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  1. They did raise the price of the on-board drink package pretty significantly this year, from $57-$63 to $63-$70. That's a 11-13% jump in price. Makes sense that the pre-cruise "sale" price in the cruise planner would start creeping up as well. Looking forward to 2020 and the on-board price will hit a high of $89. With a 25% sales, the price is still $62. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked/beverage-packages
  2. Good point. If it was me & I could secure the drink package at $45 or $47, then I'd pull the trigger, enjoy the cruise and be a little less loyal next time around when choosing a cruise line. Not saying that I'd never cruise Royal again but more willing to keep the options open.
  3. That's a bit ridiculous. A $23 per day ($27ish after gratuity), per person increase is not a little thing. For a one week cruise, that's an increase (to no fault of their own) of almost $200...per person. Plus, if all 7 cabins had the drink package, it's an additional $2,646 Royal "accidentally" put in the their corporate coffers. While I agree with biker posts 99.9% of the time, in this instance, I respectfully disagree. It's worth the aggravation to fight the good fight.
  4. Totally agree. Love the Schooner Bar but on Oasis, it's one of the worst locations.
  5. It's great that you got the needed help. This is when Cruise Critic is at it's best. If you want to see it at it's worst, just mention the word "tipping" or say something slightly negative about customer service or food, then sit back and watch the sparks fly! 😀
  6. 😀😀😀😀 Me neither! But I turn diamond next cruise so I'm practicing for when I do get to use the DL in 2 cruises. But by then (18-24 months from now) , they'll probably change the rules several times. It is entertaining and I swear I'm not trolling. Just stating my humble opinion. 🙂
  7. Not really that hard to understand. If a person takes their unfinished drink out of the DL - which is against the rules - to drink at dinner, when they should be using their 3 drink voucher, they are in effect breaking two rules! If anything, that even worse. Either enforce the rules or don't. It's the selective enforcement that causes annoyance. Personally, I'd like to see a little lee-way....empathize on a little.
  8. Me too. I usually have one to take back to the room unopened and have it on the balcony when my DW is getting ready for dinner. But since I have the drink package, the bartenders are okay with it as there are no restrictions on when/where I can drink it.
  9. While I mostly agree with what you and others are saying, I'm under the impression that dswallow wants to take a can of soda back to the room to be consumed later that evening. I don't see how that is any different than people taking their drinks out of the DL on the way to dinner. It's against rules (very flexible rules) but nobody seems to have a problem that. Drinks in the DL are to be consumed in the DL. I can only imagine the uproar on CC should that rule be enforced fleet-wide. We are talking about one can of soda.....not hoarding a case of soda or taking a bottle of wine to share with non-diamond cruisers. I see no issue with someone that has spent tens of thousands of dollars to reach a certain loyalty status wanting to maximize their benefits. ....especially when it comes to one can of soda.
  10. Look in the bright side. As the staggering, giggling group is contained to one little room for 4 hours, it frees up the rest of the ship and bars for the rest of us!
  11. That's the best part. As I also have zero dance rhythm, no one can tell how awful my dance moves are since they don't know what song I'm dancing (i.e. flailing about) too. 😂
  12. Thanks! I knew Mariner and Navigator had Flowriders but I didn't know about the rest. As I said earlier, I guess I don't pay attention to the Voyager class. I might be in the minority on this, but I think it's an awkward-size. Too big for the "little ship with a big heart" feel with the views and connection to the ocean.....but too small for the crowds to spread out and the "ship is the destination" feel. Don't get me wrong, for the right price/itinerary, I'll sail on them.
  13. You're right, I stand corrected. Apparently I haven't been paying attention to the Voyager-class.
  14. I'm surprised you didn't mention Freedom-class has Flowrider while Voyager-class (non-Amped) does not😉
  15. I think the "limited" destinations refers to the ports Oasis can go to. That's always been the negative drawback to Oasis. Not sure they can go to some of the ports on your list.
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