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  1. This will only be my second cruise with RCCL. Have cruised with most of the main lines and especially with Celebrity. Since we have select dining in the MDR I forgot that one can select times. So I went into our reservation and was doing "fine" until one date would not take any selected time. So, I called RCCL. A nice young male presentative went through every evening that I had selected, including the one that was not being accepted. He assured me, "you're all set for each night." After hanging up, I opened our reservation to find that EVERY single evening had been rejected and we could check when onboard to see of there were any openings for the times selected. I recalled RCCL and spoke with a female representative. I explained what I had just gone through and asked, can't we just go to the MDR when we want and just wait for a table for two, or join others when one is available. Of course you can, she said, So no real significant complaint but why did the male representative put me through the dog and pony show and tell me we were all set, when indeed, we were not. Just asking, not complaining.
  2. Have flown from Columbus to San Juan to board with Viking Ocean. I actually took a very early morning flight out of Columbus to Atlanta, changed planes to get to San Juan day before the cruise. Flight, hotel and transportation all booked through Viking and it was a very pleasant experience.
  3. Have cruised with HAL several times in the past though with Celebrity more often. Was scheduled to cruise on the Apex in Dec. 2020 but after reviewing the itinerary and COST, cancelled and moved to HAL. Same dates, better itinerary and much better price for a "real" balcony and not just a moveable window.
  4. Hmmm. Glad my 1/20, 3/20, 12/20, and 3/21 X cruises with drink pack perks were all booked several months ago! Rechecked today with my TA, who after contacting X for a complete verification, has been assured this new X trick applies to cruises booked after 10/10/19.
  5. Guess I'll have to wait and see since I'll be on the Equinox twice before boarding the Apex in 12/2020.
  6. Have always purchased trip insurance. Have used it twice. Once my travel partner became very ill and was hospitalized four days before the cruise. Insurance paid in full. Last February was preparing to board the ship in FLL, received call that my brother was seriously ill and I immediately went to the airport to return home. My brother passed away three days later. Insurance paid un full and I received a call from the company extending their sympathy.
  7. If by change you are going with Windstar, they will provide you all the equipment needed as they did us in Bora Bora and the Society Islands itinerary.
  8. Have cruised with RCCL and more often with X. Actually my upcoming cruise will be with RCCL because the friend that is going with me is an "activities nut." The next three cruises after that are all on X. I enjoy the more laid back but social atmosphere of X and have never had a bad meal on any of their ships but then again I'm not real fussy. I like the lay out of ships and I could be perfectly content on a sea day to simply sit on my balcony and take in the beauty of the ocean. Just take an X cruise and see what you think. My favorite X vessel is the Equinox. Happy cruising!
  9. Today our TA notified the four of us the she still has not received a return call from her HAL BDM with regards to the two perks that were revoked from our 4/4 - 3/11/ 2020 cruise that initially was suppose to go to Cuba. So, we told her to simply cancel our two cabins with HAL on this cruise and tell HAL exactly why! Rebooked with Celebrity, upgraded balcony cabins, good itinerary and pre-paid gratuities and $150 OBC pp, very good price and friendly and responsive X representatives took care of our TA and therefore ourselves too.
  10. Interesting; The four of us were scheduled on the Veendam Cuba itinerary 3/4 - 3/11/2020. Prior to the itinerary change and lowered price announcement yesterday, our TA was assured that the two perks we received with the original booking would be retained. Today, however, HAL says NO perks just the $100 OBC and lower cruise price, however we are welcome to add the two perks, therefore basically wiping out the lower price savings. Our solution is simple - cancel with HAL and rebook similar cruise with X at a similar price plus two perks and OBC from our TA.I suspect this particular cruise will have plenty of cabins available, including our two!
  11. Agree - OBC from my TA has always been refunded if not used. OBC as a perk is not.
  12. Glad to know that things went smoothly as I assumed they would with HAL. The four of us will wait and see what ports are added but I'm pretty such I could guess. I have no complaints if we decide to go ahead and take this cruise while maintaining our two perks plus the additional OBC per passenger. I see HAL as handling this situation very well.
  13. Our TA has already informed us of what CCLis doing by just adding another different Caribbean port and giving $100 OBC. With HAL making their decision known tomorrow, I'm sure it will be similar. The four of us will just cancel the cruise. Will probably rebook with Celebrity on a better itinerary. It is what it is!
  14. Have cruised on both the Allure and the Equinox. With your children involved, best choice would be the Allure.
  15. Darcy you are so correct. Mostly I have found age restrictions on snorkeling/diving and some long hiking tours. Likewise, although I'm age 73, I do CrossFit Wellness three days a week and walk 1-2 miles per day. Doesn't mean I couldn't keel over at anytime but, I'm most likely in better physical shape than MANY I see on cruises that are 30 yrs younger than myself. It is all about insurance company contentment which is also why I most often always take private tours: less expensive, much smaller groups, few restrictions.
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