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  1. Only at breakfast in the Main Dining Room. There is seating for D and above where you can ask for specialty coffee with breakfast.
  2. If you are a new cruiser, or don't book a full suite, then ships like the Majesty or Empress might be a better fit for you. Am on the Majesty now and only because they cancelled the nightly event for D, D+ and P after final payment date for this sailing. I happen to agree with the above quoted text. Other ships in the RC fleet still have DL and overflow lounges DAILY! Not to mention SL or CL for Suite guests. IMO Majesty and Empress are ships that while interesting and in some ways nice otherwise, take away from D and up as well as suite guests. Given the chance, I would have cancelled this sailing and driven to Galveston and sailed on the Liberty. Easy drive from Baton Rouge and cheaper parking.
  3. We are responding with our wallets. Just got off a 29 sailing with Princess and have another Seaside Yacht Club booked. MSC now calls their upper tier "Diamond" Card instead of "Black" Card, enjoyed it very much the first time. Still book some with RCI, just no more blind loyalty.
  4. 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.
  5. Wallyworld $14...........bringing this one for years
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 !
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. You will enjoy the Vision class ships as well. Very similar to the Radiance class. Just turn the pool deck around 180 degrees so the Windjammer is forward and the solarium is aft. We enjoy both the Vision class and Radiance class very much. Have not been in a JS on Vision class. However, have been in a GS on a Rhapsody T/A and it was a little smaller(square footage) than a Radiance GS.
  20. Actually, I would think the opposite is true. RCI wants to get money from you while you are onboard as much as possible. Once gone, who knows....the trip is over, and the money is spent. Back to real life. I do think that they could pick up some buyers though.
  21. Agree with above, maybe 70% of the time we book balcony cabins. (voted for this) Have done several interiors depending on price difference and how port intensive an itinerary is. Have also done a few suites, again depending on price difference.
  22. Agree with above....don't be shy to just make an offer to them. We do this almost every sailing. A few months ago we were sitting in the WJ at lunch and sales people were working the pax for reservations. When he got to me I said in a low voice, "if you can make it 50%, we will take it". The guy leaned over and whispers, "OK, but don't tell anyone else". Had to chuckle.........
  23. We could get a Bailey's and coffee each night in the MDR following dinner on the Brilliance a couple months ago. Yes it was within the Happy Hour.
  24. Agree with you RCCL Fan, that's why I like the way some of the Vision and Radiance class ships do a hybrid breakfast in the MDR. Not crowded and get what you want, order what you want or mix it up.
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