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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your help! Melissa
  2. You're very welcome! I get so much helpful info from folks on here and I'm happy (on the rare occasions) when I have the opportunity to help someone else for a change :) If I recall, the price was exactly the same onboard.... $99 per person for the cruise, or $150 per couple. So, don't worry that you're missing something by having to wait until you board to purchase. I believe the spa is usually open when in port, so you will probably be ok in Nassau (still good to check though). On one cruise, my mom and chose not to do the pass because we were in port 9/12 days and knew we would be getting back onboard most nights after the spa was closed. In that case, it just didn't make sense for us because we knew we wouldn't be able to use it that much (and we figured if on 1-2 evenings we did want to, we could buy the $20 daily pass and still come out cheaper). Our next cruise as lots of sea days and some port days where we know we will be back on board before it gets too late when the spa should still be open, so we will definitely get our use out of it. Good luck with whatever you decide and please let me know if I can answer any other questions about the thermal suite. Happy Cruising! Melissa
  3. I can at least try to answer your questions based on my experience in the past with this pass (I haven't done it recently though, so things may have changed) 1 - I have never pre-booked it.... always just purchased the pass on the 1st day. I also noticed today when I was on my cruise planner (my cruise leaves in about 2.5 wks) this wasn't listed as an available option to book (but it was listed before... I don't know why it's gone or if it will return... but I've never had a problem purchasing onboard) 2 - Again, just speaking from my experience (assuming here that most ships that offer the pass have similar facilities) the pass gets you into the "special" thermal suite area of the spa. I say "special" because most ships have a sauna/steam room in the gym locker rooms that you can use for free. The "special" area on the ships I have been on had a dry sauna, 2 (or maybe three... can't recall) different "wet" steam rooms of various temperatures, some sort of special waterfall/rain shower (I never really figured out the appeal of this), and a couple of hot tile beds (which are amazing except when people decide to camp out on them (and fall asleep) for over an hour so that no one else can use them :mad:) 3 - Is it worth it? Well, I guess that's up to each person. My mom and I have always really enjoyed it and we plan to do it again on our next cruise. The one thing I would suggest taking into account though is how much time you will actually be able to use it. If you have a few sea days, then you will probably get your monies worth. But, if most of your time is in port, then it might not be worth it. The thermal suite is only open when the spa is open, so it might be beneficial for you to check the operating hours on your particular ship/itinerary. Also, if you want to see what it all actually looks like before you purchase the pass, you can stop by the spa when you board and they will most likely be offering spa tours (which include showing you the thermal suite... you just have to ignore their hard-sell tactics during the tour) Hope that helps! Melissa
  4. Thanks for all of your insight, Danish Viking! I have a couple of quick questions I'm hoping you can help with... My mom and I arrive at the airport in the afternoon on Aug 23rd. We are staying at Cabinn Express (Frederiksberg). We will have 2 larger suitcases and 2 smaller carry-on size rollers. I'm "thinking" we can handle these on the train (not sure if we would be successful on buses). So, if we took the train to our hotel, would we take the M2 to the Forum station and then have a short walk to our hotel (based on my research, I believe this is correct, but would love some verification). If so, is this plan doable with the luggage we will have (we don't have any mobility issues) or are the trains difficult to navigate with 2 pieces of luggage per person? From Cabinn Express, I was thinking we would just take a taxi to Oceankaj (we are on RCCL), since it looks like the train might not be a good option and to use a bus would involve some transfers and maybe too much walking... or am I missing something? Finally, and you may not be able to answer this but perhaps someone can. Do you know if they enforce the suggested boarding times for RCCL at this cruise terminal? Our tickets "suggest" we board around 2p, but we would prefer to board around 11-11:30 if they will allow it. Thanks for any help you can provide! Melissa
  5. Thanks to all for offering their insight on the "Copenhagen Boarding" question (although I'm still having a difficult time accepting that there is something Bob doesn't know about RCCL...lol ). Sorry for highjacking this thread.... I only realized after my post that my question, while related to another post, didn't really pertain to the topic of the Royal app itself. Melissa
  6. Hi Bob, Do you know if they are enforced in European ports (specifically Copenhagen)... or can we just do the same as in the US and show up anytime we like during the boarding window? Thanks, Melissa
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