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  1. For Spectrum, CD is Fang Lixin (https://royalcaribbeanproductions.com/node/248) and is onboard now and for Voyager, CD is Michelle Oliveira (https://www.instagram.com/michellecruisedirector/).
  2. For the China sailings on Spectrum and Quantum, the VIP Two70 Shows, North Star, iFly, Sky Pad, and Laser Tag carry a fee. All shows are all still free, but they sell a VIP package for the Two70 shows with front section seats and a cocktail, usually for those who weren't able to reserve the show onboard. China is a very specialized market and especially for Spectrum, they are experimenting with the prices right now as on my sailing, the price for Laser Tag has been anywhere from USD 5 to USD 40 per person and Sky Pad is just a ridiculous price of USD 45 for the VR and USD 25 for the non-VR. They are trying to get as much revenue, which is why they replaced Boleros with Star Moment where they charge USD 100 an hour for the private rooms, replaced the non-revenue gym with more suites, included an extremely overpriced Japanese Pharmacy, and have their own version of The Key called Royal Premier at USD 50 per person per day with no free lunch or free internet, but just access to the Solarium and a free WOW Band you can get for USD 5.
  3. Does anybody have any information on the concierges for Spectrum and the Gold Lounge email?
  4. If you read Mandarin you can check this: https://www.rcclchina.com.cn/Rccl.CustomPage/Faq/Detail/152?shipCategory=海洋光谱号&shipSubCategory=上海出发 I can't read it but I put it in Google Translate: "Mainland guests taking part in the voyage of Shanghai to the home port of Shanghai: You do not need to apply for a Japanese visa. On the day of arrival, please make a face-to-face check at the designated place of the ship and receive the “Japan Onshore Sightseeing Landing Permit”." When I was on Quantum on a Shanghai RT, all passengers were just given a PLP (Provisional Landing Permit) which is a sticker put on the photocopy of your passport, so I assume that visas weren't required.
  5. Lots of questions if you don't mind 🙂 With part of the Music Hall turned into the VIP Casino, are there no more pool tables onboard? Is the sundeck above the SeaPlex open to all or is it still a Suite Deck? For the Gold and Silver Lounges, do they only have happy hour from 5:30 to 8:30 or is it like the SLs on the Oasis class where they have the free beers, wines, and sodas all day? Is the gym really as bad as people are saying? Is there a lot of 'Inaugural Season' merch available? Did you stay in one of the Silver or Gold Suites?
  6. A recent Voyager Cruise Compass says that Ken is the current CD (Probably Ken Rush?). Also Michelle has been on vacation since March but recent IG posts show that she is back in Singapore.
  7. Yes I know that however 144-hour exemption would not work as the last port before entering Mainland China is Hong Kong which is the same port after Shanghai. For the 144-hour exemption, there must be a third country so (anywhere but HK - Shanghai - HK)
  8. I can help with this. So your last port before reaching Shanghai is Hong Kong so you won’t be able to use the 144-hour exemption, but as your flying out of China the day of disembarkation, you can just use the 24 hour visa-free transit. For that, you just need several copies of your airline ticket back home clearly showing you flying out of Shanghai within 24 hours of disembarkation printed out: one for RCCL when you check in in Singapore, one for immigration in Baoshan, and extras just in case. Lines could be slightly longer but hours is an exaggeration, it’s more like 5-15 minutes. In addition within the first couple days of your cruise, check with Shore Excursions as even though you are legally allowed in China for 24 hours without a visa, they may not allow you to join the private tour without an actual visa as they would be held liable if you didn’t leave China.
  9. The NextCruise offer is stated here: http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/NextCruise/17058644_China_&_NextCruise_FAQs.pdf which is for China sailings only. It is a great deal if the agent onboard says it is allowed to be used that far in the future. Also, would you mind asking if an existing booking can be rebooked onboard with that offer for a discount.
  10. You can just avail the 24-hour visa waiver as you are in Mainland China for less than 24 hours. You just need to show your cruise documents to immigration and will need your physical passport as they put the visa waiver sticker in it.
  11. With Spectrum being added, they introduced a new feature called Digital Key which is mobile unlock for your stateroom door.
  12. For Asia cruises, they don’t have shows available to book on the Cruise Planner. The only show you will need a reservation for is the Two70 show which is The Silk Road. They will usually have a box office set up onboard on Day 1 or you can just call Guest Services from your stateroom telephone to reserve a spot. If they happen to run out, they also have a VIP experience for the Two70 shows for $29 each for the best seats in house, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails.
  13. Spectrum of the Seas will have two productions shows in the Royal Theater and one Two70 Show. In the theater they have Showgirl, a Vegas-style show which is currently on Navigator, and The Effectors, which I think is a superhero themed musical with the different heroes themed to theater stage effects like Lights or Sound. In Two70 I know they are working on a new show called The Silk Road. Everything is in English and most of the headliners are English-speaking singers and magicians who might try to speak a few words of Mandarin, but it is all visual or music heavy.
  14. That will be fine as long as you have clear physical copies of your cruise guest booklet and airline tickets (they can be in English) which may be surrendered to immigration and the address of your hotel in Shanghai. This is the same thing I did with my Quantum trip last year. Immigration in both Shanghai airports and the cruise port are well aware of the transit rule but make sure your airline is aware in advance of this as they sometimes don’t know much about the visa-free transit and may attempt to stop you from boarding the flight to China without a visa. Also, if you are flying out of Shanghai the day of disembarkation, I would recommend just using the 24-hour visa-free transit as it is less paperwork for you to fill out at immigration.
  15. Quantum of the Seas has no Freestyle machines (taken out or covered up with an 'out of order' sign) while in China but this could change when the ship goes to Singapore.
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