We know we have to get connecting flights to Heathrow and the original notification showed our flights out would be in the evening which suited us. However we are now on our 4th or 5th change to flight times.
The previous notification showed flights in the early afternoon with a 6-7 hour stop over in Heathrow. So rather than having to get up in the early hours to drive the 3 hours to the airport I booked an extra day off work, and hotel, evening meal, breakfast, car parking and an extra day in the kennels for our dogs ... our plan being to drive to the airport the day before, have a nice dinner, a leisurely wake up in the morning with breakfast, go to airport, fly to Heathrow and spend the waiting time in a lounge at Heathrow (which I had also booked).
However, yesterday RCI have changed our flights again back to the evening. So now I have a day off work I don't need, a hotel that I don't need (including meals), an extra day for the dogs in kennels and lounge access I can not use. The kennels and lounge access is non-refundable and I have a feeling the only way I could book the hotel was non-refundable as well.
In 15 years of cruising this is the first time we have been messed around like this and I have to say that, so far, I am very unimpressed with RCI pre-cruise arrangements. However, I am an eternal optimist, and they still have an opportunity of redeeming themselves during the cruise.
RCI Vision Sep-2016 (Mediterranean)
P&O Britannia Dec 2015 (Caribbean)
RCI Brilliance Apr-2012 (Dubai-Rome - Ken's 50th)
P&O Azura Mar-2011 (Caribbean)
P&O Oceana Dec-2009 (Christmas & New Year - 25th Wedding Anniversary)
P&O Oceana Feb-2009 (Acapulco to Barbados)
P&O Arcadia Feb-2008 (Barbados to Acapulco)
P&O Oceana Jan-2007 (Caribbean)
P&O Arcadia Nov-2005 (Caribbean)
Ocean Village Mar-2004 (Caribbean - Julie's 40th)
Royal Princess Nov-2002 (LA to Fort Lauderdale - Ken's 40th)
Carnival Elation (Mexican Riviera)