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frisbeewife

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    45 minutes from Port Canaveral
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    Nature, Photography, Snorkeling, Walking, Local Crafts
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. We’re going to be at CocoCay in December with another couple. Both husbands have had issues with skin cancer and will want to be in as much shade as possible. Does the Coco Beach Club have plenty of umbrellas and/or trees for shade, or should we get a cabana? I hate to spend the money for a cabana but if the guys would get more shade there then it would be worth it. thanks.
  2. Thanks for posting this! I also cancelled a cruise on March 15 (before final payment due date) and was told the refund would take 7-10 business days. I didn't really believe it but wasn't sure how long to wait. Now I have a better idea and will use April 19 as a good time to start expecting to see it. Good luck to everybody!
  3. This is correct. I canceled before final payment and I got the non refundable deposit back as FCC, and the rest of what I had paid on the cruise was credited back to my credit card. I normally don’t pay anything until final payment is due , but this was a cruise I had to postpone from last year at the last minute. All of this makes me even less likely to prepay in the future.
  4. I just cancelled a long-planned Baltics cruise in July that I had already postponed from last summer due to family illness. I'm also going to have to cancel another long-planned cruise in July with my grandsons to celebrate their high school graduation. Plus my niece's wedding is in April and I'm thinking it's going to get cancelled too. I've still got a December cruise planned, but I'm a little bummed right now on cancelling (again) things that were special to me. My FCC will be applied to the December cruise but I think I'll wait a while before I cruise again after that. I know it's not the cruise line's fault and my plans would be messed up even if we were planning to fly somewhere, but I'm just not in the mood for planning vacations right now.
  5. DH and I were booked on Brilliance of the Seas out of Amsterdam on July 4, and since we're both older, high-risk, passengers we definitely didn't want to go. Since Final Payment is coming up soon I went and ahead and called RCCL today and cancelled. First of all, they answered the phone right away!!!!! Don't know if it was because I called the C&A number but I was happy to not have to wait for hours. Since it's before Final Payment date, they are giving me the $900 deposit in the form of FCC and the rest of what I've paid toward the cruise is being refunded back to my credit card. The FCC should show up in 3 to 5 days and the credit card credit should show up in 7 to 10 days. The refund for the dining package has already shown up on my card. I had not prepaid the gratuities or for RC travel protection so I can't say for sure what they'll do about that. I'm pretty sure they'll refund the gratuities but don't know about the travel protection. Anyway, if you cancel after the Final Payment date then a larger portion of your refund will be FCC instead of $$, depending on how close the sailing is. The recording will tell you to wait until closer to your sailing date to cancel your cruise, but if you've paid more than the deposit and you want $$ instead of FCC, then I wouldn't wait. Now I'll have to deal with Delta and Chase Sapphire (who I booked the hotel through), but I have time for that. BTW, I agree that it is a hard decision. I've planned this trip for years, and originally had it scheduled for last summer. I had to postpone it when my mother had to move into hospice 2 days before we were to leave. Now I'm postponing it again. Oh well. Europe will probably still be there next year. Good luck!
  6. Thanks, awestover89, but all I've paid so far is $800 in deposits for the rooms. That's not broken down by passenger on the invoice.
  7. If this has already been discussed, forgive me for asking again. I have 3 cabins booked for a cruise in July. I’m paying for all of them but of course my name is only on one. All 3 reservations are linked and I can view them all when I log in online. So if I cancel, who gets the FCC? Does it go to me since I paid for it? Or does each person get a portion of it? One cabin is 4 minors - would that make a difference? Thanks in advance!
  8. Guess I was lucky. I was only on hold about 20 minutes. The dedicated C&A number just gave me the funny busy signal so I called the regular number. The poor agents are really swamped, but the lady I spoke to said she didn’t mind because she’s getting overtime.
  9. I know the Classic Soda Package doesn't include bottled water, but do the Freestyle machines have water available? Thanks.
  10. I have a couple of questions for those of you who are experienced with the St. Petersburg tours. 1. A lot of tours describe the activity level as "intense" or "strenuous". I'm 63 and had both knees replaced a few years ago. I can certainly walk long distances and climb stairs, but can't maintain a fast pace for very long. Is there really that much difference between tours described as Intense (say, Alla's 19 hr Grand Tour) as compared to one described Moderate (like Alla's 16-hour Must See Tour)? And how much standing around could we expect, as opposed to walking? Strangely enough, I can walk for longer periods of time than I can just stand around. SPB has been the top item on my bucket list ever since I created it and I hate to miss anything, but I also don't want to be so exhausted I can't enjoy the rest of the stops on the cruise. 2. Would Nevsky Prospect be where we would do souvenir shopping? Not imported mass-produced stuff, but true souvenirs?
  11. Thanks for the info. Everything else requires people's names so I was confused by this. I'll go ahead and book it.
  12. I'm trying to book a cabana on CocoCay for a cruise next summer and I'm trying to do it online. It only lets me put in one name, however. It has an option to add other people, but if do then when you hit Next you get an error and a message saying to only put in one name. I cancelled out of the booking until I find out how this works. So how do they know how many people will be using the cabana? Can somebody who has been through this please enlighten me? Thanks so much!
  13. Thanks for the response. I know I can take the grandkids because I’ve done that before. I think I had to have a notarized statement from their parents since my last name is different from theirs. I’d expect to need something like that for the unrelated kids too. But it’s a good point that they’d have to be in the adults room. Definitely have to get my son to go.
  14. I am in the process of planning a high school graduation cruise for my 2 grandsons and a few of their friends for summer of 2020. At the time their ages will range from 19 to 17. I know teenagers can be put in their own room as long as they are immediately next to or across the hall from an adult (21+), but can I have more than 1 room with teenagers? Like, my room in the middle and teens in the rooms on each side? Or is it restricted to 1 teen room per adult? It's possible my son (the grandsons' father) will be coming too, but I'd like to know the options in case he can't make it. I do plan to call RCCL and ask them this, but it seems like sometimes the answer depends on who picks up the phone so I'd like to see what pearls of wisdom I can gather here on CC first... Thanks.
  15. Thanks again for all the advice! I should've included more information, of course, but it's just me and DH. I'm 62 and he's 70. We're both in decent shape but I've had both knees and a hip replaced and although I can handle stairs, doing a lot of them would eventually get to me. I did consider adding the Faberge Museum as an evening activity, but I think 2 full days of touring will be enough and I'll need the evening to rest up for the next day. Our itinerary does not include Warnemunde, for some reason. So I don't have to worry about the ride into Berlin. I'm still checking on which port in Stockholm we'll be at, but will keep in mind that if we're at Nyneshamn we'll need to arrange for transportation into town. Happy 2019 to everyone, and may many cruises be in your future!
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