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  1. Thank you to everyone for your detailed and well-thought explanation. Our friends have decided they are not ready to book (even though they have 8K in cruise credit that expires end of 2022), so we have gone with something that wouldn't have been their top of their list and told them if they want to do something else and cabins are available we will look to switch be with them. Time is hard to get off for these long trips so I get it. DH and I are doing the Beyond 9 night Italian Rivera and France. So excited to be on such a new ship in a suite. Thanks again for all your advice!
  2. Thanks for that explanation. I totally understand about sentiment with certain ships. The Allure was the first Oasis class ship on RC we sailed and it feels like home when I get back there regardless of how many sister ships I have sailed. great info to share with the other couple with whom we are cruising and we can all make a better informed decision. thanks!
  3. Oops! Thanks for the info. We are traveling with another couple that has also booked several cruises that have been canceled but they started off with a less expensive cabin originally so our cabin will most likely be the place we hang out if it’s just the 4 of us. I think it will be between Connie and Reflection. Any specific cabin or area recommendations? Thanks!
  4. We are getting ready to book a cruise in the Med next fall, preferably more Greece, Turkey, and Croatia vs Italy and Spain. We love Italy and Spain, but want to see new places. After our third cruise being canceled and each time getting 25% more FCC, and not having a lot of time to take multiple trips, we decided to use it all one cruise and get a suite. We have much more experience with RC and their ships, so any help the Celebrity experts can provide would be greatly appreciated. The itineraries we that are more interesting to us, and that work with when we can travel are ships that have not been revolutionized - Reflection and Constellation. We wanted to do a 9-10 day, but we could also do the Infinity 7 day cruise (which has been revolutionized). We love having a suite sundeck when we have cruised RC and not having to fight for chairs, so I'm wondering how much the suite experience will be not as great as it could be if we do a ship that doesn't have the Retreat Sundeck and possibly others things I don't know about. The cruises we are looking at have 2-4 days at sea. We could possibly do the Beyond or Edge, but would have to really require some arm-twisting on my part since those dates are not great for us to travel regarding work. Any advice? Thanks!
  5. As long as it’s not sexist or racist slogans on anything you will be good. Wear what makes you happy. You are on vacation!
  6. My husband and I cruise with his family in the early 90s. We didn’t really expect to become normal cruisers, so we didn’t do the crown and anchor sign up. Years later when we started cruising, I tried to call Royal Caribbean like you did and they had no record of it. Luckily, I used to scrapbook, so I had the boarding pass. The one that used to look sort of like an airline ticket. When I sent them that, then they credited me. But other than me having physical proof, I doubt they would’ve.
  7. I did a test today before my parents visit. I didn’t need it monitored but used the NAVICA app and process to make sure I knew what to do before our cruise in October. I tried to do it on my iPad but I couldn’t get through the legal warnings. There was no “accept” button. I did it on my phone no problem. Then for some reason my iPad didn’t pass the microphone test even though I voice text all the time. I ended up logging onto emed on my pc (I have an external camera/microphone) and it was very easy and fast from then. Waited less than a minute for initial advisor. Took the test, they set the timer and I was able to walk away as long as the test remained untouched on my desk with the camera on it the whole time. Went back at 14 minutes, clicked to let them know I was there at 15 minutes. Again less than a minute wait and the advisor came on and had me hold up the test to the camera. Negative, and the results were emailed and showed up with the QR code in my app in less than 2 minutes. About 5pm ET
  8. This link says cruises starting through Oct 31 so not sure which is accurate https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center COVID-19 Assistance Vaccinated guests and children not yet eligible to be vaccinated who book a Royal Caribbean International cruise that’s sailing on or before October 31, 2021 will have the following COVID-19 Assistance at no extra charge. • 100% cruise fare refund for you, and your Travelling Party, if any of you tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the cruise or at the boarding terminal. • Pro-rated cruise fare refund if your cruise is cut short for reasons related to COVID-19. • If you test positive for COVID-19 during the cruise, Royal Caribbean will cover the costs of COVID-19 related medical treatment onboard, any required land-based quarantine, and travel home for you and your Traveling Party. *Last modified August 25, 2021. Subject to change. “Traveling Party” means your family members living with you in the same household and traveling companions assigned to your stateroom on the cruise. Conditioned upon compliance with the RCG COVID-19 Policies and Procedures in effect at the time of the cruise. Additional terms and conditions apply. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details.
  9. So probably being quarantined at whatever the next port is if you test positive?
  10. Thanks. So very vague as to what will actually happen. We could be quarantined at a port but RC will cover the costs. Am I remembering it right that on another cruise RC disembarked a family who tested positive at a port and flew them privately home?
  11. I apologize if this has been answered. I feel like I have read some references to something about October 31, but can't find it when I search for it. We are on the Allure leaving October 31, fully vaxxed. My understanding is that once we board we will not be tested again unless we go to the infirmary with symptoms or our tracelet says we have been around someone who tested positive. Is that correct? The RC Healthy Sailing page is pretty vague about what happens if we test positive. I have read RC flew some families private transport home, but have also read something about that only applies to cruises through Oct 31. Since we are leaving Oct 31, I wasn't sure if we fell into the before or after category. Our traveling party doesn't like the thought of being dumped off at the next port and/or Port Canaveral and be made to quarantine for several days. We understand the need to get us off the ship, just don't like the idea of being stuck somewhere random in a hotel room for days. Does RC have this explicitly stated anywhere? Thanks.
  12. I can't remember which post (in the RC forum), but someone said they did this and it was fast.
  13. Another option would be to have a wifi package and turn on wifi calling on your phone. If your cell phone is on and connected and she tries to call you, it will ring just as if it were a cellular service call. You need to activate wifi calling on your phone before you get on the cruise. And be sure to turn off cellular service when you board to avoid crazy charges. https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/make-calls-using-wi-fi-iph78f4697ca/ios *note - this works for IOS (apple phones), not sure of Android
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