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  1. Your screen name . . .LOL and not helpful to this. I've read advise to not wear black if we do get to fly into HKG so we don't take on the appearance of a protester. I don't know, it's been going on for a month, three more weeks doesn't feel like a stretch.
  2. Thanks, I'll be researching those two other airports to see if Singapore Air can get us in there. We could divert while en route to Hong Kong to the other two airports and if we did, that would be the best solution as far as the visas are concerned. We did purchase travel vouchers from Air to Sea and hope we could rely on that should a diversion be necessary.
  3. Thanks, that never occurred to me. Our flights are not refundable though as we did try to change them months ago to allow more time in Hong Kong and we were told by Air to Sea we couldn't change them.
  4. We are due to fly out of EWR on 9/1 for our 9/3 Voyager cruise to Vietnam. The cruise originates in Hong Kong and ends in Singapore. We have RCI Air to Sea flights booked. Hong Kong airport is closed today for the second day in a row due to the chaos at the airport and in Hong Kong. The police are using tear gas and rubber bullets. Thousands of protesters are using luggage carts to block the check in and security area. There has been some violence reported. We have a small amount of travel insurance to cover trip cancellation. We do not have cancel for any reason coverage. Our flights are not refundable and we have learned even if the airport closes, all we have from RCI is a "guarantee" that they will try their best to get us to the first port of call in Vietnam. (Note this well to those thinking of booking Air to Sea) We will not have visas for Vietnam until we depart Hong Kong on the ship as they are ship supplied. We will not be legal to enter Vietnam without visas issued on the ship as we sail from Hong Kong. So many things to worry about and so many scenarios for each step along the way that we cannot predict. Royal is just saying wait and see. Wait and see what, I don't know. That's what is keeping me awake at night. What we are thinking we would like now and don't know our chances is Royal giving us the option to skip this cruise and issue us vouchers for our cruise. They just skipped the port stop in San Juan because of protests. We could ask, right? Do you think RCI could cancel? What do you think would be the best department or person to speak to at Royal would be? We booked direct with RCI. People on our roll call (mainly folks from UK and Australia) seem more interested in formal nights and excursions than the reality that this chaos is happening. Anyway, finally, to all of you. Do you have advise, any experience with these type issues to add? Thanks!
  5. I just dug out our sea pass cards from the SOA in 94. Our table for breakfast, lunch and dinner was in the Madam Butterfly dining room. We made good friends with a couple we had as table mates that we still cruise with after these many years.
  6. Our first 3 cruises were on the SOA. She was such a huge ship...to us. We sailed from Manhattan to Bermuda costing us around $800 pp for inside cabins. Service was extraordinary, we were wow’d enough to continue with Royal for more than 70 cruises since then. We’ve since branched out to other lines as well. Royal sure knew what they were doing.
  7. I don’t want to detract from Brandon’s travels, but just one comment. Haven’t they effectively handled over 100 Pins on TA’s and the Presidents cruise?
  8. We’ve had it with champagne sauce in the past and now order it with no sauce.
  9. No email yet. After reading the posted email, I'm so pleased with the deal offered and booked for 5 of our sailings. WTG Royal! 👍 Maybe this will get us in the habit of buying the alcohol packages each cruise.....that is what you really wanted, isn't it?
  10. Since we can all agree, the Fairy has most likely passed away, I'm waiting for RCI to omit the verbiage from their C&A benefits. Come on now, is it really a benefit if there is no chance of it being used? Crown & Anchor Stateroom Upgrade Policy Our ships regularly sail at full capacity. Therefore, opportunities to upgrade are offered on a limited basis. If available, upgrades may be offered at the sole discretion of Royal Caribbean to Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club. To determine which members may be extended an upgrade, we will consider the member's Cruise Points and tier level, stateroom category paid and booking date. Has anyone received this benefit since the Royal Up program started? If they have, I'll eat my hat.
  11. Like all RCI's prices, they fluctuate. Market pricing. 😝 We always check when we board since we get a 40% pinnacle discount anyway. So I guess the 30% is really useless for some of us.
  12. IMO, onboard pricing is always higher than online. More fuzzy RCI math.
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