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    Obviously cruising, sports, traveling
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Southern Caribbean

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  1. Thanks. They were able to book it over the phone.
  2. The pre-cruise booking pages for our upcoming sailing in February shows the thermal spa available. I clicked the "Book Now" link and inserted all of my credit card information. When I clicked on "Complete Purchase" a noticed came up that I could not "successfully purchase spa items". It is shown as available to purchase but won't let me complete the purchase. Has anyone had this problem before? I am hoping the passes are not sold out and I don't want to pay a higher price by booking on the ship.
  3. So might be determined based on the size of the ship. We are sailing on the Allure so if the larger the ship, the more likely the wind will affect docking, we better be mentally prepared for a cancellation. Bummer.
  4. I see the weather forecast for our Coco Cay visit next week is showing winds of 20-30 mph. We've been before when passengers had to be tendered and were actually called back to the ship early because the captain was concerned about wind and conditions. Can we anticipate a cancellation of the port based on these wind speeds with the new docking? Would be very disappointed as we would be likely be looking at an additional day at sea.
  5. We, too, are getting tickets to the Tattoo. We have a group of 12 so I am trying to figure out if we should book an excursion from Greenock to Edinburgh and back (just to get there and back) or should we try to get a private vehicle for our group. I quickly looked and it seems hard to get a "private" vehicle for the group that will fit 12 of us. Any advise as to good tour groups that will do a tour from the cruise port to Edinburgh for the Tattoo and then bring us back ON TIME for our 2:00 a.m. departure? Also, any recommendations for a private vehicle that we can look into to get our group of 12 there and back?
  6. We will be in Dover next year. I like the idea of heading to the Dover Castle but I'd also like to find some short white cliff walking trails to enjoy. Are there any trails near the Castle for us to enjoy the scenery?
  7. Thanks. Appreciate it. I've only done AI's in the past and barely drink even though it's free. The pay as you go works must better for us.
  8. I don't see anywhere on Paradise Island's website to book for the a la carte. Can that be booked ahead of time or is it only for those that just show up?
  9. We were on the Ovation recently and had a hard time finding chairs in the Solarium. We ended up with 2 chairs by the doors, which isn't the best location. We sat and watched many chairs unused but saved. There were a few that someone complained about to the pool attendants. They then put post-its on the back of the chairs noting the current time. After the 30 minutes, when the same person that complained called them back, the pool attendants moved the belongings off the chairs so they could be used by others. We also watched the people come back much later shocked that their belongings were gone. I made a comment to my husband that I was going to bring post-its on my next cruise to tag the chairs myself with the time. We did notice a pile of stuff by the towel counter that was marked as removed from unused chairs, including multiple boxes of cereal, bowls and bananas from the Windjammer. Wonder why those people did not claim their cereal and bananas.
  10. We found a snorkel, beach and swim with sea turtle tour for our trip to Nassau on January 14, 2020. The tour is through Cool Runnings Powerboat Adventures and they get great reviews. They only do private trips so we would have to book the boat for the day, no matter how many passengers. We have only 4 so we were looking for another 4 to split the cost. Here's the website: https://www.coolrunnings242.com/ We will be doing the 1/2 day snorkel and beach tour. They will pick us up at 9:00 at the pier and will drop us back by 1:15. The cost per person if we have 8 would be $94. Anyone interested??
  11. I booked this cruise on a group rate that is not available to those just booking through the cruise line. The price was cheaper than the NRD rate available and my deposit is refundable. Thus, the benefit of booking though an agent. Some of you fail to recognize my point about checking bookings. There definitely is a difference between checking for clients and checking on my own booking, which is 5 months away. When we take care of our clients well, our personal matters get pushed to the side, which is why I did not check my booking for approximately 3 weeks or so. The itinerary was just recently changed, not changed a long time ago like some other bookings. Someone here posted that there was a post in this sailing Roll Call about the change. The actual change in the itinerary was posted on August 10th. My post was around 8 days later. That's not an unreasonable period of time to warrant the accusations that the information has been out there for months/weeks. What has happened here is a clear example of why people that may have productive things to contribute on these boards don't. It's correct. No good deed goes unpunished. I was just trying to help others. I will think twice about doing so in the future. Moving on.
  12. Consider how much time you spend on pre-planning and preparing for your personal cruise, especially in the time period close to sailing. Now imagine doing that for a group travelling to Europe for their first trip to Europe. In that same time period, imagine having to also handle plans for a larger group that you are escorting in the next few weeks from Canada to Hawaii. So, the fact that I have not been combing the boards and logging in to the Cruise Planner daily in the last few weeks for my own personal booking sailing in 5 months does not warrant criticism that is being given. The main point of my post was to let others know that no notice was provided, not even to the TA of record, so it would be recommended to check bookings..
  13. We will be sailing on the January 12th cruise and are hoping the Jewish Music Group won't be that large. From what I am hearing the next week will be a Yeshiva week cruise. That is confusing because we have friends that will be sailing on the 19th with a Chicago Music Cruise group. I can't imagine being on a cruise with 2 different large groups. I would think it would be difficult for the cruise line to try and accommodate private spots for both groups while keeping venues open for all of the non-group passengers.
  14. I am not one of those and don't appreciate being questioned about my ability. Even travel agents don't have the time (and neither do I for my own booking) to stare at the booking every moment. When a cruise is booked way in advance, I don't think anyone checks on a daily basis. I have been watching, although not every moment of every day, and just noticed the change. That means it was changed rather recently. My intention was to let others know so they could check their own bookings, which is a benefit I have received as someone who watches these boards (again, not on a daily basis because I do have other responsibilities). If you don't like travel agents, feel free to book however you choose, but don't make a general criticism of a profession.
  15. Since I have been a member for quite some time, I am very aware of what Cruise Critic is all about. That is the exact reason for my post. That's great that Royal sent out notices on July 25th, however, I can emphatically say that I did not receive a notice (therefore I have to assume that others have not as well). My post was to provide that notice to others and not be questioned about my abilities to book or manage a cruise or be told that I should have known about the Allure's propulsion issues before.
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