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  1. Adventure OTS - Clo O'Connor July 6 for 2 months. Then who? Allure OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 11 for 4 months, then Mitch Merucciis scheduled to return August 12 for 2 months. Anthem OTS - Dennis Charles May 12 until September 6, then Chris Brown starts September 6 for 4 months. Brilliance OTS - Mike Szwajkowski July 3 (for 2 or 4 months?) Empress OTS - WHO is the current CD? Enchantment OTS - Bobby Broughton April 6 until early-September. Then who? Explorer OTS - Topi Ylönen returns June 8 until July 27. Then who? (Graham Seymour may return as regular CD again for the rest of 2018, or Dennis Charles is also rumored to be joining Explorer). Freedom OTS - Drew Devine March 17 until July 28, then Topi Ylönen returns July 28 until September 29, followed by Drew September 29 for 4 months. Grandeur OTS - Bob Leininger June 2 until October 6. Bobreturns December 1 for another 4 month contract. (Mitch Merucci is unsure if he is joining GR in October as planned. It may be Mike Szwajkowski instead.) Harmony OTS - Dru Pavlov April 21 until early-September (need handover date) then Abe Hughes returns early-September for 4 months. Independence OTS - Joff EatonMay 28 until September 22, then Tim Connor returns September 22. Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo June 16 until August 19, then Andrea Olivieri returns (for 4 months?) Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin May 27 until July 22, then Marc Walker starts July 22 for 4 months. Majesty OTS - Patricio Honores late-June (for 2 months). Mariner OTS - Ricky Matthewsuntil July 9, then Carlos Torres joins July 9 for 2 months, then Ricky returns in September for 4 months. Navigator OTS - Rob McNally May 6 until late-August, then Cuddy Cudworth returns in late-August. (need handover date) Oasis OTS - Dan Whitney early May for 4 months. Then who? Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 23 (until late-July? then who?) Joff Eaton returns November 28 for the Australian season. Quantum OTS - Is Fang Lixin is the current CD? Paul Rutter returns in the Fall (Sept/Oct) for a few months. Radiance OTS - Cuddy CudworthJune 15 for 2 months followed by John Blairin August until January. (need handover date) Rhapsody OTS - Tim Connor June 23 for 2 months, then Elvis Pinto returns mid-August for 4 months. (need handover date) Serenade OTS - Jamie Fentiman May 13 for 4 months. Then Who? Symphony OTS - Michele Scarpato March 11 until late-July (need handover date) then Bobby Brown returns through the TA November 9 Vision OTS - Steve Davis April 6 until August 6, followed by Ken Jones for 2 months. Voyager OTS - Michelle Oliveira began late-May (for 4 months?). Jerome Sueur is reportedly joining Carnival and getting married soon. Keith Williams has been cleared to return from medical leave, but does not currently have a ship assignment. Casey Pelterworks shoreside for Celebrity as Manager of Entertainment. Graham Seymour is semi-retired but fills-in from time to time as needed Rich Edwards sadly passed away in June 2017. RIP Rich. John Perry is Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn) Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment, and occasionally fills-in as CD Amy Fickert-Southgate works shoreside Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London Gordon Whatman is retired, but fills-in from time-to-time if needed. Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office. Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami. Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut Anna Bass is a make-up artist João Pereira is the Cruise Sales Manager on the Liberty of the Seas. Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises. Simeon Baker- is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan Matt Baker - Sim's brother - is a radio presenter. Kieron Buffrey - CD with Viking River Cruises Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand Anthony Richards is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations Rico du Breil is a CD with SilverSeas out of Italy Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England Abel Jeney is with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival
  2. True, they even redeployed Independence from Europe just to serve CocoCay due to the increased demand
  3. 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.
  4. Good Morning everyone, I have my first Royal cruise booked for September of this year on Independence of the Seas. A few weeks ago I saw the Deluxe Beverage Package was $45 a day. I stupidly didn't jump on it then and now it's $65 a day. If I book now and then the price drops, can I call and rebook with the new price or am I locked in? Also, does anyone have experience with The Key on Independence? Seems pretty interesting especially since I was planning to get Voom anyways. If anyone has any tips or tricks, drink recommendations, etc for Independence or what you wished you would have known for your first Royal cruise, I'd love to hear that as well. I feel like I'm really going to like Royal and have my eye on a few cruises next year too. Thanks!
  5. Hi, I tried to search but can’t find my answer. On the independence of the seas if rooms are adjoining can the divider between the balconies be opened? Specially cabins 7408 and 7410. Thanks in advance for your help.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Hi All- I was a GTY Junior Suite on the Independence of Seas and today was assigned #1102. I believe this is a new room, so I haven't found much information on it. Has anyone had any insight or stayed in the new section of Deck 11?
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. We are new to RCL. Wondering about OV cabin fwd deck 7. Independence of the Sea cabin 7506 Does it have 2 OV windows? Any pictures to share? Pros/cons? Thanks!
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. Received notice this morning that our refund was posted Saturday for our Independence cruise that was scheduled for last week.
  20. 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!
  21. I think what is unique about the US is that each State has some independence and can this can utilize the experience of others States at least as much as other countries. Each State is able to look at the federal guidelines (those are just guidelines btw), look at their States’s data, gauge at their State population’s feelings and decide on a program. Cities and counties can slow things down in their areas if they feel they need to. The people are not sheep and should use their own brains to do what is best for their own families. In diverse countries, different solutions may work in different places. It does make make me sad when some people seem to be rooting for failure (rather than hoping for the best) when they see other States releasing restrictions. We all understand that there are high risk people who will have to continue to take more precautions than other, no matter the State policy.
  22. I was supposed to have flown to FL today for a 2 night cruise on Independence to Coco Cay tomorrow. Can see where my day bed would have been and where I'd be snorkeling. 🙂 But hey, it's 87 today here in Baltimore! No snorkeling though.
  23. Thank you for this - I wasn’t aware the pier could handle 3 ships! I certainly wouldn’t expect for them to be wanting to operate three ships at once at the moment! I know Independence, Mariner and Navigator now seem to be dedicated to short CocoCay cruises - I wonder how long this will continue.
  24. Partial refund on my cancelled 4/27 Independence of the Seas cruise posted today all with dates of 5/6. Cruise payment was split on 2 separate credit cards. Both cards received several weird amounts of refunds. Total refunds $9,000 out of $10,000 fingers crossed the remaining $1,000 will post in the new few days.
  25. My May 3 Harmony cruise was canceled by RC on 3/24 as well as a May 11 Independence cruise. Today I received in various credit amounts (for dining package, beverage package, port/tax and upgrade fee) and across 2 different credit cards the entire refund for my May 3 cruise. This refund was directly from RC without any intervention by the credit card companies. Haven't received anything for the 5/11 cruise yet but things are looking hopeful now. As far as the 2 Princess cruises I have, one canceled 3/12, the other canceled 4/14 both by the cruise line, I have not received any refund or other compensation from them. I have 29 cruises with Princess, one with RC so far. Needless to say, I am much happier with RC than I am with Princess.
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