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  1. Antibodies develop when you are exposed to someone else's blood through transfusion, miscarriage, or childbirth. It is likely Royal Caribbean requested males and will ask them their transfusion history. They will select one who has never been transfused themselves and are less likely to have antibodies that would react negatively with the patients blood cells. (cause a transfusion reaction) Women are more likely to have antibodies due to exposure to other blood groups during child birth. I think they are going with the odds and hoping to have a successful crossmatch quickly.
  2. I have 5 cruises booked in the next year. Anthem in March, Indy in May, Allure TA in Nov, Navigator Mar 21, and Oasis Mar 21. I monitor all of them constantly and none have gone down. I have balcony staterooms booked and see pricing for Guarantees similar to what I booked by reserving a stateroom. Bottom line, no price drops for me yet. 🤞
  3. Following. I am on the return trip on Allure. Very exciting and thanks for taking the time.
  4. According to Royal's website they will be issuing full refunds.
  5. Update as of today, Feb 8. Looks like a full refund is coming. I guess they reconsidered their strategy. I hope it works out for you. Newest coronavirus message posted on Royal Caribbean website.
  6. I love it. Staff seem less stressed, food comes hot and I am not sitting for 2 hours or more each night for a meal. I use that time to enjoy other venues on the ship.
  7. Fabulous review. I am so glad I am on the same Allure TA in November with you. I won't have to take many photos. 😀
  8. Wow. I have been to Labadee several times and never experienced waves or wind. It has always been very hot and the water relatively calm.
  9. Yes. Congratulations on your health journey. That is fabulous and you looked great in both photos but excess weight does contribute to so many health issues. I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for several years now. But your journey is exceptional and inspiring. I love those BEEF sandwiches and maybe will have one with you on Allure in November. Can't wait, my mouth is watering. Kathy
  10. The kebob place looks amazing. We are in Miami a lot and would love to know where it is...... My husband would be in heaven. The best kebobs I have had (doners) were from a Turkish take away place in London. Thanks. Kathy
  11. Thanks for the lovely photos. I sail on Anthem in March and can't wait. Very exciting.
  12. I see lots of comments from. people who know how ships and thrusters etc. work. I was just wondering who would have control of the ship at the time? Captain or port pilot? Who makes the decisions?
  13. Likely due to Easter Sunday being April 12. Possibly a busy weekend for travel. My friends ran into this last year and flew back from Fort Myers. I had booked my flights early. It was much cheaper for them to book a car and drive there for departure.
  14. I have 3 booked and all say that there is no payment due. I called to make the final payment for a March cruise.
  15. If I recall correctly the instructions for using the ships wifi includes putting your phone in airplane mode. A tiny piece of paper with instructions was given to me upon embarkation. I do think it odd that your provider sent you a message about overage. My provider sends me a text message at the moment that I am "roaming" and prompts me to purchase a roaming package. It is a great reminder.
  16. I did a quick google search and found an article about NCL banning door decorations and citing them as a fire hazard. I work in a hospital setting and know that we have been cited for a fire hazard by the Fire Marshall by having combustible materials (paper) in hallways and doors that are deems a hazard. (they were simply temporary signs/flyers for temporary way finding etc. ) Always seemed strange to me because there are many magazines etc around that are also combustible too. Maybe they were cited in some sort of safety inspection too.
  17. Right. I forgot about that. On previous cruises I made all of the bookings and was able to link them. I am still waiting for my friends to request a link to my reservation number for regular dining room seating. I assume I can then book Chops +1 as you suggested. Thanks for the response.
  18. Hi all, I am cruising with some friends. There will be 3 staterooms and 6 people traveling on 3 separate bookings. We would like to book Chops+1 and be seated at a table for 6. If our dining is linked will the specialty dining reservations also be linked? If not, can I book for 6 on my reservation and ask my friends for reimbursement. I have't done this before and appreciate advice. Thanks, Kathy
  19. Thanks so much. Great advise. I will book the 9/11 museum. I will definitely uber to midtown. Do you suggest taking the PATH and ferry on the weekend or uber from the hotel to the 9/11 museum too...
  20. Hi all, I am sailing on Anthem on March 29th and flying into EWR on March 28. We arrive around 10 am and have booked the Residence Inn by Marriott in Jersey City. I would like to book tickets to see both the 9/11 Memorial/Museum and the Empire State building. Considering the PATH closure etc. I need help with deciding the best time to book these tickets with a reasonable amount of time for transportation etc. I have never been to NYC and would welcome suggestions. I am hoping to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel and leave our luggage at the front desk before heading out. Thanks all. Kathy
  21. Hi all, I have never sailed out of Southampton and have a couple of questions: 1). When does embarkation start? I usually arrive at the cruise terminal at 10:30 when embarking in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. 2). What is the cruise terminal like for Explorer of the Seas (not sure if that is enough info)? Is there a waiting area if I arrive too early for embarkation? I have searched the UK forum and couldn't find much information. Thanks, Kathy
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