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  1. Twangster, you are mistaken on this. I was on the Empress in January 2018 and there was a nightly event for D+ and Pinnacle in the Viking Crown Lounge. We went each evening. No hot or cold apps, but a nice meeting place.
  2. Wallyworld $14...........bringing this one for years
  3. A couple years ago we had a similar experience as the OP. We wanted to make a New Years Caribbean sailing and tried with RCI. A balcony cabin was right at double the price on the Navigator as the new (at the time) MSC Divina. We went on the Divina and enjoyed it very much. In fact, we got off the Divina(Miami) grabbed our luggage and walked next door and boarded the Navigator for their next sailing. It was a good way to compare. Had aft balconies on both, 10254 on the Divina and 7388 on Navigator. Bottom line....I would not hesitate to book the MSC sailing for that amount of savings.
  4. I was pricing a cruise with my D+ balcony discount ($350 for this particular sailing), the price was X. I priced again without the D+ discount and the price was $182 more. I tried again and made sure in the price breakdown it showed the CAS$350 entry and it did. Seems some of the other figures in the equation had changed. I am sure this will vary from cruise to cruise, but try the comparison sometime. This is done on the RCI website.
  5. Agree with John, people are always trying to sell you a dinner while onboard. Especially on longer sailings middle to end(they have to try and fill them one way or another). Ask your head waiter in the MDR while making their rounds, that's a new one we learned a few cruises ago. Had a couple of them glad to get us 50%. Talk to the host at Chops during the day, amazing what can be accomplished. We generally don't do first or second night specialty dining, so our D+ BOGO is gone. We still do BOGOs every sailing. On one sailing day 10 or later, we were having lunch in the WJ, when a "management type" person was making the rounds in WJ. When he got to us, I told him we would go to Giovannis if the offer was right...BINGO
  6. Stayed in 1544 on the Serenade for 16 days. Yes, there were times when you could hear some dragging tables and chairs. Seemed to happen at different times. Don't recall it being a big deal or keeping us from sleep though. Same on any Radiance class ship. I know I would book that cabin again.
  7. Agree with above. How can you give 10's to just about everybody? I see it as a penalty to those we have seen that are TRULY a 10. To me a 10 is for those I remember well after a cruise is done, not that many 10's.
  8. I have a lot more respect for a company who tells me I have a $350 balcony discount for my loyalty and when the figures are totaled, I have a balance $350 less than if I didn't have this discount. I guess you could call it a healthy distrust of language used by said company.
  9. I'm glad that Bob and others continue to point out how underhanded RCI is with their "balcony discount". Give with one hand and take with the other. Just booked another sailing in 2021 and pricing with the D+ C&A versus without is $188, not $350. Is that price difference going to make or break the trip? NO. I just find it disingenuous to show $350 in the pricing breakdown, but you really don't get it. Like going to deal with a car salesman. As mentioned above, there are some other ways to maximize the discounts available. Sometimes the timing just doesn't work out though for booking onboard, etc.
  10. Have tried several lines. There is no such thing as being "LOYAL" to any cruise line for us, as we have mixed them up pretty well over the years. Price and itinerary drive just about all of the sailings we book.
  11. Several transfer companies at the Miami port. Last year it was $10 PP. It is a van with about 10 people towing a trailer for the luggage. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the company , go to the port of call section of this site. Most of their customers are for the FLL airport from port Miami. I remember a couple people in the van were going to Port Everglades though. Uber and Lyft were appx. $40 ride.
  12. I am sure you will enjoy yourselves. Have done T/As and was on the Brilliance recently and both the ship and the itinerary were great. Most tour companies will let you customize the Amalfi excursion any way you like. Not enough time to see everything between Salerno and Sorento. Makes a good reason to go back again !
  13. Agree with Biker19, could vary depending on the numbers. On our westbound T/A from Southhampton it was the whole D lounge and the Olive n Twist. Staff were at the elevator lobby checking cards every evening. Place stayed busy even after the early rush.
  14. I remember on one Med. sailing(B2B with T/A) a couple years ago, the price difference between an interior and a balcony was almost triple. VERY port intensive between Barcelona and Venice, and we opted for an interior. I don't mind paying more for a balcony/JS/GS and almost always do. But at some point, as the saying goes....that ain't enough sugar for a dime....comes into play for me. Oh....we sailed into Venice before sunrise.
  15. There have been a few sailings we have been on that might answer your questions. Jewel OTS came out of dry dock(refurb)2016 and did a 4 day(Carib) and T/A next. We did both B2B. There were about 80 workers still onboard on the 4 day doing everything from running coax cables in the ceilings to replacing carpet, etc. This was on almost every deck. We figured they were just finishing things up and just shrugged it off. On turnaround day the B2B were all escorted out to the terminal(as usual) and that's how we knew the numbers of workers. No, they were not getting off, they were getting back on with us for the T/A also. Did it ruin the trip? NO, we had a great time. Not sure everyone felt the same though as per conversations with others. To keep it short, had the same experience on the Allure "PRE" dry dock(2015) to Cadiz, Spain. Workers everywhere on the T/A. It won't ruin your trip, but after a while you get tired of the circular saws screaming around the ship.
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