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  1. On my last Harmony cruise I was able to bid on a Star class. Same as with my upcoming Harmony cruise. There have also been posts within this thread that people have bid on Star class. Someone in this thread has commented that she won a 2 Bedroom ATS. Someone else posted on CC their experience of being in a Star class suite that was won from bidding. There are no facts to back up your statement. This is speculation. No one knows how bids are won. They could be won by who bid first, who bid the highest or any other random criteria that Royal has not made public. I was in a JS on the Harmony and my bid options were a GS, CLS, 1 and 2 Bedroom ATS, Sky suite and the Villa suite.
  2. In addition to offering some options, you provided a snarky statement that did not add any value or option.
  3. I was at Alamo and Hertz in Fort Lauderdale. I also used Hertz in Miami, which was not as bad as Ft. Lauderdale. The shuttle usually drops you off in front of porters and no walking required. You will not have a problem. I usually go to the pier and drop off my bags before dropping off the rental. This way when I get on the shuttle i don't have to worry about heavy luggage (i overpack) . i have dropped off my bags at the pier as early as 9:00am.
  4. I've received the email twice in a suite. In both cases although my email is associated with the reservation, the 2nd passenger received the email. I receive all RC marketing emails.
  5. I agree. I put together a group on RC and the group rate is refundable and is significantly less than the regular rate. Pick a ship and date and let the group department or TA handle the reservations. Guests book directly with either. You really don't need to be too involved in planning.
  6. My experience with off site rental companies has not been great unless you get there very early. In Jan, I dropped off a car at Alamo on my way to the ship and the place was a zoo. It was not adequately staffed to assist with drop offs and new car rentals. My experience was pretty much the same with Hertz. Maybe some of the other companies have better service.
  7. There are no hard facts to support RC has better food better entertainment, better on-board activities etc.
  8. Did you ask the representative when you made the switch?
  9. You have to make sure the TA will give you the GAP points and tour credit (see post #2) for the sailing. I know some TA's keep these for themselves. I suggest dealing directly with RC group department vs a TA especially if you are very hands on.
  10. You cannot just compare prices. You have to compare ships as well. The Breeze is not one of Carnival newest and best ships so the price probably wouldn’t be as high as a newer ship like the Horizon. The Harmony is a one of RC’a newest ships and will cost more. This is true even when priced with older RC ships. I went on a Vista 6 night sailing and it was more expensive than a 7 night Oasis sailing.
  11. This is the exact reason I won't bid on the ATS and will keep my CLS. However, on this particular sailing the 2BR ATS is priced higher than the Star Loft but the minimum bid for a Star Loft is more than the ATS.
  12. I think HOS is one of the ships that closes 1 day before. I was recently on the HOS and remember this. The only thing could find online is this article. https://cruisefever.net/royal-caribbean-changes-cut-off-date-for-pre-cruise-purchases-on-8-cruise-ships/
  13. The cruise planner use to close 3 days before sailing. I think now it's one day before sailing. You should be good.
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