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About kastke

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    St Charles, IL
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    Travelling, Reading, Playing Cards, Sports
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
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  1. My daughter lives on the east side of Panama City Beach, Fl, just passed the bridge. She also rode out Hurricane Michael last year at home... her home repairs were finally completed and she was able to move back into her home just last month, Aug 2019. She was “luckier” than many with her home repairs... her ex-husband works for a contractor, and since they have an amicable relationship, he was the general for her repairs/rebuild. She didn’t have to deal with the scammers, repair rip off artists, etc. She lived in a friend’s RV which they parked in her driveway for the majority of those 9+ months. These storms are so unpredictable... she had a neighbor behind her with minimal damage, a neighbor to the side of her lost almost everything. My thoughts go out to anyone affected by the hurricanes. Best of luck to you with the remainder of your repairs, and hope you get to take your next cruise with no problems!
  2. No, it’s on Vision, Southern Caribbean, second week of B2B. The package couldn’t be booked for the first week!
  3. This is how RC can make some of their money back from this special deal. 😀Design a special t-shirt about enjoying the “messed up deal of the century” and sell them on the affected cruises! I have a cruise Feb 1, I’d buy one, it would be good for the rest of my 2020 cruises.
  4. I am glad RC is taking extra time to rethink things. It would be a really good PR move to honor all of the packages that were bought yesterday. RC made the situation worse by having reps on the phone telling people it was a special sale, so of course word spread like wildfire. RC should have had shut their website down as soon as the error in pricing was discovered, until it could be fixed. Instead, they not only continued to let people see the 18.00 price, people were able to buy the pkg for at least 6-8 hours after it was a known pricing error. I feel especially bad for those who cancelled previously purchased pkgs in good faith that this was a valid special sale. We did not know it was an error when we first booked the pkg. I thought it was a super cheap price, but I have seen super cheap prices before on occasion! Ironically, we have a B2B scheduled next Jan/Feb - yesterday both cruises showed the 18.00 price, but I couldn’t book the beverage pkg for the first week (Jan). Kept getting time out errors, so we tried booking the second week from a different computer and lo and behold, it worked! I know what the beverage pkgs on both weeks cost before the sales, I know what they are currently running price wise, and I will be curious to see how the “special offer” for this mistake really turns out. Hopefully RC sees the better light in this situation and just let’s the packages stay as purchased.
  5. This, exactly. People shared on FB, Twitter, even called RC to see if it was a mistake. This is the downside of Social Media, and instant information. I have benefitted from pricing/human errors in the past. Waited for months expecting the errors to be caught, yet our pricing never changed. The only people that ever knew about them were myself and my husband. We also benefitted from a super low dining package sale once - it was a sale listed for one day only, and I’ve never seen the price that low again. Looking back now, that could have been a glitch also.
  6. I had the exact type of surgical pins under a cast in my wrist/arm as it sounds like your son has. I was going to suggest you bring a copy of the x-ray which shows the pins, but I see you already mentioned you have a photo of the x-ray. Also, I suggest you talk to the orthopedic surgeon about your son’s permission to go in any of the pools. When I had the pins under my cast, I absolutely was warned against getting it wet AT ALL. Too much risk of infection. In fact, my cast was changed every 10 days to 2 weeks while healing so the dr could make sure there was no infections starting. I hope you all all can relax and enjoy your trip!
  7. You are not alone in your feelings. A freak incident at my grandson’s daycare several years ago left me with a broken wrist, requiring surgery, pins, a couple months in a cast, and a few months of physical therapy to regain use of my hand and wrist. It was highly inconvenient as it happened right after Thanksgiving, thus affecting the holidays, and I could not drive for a good portion of that time. The daycare’s Corporate office reimbursed all of my out of pocket medical expenses, and probably would have covered lost wages, but I had enough sick time banked up for any time I needed off, and my employer was quite flexible with my schedule while I was not able to drive myself. I did not ask for anything more. Other than that, I was grateful my injury wasn’t worse or permanent, and very grateful I was not carrying my grandson at the time of the incident.
  8. If you look at the detail of this cruise date on RC website, it still shows Key West as a stop. Whether that is accurate, I don’t know. Maybe check your cruise planner and see what the calendar now shows.
  9. If you checked the RCI site to see your itinerary has changed, you should have also seen the notice posted on the RCI site for the travel update they’ve issued with the option of cancelling or a 50% credit on the revised itinerary. FWIW, this isn’t RCI’s fault, and, imho, your terminology of wanting to “demand” a refund is a bit harsh, and completely unnecessary.
  10. The last time I saw a Tax Day offer was either 2016 or 2017.
  11. Besides the 3 night dining package for $60, I have also gotten Chops lunch for 17.99. I don’t know yet how different the lunch menu is from dinner, but thought it was a good deal for a change up on a long cruise.
  12. Guilty. I have never paid much attention to the map when planning, or booking a cruise. I care about the ports of call and sea days, but not the map.
  13. Last month we took a 2 week trip to Alaska. When it was originally booked, the plan was to be my retirement trip, but for a number of reasons I decided to work one more year. So Alaska was a pre-retirement trip! My retirement is now set for April 2019. Two weeks later, we will take our first Transantlantic cruise, followed by additional time in Europe. We’ll be gone just shy of a month. No one is convincing me otherwise for retirement this time! Husband has been semi-retired for 4+ years. He works a very flexible schedule about 10 hrs a week. Something more to keep him busy. We have a number of land trips and cruises in planning stages for the next couple of years; he will give up his part-time gig when it starts to interfere with vacations and other plans!
  14. Hubbard Glacier was probably the only disappointment of the cruise. We went on the helipad for the viewing. There was so much ice in the water and we could see that some of the larger ice pieces went very deep. There was no way for the ship to safely get in any closer to the glacier and be able to get back out again! So, while I would very much liked to have seen some glacier calving, I understood why they had to stay so far back. One thing about Alaska, and I heard it many times, the landscape and glaciers are ever changing!! We saw bears in Denali and a clear view of Mt Denali, while many people don’t get to see that. In exchange, I didn’t get to see glacier calving.
  15. Since we arrived in Anchorage a day before our land tour started, we went to the Anchorage Museum on our own. We enjoyed it. A nice museum; not huge like museums I am used to, but a nice size that you can see it all in a couple of hours. I don’t know if anyone from our cruise was able to take the train from Anchorage to Seward, but I do know the tracks were indeed flooded and the train not running the Sunday/Monday prior. We got talking to a couple at the Marriott that had disembarked in Seward and were supposed to take the train up to Marriott. They got only a short distance on the train and then were moved to a bus for the rest of their transport. The flooding made the tracks unusable. Also, this couple had rain for 5 days of their cruise. I’d say we were very fortunate with the weather we had on our trip!
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