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  1. The terms and conditions in booking through a Travel Agent (3rd party) would be the same as booking direct. As a word of advice, you need to confirm first if your TA also charges additional fees not charged by the cruise lines for originating, modifying, or cancelling a booking made through them. Many do, and many do not. IMO I would only book through those that do not. The suggestion for cancel for any reason travel insurance is also a good one.
  2. As others have said it is cruise line dependent and you should confirm with your Travel Agent or Carnival for your options prior to booking. But in general, most cruise lines will offer both a refundable deposit and a non-refundable deposit option. Usually the refundable option is offered with a higher stateroom fare than the non-refundable option. But with the refundable option you receive all money deposited as long as the cancellation is made prior to the final payment date, which is generally 90 days prior to sailing. With the non-refundable option, if you cancel prior to final payment, many lines will retain your deposit for a future booking, less a change fee that is charged for the cancellation. You would have to determine if the rate differential minus any change fee charged between the refundable and non-refundable rate (along with the held deposit funds) is worth it to you in making your booking choice. Past final payment - regardless of booking options - there will be a scaled penalty timeline where cancellations made will incur a penalty of 25% - 100% of your fare depending on how close to your sailing date you cancel past final payment.
  3. I, too, live in a community where this sport is very popular and I understand your interest in seeing this on all cruise lines. But as I commented in my previous post, it may not be as simple as may think to offer this on all ships. It would require space for a tennis court - or conversion (by way of adding a net and associated hardware) of an existing basketball or other sport court - to do so. This would not necessarily be feasible with many ships that may not have existing space and would also necessitate a dry dock time with associated cost to do so for a facility to be added if space is available. Cruise line target demographics would also come into play as to who would see this as viable for them. So while it may be a popular sport to you, it may not be one that can be an easily added venue to all cruise ships.
  4. Again, you would have to check with the websites - or call the cruise lines - to see which ships and their related itineraries offer this, as with the lines referenced it is ship specific. The three lines I mentioned are the only ones I am aware of that offer it, so the research should not be too difficult. As to other cruise lines adding it, it would require space for a tennis court - or conversion (by way of adding a net and associated hardware) of an existing basketball or other sport court - to do so. Not necessarily feasible with many ships and would also necessitate a dry dock time with associated cost to do so for a facility to be added if space is available. Cruise line target demographics would also come into play as to who would see this as viable for them.
  5. You would have to google it, or check the cruise line websites, to see which ships offer this but HAL, Princess, and Regent Seven Seas have added pickleball courts to some - but not all - of their ships. Not sure if there are any others.
  6. You will feel more of the up and down motion the further forward and higher you are on any ship. Side to side motion will be the same anywhere, although this is the motion that can be dampened by the ship's stabilizers.
  7. Sorry I meant this as provided as free or complimentary to the passengers. Shuttles arrange by the cruise lines and charging a separate fee or a charge applied to your SeaPass card may be available. However my understanding is that cruise line sponsored shuttles at no charge to the passengers would be unusual.
  8. As mentioned look at independent tour operators to find excursions more in line with your preferences. They will provide shuttles where needed. Royal is not the entity providing the transportation - that is provided by the tour operators contracted by them for their paying customers. It is not uncommon for shuttles to be provided for tours originated through the cruise lines for those paying customers only, and to not provide other transportation for the rest of the passengers not paying for a tour through them. In other words you either book through the cruise line and are provided transportation as part of that tour, or you book an independent tour, or do something on your own through a taxi, public bus, or car rental. But, again, the cruise lines are not likely to provide shuttles for passengers not booking tours through them.
  9. Agree with the other comments recommending avoiding flushing these or anything other than TP in the ships septic system - regardless of what the manufacturer claims in terms of breakdown. Not only is there a significant risk of plumbing blockage en route to the holding tanks I would think there would also be a concern with how they are processed once in the system. Ships' septic systems are unique and unlike those on land - don't assume that what may work with one will work with the other.
  10. I have never cruised with Princess but believe they are a very good line. I have cruised with Celebrity a number of times in recent years, however, and would have them as my favorite. IMO the food is very good and personal service levels are high. (We have cruised with RCI for 25 years previously). Not having experienced Princess, I would not be in a position to say that one is better than the other, but I will say that cruising with Celebrity would certainly not be a mistake. Perhaps give them a try - then you would have direct experience with both.
  11. As mentioned earlier, RCI has children's program specific to those with autism. A third party association's program is not necessary in order to cruise with family members with autism, at least with RCI.
  12. You are incorrect regarding this as it applies to passengers with autism. As I mentioned in my initial post RCI has autism specific programs and will accommodate special needs. If you notice the OP's last response this is confirmed by their conversation with RCI.
  13. If you're assessment is accurate, it would be the result of supply and demand driven by a strong economy. A rise in pricing would not be sustainable otherwise.
  14. That is unfortunate, and their loss. And I fully realize you are referencing this solely as your opinion based on an experience you encountered, to which you are of course entitled. But I still don't think it is a fair criticism of your particular line of choice, or the industry as a whole, to suggest that based on your singular experience that repeat customers are not important to them. Perhaps in your situation the response or resolution to your concern did not meet your expectation of what you thought was the right solution for you. We, too, have had an instance where we felt the ultimate resolution fell somewhat short. But that doesn't mean that repeat business isn't valuable to the cruise line (or any) in question. It may just mean that there are reasonable limits to what should be done in a given situation, or simply that our perception and their perception of the issue wasn't aligned. But to leverage your (or our) experience to an endorsement of the blanket statement regarding the industry as a whole as indicated by calliopecruiser is a bit of a reach, IMO. You are using a singular example involving one cruise line to support an indictment of an industry as a whole, which I think is out of perspective.
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