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    Colleyville, TX
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    travel, kids, current events, real estate, cooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Labadee, Roatan, St. Maarten, Grand Cayman

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  1. Called my TA today to go over our plans now that we're cancelling our Italy/Greece cruise. We got everything squared away and she promised to call RCI in the morning to work it all out. About an hour later she sent me a text, "our entire office was just laid off, with dozens of other offices across the country in our company. I won't be calling RCI for you tomorrow. " My heart broke, she's been my TA for 30 years, planned so many great trips. I imagine more of you may find out your TA's are gone. A voicemail to the agency says it's temporarily closed, and leaves an 800-number. A friend says she gave up after a 1.5 hour wait for someone to answer on that line. I guess I'll call RCI and ask them to transfer my booking, but I can only imagine this situation is going to get a lot worse for RCI agents as more TA's shut down and bookings get transferred back to the cruise line.
  2. I use the laundry quite often, they always do a great job, socks and all. the prices are reasonable and never had any issue with colorfastness, or anything. Go use it and enjoy!
  3. We did the OS which is right under the windjammer and truly i never heard anything --- and I was really worried about this before we set sail. But sounds were fine!!!
  4. We're in a similar boat in terms of done all the ships over and over... same islands. Love Royal but do want to mix things up. Only difference is our kids are much younger. We did an All Inclusive to Cabo at the Hyatt Ziva resort and really enjoyed that, it was a great trip and we wouldn't hesitate to go again. We have been doing more city visits.... we took a trip to San Diego and had a blast visiting different places. These days so many cities have so much to explore, just pick a town, research activities for their age group and dive in. I too have heard many great stories about Universal for your kids ages.
  5. I did once --- regretted it. But only you know you --- try it out
  6. I've done as little as ordered a lot of room service and invited several couples to stop by our suite.... to as big as renting out the steakhouse for the night for my wedding reception. If you have a good TA let them guide you .
  7. This is where booking through a travel agent has been great for me. Mine emails me and just lets me know she has credited by bank account, as she checks for prices drops for me regularly.
  8. I would love to prebook something --- know anything other than RCI transfers?
  9. We face a similar situation. I had one more option for a flight late in the afternoon. So even though it cost 3 times as much I did it, because I didn't think i'd get to the airport in time for a 10:30am flight and i didn't want to risk being stuck there.
  10. On my cruise, on enchantment, we were in a grand suite. The owners suites showed full and some days royal suite showed available and some days not. Well I bid up for the owners suite, just because, knowing they had been full for months. Turns out someone in the owners, upgraded to the royal suite. I got their owners, someone else got my grand, and some in an outside got the balcony that person was in. All of us were on the same roll call, and so we were able to see how everyone got bids taken thanks to one person at the top moving up.
  11. Yep, I'm looking at that one and 3 to it's right... of course RCI says they're NOT obstructed on Odyssey. lol who knows.
  12. Yes there's a lot to be said being close to everything. We were right by the elevators and one deck down from the pool, on our cruise last year and we loved it. I think we're going to try deck 6 Thank you so much, for watching my stories on the air, and following along on cruise critic. I keep saying I'm going to change my avatar, had no idea how many DFW people were on this site. But I truly appreciate the compliments!
  13. When RCI came out with Qantum. I looked at the layout and the side of the ship and said this ship looks like they took Solstice and changed it a little to make this. I posted that and had several people post about tonnage and random things, and tell me how wrong I was.... I was like, I'm no engineer, but when i go to pick rooms, the exact same drama I run into on solstice is what I run into on this ship....
  14. If I move to these deck 6 balconies there are no lifeboats under me. Around me yes, but not straight out or straight down that I can tell. I always get flamed for this, but I sweat Quantum class is the same base design of the Celeb Solstice class... The side of the ship is the same. On Celeb, even high up, I hated that the lifeboats were below me. Only part of the ship that doesn't have them is all the way forward, which I rather not do, and the hump. I'm thinking the hump is the way to go even if it's lower. I may be wrong but I don't think lifeboats will be in my way. I attached a pic. First circle show where I am now on deck 10.... boats still below me Second shows the open cabin on the hump.
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