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  1. Hi. I was due on Jewel on 16th March (from UK). I had booked a package with them inc flights and transfers. This morning I can see a full refund has gone in of everything including an excursion which I cancelled a week before Royal pulled the cruise. Everything is credited separately but the total is right. That’s taken 3 weeks to come through. I wasn’t sure if we were getting FCC, cash or a mix as we had 3 emails for each scenario... I think EU package holiday rules meant £ only refund. I’m sure everyone will get sorted, it’s just a long wait.
  2. Thanks so much for posting. We were due to join you on 16th March so have really enjoyed your photos, hints and tips. We will sail again when the world heals... stay safe 🙂
  3. I think if we look at Italy at the moment, they are in full crisis mode. They are weeks ahead of the UK and US in terms of having the disease but are nowhere near to seeing an end to it. As much as any of us crave that holiday, this could very well be a lot longer and worse than we imagine. Stay safe everyone 😉
  4. Made me jump when I opened the bathroom door...
  5. I cancelled my drink package and excursions... our sailing on Monday is cancelled so I did it myself a week ago, just so I feel like I have some control! So far I have had 3 emails from royal telling me 3 different scenarios that I will get my money back from the cruise fare - 1. Mix of FCC and cash 2. Full refund 3. Full FCC so my thinking is at least the drinks coming back should be given!
  6. Don’t worry it’s quite the norm. I had to cancel my cruise for this Sunday and then Royal cancelled it anyway. I have had phone conversations and emails (back and forth) and it’s still live. I look at it and dream! I just accept that it will get sorted at some point.
  7. Hi. Cancelled my cruise last Friday - booked direct with Royal (UK), was told they fill out a form and this gets sent to another department to sort. I chased Sunday and again this Tuesday as have had absolutely nothing and the cruise sets sail on 16th March. I am now reading the cruise is cancelled by Royal (Jewel 16th March) but again nothing as yet. The cruise is still ‘live’ on the system so I’ve cancelled all the excursions & drinks packages and will just wait. When I chased I was told they are busy and it will get done eventually... I have noted times of call and names of
  8. I’m wondering if this is the same for the UK? I was told yesterday that it is for new bookings only so couldn’t apply to my October cruise.
  9. 8 days... Jewel from Dubai with my aunt for her 70th... Just had to cancel as my husband has just returned from Italy ☹️ So now focusing on Allure 224 days to go!
  10. It seems like things are changing daily... hopefully we will get an update before next week! Part of me so wants to get in the sun & cruise and the other half is wondering ...
  11. Thanks for the update... I am due on board Jewel 16th, a week on Monday. I wonder what royal will do as we are having an overnight in Doha. I’m not really wanting to ‘cruise’ just being in Dubai, but we will see. Any other updates much appreciated. Safe travels.
  12. Here is the link to Royal’s own update https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates
  13. Can I just ask please, is the SL on every ship - with alcohol menu available? Is this for GS and above? Many thanks.
  14. Great thanks so much. We were going to book a tour for 4 hours going around the city but are now going to find our own way, really appreciate your posts 😎
  15. Does anyone know if The Pearl is worth a visit? Thanks for the info on the shuttle and walking/safety, it’s given us a lot of confidence for our trip.
  16. Great photos thank you. Can you tell me if there was anywhere worthwhile for snorkelling on Sir Bani Yas?
  17. We booked directly and 28 days out and have the same message... I wonder if the ship is near sold out they don’t open the bids? Just a wild guess. So you are not alone if that’s any consolation 😎
  18. Really looking to hear about your trip - we are on the 16th March sailing, so any hints and tips are really appreciated. Have a great time 😎
  19. For our 16th March sailing Bahrain in removed and our new itinerary is as follows... I’m happy with an overnight in Doha.
  20. For our sailing on 16th March we have received a letter from RCI to say that no change as yet but they are reviewing & we should have more info by 24th Jan. Current itinerary is slightly different: Dubai - cruising - Bahrain - Doha - Sir Bani Yas - Abu Dhabi - Dubai (overnight) so it will be interesting to see what happens.
  21. Hi We did the usual dining & shows, bridge tour, behind the scenes for Hairspray & met Nick Weir & his team, cake decorating, one night we had seating reserved on the rising tide bar for the live band as it was a birthday - Marla organised we didn’t ask - she also organised a cake & cocktails to the room. Tried the laser tag several times - she met us there at the start & we went straight in. To be honest we didn’t go mad, but she made the experience personal & fun. That was the first time star class & we didn’t quite know what to expect.
  22. Hi We had Marla last year on Symphony and she’s great. She gave us loads of options on board & if we wanted to try something a bit different she made it happen. You will be so spoilt... it was a shock going back to a ‘normal’ room. Enjoy!
  23. 72 days to go and my set sail says REPRINT for deck number and GTY for stateroom. May be it’s too early? March 16th sailing from Dubai & they are still selling guarantee balconies which is what I have.
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