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Dan83

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  1. We are going on February 12. First time on Enchantment as well. Our previous RCI experience is limited to 3 trips on the Liberty. Any pro tips are appreciated. Especially concerning the kids club. Does adventure ocean pick up the kids at the main dining room at 6:40 pm? We really liked that feature on Liberty.
  2. I see. Makes sense. I’m definitely not gonna fuss over it because it turns out to be a really good deal. Not worth the risk of the TA messing up the booking.
  3. I’m confused a little. The original bookings had $50 on each cabin from whatever promo was running at the time. They price protected it and I chose a sail date in June. Current pricing for the new sail date is much higher and there’s no OBC, but that should be irrelevant because of the price protection?
  4. I was booked on one of the cancelled Liberty sailings for spring 2021. I chose one of the listed alternate options. Good deal with the price protection and 200 OBC. Is the 200 in addition to what I already had booked or just $200 total? I originally had $50 from Royal and nothing from TA. Cruise planner now shows 200 total with new sail date. I’m not going to fuss too much as the new sail date was way more expensive than what I had booked originally. And I got my first choice of cabins. BTW, yes this is absolutely a question for my TA but unfortunately I have this booked through a terrible TA that happens to be out of office for the next 3 days. I booked this before I realized there are some really fantastic TA’s out there.
  5. The sailing on March 21 is now not listed again. They may end up canceling that one also? I won’t be heartbroken as long as they offer up a summertime sailing.
  6. They could probably arrange a taxi, but I doubt that would be included. There are a few dive shops that offer transportation, but I don’t think blue planet is one of them. We are definitely returning to blue planet next time. We always get a driver for the day through one of the local tour companies. The prices are very reasonable and you have transportation for the whole day in port. Our driver just chilled out on the beach while we were on the dive boat. And after we finished diving, there was plenty of time to get some other activities in before returning to the ship. For a small group of people, it’s really not much more expensive than a couple of taxi rides.
  7. yes, we’ve experienced all that and worse. It’s a numbers game. Take enough photos, and there’s bound to be a few good ones.
  8. If it were up to me, I’d never waste money on silly photos. However, my wife is picture crazy and can’t get enough photos. She’ll easily spend $300+ to have some local photographer come out to the house and take family photos at least twice per year. And this misery can last 2 hours or more with multiple wardrobe changes. Since we started cruising and buying the photo package, this madness has come to a stop. So yes, to me it’s absolutely worth it to buy the photo package. Even saves a little money compared to the alternative. There are lots of photo ops, and by night 2 she will have a favorite photographer and know him/her by name. By the 4th night, I can see the look of despair on their face when they spot my wife approaching. I’ve learned to just smile big and cooperate during these mini photo sessions, and it’ll be over before I know it. But my 3 year old still fights the good fight and puts up considerable resistance. Pricing varies. Buy it in cruise planner, definitely cheaper than on board. I’ve paid as little as $90 for a 5 day. And as much as $250 for 7 day cruise photo package.
  9. My sailing on the 21st is still a go. I have unwittingly booked a first sailing after dry dock. Anything I should be aware of? I’m within driving range so flight changes aren’t an issue. I just don’t want to be canceled last minute if they extend the dry dock again.
  10. Correction: I meant 7,14, and 28th. But now all 4 sail dates in March 2021 are now open including the 21st
  11. the march 7, 14, and 21 sailings are bookable again. but not ours on the 21st.
  12. Are there any updates out? My TA said nothing seems out of the ordinary and the sail date is still open for booking. Yet the sailings are unavailable on the RC website. I don't have a lot of confidence in this TA btw. Being a spring break week, I want to find an alternative sooner rather than later.
  13. One more vote for cruising with kids. It's a very subjective topic. We would miss our kids if we left them at grandparents. Probably so much that we'd fly home at the first port of call. On our first cruise after kids, our youngest was 21 months and fully into the terrible 2's. Friends said we were crazy taking them. Didn't regret it for a second. Of course there will be the same tantrums and sibling bickering that goes on at home. But as everyone here always says, a day on a cruise is better than a day at home or work. Our kids do a happy dance and a made up "we're on a ship" song on the balcony that is absolutely precious. Our 2 year old asks to go back on the ship nearly everyday. Even before he was talking good, he'd get the picture book out and find the picture of the cruise ship. He'd point to it and make it known that's where he wants to go. What has really made it worthwhile for us has been the shore excursions. That takes more research and usually "on your own" type activities. Many of the ship sponsored excursions will have age restrictions and for good reason. But we've still been able to have some really great experiences that was fun for us as much as the kids. Another thing to consider is at 23 months, she will be in the nursery and not the kids club. Not every Royal ship has a nursery, but I think it's a short list of those that don't. The nurseries have always been great. It's 6-8 bucks per hour. And I don't think our nursery bill has ever been over $100. We really just use it occasionally for a dinner and show. Reservations are a must. Do that early in the cruise if you want to use the nursery. Many folks on here will recommend against taking kids that young on a cruise. That's most likely because they don't like being around kids. There are other cruise lines and other vacation options that specialize in adult only. Royal Caribbean markets to families with kids of all ages. And there is an argument or maybe more like parenting advise that I get told sometimes: that you need this vacation time away from kids to keep your sanity. You need to take care of yourself so that you can be the best parent to your kids. There's some truth to that, but that's also subjective. A few hours or maybe even an overnight at the grandparents is plenty for us. As I said earlier, no way I'd leave kids back home and go on a cruise. Way more fun to bring them along.
  14. If I understand correctly, when I reprice, they will just drop the fare for 3rd and 4th passengers? 1st and second won’t be repriced also? That would be much cheaper than I expected because prices will surely rise in one years time.
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