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  1. Does anyone know what the on board pricing is for all the paid dining options? Including the lunch pricing. I'm having a hard time finding them.
  2. We started our journey at 2:15 am from North of Toronto. With a few pit stops on the way, we made it to Orangeburg SC around 6pm. We booked and prepaid our hotel in advance and when we arrived to the Country Inn and Suites they told us our reservation had been cancelled in August and they were fully booked. (We received no notice or refund and even received an email on Tuesday reminding us of our stay) After about 45 minutes on the phone with hotels.com we are finally in a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites with a credit from hotels.com. Tomorrow morning we do the rest of the trip to POP Century with a stop at the Character Warehouse first. Super excited to share this trip with you, hopefully we don't have too many more surprises.
  3. True, they even redeployed Independence from Europe just to serve CocoCay due to the increased demand
  4. I think I may have misunderstood the CWC policy and made an error. I always book refundable deposits, but only non refundable was available for a sailing on the Mariner on August 17. I thought I had nothing to lose, so I booked this for only nine days after we would return from the August 3 Independence IF it sails. I would hate to miss the Indy (in part because it was comped), but in the event that the next cancellation date is after August 3 but before August 17, we would still have a cruise. If the Indy sails, I intended to move the deposit from the Mariner to a 2021 cruise. Now, rereading the CWC policy, it looks like I would have to move that deposit before final payment date of June 3. Is that correct? We have joked about being so desperate for a cruise that we would go on both cruises if the opportunity arose, but it looks like that would really be the best choice if I did misunderstand about non refundable deposits.
  5. Hi everyone, Can anyone confirm, is there a sauna and steam room free of charge? If so where is this on the ship? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hi All, We are sailing Independence Thanksgiving cruise. It is our 11th cruise so we are not new to RCCL. However, I cannot see where to book reservations for Grease. Has something changed? Is the show off that week? I actually do not see a tab for "Entertainment" at all. Only thing different this cruise is that I booked through Travel Agent vs RCCL website this time. Thanks for any help.
  7. If I understand correctly, the work done on Mariner and Independence preceded the full "amplification" that has been inflicted on, e.g., Navigator that resulted in removal of the excellent fitness center and locker room facilities and replacement of these with a small, poorly designed fitness center (low ceilings, and other complaints I've read on CC) with no actual locker room facilities, let alone steam/sauna facilities. Explorer, like some of the sister ships, lost part of the fitness center and had the inside whirlpool removed in a reconfiguration, but the nice locker rooms with free steam/sauna facilities remained at that point.
  8. It's not clear whether Explorer will now get the full "amping" that would eliminate the original fitness center, or if it will only have less invasive maintenance and updating done. I believe Mariner still has sauna/steam facilities. Independence still has sauna/steam facilities according to recent reports. When I've looked at the post-amp deck plans for Freedom, there's still a large fitness center area. I'm haven't seen any reports of exactly what is there now.
  9. Personally, I can't wait. I'm booked on Harmony of the Seas in September, Scarlet Lady in October, and Independence in April 2021. https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Richard-Fain-interview-coronavirus
  10. Did Indy get a Freestyle Coke Machine during the refurbishment?
  11. I have been on Navigator once and Independence twice in the past year (after the refurb of both ships). The ships are similar in design, but I would pick the Independence any day. They did a magnificent job on the refurbishment of Independence and both ships feel brand new now, but I am of the opinion that they over-did it on Navigator. The pool on Navigator deck is beautiful now, but they did way too much to deck 12 for a ship of this size. They added cabanas, hot tubs, etc, but there was not really room for it up there IMO. It is great on Oasis of the Seas where there is room, but it is overcrowded and chopped up feeling on Navigator. They also "enhanced" the gym on Navigator by making it smaller and moving it a strange location with no real view and getting rid of the free sauna and steam rooms. The one positive I would give Navigator is that the stateroom were renovated. On Independence, only furniture that was worn was replaced, so you could get a room with new carpet and chairs, or could not. That said, our cabin on Independence was not in bad shape at all. Independence has the Splashaway Bay waterpark for kids, it is slightly larger, and newer.
  12. We had a 5 night Independence of the Seas this July out of FLL. Next year, Indy does only 3/4 night out of FLL. So, the only L&S that we could do was the Explorer 5 day out of Galveston. At least the FCC helps pay for our first TA in 2021!
  13. I'll be interested to see how they thin the herd. We were already bumped off a chartered Independence and took a price protected Allure in November that came with additional OBC. If they bump us again with price protection and OBC it would be a sweet deal.
  14. Does anyone know if Independence & Navigator still have their sauna/steam room? Recently (Feb) was on Voyager and it was removed. Thanks in advance for your reply.
  15. Hi I know none of the Oasis or quantum class have free steam/sauna. We were on Vision and Independence last year and both of those had it, Have also seen it on most of Voyager class, but as some of them are going in for 'amping' they are taking them out. I believe that Radiance class all have them still. Hope this helps.
  16. Does anyone else think that Royal Caribbean are reducing their involvement and preparing to stop sailing from the UK? It seems to me that their treatment of the UK markets in the last couple of years, points to them perhaps preferring to home their ships at the Mediterranean and Mainland European ports? They have reduced their usual 2 ships out of Southampton to 1 following the cancellation of the Independence on the pretence that the Anthem would cover the UK. Their “Lift and Shift” offer is almost unusable to the UK market and they won`t even let you pay a supplement to cover any extra days if you cannot find a “Comparable” cruise. IE a booked 10 Canaries Cruise for the identical cruise, but 11 days? I`m afraid their attitude to the UK market is appalling and to me it seems they are not concerned at all about UK cruisers. It would not surprise me in the least if any further "pausing " of this years schedule should be necessary beyond August, that it would result in them cancelling this year schedule from the UK altogether? I do hope not
  17. Sorry... I'm sure this has been asked many times. New to RC. I was able to make MyTime dining reservations for Independence for May but can't make for shows... do these show up closer to sailing? and if so when? or are reservations not needed on Independence? thanks so much!
  18. We will have a party of 6 in a panoramic ocean view suite on our Indy booking this July, including two teenage boys and two teenage girls. From what I can tell, there is only one shower in this suite. Our cabin is in the same area where the Spa and Gym are located and I understand there are showers located in that area. With so many of us in one suite, and with only one shower, will they let us use the showers in the gym/spa area?
  19. Independence wasn’t dumped.I got talking to an engineer onboard Indy last year and he said that she will be back in Southampton in 2022.It needs an engine overhaul and they couldn’t risk transatlantics until it is rectified.
  20. On Independence is there any type of water fountain in the locker room? Never sailed Royal and looking forward to some steam room time after working out (or to sweat out the hangover haha).
  21. I totally agree with you, We too really like to sail from Southampton for all the reasons you outlined. What i cannot understand is why they just "Dumped" the Independence of the Seas schedule without a second thought and then during this awful period we are in now, will not even be a little flexible when we pay premium rates. I asked to do a "L&S" from this years Canaries cruise on 17 October(10 nights) to the virtually same cruise next year(11 nights) and to pay any supplements necessary. No chance total inflexibility.
  22. Received notice this morning that our refund was posted Saturday for our Independence cruise that was scheduled for last week.
  23. ok so I am booked on 7 day Eastern/Perfect Day on Independence so I could switch to Symphony..if so I will get a steal!
  24. Is it isolated from sound well? I understand it’s in between the atrium and the lido deck quite equally. We’re also in a corner aft so hopefully no sex noises through the thin walls, far away from most cabins.
  25. Has anyone recently been on Indy with Unlimited Dining Package and might have some feedback to share? It's $95pp for our 4 night sailing in December and I'm considering it. This will be our first time sailing her. I was a bit underwhelmed with Chops the last time I was on Oasis so I'm waffling between specialty dining and MDR.
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