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  1. We were on Anthem October 19th .had the skirt steak and it was delicious...so much so we went back another night for a repeat. We skipped salad bar..had 1 app each and ate dessert.
  2. We walked from Gibbs in October about 10am but got lost along the way...ended up cutting through the golf course at Fairmont then found the front hotel entrance and a taxi driver told us to take the shuttle to HSB even though we told him we were not guests of the hotel. The roads had no sidewalks or shoulders...nor street markings...would not do it again. The lighthouse is worth a visit but very narrow at the top and because of the open railing pattern outside vs a solid wall we felt too scared to walk outside to see the view...we just poked our head out took a photo or two and left. You can also climb up inside to the glass windows but it is very tight.
  3. I took a 10 or 11 once from hamilton to st george...it went past aquarium and airport. We plan on taking it next week as then my husband can see some of the interior of bermuda. For us honestly it will be whatever bus is leaving next when we get to the bus station in hamilton. If you want to see swizzle inn or caves etc you might need a specific number. I think it says 50 minutes etc but I guess that depends on traffic ...assuming that is island time 50 minutes..it gets there when it gets there. Google online for bus schedules it outlines all the routes and times.
  4. My TA is Pinnacle...so from her experiences both as a cruiser and a TA for many many years this has not been her norm either. And she thinks also that Royal Up has everything to do with it. It still makes me wonder why others on my roll call got their guarantees assigned much earlier....leaving me the last one standing...why not hold everyone's guarantees ? I chose to email on my own umprompted to share my pre cruise experience / concerns with them. I did not ask or demand anything from them. I find it interesting that other sites...au and uk explain more about a guarantee than usa site does. I know now it was wrong of me to assume easy breezy like my 1st guarantee on quantum years ago which was my only other experience. This is my 23rd cruise...and you are correct..i will not book guarantee again... As for cabin assignment...no..nothing but as Damien mentioned they will be assigned by Wed. Looking forward to driving to Bayonne...I lived there for 46 years and some of my family are still there. I had only cruised once in 2002 via Alaska before royal came to town in 2005 or so. That opened the gates for me to jump on the ship whenever time/money permitted.
  5. I interpreted the last sentence to mean...if they had no cabin for you they would not wait for you to arrive at the pier to tell you. Lesson learned overall for me ...past performance not indicative of future behavior....just because my 1st guarantee was easy breezy with an assignment doesnt mean this one was. As for those who called me over anxious well gee when everyone on roll call was assigned long before it made me wonder what the issue was. Even my TA was getting worried for me. I always try to offer kindness on this board....we all worry or have concerns over different aspects of cruising...hence the forum to ask questions..share positive or negative experiences .but i guess some people need to be mean / snarky.
  6. would you be so kind to show me where that wording is on the rccl site about being assigned anytime up to sailing day. all i see is the wording that you will get the category you booked. as mentioned I have only booked guarantee one other time in my 20 plus cruises and was assigned pretty soon after booking and well before sailing.
  7. I have an update -- this morning I went on Elliot.org and pulled up the contact emails for RCCL. attached here. I sent them an email about my Pre Cruise experience and included comments I have posted here about my concerns from not being assigned a cabin yet via a Guarantee. Within 20 minutes of sending that email - Damien called from the Executive office. I passed on the number to my TA to handle. She just called me back. The conversation involved Damien stating ….. We have closed the Oct 19th sailing to bookings and all cabins will be assigned by Wed. Royal Up has nothing to do with waiting for a guarantee assignment. We would never let a guest come to the pier without an assigned cabin -- we would call them the day before and inform them.
  8. it will be interesting to see what happens - but for me -- never again to book a guarantee -- as mentioned this was only the 2nd time i did this. someone recently was downgraded from a guarantee -- there is a post about it here -- with compensation of course. and if we end up in Aruba which I know very well -- I look forward to lunch at El Gaucho - beats Chops any day.
  9. I don't have any bids in play - just my original GTY booking. it's the RUMA bids that are holding my cabin hostage while they try to get more money out of other guests before assigning me whatever is left.
  10. my set sail has neither deck nor muster station. at this point I anticipate being left on the pier and already have my TA looking into options to fly to Aruba, St Martin or St Thomas..... seriously ( we can drive from Bayonne to EWR in 30 minutes and be on an afternoon flight somewhere ) … there is no guarantee that this process will go smoothly considering the reliability of the IT dept of RCCL and I want to have a back up plan to proceed with. I am not comforted by the fact that I may need to pull up to the curb next Sat and ask a subcontracted employee handling luggage to check the manifest to see if I have a cabin assigned, as if they have any ownership in the RCCL process. My TA who happens to be a Pinnacle has checked the TA site last night and only sees 2 OV cabin guarantees open -- so she was wondering if possibly they plan to call her and DOWNGRADE me from balcony to OV and offer compensation. 8 more days of anxiety to go to see how this turns out. i am going somewhere on the 19th - it just might not involve RCCL. thankfully live in NJ and not flying into a port for a cruise. lesson learned for me -- no more guarantees -- can't handle it due to RUMA ( Royal up my xxx ) program in play - was flexible on cabin assignment but not flexible on "possibly" being bumped or downgraded.
  11. I am 9 days before sailing Anthem and my guarantee balcony cabin is STILL not assigned. I did not participate in Royal Up...which I have renamed "royal up the xxxx" as it is ruining my getting an assignment while they keep trying to squeeze more money out of other guests before assigning me a cabin. Certainly putting a damper on my pre cruise experience for what i believe is my 23rd cruise and probably 2nd time doing a guarantee. NEVER AGAIN.
  12. Anyone know the luggage size limitation for xray scanner at cape liberty for carry on?
  13. My stepson just renewed...regular renewal...mailed out passport sept 4th....received new passport 2 days ago and new passport card today...so approx 4 weeks.
  14. We just renewed...one of the questions on the form is if you have card or if card lost etc. We renewed both passport and card. It also states on the renewal form..you must submit the product you currently have passport book and/or card. See also the 2nd note about lost cards..
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