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  1. Today (14 June) is Flag Day. Symbol of Independence, freedom, national pride, respecting our country and individual rights.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hi everyone, For 6 months, I was working in the shops onboard Independence Of The Seas. I actually got the opportunity to meet some of you guys, and I just wanted say thank you for saying hello! I actually made some YouTube vlogs of my experience during this contract, and wanted to share it with you guys. I'm trying to show what being a Royal Caribbean crew member is like. For example: what our cabins look like, where I work, what we eat, what the crew bar looks like, what I do in my free time. In this first vlog, I show you the sign-on process. Me, walking on to the ship as a new crew member - followed by a ship tour. https://youtu.be/TwY2wMDjpBk I'm actually about to start my next contract onboard Mariner Of The Seas for 7 months, starting my new role as a Casino Host. I hope to meet more of you soon, and ask me any questions you may have about being a crew member! Chris
  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. Hope this is better. Royal Caribbean refuses to allow me to use my cruise credits despite following all instructions exactly as they advised. I originally booked a Royal Caribbean cruise in January 2020 for a sailing date of May 11th 2020 on the Independence of the Seas. All cruises were canceled due to the global pandemic. Royal Caribbean offered consumers 2 options. Consumers could request a full refund for their canceled cruise. Or consumers could receive a 125% future cruise credit based on the original cruise amount paid rather than receiving a refund. I opted for the 125% future cruise credit. I received the future cruise credits in the form of certificate numbers via email on 4/29/2020. I received 3 cruise credit certificates each in the amount of $477.00 (one certificate for each passenger). The email from Royal Caribbean containing the credits states the following, "To redeem your future cruise credits, please contact your travel advisor or visit our website to book your new sailing and apply your credit." On 5/19/2020, I visited Royal Caribbean's website at www.RoyalCaribbean.com to book a new sailing using the future cruise credit certificates. I found a cruise similar in price to our original booking and entered the future cruise credits to be applied to the booking. During the booking process, I was instructed to enter the future cruise credit certificates to be applied to the new booking. I followed the provided instructions, entered the certificate codes, and the website showed the certificates were recognized and would be applied to the new booking. The new booking was slightly higher in price (approximately $300), so I was also instructed to enter a form of payment to cover the difference in price that was not covered by the cruise credits. I entered a personal credit card. After processing, the final confirmation page showed a total price of $1736.04. However, it also stated that an updated an invoice would be sent after the future cruise credits were applied. The confirmation page stated my future cruise credits needed to be reviewed for validity. Once reviewed and confirmed, a new invoice would be sent showing the updated total with the future cruise credits applied. I received an email confirmation showing a total $1736.04 on 5/19/2020. Within 1 minute, I also received 3 emails from Royal Caribbean showing my future cruise credits and stating the following: "Your future cruise credits were applied successfully and a new booking invoice with the reduced fare will be sent to the email address on file." I never received a new invoice and when I received my credit card statement I found that I had been charged for the full amount of $1736.04 on 5/20/2020. I contacted Royal Caribbean Customer Service via phone (800-256-6649) at 656pm MST on 6/1/2020. After speaking with a Supervisor, I was informed that my future cruise credits could not be applied to Reservation ID 541344 because I had already paid in full. I explained that I followed the instructions provided by Royal Caribbean and booked my cruise online using the future cruise certificates provided. I explained that I received a confirmation email from Royal Caribbean on 5/19/2020 confirm my cruise credits had been applied and advising me that I would receive an updated invoice with the lower fare. I was informed by a Supervisor that this was incorrect and future cruise credits cannot be applied online as stated in the email sent to consumers who chose this option. .The Supervisor stated that the cruise credits could not be applied to this booking and could only be used for future bookings. She said the only way these credits could have been used was via phone, which contradicts prior communication. She stated they will not apply the credits to the second booking and cannot make any adjustments to the fare. She said the amount overpaid must be granted in yet another fcc that I don’t want. So I’ve now paid for this 1 cruise twice with even more fcc’s on the way that I don’t want. I feel this is a predatory practice designed to trick consumers into spending more than intended. Royal Caribbean is not following the terms the provided to consumers and it appears they are attempting to capitalize on the fact that consumers were forced to cancel due to the pandemic. I’m only asking for them to allow me to use the fcc’s they provided in accordance with their instructions. But they continually refuse to assist or apply the credits as originally advised. I’m so disgusted I’m just ready to drop the whole thing and file chargebacks with my credit card company. Royal is ruining their reputation. They’re forcing consumers to spend more than they intended and I refuse to accept it.
  8. Did Indy get a Freestyle Coke Machine during the refurbishment?
  9. On independence the tiered seating by the pool was for suite guests.
  10. It could be Oasis or Independence. Although not the Odyssey, I dont think it would be horrible. Wouldnt you be thrilled to be sailing away on a Royal ship after all this time? The pandemic is horrible. Switching ships is a little disappointing but not horrible.
  11. I have l&s'd from Freedom to Allure, from Independence to Odyssey, from Empress to Brilliance. My sister l & s'd Freedom to Symphony, another sister shifted Adventure to Symphony.
  12. This is why we double booked cruises. We are hoping a 5 night out of FLL which goes only to coco key and labadee might actually go mid October. While I don't see our 11 Celebrity sailing, I have a glimmer of hope for Independence. I won’t be paying final on the Celebrity one unless things change dramatically in the next 3 weeks. Both are refundable. Airfare is booked because we had to or lose it. And if neither go we have a back up planned in Florida. I hate uncertainty but am learning to live with it. On top of all that just leaving the state may make me have to quarantine due to my job. At this point I’m so desperate for a vacation that I’m willing to spend a couple of weeks at home after since I have plenty of vacation time.
  13. 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!
  14. I was able to switch from Independence of the Seas (Dec 20) to the Symphony of the Seas (Dec 21). I would push your TA to call again! In my case, I was on a Western and I was worried they were going to say Western + Perfect Day was not the same itinerary. They did allow it because I was on a 5 night right before the holiday sailings and in 21 I didn't have many options.
  15. Is Port Canaveral going to be the only port where everything starts up again? Or Miami/Ft. Lauderdale also? The private island only (or mostly) cruises seem like the safest bets. 2x coco cay, Labadee or combo of both ala Independence. Harmony and Mariner seem like the most likely to still go out of all of them, with the ships based in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale right behind them. Disney definitely seems to be focusing on Port Canaveral.
  16. If RCCL does sail on Aug. 1, it would likely only be the following ships sailing the Caribbean: - Navigator(via Miami) - Independence(via Fort Lauderdale) - Mariner(via Port Canaveral) - Enchantment(via Galveston) - Harmony(via Port Canaveral) - Liberty(via Galveston) - Freedom(via San Juan)? - Majesty(via New Orleans) - Symphony(via Miami) I doubt the Grandeur sails out of Baltimore and none of the three ships scheduled to sail out of Bayonne will be sailing this year. The Freedom out of San Juan is also questionable. So RCCL might be in a similar situation as Carnival in only having 8 ships sailing if they do start on Aug. 1.
  17. 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.
  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. Good point, this could have been planned before the cruise shutdown. What is weird is that the Safety info is showing on the app for my August Symphony sailing, but not for my August Independence cruise. So perhaps it was an App update that is just now being released.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. It has been a few years so help me please. Husband wanted a February get away so we booked on the Independence for Feb 13 to 17th. I am looking at the forum and can't find any threads on that ship. i love reading everything and getting excited. Also there were no suites left (yes I called C&A to book and see if there were any being held) so we booked a balcony on the hump. We are mere Emeralds so i was wondering if any one thinks the new key program is any good. price aside I am wondering about seats for the shows as it is Presidents day weekend and i know there will be plenty of other teaching staff as well as families with kids that are on break. What are the chances of the deluxe drink package going on sale...hubby drinks plenty I drink rarely looking to get a deluxe and a refresh. How about a message , book ahead or wait? And lastly pray we don't get snow I really want to go on this cruise!!!!!
  23. there u go........................ now maybe u could try Royal Caribbean refuses to allow me to use my cruise credits despite following all instructions exactly as they advised. I originally booked a Royal Caribbean cruise in January 2020 for a sailing date of May 11th 2020 on the Independence of the Seas. All cruises were canceled due to the global pandemic. Royal Caribbean offered consumers 2 options. Consumers could request a full refund for their canceled cruise. Or consumers could receive a 125% future cruise credit based on the original cruise amount paid rather than receiving a refund. I opted for the 125% future cruise credit. I received the future cruise credits in the form of certificate numbers via email on 4/29/2020. I received 3 cruise credit certificates each in the amount of $477.00 (one certificate for each passenger). The email from Royal Caribbean containing the credits states the following, "To redeem your future cruise credits, please contact your travel advisor or visit our website to book your new sailing and apply your credit." On 5/19/2020, I visited Royal Caribbean's website at www.RoyalCaribbean.com to book a new sailing using the future cruise credit certificates. I found a cruise similar in price to our original booking and entered the future cruise credits to be applied to the booking. During the booking process, I was instructed to enter the future cruise credit certificates to be applied to the new booking. I followed the provided instructions, entered the certificate codes, and the website showed the certificates were recognized and would be applied to the new booking. The new booking was slightly higher in price (approximately $300), so I was also instructed to enter a form of payment to cover the difference in price that was not covered by the cruise credits. I entered a personal credit card. After processing, the final confirmation page showed a total price of $1736.04. However, it also stated that an updated an invoice would be sent after the future cruise credits were applied. The confirmation page stated my future cruise credits needed to be reviewed for validity. Once reviewed and confirmed, a new invoice would be sent showing the updated total with the future cruise credits applied. I received an email confirmation showing a total $1736.04 on 5/19/2020. Within 1 minute, I also received 3 emails from Royal Caribbean showing my future cruise credits and stating the following: "Your future cruise credits were applied successfully and a new booking invoice with the reduced fare will be sent to the email address on file." I never received a new invoice and when I received my credit card statement I found that I had been charged for the full amount of $1736.04 on 5/20/2020. I contacted Royal Caribbean Customer Service via phone (800-256-6649) at 656pm MST on 6/1/2020. After speaking with a Supervisor, I was informed that my future cruise credits could not be applied to Reservation ID 541344 because I had already paid in full. I explained that I followed the instructions provided by Royal Caribbean and booked my cruise online using the future cruise certificates provided. I explained that I received a confirmation email from Royal Caribbean on 5/19/2020 confirm my cruise credits had been applied and advising me that I would receive an updated invoice with the lower fare. I was informed by a Supervisor that this was incorrect and future cruise credits cannot be applied online as stated in the email sent to consumers who chose this option. .The Supervisor stated that the cruise credits could not be applied to this booking and could only be used for future bookings. She said the only way these credits could have been used was via phone, which contradicts prior communication. She stated they will not apply the credits to the second booking and cannot make any adjustments to the fare. She said the amount overpaid must be granted in yet another fcc that I don’t want. So I’ve now paid for this 1 cruise twice with even more fcc’s on the way that I don’t want. I feel this is a predatory practice designed to trickconsumers into spending more than intended. Royal Caribbean is not following the terms the provided to consumers and it appears they are attempting to capitalize on the fact that consumers were forced to cancel due to the pandemic. I’m only asking for them to allow me to use the fcc’s they provided in accordance with their instructions. But they continually refuse to assist or apply the credits as originally advised. I’m so disgusted I’m just ready to drop the whole thing and file chargebacks with my credit card company. Royal is ruining their reputation. They’re forcing consumers to spend more than they intended and I refuse to accept it.
  24. Freedom and Independence no longer (post Amped) have a CL. Only the SL and DL.
  25. I have the Independence booked for August 3 and again September 28. The Mariner would be nine days after we return from the Indy and I had originally decided to cancel it if the Indy sailed, but now I think we would just go again so soon. The September 28 Indy is backup in case the August 3 is cancelled; we will go on only one of them. We are five points short of Diamond Plus and would really like to be there before the November Harmony; the Indy would make that possible. The CWC and L&S have provided a lot of options. I have spent a lot of time planning and arranging the cruises, which helped keep me busy during the otherwise gloomy stay at home time. Anyway, our plans for the Mariner might work for you. It is paid in full and first choice would be to actually take the cruise, but backup plan is to move the money to another cruise in December 2021. We have selected the one we want and just need to make that move before August 1 to use the Cruise With Confidence option. I am positive the next cancellations (or the plans to sail!) will be announced well before then. I realize it is different for a party of two who are retired and live two hours from the port, though. You have a tough situation, but the ability to cancel up to 48 hours before the cruise date might be a game changer for you.
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