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  1. Actually Aqua is the same. A1 is higher than A2 just as 7 is higher than 8.
  2. Similarly, some online TA websites also allow you to filter down to an individual ship on any cruise line.
  3. CORRECT The only cabins with truly regular verandahs are suites and aft SVs
  4. CR does try to sell additional products and services. I guess I would label them as mildly hard sell rather than super hard sell.
  5. At $129 pp, the 3-night package is not much of a deal: $8 discount at Murano, $2 discount at Tuscan Grille and a "negative discount" at the Porch.
  6. Many of the Specialty Coffees are included in the Classic Package. Last September on the Reflection it included many of the alcoholic coffees since they were priced at or below $9
  7. And if you do not like sparkling wine, you can ask your attendant to switch it to a red or white still wine.
  8. The bags of free laundry are per person, so the cabin will have 2 bags
  9. Perhaps it depends on the state you live in. We had a CA Chardonnay from The Seeker on the Classic Beverage Package on our cruise last September. It sells at a wine store chain in NC for $13.99. Have also seen it advertised online at $9.99 at a NYC discount store!
  10. Deck 10 extends about 10 feet beyond your balcony railing and about 15 feet out from the sliding doors. Since the overhang is about 20 feet above the floor of your balcony, when the sun is straight out from your balcony and about 53 or less degrees above the horizon, you will have sun on your entire balcony.
  11. Not sure that the difference plus gratuity applies to non-alcoholic drinks. Did you actually do so; and if so, what was the price of the sparkling and was the difference based on the price of still water or on the $9 CBP ceiling price?
  12. Note that the CBP has a $9 per drink price ceiling. If you order a drink in excess of $9 - e.g. a $14 drink at the Martini Bar - you will be charged the difference plus a 20% gratuity: ($14 - $9) x 1.20 = $6.
  13. The multiple night specialty restaurants packages include the Porch for either dinner or lunch, so I would assume that the 2 dinners and 1 lunch package will also. Call Captain's Club and see if they know for sure.
  14. At $125 pp, the 3-night package ($41.67 per night) is not much of a discount. You might get better negotiated discounts on board.
  15. If you are happy with grocery store wines in the $12 to $15 per bottle, then you will probably be fine with the classic; if not, then consider upgrading on board.
  16. Registered private tour agencies in StP provide the same group visas included in their price just as the ship's tours do. And this was also the case when we did a Baltic cruise about 7 years ago.
  17. Doubt your TA is suggesting you cancel your early booking on board if prices are higher, just that you could cancel it if the on board booking is a better deal when you get on the ship. "Better" including the combined effects of any price or perk changes and any additional bonuses for booking on board.
  18. On our Asian cruise 3 years ago, the Millennium had Japanese and Singapore currency exchange don't remember about the others except definitely not Vietnamese currency - also not available through my bank - but no matter since USD accepted in the major cities.
  19. The $14pp pd fare increase was only if you selected the Classic and never if you selected all 4 perks with the Premium. Now if you selected the Classic Perk, paid the $14 fare increase and then paid additional to Upgrade to Premium, that's a different story. You should then request to be refunded the Upgrade purchase.
  20. On the Reflection in September, the Cruise Planner only showed 6pm for all specialty restaurants, but once on board, we found that they were also booking 5:30pm
  21. There are only two downsides that I know of: Opportunity cost of losing investment income, no matter how small Extremely low probability of losing your money due to corporate bankruptcy Both of these are minor concerns - so go ahead if you wish. For me, I'll keep my money until right before final payment date.
  22. Sorry, misread - thought you were in 7356. 7354 is still larger than the standard balcony but not as large as 7356. The railing of the 7354 balcony starts out at the location of a standard balcony and angles out to meet the railing of the larger 7356 balcony. The additional balcony space (beyond that of a standard balcony) of 7354 is a triangle that is half the area of the rectangular additional space of 7356.
  23. My motto is: "Let the suckers subsidize my cruise!"
  24. Yes it is larger. Cruisedeckplans.com has a link to a video of cabin 8338 directly above you and the video shows the larger balcony. Yours should be the same.
  25. If you intend to use the "one category upgrade" loyalty benefit, consider putting a hold on both your desired cabin and one in the lower category - especially if there is low availability of cabins in the lower category. The upgrade benefit requires an available cabin in the lower category; so placing a hold on one in the lower category guarantees you will be able to take advantage of the loyalty benefit.
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