Royal Newbies- not able to book any activities-any hope?

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  1. pangyal

    pangyal #TeamSven

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    Hi all!

    We are booked for our kiddo’s tenth birthday on Anthem next month. We have done DCL a number of times, but are total RCCL newbies. This was his wish for a birthday trip, as he wants to try all of the super cool activities like the I-Fly, Northstar, the trapeze and so on.

    However, we are now about six weeks out and none of these activities have appeared for booking in the planner. I am pretty sure from my research that the ticketed/ bookable ones are IFly, Northstar and maybe trapeze (kiddo is not heavy enough for Flowrider, but both me and DH would like to try it); however, not one of these activities has been available for the past few weeks when I started checking. I don’t even know when I should have started checking, as we didn’t receive any form of “timing checklists” or something of that sort when we booked, indicating when our newbie window would open. We did book a higher-level room assuming that cruisers with C&A status would get first dibs at the activities and the website said that this room would get priority access to the on-board activities, but I’m thinking that if they are not showing up on the site, then all activities are fully booked and the concierge or whoever wouldn’t be able to slot us in for that reason either. I am thinking that maybe the priority access only extends to the non-ticketed ones like bumper cars.

    My question is twofold- first, is it worthwhile to stalk the website for cancellations? I’ve been doing that, but have never seen anything open up, so I’m not sure. Second, I know that on DCL, they can usually work some sort of magic at embarkation time if you are booked Concierge and missed out on activities. Do I have any faint hope that this might be similar? I actually called Royal and they flat-out told me that if I’m not seeing these activities, then unfortunately we miss out during the cruise, but that was too depressing an answer to leave it be ;).

    Any advice is appreciated! Sorry so long :).
     
  2. Denise W

    Denise W Disney Veteran

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    You can't pre book the trapeze. I just checked my cruise planner once a day until the North Star and IFly opened. It helped that I joined the roll call for my cruise on cruise critic, as they posted whenever something became available or went on sale. You can try to sign up when you first board, as well, but by pre booking I got my choice of day and time.
    Denise
     
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  3. bbel

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    If you haven't seen anything they probably haven't opened up for booking. There's no set time with royal for booking, unlike disney, you just have to keep checking. Also unlike disney, it opens for everyone at the same time so it doesn't necessarily get booked up for newbies before they even get a chance.

    For things like the flowrider, you only need to pre book if you want a lesson or private session. To just have a regular session you just turn up during opening times.
     
  4. pangyal

    pangyal #TeamSven

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    Thank you both!

    I thought that the activities and shows would have opened up by now as we are less than 50 days out, but this does give me some hope that perhaps they haven’t been loaded. That does seem unlikely, though.
     
  5. cel_disney

    cel_disney DIS Veteran

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    My Symphony Cruise is in April and entertainment just opened last week and we still don’t have escape room etc.

    Keep checking - they will show up eventually but I’m pretty sure that they haven’t opened yet if you see nothing on your planner for entertainment or activities.
     
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