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    Westminster, MD
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    Dogs, Outdoor sports
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    San Juan, Key West

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  1. I have ordered buckets of beers several times and have never had to have them opened. If you ask for a single beer unopened to enjoy on your balcony I can see no reason they would not do that, and the bucket of beers is buy 5 get one free, so its not like it is some huge discount off the regular price. Some of the buckets come with a bottle opener on the side.
  2. Does anyone know if the classic soda and voom package includes surf & stream or is it just surf? It is priced similarly to the surf & stream plus soda, but on a recent grandeur cruise it was awful, and the package includes just surf, I would be better off buying the 2 parts separately than in this package.
  3. We have sailed on both ships and enjoyed both. Room size, numerous less costly of balcony cabins are positives for Pride, but service seems a touch better on Grandeur. Food is different on each but we enjoyed both. For us the Main Dining Room is a tossup, but If you eat at the buffet I think you may enjoy the Grandeur a little more, but I love the burgers and tacos on the Pride. Most importantly to us, the itineraries seem more varied and go a little further regularly on the Grandeur, and that is the main reason we sail on her more than the Pride
  4. Yes, we just got off 5 day to Bermuda on Grandeur, and we had Lobster tails on Day 4, and I too was surprised to get Lobster tail on a casual dining night.
  5. Sorry, I dont mean to keep beating a dead horse, but am I correct in assuming when you say "use it" within one year - means that the sail date on the new cruise has to be within 1 year, and that the expiration date does not refer to the mere act of applying that fcc toward a cruise (perhaps to cruise setting sail 2 years from the canceled cruise for example).
  6. Still confused about this part of the policy: "when reserved within 1 year of issue date" - does that mean the reservation has to be made within one year, or the reservation has to be made for a cruise sailing within one year? Thanks in advance!
  7. I guess that is subjective, because for me the opposite is true. I like port intensive itineraries.
  8. Seems to be happening every weekend now. Very frustrating and disappointing.
  9. Yes, this is getting old, the unreliability is quite a shame.
  10. That is a pretty serious allegation you are making in resurrecting this 9 month old thread for your first post. Do you have any proof that RCL (or any of the large cruise lines) is knowingly double and triple selling a cruise which they are in reality planning to charter, or is that just pulled out of thin air?
  11. I think it will depend on the group, and the size of the group. We unknowingly booked a cruise that had a bluegrass music element to it, and it was maybe about 15%-20% of the total passengers participating. I enjoy bluegrass, so it actually was a fun benefit. There were a lot of 'closed' events in the theater, mostly during the daytime, but the regular evening shows always took place open for all. We enjoyed the impromptu jam sessions that popped up around the ship, many evenings around the park cafe as we went for midnight snacks. It was also interesting watching all the bass players self disembark on the final day!
  12. Thanks for all the info Hank. I put "general questions" to make sure all knew I wasn't asking for info on specific TA. I should have mentioned the cruiseline I am booking is RCL, I was under the impression they had pretty firm pricing controls.
  13. I learned something new today, and I have you to thank for that flatbush, thanks for the insights!
  14. I was under the impression that, for the large cruise lines at least, at any given time the price for a cruise from the cruiseline was the best price a travel agent would be able to get, an agent may be able to offer on board credit or other amenities, but the cost of the cruise would be no better. But I have been able to book 2 cruises, with 2 different large agencies, at a lower cost than the cruiseline was offering, by several hundreds of dollars. After the first time I assumed that the agency bought a block of guarantee rooms at a low cost, and they were able to hold that cost as the cost of the cruise went up. But the most recent booking, we were able to book the room of our choice, which was also still available on the cruiseline website, so it appears the agency had not bought up that specific room, since it was still available on the cruiseline website, nor was this room a part of a block of guarantee rooms, since we were able to request that specific room. So how does this work? How could the agency give us a better price on a specific room hundreds of dollars less that the cruiseline could? Thanks in advance!
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