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  1. That is Great advice. We did the Baltic with the Norwegian Breakaway last year late June to early July. No problem with overly warm days. Suggest you take a sweater – we had a very chilly day at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg. Have a great vacation.
  2. I noticed on the RCCL Radiance of the Seas web page the Concierge Lounge is being referred to as the Suite Lounge. The quote on the page is: "TOP SHELF PRIVILEGES - It’s serenity with a twist of lime. Reserved exclusively for guests of Grand Suite-level accommodations and above, the Suite Lounge presents complimentary continental breakfast and evening drinks. So from croissants to Cosmos, we’ve got your cravings covered. Insider Tip For Grand Suite-level accommodations and above." Does anyone know if the change has been made from Concierge to Suite? Just wondering.
  3. I want to put in a good word for the Customer Service Representatives who work the telephones at Royal Caribbean. They sometimes get bad press and some of it may be well deserved. All I can do is express my personal experiences. During September last year my wife and I got the “we gotta cruise” bug again so we went shopping on the various main stream cruise companies web sites. We have been every other year or so cruisers since 2002. Mostly we have booked our trips personally on line. Our prior cruises have been with Norwegian and Princess. We found a date and location we thought would be good and we booked a 1 Bedroom Grand Suite on the Serenade of the Seas for a 10 day Caribbean cruise departing Ft Lauderdale on 31 January 2020. Our excitement began to build – only a year and a half to go! Then our situation changed and suddenly January 2010 was not a good time. What to do? We had made a very substantial down payment which we may have had to forfeit. One call to RCCL later and we were booked into a “Spacious Ocean View Balcony” room on the 10 September 2019 sailing of the Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, B.C. to Hawaii. We had to pay a $200 change for Ship and Sail Date charge which was part and parcel of the deal we agreed to. We made final payment and were happy with our new itinerary. Final payments usually signal an end to bargaining. Last week we noticed that Royal Caribbean was offering substantial savings listed as BOGO60NRD (-$3041.00) SAVINGS NRC (-$150.00) and RESIDENT NRD (-$810.00) on reservations for a Junior Suite for that itinerary. After doing the math we realized that for a little more than the price of the Balcony we could have the JS. Another call the RCCL (this time they answered my call by saying my name) and were booked into the bigger room, purchased “The Key”, and selected and paid for excursions at all four stops in the Hawaiian Islands. All our dealing with Customer Service at Royal Caribbean was an absolute pleasure. Kudos to RCCL!
  4. Thank you for your kind and quick responses. I guess patience is truly a virtue but unfortunately not one that I seem to have a grasp on.
  5. We are new to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines though we have taken several vacations on Norwegian and Princess. We have just booked a Junior Suite on an 11 night Southern Caribbean Cruise on the Serenade of the Seas sailing from Ft Lauderdale on 20 January 2020. We are looking forward to re-visiting a smaller mature ship with full promenade and multideck atrium. We can see our reservation when we log into the RCCL cruise planner web site but every menu item indicates that we should purchase or reserve once we are on board. We realize that we are very early in the planning process so we will not be able to accomplish much now. Can anyone give us an idea when we may be able to start planning in earnest? Thank you in advance
  6. Ship - Breakaway Deck - 8 Stateroom # - 8134 Stateroom Category – Mini-Suite with Large Balcony Starboard or Port Side - Port Forward Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – Very Quiet - Never heard an Outside Noise Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - Non-Connecting Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – No obstructions - clear view in all directions Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - Very Large Balcony - 2 recliner chairs, 2 regular chairs, and a large table. Was wind a problem? - No If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - N/A Any specific problems with this cabin? - Great Cabin - no issues. Any other comments? - As with any forward mini-suite on deck 8 it is a good walk to the elevator / stairs. Those with maneuverability issues may not want to book these cabins.
  7. No discount offered (that we heard of) for laundry except the 50% off 1 bag for Latitudes Gold members. Hope you have a great day!
  8. Please find copies of the Freestyle Daily for all nine days of the cruise below. Hope someone finds them helpful. NCL Breakaway Baltic Day - 001 Op.pdf NCL Breakaway Baltic Day - 002 Op.pdf NCL Breakaway Baltic Day - 003 Op.pdf NCL Breakaway Baltic Day - 004 Op.pdf NCL Breakaway Baltic Day - 005 Op.pdf
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