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    Wimauma, Florida
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    Gardening, Beach, Drives in our convertible, travel
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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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  1. You are correct. My eyes read Odyssey while my mind thought Oasis.
  2. To my knowledge, Oasis class ships do not have any corner aft Jr. Suites as the aft corners have either the two bedroom or one bedroom Aqua Theater Suites. There are two Ultra Spacious Ocean View with Large Balcony cabins on Oasis deck 7, however these are not Jr. Suites.
  3. Ordered 6 tests from eMed for $150 plus overnight shipping costs.
  4. We have 4 B2B cruises booked between our 9/12 Allure B2B and the last on Brilliance New Years week. Three of these B2B are on Royal and the other on Celebrity’s Edge. I too think this new procedure is asinine and will give serious thought to canceling the second cruise on each ship should this moronic terminal testing with luggage procedure not be rescinded. Royal seems to be doing everything they can to discourage loyalty lately.
  5. Whose expense is this test? Does Royal provide this test to B2B passengers for free or is it charged to the passengers?
  6. If one bids on a suite with significantly larger cabin size, does Royal permit an additional couple (2 passengers) to be added to the reservation with an additional associated fee for a 3rd & 4th passenger? I realized with the current reduced sailing capacities in effect this might not be permitted, however does Royal ever allow it?
  7. We originally booked back in 2020 for B2B sailings on 11/22 & 11/27/21 on Brilliance out of Tampa. Specifically booked aft facing Junior Sweet cabin 1100 with its wrap around deck for the 11/27 second leg. Last night my reservation was switched to the Serenade with Jr. Suite Cabin 1098 assigned, a port facing cabin near the aft of the ship. My question is if we had a specific desirable cabin booked on the cancelled Brilliance and it was replaced with its sister ship Serenade before going on sale to the public, why weren’t all Brilliance passengers automatically placed in their exact corresponding cabin on Serenade? How could cabin 1100 be already assigned to someone else if the cruise didn’t exist before last evening? Way to piss your loyal customers off!
  8. Suspect you may soon have a bigger disappointment than not visiting Grand Cayman on your October sailing on Brilliance. The website for the Port of Tampa Bay continues to show the first sailing of Brilliance to be on 11/18, with no cruise lines sailing out of Tampa prior to November 1. Certainly all schedules are subject to change, including the Port of Tampa’s, however as of today it doesn’t appear the port will be open for cruise business in October. Hopefully you will sail as scheduled, yet you may wish to consider possible alternatives. https://www.porttb.com/cruise-schedules
  9. Honestly, I do not know where the form needs to be sent. Since this is a Celebrity promotion applied to their Celebrity cruises, it struck me as odd the form would go to Royal. Forgive me if I caused any anxiety!
  10. Hopefully you submitted the form to Celebrity and not Royal!
  11. Thank you for your input. I did locate additional information on Royal Up that addressed cancellations as follows: “Upgrades are non-refundable unless Guest cancels the booking. If Guest cancels the booking, Guest’s cruise fare will be refunded in accordance with RCI’s standard cancellation policy, and Guest will receive a refund for the Total Amount of the Upgrade.” Notice how it refers to “RCI’s standard cancellation policy” without any reference to Cruise With Confidence.
  12. The recent significant spikes in COVID cases and networks reporting on possible mandated masking requirements, caused me to question how bids made under the Royal Up program might impact the option to cancel a cruise within 48 Hours if booked under Royal’s Cruise With Confidence program. In reading the fine print of the two programs, I suspect that an accepted Royal Up bid financially commits one to the cruise and overrides any CWC cancelation option even if the Royal Up bid is accepted prior to 48 hours of the sailing. Wondering if anyone knows Royal’s official position as it relates to the interface of these two programs? Starting to believe an attorney is becoming almost as important as a great TA when it comes to booking! Thank you in advance for shedding some legal light here. Keith
  13. Where was your deck plan from? I just went to Royal’s website and found the layout for Deck 11 still shows it as the Diamond Club. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/allure-of-the-seas/deck-plans/2068/11
  14. This appears to be a clever pricing strategy by Royal that offers an attractive price early on in the booking process to entice passengers to plan and pay for their dining, drinks, wifi, excursions, etc often a year or more in advance. Thus Royal has the use of your payments 12 months or longer before ever serving a meal, pouring a drink or paying a tour vendor. Additionally, every time those passengers check out Royal’s latest “sale” in hopes of finding a price reduction, many may be tempted to add an additional item to their cart. With unlimited dining and the drink package with Voom costing approximately $2k for two people on a 7-night sailing, that is a nice interest-free loan. Only wish Royal would invest some of it in improving their IT department!
  15. Celebrity’s wording in their Retreat marketing is a little deceptive by listing both an OBC perk as well as a Shore Excursion perk. It should be clearly presented that the OBC perk per person may be used for Shore Excursions.
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