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  1. :o Somehow I knew that and yet my brain just couldn't process which variation of vegetarian is the "No seriously, I really really do not want to eat any animals or things that comes out of an animal"-vegetarian type. No option for VEGAN Vegetarian among the choices on RCL ... scary. Reminds me when they changed Morningstar patties to include eggs or some such as an ingredient for added texture. So many people were upset.
  2. This is really surprising since Royal Caribbean's official website has an option to select Dietary Needs. One of the options available is "Ovo Lacto V". Armed with this information, I'd try again and remind the person you are corresponding with that the option exists on their website.
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    Go Cheap or Stay Home???

    Sandwiched between boarding and departure, seven nights is just not enough time for me to unwind. Beginning with boarding, I cannot find myself in "cruise mode" until the second full day on the ship (third night of the cruise). This leaves three days/nights of relaxation before packing panic begins to set in. The last full day onboard, while still enjoyable, that thought of getting ready for departure is a bothersome thought in the back of my head. One of the greatest feelings in the world is waking up in the cabin and forgetting what you did before you got on the ship. I've not been able to capture that feeling on a short cruise. I prefer nine nighters (or longer) with the main criteria being that it overlaps two work weeks in some way. Fellow passengers seem more relaxed and less likely to be trying to cram as much "vacation experience" into the shorter time period. Same reason I use certain departure ports or itineraries to act as a filter. That said, your idea of not getting off the ship in ports does sound like a great plan to maximize the vacation experience while being able to minimize cost. This is especially true if it is a port you have been to before. You will not feel like you are missing anything. Either way, you can focus fully on the ship as the vacation destination. That sounds like a really great strategy if you are planning on sailing the Allure or Oasis (which are usually seven night cruises). There are some nice bargains out there right now on those ships.
  4. [quote name='G85 SS']Also a good idea to let RCCL know in advanced of your dietary needs. If you booked online, you can access it through your "My Cruises" account and just select the dietary needs you desire. Or you can always give them a phone call so someone can add it to your reservation. This will minimize or even eliminate any issues you may encounter in the main dining room. And as others stated, on your first day, make your wait staff aware.[/QUOTE] This is your best answer. Attached is a JPG that shows the variety of selections you can make with regard to "Dietary Needs".
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    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    [quote name='ribarfly'][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Here is my reasoning, by buying the stock you are injecting cash into RCL, the Stock OBC is like getting COMP points at a casino so it’s an incentive to get you to cruise with them again, and by repeat cruising you are adding to their profits.[/SIZE][/FONT] ... [/quote] I'd love to have someone correct me or shed some light on this but ... I've been under the impression that when you bought stock in a company, you weren't [I]injecting cash[/I] into that company. You were just taking the shares off the hands of the another stock holder. The only[I] injection of cash[/I] took place when they initially offered the stock ... or offered more shares. On the second option, I'd figure stock would get devalued for awhile. I kind of believe that a stock holder is part of the company ... and that's what the stock holder OBC is for ... a reward for being a partial owner.
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    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    Buying stock for OBC and selling it immediately (even after sailing) ... JUST to get the credit just sounds ... tacky. Like you're taking advantage of someone being nice. It reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons when they're at the Springfield library. Reverend Lovejoy is renewing the bible ... again. Seems he does this every week since he's too cheap to buy his own and is taking advantage of someone else for his own interests.
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    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    It said it was a guess. :cool:
  8. dak_friendly

    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    That's so happy awesome that you own exactly 100 shares. However, I guess you're the type that would buy 110 shares or 163 shares if that were the minimum requirement. But that's me guessing. :D I do question your idea of totally ethical. Onboard Credit to me means Credit to be used when Onboard for spending Onboard for things/services Onboard. I do not think Onboard Credit means money the cruise line owes me that I can pocket and take home if I want. To me, that smacks of someone scamming the system. But I guess I don't think the way some people do. I don't walk about thinking "how to take advantage" of something. With the re-wording I quoted earlier... it looks like they've clarified their intentions. "Not redeemable for cash" and "any unused credit shall be forfeited" are phrases further spelling out what I'm saying. It's not jealously, it's called being appalled at other's actions.
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    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    From the Investor Relations site: 8. Are there any restrictions? Benefit is non-transferable and not available to employees, or agents of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. or its subsidiaries and affiliates, travel agents and tour operators. Shareholder benefits onboard credit is not combinable with other onboard credit offers, general loyalty offers, “dollars off” promotions and savings certificates. Guests have the option to choose between the shareholder benefit or the other offer. The Shareholder must own the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stock at time of sailing. Onboard credit is calculated in US dollars except on sailings where the onboard currency used is a foreign currency (in which case the onboard credit will be converted at a currency exchange rate determined by the cruise line) and is not redeemable for cash. Certificate value credited to onboard account at time of sailing. Any unused credit shall be forfeited. Credit is applied on a per stateroom basis; double occupancy. Single guests paying 200% of applicable fare shall receive full value of certificate. Only one shareholder credit per stateroom. Only one credit per shareholder on any one sailing. Other terms and conditions may apply. ---- I truly think Royal Caribbean's intentions are for and have always been that people actually spend their onboard credit ... well, you know ... onboard.
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    Stock Obc Not Combinable Anymore

    People that buy exactly 100 shares are less interested in the investment and more in the freebies. This being mistreated as a stockholder business is sounding more and more like RCCL got wise to another way people have been abusing policies to pocket some $$$ ... When you read on CC about people stacking on multiple **ONBOARD** credits, avoiding the 3% charge at the casino by withdrawing at the purser's desk, and then bragging about pocketing the cash, you figure RCCL is going to catch on eventually.
  11. Hmmm... the alternative isn't "Certified Angus Beef" ... so what is it?
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    $14.95 for STEAK???

    [quote name='petesweet']The key term being "PART of the meal." And thanks, guys, for answering in my defense. Some things are just not worth responding to.[/quote] A whole is the sum of its parts. :D
  13. I have two theories: The first theory is that they want to be at the center of the activity, like a front row seat at the best venue. To see and be seen. To proclaim to the world look at me, I'm special! The second theory is just a conjecture, but it may be from previous experience. You see, it is altogether possible that people do indeed have some kind of psychic force. Such a psychic force may exist in some small way and able to imprint itself somehow. Haven't you gotten a phone call from someone right as you were thinking about them? A small psychic force may have nudged that person to call you! Well, many people walk about thinking things about said chair hogs. Things such as the chair hog "eating hot death", "burning in [nefarious underground establishment]", "going to [same nefarious underground establishment", etc. They all involve the chair hog and some form of intense searing burning heat. I think it is clear that a small psychic force, each coming from a large number of people, is thus greatly intensified and focused upon the chair hog. It's only natural that the chair hog wants to be near the pool. They're sure they're going to burst into flames for some reason and want to be able to quickly dunk in the pool if fire transpires. --- I'm kinda leaning toward my first theory.
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    $14.95 for STEAK???

    [quote name='PhoenixCruiser']Guilty, I like to read EFC's insults :p Has anyone actually ordered the $14.95 steak? I wonder if it is as good as a Chops steak. ###[/quote] I never thought of this, but if it is worse and that reputation spreads ... it might cause people to avoid Chops altogether! [I][SIZE=1](I am quite aware that I'm already avoiding Chops for other reasons)[/SIZE][/I] :D
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    $14.95 for STEAK???

    [quote name='petesweet']I believe all meals in the MDR are still included. I plan to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the MDR and not pay anything extra. A steak is not a meal; it is an optional item on the menu.[/quote] As soon as you take a bite, it becomes a meal. [I] I am a liar; I only tell the truth.[/I]
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