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Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation, that is so challenging for all of us. As we previously shared, we received an update from the CDC. Unfortunately, due to the volume of tests they are conducting for Coronavirus, they will need the next 24-48 hours to complete the test. Given the timing, we are going to push the departure date to Monday in order to have conclusive results before sailing.

Our goal is to now set sail from Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Monday, February 10th at 3:00 PM EST. Boarding will begin at 11:00 AM EST and all guests must be onboard by 2:00 PM EST. Please see our revised itinerary.

 

DATES DAY ORIGINAL
ITINERARY
REVISED
ITINERARY
2/7 Friday Cape Liberty, New Jersey -
2/8 Saturday Cruising -
2/9 Sunday Cruising -
2/10 Monday Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida Cape Liberty, New Jersey
2/11 Tuesday Perfect Day at CocoCay Cruising
2/12 Wednesday Nassau, Bahamas King's Wharf, Bermuda
2/13 Thursday Cruising King's Wharf, Bermuda
2/14 Friday Cruising Cruising
2/15 Saturday Cape Liberty, New Jersey Cape Liberty, New Jersey

 

You may be wondering why our itinerary changed from a Bahamas cruise to a Bermuda cruise. With a Monday afternoon departure, we wouldn’t arrive into Nassau until around 3:00 PM and would need to depart later that evening to make our way back to Cape Liberty – not a great experience. Given that our goal is to provide you with the best vacation possible, we made the decision to sail to Bermuda, where you’ll have more than a day and a half in port to explore. Plus, the weather forecast is looking favorable in Bermuda during our visit.

We know how much you were looking forward to beginning your vacation, and we cannot apologize enough for the impact this situation has caused. But we can try to make up for it. 

Should you chose to join us, our updated compensation is:

• A 50 % refund, which will be added to your Onboard Account as a refundable onboard credit.

• And, because we know that this is not how any of us wanted this to go, and we want you to give us another shot, we will be also provide you with a 50% future cruise credit.

• In addition, if you purchased an internet or beverage package, unlimited dining package, or pre-paid your gratuities, you’ll receive a prorated refund as a credit for the 3 days your cruise was shortened by to your Onboard Account.

• Any pre-purchased Royal Caribbean International shore excursions for the impacted ports will also be refunded to your Onboard Account.

All credits applied to your Onboard Account can be used anywhere onboard, and any unused credits will be refunded back to your credit card on file about 3 – 5 business days after the sailing ends.

If you choose not to sail, we completely understand and you may cancel and receive a full refund. You do not need to do anything to cancel, no need to call or contact us for this, as we want to make it as easy for you as possible. If you do not show up to the pier, we will understand that you decided not join us and we will automatically process your refund. You should see it on your account 3-5 days after our updated departure.

If you decide to sail and are local, we ask that you please relax at home and make your way to the cruise terminal on Monday. If you flew in, we’ll assist you with hotel accommodations up to $200 USD per stateroom, per night. If you decide to cancel, and flew in, we will assist you with air change fees to get you back home. We will cover $200 USD per person for domestic flights or $400 USD per person for international flights. Please send your receipts to RoyalGuestRelations@rccl.com for reimbursement. And lastly, if you booked your airfare with us and choose to cancel, we will help you reschedule your return flights home.

As promised, we will continue to keep you informed and will share an update with you tomorrow at 9:00 AM EST, even if there is no new news.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we ensure your safety and wellbeing.

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Great offer for those that are going to sail.  59% refund plus 50% as a FCC, basically a free sailing.

 

This sucks  for those that cancel as while they do get a full refund there is nothing extra  like a 50% FCC as they have done sometimes in the past to help compensate for used vacation days and airfare. 

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We went to Bermuda in May and it was cold then... 

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9 minutes ago, jetta8300 said:

We went to Bermuda in May and it was cold then... 

We were there at the end of last April, and we had perfect weather!  Just got lucky with Mother Nature, I guess!

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12 minutes ago, jetta8300 said:

We went to Bermuda in May and it was cold then... 

Weather.com says 70 and sunny this week.

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Just now, marci22 said:

Weather.com says 70 and sunny this week.

 Yes it said about the same temps when we went.  That's the high though... most of the day it was upper 50's.  The water was also FREEZING.

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I wonder with all the cancellations they will have, can I now book this 5 day cruise at a much cheaper price?

 

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2 minutes ago, jetta8300 said:

 Yes it said about the same temps when we went.  That's the high though... most of the day it was upper 50's.  The water was also FREEZING.

NIght time temps of high 60s.

 

Definitely not swimming weather, but Bermuda is still beautiful and lots to see. These cruisers don't have a choice in the matter. They are quite lucky that they will have nice weather without rain.

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1 minute ago, willie362 said:

I wonder with all the cancellations they will have, can I now book this 5 day cruise at a much cheaper price?

 

Not sure they’ll offer much - given that folks don’t have to cancel to get a full refund (just don’t show up) RCI has no idea how many cabins it can sell. 

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4 minutes ago, willie362 said:

I wonder with all the cancellations they will have, can I now book this 5 day cruise at a much cheaper price?

 

When the Oasis got shortened due to a hurricane they did NOT sell the shorter cruise   It was the same deal you did not have to notify them just don't show up

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5 minutes ago, willie362 said:

I wonder with all the cancellations they will have, can I now book this 5 day cruise at a much cheaper price?

 

As past original start probably doubt it

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5 minutes ago, marci22 said:

NIght time temps of high 60s.

 

Definitely not swimming weather, but Bermuda is still beautiful and lots to see. These cruisers don't have a choice in the matter. They are quite lucky that they will have nice weather without rain.

40-50 degrees warmer then where I'm at. Prefect to me...

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50 minutes ago, joand452 said:

Bermuda is beautiful, but what is there to do in February?  

I don't know, but at least they won't have to deal with crowds of tourists!

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I am surprised that Bermuda is gearing up the infrastructure at King's Wharf to accept a single cruise ship in February. That is very accommodating considering there attitude towards cruise ships not that many years ago.

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@Ourusualbeach

 

Careful. 

 

Everyone on Cruise Critic will jump on you and tell you, “That has already been reported on the other threads. Sheesh, another Anthem thread.” 😉😄😊

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2 minutes ago, DaniDanielle said:

No jumping allowed!!!

Not even monkeys on the bed?

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On 12/29/2019 at 3:45 PM, DaniDanielle said:

 

The Doctor said “No more monkeys jumping on the bed”

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22 minutes ago, Ocean Boy said:

I am surprised that Bermuda is gearing up the infrastructure at King's Wharf to accept a single cruise ship in February. That is very accommodating considering there attitude towards cruise ships not that many years ago.

Anthem will dock at Heritage Wharf. Looking at Bermuda 2020 cruise ship schedule (http://www.marops.bm/Documents/Shipping_schedules/2020 Cruise Ship Schedule.pdf ) , they will be 2 other cruise ships docked at Heritage Wharf in February

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1 hour ago, Ourusualbeach said:

Monday afternoon departure, we wouldn’t arrive into Nassau until around 3:00 PM and would need to depart later that evening to make our way back to Cape Liberty – not a great experience. 

Hmmm is that RCCL quote. Cause i spent 2 days anchored in chesapeake bay. To arrive at nassau at 10:30 pm to leave at 12:30 am. Just to be charged port charges. 

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