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  1. I’m definitely regretting using a big online agent. No responses from them at all. Have around $7000 in cancelled cruise plus deposits over the next two years. Want to get some of that back especially as some are on Allure from Galveston (not happening it seems). Also can’t believe Royal can’t do refunds more automatically on ones they cancelled. Not even email confirmation yet! It really seems they don’t want to refund money or can’t despite credit lines they drew. If travel agent and royal both continue to do nothing, when is it worth seeing if credit card company protest/refund route works?
  2. I hope you are right but the terms and conditions currently on the website say: The FCC certificate’s value may be applied toward the cruise fare due on a new booking on the brand originally purchased. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-with-confidence
  3. I might be having trouble reading but is this stated in the policy or FAQ? Or was it said in the webinar verbally? Or something you did? I hope it is true! thanks
  4. First, I’m glad they are offering something. Second, the fine print mentions for a new reservation. I’d like people to share here if they get Royal to apply it to a future reservation that already exists but has a refundable deposit on it. We have some great prices on cruises this and next year, such that even with the potential FCC we’d lose out by rebooking at current rates. I’m not saying they should since the fine print is there, but they might to avoid losing a refundable future cruise. Who knows. They are probably too busy now to handle anything extra! there really is no time we can book a cruise in that window that works and has a similar price and itinerary(unless we fly). thank you
  5. Thanks for the information. In a typical RCL IT bug, I had checked my family of four (same cabin) in with the app a few weeks ago including scanning passports. Then for a few weeks the app said my itinerary wasn't available. Now when I look at it on the web site, my info and my DW's info are gone (thinks we used a "naturalization certificate" instead of passport). My kids both have expedited. To top it off, all four of us had a different "boarding time" (I was 230, DS 12, DD 1130, DW 200). I changed the boarding times to be the same and will try rescanning passports when I am home!
  6. To those on board, sorry to hear of your issue. That’s disappointing and ridiculous. To those on board, is there currently free “soft serve” “ice cream” available on Enchantment? I don’t see it on deck plan, and while I found a post from 2005 saying it was removed, I also found a post from 2016 saying all ships had it. Thanks!
  7. On Liberty the smoking is so bad in the casino that my family couldn’t tolerate being in the photo area. On Indy many years ago it was really bad in the Promenade even near the stairs to the casino. Didn’t notice this on Liberty. Both ships much worse than the Princess ships we’ve been on. Carnival Breeze seemed pretty bad but the Breeze was laid out in a way we often had to walk through the casino (or detour around it).
  8. I don’t have a severe allergy but found the main dining room staff to be excellent at accommodating food sensitivities. The ordering ahead isn’t the most convenient but often the chef will even come up with special things that aren’t quite on the menu.
  9. Just note on Liberty that the height requirements for the water slides are much higher than on some other lines, for example Carnival, so make sure you and your kids know what they'll be able to do. Even the tiniest slide (not including the diaper area) had a limit of 42", and our 4-yo and another we met were quite upset that there were no slides for them, but there were for both bigger and smaller kids. Edit: official link https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/are-there-restrictions-for-pools-water-slides-or-flowrider I pulled this information from a blog post somewhere into the planning documents for our cruises. I don't know how up-to-date it is: The Tidal Wave slide on Liberty of the Seas has a max per passenger weight of 250 pounds, and a combined raft weight of 450 pounds. Guests need to be at least 100 pounds and 52 inches tall to ride. The Perfect Storm water slides require guests to be 48 inches tall to ride. There are weight maximums as well, which seem to vary depending on the ship. On Liberty of the Seas, guests may weigh a maximum of 300 pounds. On Adventure of the Seas, guests may not weigh more than 250 and 220 pounds (depending on the slide). Splashaway Bay's water slides require kids to be at least 42 inches to ride.
  10. A few months ago on Liberty of the Seas, I was searching cruises on my phone with the free connection to Royal Caribbean site and finding prices cheaper than was NextCruise was showing on some cruises, with both places showing non-refundable rates.
  11. Just back from another Liberty of the Seas cruise and this time we were told that the hard ice cream in dining room does have egg in it. I guess they changed providers? The sherbet does not have egg. Also, all the pasta on the ship has egg in it according to head waiter. All the pizza, too. Kids camp dinner at first told us they could not accommodate allergy (pizza is main food every night) but I I asked a second time and they said they can substitute food if you tell them an alternative.
  12. On several competing cruise line's websites, you can easily see the price for 4 people in a cabin at the top level search. Is there a way to do this on the Royal Caribbean website that I am missing? For example, if I want to search for cruises in November on certain ships, when it shows the itineraries, I can also select the number of people per cabin and see the pricing for those types of cabins. On Royal Caribbean's website, I cannot see a way to do this. All the pricing is assuming 2 per cabin. To see the pricing for 4 in a cabin, you have to select each itinerary, select the number of passengers and room type, etc., through many clicks. The ability to see the pricing for 4 to a cabin at the top level is important, because often the cheapest cruise for 2/cabin is not the cheapest for 4/cabin, due to availability of cabin categories and such. The two big travel agent websites I've used also do not provide this search capability. I know RCI seems to have a horrible IT department, but perhaps this time I am missing something? Thank you
  13. When we were there in May 2019, they were very strict that the lounge chair were only for people ordering food and or drink. The pool itself was free. However, there isn’t really anywhere to leave your stuff if you don’t have a chair.
  14. Pool was nice at port, but the day we were there they were very strict that you can only use the lounge chairs while consuming food and or drink.
  15. When we were there in May, they were very clear and strict about the lounge chairs only being available to people while buying food and drinks. We were there early in the morning and there were almost no people by the pool, and the place did not offer any coffee drinks. Later in the day, they made several loud announcements about the lounge chairs being only for use while consuming, and a server shooed away my wife with our toddler when she asked to order coffee. I think the cheapest drink was well over $10 but I’m not sure. I had read on these forums that the lounge chairs were free and planned our day around that, but that was obviously incorrect information. Maybe some days they are lenient, but not the day we were there. The pool is free though!
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