but perhaps they wanted to check out how ship handles the Labadee stop since it becomes part of the alternate itinerary next year.That's a good explanation. I hope we get some kind of a festive welcome. That would be pretty cool !
Royal Caribbean did the same thing to us on the Solstice inaugural, we switched to new inaugural date then they added a 2 revenue cruise prior to the Nov 30th inaugural...it's all about the money these days...I was waiting for someone to comment on this being the second time RCCL had moved the "inaugural" back on a splashy new ship. With Solstice the announcement came about six months from launch, so it was entirely possible that quite a few folks had already booked flights booked.
I was waiting for someone to comment on this being the second time RCCL had moved the "inaugural" back on a splashy new ship. With Solstice the announcement came about six months from launch, so it was entirely possible that quite a few folks had already booked flights booked.Just my two cents, so please don't flame me but my opinion is it could be worse. What if RCCL had a pattern of being late on delivering on inaugurals? I personally don't think a "revenue sailing" is simply about the money. If a ship beats its delivery date, it saved money (on time and under budget, the goal of every project!) which means we save money (or at least don't pay more when a ship is delayed). No buyer would discourage early delivery! But with an early delivery, should they just let Oasis bob around at sea? What should RCCL have done instead? I understand the disappointment but I don't understand what the preference would have been.
So did you rebook on the new December 5 "inaugural"?
There's still a chance that they'll find out in the next three months that every fourth toilet becomes a geyser on every other flush when the sun is on the starboard side of the ship and have to delay it for the comfort of the passengers.This explains the e-mail I received from Royal Caribbean stating not to use the toilet at eleven o'clock if the ship is facing east.
I only say this because I do implementation testing and these are the kind of absurd things you find in the eleventh hour and can cause some fascinating delays. So I've learned from my profession to never hold my breath until the new equipment/facility/software etc is up and running full speed.