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  1. Just sailed on the Adventure of the Seas out of Cape Liberty 8-night from 5-17-2019 to 5-25-2019… I Purchased The Key in January 2019 at $19.99/person/day for 2 adults. This is only my second cruise and my first with RCL. I’m a very good consumer and usually purchase extras and upgrades. For example, for this cruise, in addition to the Key, I purchased the Deluxe drink package, the Unlimited dining and a Chill Island cabana on Coco Cay. Key benefits we used & loved: Chops lunch on first day. VOOM Surf & Stream. Priority port dis-embarking. VIP seating in Studio B. Main dining room breakfast on last day. Priority dis-embarking on last day. Key benefits we did not use: Carry-on drop off. VIP seating in Lyric theater. Key time slots for rockwall, flowrider & ice skating activities. During on line check-in I was able to choose 11:30am arrival at port. The boarding pass printed during online check-in did not have Key symbol. Arrived at Cape Liberty via bus around 10:30 or 11am. No special Key cue for security. After security, Key Welcome signs at separate cue for Check-in. The lovely woman who checked us in ran to get our Key paperwork all the way at the other end of the terminal, we waited a few minutes for her to return and she apologized profusely for the wait. She handed us our Key envelopes, then opened the side of the cue to let us in front of others in line to go right up the escalator to the gangway. As we entered the ship, Key Welcome signs for carry-on luggage drop off were at the theater door. I did not drop any bags. We were in line at 11:25am waiting for 11:30am for Chops to open. Chops lunch was nice. Shrimp cocktail & Caesar salad, then filets cooked perfectly rare and medium rare and finally cheese cake for us both. Most tables were filled, but it was quiet and relaxed. Lunch was finished around 12:30pm, we got seats at the bar at Schooner’s for some drinks and then we were taking pictures of Manhattan from our stateroom balcony at 1:30pm. I used the VOOM info in our envelopes to connect to the Surf & Stream during lunch. The printed instructions did not match the screens on my phone. I was impatient and tapped the $159 option to connect. My boyfriend was not impatient and a few hours later he tapped the $0 option to connect. I cleared this up with Guest Services and the $159 charge was credited a few days later. Our room keys were waiting at our room and had the Key symbol sticker on the cards. We did not use any of the designated Key times for the Rockwall, Flowrider, nor ice skating. (Sorry, I tossed the paper.) I used the VIP seating in Studio B for the ice show twice. Both times, I showed up 15 minutes prior, there was a Key Welcome sign and ambassador at the door and I was escorted to the roped off section on the corner. We did not use priority dis-embakring at Kings Warf Bermuda, we just walked off the ship onto the pier, no line. We received a phone call while in our room telling us to use the priority disembarking for the next ports. For Nassau Bahamas dis-embarking, we met in the Champagne lounge with a Key Welcome sign. The ambassador asked for our room number, counted us, and said “ok, please be prepared for some nasty looks from other guests.” And we were off, down several flights of stairs single file, conga line style. I just kept my head down and clenched my boyfriend’s shirt. Thank god another Key participant behind me had her hand on my shoulder and kept saying to the un-washed masses, “excuse us, we need to keep up with our escort…” The Coco Cay dis-embarking was a similar experience. Last day breakfast was at our leisure between 6:30 and 9:00am in the main dining room deck 5. Boyfriend had steak and eggs, I had scrambled eggs and sausage. It was so nice to be able to eat, sit and relax, without first being elbowed by teenagers in the buffet line. We had a hard time flagging down a server for missing toast. The couple next to us, also had a hard time finding a server when they needed milk and coffee. Last day priority dis-embarking was no reservations needed, just meet in front of the main dining room deck 5. Escorted conga lines were leaving every half hour starting 7:00am. We were grouped with a guest in a wheel chair so while we used the stairs and escalators, the wheel chair used the elevators and we had to wait for our escort. Our luggage was in a corral marked Key and we had our own no-wait Customs line. Is there value in the Key program for your vacation needs & style? The Key worked great for us at this price. Before sailing, we were undecided about the purchasing the internet, but the Key benefits and pricing made our decision.
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