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  1. I was curious what was going on here, so I did a little poking around on Royal Caribbean's website. I did not look at every single May cruise in the Mediterranean, but I see several with Capri in the equation. On the initial screen that you see when searching for cruises, it shows "Naples (Capri)" in the itinerary list. They also show "Rome (Civitavecchia)" and "Athens (Piraeus)". So based on what we all know, you would think they are saying that Capri is the docking location for the Naples stop. However, when you drill into the cruise details, they continue to show "Rome (Civitavecchia)" as a stop but they now show "Naples/Capri" as the stop. There are multiple Royal ships set up this way for May 2022 including the new Wonder of the Seas, which is, what, the largest ship in the world? If I'm not mistaken, I don't think the Oasis class ships tender anywhere. I suspect the ships will be docking in Naples like usual and you can certainly go to Capri if you choose to do so on an excursion.
  2. pfizer boosters were approved several weeks ago for people with compromised immunity issues. Many places that give boosters do not ask why you are there to get it.
  3. Royal has such an interesting way of pricing these. I have a B2B on the Brilliance next September/October. Both cruises on the same ship. Both 7 day cruises. So just one week apart. The Deluxe Beverage Package is $53 on the first cruise and $61 on the second cruise. I wonder what is different between the 2. The first starts in September and the second starts in October, so maybe it's calendar-based. Who knows. I'm not biting yet. LOL
  4. I don't think you were part of any study. In my area, you can get a Pfizer booster if you want it. Some locations doing the shots may ask for validation that you are currently qualified for it. Others do not. My best friend is a nurse who does the shots for our large hospital system. They just ask you to sign a slip of paper and then you get your shot. That paper does indicate that you are attesting that you have a compromised immunity. But no one confirms that and no one questions you. It is a self-confirmation that you are qualified for the shot. My guess is that if your CVS didn't make you sign something similar, the employees at your CVS just didn't want to get into the business of validating what constitutes a compromised immunity.
  5. My interpretation is that both The Drop and The Rush are dry slides. The Drop is specifically called a dry slide in one of the pictures just released. And there are previous postings of a blueprint that is labeled "Dry Slide Landing" that shows 2 side-by-side slides. Plus the other renderings posted of that landing area don't seem to show the infrastructure for water. I think there is also a third slide of sorts on the top deck which is wet and uses inner tubes to sit on. You can see it on the attached picture. And you can see part of the wet slide in the picture for the "Aqua Park", which doesn't show much of a park. This wet slide with inner tubes seems similar to the one that is on the Epic -- the Epic Plunge.
  6. I am aware of that balcony. I believe the previous poster was referring to the apparent doors/windows just to the left of that balcony in the drawing. Where the diagonal wall is. That would be the area where the slide passes thru. And that is where I was suggesting un-slidable doors might be.
  7. 1. I disagree with your assessment that "NCL does not get any benefit from my paying for the excursion in advance as they don't get the money until the activity is completed". They get the money as soon as you pay for it with your credit card. If not, where do you think the money sits until the activity is complete? Early access to your money lets them put it in their bank and earn money on it. 2. Asking people to pre-pay for their excursions allows NCL to know that the passenger truly has some skin in the game on actually taking that excursion. NCL can then make plans with the excursions companies they work with to pre-reserve an appropriate number of busses, guides, etc. I'm sure that when you could book them in advance without paying, that many people would book excursions just in case they might want to use it. NCL was on the hook to pre-plan for numbers that may never show up.
  8. I used points at the Renaissance when I was in Amsterdam. I was very pleased with the location and quality of the hotel. It is definitely closer to the more central portion of the city (including the Centraal train station). I walked to everything from there. I do agree with markeb that the Marriott is definitely closer to the museums, if that is a priority to you. I actually walked from the Renaissance to the museums. It wasn't that far and I was in relaxing walk vacation mode, so it was all good.
  9. I believe the .MOV file format is an Apple-centric format. A Windows PC may or may not be able to play it depending on video software installed on the PC and may not play on non-Apple phones either.
  10. Might just be me, but the link give me "We could not locate the item you are trying to view." I use a computer, not a phone or tablet.
  11. eBay. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=royal+caribbean+cups&_sacat=0
  12. I'm pretty sure happy hour on a cruise is from 6:00 am to 2:00 am the next day.
  13. Have you ever done the math on this? Based on what you list above, I think you would save money by getting the drink package.
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