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  1. Over the last few years, l have noticed that true formal dress on formal nights out of Southampton are back in a big way. On Explorer last month, l would estimate 80% of men were in tuxes. Although not enforced it is now very much the 'done thing' this side of the pond. It is much less common in the US and on Caribbean cruises. Ps probably 3 formal nights on a 12 nighter.
  2. Initially MSC matched our RCL Diamond to Gold; l queried it and got an apologetic email confirming an error, and that we are, in fact, Black on the VC program.
  3. Like the OP, we are Royal Loyal, having worked up to Diamond. We too are trying the Seaview next year. We did status match from RCL Diamond and were matched into MSC Black. We are booked into an Aurea suite and are looking forward to the private areas!
  4. When we did a Berlin trip from Warnemunde (also through SPB) it was indeed 3 hours each way. They make a 20 minute or so stop midway, for restroom visits, and there will be a self service cafe there too. As for lunch, we were taken to a big modern shopping mall ( 200 yards from where Hitler's bunker once was) and directed to the upper floor food court, with multiple food outlets. No direction to any particular one (so no kickback to the tour guide). It was suggested that we try the Berliner currywurst, which we did, and very tasty it was too.
  5. We were on the not-quite inaugural cruise on Independence of the Seas. She did an inaugural 4 day cruise Southampton>>Cork>>Southampton then did a full cruise to the Canary Islands, and that was the one we did (the"Cruise in Review"dvd is labelled Voyage #2)
  6. Just go to guest services as you board and they will issue new Seapass cards for all concerned. Quick and easy.
  7. We're on that cruise, but board a few days earlier, in Barcelona, on 14th November, right through to Dubai, so following this thread with interest.
  8. Although l don't recall it being listed on the Compass, every bar had a notice stand advertising the drink of the day on Explorer last month.
  9. We were on her July 21st - August 4th this year. While agreeing that that dry dock and amping will boost the ship, she's in pretty good shape. Loads of new sunloungers on board a couple of months ago, and hundreds of new mattresses brought on while we were aboard. Slightly worn here and there (seats in the Star lounge, for example) but nothing to get fussed about. Food very good ( we ate in MDR, Chops and Johnny Rockets, plus snacks from Windjammer and Cafe Promenade). Staff friendly, smiling and helpful.
  10. Not necessarily a blanket statement. On cruises in Europe formal dress is still very strongly observed, and, in fact, appears to be growing in popularity again. (Granted, the OP is cruising Stateside so formal night is far less so than European sailings)
  11. It's still advertised as such, although l had heard it was now €45.
  12. On Explorer last month, we had a similar situation. To take advantage of the Diamond balcony discount, l was booked into room #1, and DW was booked into room #2. DD was in room #2, and her partner was (on paper anyway) in room #1 with me. Guest services quickly and easily swapped folk around, new Seapass cards and so on. In fact, the only issue we had was at check-in at the terminal, where the staff couldn't handle the onboard account whereby Person A in Room #1 was to pay for the onboard spend on Person B in Room #2, and Person C in Room #2 was to pay for Person D in Room #1. In the end, l literally had to draw a little diagram, showing how it worked. I was staggered that cruise terminal staff, who process thousands of guests every day, struggled to handle this.
  13. I was surprised he got a whole one man show. From what they showed he was a bit average. I was expecting a big name headliner!
  14. This ^^^^ I have definitely noted a resurgence in formal wear on RCL ships out of Southampton in recent years. Significant majority of men in tuxes, ladies in cocktail dresses or full gowns. How formal nights should be IMO.
  15. Fair point, but, sadly, Pinnacle is l realistically think beyond us.
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