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  1. My wife and I are leaving on the Jazz cruise on the Equinox tomorrow. Even though we have a nice 2B on the six deck with a great balcony. I’m not all that happy. It’ll be the first time we’re not in Aqua in a very long time. In fact out of nearly forty cruises, mostly S-Class, we’ve been in the exact same cabin or the one next to it thirty times or more. The problem is wheelchair accessibility. Those cabins sell out so fast, we have to book as soon as they release them, which is usually more than a year in advance. So ask me if I like Aqua? No question there! One deck down and you have the Solarium the AquaSpa Cafe and spa facilities just a couple of steps away. Two decks up and you’re in Sky for the Elite party or some other fun event, and the best sailaway venue on the ship. The theater is five decks straight down. If it wasn’t for Blu, which is amazing, I might never get to another part of the ship! Nah, just kidding I need the coffee from Al Bacio, once in a while a specialty restaurant, and that occasional trip to the feeding trough in Oceanview. JMHO.
  2. I just wish Royal would get with the times and do what the airlines have done. Homogenize the Crown and Anchor, Captains' Club and Le Club. If they want you to prequalify every so often then ask you to take a cruise every couple of years. If the airlines can do it, so can the cruise lines. I like American partnering with British, Alaska and the Alliance, it works well and seamlessly. Seems like good business to me! If you're lifetime elite, their database should be able to handle that small issue. It's silly to be Pinnacle on Royal and downgraded to Elite on Celebrity, likewise the same for Zenith on Celebrity and then Diamond on Royal. Your best customers, as a company, are your best customers period. Who cares about which brand they choose? The silly policy just means I'll spend less, look at other lines, not cruise more with Royal, and be ticked off. It's a competitive business, Royal of all companies should know that! And if they're worried about their customer base aging out of Royal and shifting to Celebrity or Azamara, they should be. After all, if you retire and have the time and money to cruise you expect better treatment, not some second class crap like they're proposing for "The Edge" class, I expect that from Cunard, not from Royal.
  3. This is a problem that's been brewing for sometime on the Solstice class for the last bunch of TA's. We've been on one or both ways for at least one Solstice class ship for the last couple of years. There're been more that 1000 elites on these cruises for a while and the SL just isn't big enough. I've spoken at length with several CC Hostess' and Hotel Directors. We made several suggestions: like moving the Suite and VIP'd guests to Michael's; splitting the happy hour up by dining time; and having some other types of multiple events. In truth, when more half the ship is elite, there's just not a lot they can do to accommodate that many passengers at one time. I guess we'll just have see what the new CEO and his focus group come up with to address the situation. I personally think the business mingling and seeing old friends, who are all very experienced cruisers, at the happy hour was the best part. We've seen folks from the last three or four TA's and B2Bs at every one. I for one, would really miss that if they couldn't figure out a viable alternative. Maybe it's like the movie Airplane, where all the passengers run from one end of the plane to the other to make it dive and climb. The the pilot comes on the PA and says "Will you people stop that ..."
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