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  1. Hi Royal Caribbean Experts, We will be on Independence of the Seas this summer and want to know what the bathroom amentities will be. Are the shampoo/conditioner/bath gel "on the shower wall"? Are there other products other than possibly soap provided? Thanks for all your assistance.
  2. Of course it does! Rccl are a business, they have overheads and have invested in new ships/facilities and the like. The price they charge AND the demand for what they can supply are all linked in one form or another! The european market has never been under subscribed, so the tactic there was to remove a ship (Independence) and use her to get people onto CocoCay. They haven't used the 'price people will pay' tactic very well with regards to Anthem itineraries, because I know of several regular cruises have jumped ship (cruise lines) for next year at least, to try different cruise lines and what they have to offer. Another way to look at it is the way Rccl have steadily removed more and more perks from cruisers over the years. Again it's all about that top line!
  3. Sorry I forgot to say it’s independence
  4. We had 9404 on the Independence and will be getting the same cabin on the Freedom in March. 9404 is right under 1400. They are awesome rooms, bigger balcony and much better views on the corners. The Windjammer sticks out and over so they cant see in, but you can look down onto the balconies below. Yes, its going to be awesome.
  5. This was the breakfast menu and price from independence out of Southampton on 28-5-19.
  6. Not sure I have got the hang of this rotation thing..... We're on the Independence on 10th August - who will our captain be? We had Captain Teo last time but it looks like it might not be him?
  7. The deluxe drink package has now dropped from £47 to £38....big saving.
  8. Updated 7/31/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – Assata Young-Mayers should have taken over on July 14. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS –Eric Lopez onboard…unsure of when his contract completes. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? Gemma Frances will report to EN after the completion of her vacation at the end of July. ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Jerry Kubli is currently onboard. No timeline for contract period. ****Grandeur OTS – Mike Thompson took over from Katrina Blair on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13 after her vacation. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over from Mosese on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner has taken over to cover Allison Hasler’s vacation in June. Alison Hasler is expected to return in August. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Who has taken over from Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. WHO is currently onboard? I have asked Mauricio if he is going to return to MJ when he returns from vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Alex Paul signed on to the ship on 3/25/19 for a 4 month contract. There should be a change happening very shortly. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over on 5/13 and she should be on a regular contract length, so onboard until mid Sept. Aysy should be taking over at that time. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. He doesn't know when she started, since he just came onboard. **** Rhapsody OTS – Who is onboard NOW? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived n mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard of 5/30. **** Spectrum OTS – Chinese young lady named Raphael (unsure of spelling). **** Symphony OTS – Hannah has joined the ship late June. Hannah will be on the ship until Sept 21, when Flavio Maeda takes over when he returns from his vacation. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. We don’t know if it is a 2 or 4 month contract.
  9. It's one more than usually... For Odyssey and Independence of the seas I have my doubts they will remain as they are, but that's what the current registrations at the ports are. For the others I'm pretty curtain, even though from what I have heard in 2021 Marella cruises is introducing Discovery 3 so that means another vision-class cruise ship will be probably sold.
  10. 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.
  11. Dear Lovetravel114, I sailed 14-night, 29 June 2019 Independence sailing in 9708, a 2 bed GS on deck 9. The following photos are from that sailing. It is very different from 6416 and 6716 in the video. I think may be a result of those cabins origins as the 4 bedroom Presidential suite which was then convert into 2, 2-bedroom suites. The decor and presentation of the suite in the video is definitely a step up from the current 9708 even though the cabins are the same grade. Even the entry door into the cabin in the video which seems to be same as the one used for the Royal Suite is different. I know some may not agree, but having sailed in other suites on other lines (Celebrity, Cunard, NCL) since our first sailing on Independence in 2009 in a standard GS, this one left us underwhelmed although the amount of space we had, was very nice for the 4 of us and we did enjoy our holiday. You will find that the crew do respond quickly if you have any issues so don't hesitate to tell them or the concierge. The food and champagne shown in the video was not offered on our sailing although we did get the bottle of Evian. The cans of coke in the inside bedroom was because we are reciprocal Diamonds due to Elite status with Celebrity and you get a boarding gift. We did get some postage stamp sized nibbles on about 3 occasions which I think coincide with formal night With both cabins, you will have plenty of room for your family and I would suggest that you ask them to open the partition between the balconies so you can all use it as it was originally intended with the bar and the Jacuzzi. Word of caution. Although 9708 comes with 2 "fridges" they are not fridges but cool boxes and do not maintain temperature so a glass of orange I placed in one, went "off" in a couple of days, so check if any fridges in your cabins are real fridges or not. Tips for your family. Pool Towels Sorry if you know this already. Don't check out the blue pool towels on the pool deck which are logged against your seapass and if you don't return them they will charge you $25 each at the end of the cruise. Instead, in the Suite Lounge there are pool towels next to the concierge desk. Get all the towels you want and you don't need to check them out. I dropped them off at the towel desk, but also left them behind and got new ones the next day. I also kept some in the cabin for use on the balcony. Suite Lounge There are food servings throughout the day but especially the lunch time spread is handy. It is the only place I found were we could help yourself to strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Also bananas are there which only seemed to be available in the morning in Windjammer. Even though we had the deluxe beverage package, I would go the the coffee machine in the lounge because I found the coffee preferable to that available at the Promenade Cafe. Again in the evening. Most but not all evenings, we would go for cocktails. "Captain" Kirk will hopefully be on duty and is a star. He makes some serious nightly 'medicine', I can attest to the power of them to get you off to sleep. If you are brave ask him to make you the Devil's Eye or AMF, you won't forget the experience if you finish them. We mainly gave him free rein to surprise us each evening and he never disapponted us. Sorry we forgot to take photos of the seating area in the cabin. Master Bedroom Master bathroom 2nd Bedroom - inside, no windows, for 4 occupants with 2 Pullman beds Shower Room Balcony It was wet every morning I think from the window washing of the Windjammer. The rattan furniture is comfortable. Balcony - decking needs pressure washing
  12. I'm from the US and here's my letter: Dear Guest, We are reaching out to let you know that, regrettably, we must cancel our Independence of the Seas September 12, 2020 cruise. We sincerely apologize for the impact to your vacation and understand your disappointment. Please know, when we have to make these difficult decisions, we explore all options. In this case, our main priority was to share this news with you as soon as possible to ensure that we give you as much time to find an alternate sailing. As a cruise line, we constantly look at where we deploy our ships to give guests the most desired destinations and experiences. This led us to keep Independence of the Seas in the Caribbean in 2020, due to her large success there and the evolution of our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Nevertheless, we’re happy to share that the beautiful Anthem of the Seas will be back in Southampton sailing to many extraordinary European destinations! Anthem of the Seas has something for everyone; from thrill-seeking adventures to perfect epicurean delights, this ship offers cutting edge experiences for everyone in your party. And, Allure of the Seas & Explorer of the Seas will also be in Europe sailing out of Barcelona and Rome, respectively. Due to this cancellation, we will process a full refund of all monies paid to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposits. We will begin processing refunds today, and depending on your banking institution or method of payment, you should start seeing these refunds by May 17th, 2019 or sooner. Also, to help make up for this inconvenience, we’d like to provide all of our guests with the following compensation offer: A Future Cruise Credit valued at 25% of your cruise fare paid on your cancelled sailing. You can expect to receive your Future Cruise Credit via email by May 13th, 2019 in hopes you’ll come sail with us on another cruise. In addition, if you already booked your air, you’ll be reimbursed for non-refundable airline charges with receipts (up to $200 per guest for Domestic flights and up to $400 per guest for International flights). Please email your airline receipts and booking information to RoyalGuestRelations@rccl.com for review and reimbursement. Click here to view some alternate Anthem of the Seas 2020 itineraries that are most similar to what you originally booked. If you prefer a different itinerary and ship, you’re welcome to select any Royal Caribbean International sailing and use your Future Cruise Credit. And, don’t forget, Independence of the Seas will be sailing out of Southampton this summer, if you want to catch her before she moves to the Caribbean. Click here to view Independence of the Seas 2019 summer itineraries. It’s important to us that you find the best vacation option. We kindly ask that you call us at (800) 256-6649 by May 16th 2019 to advise which sail date you’d like to be rebooked on. Our teams are standing by to assist you with finding the perfect cruise. Lastly, any pre-paid amenities, packages, or shore excursions will be refunded to the original form of payment within 7-10 business days. Thank you for understanding. We hope you find another cruise vacation with us. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or looking to explore, relax, and recharge – we have no doubt your time with us will be nothing short of amazing. We look forward to welcoming you onboard. Sincerely, Here are some helpful answers to questions you may have. Why is my sailing being cancelled? Your sailing is being cancelled because we’re making changes to our 2020 season that require the Independence of the Seas to remain in the Caribbean, instead of sailing to Southampton. Our goal is provide our guests with the best itineraries that take you to exclusive parts of the world and have decided to make these changes for the 2020 season to maximize our capacity in the Caribbean. We are terribly sorry. We know this news is disappointing. We do hope you find an alternate vacation option with us. Do you think you’ll stop operating ships out of the UK? Absolutely not – the UK is a key market for us. Where will Independence of the Seas sail from? Independence of the Seas will continue to sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Is it true that Anthem of the Seas will replace Independence of the Seas in Southampton? Anthem of the Seas is actually already sailing out of Southampton next year, so she isn’t replacing Independence of the Seas. And, Allure of the Seas & Explorer of the Seas will also be in Europe sailing out of Barcelona and Rome, respectively. What kind of itineraries will Anthem of the Seas be sailing? She will be sailing Transatlantic, Spain & Portugal, France & Spain, Northern Europe, Italy, plus more! Why aren’t you moving me to an Anthem of the Seas sailing? We want to make sure you find the perfect cruise. So, whether you choose to sail on a similar itinerary on Anthem of the Seas, or you decide you want to do a completely different itinerary, we want it to be your choice. Are any other ships doing European itineraries? Yes, Allure of the Seas will sail out of Barcelona & Explorer of the Seas will sail out of Rome in 2020. What if my reservation had Future Cruise Credits applied? Your FCC will be reinstated and once you are ready to apply it to a new reservation we will be happy to do so. What if my cancelled sailing was a NextCruise booking? NextCruise OBCs applied for Independence cancelled sailings can be reapplied to new bookings.
  13. Does anyone have a recent cruise compass for a 5 day cruise that they can post...also what night is lobster night on a 5 night cruise on Independence..thanks
  14. Europe 2021 Deployment Mediterranean Harmony of the seas (Palma de Mallorca) Odyssey of the seas (Piraeus Spring and Fall) Explorer of the seas (Villefrance, Gibraltar & Piraeus) Rhapsody of the seas [Cannes (prob TA) & Piraeus] Vision of the seas (Cannes, Villefrance & Piraeus) UK Anthem of the seas (Havre, Gibraltar, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Funchal) Independence of the seas (Havre, Gibraltar, Funchal) Northern Europe Jewel of the seas [Havre, Gibraltar, (Palma de Mallorca, Villefrance & Piraeus Spring and Fall)] Brilliance of The Seas (Reykjavík) In bolds are the ports that have the specific ship registered.
  15. Independence is much bigger than Mariner carrying more passengers. Maybe Symphony will take over from Harmony.
  16. Independence is my guess. She did several short cruises from Southampton UK so 3 or 4 night cruises to CocoCay and Nassau would be logical.
  17. Looking forward to this thread. Interested to see what will happen with regards to Liberty/Anthem/Oasis. LB seems to be taking over the 5/9 nighters, however, where does that leave Anthem? If she flops again in Southampton, I can't see her returning in 2021, and I don't see the complaints from 2015 changing - Anthem and Indy have nothing in common, AN is just too different for the majority of the hardcore Indy fans to enjoy. I thought that Anthem would be back in NJ for Summer 2021 which would allow Liberty or Independence to go to Southampton and the other to do the short cruises from FLL. Oasis will probably stay on the 7 nighters. Also wondering if Enchantment will go to Europe after her San Juan run - she's yet to do a Europe season and all of the other ships, bar Majesty and Empress have done seasons in a location other than the Caribbean and Northeast. EN has only left that region once in 22 years for her lengthening.
  18. If anybody is interested, I am attaching the 5 night (12/10/18) Independence compasses. It is the Costa Maya, Cozumel itinerary. Indy.pdf
  19. How much do the crystal blocks weigh? The reason I ask is that we are due to get our first on Independence in a few weeks but we fly down to Southampton so are restricted on weight.
  20. Hi, I would like to know how the Sauna and Steam Room set-up on the Independence. When we were on her last time, these were accessible free of charge. Is this still the case after the re-fit or have they gone the the system on the Oasis Class ships where you have to pay? Thanks for the information.
  21. Can anyone who has been on Indy lately tell me if the water slides are appropriate for children (5 1/2 years old) or are they too fast? Thanks!
  22. Does anyone who has been on the Independence recently know what time the main seating dining starts and what time does the Diamond lounge open for drinks...thanks....
  23. My mum and I will be sailing together on Independence of the Seas on 10th August. We both have drinks packages. I am a diamond member and she is emerald. I was hoping to try out the diamond lounge for the first time but unsure whether we will both be allowed in or only myself? Thanks for your help
  24. Anybody know who the Concierge will be in the Suites lounge on D14. When we were on last year it was Mihee. She was good and welcomed us with a big hug as she had taken over from Jackie.
  25. Thanks for all your replies we have been on Arcadia Azure and Aurora do find them a bit lacking in sea days unless your into dancing, quizzes Saying that we have only done short cruises 1 x 3( soon be 2x 3) and 2 x 7 night ones . Do like the chilled out feeling and the britishness, . I know my grandchildren will love Independence of the seas, was planning on deciding after this cruise which to book for next year but Independence is not an option now ( one of our group will not fly) I am I bit surprised p o don't have more for kids to do out of the kids clubs I would want to spend time with my kids
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