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LuCruise

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Theatre, cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean and Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Going back a couple years, we started cruising 2x a year....school break in March and before returning to school end of August (and DH threw in an extra one. So once cruising starts again, I put the same number of times. Hated losing our cruise this past March, and now our summer plans are gone. Having said that, for the first time, we booked Christmas next year....but that's more cause we lost this year and it was a replacement. Don't think typically we will cruise Christmas (due to flight costs)....but fingers crossed next Dec it works. I can't wait for things to get back to normal again where cruises start up and we don't live in fear of this virus (and of course, day to day life). TO me, there really is no other vacation a good as a cruise.
  2. Yeah...and final payment is Dec so doubt cruises will be back up this year. Too bad you'll lose such a good booking.
  3. We have Harmony booked in March 2021 and not feeling too confident. But no one really knows.
  4. We're booked on that cruise. It's Ontario March break. We booked awhile ago but I have noticed that even insides are quite pricey. On the good side, there were some very good cruise planner sales last week. Wait another week or two, I'm sure the sale will be back
  5. OK Thanks...I wasn't actually expecting the next cruise OBC to come in as a refund, but trying to figure out the number that doesn't match anything. Maybe it's a portion then of the additional deposit....or they just got this number wrong (but upon cancelling the agent quoted me the amount that I had calculated as well - which was the same). Will wait to see when more refunds come in and then give them a call if it still doesn't add up.
  6. Our Mariner was booked while on board a previous cruise and so we had a bit of "next cruise OBC". We never used the OBC. About a month ago, we cancelled the Mariner cruise. We had an excursion and a drink package (the $18 one 😞 ) that would be refunded. Today we noticed a refund for a bit more than the excursion. I've cross referenced to all our expected refunds and the amount doesn't match anything. The only thing I can think of is that they refunded the Mariner excursion + gave us back the Next Cruise OBC. I can't tell exactly though as the OBC is in USD and our cruise is priced in CAD...but the excursion + OBC as CAD is close to the refund amount. Do they refund you for Next Cruise OBC? If not...we are also expecting a refund for additional deposit that we made before final payment so it's possible they messed up the refund amount.
  7. Thanks. Thought I just saw something on FB too. Good news. Means i can monitor the price for a little while longer before lifting and sifting (although will probably only go up)
  8. Btw...Even since making the booking for 2021 this past weekend (i.e. the cruise to be lifted and sifted), I've noticed the price keeps rising. Royal must know that people book the cheaper cruise only for the purpose of lifting and sifting...Plus the fact that 2021 cruises are getting booked in place of 2020.
  9. I don't think us as frugal...but we are a family of 4 and have started cruising 2x -3x per year. Flying in from Toronto + cruises adds up. So it's the total vacation cost / year and thus, we often book an inside room. We've never done the straight inside but the ones with a window such as a promenade. I actually like these rooms. With covid, it won't change our spending habits on specialty dining (we like the MDR) or spa packages, but we now consider balcony rooms more. Having said that, for our next one, we do have a Central Park interior as we are looking at >1K to upgrade. Will have to see how things are closer to the date to see if we are comfortable with this. It has a window to the outside but no balcony. We also have a balcony rooms book for our other cruises. Also...as we keep losing cruises, it makes it more tempting to purchase the drink package...for all the savings that we had, we could put the money elsewhere to something we will enjoy as a treat (but we also come with kids so probably would be a waste).
  10. Does this link still work? I keep getting "400 Bad Request". Sorry...seems to work in explorer. Not other browsers for me.
  11. Thanks for the advice. Ok...so when I have a few hours next weekend, I'll give them a call to move the booking to following year. Even the Royal agent today had a hard time finding the connecting rooms I was seeing. Not sure why.
  12. Thanks....Cancelled original Mar 2022 booking and rebooked for Mar 2021. Question about booking online....do you know if it will it be an issue lifting and sifting on line since they re-categorized the connecting balcony rooms? We currently booked two 6D rooms but they become CB in 2022. And if not, once they assign, can we call in and select any other CB rooms?
  13. Thanks. That's much better than the 2 hrs it took me. Ok...so I might do the cancellation of Mar 2022 and rebook as Mar 2021 today. Then maybe in a week's time, lift and sift?
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