Wilba - Answered a Question by Turner (24 Dec 08 11:42)

RCI state cruises after Jan 1st who have not yet paid in full will have the amount deducted from their final bill. Unless you have any $US (cash) left over from when times were good then there is no big saving to be had. Most of us are using a Nationwide Credit Card as they don't charge for currency conversion. You have plenty of time to get one as mine took 12 days to come through after filling in the form online. A couple of other tips are: If you intend paying the recommended gratuities, pay them now up front as they have yet to bring the GBP prices in line with the $US.(You save over £100 for 2 people). Also if your thinking of a wine package, pre pay it now, online as the savings are very good. I have purchased a 12 bottle package & saved £55 compared to the on board price. If the Dollar drops even more my saving will be even greater.....Regards Wilba.

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D & B - replied to Wilba (24 Dec 08 21:42)

Hello Wilba, our cruise is in March. We always pay our gratuities up front (some may say wrong) and we also have the wine package, paid for when we board the ship. My question is how do I pay for these items now (up front) when all I have paid so far is my deposit and I have not had my final invoice yet? you are a gold mine of information. Regards.

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Wilba - replied to D & B (25 Dec 08 06:37)

Hi! In your case if you have pre arranged gratuities & a wine package at the time of booking, these should be charged at the agreed UK rate on your final invoice. My comments were aimed specifically at people who agree to paying the recommended grats once they have boarded, by filling in the form delivered to your cabin. The same goes for the wine pack, but for those wishing to pre pay, here is the online pdf: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/giftcatalog/category/home.do?catCode=WINDIN.

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Ford - Answered a Question by Turner (24 Dec 08 22:14)

With regard to the fuel charge RCI have had a change of heart and while the supp. was initally removed it has now been reinstated. The fuel supp. will now be given as OBC.

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Wilba - replied to Ford (25 Dec 08 06:18)

I think you will find this depends on your date of sailing. Here is the latest statement: MIAMI – December 5, 2008 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced the suspension of its fuel supplement for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, anywhere in the world.The decision reflects the recently sustained lower price of fuel.Effective Monday, December 8, guests making new bookings for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, will not be charged the fuel supplement. Guests already booked on sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, will receive a refund of any fuel supplement paid, as follows: Guests with existing bookings for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, and who are now paid in full, will have the supplement automatically refunded to them in the form of an onboard credit during their sailing. Guests with existing bookings for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, and who are not yet paid in full, will have the supplement automatically removed from their outstanding balance.

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Ford - replied to Wilba (25 Dec 08 21:41)

Sorry Wilba, but I think there has been a further update. My booking for May 2009 has had the fuew supp removed and then a day or two later reinstated. There is an interesting thread on a site which cannot be named,.

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Wilba - replied to Ford (26 Dec 08 10:02)

Hi! I have just looked at the 'unnamed' site's comments but after extensive searching can find no official statement, other than the Dec 5th, on both RCI's UK & dot com site. It looks more a case of left hand & right hand to me & I would be talking very loudly to their Weybridge office on 0800 018 2020.......If on the otherhand you can source anything official, then a copy & paste on this site would be invaluable to all concerned.....Regards Wilba.

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Wilba - replied to Wilba (26 Dec 08 10:09)

Just found it!: Fuel Supplement Information December 18, 2008, Update: Further to our communication dated the 5th December 2008 regarding the suspension of the fuel supplement for all Royal Caribbean International sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009; please be advised of the following important information: Please note that ALL guests with existing bookings for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2009, will now have the supplement automatically refunded to them in the form of an onboard credit during their sailing. Please be aware that this applies to both paid and unpaid bookings, the original holiday price therefore remains unchanged. Please note that this decision has been made to facilitate a smoother reimbursement process for both our guests and trade partners.

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Linnie - Answered a Question by Turner (26 Dec 08 10:53)

There is an update with regard to the Fuel Supplement on the website http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/contentPage.do;jsessionid=0000EkM_xNiZatHcOZEPI4Xf1Uh:13dlld2uf?pagename=fuel_supplement .

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