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tserface

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    Eugene, Oregon
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    RCCL, Celebrity, Princess
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    Caribbean

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  1. Since you are a reciprocal Elite be sure to try some of the fun things. There's no Diamond Club to make coffees in the morning, but X often has a specialty restaurant sectioned off for fresh made coffees and a buffet style continental breakfast. We enjoy it because it is typically quiet and the coffee is good. Many of us haven't been on Edge yet, and the specialty restaurants are so different from the M and S class ships it's tough to see real reviews at this point, but if it were me I'd try the Magic Carpet thing just because it looks so cool. I'd bet any of the steak places will be really good as well as X typically does a nice job with specialty venues. It's really cool that RCI gives you the reciprocal deal. We got that years ago and it caused us to give X a try, and then we got the status in our own right by going on enough cruises since we liked it so much. I hope you have a blast and report back your feelings about Elite on X compared to being Diamond on RCCL. Tom
  2. I wonder how many calls to maintenance they get with people forgetting their codes. Yikes. Tom
  3. I believe you could, but not sure why you would want to. There's no charge to use the app for texting to each other, and other ship things like the newsletter and your own schedule, and you could each have your own schedules and keep the conversations less confusing. Tom
  4. It's a small thing, but I always loved on Celebrity how you could start watching a movie and pick it up later. While waiting for my wife through the course of a cruise I often watched several movies a little at at time. I bragged about this often when people started comparing cruise lines. TV, on RCI is almost non-functional. Some of the newer Princess ships have decide interfaces, but Celebrity stood out, to me, with the ability to watch a little at at time. I also heard we won't be getting footstools on our CC room on our up coming cruise because they removed those as well. Maybe the X in Celebrity stands for deleting features.
  5. I think it would be great if it's done well. It's really a lot more difficult to be good at ballet than it is the other types of dancing they do on ships. I think it would be interesting to have a different kind of show.
  6. We had this exact kind of suite once. We couldn't figure out what the banging noise was that started every morning at 5:30am. I finally went up and watched above our room and it turned out the buffet crew were pulling out wheeled carts, but they were pulling them over a small ledge in the door which was causing the wheels to bang. They were doing this while putting out the breakfast food. I wouldn't get that room again and it made us become really particular about where our rooms are located. The room was an accessible Sky Suite so it was very nice otherwise and had a ton of room. We got, kind of, used to the bumping and it only happened for around 1/2 an hour every morning. Fortunately, we got a great upgrade cost to get the room so we couldn't complain too much. That doesn't mean your's will be the same deal. We were specifically under the kitchen refrigerator space. Tom
  7. This may have been said, but I think many of us are responsible for them going to the non-refundable deposit system. Many people would book several cruises, with no intention of taking them all, just to reserve the rooms they wanted. Then, close to the payment days they would cancel the ones they decided against. This left the cruise line with a bunch of rooms to sell off cheap at the last minute. So, first they went to a system where you couldn't book overlapping cruises (obviously you couldn't take them both) and, eventually, added the non-refundable deposit option. They left the refundable option, but it's a lot more expensive so they can make up for some of their inconvenience when people cancel. From a business perspective it makes sense. If someone cancels Celebrity, at least, gets to keep their deposit for their trouble. For us, there is almost no incentive to book on board any longer unless they have a special OBC deal going on or something that makes it interesting. To be fair, we've been guilty of this tactic in the past. We've booked on both RCI and Celebrity and decided later which one to actual take. We didn't think much about it, but now we miss the privilege.
  8. You might already know about this one, but we have used on on many cruises and my wife loves it. It's easy to care around. https://www.amazon.com/O2COOL-FD0500400O006AMB-5-Inch-Portable-Black/dp/B001AVMSEY/ref=asc_df_B001AVMSEY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=216585812545&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5412140190718800848&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033125&hvtargid=pla-348570932787&psc=1 Tom
  9. They were really good at pointing this out when booking a couple years ago, but it's been that way for so long now I think they just assume people know. Other cruise lines are going the same path. I think the problem is a lot of people were booking a bunch of cruises (even overlapping) with the intention of canceling before the final payment to get back their deposits. This worked great for the bookers, but for people who wanted rooms (and found the ones they wanted already taken) and for the cruise lines it's not as good. People found it difficult to find a room and nearer the cruise all of a sudden a bunch of rooms became available. It was tough for the cruise line, and cruisers, to plan. So... I think they want you to only book cruises you intend taking and this is kind of putting your money where your mouth is... so to speak. That said, it wouldn't hurt them to reiterate that an amount was non-refundable unless a change was made in the next 'n' days. I bet they make a lot off people losing deposits. Even when someone has insurance and gets reimbursed, I think the cruise lines still get to keep the deposits as well. Tom
  10. I'd guess a fun sized Snickers is not a useful to them as $1. They'll probably, politely, say thank you and accept it and maybe eat it, but ...
  11. Maybe they are just doing the suggest gratuities and consider it a service charge. We often pre-pay or it's just added to our account daily so we don't really think of it as a gratuity any longer.
  12. I don't think you need to exploit a servant and, I suspect, most of the people working on ships consider themselves servants in this capacity. I don't think may people berate or whip their people that serve them these days. And, the fact that they are serving us doesn't mean we don't respect them or think they are unfit persons. I don't think it's fair to assume the the person who originally used the word lacks "a shred of decency". It's a small point, but one thing we love about cruising is for a week or so we get to live like elitists where normally we do not. It's fun to be special and have others serve us while on vacation. Ironically, if they came to our place we gladly serve them back, but it doesn't mean we don't enjoy the idea of being royalty for a week. They even got the idea in the name Royal Caribbean.
  13. Concierges have been helpful to us in the past. Besides just being a friendly and welcoming face making sure the cocktail hours run smoothly (we've seen them working with the crew to get appetizers, drinks, etc. all flowing) they also help with customer service things. In our case, we wanted to get into a specialty restaurant that, we were told, was completely booked. Somehow the concierge got us in. They've also helped us with shows, figuring out excursions, and other things. I think since they are helping Diamond and above they have some extra pull around the ship. I said "friendly and welcoming face" and I didn't meant that to be condescending, by any means. It's always a treat to get to know them and feel a little more special being recognized for loyalty. We don't like to flaunt our status around (don't wear pins or brag about it or anything), but we keep coming back to Royal because they make us feel special and give us perks. The whole Diamond Club experience is one of treats of our cruises. I think the concierges work behind the scenes making sure that all runs smoothly. Last cruise the concierge was even fixing and filling the espresso machine one morning. Tom
  14. You are right. That would be a great compromise. The other benefits are not restricted to a specific time period to be used and it would lessen the sting if they did as you suggest here. Even if it were not 24 hours and just within daytime hours like 10a-midnight it would still be good. They'd save a ton not doing the cocktail parties.
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