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  1. I called Royal again. This agent said there is definitely something wrong with that sailing. Specialty dinning reservations not available for anyone. They are supposedly looking into it.
  2. My family and I are on the Symphony of the Seas departing July 27, so we are under 100 days from sailing. Typically, i can book specialty restaurants around 6 months before boarding. For our upcoming cruise there still is no specialty restaurants available to reserve in the cruise planner. You can only reserve the dinning packages. I called Royal and got the typical confusing answer. I was told that for some sailings you can't book specialty restaurants through the planner before you board, it can only be done once you are on the ship. I even had him confirm this with his manager (who knows if he really did). I've never experienced this so just wondering if anyone can confirm this to be true.
  3. Last year i did a land trip with my family. We did both Herculaneum and Pompeii tours. Both are extremely interesting and worth seeing. Herculaneum site has more shade, smaller in size but much better preserved than Pompeii. If you want a small group tour I highly recommend doing a search for local Italy tour guides. Our guide, Paolo, was an archaeologist and did an absolutely fabulous job. He was able to provide so many interesting details and insight, as well as tailor it for my family.
  4. Oh the glorious May 2014 Sale. I remember it well! It was the last time there was actually a true sale. I was able to move my family of 4 from 1 cabin into 2 adjoining cabins AND reduce the cost by $2000.
  5. Additional question for this thread. Many people have indicated they did not have an issue making reservations at their requested times once on board. How large was your group for the reservation? I have a group of 6 people and I am wondering if that will complicate it a bit. Truth be told, I'm an obsessive planner and not sure i can wait to make the reservations on board for 6 people. I want to make sure we can squeeze in the shows as well.
  6. If after following the advice above to wait 30 minutes and the problem does not fix itself, I have had luck by clearing my cookies. A bit annoying but has worked for me several times.
  7. If there is a limit, I have yet to reached it and that is not from lack of trying. I book very early and continuously watch the price for reductions. The maximum number of times I have requested a reduction is 7 times and there were no issues with the requests.
  8. There is a template that you can find online. It is pretty straight forward. I have traveled with my children many times and have not needed it BUT I have a friend that did have to present the signed from when taking her 12 year old daughter to the Bahamas. It was needed prior to boarding the plane.
  9. I used this Cruise Critic "life hack" when visiting Atlantis a few years ago and it worked wonderfully. There were 4 of us and I only spend $180 on the room at the comfort in suites, which was a huge savings on this excursion. When I originally booked the room the cost was $220. When we check in I told the receptionist that we were not even stepping foot into the room and ask if there were any further reductions possible. She dropped it by another $40.
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