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You will only be charged for coke, unless you have a coke card. Johnny Rockets is nice because the minute you sit down before you order a waiter brings you a plate of french fries.
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My understanding is that the $3.95 surcharge is only a test on the Mariner and Navigator but from reading all of the recent comments about the surcharge, it looks like it is here to stay and more than likely will be expanded to the other Voyager class ships.
We just returned from the Navigator yesterday and while aboard, we were dicussing the surcharge with the Loyalty Ambassador. She had said that they will be extending the fee throughout the Voyager class ships very soon. So I would expect that you may very well be charged the fee by the time you sail.
Just off Navigator yesterday, and IMHO Johnny Rockets is so not worth the surcharge. There was still a 45 minute wait 2 out of the 3 times we tried to go. Teenagers had the run of the place. Why because Mommy and Daddy let them charge away so $3.95 surcharge means nothing to them. The place was LOUD. Couldn't enjoy the ambiance of 50's diner and the table jukebox due to the excessive noise. And when we were finally able to get in everyone else was on shore. I have never ate at Johhny Rockets at home so I have no name brand loyalty to them. I can't believe they are known for their onion rings. They were greasy and reminded me of something I could get at Carl's Jr. or Burger King. There shakes were just ok. I got a better one from In-N-Out on the way home from the airport last night. So the fact that the surcharge is supposed to enhance my cruise experience is a major laugh. If this is enhanced I would have hated seen what it was like before. I am a loyal RCCL cruise and booked another cruise for September 10th while I was on board. Just won't ever do Johnny Rockets again.
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That's to bad. I was hoping it would make the place easier to get a table at. Not that I'm a big burger and fries fan but our daughter and her SO are going with us next November. They haven't developed a taste for the type of dishes served in the main dining room yet so burgers and fries might be a good option for them if they can't find something on the dinner menu.
Of course, our sailing is the week before Thanksgiving so mayhe the crowds will be a lot less than what's on the ships during spring break.
I cant believe that we lost on this one. It also means that now compared to several years ago when RCI tried the charges on the Voyager, the ones who rejoice everytime a fee or surchage is raised are in the majority. This gives RCI an open ticket to start charging for anything they want. At least for us, once we go on the Jewel in July, were done and we have booked a Princess cruise that normally would have been on Celebrity or RCI.
And to the fee worshippers who write how tired they are of reading about this, are write 2 paragraphs on how dare us continue to discuss the issue, please skip the thread, spend your time by writing to RCI and complain how the $3.95 is not high enouth. You could also ask then to start charging for other things or raise the $25 fee for alt dining. That should make you happy.
I did not cruise with Princess for years because of the ice cream charge. Thats why we switched to RCI and Celebrity and went on about 15 cruises with them. Now like RCI who charges for ice cream, with Princess you can finally get some for no charge. So now after years of absence were back trying Princess.
I was on the 3/20 sailing of the Navigator and I never saw Johnny Rockets full. The two times we ate there it was less than half full. I actually enjoyed it more on the Explorer last year when it was loud especially during the line dances. The dances just aren't as fun in front of a half empty diner!
As far as the food is concerned, the food is definitely better than the Windjammer where the food and service have hit all time lows. Forget about Jade! Worst food by far on the ship! Very disappointing.
Back to Johnny Rockets. Hamburgers and onion rings were good as was the milkshake. Apple pie ala mode also was very good as were the hot dogs but I've had much better burgers,onion rings, and shakes at Steak N Shake. Beware if you are stopping by just for a shake you will pay approximately $8 dollars for it (definitely not worth it! and definitely not what I would call a cruise enhancement). If Royal Carribean is going to institute a $3.95 surcharge I think they should consider giving passengers a either $3.95 credit on purchases they make at J.R.'s or at the least charge $3.95 per table instead of person (under the theory that 1 person or 4 people will both take up the same table). If Royal Caribbean is looking at the surcharge as a way to thin out the herds then mission accomplished at least that was our experience on the 3/20 cruise.
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I was on the 3/21 sailing of the Mariner and we had the surcharge. A couple of notes on this:
1) If you are a repeat passenger (Crown & Archor society) they give you a coupon book for each passenger who is which includes a free Johnny Rockets coupon - so for one trip it is a moot point.
2) It keeps the crowds away - I was told that before the charge there was a three hour wait at times. We went down for lunch one sea day and had immediate seating! So there is a benefit.
I am a C&A member so I got a free pass and picked up the tab for the other three in my party - It was a great time and I didn't mind paying the $12.00 for the rest of my party - The show they put on was lots of fun and they kept the O-Rings coming until we had our fill (great cheesebugers too!).
It all depends on how you look at it.
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Hi NH firstimers, we are just down the road from you in Dover. We too are on the Navigator for the 24th. We live just off Rt108 and Mast road before Dover High.
Are you traveling with any kids? Ours is 14 and is bringing her friend. Check out our roll call and sign up for the meet and mingle party.There are more of us from NH going too.
The trend towards a la carte cruising is one dictated by the fares they are and are not able to raise. The cost of a cruise is still much less than it was in the late 90's. My favorite cruise line of all time, Home Lines, was unable to stay in business. Their product was wonderful until they closed. They were unwilling/unable to make the concessions that RCI has seemed to need to make. All that said, I don't know if I would be interested in sailing on an a la carte cruise. It remains for the future to see which cruise lines are capable of providing what cruisers want at a price and price structure that they are willing to pay. One thing is certain, things will not stay the way they are. They never do.
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Fee worshipper? That is the silliest thing I have yet read on this topic. Fortunately Brad posts it just about everytime he posts, so I get to laugh at him regularly. I don't understand why if we understand the economic environment that the cruiselines operate in we get labelled a fee worshipper. The cruiselines provide an amazing product at very very cheap basic fare prices. Far cheaper than even a decade ago, and comparing a Voyager class ship with a Sovereign class ship is no comparison at all. So let's see the cruiseline provides a much better product at a price when factored for inflation is about 1/2 of just a decade ago, and the cruiseline is considered to be evil by these people because they are screwing us poor passengers for giving us something extra for an extra price.