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    Travel, Cooking, Walking, Reading,Music
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Europe,Caribbean,Hawaii,Trans Atlantic

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  1. On the Trans Atlantics I have done an Oceanview or Interior stateroom. For the upcoming Med and Trans Atlantic B2B I assigned my Parents and I an Interior Guarantee (so far no stateroom has been assigned) and an Ocean View. I then went ahead and did the RoyalUp Bid for both cruises from an Interior to an Oceanview or Oceanview Balcony and on the Trans Atlantic a standard Oceanview Balcony and the Spacious Oceanview Balcony. My theory is to book in the least expensive cabins that meets our requirements and then pay to upgrade! I would hate to spend more on a cabin unless its a Suite well then I would go all out!
  2. I think there should be Agent Commission protection for instances like this or if a passenger cancels within the penalty period.Its unfair to the travel agents to lose out on the commission for an issue beyond their control.
  3. Royal did not book the hotel and even if they did they are not responsible for the lost or stolen items nor is the hotel.
  4. I am the exact opposite. I love gambling and playing this awesome game called RoyalUP. We started with an Interior Guarantee then bid for an Oceanview and OV Balcony on our first cruise as part of a B2B Med/Trans Atlantic Cruise. I mean how bad can it really get? For the second portion as anyways we have to move I put in a bid for the Standard OV Balcony and Superior OV Balcony again how bad can it get? So what if its an obstructed view that I am prepared for. Plus were saving money. I went ahead and bid on the first cruise around the minimum bid as we are in a Guarantee Cabin so the chances of Royal moving us up would be higher. On the second cruise I placed in the Bid in the strong range. I mean if they place us up with the Captain near his Bridge with the same view he gets that would be awesome! I'll take fresh air over Obstructed view any day! Pulling into Villefrane in a Balcony Cabin would be a dream for me as well as pulling into Palermo, Livorno, Lisbon, In and out of Barcelona etc. Now I may never go back to a standard insider room again! I may go for the higher categories.
  5. Great news! Bill Withers would be happy to know this!
  6. Heck I got a Bingo Shirt on a Free Spin To Win in the Casino, baseball hat for winning the Quest etc. I feel bad for Stevie. I'm not sure why they could not have given Stevie something better. I mean if the game was an entire cruise game then the Grand Prize should have been one free dinner at a specialty restaurant. Thoughts?
  7. With the hurricanes and other weather events I have found this cool tool the WeatherStar 4000 Emulator that actually gets the Data directly from the National Weather Service Forecast from virtually any US City. It will pull the data from the closest reporting weather station using the NWS Weather Station ID# anytime and on demand! Its the same system the Weather Channel used until they switched over. The WeatherStar4000 has been my favorite weather system ever since I was a kid. It would be cool if Royal Caribbean could display this Local Forecast system on their Departure Boards and TVs before pulling into port! Mods you can share this in other forums as a Sticky too! The service displays Severe Weather, Local Radar and other important weather data! Please stay safe! Please let me know what you think! https://battaglia.ddns.net/twc/twc2.html
  8. Here is a tip to check virtually any Local Forecast in the US without having to watch it on the Weather Chanel. I have been using this WeatherStar 4000 Emulator and it actually works. Its the same one the Weather Channel used before it switched to their newer system which I don't like. Please share it with your friends and fellow cruisers. It gets the data straight from the National Weather Service Forecast using the closest WeatherID station much better than Accuweather or another similar source! https://battaglia.ddns.net/twc/twc2.html
  9. It may help to put in a RoyalUP bid before the GTY gets assigned to better your chances. For me placing a minimum bid on a next to sold out interior GTY is not a guarantee for an upgrade but a better chance at one For our upcoming cruise the first segment on the B2b is in an almost sold out Interior GTY so I placed a bid for the minimum $75 Oceanview and $125 per passenger Standard OV balcony. The second cruise I bid higher for an OV balcony ftom our OV and Large OV Balcony room. Royal can then resell our rooms.
  10. This could happen to anyone. It would be nice to have Digital Passports and not physical ones. With your fingerprint and biometric eye scan you would process in and out of the countries. Visas would then be required to become electronic. Your chances of theft with a three step authentication process whereby the immigration agent or computer matches your image finger print and biometrics and let's you in. With Global Entry one would think a physical passport would be unnecessary. Perhaps your Drivers License or State Issued REALID could be a backup. To me its so crazy in 2019 that you have to miss your cruise because of a stolen pasport. Man that's archaic to hold a physical book that can get damaged or stolen. Let's have EPassports whereby you renew it online like for Global Entry. No forms, to fill but perhaps an interview if there is suspicion. This data gets transfered to Royal and you can board the ship using Biometrics Thoughts
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